Day 189, Keeping My Eyes on the Goal

Day 189, Keeping My Eyes on the Goal



Today I focused on keeping my eyes on the goal.
I made a tomato, mushroom, spinach, sharp cheddar cheese omelette for both me and my husband this morning.  I am still thinking, “Go to the bank.”  My husband wants to go there this afternoon.
I am trying to think happy thoughts this morning.  Some sad thoughts have been intruding in my head.  I am happy though that my husband got a bath yesterday and shampooed his hair.  I have been trying to get him to do that for a long time.
I am still using Cronometer to log my food and exercise.  For the last 12 out of 13 days, I have stayed within my calorie budget.  Last night again, hunger triggered my TMJ pain, and again I persisted through it.  It was okay by morning.

Success Mechanism

To take advantage of my built-in, human Success Mechanism, I need to keep my eye on my goal.  Right now, I am going to look at my vision boards to keep each goal firmly in sight.
I am also checking in with each goal in JV Life Tracker, checking off goals I worked on yesterday.
Now I am doing my meditation.

Preparing For My Day

i am grateful:
  • that my husband got a bath yesterday
  • for my cooking skills
  • for my eyes
  • that our condo is so nice
  • that I am keeping my eye on the goal
morning comments, feelings, ideas, moods, and empowering questions:
I am happy with the way that I am!
mood and energy:
Okay, but not up as far as normal.
Okay, but could be better.
reason it is important
next action(s)
made a spinach-mushroom-tomato and cheese omelette this morning
Service, Cooking Skills
Take a picture tomorrow to share on blog.  (I took one this morning, but the phone died at the wrong time.)
got my Verizon bill reduced by $6 a month
Ask for another discount in 12 months.
posted a blog entry 152 times in Joyful Vibrance since Day One.
Goal of becoming a thought leader
Keep being faithful.
prepared and posted images on my blog entries since February 13th, 25 times!
Goal of becoming a thought leader
Keep being creative.
Cronometer game points, 1 for each complete day, -1 for missed days.  60 points so far!  Only 2 missed days since January 7th!
Consistency at keeping my eyes on the goal
Continue on!

Brown Rice

My husband hurt the roof of his mouth from eating too many hard potato chips.  I gave him some brown rice to promote his healing.  Brown rice can prevent or heal many diseases.   Some very successful diets are mostly rice.



The Bank

My husband and I finally made it to the bank and finished our errand there!  We have achieved that goal!  Even though the bank was a very short distance away, the errand took about two hours.  Getting my husband and the wheelchair into and out of the jeep took quite a bit of effort.  Maybe that is one reason I have had such an aversion to driving.  However, that will not affect me if my husband does not go with me.  

Driving Freedom

The best thing to do now is to exult in getting the goal accomplished done.  Also, I am not even lying in bed.  I came home, took out two bags of trash, got the mail and things for my husband, updated Cronometer, put away food, and started supper.
I could go lie down right now, but I do not have to.  Typically, I have to.  Instead I am free to write.  Also, when I parked in the basement garage this evening, I parked smoothly, without strain and without being worried I was going to hit the neighbor’s car.  What an improvement!  Is God already blessing me? He said He would help me.  I could doubt that prompting was He, but I choose to have faith.
From now on, I need to keep exercising my faith for more trips.  You could say it is all psychosomatic anyway, but that does not make my driving anxiety any easier.  I am going to to find driving freedom, one trip at a time.  That is my goal.

After Dinner

We have finished supper and I am within my calorie budget by nine calories.  It is 7:25 PM.  I have more work to do in the kitchen, but I am tired.  Maybe I will just write for a while before finishing.  My husband is proud of us for making it to the bank today.  He said he had promised me he would go, so he had to keep his promise.  I am glad he honors his word like that.  He is watching TV, and I am in the extra bedroom or office typing on the computer.

