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Unusual Sources of Motivation (Plus Stress Day Four)

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Stress Day Four:
-I don't think I had ANY stress today. It's not completely over, but I have things under control and haven't felt any of the tell-tale signs of clenched fists, increased heartbeat or furrowed brow that usually accompanies stressors. So that's pretty exciting.

I finished my awesome ethical shopping book and started browsing the websites for people to find out about the ethical records of companies. I looked up Cracker Barrel and Target, two places I frequent, just to see what the websites would bring up. I have to say I'm a little disappointed. Apparently there was a huge fire in a garment factory for Target, and they haven't done much in the way of compensation. It's so hard to be an ethical, sustainability-minded shopper in today's corporate culture. Actually...that might be a stressor. But reading about this stuff provides even MORE motivation to get healthy, since a 40lb lighter me won't need as much fabric to be covered and will avoid processed and harmful foods. Motivation!

35 minutes of blissful yoga this morning combined with mindful eating leave the first have of the day a HUGE SUCCESS. I stepped on the scale today, and it looks like I might have lost 2 pounds, but I'm only going to adjust my ticker on my page in 5 lb increments so I know it's "real" and not water or something. Still, it's nice to see numbers move!

I have my support group for loved ones of those with mental illnesses tonight. I always look forward to it. It helps keep me healthy by giving me a place to vent and learn about coping mechanisms, plus it's a great way to put things in perspective. My father and younger brother (the ones with mental illnesses) have been doing well for over two years, but some of these families struggle daily with arrests, addiction, and verbal and physical abuse.

I'm moving on to my next book, a social history of trash. I'm such a liberal hippie.

Peace and love, ya'll.

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    it is great you have a support group - we have some family members on one side in particular, who either do not seek help, or who only seek it at the very worst moments (I sometimes worry especially because one of those lives near us, and although she is currently doing well, she is also pregnant, perhaps I should see if there is such a group in our area) - it is good that you have a place to share freely in, I'm sure it helps with the stress

    the book you are starting on trash sounds fascinating - what is the title?

    and echo that on sustainable shopping/consuming - so difficult to do - but even awareness is a start - because if you are aware, you start moving in the more sustainable direction, even if you aren't exactly where you'd like to be :)
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