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reverb13-blog-button Throughout the month of December, I’ll be participating in #reverb13: Reverb is a way to reflect on the past year and project into the next year with a prompt a day for 31 days.  December is the perfect time to reflect on 2013 and start to create intentions for 2014.

Day 28: Tears

Cry it out | What moment in 2013 brought tears to your eyes?  Are you usually a crier?  Or did tearing up take you by surprise?

I’m definitely an emotional person, and there were tons of times this year that I found myself with tears in my eyes.  Most of them were tears of happiness or pride in the things I was accomplishing:

Other times they were because I was so moved by a story someone else was telling me, which happens all the time in my WLS support group that I attend the third Wednesday of the month.  Hearing about how WLS has changed other people’s lives for the better in amazing ways always gets me, especially if they get emotional, too.

Of course, there were plenty of times when I was watching a show on TV and got teary-eyed.  I don’t think I’ve ever made it through an episode of Biggest Loser without tearing up.  LOL.  What can I say, I’m a sap?

I’m happy to say that there were very few times when I cried tears of sadness, but even those moments are necessary in the course of a year.  Crying is a release, and we all need to release our feelings from time to time.  I’m not one to bottle up any of my emotions, so if that means having a good cry from time to time, I think it’s healthy.

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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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2012 is the year that I will RELEASE

…weight

…control

…frustration

…fear

…worry

…excuses

…stress

…guilt

By releasing these things, I will release myself.  My true self will emerge.  I will be able to release a more positive, happier person into the world.

2012 is the year I will RELEASE.

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