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Captain's Log 051719

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Captain’s Log 051719

Well Stars we have come to the close of yet another week and are beginning our 7th week on Saturday. It seems like we just got started and here we are coming around the stretch and closing in on the finish line of this Spring challenge.

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Our final numbers for Week 5 were….

We had 91.4% participation!! You rock!! emoticon

Team exercise: 13,785 which is 138.1% of our commitment. It also averages to 61.54 minutes per day per person. emoticon

Team Freggies: 1135 servings. This averages 5 freggies per day per person on our team. emoticon

Team No Junk Food: 1460 which is 65%

Team weight loss was 13.9 pounds which puts us at a total of 85.6 pounds lost for the challenge thus far.

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Week 6 Joann safely landed our plane in Whistler Canada on Thursday night.

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Week 7 we are heading to a sub-tropical paradise of eternal summer known as Okinawa Japan. OKINAWA (reached by plane or a 25 hour ferry ride from Kagoshima) is known for its warm climate, coral reefs and emerald water. Japan's 47th and poorest prefecture, Okinawa is an odd mix of American military bases, Japanese resort hotels, local island culture, pineapple plantations, and towns with pachinko parlors and girlie bars. Nineteen percent of Okinawa is occupied by U.S. forces.

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Our LTGL is spending at least 10 minutes a day outside.This week make a point of spending at least 10 minutes a day outdoors. Take your lunch to the park, sit on your deck and enjoy your morning coffee, walk your dog, ride a bike, trot to the store, or take a blanket and a book and lay on the grass. Whatever you choose to do, spend 10 minutes outdoors.

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Stardust Mini Challenges for Week 7

Saturday Loving Kindness

Sunday Send an encouraging note to someone who needs a boost

Monday Add 15 wall pushups to your exercise routine today

Tuesday Share your favorite healthy recipe to the Star Enlightenment thread in the Motivation and Fun forum

Wednesday Start a new morning habit such as scheduling your day, making your bed or repeating a positive affirmation in front of your mirror.

Thursday Try a new dance like Belly Dancing. Belly dancing can burn up to 600 calories an hour.

Friday Leave yourself a positive note somewhere that you will see it later in the day. Note how it makes you feel to read that later.

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Our Mindfulness exercise is Loving Kindness.

Close your eyes. Sit comfortably with your feet flat on the floor and your spine straight. Relax your whole body. Keep your eyes closed throughout the whole visualization and bring your awareness inward. Without straining or concentrating, just relax and gently follow the instructions.

Take a deep breath in. And breathe out.

Keeping your eyes closed, think of a person close to you who loves you very much. It could be someone from the past or the present; someone still in life or who has passed; it could be a spiritual teacher or guide. Imagine that person standing on your right side, sending you their love. That person is sending you wishes for your safety, for your well-being and happiness. Feel the warm wishes and love coming from that person towards you.

Now bring to mind the same person or another person who cherishes you deeply. Imagine that person standing on your left side, sending you wishes for your wellness, for your health and happiness. Feel the kindness and warmth coming to you from that person.

Imagine that you are surrounded on all sides by all the people who love you and have loved you. Picture all of your friends and loved ones surrounding you. They are standing sending you wishes for your happiness, well-being, and health. Bask in the warm wishes and love coming from all sides. You are filled and overflowing with warmth and love.

Now bring your awareness back to the person standing on your right side. Begin to send the love that you feel back to that person. You and this person are similar. Just like you, this person wishes to be happy. Send all your love and warm wishes to that person.

Repeat the following phrases, silently:

May you live with ease, may you be happy, may you be free from pain.
May you live with ease, may you be happy, may you be free from pain.
May you live with ease, may you be happy, may you be free from pain.

Now focus your awareness on the person standing on your left side. Begin to direct the love within you to that person. Send all your love and warmth to that person. That person and you are alike. Just like you, that person wishes to have a good life.

Repeat the following phrases, silently:

Just as I wish to, may you be safe, may you be healthy, may you live with ease and happiness.

Just as I wish to, may you be safe, may you be healthy, may you live with ease and happiness.

Just as I wish to, may you be safe, may you be healthy, may you live with ease and happiness.

Now picture another person that you love, perhaps a relative or a friend. This person, like you, wishes to have a happy life. Send warm wishes to that person.

Repeat the following phrases, silently:

May your life be filled with happiness, health, and well-being.
May your life be filled with happiness, health, and well-being.
May your life be filled with happiness, health, and well-being.

Now think of an acquaintance, someone you don’t know very well and toward whom you do not have any particular feeling. You and this person are alike in your wish to have a good life.

Send all your wishes for well-being to that person, repeating the following phrases, silently:

Just as I wish to, may you also live with ease and happiness.
Just as I wish to, may you also live with ease and happiness.
Just as I wish to, may you also live with ease and happiness.

Now bring to mind another acquaintance toward whom you feel neutral. It could be a neighbor, or a colleague, or someone else that you see around but do not know very well. Like you, this person wishes to experience joy and well-being in his or her life.

Send all your good wishes to that person, repeating the following phrases, silently:

May you be happy, may you be healthy, may you be free from all pain.
May you be happy, may you be healthy, may you be free from all pain.
May you be happy, may you be healthy, may you be free from all pain.

Now expand your awareness and picture the whole globe in front of you as a little ball.

Send warm wishes to all living beings on the globe, who, like you, want to be happy:

Just as I wish to, may you live with ease, happiness, and good health.
Just as I wish to, may you live with ease, happiness, and good health.
Just as I wish to, may you live with ease, happiness, and good health.

Take a deep breath in. And breathe out. And another deep breath in and let it go. Notice the state of your mind and how you feel after this meditation.
When you’re ready, you may open your eyes.

********** Quote of the Day

Accept yourself, love yourself, and keep moving forward. If you want to fly, you have to give up what weighs you down. – Roy T Bennett

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God bless you and keep you on your journey! Keep Sparkling!
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  • GOULDSGRANITE
    Great meditation Barb. emoticon Here we go Japan! emoticon
    153 days ago
  • BJAEGER307
    Sounds like it was a wonderful week. emoticon
    153 days ago
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