Hope Wissel

WOOHOO Wednesday!

Let's Celebrate 1

The first thing I think about when I see “CELEBRATE” is the disco song – yes, I was a disco queen!  I begin to sing it in my head and immediately begin to smile.

I have been working with an AMAZING Fierce Cheerleading (no, not the sport) Coach, Eryka Peskin for the last few months and it has helped me change my perspective on so many things.  I want to share some of her wise words of wisdom.  How it changed my thinking from the “Negative Nelly” to “I am AWESOME”.

I met Eryka through some mutual friends and I have participated in TWO of her virtual Celebration Challenges.  Each time, I discover new things about myself while speaking abundance into my world.  It is all about changing our mind set…..

When we engage in the act of celebrating something, we allow ourselves to acknowledge its importance and the goodness it brings to our lives. We mark the significance of whatever it is we’re celebrating by recognizing and acknowledging it.

When we celebrate something, we honor whatever it is we’re celebrating…and that means we honor ourselves, too!

And that’s why consistently celebrating helps us cultivate a certain mindset, a certain way of being. Because it’s one way for us to create a lifestyle where we are consistently honoring ourselves and taking note of the amazing things that happen in our lives All. The. Time.

I have learned to celebrate every day, being grateful for just waking up and speaking abundance into the universe.  Did you sleep in a bed?  CELEBRATE!  Do you have running water?  CELEBRATE!  Do you have clothes and food?  CELEBRATE

Seems a little too basic right?  The truth is that by celebrating the basics around us we begin to appreciate the every day things in our lives.  We start the day out thinking positively and seeking abundance.  Okay, I can hear the grumbles already and that proverbial “BUT” that comes after everything we say we are grateful for.

I totally get that things can be rough – some may still be digging out of the 20+ inches of snow on the East Coast.  Some have have health issues, a rotten job, lots of debt, a bad relationship – we all have challenges.  But have you noticed that when you focus on the negative side of things, more negative things happen?

Have you ever noticed that when you focus on the positive aspect of things, you get more done?

One of the first things that I learned to celebrate was the basics in my life.  I celebrate those things in my life that I often take for granted:

  • I celebrate having a warm home, with a roof over my head where I can take refuge.
  • I celebrate that I woke up rested and ready to conquer the day
  • I celebrate that I had a great cup of coffee that warmed my insides before heading out into the cold.

It’s easy.  Why don’t you try it?  I actually continue this “celebration” as the day goes on when Negative Nellie stops by by taking 5 minutes to do a gratitude break.  It clears my head and gets me back on the right track.

What is YOUR favorite positive mantra? OR share your celebrations with us?

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!


Hope Wissel

Self Love and the Weight Loss Journey

“Stop hating yourself for everything you aren’t. Start loving yourself for everything that you are.” ~Unknown

Happy Monday!  I am doing my happy dance because it is the weekend.  No, I am not crazy but I consider Monday and Tuesday my weekend since they are hubby’s days off.  I have office hours in the morning (while he is still asleep) but the rest of the day is devoted to spending time with him.

The last week was full of awakenings.  Since June1 is the start of Thirty One’s fiscal year, I did a reset and considered that MY new year.  Okay, so you may be thinking she is just in the pink cloud that comes the first week or so when we actually keep our New Year’s resolutions, right?

The truth is that I actually had some glimpses of how other see me and I am pretty AMAZING.  Yes, last week was that game changing.  I have put on a few pounds since reaching Lifetime as Weight Watchers – a fact.  I acknowledge it for what it is and I have moved on.  As a result in my change in attitude, I dropped 2.2 pounds this week.  Okay, so hitting the gym and the treadmill for 4 days helped but my attitude was different.

Yes, I am tracking again which keeps me accountable. Yes, I hit the gym. The biggest game changer for me was in my belief that I deserved to be at goal weight.

Here are 3 thought gremlins that I kicked to the curb this week:

1. There is something wrong with me.  

A wise woman (thank you Eryka Peskin) tole me to stop berating myself and start celebrating me.  Her Celebration Challenge over the last 2 weeks was a HUGE for me.  I don’t want to diet the rest of my life with the “I can’t have” mentality.  I am going to live my life as my skinnier self enjoying the foods that I like without condemning myself.  The berating has kept me on the diet yo-yo and stood in the way to my success.

2. I need to wait until I lose the weight.

Rewarding myself for reaching a number on the scale was not an incentive because what I really wanted was those words of affirmation.  Of course, words are great but you have to believe them.  Stop waiting! Celebrate the little wins along the way to encourage yourself to keep going. Take out the good dishes and eat on them, buy a new outfit and feel great in it now, go out on a date, LIVE!

3. They are so beautiful. I’ll never look like that.

The media including social media has us comparing our bodies to others and using it as a standard for how our body should look.  Why do we beat ourselves up wanting the hourglass figure when we are a pear shape?  Our body frames are different and no matter how hard we try, we will never look like that hour glass figure.  You are just setting yourself up for a big disappointment.

Berating ourselves, waiting to do nice things for ourselves, and comparing ourselves are not what we want to do when we want to lose weight and feel better about ourself.

Focusing on what we like about ourself, treating ourself to something special every now and then, and giving up comparisons is the way for us to be healthier and happier.

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!