Day 236 – Spring Challenge / Stop Mechanisms


As Tigger would say, “Hoo hoo hoo hewooo!”

         I have had a fan-tab-u-lous week.  Look at those ‘s. I am so excited. Things just clicked. But not before some side stroke therapy in the pool on Monday Night.
         I was chatting with Mac about work, up and back, up and back the same old story, up and back up and back.  When finally she said, “Have fun with it instead!”  It didn’t matter what the “it” was. “IT” was everything!  Then the next morning I woke up laughing in the midst of a dream.  I was laughing with a very dear friend. It was one of those laughs that we both couldn’t catch our breathes. What a great way to start the day.  I knew that things were going to be different.
         My approach to healthy living had to change.  I just couldn’t white knuckle it and feel like I was being punished anymore.   I need a  positive spirit.  As stated in the last SC post I had to deal with my eating.   Being disciplined in both exercise and food is going to get me the results I desire.  One without the other is a losing battle.  I just don’t want to be in the war anymore.  So I started Tweeting my food. Being accountable to others is something I need.  I haven’t had Diet Coke since the New Year because it’s not good for me and I just can’t tell my friend that I have broken our pact.  This type of plan adds another “stop mechanism” into my arsenal.  
         Being disciplined in both exercise and food has been so empowering this week.   I made sure that I laughed everyday.  Choosing to be disciplined allowed me to be happy.  I chose fun mannerisms such as dancing with my 7th and 8th graders, walking like an Egyptian during the Fashion Show, joking with my students about the Spring Challenge and instead of watching the kids at Open Gym I joined in and played catch.

What a difference a week makes.

Finally the last part of the Spring Challenge
    One thing I like about myself:

          I like how I am not embarrassed to be in front of a crowd. Give me a microphone and watch out. I’ve MC’d a number of events at church and school and I really enjoy it. Even this week during lunch I lead an impromptu line dance party with 7th and 8th graders. We played Harry Belafonte’s Banana Boat Song in order to encourage the students to recycle their unwanted bananas instead of throwing them into the trash.
Jamie Oliver would be so proud.

Day-ay-ay-o day-ay-ay-o
Daylight come and he wan’ go home
he say day, he say day, he say day,
He say day, day-ay-ay-o


  1. “Chooseing to be disciplined allowed me to be happy>”

    Love that! A similar sentiment was in Keelie’s blog “Real Fat” today. She quoted the Scripture in Hebrews 12:11 that says discipline “produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.”

    Discipline. huh. Who knew?


  2. Oh, this was wonderful to read! I really like that you are changing your approach, and looking for ways to enjoy your journey, to have fun along the way. I agree, there is freedom in discipline, to laugh and feel free. Great week!!

  3. You are doing great Shelli! I loved participating in your challenge this week. I am a little envious of your love of MC’ing. I wish I had more of that in me…:-)

  4. WOW! Great job across the board! Your week sounds wonderful. Good for you!

    I’m envious of your speaking skills, too. I had court for the first time ever a few weeks ago (to fight a speeding ticket), and I could hardly make a coherent sentence! I get so nervous!

  5. I want to wake up laughing too! This woman is a hoot! It’s your life; it must be fun!

  6. I’m so proud of you Shelli! Congratulations on a great week. Your feelings of accomplishment are SO well deserved!

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