Dancing a new way

When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I
wrote down “happy”. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment. I told
them they didn’t understand life.” – John Lennon

Dancing Feet

We had friends over this week. They brought their Dance Revolution Game. Have you played it before? It was a lot of fun. Let me tell you about it. You plug this large game mat into your computer and then start dancing to a pattern on the computer screen. When the up arrow appears, you step up a square. When the down arrow appears you step back. The entire time music is playing along with the dancing arrows.  I was having a great time on the novice level. It was fun. I could get those little arrows to blink and go away with my steps. The song ended. I got points. Yeah for me!  I walked away to get a drink of water. I learned you should never leave the room in this game.  When I came back the settings had magically changed to hard. The Hamster Dance started off easy, but then it went crazy. The arrows were going everywhere. Up. Down. Left. Right. Together. Together. Down. They weren’t coming one at a time either. There were doubles and triples and at one point the computer screen started shaking in attack mode and the game made a sinister laugh.  My feet were getting all tangled up. Well, I didn’t want to get a bad score so I changed the rules.  Forget feet. Hands are much easier. I jumped off that little game mat and started pounding with my hands. I could keep up much better with all those arrows.

Lesson Learned

I still got points using my hands. Keep going on your goals even if you take an unconventional path.

Me against the Jump rope

An Introduction to my Fifth Challenge

Once upon a time there was a girl with  curly hair. The PE teacher brought out a bunch of jump ropes. “Yeah”, the other kids in the class said.  The girl kept  jumping at the wrong time and hitting her shoes. She felt silly. Have you guessed my next 13 day challenge? I’m going to jump rope every day. At first, I had the idea that I would jump rope 13 minutes every day.  I changed my mind after I started jumping. I’ve decided to begin with 1 minute for day one of the challenge. My goal is to add time as I get better at it.

The Practical Reason

According to webmd.com , which is a great website if you want to find a disease to stress about, jumping rope burns about 700 calories an hour. I don’t know any one who can jump rope for an hour. I was tired after one minute.  Jumping rope  is also good for your heart and good at building coordination.

The Philosophy Reason

If you haven’t already guessed, the girl who was afraid in PE class was me. To be honest with you, I still hit my shoes a bit when I was jumping. In fact, the picture below proves I hit my shoes. I have read in the self-help books that you have to do hard things. It  will make you stronger. Cheers to getting stronger!

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And now it is off to bed. My challenge is over, but I am still working on getting to sleep by 10:30 p.m.

What I’ve Learned from Sleeping

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What I’ve Learned from Sleeping (My Fourth Challenge)

I’m coming to the end of challenge number four. I wish I could tell you that I am now getting a nice eight hours of sleep every night. I’m not, but I did learn a few things along the way.

1.     It is important to look at the big picture and the small picture.

When I started this challenge, I was getting about 6 hours a sleep on average each night.  After 13 days of concentrated effort to work on my sleep, I’m now getting 6.25 hours of sleep every night. That is right. After working like crazy to make myself go to bed by 10:30 p.m, I’ve only increased my sleeping  time by  an extra 15 minutes a night.   I thought it was a tiny amount until I realized that it adds up fast.

.25 hours of extra sleep      X     365 days   =  91.25 hours of extra sleep

By working on getting to bed by 10:30 p.m , I am giving my body  a 91 hour present.

2.     Encouragement to do your challenge can from funny places

One night about 10:20 pm,  I was on the computer. Suddenly, the computer screen gave me a message.  “I am your computer”, it read. “It is time to go to bed. The internet will be turning off at 10:30 p.m”.

Well, I was quite impressed that my computer knew I was doing this challenge, but I didn’t believe that it would actually happen. At 10:30, the computer did what it said it would do.  It turned the internet off.  I had a good laugh and the next day the Accountant showed me how to use the settings on our computer  network to turn the internet on and off.

There is still time to vote for my next challenge.

A)   Track  everything I eat and plan menus for the next 13 days

B)   Jump rope for 13 minutes every day for the next 13 days

C)   Write 13 positive affirmations about myself every day

D) Clean my house  (I read a study that said people with clean houses are healthier.)

Vote now by leaving a comment.

You Decide

Hi America,

How would you like to help me pick my next challenge?  It won’t cost you anything either. I know that most of the music shows and dance contests charge people. I will let you vote for free. Please help me pick my next challenge.

What should I do next?

A)   Track  everything I eat and plan menus for the next 13 days

B)   Jump rope for 13 minutes every day for the next 13 days

C)   Write 13 positive affirmations about myself every day

D) Clean my house  (I read a study that said people with clean houses are healthier.)

Vote now.

 

The Turtle and the Hare

Have you heard the Aesop’s tale about the Turtle and the Hare (rabbit).

