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Feeling joy & getting healthy


My 2016 goal is a S.M.A.R.T. one.

Specific: I will feel joy by stopping the habit of complaining.  Off to a good start: a rubber band around my wrist was snapped sharply when I started to whine about a minor ache. That got my attention. I felt complete joy when the stinging stopped, because I knew I had found a method that worked.

Measurable:  I will get healthier by lowering my blood pressure, keeping my blood sugar even & lose five pounds. I can measure the first two daily here at home, but I only weigh at the doctor’s office so that will be delayed gratification. However, I am daily logging my food intake & that is another form of measurement.

Attainable:  These are attainable & achievable.

Realistic. They are also realistic.

Timetable: I will change the weight goal after I achieve it. I will move forward to a different area after I’ve gotten hold of the complaint department.  As far as feeling joy, I’ve started a ‘gratitude jar’ where I write things for which I’m grateful & drop into the jar. Every time I’m grateful for something, I feel a twinkle of joy. At then end of 2016 I will have at least 365 scraps of paper added, maybe more. I’m using my leftover card making scraps so it’s colorful & makes me happy to see it.

Recipe I use a LOT:

Crustless pumpkin pie (breakfast, vegetable or dessert)

1 Can/15 oz pumpkin unsweetened
1 Can/12 oz Carnation Evaporated fat free Milk
2 eggs
1/2 tsp salt
3 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup stevia for baking
Optional..Pam for baking

Combine eggs, milk, vanilla and salt. Gradually add stevia. Add pumpkin. Pour in a 9 inch baking pan. Bake at 400 degrees for first 15 minutes. Bake at 325 degrees for 45 minutes or until knife inserted in baked pumpkin comes out clean.

*I put it all into a microwavable dish for 15 minutes & it works just fine for me. I also use way less salt.

This is in response to: http://silverthreading.com/2016/01/11/mindful-monday-healthy-living-make-life-changes-to-help-you-achieve-your-goals/


Author: carolyninjoy

I’m a happily married, retired mother of two adults & grandmother of four children. Adjusted at last to my move from WA state & all the green trees & abundant moisture to a different beauty of desert mountains in AZ. The winters in the Mojave Desert are bliss, the 127 degree summers are a test. It is a climate change for sure. I’ve learned to bloom where I’m planted. I must remember, plants have roots, people have legs & to use mine! I am an avid reader of almost all genres & usually have a baker’s dozen books being read at the same time. I craft greeting cards & enjoy sharing my creativity with family & friends. I also surf the internet looking for artists, photographs, quotes, etc. for my Joy is a Choice! Choose Joy Moment by Moment webpage. http://www.facebook.com/Joyisachoice I also make online jigsaw puzzles. http://www.facebook.com/Injoyspuzzlesforfun I'm a voracious reader & have started a book review page on facebook. I now have the freedom to read all night long, should I so choose & don't suffer the repercussions since I can nap the following day. It's the best time of my life. The link for InJoyful Book Reviews is: http://www.facebook.com/InJoyfulBookReviews

11 thoughts on “Feeling joy & getting healthy

  1. Reblogged this on Silver Threading and commented:
    I have tears in my eyes sharing Carolyn’s journey! I am so proud of her and her goals! ❤

  2. Carolyn, I have huge tears in my eyes reading this wonderful journey that you have undertaken! I love your recipe and had lost it, so this was just the best thing to get it back. You know I like the best? Your sense of empowerment. You feel in control and know that with perseverance, you will achieve your goal. YOU ARE SIMPLY AMAZING! Thank you for being part of my journey! You give me the courage to make the right choices! ❤

  3. Well done Carolyn on setting out your goals and knowing how you are going to achieve them. Well done, I wish you success 🙂

  4. Your goals sound doable. The little things you plan to do daily sound like nourishing building blocks. Carry on! ❤

  5. Pingback: Mindful Monday – Healthy Living: Eat Your Veggies! – Silver Threading

    • Excellent & informative blog this week! Thank you for all your research & photos. I still have to write mine. The 8 month old French mastiff mix puppy has been a handful this weekend. She’s sleeping in her crate now so perhaps I’ll have time. But I need SLEEP, the sleep will win I think.

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