Success Mechanism Steps

I want to re-visit the Success Mechanism steps:
Step One. Have a goal.  It needs to be thought of as something that already exists.
Step Two.  Think in terms of end results.  The means to get there may not be apparent, and that is okay.
Step Three. Do not be afraid of making mistakes or temporary failure.  The important thing is to get a goal in mind and act.  Respond to negative feedback by correcting mistakes.
Step Four.  Continue learning skills by trial and error, correcting mistakes immediately by visualizing a correct response.  Forget past errors and remember correct responses.
Step Five.  Learn to trust the success mechanism.  Do not force it but let it work.  The success mechanism works as you place a demand on it by your actions.
It does not require a Ph.D. to take advantage of these steps.  However, if your goal is to get a doctorate, you can utilize these steps to get one.
Diet Progress So Far
What is your goal?  Right now, my goal is to lose 15 pounds without sacrificing my mood or energy.  That is actually a tall order.  I have been tempted to give up on this goal.  My husband thinks I am at my ideal weight already and living with him presents some challenges to losing weight.  I have not surmounted all of them, but so far I have:
stopped eating added sugars.
started keeping a complete diet and exercise diary for about two months.
started staying within my calorie budget for the past two weeks.
stopped eating ice cream, cookies, and pie.
kept potato chips to a bare minimum, recording their mass in grams.
started walking more regularly, usually two miles twice a day.
started doing strength training again.  I am not 100% regular, but I am working on it.
started making and eating strawberry tofu shakes again, with extra fiber.
started eating almost 100% of my meals at home.
started using nuts for snacks again.
worked hard to get 100% of the RDA of potassium daily, unless I would go over my calorie budget.
worked hard to get 100% target nutrients within my calorie budget.
balanced the four nutrient balances in Cronometer almost every day.
worked to balance my macro-nutrients.
started making grass-fed hamburger into 4-ounce patties, so I can better estimate the amount I eat at any one time.
Things Still To Do
Some things I can still work on include:
  1. taking probiotics regularly.
  2. taking my energy supplement cocktail every day instead of missing days.
  3. doing stir-fries like those in KaeLyn’s Korner Kitchen:  Complete Meals for the Healthy-Minded.
  4. making avocado-cucumber shakes.
  5. doing kale and or spinach shakes described in my ebook, Joyful Vibrance:  Transform Your Body Image, Energy, and Mood!
  6. taking photos of my meals.
  7. eating no more Marie Callender’s frozen dinners.
  8. getting a yoga mat and doing yoga.
  9. reducing, preferably eliminating, gluten.
  10. eating no more cheese.
It takes a lot to take off a few pounds, does it not?  However, weight loss is only the tip of the iceberg.  I can also hope to stave off chronic diseases such as diabetes, depression, anxiety, obesity, osteoporosis, heart disease, strokes, cancer, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s.
It may not be this hard for you to lose 15 pounds.  Taking lithium and Risperdal makes losing weight extremely hard to do.  Every time I have been put on lithium, I have gained as much as 35 pounds.  It has only been through very careful management that I have lost as much weight as I have.  At one time, I lost confidence that I could lose weight without ditching my medication first.  However, I learned from excruciating experience that doing so only caused more trouble.  Eventually, I learned how to lose weight while on my medication.
The day is winding down.  My husband says he is not really tired.  I am feeling pretty tired.  Last night we stayed up watching a program about Germany and Switzerland.  On our 50” TV screen, it was almost like being there.  I am glad I took a few minutes to experience other cultures.  Let me see if it is on right now.


Evening Prayer
Dear Lord,
We made it to the bank today.  I got really tired afterwards, but I did better than usual.
My husband and I enjoyed a meal together tonight and watched a TV program about Germany and Switzerland.  It was the same thing as last night.  However, it was worth watching twice.
Today, I listed some of the positive changes I have made to my diet and exercise routines.  I also listed things I have yet to accomplish.
Lord, thank you for providing so well for me.  I am very happy with my husband.  Things are turning out much better than I thought they would.
A blizzard is forecasted for tomorrow.  I am grateful to have a warm condo, clothes, and bed.
Lord, help me think of what I still need to do to be successful at losing weight.  I know that firstly, I need to keep my goal in mind.  That is needed to make the Success Mechanism work.  I do not need to know exactly how I am going to do it, starting out.  I can learn from making mistakes and course corrections.  The important thing is to first get the end result in mind and then start moving.
I incorrectly assumed I would lose weight just like I did before.  No, I have a different set of circumstances now, I live in a different locale, I am married, I am older, I have reached menopause, and I have a different set of habits.  I cannot simply do it like I did before.  I have to plough a new path.
Lord, please bless my readers with their specific paths, whether it is to lose weight or achieve some other aim.  May success, health, and happiness be theirs.
If you would like to join me in this journey from the beginning, please start with Day One.
KaeLyn Morrill

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