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Day #7 Plank & Compliment Challenge

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Just doing a quick check in this evening.  I’m on day 7 of plank and so I did a 45-second hold tonight and it wasn’t bad, not too bad at all…. Feelin’ STRONG!   Like a BULL,  so says my mom.

Compliments are going well too, I complimented a gal on her glasses last night and I got one right back :).  Today, for now, life is pretty good!

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#5 Plank & Compliment Challenge

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40-second plank today…. ouch!  I thought I remembered doing planks randomly not that long ago and being able to hold it for much longer with much more ease until I decided tonight to use a stop watch to record my time instead of counting in my head…. hum?!?

Complimenting is going fabulous – for the record I have handed out these little gems in the form of:  “I love your hair color it’s gorgeous”, and “You have beautiful skin”, and “That was your best recording ever you just keep getting better and better”.  I did wish a neighbor a “Happy New Year” without even a grunt in return, thought to myself… I wish he were a happier chap, found out today he wears a hearing aid… so there you go, you just never know!

And…. I love snow!

Peace,

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Day #3 30-Day Plank & Compliment Challenge

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I love giving out compliments it’s my favorite.  When I first started consciously doing this, I really was looking forward to the reactions from my receivers as some sort of evidence of my “do-gooding”, I mean really, it IS pretty cool when you can put a big smile on someones face.  But positive feedback isn’t the end game for me anymore (tho’ I do get smiles more than not), I wouldn’t want to hold back just because someone didn’t seem to appreciate my compliment.  Some people just aren’t used to receiving compliments. Other people may be having such a bad day they don’t even have the energy to acknowledge your compliment. But this does not mean that your compliment has gone unheard, and that it has not… somehow, added a layer of goodness to someones possible horrible day!

As for planking…. Im on day #3… and it was a 30-second hold today, not too bad, I had my son check me for “plank posture” and I received a thumbs up!

That’s it for now.  Oh Yeah…. “You’re Gorgeous!”

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December 2014 NOTV Wrap-up

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I won’t linger here for too long it is after all January now but I did want to say a couple of things about my NOTV challenge before I move on.

I found it interesting all the excuses I tried to make for watching TV last month — actually I guess I let a couple of them squeeze by but overall I stuck to my guns and completed my month successfully.  I will say tho’, that the power of addiction is a sticky wicked one even if only for watching TV.  I found my self substituting even food for the lack of TV and getting down right ornery more than once.  Once I settled in, and actually it was the last week when Christmas was over,  I observed myself in a curious way.  It was easy to slide onto the couch after work with my book rather than automatically turning on the TV.  I felt more peaceful. More present.  Less distracted.  Even now that the challenge is over, I am not on automatic pilot anymore with the ole Boob Tube and I’m still opting for a book when I need to relax. MISSION ACCOMPLISHED

“GOOD JOB KIM — IM SO PROUD OF YOU!!!!”

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Day #2 Plank & Compliment Challenge

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Plank and Compliment 30-Day Challenge

Building a strong core both physically and psychologically

Plank Challenge 30-Day Schedule

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Compliment Challenge – Guidelines

The only rules for the compliment challenge are that you must compliment at least 3 times per day.  I will be giving out my compliments without any expectation of a particular outcome, so that means that whatever the response is from the person receiving the compliment is ok with me, from a smile to a growl, it’s about the beauty of handing out the compliment not about what I get in return.

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Having Technical Difficulties

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Hello I’m having internet issues today, of course the day I was going to wrap up last months challenge and the day I’m starting a new 30-challenge.

Very briefly and I will elaborate tomorrow but January’s 30-Day challenge will be both a Plank challenge and a Compliment Challenge.

details to follow :).  HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

 

 

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Day #18, 19, 20 & 21 Oops!

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Well well my days did get away from me again —  I will say that I have been successful thus far in my NOTV.  I have indulged in several Christmas specials over this weekend, as I had quite a few gifts to wrap, but I’m all done now!  Only a couple of days until Christmas,  I very much enjoy the giving aspect of this holiday.  For me — it’s a transference of “Love” energy, in a way that I don’t do every day so it’s special, and especially fun for me… It feels GOOD!

Keeping it short,
Much peace to everyone!

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Days #15,16 & 17

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Hi, Hello. I know… the self punisher in me wants to give myself lashings for not being more faithful in posting daily about this challenge, but I’m not gonna do it, I’m just not!

