I don’t think it’s possible to spend too much time at Starbucks. Summer classes started Monday, and I’ve already completed a homework assignment! Summer moves quickly because the sessions are short, and doing homework and completing other projects is more fun at Starbucks than it is at home because it’s far from isolated.
One of the classes that I’m taking right now required me to do a stress assessment. I had to answer questions about my sleep patterns and do an inventory of major life changes that I’ve experienced over the last year (ex. death of a spouse, relocation, change in social activities, etc.) I haven’t experienced many major life changes in the last year, which makes me extraordinarily thankful after the changes I experienced in years prior.
I also had to list 10 stressors, and it was difficult to do that. I came up with several though – my current weight, relationship/lack of, aggravating people, etc. Making that list reminded me again how thankful I am for me life, but it also helped me recognize that the things I stress about affect me in a variety of ways. My weight affects me mentally, emotionally, spiritually and physically.
The fact that I’m still obese…still not in control of my weight…makes me feel like a failure, but there’s a solution. There’s always a solution, right? For me, it starts by not making excuses. I’m pretty good about owning up to the fact that I suck when it comes to losing weight. Kudos to me for not blaming anyone or anything else, but taking responsibility means more than admitting that I”m wrong.
I have to do some cognitive restructuring, which simply means that I need to change the way I think. (Easier said that done, or is it?)
I’m excited about this class because it seems like it might become one that leads to positive life changes. I have a few close friends in this class, and they feel the way I feel about it as well.