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Dying From Comfort

Thursday, May 09, 2013

Yesterday, I read a Generation Y blog entitled "A Life of Comfort Will Kill You Silently."
elitedaily.com/life/motivation/comfo
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While the blogger wrote about staying in relationships that go past their expiration dates and about becoming complacent in a less-than-rewarding job just for the comfort of the known and expected, the concept triggered in me the notion that I am "comfortable" in my messiness. So to follow on from my blog yesterday, I see I need to get UNcomforable with the possessions that own me.

Cleaning out isn't new for me. I started last year as a Flybaby ( www.flylady.net/ ) and went great guns for awhile, finally conquering my closet. Then the effort fizzled. I would set a goal of going down to the basement with an empty trash bag and not coming up till it was full. When I got to the base of the stairs and looked around, all the lofty intentions of taking even this baby step would flee in the face of the jumble of boxes, most untouched for over a decade, and I would turn around and go back upstairs feeling defeated.

Those feelings of failure rumbled around in my brain while I walked yesterday, and I realized I could use SparkPeople Fast Break techniques to help, so I set a goal to build one new habit by using the 21-day trick. I picked one spot to declutter, the breakfast nook table, which is a dumping ground for a multitude of things, since it's right in the path between the garage entry and the kitchen. I am going to clean off the mess, wipe the table down, and for the next 21 days, I will make sure the table is clean before I go to bed. Just one little thing that I hope will lead to bigger things.

  
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INTHEGAP 5/13/2013 10:34PM

    What an incredible idea! I love it! And you are just the lady to carry it out. Once you have made up your mind to something, you are so good at following through. :) I, also, love the idea of just 'one place' at a time. Not having to make yourself crazy with having to do 'everything' at once. Good luck ~ but I'm sure you won't need it. emoticon

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SHARON10002 5/9/2013 11:00PM

    That's a great idea, Celia! I know the feeling - I have it too. Good intentions only to face the reality of it, and get discouraged. . . . Baby steps are the key - emoticon
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PINKNFITCARLA 5/9/2013 7:52PM

    That's a great idea! Wishing you luck. I have a lot of clutter as well and boxes all over :-( I just might try this!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 5/9/2013 4:18PM

    Good for you! As I look around the room right now I can see several places like your table that could be MY starting point. Start I will!

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GINGERHAWK 5/9/2013 2:47PM

    What a great idea - I have a few areas of the house that could really stand to be tackled. Thankfully our place is relatively small and I hate too much clutter, so they're still fairly manageable but they won't be for long if I keep ignoring them.

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_LINDA 5/9/2013 2:23PM

    Great plan! One step at a time is the only way to go when faced with a huge quantity of stuff. The rule of thumb is if it hasn't been used or touched in five years, out it goes!
Good luck with it!! Decluttering is so freeing!

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MKELLY72 5/9/2013 1:16PM

    Brilliant approach! I have found myself in the same thoughts when I make the trip to the basement--a while back I made great progress, but more needs to be made--it just gets so overwhelming sometimes--
Michelle

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2WHEELEDSHARON 5/9/2013 12:33PM

    Way to bring some life back a breath at a time:)

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LILYDOG11 5/9/2013 11:14AM

    I need to go back to what my my Mother used to tell me when my children where young and I felt overwhelmed take one room at a time. I tried this with my closest 3 weeks ago. That is as far as I got my bedroom is the last place in the house that really needs to be decluttered. I don't have a basement, but my husband has a full garage, and the spare bedroom is full of his projects !! I think I will take one corner in my bedroom and clean it, it has a load of books there, donate some and keep the ones I want to re-read. I hope your system works for you. Just take it one thing at a time and work your way through it. emoticon emoticon

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BETHGILLIGAN 5/9/2013 10:44AM

    Oh, boy!! Can I relate to this!! My husband is a pack rat and our basement and garage are filled with over TWO decades of stuff! I started this about a year ago and did go to basement with the trash bag. I did it twice and was so overwhelmed with all I was getting rid of and how much was left I quit. Your idea is a good one. I need to focus on one area or room that we live in. At least then I think I would have some success!

