JLPEASE   77,509
SparkPoints
60,000-79,999 SparkPoints
 
 
JLPEASE's Recent Blog Entries

Procrastination?... I'll think about that later

Friday, May 20, 2011

I read an article about procrastination yesterday that I was supposed to reflect on. It made a whole lot of sense. I am definitely one of those people who gets stressed out because I put off tasks, especially filing and organizing things so that I waste a lot of time even getting ready to start tasks. Basically I throw everything in a big pile -- at home and at work. I am trying to be better, but I have a long way to go. I know I would be much more productive and happier if I just did stuff when I thought of it instead of putting things off.

On the lighter side, I actually read this article at work because I was procrastinating. I had to write a report and I couldn't figure out how to get it started. Also, in case no one noticed, I put off until today writing this reflection. At least I'm consistent!!
emoticon

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

KIYOSHI04 5/22/2011 3:07PM

    this made me chuckle.
i am a procrastinator too. some of us just thrive that way.... i always waited until last minute to do all college papers and then stayed up all night doing it the nite before.
:o)
sometimes it is just easier to do things as they come. like filing.
then it doesnt suck as much and doesnt suck as much of your time, cos you just have to file one paper, not months and months worth.


Report Inappropriate Comment
JANET552 5/21/2011 5:06PM

    Procrastination just comes so easily. I understand totally.

Report Inappropriate Comment
ANDYINBC 5/21/2011 1:31PM

    Procrastination seems to affect so many of us. Just curious, could you perhaps share the article name and authors. I would love to be more enlightened on this topic and perhaps deal with it more effectively.

Report Inappropriate Comment
ILIKECACTI 5/21/2011 11:08AM

    oh yes... i'm a total procrastinator. i thought i would break the habit somewhere along the way. but i haven't yet.

Report Inappropriate Comment
CHRISTINECAN 5/21/2011 10:48AM

    I also blogged and have reflected further on the topic. Funny how these little snippets they send us really do get worked over! Liked yours. emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
JAXMOMMY 5/20/2011 10:11PM

    Thanks for the chuckle! I'm procrastinating right now as a matter of fact! Shame on us!

Report Inappropriate Comment
GEMINISUE 5/20/2011 10:10PM

    Check out flylady.com she will get you organized. Sure did help me a lot. :)

Hugs
Linda


Report Inappropriate Comment
TJSWAN5 5/20/2011 9:24PM

  I looked up this site 2 days ago.I don't plan to start the nutrition plan until sun. I had to take some time to decide if I am ready to commit. I am. I'll be going to get groceries tommorow- nomore procrastinating. emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
TARANITUP 5/20/2011 8:47PM

    I read that Healthy Reflection, and blogged about it too lol. So did another of my sparkies... I guess it resonated with a lot of people!

Report Inappropriate Comment
TEE-RACY 5/20/2011 8:09PM

    Consistency is half the battle...lmao.

Report Inappropriate Comment


Getting by with a little help from my friends...

Saturday, May 14, 2011

I posted a really downer blog the other day about feeling like I was not fully engaged in Spark People and how I was having trouble getting back in the groove.
Well... I got so many responses and such great encouragement, that it literally made me cry. In fact, I'm a little bit teary right now, only it's not because I'm sad. I cannot tell you how much it means to me to be surrounded by such caring supportive people. Just knowing that there are others who share similar ups and downs and care enough to throw me a lifeline has made me feel so much better. It has given me a real sense of frienship and community with all of you. None of us are alone in this, even as we sit by ourselves in front of a computer. Sharing our fears as well as our triumphs makes all of us stronger. If I wasn't sure about that before, I am absolutely convinced of it now.
Thanks so much!!!
emoticon

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

KIYOSHI04 5/22/2011 3:08PM

    :o)

Report Inappropriate Comment
KALISWALKER 5/16/2011 4:48PM

    You are right, we are doing this together. Any time I am exercising I know others are too. Have a great week!

Report Inappropriate Comment
MONAMOM 5/15/2011 7:05PM

    emoticonI'm glad you are feeling so much better. emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
THINAGIN2 5/14/2011 8:31PM

    We're all here for one another! That's what makes this such a good place to be! Keep your chin up and smile!!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
ACROSONIC 5/14/2011 7:30PM

    That's the whole point of this sharing, to see that we're not alone.

