Monday, June 07, 2010
This is the first blog I've done in a while. I'd really like feedback.
One of the things about dieting that I loathe is bringing my lunch to work. It's not the food I bring or the bag I carry it in. There is a nice refrigerator and a microwave in our kitchen to use - so storage is not a problem. What I don't like is not leaving the office. I don't live close enough to scurry home. Our office is small - six people and only two of us use the table in our small kitchen. There are places I could go and window shop, but I've found that sometimes gets me in trouble. LOL!
What I want is a place to go at lunch. Before you suggest it, I don't have any friends in the neighborhood of my office. I could walk at lunch but choose not to because I hate the sweat factor - especially in the summer with the high humidity we have. Gym membership is a possibility, but honestly, I just don't have the extra money for it.
I know I can't be the only person who wants a place to go for lunch where you can bring your own food and just hang out with a book. All I have to do is cruise the parking lots around the office at lunch to see how many people I see sitting in their cars chowing down to know that's true.
There are few local parks around, but, again, especially in the summer, weather is an issue and parking is always an issue.
Here's my idea ... what if there was such a thing as a 'Lunch Park'? What if it was inside where it could be heated and cooled? What if it just had a few random tables scattered araound and some chairs? There could be a few vending machines around for those who forgot their lunch. There could be areas for 'quiet' where people simply eat and read and areas with a television. Maybe a ping pong table? Sign up sheets for people who are interested in playing games? Wi-fi if you want to bring your computer?
I know, I know ... who's going to pay for it and who's going to run it. I guess that's where the problem lies, but public parks have to be maintained by somebody, Why couldn't someone be hired to watch over the Lunch Park? Maybe there would be a nominal admission fee. Something most people could afford.
This is a very baby idea, but would love to hear what ya'll think or ideas on how to make it happen.
Tuesday, April 07, 2009
I laughed this morning when this was the weekly Spark Blog entry. I go in spurts with exercise. For months at a time I'll exercise nearly every day, then all of a sudden, something goes awry and I miss a day ... then two and three until I've completely fallen off the fitness wagon.
Lately I've been trying so hard to get back up on that fitness wagon. Life is so full. I thought once the kids were grown that I'd have more time. That statement couldn't be any more untrue!
I was just about to change my working hours so I could exercise in the morning before coming to work when my youngest son decided he didn't want to live with his dad anymore. I'm happy to have him home again, but that means going back to'mom' mode. Making sure his homework is done, teacher conferences, pushing him to get ready for college next year, etc. My college age daugther has called many a time when I was about to work out needing my help. Her car won't start, she doesn't feel well, she had a bad day, etc. Then there's the oldest, married daughter who just moved back to town. She and her hubby had a hard time finding work, but they finally each have a job, albeit not what they hoped for. In the meantime, it hasn't been unusual for them to stop by looking for dinner.
So you see, life happens. Last night I pulled out my WII Fit for the first time in over a month. It felt good to be active. Dinner was never made though. Is that so bad? I think not. It's give and take and I believe I'm on the end of deserving to 'take' a little sometimes. I don't think anyone will starve if I decide to 'WII' instead of fixing a meal. Besides, I'm not the only one around there that knows how to cook.
Wednesday, April 01, 2009
Another one of my Fast Break goals was to start making a list of things I need to do on a daily basis. I tend to have so many expectations of myself that I either do more than I intended, or I get paralyzed with anxiety and don't do anything. Even making a list seems like a chore sometimes. Sad, huh?
What I'm starting to realize though is that it is helpful to 'see' what all I feel I need to do on paper. When I 'see' it, I realize that maybe I don't need really need to do all that's on that list or that the anxiety I'd been feeling was not necessary.
Today I made a list of places I needed to go at lunch and what I needed at each place. This was in preparation for a short trip I'm taking tomorrow and Friday. I sat here most of the morning fretting over it thinking I'd have to do some on the way home. Then, when I left the office I got into a traffic jam (RATS!). Panic started to set in. I took a deep breath and just decided I would do what I could and worry about the rest later. Well, let me tell you, I made it to every place on my list and accomplished all I needed to do. I was 15 minutes late getting back to work, but all is well. I come in early nearly every day and rarely leave for lunch anymore, so no one will say anything.
I'm relieved that part of my list is accomplished and crossing those errands off my list was a joy!
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Yesterday I was in panic mode trying to get some paperwork done to send off to colleges for my son. I spent the entire evening filling out forms, etc. When I finally got the papers done (this morning!), I felt a bit relieved. What didn't make me happy was that I did not exercise yesterday.
I set a Fast Break Goal yesterday of exercising three times a week. Today is only Tuesday, I know. It just seems that the days roll by so quickly and there is much to do in the evenings. Before I know it, the evening has past and I've done no exercise.
I'm learning to let go though. A goal is something we strive for. If we don't meet it, we try again ... and again and again. Soon it will be easier to meet. That's why we have to change our goals sometimes - they get too easy or become second nature. If we didn't need to work on something, we wouldn't need to set goals in the first place.
So today, I'll try again to get my first day of exercise of the week done.
Monday, March 30, 2009
So, I started making a list of things I need to do. By doing this, I realized something that I sort of already knew in the back of my mind, but it just needed to be brought to the front of my mind. Does that make sense?
I thought I had so much to accomplish this evening, but really it's not so bad. There's just one particular thing I have to do to complete the FAFSA process (we got picked for verification - oh YAY! NOT!). Once I get that done and the proper forms sent off to the colleges, I'll feel a whole lot better. So, I'll spend the hour it takes to get that done this evening and it'll be done, over with and behind me. Anything that has to do with the IRS, government agencies and college financial aid offices is a source of tension to me.
Now that I understand what's really bugging me, I can move beyond it. Phew! See what making a list can do?
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