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No, I'm not entitled

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

I loved NELLJONES's blog today "Are We Entitled?"
www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
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The bottom line message is powerful: "We all know that people aren't automatically entitled to stuff, but we also aren't entitled to thin. Both take work."

Nell made me think hard about my own background. I was not raised in a wealthy family, so when I got out on my own, I felt a need (compulsion?) to amass things. Lots of things. Like I was addicted to things. Now I want those things out of my house and out of my life, but the task of getting them gone seems so daunting. The same thing happened with my weight, as I ate what I wanted when I wanted, especially foods I did not get when I was young. Lots of food. At some point, I reached my limit and had to reassess and reverse that process to get rid of excess weight. I hope the time comes soon when I hit my limit with excess things and conquer that addiction, too.

  
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SHARON10002 5/9/2013 10:47PM

    Celia, you have done an amazing job on your weight loss journey, and look how far you have come! Try to stress less over it - let it go, and in the letting go you will find peace, and the balance will come on it's own. . .

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BROOKLYN_BORN 5/9/2013 9:14AM

    I can relate to this. When we were first married all our world possessions fit in a station wagon pulling a U-Haul. Nearly 50 years later "stuff" is everywhere. I need to limit the stuff in my house and what I put into my mouth.

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PINKNFITCARLA 5/8/2013 11:25PM

    You'll get there, when you're ready. You've done amazing things with your health and you should be proud of that :-)

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ANJAYS-JOURNEY 5/8/2013 2:25PM

    Its funny how our childhood can affect our futures and we do the opposite of how we were raised

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LILYDOG11 5/8/2013 10:39AM

    Yes our past as children have allot to do with how we are today. I have my own issues with that and am at the point as you. I am more secure with myself to bring about the change. Easy to gain the weight hard to get rid of it. emoticon

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LEANNAW4 5/8/2013 10:18AM

    I also loved Nell's blog today, and I can see myself in your story as well. When I moved out on my own, I also ate unwisely because I could and now I'm trying to better manage current decisions and undo the damage of past ones.

Good luck to you on your path to overcoming addiction to excess things!

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Level 20

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

It has been a long time coming. I've tried running again, and bought a great elliptical. I've read blogs and articles (repeatedly), taken quizzes till I know them by heart, played Trivia, posted, and sent goodies. I've read The Spark, cooked recipes from the SparkPeople Cookbook, and ordered The Spark Solution. What I've gotten back is so much more than what I've given: encouragement, friendship, motivation, inspiration, 75+ pounds gone, and 1 month away from my 1-year maintenance Sparkversary.

THANK YOU, SPARKPEOPLE!!

  
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RUNNING-LIFE 4/22/2013 8:05AM

    Woohoo!! Way to go- great accomplishment! Keep it up!

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KANOE10 4/22/2013 7:31AM

    Great accomplishment! You are doing a wonderful job of maintenance! Yay for Spark People and support! One year coming up is exciting.


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BESSHAILE 4/22/2013 7:26AM

    It's so true - the more you give the more you get!

Thank you for being such an inspiration to me.

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SHARON10002 4/17/2013 9:57PM

    Couldn't agree with you more! You have done an amazing job, Celia. You are one of my role models. . .

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MISSB8604 4/17/2013 11:20AM

    Congrats!!!!!!

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PINKNFITCARLA 4/16/2013 11:15PM

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I so enjoy all I learn going through my daily spark points! I also enjoy the motivation I get from reading all the site has to offer.

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DIBANANA 4/16/2013 7:18PM

  So proud of you! You give a lot to all of us!

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LEANNAW4 4/16/2013 6:47PM

    Congratulations! What a huge achievement. You are an inspiration!

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NONIE_C 4/16/2013 6:30PM

    emoticon How exciting and inspiring!!!
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SPARKGUY 4/16/2013 5:44PM

    Woohoo -- congrats and thanks for being part of the SP family! Have fun continuing to reach your goals.

SparkCheers!

