Observations: Wellness Affirmations

Journaling is a great habit and sometimes I need inspiration. I enjoyed using my gratitude question list tool so much that I created a list of affirmations last month to help inspire me with my daily journaling which includes writing affirmations. I used my original list over the past month, making edits along the way. Below is the current iteration of my Wellness Affirmations list. May you be inspired!

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Observations: Each Versus Every

The perspective of taking things one day at a time is sound advice. When considering long term goals and strategies for achieving those goals, it is overwhelming to think of everything at the same time. How do you eat an elephant?  One bite at a time.  The word each means regarding everything separately; breaking things down and looking at individual parts.  A wise approach for building habits and reaching my goals? Direct focus upon each day. One day at a time.

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Observations: The Maintenance Part

When I first created the moniker Obtainandmaintain my goal was to lose weight and not gain it back.  My perspective has shifted beyond the work of weight loss.  My focus today is on doing the work to obtain a specific caliber of growth and then move on to the next level.  In other words, formerly I was working toward an endpoint, and maintaining would be a point higher than where I started albeit still a flat line. 

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Observations: Embracing My Inner List Maker

I like making lists.  Grocery lists, To-Do lists, Workplace tasks, and so on.  My journaling frequency has been waning lately and I gave some thought to what tool I could use to improve my consistency.  Given the fact that I am a list maker, I developed a list of habits that I want to be a part of each and every day.   The list contains the baseline behaviors help define my “good day”.

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Observations – Stray Cats

I came across a picture quote that hit me like a ton of bricks.  It reads “Think of your cravings as stray cats.  If you keep feeding them, they will never leave”.  What a great analogy to describe challenges associated with changing our behaviors and habits.  Though the length of time between some strays returning to visit has lengthened, some strays have not quite lost my address  (smile).  I file this under progress not perfection.

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Observations 4.0 – Tools of the Trade

A mortar is a bowl-like vessel in which substances are crushed or ground. A pestle is a heavy tool with a rounded end used for crushing and grinding substances.

The mortar may be shallow like a bowl or deep like a cup. The mortar’s texture may be rough or smooth. It may have a spout for pouring. The pestle is shaped like a club and made of the same material as the mortar. The mortar and pestle may be made of a variety of materials such as stone, marble, wood, porcelain or glass. The mortar and pestle go together; they are a set.

Imagine.

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Observations 3.9 – Loving-kindness

The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg is a book that I recommend.  I enjoyed listening to the audio version earlier this year.  One concept that the book suggests is shifting your energy and routines to building new habits and behaviors opposed to stopping a current, undesirable habits.  The book also states that the extent of your belief in the new habit is what will keep you from relapsing.  In the event that a relapse happens your belief that you can stick to your new routines is key to avoiding complete abandonment of building your new, preferred behaviors.

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