Been stressing on what to make for Christmas dinner… I’m tired and kinda broke and want to do something yummy and easy.  The menu has changed many times in the last week, it initially was going to be… well, I don’t even remember what it was initially going to be but we have gone from gourmet grilled cheese and soup, to carbonara, to roasted chicken, tamales, stuffed chicken breasts, even eating at Panda Express was on the table for like a nano-sec (my youngest son works there… on Christmas).  Anyways I haven’t been able to figure out why I’ve been stressing on the dinner so much or why it’s been so hard to make a decision on what to serve but I have settled on Chicken Avocado Enchiladas for sure!

Ok back to TV,  I have not even had one urge in the past 3-days to switch on the “brain dead box”, and I think that’s pretty cool.  I’m over half way now through my challenge and it has been very surprising my range of emotions… and cravings… and non-cravings.  I shall reflect more on this subject at a later time.

Peace,

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Day #12, 13 and yes 14

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I’m a little behind on my daily blogging, and I’m not really into it again today, but I’m going to persevere here anyways because I started this and tho’ i refuse to torture myself, I am going to finish in the kindest way possible.  I did hear the other day from one of my favorite peeps, that we become our very own and slightly abusive life coaches, and it made me laugh out loud when he said this because it is absolutely true for me.  I bark orders at myself like no other, I put myself in situations or set parameters for myself that can be brutal, and then I seriously refuse to make another choice because “I said so!”.  It is a bit nuts when you think about it but rather funny!

Due to the above mentioned realization I have decided to make an effort to be much kinder to myself.  I have also decided that it is perfectly ok to “change your mind” such is the way of life right, stuff is always changing, why set such ridged rules.  So it is half way through this challenge and instead of sharing my “battle” with the NOTV, I’m going to honestly share how I have been morphing the guidelines of the challenge almost daily.  I forgot when starting this challenge that one of my favorite things to do at Christmas time is to wrap presents while watching Christmas movies —  So I, while trying to keep my commitment, watched a couple of my movies more than once and that got old very quickly.  So I decided that I will watch any Christmas movie I want while wrapping gifts.  But here is another funny discovery, as soon as I made this decision, literally 15 minutes after I made this decision, I lost interest in the movie and turned the off the TV!  Go figure :).

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Day #11 NOTV

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I love the dollar store.  I ventured out today to intentionally purchase 20 different items from the Dollar Tree.  I had FUN!  I found cozy socks, emergency candles, duct tape and bungee cords, art work and googly eyes, bath salts, I even found a bicycle pump, seriously … for a buck!  My personal dollar store purchase today was an external speaker for my IPOD.  I needed one for my nightstand so I can listen to guided meditation while falling asleep, and I swear, it actually works, it’s not stereophonic “all about that bass” quality sound, but I can definitely hear the voices clearly, I’m stoked!

I didn’t have any struggles with the TV today and I’m happy to say it’s about time for a book and bed… and of course a little meditation.

Peace & Blessings to All,

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Day #9 & #10 NOTV

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My “Book”, the one I’m working on, the reason for this website and blog, is about the nature of thinking.  The fight to control thinking is an exhausting one, and futile.  I have noticed that thinking happens when you least want it and then when you’re ready for some clever thoughts or words, they don’t come.  The harder you try, the harder you try so I’m granting myself some love here and allowing the thoughts to flow as they will.

Im grateful for another two days of NOTV.  I have enjoyed the following activities instead: Going to the movies, working on my website, visiting with friends, hanging with family, playing with my kitty, long snowy walks, and lots of reading, oh and more meals at the kitchen table. :)

Peace and good night all,

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Day #8 NOTV

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I’ve started my blog today 6 times now.  I cannot for the life of me think of anything remotely interesting to say about my 8 days of NOTV except for that I didn’t turn it on.

Part of this whole blogging thing is that it forces me to a write everyday, and not just to write, but to be able to write something that someone else might want to read.  This is hard for me. I get inspired to write. I have been inspired to write since I was a kid but it was not a constant thing.  So forcing myself to sit down and do it anyways produces rather unpleasant feelings in my solar plexus, it’s TOTAL performance anxiety, and this is funny, because I have only done a “Super Soft Launch” for my website meaning that only 3 people even have access to it – that means… that nobody is even reading this and I’m still sitting here with razors in my belly, now that’s FUNNY!!!

Until tomorrow,

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Day #7

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Day 7 – it’s Sunday evening and the end of my weekend.  I may of sounded a bit neurotic over the weekend concerning my NOTV commitment but honesty had it not been a roller coaster couple of days I think I may of been just fine.

It’s actually pretty cool to be able to hear myself think without the distraction of the TV in the background ALL THE TIME.  And when my brain is not going a million miles an hour, the complete silence is pretty profound and rather peaceful… I’ve been rather content.  I like it, I like it a lot!