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GK1963 4/16/2013 5:10PM

    Congrats! emoticon

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2WHEELEDSHARON 4/16/2013 4:28PM

    Nicely done! The year of maintenance is quite impressive and inspiring! emoticon

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BESTMEICANBE51 4/16/2013 3:21PM

    emoticon emoticon YOU DESERVE IT !

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CANDOK1260 4/16/2013 1:45PM

    emoticon you doing great

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ANJAYS-JOURNEY 4/16/2013 11:08AM

    woohoo way to go congrats

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LILYDOG11 4/16/2013 9:40AM

    WooHoo!! You deserve that gold crown ... I've enjoyed conversing with you on Blogs, activity feeds and teams. You Go Girl !!

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SUNSHINE99999 4/16/2013 9:38AM

  absolutely a woo hoo moment. emoticon emoticon

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GINGERHAWK 4/16/2013 9:25AM

    Congrats on the accomplishments, Celia. Amazing!

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Reluctantly I approached my mat

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Yesterday felt so loooooong! I didn't sleep well the night before, I got to work to find the servers that should have come back up after a planned power outage hadn't, and when I was finally able to log in, my computer was hosed such that I couldn't reach my shared drive that housed my work folders and the ONE project I needed to complete yesterday. Then someone added a telcon to my calendar over the "Do Not Schedule" that marks the end of my day. I felt wrung out and discombobulated as I raced to make the train and start the commute home. I argued with myself the whole way over whether I would go to my yoga class, the first class of the session. It would have been so easy to flop on the couch with a glass of wine and search for a marathon of a favorite show.

When I walked in the door, though, I recalled the tasks that needed doing, so by the time I had taken the trash to the curb, loaded the towels in the washer, triaged the mail, and petted the cat, I felt energized enough to grab my mat and drive to class. I'm really glad I did. Once I started my warmup routine, I realized the kinks from the day were starting to release. And to add to the experience, our regular instructor, who I love, had car trouble and was replaced by the studio owner, who was my first instructor and also super. Her concentration on core was a pleasant change up to our normal class and was also energizing. I left the class relaxed and clear-headed, drove home, and prepared a healthy dinner. Much better ending to the day.

  
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BROOKLYN_BORN 4/12/2013 10:11AM

    I'm glad your day ended well. You made it happen by not giving in to the couch and the wine. Sounds like we've both been dealing with connectivity issues. At least I don't have to go to work, but losing the Internet does add to the isolation of rural living.

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DOLPHINSINGER72 4/11/2013 6:45PM

    Love me some yoga. I am glad it made you feel better.

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SHARON10002 4/11/2013 4:53PM

    Sounds like the universe was trying to send you a loving message . . .

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PINKNFITCARLA 4/10/2013 11:26PM

    Glad things turned around! emoticon

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NONIE_C 4/9/2013 9:20PM

    I love when things work out that way!
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2WHEELEDSHARON 4/9/2013 4:36PM

    Way to give yourself a good ending to a hosed day:)

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MISSB8604 4/9/2013 4:27PM

    LOVE this!

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BETHGILLIGAN 4/9/2013 4:25PM

    Great way to end a stressful day! Good for you making that good decision!

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LILYDOG11 4/9/2013 12:06PM

    Nice way to finish the day, the OMY I do has really limbered me up .... Love it. emoticon

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ANJAYS-JOURNEY 4/9/2013 11:16AM

    Awesome glad to hear you had a better evening

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DESERTJULZ 4/9/2013 9:55AM

    Yoga always brings me peace. Sometimes I struggle with getting there, yet I'm always grateful that I did!

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BESTMEICANBE51 4/9/2013 9:23AM

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Isn't it AMAZING how much better you feel after a workout, especially if you didn't want to do it?

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GINGERHAWK 4/9/2013 9:16AM

    Sorry that you had such a long (and not overly pleasant) day yesterday, Celia! Good for you for getting yourself to yoga - it really does help, doesn't it? I had an awesome noon-time class yesterday that left me feeling more positive and full of energy. If only I could take more midday classes! Hope today is a better day for you!

