Wednesday, January 04, 2012
It's a first for me. Visiting my family at anytime involves eating, eating and more eating, but during the holidays, it's also celebratory eating (even my birthday is added to the mix) that usually adds 7-10 lbs to my eager fat cells. This year I achieved my goal of not starting the new year on a "diet" to lose the additional lbs.
Thank you! Thank you SP Friends, SP Teams, SP Challenges--you kept me on track and exercising. My family's eyebrows stayed raised: "There she goes--exercising again. Go, Mom!" And it worked. I'm claiming victory!
Sunday, January 01, 2012
Joining the team "Fit & Organized" got me thinking: I had already begun decluttering my home of all the "too-sentimental-to-throw-out" and "you-never-know-I-may-use-it-one-day" stuff. But there are other areas in my life that I need to declutter, such as:
I have a mind of my own. I do not have to go along with what others are doing, just to be sociable. Today after church my daughter-in-law suggested brunch at a restaurant. I said, "No, I'm not hungry; I had fruit this morning"-- but no one else had, so we went to a restaurant. Over everyone's protestations, I ordered only coffee, and I offered to feed the 2-year old so her parents and my daughter could enjoy their meals.
I just commented on another SP Friend's blog today, who was saying she felt overwhelmed by feeling she needed to respond to everyone who encouraged her on SP--I told her that I was sure no one was watching to be sure everyone responded to their comments. They had too many other priorities to feel slighted by something so trivial. But I have spent a lot of time responding to "thank people" as well-- probably unnecessarily, too. I'm going to declutter that thinking-- for me that time will be put to better use giving some comments that might actually help inspire Sparkers to stay with their plan or congratulate them on a goal reached. I know I have been much encouraged by many in those ways. In a few days I will be back to work; my time will be limited. I will use it wisely, with no guilt.
More decluttered thoughts involving "shoulds":
I do not HAVE TO "invite" someone who has invited me (to dinner, to a party, etc).
I do not HAVE TO join, let alone take the helm, of committees or organizations that I no longer want to participate in.
I do not HAVE TO do ANYTHING that I even suspect is not in my best interest.
I will ask myself. "Do I really want to do this?" or "Will I really benefit from this?"
This does not make me selfish; it frees me to take care of the things that are really important to me. One of the things I really do want to make time for is to volunteer in a soup kitchen this year.
I can do this!
Saturday, December 31, 2011
In an earlier blog, my SP friend Mrs. Principal put forth the value of having one word to characterize your 2012. I've decided my word will be ACTION.
Thinking is good--necessary, but after thinking situations through, all the positive things that have happened in my life seem to have come after action. Usually it was my action, but sometimes action was taken on my behalf. I definitely want to be more than ever the instigator of positive things happening because of my positive actions.
Some quotes viewed just today on SP guided me to this choice:
“Knowing is not enough. we must apply. Willing is not enough, we must do.” ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Action expresses priorities.
"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit." ~Aristotle
Thursday, December 29, 2011
Today I took advantage of a fantastic Christmas gift I received. I had a one-hour massage. Oh my, oh my--was it ever wonderful. I feel so relaxed, stretched out and limber. My daughter and I had a "couples" massage--which only means we were in the same room. I really liked my massage therapist; he was skillful and didn't talk a lot. Just let me enjoy it.
I've decided to treat myself to one of these as a reward each time I hit a goal.
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