The 100 Day Reality Challenge

Every week I am upping my game a litte.

I am going to add more practices to achieve my goals.

1. I need to increase and improve my Buddhist practice. I have been chanting about 75% of my mornings and evenings and lately, alone. I will seek out people to chant with and increase my time to a minimum of 15 minutes.

2. I will center and ground myself again. I want to be balanced and happy regardless of whether I am getting along with my boyfriend. I have already made huge leaps in this area in just one day. I hate to state that maybe I was wrong about our relationship because I was so happy about him and I thought it was a dream come true. I need to turn my focus always to what I want, stay fixed on that, and if he is not right for me to let him go. We moved back in to a very serious relationship very quickly after almost a year apart and I wonder if that might have been too quick. He still has a bad temper and gets a nasty attitude sometimes. The problem is that so do I, not the temper but the nasty attitude, and once I say anything that he doesn't like there is no turning back. He gets nasty. For now I just want to stay away from him and to spend time with my friends again but I don't know how to tell him that without him getting angry and defensive. This relationship is something I really need to chant about because I really do love him. I just want to be happy and successful and want a man to be my partner 100% peacefully and harmoniously.

3. I have been great about getting to the gym and eating very lightly and as of Saturday I have lost 6.5 pounds. Hopefully more because it turned out that the last weight in was the day before my period, where typically women retain water. Since I realized a 1.3 pound loss over the week anyway, I am optimistic to see an even bigger loss next week. However, my super strict eating plan just must be modified because I need to eat and enjoy eating. Before this weight gain I ate and enjoyed eating. I pretty much understood how it all worked and managed to make the few small sacrifices necessary to stay thin. I have been doing research trying to remind myself of what I was doing and now I think I remember. I was working out, of course, but I followed general health rules like eat whole fresh foods, eat at home as much as possible, avoid sweets, flour, mixed alcohol drinks, beer, and follow food combining rules. I also followed a general 80% rule, that 80% of my eating should be within those parameters as long as I am at my ideal. While getting into shape those rules should be followed about 90% of the time, or one or two rule free meals a week.

4. I need to come up with a plan to have beautiful healthy hair. This is still in the works but I am noticing that finally, probably thanks to my improved nutrition, my hair is starting to grow after my hair was sizzled off by my hairdresser/friend back in December. First my scalp was so damaged and injured, my hair wouldn't even grow, so this is a good first step.

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Comment by crystalspirit on June 9, 2009 at 3:15am
WOW powerful practices and attitude, Elaine!!

1. Love the Buddhist practice- sounds divine and interesting~*
2. Yeah for centering and grounding yourself again and being aware of the pattern!! I hope you can find the right balance, between taking time for yourself and your needs & spending peaceful quality times with your friend Take it easy!!
3. Amazing how nutritious food can change your body and health, isn't it?? Well done!!
4. Maybe you can add extra natural vitamins to your diet, like Solgar; Skin, nails and hair formula (vitamine C, zinc, amino acids) or with Rose Hips

Much love Mascha

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