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Throughout the month of December, I’ll be participating in #reverb12: celebrating the successes of 2012, honoring the challenges of 2012, and planting the seeds for a rich and rewarding 2013. December is the perfect time to reflect on the year that has passed and start to manifest dreams for the new year.

Day 23 – Name three excuses — stories you tell yourself that are holding you back — that you are going to let go of in 2013.

  1. “I don’t have time to workout.” This one is the biggest excuse/lie I tell myself, and it’s certainly not true.  I’m single, no kids, and have a job that officially ends my day at 3pm.  I have the time, it’s just easier to watch t.v. or go online, or do a million other things instead.  That ends now.  More on this with my 2013 Goals post, coming soon.
  2. “It’s okay if I eat ____, I’ll put in extra time at the gym tomorrow.”  Or some other sort of justification for giving into temptation.  I had a handle on this when I started Jenny Craig in September, because the plan allowed for an afternoon salty, crunchy snack and a nightly dessert.  I lost it a bit in December, but once this holiday madness is over, I’ll get back to it.
  3. “I don’t need to spend time after school grading today, I’ll do it tomorrow.” I tend to do my grading in big bursts, which always leaves me feeling mentally and physically exhausted.  I know in my heart that if I spent 2 hours on my “B days,” and do a bit of grading every single day, I’d be so much more efficient.  Early in December I also started grading for a few hours on Saturdays, and it really made me feel organized. I definitely plan on carrying that over into 2013.

This was a great exercise for me, as I begin thinking about making so many positive changes in 2013.

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For the month of December, I’ll be participating in #WEverb11. Each day gives a new prompt, each of which is a chance to reflect and look forward.

December 24: Control

What did you finally let go of in 2011? What will you let go of in 2012? Contributed by Julie Jordan Scott.

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The sad answer is that I didn’t let go of much in 2011.  I’m a self-aware control freak, and as such, I am not one to relinquish much about my life or the lives of those around me.  It works to my advantage sometimes because it means that I get things done and I stay organized.  But overall, being controlling is getting in the way of me enjoying life.  My family has been telling me a lot lately that I really need to lighten up and stop trying to control everyone and everything.  And I think I’m finally ready to listen to them.

I don’t just do it with my family – I do it at work, I do it while driving, being in control of everything is my natural state of being.  I have realized very recently that acting this way causes much more stress in my life and the lives of those people that I love most

So in 2012, I am going to stop controlling everything.  When I feel the need to add a “helpful tip” or a “better way to do it” I’m going to pause, bite my tongue, and take a breath instead.  I have a wonderful plan that I’m working on (because I can still control myself, right?!) and I’ll reveal it on January 1st.

What did you/will you let go of?

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For the month of December, I’ll be participating in Reverb 10. Each day gives a new prompt, which is a chance to reflect on 2010 and manifest what’s next in 2011.

December 5Let Go.

What (or whom) did you let go of this year? Why? (Author: Alice Bradley)

This is an interesting one.  I’m not one to keep things, and in fact, I’m the opposite of a hoarder – I’m a big believer in “out with the old, in with the new,” and that includes anything (or anyone) that isn’t working in my life.  Which is not to say that I think everything is transitory, because I don’t.  But if I’ve given something/someone a chance and it just doesn’t seem like it’s going to work, I have no problem getting rid of it or moving on to the next thing.

The biggest thing I let go of this year was a bad living environment.  Moving (as I mentioned yesterday) has been one of the best things I’ve ever done for myself.  I feel so much happier, lighter, and freer.  I smile more.  I have a renewed sense of hope.  I love where I live now, and consider myself so lucky.

In 2011, I want to let go of anything and everything that is holding me back from losing weight.  It means eating healthy.  It means tracking diligently.  It means working out regularly.  It means self-reflection.  It means being honest.  It means a lot of blogging.  🙂  And it means success.

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Breathe.  Let go.  And remind yourself that this very moment is the only one you know you have for sure.”  ~ Oprah Winfrey

This quote from Oprah is a great reminder that when I’m struggling with something in my life, all I need to do is nothing.  Just breathe.  Just take a second to myself and see how it all plays out.  I’m a very “take charge” kind of person, and I like being in control, so letting go isn’t easy for me.  But I have found that in my times of greatest stress, letting go is the way to calm down.

This week off is like one long, exhaled breath.  I get time to myself without too many plans, so that I can center myself.  My plan is to refocus myself.  I want to remember how much I enjoy working out and exercising and being active.  I sort of lost that “fun factor” for a little while, and I’m excited to get it back.

I’ve slowly come to a few huge realizations about myself and this weight loss journey, which I will share with you in time.  I’m still working through them and figuring out how it all fits. I find that in the moments when I give myself a break, I find the most clarity. I’m hoping that’s true this week, as well.

The photo I chose above is so serene and peaceful and really makes me want to do some yoga this week.  So I’m going to.  I may end up doing a DVD at home, but I’m hoping to make it to the yoga studio to do some Bikram, because I still have a few sessions worth of credit there.  I may even go today.

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