So cheers to me for completing my first week of NOTV… YAY!!!!

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Day #6 TV? NO!

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I watched Elf again.  The thing is, I was still feeling kind of low from the day before and what I really wanted to do was to turn on the tube and run a Netflix marathon.  I stood strong however and opted for a repeat of Elf, even though my rules clearly state one viewing only. My rationale is that I didn’t fully watch the end of the movie the night before.  Ya I know.

I will add here my observation, that is… that it is so clear how easy it is to use TV as a vice, an escape, a distraction, an avoidance to feeling what one is feeling…. interesting, kinda like a drug, or drink, or any other addiction, hummmm.

 

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Day #5 NOTV

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I found out today that when I’m overly emotional and tired, have had enough of puzzle making and reading, that I just want to watch TV!!!  I’m very thankful today that I put in place some guidelines last Tuesday regarding my NOTV, I’m talking about my 3 Christmas movies. I’m watching ELF NOW.  I’m also amending one of my Christmas films, since I can’t find my copy of National Lampoons, I’m going to replace it with The Wizard of Oz.  Yes I know it not a Christmas movie but here’s my reasoning.  Every year at Christmas time when I was a little girl, network television would do a showing of The Wizard of Oz.  Good enough for me!  That’s all for today I’m watching a movie.

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Day #4 NOTV

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Happy Thursday!!!

My day started out utterly lovely!  I have a small cleaning and home organizing business. Thursdays take me to Whitefish.  This mornings drive to work was exceptional, with a light snow falling, it was rather dreamlike.  And then… upon arriving to my clients house my two favorite boys of the Golden Retriever persuasion greeted me with a stuffed animal hanging out of Buddy’s mouth and a large smile spread across Rex’s face, tails wagging and love oozing out of every pore… perfection!

On the subject of my 30 day challenge so far I really haven’t experienced any real NOTV breakdowns, withdrawals, or side affects and I feel GOOD!  I think the real test might be the weekend, we’ll see. I seem to be pretty good at keeping myself occupied, and on any given day I very rarely experience boredom.  I’m keeping todays post short though, it’s been a long beautiful day and I’m tired.

Peace,

 

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Day #3

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Ok so I thought I would set some parameters around my NOTV challenge – Since it is Christmas time I am going to allow myself 3 Christmas movies to be played at home on my DVD player whenever I choose, but only to be watched once Ha!  I’m choosing Elf, National Lampoons Christmas Vacation, and The Polar Express.  I am also going to allow myself to see movies at the theater, I don’t do it often and it really doesn’t qualify as TV anyways, at least not in my opinion.

Today was an off day, no work, melancholy mood so I did a late breakfast with my youngest son and then we went and saw Interstellar, my kind of movie by the way!  Except for…. Now I don’t know if I’ve mentioned this but I live in Montana, and it is winter time, and seriously cold, today I think it was around 20, maybe!  Anyways we get our tickets and head towards our theater to find that the heater in the theater was not functioning…. really it was just as cold in the theater as it was outside, the one other couple in our theater was bundled up in heavy coats.  When I inquired about the frigid conditions of theater #7 and requested blankets, management generously offered a full refund, with access to the frozen theater if we so chose, which we did.  So I ran to the car and grabbed my down parka to layer over my down vest and my son and I enjoyed 2 hours and 45 minutes of frozen toes, it kind of added a certain ambiance to the whole Interstellar space theme of the movie.  Grateful to be home now and cuddling with my heating pad!  

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Day #2

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WOW!  What was I thinking starting this NO.TV challenge during the winter, it’s dark at 4:30 I kid you not.  After work I went food shopping and took my sweet time, which was rather enjoyable I must say, cruising each aisle at the natural food store, it’s actually kinda hard to get me out of there it smells so good, i feel healthier just for being in the store.  So it’s 7:14 and I’ve shopped, paid bills, made dinner, fed the cat, worked on a puzzle, played with the cat, down-loaded music, answered mail, and I still have 2 1/2 more hours til bedtime… YAY!!! I actually ate my dinner tonight at the dinner table while flipping through a cook book, how civilized!

Until tomorrow,

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Day “1” No TV 30-Day Challenge

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Day #1

Not so bad this no TV stuff, at least not today, at least not so far.  It is a Monday though and I have been able to keep my self pretty busy with work, food, a walk, this blog…. but it’s getting dark now and that automatic TV thought has risen twice, it came – and it went – it came – and it went… hummmm.  I think I’ll be ok, I’m going to have some dinner and putter.  I’ll let you know how goes…

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