A Day in My Health Journey: Gold Star Report!

Alright people, one thing you will learn to do on your journey is to celebrate the wins and not focus too much on the fails lol you experience. Now don’t go overboard and start having more fails than wins…you need to have a good balance. I’d say about 4 wins for every fail LOL ok who am I kidding…this won’t happen overnight, but strive to get your win/fails in check. So how do I deal with my fails…I just adjust and move on. I choose not to focus or ponder on them too long as that can be kind of discouraging. Don’t beat yourself up…but acknowledge you need to do something that would qualify as a gold star activity to cancel out your fail.

So, on to my Gold Star Report! Well, to make a long story short…without way too many details: I only ate out five times last week! This includes breakfast, lunch and dinner! Now some of you may be bawking at that number…but this is coming from someone who generally ate out 10 – 14 times a week. Give me my freaking Gold Star!!!!

I also tried something new this week. For the past couple of weeks, me and my corazon have been talking about increasing my exercise regimine, eating better and instead of skipping meals or eating unhealthy snacks to try drinking a protein shake. Well, I have to be honest…I was a little scared of protein shakes because I am a pretty picky eater and can’t imagine it tastes any good. Well, he brought me some protein powder to try last week and I actually tried it. Well, I can’t really pinpoint the taste of it for you, but it’s like chocolate milk with a slight aftertaste. I’m not knocking people down to make another one…but it was “alright”. I will not give up on drinking them, but maybe this flavor/brand just isn’t for me. Maybe I need to get a good recipe for the shake. I originally just put the protein in a cup with milk and blended it…but then I felt like it wasn’t cold enough so I put it in the freezer and I ended up with a true “protein milk shake”. It helped a lot, but again…nothing to write home about. I will not give up on it…but for now I want my freaking GOLD STAR!

Now this post wouldn’t be complete without some of my fails…well one clear one to me is that I took my lunch one day and didn’t eat it…instead I went to lunch with a co-worker. I felt bad afterwards and the funny thing is that day my lunch wasn’t right…probably the worst service I had had at that restaurant, which is a favorite of mine. Karma I tell you Karma! I also missed salsa this week which is currently my only form of exercise. This makes week #3 that I’ve missed so this has got to stop! Because of that missed opportunity I decided to get up early on Saturday morning, turn on the ondemand exercise channel and get my in-house gym on! I turned a fail into a non-fail, but it didn’t earn a star…it just cancelled it out.

Well, that’s my report for this week…wish me luck for next week.

Now the floor/confessional is open for anyone who would like to share their Gold Stars/Fail’s with the group…believe me it is theraputic and holds you accountable for the things you are/aren’t doing. Come step up…

About Dana LaRieal Morales

Dana LaRieal Morales is the Founder of The Happiness Bucket where she coaches individuals and teams on having a better work-life balance. She is a Certified Project Manager, an Alum of the University of Tennessee Knoxville, where she earned her degree in sociology with a concentration in criminal justice and she is also an Alum of Tennessee State University where she earned her Masters in Public Administration, She uses her vast organization, project management and process improvement experiences to help those around her be their best selves.

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