Living My Life Intentionally

January 2, 2011 at 6:59 pm 2 comments

Five years ago this March 9, my world tilted.  In the space of 3 months, three different losses changed my life as I knew it.  March 9, 2006 was the day that I came home from work to find half of my furniture gone, as well as everything in my bank account.  The explanation – a note that read “sorry things haven’t worked out, I won’t be back”  The next month I lost my job, and the following month my father passed away.  A trifecta of  boots to the head and heart. As much as I wanted to curl up into the fetal position and wish the world away, I had two young children who needed their mother.  I couldn’t and didn’t want to fail them.  I pulled up my socks, and got on with it.

Over the next few years, the only word that could describe my life was “SURVIVE”

Each person handles grief differently.  Two years after these events happened, I really thought I had it all back together, but looking back, I realized that for every two steps I took forward, something would always knock me back one step. I hadn’t dealt with the losses, I had just pushed them really, really far down.   A good friend of mine said to me at the time, that it would be at least 5 years before I fully recovered, and dealt with my grief.  She also said that I shouldn’t expect to have anyone in my life until I completely healed.

I read somewhere that you hold your weight where your body holds your grief.  All of my weight gain was in my torso, exactly where I pushed my grief down each time I couldn’t deal with it.  I have been told many times over the past few years that I needed to wrap my feelings and grief in healing white light and release it out with love and forgiveness to the people who caused my pain.   I finally did this just before I started this journey that I’m on, and I truly believe that part of my success is because of releasing that trapped grief.

It has been a long five years, but with the turning of the clock on January 1st, I am in the home stretch of this 5 year period.

This is the year that the words that will describe my life will be “BELIEVE” and “ACHIEVE”

This year I intend to live my life intentionally instead of accidentally.  I’m going to be an active participant in my life, instead of a spectator.

As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, I don’t make resolutions, but I do make goals.

Here are the goals that I will be starting 2011 with

  • Participate in the 100 days of intentional movement (read here for more info on how you can participate)
  • Walk 2011 miles in 2011 – this breaks down to 5.6 miles per day.  I will be buying a pedometer and using a tracker from tickerfactory.com (I have added a page entitled 2011 miles in 2011 so you can follow my progress
  • Continue my healthy eating and exercise program
  • Will continue to monitor my weight loss, but will embrace the Non-Scale Victories as well
  • Lower my body weight by 10% by February 1st, 2011 (19 lbs, of which I have already lost 12 pounds)
  • Lose the next 10% of body weight (17 lbs) by April 1, 2011
  • Read at least one book per month that provides spiritual sustenance or enlightenment.  (I will blog soon about the book I am presently reading)

Today, I started my first day of the 100 days of intentional movement and walked approximately 8 miles during my 2 1/2 hour hike.  I belong to an outdoor activity group, and there were 32 of us participating today.

It was great weather, -4 degrees C with very little wind, and a light snow. Great views of Lake Ontario with Toronto on the horizon, and great conversation!  Our next event is next Sunday when we go ice skating at the Colonel Sam Smith Skating Trail Can’t wait!

What are you doing to live your life intentionally?

PS – when searching for an image for living life intentionally, I discovered a book by that exact title.  I will be looking for this book shortly to add to my reading list.

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Resolutions? Or Goals? Changing Yourself From Within

2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Imie  |  January 2, 2011 at 8:02 pm

    Amazing note Pat and I solute for being resilient! Believe and Achieve indeed!

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    • 2. Patricia Eales  |  January 2, 2011 at 8:04 pm

      Thanks Imie, and happy New Year to you!

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Goals for 2011

* Participate in the 100 days of intentional movement
* Walk 2011 miles in 2011
* Continue my healthy eating and exercise program
* Lower my body weight by 10% by February 1st, 2011
* Lose the next 10% of body weight (17 lbs) by April 1, 2011
* Read at least one book per month that provides spiritual sustenance or enlightenment.

Scale Goals for 2011
02/01/11 - 174
04/01/11 - 156.6
06/01/11 - 141

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