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LEANNAW4 4/9/2013 8:50AM

    Wonderful! I'm so glad your day turned around!

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Balance is My True Nature

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

That was the centering thought of the Day 2 Chopra meditation. I had not intended to sign up for this quarter's 21-day meditation challenge, but I realized that the sleepless periods resulting from severe jet lag created open times just right for meditation.

Something that struck me in this meditation was the need to be open to spontaneity and welcome surprise...things I am not normally good at. I make list after list and plan trips and events almost to the minute, so I wasn't sure spontaneity and surprise would make me feel less stressed. However, what happened at the end of my meditation clued me in to the fact that sponteneity and surprise don't have to result in tumultuous upheaval. When I opened my eyes, on the wall I was facing was a gecko scampering across. I was absolutely delighted by my little surprise! I've lived in the tropics twice before, and geckos are known for bringing good luck (in addition to eating yucky insects). The sight of that little creature brought back some great memories and helped drive home the message of the meditation.

  
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BESSHAILE 3/18/2013 7:02AM

    Oh - a good luck omen! How perfect.

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DIBANANA 3/17/2013 12:57PM

  Celia I am a planner too. But, the best vacation I can remember was in Hawaii and planning nothing! I didn't want to come home. Sometimes we need to break away from our routines.



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KATHIC2 3/17/2013 7:38AM

  You are so balanced!

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SHARON10002 3/14/2013 4:34PM

    When we were stationed in Hawaii, we had those in our house all the time. I didn't mind as long as they were little, but we had one that was about a foot long that lived somewhere in our bathroom. He would scare me as he scampered across the wall almost every time I'd go in and turn on the light. He must have been a great great granddaddy! I made my DH catch him and let him free outside.

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IAMWINNING 3/14/2013 1:57PM

    When I was between Jr-Sr years of high school, we moved to the Philippines (Dad was in the service). I well remember Mom taking a broom and chasing those little transluscent lizards around the house, until she finally was persuaded that they were harmless and to just leave them alone. emoticon I didn't realize they are supposed to be good luck. So good luck to you. : )

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PINKNFITCARLA 3/13/2013 10:35PM

    Loved hearing about seeing the gecko! I've never tried to meditate, something I might like to try...


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NONIE_C 3/13/2013 10:28PM

    I'm doing the 21-Day challenge too, and so loving it!!!
It's wonderful that the gecko was there to delight you and reinforce the message.
Namaste

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1EMMA2011 3/13/2013 6:19PM

    Wow Great job!!!

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OMMAMA7 3/13/2013 2:25PM

    That is awesome :) (I am also doing that challenge - I did the abundance one last year and it was great!)

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INTHEGAP 3/13/2013 2:10PM

    Such a wonderful bit of synchronicity. :) I'm happy to hear things are going so well. Enjoy!

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LILYDOG11 3/13/2013 12:41PM

    Good for you, I used to be a big planner but now can go either way. emoticon

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CBSPECIAL 3/13/2013 12:10PM

    I use meditation to help with sleeping, glad it works for you!

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2WHEELEDSHARON 3/13/2013 12:03PM

    Fun! Have a wonderfully spontaneous time:)

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HELEN_BRU 3/13/2013 10:32AM

    A good thing about spontaneity and surprise is you are living in the moment and enjoying where you are.

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TORTISE110 3/13/2013 9:28AM

    Thank you for sharing your reflection with us! I'll be thinking of your gecko today and the good luck I hope it is bringing you.

We humans are such a trip. We like order AND surprises!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 3/13/2013 8:11AM

    What a serendipitous occurance! Did I spell that right? So geckos have another function than selling insurance. Good to know. I'm glad you can keep in touch during your trip. Your comment yesterday prompted my blog this morning.

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KANOE10 3/13/2013 8:09AM

    I grew up in the tropics with those cute tiny geckos. I think it is a sign of good luck for you.

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BETHGILLIGAN 3/13/2013 7:53AM

    What a great surprise for you!!! Sounds like a great trip so far!

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