The Hare and Turtle are in a race.  The Hare sprints off and the Turtle goes slow, because that is what Turtles do. After running for a bit, the Hare realizes that the Turtle will take all day. The Hare, who always has her list with her, starts getting things done.  First, she stops at the store to do some grocery shopping.  Then, it is off to visit the orphans and tutor children at her local elementary school.  The Hare’s boss down at the Animal Factory calls her. The fish are swimming in circles again and need to be organized.  The Hare manages to cram 12 hours of fish organizational work  into an 8 hour shift.  The Turtle is still no where in sight.  The Hare decides it is time for some TLC. She takes a nap. The Hare only gets 15 minutes of shut eye, before she is woken up by a pesky news reporter who asks  how she feels now that the Turtle is about to cross the finish line. The Hare sprints to  catch up, but the Turtle’s little foot crosses the finish line before her.   “Slow and steady wins the race”, the other animals cheer. The Turtle is the hero for the day and gets the big promotion at the Animal Factory.  The Hare goes home and eats chocolate. The fish go back to swimming in circles.  The End.

I’m eight days into my go to bed by 10:30 p.m. challenge.  I’m still working on it and I am making some progress. Challenges would be a lot easier if that is all I did.

Sleep =Larger Bank Account

Bed picture

Good news. I’ve discovered how to get rich.  You can get rich too.  According to this article in Money magazine sleep deprivation cost money. I’m working on getting more sleep so as I get more sleep the money will start rolling in to me. The Accountant told me that my train of thought did not follow the classic logic pattern for using  if and then statements.  I prefer my reasoning.  Sleep =Larger Bank Account

I’m reading a book called The Promise of Sleep. The author talks about what to do when you can’t sleep. Instead of laying in bed for an hour staring at the clock, you get 20 minutes. If after 20 minutes you can’t sleep, you get up and do something boring like washing dishes or scrubbing walls.  This might be a good thing as I will have sparkly walls and a clean kitchen. In all seriousness, I have noticed that since starting my routine of being in bed by 10:30, I have gotten more sleep than I used to. I’m not up to 8 hours a night yet, but I am getting closer.

Time Travel

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I did great on my first night running through my little let’s get ready to sleep routine. I did some stretching, brushed my teeth, thought happy thoughts etc. I  did great  until I actually was in my bed.  You see someone forgot to tell my brain that it was suppose to stop thinking of stuff. So, it was more like 11:30 p.m when I finally fell asleep. I did however come up with an interesting idea for how to build a time machine.  Apparently, time travel is more exciting than sleeping. If any one wants the details, let me know.

So today,  I went to the library to find a book on what to when you can’t fall asleep. Can you believe it? They are all checked out with other patrons.  Thank goodness you can buy a sleep book at the book store. I have a new strategy to calm my little mind when trying to sleep. If it works, I’ll write about it tomorrow. If not, I will tell you what my mind created instead of going to sleep. Happy Dreams!

Quote for the Day

“I think I can, I think I can.”
~ The Little Engine That Could

My 4th Challenge: An Introduction

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I am a night owl. I could stay up all night and sleep all day.   This would be fine if I didn’t have a  job  that requires me to smile at 8:00 a.m. What is my challenge? My goal is to be in bed by 10:30 every night.  Now, some of you may think that this challenge sounds easier than drinking spinach juice or climbing stairs. It is actually hard for me, because I have a lifetime of staring at the ceiling stressing about the ticking clock.

The Practical Reason

I asked the Accountant if he knew of any benefits of sleeping. He  said, “Four out of every five scientists agree that there are no known benefits to having a good night sleep.”  I laughed and then I went to Google and researched what sleep does for the body. I’m impressed. Sleep is amazing. It is like a super drug that does your body good. In the next few days, I will share some of my research.

The Philosophy Reason

“I love sleep. My life has the tendency to fall apart when I’m awake, you know? “–Ernest Hemingway.

Mr. Hemingway wrote a lot of books so who knows may be I will get a book written after this challenge. The quote made me laugh, but in all reality a good night sleep does make you feel better about the world.

 

 

 

What I’ve Learned from 3rd Challenge

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It is hard to believe that I’ve just finished my 3rd  challenge. I have drunk a green smoothie every day for 13 days. Here is what I have learned along the way.

1. The recipe is important

When I first started making green vegetable smoothies, I threw anything that looked healthy into the blender. Needless to say, the result was me feeling as green as the things I put into that blender.  I learned very fast that the recipe makes all the difference. Life is like that as well.  It is easy to accomplish something if you have a plan to do it. If you see some one else who has accomplished something you want to do, ask them how they did it. The recipe is important to achieve something great.

2. Ask your friends for help

I put out an urgent plea for help and my friends sent my some delicious green smoothie receipes. It made life a lot better. Life lesson: Don’t do things all by yourself. There are other folks who want to help you.

Keep Going Quote for the Day

“There are two rules in life. Number one: never quit. Number two: Always remember rule number one” –Duke Ellington

Come back tomorrow to find out what my next challenge will be. I’m getting excited. It will be  the hardest challenge yet.

Spinach

If anyone ever gives you a choice between a hot fudge sundae or a  spinach juice, choose the sundae.  I’ve found out that I don’t really like the taste of spinach juice. I’m sure my insides are very happy. I can imagine every little cell in my body  screaming with joy to get nutrients, but my taste buds don’t like the flavor of spinach juice. It is kind of funny, because I like cooked spinach.

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Keep going Quote for the Day

Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.
– Thomas Edison