BIWEEKLY REPORT CARD:Counting Down to Day 85 (Day 45) of The Middle Path Makeover

THE GOAL OF MY 129-DAY MIDDLE PATH MAKEOVER PROJECT IS: To follow through with my “to-dos” consistently for 129 days straight in order to find myself living a more awake, peaceful and happy, balanced life (and perhaps inspire one or two others to do the same). Here are the lists followed by their corresponding updates:

Daily:
Blogging – I have been successful everyday. Well there was one day when I did blog but I was so tired that I forgot to actually “publish” it. But I have blogged everyday.
Zazen sitting meditation a minimum of 10 minutes per day – I have completed 40 out of 45 days
Eating until I am full, not stuffed, and following a balanced diet program where I will track my food/activity – I have consistently stuck with this for 36 out of the 45 days
Positive self talk – I have been getting better at this (finally!!!) I am successful 32 out of the 45 days
Commit to working on a single task at a time – I have been successful 37 out of the 45 days. (This seems to go so much more smoothly when I’m mindful and “awake” in my actions!)
Do something kind for someone without expecting anything in return – I have been successful 42 out of the 45 days
Abstain from gossip – I have completed this task 32 out of 45 days
Abstain from reacting to anger I might experience – I have abstained from reacting to anger (still usually catching myself just before I react) for 29 out of the 45 days
Exercise a minimum of 20 minutes per day
I have successfully completed 35 out of the 45 days

Weekly:
Community service – I have completed 4 acts of community service and am behind by 2 projects at this time.m
Video Blog documenting my community service experience
I have successfully completed 1 community service video blog and still need to complete videos for projects 2, 3 and 4.

After 45 days of the Project, I have been more focused than I’ve been in a long time (maybe ever?). I’m becoming pretty good with time management which has always been a weaker spot of mine in the past. I’ve had some “freak out” moments where my heart starts racing and I worry that I’ll never get what I need done, done on time. But just as soon as I let that go, I almost always seem to let it go. As the Husband says, “What you don’t finish today will still be staring up at you tomorrow”. So true.

Last but definitely not least, I want to thank you for following along with me. I’m sort of beginning to get the hang of this whole blogging thing. Your energy supports me beyond words and I’m very grateful to have you stop by for a visit.

Keep on keepin’ on and see you next time!

-Leah Joy, the Zenful Blogger

BIWEEKLY REPORT CARD:Counting Down to Day 100 (Day 30) of The Middle Path Makeover

THE GOAL OF THE 129-DAY MIDDLE PATH MAKEOVER PROJECT IS: To follow through with my “to-dos” consistently for 129 days straight in order to find myself living a more awake, peaceful and happy, balanced life (and perhaps inspire one or two others to do the same). As a recap, here are the lists followed by their corresponding updates:

Daily:
Blogging – I have been successful everyday
Zazen sitting meditation a minimum of 10 minutes per day – I have completed 26 out of 30 days
Eating until I am full, not stuffed, and following a balanced diet program where I will track my food/activity – I have consistently stuck with this for 22 out of the 30 days
Positive self talk – I have been (consciously) successful 18 out of the 30 days
Commit to working on a single task at a time – I have been successful 25 out of the 30 days
Do something kind for someone without expecting anything in return – I have been successful 28 out of the 30 days
Abstain from gossip – I have completed this task 21 out of 30 days
Abstain from reacting to anger I might experience – I have abstained from reacting to anger (usually catching myself just before I react) for 17 out of the 30 days
Exercise a minimum of 20 minutes per day
I have successfully completed 21 out of the 30 days

Weekly:
Community service – I have completed 2 acts of community service and am delayed on the third which I hope to achieve this weekend. The fourth is also due this weekend.
Video Blog documenting my community service experience
I have successfully completed 1 community service video blog and will complete the next upon completion of the third act of community service

After 30 days of the Project, I can still say I have been more consistent with the above listed practices than ever before. I feel like the daily to-dos are developing into habits; habits that I’m looking forward to doing, not put off by. The weekly to-dos will required more advanced planning on my part since realistically, they are more involved. I can still say that overall I feel happier, more at peace and definitely more aware of my actions. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve had a couple freak-out moments too but have been able to acknowledge them and let them go more quickly than I’ve been able to do in the past. What a treat this is!

And if you’re out there reading along, thank you for time. I appreciate it very much.

Keep on keepin’ on,

Leah Joy, the Zenful Blogger

Counting Down to Day 104 (Day 26) of The Middle Path Makeover

This Sunday morning was one of those mornings when I woke up earlier than I wanted to (the neighbors were making noise followed by an early Sunday work-related phone call for the Husband). Normally I wouldn’t make too much out of the interruptions but I woke up not feeling well… again. The not feeling too hot occurs fairly regularly with me. I wasn’t certain until tonight that I would post anything about my conditions, but since it’s a rare day that it doesn’t take a toll on my energy levels and plays a pretty substantial part in my life, I decided I would write a little about it.

You see, for most of my life I’ve known that something was wrong. It wasn’t until recent that I was diagnosed with Endometriosis and one out of the two tests for Celiac’s Disease tested positive (gluten allergy). I’ve seen quite a few doctors over the past 18 or so years who either misdiagnosed me or dismissed me altogether. Of course I would often leave the doctors’ offices feeling confused and frustrated that I wasn’t being listened to or didn’t have good-enough health insurance to cover a more thorough investigation.

At last, I found myself in the hands of a solid and trustworthy physician who was able to recommend other solid and trustworthy physicians (amazing how that works!). In a matter of just a few weeks, I’ve learned that I have 2 incurable BUT TREATABLE “issues”. Had I only learned this years ago, I would have been able to save myself all the pain, fatigue and discomfort (and money). But I digress, because that isn’t how it went down. I can only move forward from here. At least I know now and can do something about it.

I can choose to go Western medicine or Eastern, or Holistic, or all of the above. Either way, the bright side to not feeling well when I wake up in the morning is that those days are numbered. 🙂

If any of you fine folks out there are reading this and have a story you’d like to share, I’d love some company.

Good health and good night,

Leah Joy, The Zenful Blogger

Counting Down to Day 105 (Day 25) of The Middle Path Makeover – What Do You Stand For?

These days from at-a-glance, I can see what people would like to stand for. It’s either tattooed on them, or printed on the reusable tote bag that carries all of their surplus belongings that their primary bag can’t contain, which perhaps is an even bigger “tell” than what’s printed on the tote bag. The way some dress lets me know what kind of music they love, places they like to hang out and perhaps even which god they pray to. But tattoos, tote bags and clothing really just touch the surface of who we really are (no matter how permanent some of them may seem). What’s the meaning underneath all the layers?

I really try to practice being open to whatever the message really is. It usually surprises me. I hate judging a book by its cover for this very reason. If anyone is reading this post, I’d love for you to share about your experience(s) with this.

This is what I’d like to stand for (but really don’t most of the time):

Skinny, famous celebrity
A great friend/daughter/sister, who puts priority time aside for friends and family
World traveler
Buddhist (I still swear, eat meat on occasion, drink alcohol and coffee and don’t let things go as easily as I should)
And there are many, many more I could add to this list…

This is what I know I stand for:

Encourager of others to see the good in themselves, because I can see it.
Encourager of others to see the potential in themselves, because I can see it.
Peace in the midst of chaos and war.
Kindness and compassion even when it’s not the popular choice.
Love.

It’s a short list, but it’s my list. I’m pretty happy with it. 🙂

What do you stand for?

The Zenful Blogger