2011 Challenge: Day 31

January 31, 2011 (Day 31)

Reflecting. Since I began this journey at the beginning of the year to try something new each day, I thought it would pose its challenges, and I was correct.  I guess I just didn’t think it’d be so difficult.  What I’ve come to realize is that I may end up doing something new each day, but actually taking the time to think about what I did, especially if I did it subconsciously, is very difficult.  A lot of my days are run of the norm…get up, go to work, go home, spend time with Adam, he goes to work, feed the animals, do some chores and go to bed.  And in between, there are lots of little things.

For instance, today, I received my Amazon package in the mail, had lunch with Ed from the Tally Awards, created some fliers for our work’s chili cook-off, picked up Adam’s ring, got my ring inspected and cleaned, picked up dinner from Mandarin Express, gave Adam the contents of the Amazon package I received, talked to my mother and finalized plans for my parents’ upcoming visit later this week.  Nothing was that spectacular by itself, but put all together, it was quite a good day.

So, I just need to remember that even if it’s not super exciting things that I’m sharing, it’s still something.

One month down, eleven to go.  Forging ahead!  :)

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2011 Challenge: Day 24

January 24, 2011 (Day 24)

Giving someone a compliment.  Has there ever just been a day where you went around giving someone a compliment just because?  If not, why not try it today?  You’d be surprised how much it can brighten someone’s day, and your own day in return.  (It’s funny how that works, isn’t it?) 

Today is National Compliment Day, so go ahead, give someone a compliment.  And if you need some help, print these out and hang them up on a bulletin board, a refrigerator or at work.  You’re bound to start a great trend that will inspire someone else to pass on a compliment as well.  :)

Free Compliments Poster

Free Compliments Poster (blank – to write own compliments in)

2011 Challenge: Day 23

January 23, 2011 ~ Day 23

Crossing another item off the wedding planning checklist.  Back in June 2010, Adam and I traveled to Houston for his graduation celebration trip.  While there, we decided to window shop and look at wedding bands.  He finally found one he loved at Zales, and we ended up purchasing it since we couldn’t find it online.  At that time, it was close to $400.  Finances got a little tough, so we decided to return it and chance that it would go online at a later date.  And luckily, it did.  So, when I had the money during November/December, I was going to purchase it to get another thing out of the way.  Except, I found out that it was out of stock, and they had no idea when it would be back in. 

I felt horrible that we might not be able to get it now.  But as fate would have it, it came back in stock today.  YAY!  So I purchased it as fast as I could and ended up scoring it for $250 less.  Whew…one potential disaster avoided.  :)

2011 Challenge: Day 22

January 22, 2011 (Day 22)

Dancing without music.  Adam surprises me all the time, and that’s one of the many things that makes my heart go *pitter*patter* for him.  Tonight while cooking dinner, we just started dancing in the kitchen.  It was fun, lighthearted, and brought out a ton of laughs and smiles.  I love the spontaneity that he brings out in me! <3

2011 Challenge: Day 21

January 21, 2011 (Day 21)

Playing Risk.  I had never played the game, Risk, before.  Adam had been going on and on about how much he loved the game and wanted it, so I got it for him for Christmas.  And tonight, he showed me how to play it.  Needless to say, I kicked his butt.  So I know he wants a rematch very soon. 

(Mine are the red armies.)  :)

2011 Challenge: Day 20

January 20, 2011 (Day 20)

Staying positive.  Today, I had a follow-up procedure at the doctor’s office to see if for sure I had PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome).  The good news is that everything looked great and there were no signs yet of any cysts forming.  However, I found out that PCO no longer defines PCOS but is a common symptom.  As many as 30% or more of women with PCOS do not suffer PCO.  So although it was great news that there were no cysts, it doesn’t mean I’m out of the woods.  I still could have the syndrome, but I’m remaining positive and seeing what the next steps are.  Until next time…

2011 Challenge: Day 19

January 19, 2011 (Day 19)

Eating healthier.  With the wedding less than 10 months away and a recent visit to the doctor, I’m making it my mission to eat healthier and lose weight.  Let’s face it, I don’t do well with diets.  So I figure that if I can train myself to make wiser and healthier eating decisions, then I might have a good shot at changing my lifestyle and then it won’t be so hard. 

First up…more fruit and salads!  I LOVE fruit…LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!  My only problem is that I hate going to the grocery store all the time.  The two constants in my fridge are milk and eggs.  The fresh stuff just goes bad too quickly.  But I’m making a conscious effort, no matter how expensive it may be, to keep fresh fruit and vegetables in my fridge at all times.  I love it more than junk food, but when I don’t have the fresh stuff, I tend to turn to the junk food.  So here it goes.  I hope I can stick with it, and if not, to not get discouraged at myself and just start again.

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