Report Inappropriate Comment
REDHEADMOM2U 5/14/2011 6:20PM

    Always here...maybe just slow to respond

Report Inappropriate Comment
GEMINISUE 5/14/2011 4:00PM

    Your right, were all here, to help each other, when down. To cheer the triumphs! To be a little tough when necessary! To be kind and gentle, because we know what it is like.

Hugs
Linda

Report Inappropriate Comment
MOSTMOM1 5/14/2011 3:29PM

    We're all in this together.
emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
MOMOF2TONI 5/14/2011 3:20PM

    emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment


What's Wrong With Me?

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

I haven't written in quite a while. I have kind of been going through the motions lately and not really feeling that committed to what I'm doing. I religiously log in to SparkPeople every day and tick off my activities for Spark Points, but I'm not feeling that engaged, and that really bothers me. It shouldn't be about getting points.
Don't get me wrong, I'm learning a lot and I read and respond to others' blogs to send encouragement and try to get inspired by the efforts of others, but I feel like a fraud sometimes, like I don't belong because I'm not as "into" this as everybody else seems to be. And then I feel sad and a little desperate because I really wish I had a more positive attitude and I don't know how to get back in the "groove" I was in a few weeks ago. I wish I could figure out how to get my mojo back!
emoticon

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

MELISSAJUSTINA 5/13/2011 11:30PM

    Sometimes we all go through this, I know I have! Sometime we just need a break! Hang in there, it will come back!

Report Inappropriate Comment
RR1_RR1 5/12/2011 11:18PM

    We all have slumps. I havent worked out in awhile now either- just watching the diet mostly. Hope you find the spark again, I dont like seeing that sad face! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
ILIKECACTI 5/12/2011 7:02PM

    Oh yes... I totally identify with what you wrote. My spark is not here right now either. I'm taking a mini break while we move, and then getting back on track. I think that will help. I hope you get your spark back soon... and me too!

Report Inappropriate Comment
ACROSONIC 5/12/2011 11:52AM

    I've been there, the last few months! Which is why I didn't sign up for the spring 5% challenge. It began to feel like a chore. I may sign up for a later one, but I was just doing the motions, as you said.

Read or reread The Spark. It does help get the motivation back and remind you why you are doing this!

Life is full of peaks and valleys, you're in a valley and just need to get a spark to move back up to a peak.

Report Inappropriate Comment
MTNGRL 5/12/2011 6:53AM

    Sometimes we all lose our Spark. Facing the fact and seeking answers is the way to get back on track. I bet we all have been there.
So maybe try a new exercise, find a teammate that gets you and make them your best bud, pick a reward that you really want to work for, have a goal that means something to you and never, ever give up!

emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
JANET552 5/12/2011 5:37AM

    I understand that feeling. It is normal and natural to be derailed by what is happening (or not happening) around us. I think your commitment shows by your continuing on here at Spark but just being here doesn't necessarily help a person lose weight. Challenges can help. Reconsidering goals helps too. Good luck!

Report Inappropriate Comment
COOKIEGRANNY 5/12/2011 5:33AM

    This is absolutely normal. happens to ALL of us, believe me. You'll get your motivation back! Keep Sparking!
Cookie

Report Inappropriate Comment
LISABRANDNEW11 5/11/2011 11:19PM

    I am just getting back into the groove of things myself. Personally, the ups and downs of life take a toll on my being motivated to keep it going on Spark. The fact that you are still thinking about Spark and still logging in is a good thing. Think about all the success you have had and pick 1 thing to get motivated about and go for it. Don't be so hard on yourself. Everything goes in cycles...

Report Inappropriate Comment
OLLYBIRD 5/11/2011 10:40PM

    I have felt that way too. It was like I lost sight of my motivation. I just kept showing up and doing what I was supposed to be doing,and eventually I remembered what sparked my weight loss in the beginning. I am back on track. It's okay to feel disconnected for a bit as long as you can find your flame again.

Report Inappropriate Comment
TARAHA 5/11/2011 10:30PM

    I have felt just like what you have written about many times during the past year. And I often think that I wish I was successful as someone else at this weight loss journey. I think it is natural to feel self doubt. It is trying to comfort our doubts with food that got us to this point. I do think that continuing to engage in communication regardless of your inner voice, will help you. My mom taught me to act like you want to be (happy) and soon it will be your reality. Good luck and keep the faith!

