Thursday, May 09, 2013
Yesterday, I read a Generation Y blog entitled "A Life of Comfort Will Kill You Silently."
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.
Wednesday, May 08, 2013
I loved NELLJONES's blog today "Are We Entitled?"
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.
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!!
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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