The 100 happy days challenge. Finding happiness in every day.
Sometimes we can become so frustrated with all the challenges that come with having diabetes. And if you hop online, this world can often be interpreted as a sea of complainers, misinformation and ignorance, especially so if you’re having a rough time.
It’s important to look on the bright side!
I decided to take part because I think this exercise is a great reminder that there’s so much to be happy about and to be thankful for. It’s important that we focus on that.
Snap, post, be happy.
Read my blog post on #100happydays here.
Start date: March 8, 2014
Day 1: It’s day 1 of my #100happydays challenge. This made me smile and as I stared out the window from the cafe, I thought, this makes me so happy! Quite a few people would tie their dogs up outside and run in to grab a coffee. Strangers of all kinds came up to pet the dogs. Smiles were created quickly. There’s dog treats inside the cafe and dog bowls and mats outside. Animals of all kinds make me happy and today I got to see so many four legged furry friends.
Day 2: My #100happydays photo came to life through one simple question in passing today. “Why do you keep that ratty old star keychain mom?” She said because her friend and former co-worker Jody had the exact same one although they both got it at different places. My mom has never seen anyone else with that keychain. They also happen to share the same birthday. And get this: Jody’s son also has type 1 diabetes. He’s also very active. Crazy co-incidences or not? The keychain is no longer just a keychain, but a sign of two people meant to meet and connect. Now every time I see her keychain it’ll make me happy .
Day 3: My usual 5 and 10k route passes by my childhood friend’s parents house. To this day we are like sisters. Every time I run by I wave to the house. It brings back such good memories and I think of how far we’ve come. Snapped this photo today. #100happydays
Day 4: My gym always posts motivational quotes and stories around the change room. This is a new one I saw today. You definitely feel inspired before you get out there.
Day 5: Being entertained by the simple things in life. This picture is a friendly reminder of that for me
Day 6: I think I got this rubber ducky 3-4 years ago I’m not quite sure. Didn’t realize he couldn’t sit upright until I got home. I decided to keep him. None of us are perfect. We fall down, we get scarred, and we rise again. When I see my imperfect ducky, that’s what I think of. Perfection in the imperfect.
Day 7: A Friday evening walk and finding a Canadian glove in the middle of the street. Wooly socks on, listening to my Rich Roll podcast. Blessed life.
Day 8: Met up with some run friends today and we talked about me running my first full marathon!? Is this happening?
Day 9: Random animals and their owners I get to meet and chat with.
Day 10: This tonight.
Day 11: Got to ditch the car and RUN to run errands today.
Day 12: Today’s warm weather prompted me to get into triathlon mode. Spun, then figured I’d so some laps at the pool with a buoy. I put my goggles on the counter and went to use the bathroom. When I came out my goggles were gone. That meant flutter drills. My legs are burning! To whoever took my Aquasphere goggles I hope you will train hard in them. They were the pair I did my first triathlon in and were special.
Day 13: First day of spring and I’ve been itching for triathlon training. It seemed too cold to ride but I suited up and went out anyway. My lungs burned, the wind had me heaving and my legs were like jelly. I loved every minute of it. No lows too!
Day 14: It’s been years since he left whatever hell and abuse he came from but this cat still remains petrified of most sounds and movements. Today I saw him cautiously go to the backyard door (he rarely does, so scared of the outside). He stood for a moment to soak in the sun, breathing fresh air. It’s nice to see him be a little brave and enjoy the outside world.
Day 15: Being surrounded by people who love to move and are also #t1d.
Day 16: My gratitude jar. Since the start of the year I put happy moments in here. At the end of 2014 I’ll read them all.
Day 17: Thankful for the ability to dance. Moving to music is therapeutic. Some beat up feet after today’s class.
Day 18: Ahhh relaxation! Last time at the Diabetes Association mental health and diabetes talk I won a raffle. 45 minute massage from Animas!
Day 19: I wanted to mimic a pump and since I don’t have a demo one, I made this. Ran one loop using one site then switched to the other for comparison. Felt no difference and didn’t feel the tubing/annula either way. Moving forward! Slowly but surely and with the help of great support. I will get this!
Day 20: So many options here in Canada to make the meals you love minus all the bad stuff. Get to the kitchen. Also, cilantro! 😀
Day 21: It’s gone viral. Self Magazine landed in hot water for making fun of tutus. They asked a woman if they could use a photo of her dressed up during a race. Little did she know her pic was under a heading called the BS meter with the tutu trend being mocked. This woman was a brain cancer patient, midway through chemo. She dressed up as Wonder Woman to motivate herself. Blue tutu on and all. She also has a company that makes tutus and donates the money to charities. And that’s me in the photo! Rocking my pink tutu for my first half-marathon after being diagnosed with t1d.
Day 22: When I finish a race or a great workout session, I fall a little bit more in love with life. I feel a sense of accomplishment, and with a disease where sometimes best efforts still lead to out of range #’s, it’s nice to feel powerful, full of strength and in control of my body. Living with #t1d has taught me to get to know my body well. Today I had to cancel my plans because I’m not feeling well. I’m going to rest, do yoga, and relax. Listen to your body and your body will love you back (even if your pancreas doesn’t). Have a wonderful weekend everyone!
Day 23: A short walk today. Not feeling so great. This is a pic of my dairy free coconut ice cream and strawberry from yesterday’s JDRF support group.
Day 24: I am not feeling any better today but knew a good jog would help and it did!
Day 25: Thank you for the nomination Anne Marie. A no make-up, no filter selfie with my current read Why I run by Mark Sutcliffe. Ottawa Marathon here I come!
Day 26: Monika. The woman who was mocked in Self Magazine because she wore a tutu, has definitely taken the high road. She has handled the situation with such class. The angry energy towards the mag? She asked people instead to send message to young girls about perseverance. I completely forgot to wear my tutu yesterday but here’s a pic of me at a 10km race last summer. I was a “coaching fairy” for a friend.
Day 27: Spring is here! Swim, coffee, conversation & sushi with my amazing friend Anne Marie. So happy when the sun is out! Feeling happy.
Day 28: Your greatest enemy is yourself. There’s greatness within. Harness it.
Day 29: Peace