Report Inappropriate Comment
MOSTMOM1 5/11/2011 10:25PM

    I don't think there's anything wrong with you. Life ebbs and flows, right? Nobody can be super up all the time. Even Tigger lost his bounce once, remember? Hang in there!
emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
GEMINISUE 5/11/2011 10:19PM

    There is nothing wrong with you. You are normal. This is common, in all of us.
Sometimes, the first time, sails like a breeze in the ocean, all is well the weight flies off. Then it seems something happens to sidetrack all that lost, and your close to where you started, and have to begins again. Just feel fortunate you are alive and able to begin again. I have had several tries, at losing weight, probably many tries. It has just all come together for me While a Butterfly, competing, in the 5% off challenges. It was like, wow this is working. I can do this. I read something, and it clicks and I'm trying something new. or I remember something, and I go back to doing something old.

We can do this, we just need to get into the right groove for our bodies, to lose the weight, to get healthy again, to feel younger, stronger, more active.

Hugs
Linda

Report Inappropriate Comment
MELLIL 5/11/2011 10:13PM

    When I start feeling "out of place" like that, I find that going around and INTENTIONALLY CHEERING helps bring ME back into that place I need to be. Reaching out to others - random acts of kindness - almost always helps. (not just on SP - but in real life too!) Hope you find your mojo soon! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
KIYOSHI04 5/11/2011 10:09PM

    only you can know what is going on with you. i find that a lot of people on spark go in spurts... im generally not one of them, but i do find that.
:o)
you are definitely not a fraud. there are times when all of us can only do so much and are going through the motions for sure. for me, when that happens, my logging in and reading other's blogs and getting my points, etc.. is instrumental in keeping me on the path of a healthier diet and lifestyle. if i am not logging in, if i am not responding to other's blogs, that means always that i am eating too much of the wrong things and not working out.
so i hope you continue to log in and get your points and i also hope that you figure out what has happened to your mojo.

btw... syracuse is and always will be my home and my heart. i will never ever leave the syracuse team.
and thank you so much for all of your support and kind words. i really really appreciate it more than you know.
and if you ever need anything, im here.

Report Inappropriate Comment


Once I [insert excuse here]

Monday, April 18, 2011

One of the Healthy Reflections entries really got me thinking. It was about living in the moment. I know I should do that, but I most definitely don't. It seems like I'm always planning for the "next thing" and never enjoying the place I'm at. On top of that, everything has to be "perfect" before I make my move.

I get lost in thought about all the things I want to do... but then I don't DO them. Ugh!

It's actually kind of humorous in a sad way. I am a librarian, an information professional. Collecting information is something I do. I can't help it. When it comes to weight loss strategies, is there anyone at this point who doesn't know what they need to do? I mean, eat less, eat more nutritious foods, and exercise. Pretty simple really. So what's the big deal? I have been collecting articles for YEARS on this topic. Believe me, I could put together a heck of a bibliography on this.

So what am I waiting for? Well, maybe I'm waiting for the perfect article that will inspire me or hold some secret to the mystery of life and solve all my problems at once. Or maybe I'm making excuses for not changing anything in my life because I've gotten comfortable with the known. Is it a fear of the unknown, fear of failure, or even fear of success? Maybe losing weight won't solve all of my problems and I'm afraid to find out that I have a whole lot more work to do before I have attained perfection (this is a joke).

Or maybe it comes down to simple procrastination. I read somewhere that endlessly collecting information is a strategy to delay having to make a decision. In fact, I'm sure I have a few articles about this in my collection... wait while I find them!

emoticon emoticon

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

KIYOSHI04 4/28/2011 4:51PM

    i really loved this blog.
i spent about 4 months collecting info. about weight loss and diet before beginning and then one day, i just said....enough is enough.
i think it is just easier to collect than to act. information isnt so scary until it is time to do something with it, you know?

Report Inappropriate Comment
MOSTMOM1 4/27/2011 9:45PM

    You hit the nail on the head!

Report Inappropriate Comment
HOPE2011 4/23/2011 2:12PM

    You weren't kidding - we're writing about the same sort of things!

I sometimes get really...should we say morbid?...about all of this and say that I must be waiting to have a heart attack or stroke to take it as seriously as I should.

