I always want to give my Sistas happy joyous or at least optimistic posts. Today is just one of those days where yet another injury is putting a damper on my mood. I mentioned before that my previous MRI showed degenerative arthritis all over my right ankle. Well now my right knee has swollen up, is very stiff and if it moves just slightly to the side it feels like glass and nails are in it. Now my left ankle is starting to get sharp pains. I am 39 not 89, it is ridiculous. So anyway, no walks for me right now.
Leah has told me several times that diet is 85% of weight loss and I should just listen to her, but I feel like eating and doing nothing has brought me to my current state of obesity. Feel like I need to be physical to reach success. But that is just my mental state, I need to let go and trust.
So how about some “Happy Habits” by Dr. Lombardo. Dr. L is a clinical psychologist and physical therapist who helps people overcome stress and reach happiness, regardless what is going on in their lives. Sounds about right…
Sunday, Day 1: Relax and Reflect
On this day, identify what is GOOD about your habit and then figure out ways to get those benefits without the habit. For example; if smoking, eating unhealthy, or drinking excessively helps you relax, learn and apply other ways to relax without returning to your crutch.
Monday, Day 2: Plan Your Week
Write out the reasons WHY you want to kick this habit.
· psychological benefits
· physical benefits
· social benefits (how it will help your relationships)
· work benefits
· spiritual benefits
Tuesday, Day 3: Emotion Comes into Play
Read over the list you made daily on why you want to kick the habit of yours. Moreover, do it with EMOTION.
Wednesday, Day 4: View Your Failures as something good!
Past attempts are not failure but rather data. Look at what happened in the past when you tried to break the habit and were not successful.
· What were the ingredients that lead you to a slip up?
· How can you take steps to prevent them in the future?
Thursday, Day 5: Simply Forgive Yourself
Stop the all-or-nothing thinking: if you do mess up, it does not mean,
“I will never be able to quit.” Purely forgive yourself, figure out what
went wrong and move on.
Friday, Day 6: Weekend Temptation Cloud Rolls In
Set short-term and long-term goals with rewards for each. The weekend is the best time to start as you are bound to give in to temptation and become weak. You are strong and deserve rewards always.
Saturday, Day 7: The Day Your Relapse May Return
Your body is your temple. If your walls begin to shake, address your stress. Increased stress makes relapse much more likely.
· Consider trying something you have never done before on this day
· Read a New Book
Dr. Lombardo’s upcoming book, “A Happy You: Your Ultimate Prescription for Happiness,” teaches the necessary skills to lead a happier life, regardless what is going on. Please visit her site at www.ahappyyou.com