My Hula-hooping update–New Year’s Resolution 2016


I’m still hula-hooping through 2016.  In other words, I’m still working on the New Year’s resolutions.  I’ve twirled my hula-hoop around during the month of January for some of my resolutions.  I dropped the hoop on other goals. It’s a good thing that I get a new day every day. It helps when you can start over to try again.

1.Do a 10 minute mediation/deep breathing exercise every day

In January, I did my mediation/deep breathing exercise 16/31 days.

2. Exercise five days a week for at least  30 minutes

I’m happy to report that I exercised two days a week during the month of January.

3. Find something funny every day

This one wasn’t hard to do at all. I’m always finding funny stuff.  For example, I saw an ant trying to eat a Snickers bar. The poor ant wasn’t having any luck because the wrapper was still on the candy bar. It was quite funny. So, I helped the ant out and opened up the wrapper.  It made me laugh to see the ant go crazy with delight. I can be a hero to one little ant.

4. Eat a fruit or vegetable with every meal

I completely forgot about this one. The hula-hoop dropped but it’s been picked up again for this week.

5. Do something social with friends once a week

Yes! This one happened. I did something social with friends every week.

6. Write down all of my negative thoughts and try to re-frame them in a little cognition journal.

I completely forgot about this one. Oops. I can’t be too negative about not meeting the goal though. It would defeat the whole purpose of the goal.

7. Leave work by 4:30 p.m. every day. I won’t be able to do all of these happy brain/happy body things if I work all the time.

I tried.  I need to set an alarm on my cell phone to remind me to leave at 4:30. I tend to stay to 5:00 p.m. I want to break that little habit.

What I Learned from my 2nd Challenge

For the last 13 days,  I have been climbing stairs.   I’ve learned a few things.

1. Take one flight at a time

It is pretty easy to get discouraged when standing  at the bottom of 13 flights of stairs. The trick is to get started and only focus on one small step at a time. The first few days of climbing stairs were really hard. I wanted to quit after flight four. This leads me to the second thing I’ve learned.

2. It easier to do something hard with another person.

I was lucky, because my hubby came with me. He also did the 13 day challenge and  climbed 13 flights of stairs each day beside me.  When I got tired, he would tell me to keep going.

3. Some people are going to laugh at you. It happens.

Some folks will look at you funny when you are trying to improve yourself. The trick is to ignore them. We had more than one person tell us where the elevator was while climbing up and down the stairs at the hotel.

My new challenge starts tomorrow. It will be another 13 days to a better me. I’m excited.

Climb the Stairs

Quote of the Day

It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.
– Albert Einstein