I'm adding you as a friend so I can follow your progress. I know you can do it!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
ILIKECACTI 4/18/2011 9:32PM

    Oh my gosh, you could have been writing this about me! I'm not a librarian, but I am a total information collector, and I do think I use it as a form of procrastination! I can prepare to do something forever, but when it comes down to actually doing it- it's really difficult! Anyway, being aware of this tendency is half the battle, right? I hope so.

Report Inappropriate Comment
GEMINISUE 4/18/2011 7:12PM

    Spark's helps us get over this, everything we need, is right here, for the taking, we just have to do it, we can do this, one day at a time, sometimes one meal at a time!

Soar the skies Beautiful Butterfly
Onward & downward
Hugs
Linda

Report Inappropriate Comment
LAURAAT 4/18/2011 1:17PM

    Lol, you sound like me! Research research research, and no action. In fact, hubby and I were talking about this last night. I was saying to him 'we need to make a decision about this, so we can move forward one way or another". He told me I needed to make up MY mind, otherwise we would get no where. Ha!

emoticon Pick one baby step, and act on it. You can do this!

Report Inappropriate Comment
DIANEG8 4/18/2011 1:16PM

    Wow, you sound like me. What am I waiting for? Why am I doing this? What is the easy way out? We need to take the first step on the journey. Once we've taken the first step than the second step will be a little easier.

Report Inappropriate Comment


Starting to Falter -- Challenging Times

Saturday, March 26, 2011

This has been a rough week. I had several non-optional social engagements this past week and next week will be worse because I'm going to a conference where there is food everywhere and none of it is very healthful.

I was up 2 pounds this week. I know this is pretty small in the grander scheme of things and that it's going to be rocky sometimes, but I feel like I'm losing momentum. I am a real creature of habit and when something throws me off of my routine, like having to take people to dinner for work or going to social events where I have no control of the kinds of food available, I seem to really panic and forget everything I've learned. I feel like I should be over this by now and I am very disappointed. I start to get scared that I'm going slip into my old ways and negate all of the progress I've made.

So, I'm going to re-read some of my saved articles and The Spark and try to get my mojo back!




  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

KALISWALKER 4/9/2011 6:39PM

    When I am following my exercise and diet routine, I am don't like change.

I hope you got through it and are doing well. Enjoy the weekend!

emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
ACROSONIC 3/27/2011 1:14PM

    It happened to me, too. I like habit and routine, and when mine was thrown off course in Nov. due to events beyond my control, I never got back into the swing of things.

I just restarted: reset my goals and my tracker. A fresh start is sometimes what's needed. Note: I waited until after my convention to do this. I didn't want a fresh start and then instantly fail!

Report Inappropriate Comment
CLUMBOY 3/27/2011 5:12AM

    when i get "fuzzy" like that i usually try to concentrate on my exercise OR my food intake--whichever seems to come easier (usually for me its exercise). if i focus really hard on one thing and do it really well for several days my enthusiasm comes back.
its a natural thing for our interest to have some peaks and valleys. keep posting on here and going through the motions. it will come back to you. hang on.
all the best

Report Inappropriate Comment
SKIRNIR 3/27/2011 12:18AM

    Conferences are hard. Sometimes taking a bit of food is almost the only way to stay awake when your brain has had enough. Try and get some walking in, I would say. That might help. But also know, you may weigh a tad heavy after the conference, but you can get right back to your routine afterwards. It is only for a short time.

Report Inappropriate Comment
REDHEADMOM2U 3/27/2011 12:11AM

    I'm feeling the same way.....


I'll be vigilant if you will! Double dog dare you!

Report Inappropriate Comment
DANCINCAJUN1 3/26/2011 10:18PM

    emoticon emoticon
I'm with you too ... we CAN do this.

Report Inappropriate Comment
CJJANISS 3/26/2011 9:04PM

    emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
KIYOSHI04 3/26/2011 8:38PM

    i have this issue too... am faltering too. i am a creature of habit as well and any little thing throws me off, too. ive been at this for 3 years now and still cant get it down. you arent the only one.
sorry i dont have any sage advice, but i did want to tell you that you arent the only one.

Report Inappropriate Comment
GEMINISUE 3/26/2011 8:36PM

    Also, call the restaurant, or use the internet, to find out, what their menu is, what what the nutritional values, of the different choices are, and make your choice, at home, that way you don't need to worry about it, when you get there!

Glad you thinking ahead and trying to figure this out. You can do this, one day, one meal at a time.

Hugs
Linda

Report Inappropriate Comment


First Page  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 Last Page