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Looking back; looking forward

Friday, December 28, 2012

Christmas Day is, in some ways, the last day of the old year. Yes, there is another week left of the year, but it is a fallow time in which we finish up the last bits of the dying year and begin to look at and plan for the coming year. Some say that there is no good reason for this divide, that one day is just the same as another. I don't think that's true. Our lives are marked out by meetings and partings, by ritual and expectation, and I think the new year is one of those marks by which we measure and in which we can find inspiration.

The last year was on the whole successful for me. I lost 50 pounds, biked over 2000 miles, and began taking the first steps toward running right at the end of the year. I made a lot of delicious bread and other food, I spent quality time with family and friends, and I did some good fundraising for an excellent cause.

There were some parts of the year that weren't as successful. I spent way too much time on the computer and didn't read nearly enough books. I let my yard and garden run to wild. I didn't get a single quilt or piece of jewelry made. I feel like I handled the basics but let a lot of time slip by me around the edges that could have been put to much more fruitful use.

So my biggest resolution for the coming year is to take back my life from the computer. It's a wonderful tool, and I don't intend to abandon social networking and all the support it's given me. The reality, however, is that I haven't even been using this tool very well. I've barely journaled at all. I mostly sit refreshing Facebook and Spark People and not actually accomplishing much. There are too many evening hours spent just frittering away my time, time I could be making something creative and beautiful, or tending to my garden, or just reading a book.

I've known this was an issue for a while, and I've tried to change it without much success. This time I need to take it more seriously. I need to set a timer to limit my social networking, and when it goes off I need to get off the computer and on to something more productive. I'm going to have to experiment a bit with determining how much time I should spend online.

And then I have to get offline. My life doesn't need to be lived electronically. I have better things to do with it.

  
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4DOGNIGHT 12/31/2012 9:39AM

    I would say that losing 50 lbs is an amazing accomplilshment in one year! You can do this, get away from the computer. I socialize in the morning and check off and on through the day but that is about it. I cherishs the last week of the month. I sew enjoy the week after Christmas as my business winds down for the year and I finish up final jobs, etc. I've been sewing up a storm. Why don't you commit to one sewing project a month? You can do it!

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DOGLADY13 12/29/2012 3:58PM

    I wish you well on limiting your online time. Maybe you can use social networking as a reward for something like drinking 8 glasses of water, or putting in at least 10 minutes of exercise each day, or getting outside every day.

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SIMPLYABUNDANT 12/29/2012 10:03AM

    I am right there with you! I am always saying I don't have enough time after work, but so much of my time goes to SparkPeople ~ and no small amount to Spider Solitaire! At 61, I feel like I need to be living more than just a virtual life, and reading your blog today has really brought that home to me. When was the last time I tried a new recipe instead of the old tried and true? When did I last write any fiction? When was the last time I walked outdoors instead of doing an exercise video online? When did I like take out my sketchbook...and use it? SparkPeople has some wonderful features, but I need to get more balance between my screen time and truly living!

Good luck to you as your keep seeking out ways to enrich your already full and marvelous life!

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BLUE42DOWN 12/29/2012 1:14AM

    The computer truly does manage to suck us in for longer times than we plan - longer than we would spend playing solitaire with a deck of cards or calling and chatting with friends. Good luck finding that balance between online and offline.

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TATTER3 12/28/2012 7:46PM

    Keep Sparkin'!!

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DATMAMA4 12/28/2012 6:41PM

    Well said. I've never thought of the week between Christmas and New Year as a fallow time, but you are spot on. Looking back and looking forward...

I am almost the same when it comes to computer time. When I make my list of goals for this year, limiting computer time will most certainly be somewhere on it. And reading time...I don't make much time for it during the day, but I do read too late at night and need to limit my time there -- and read more quality books, as I've been slipping into too much "fluff" over the past year.

Glad we're all here to cheer each other on to greatness!

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NATPLUMMER 12/28/2012 3:55PM

    emoticon Enjoy your offline life!!

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Christmas travel

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

I'm packing to head for my mother-in-law's, our traditional California Christmas trip. The last time I was on a plane was a year ago for this same trip. It makes me reflect on the changes since then.

I'm 50 pounds lighter. I don't think I will need a seat belt extender on any of these flights. That's a relief.

I get get more clothes into less space in my suitcase. I will be able to take my rolling bag on board this year.

That said, I have way fewer clothes that fit me! I haven't really been shopping much, not wanting to buy a lot of things that I then don't wear for long. But that means not much in the line of clothes that fit. Good thing my MIL has a washing machine!

Exercise clothes were comprise much more of my packed clothing this time. I plan on getting some running in while I'm there, something I couldn't even contemplate a year ago.

I've been pretty much plateaued since July, but I am smaller--the suits I could finally wear then are much too big for me now. I'm pretty happy with where I am.

I just have to figure out what to wear!

  
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SIMPLYABUNDANT 12/20/2012 8:55AM

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Enjoy your trip to California and being a thinner, healthier YOU!

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TATTER3 12/20/2012 6:28AM

    Great job!!!!

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 12/19/2012 8:05PM

    Hope you have a great time on your trip!

What a great feeling to be 50 pounds lighter than this time last year.

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CHEFSOPHIE 12/19/2012 6:02PM

    Congrats. You worked hard to get there.

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COOPQUILTLADY 12/19/2012 4:17PM

    That's a GREAT problem! Have a safe, wonderful trip! Merry Christmas!

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NATPLUMMER 12/19/2012 2:19PM

    Some fabulous changes!!!
Maybe you'll get some clothes as gifts or get some gift certificates to buy a few things that fit.

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It's...smiling at me!

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

A lighted, wire-frame deer is currently standing on my kitchen counter, waving its upturned nose back and forth. Hubby was good enough to put it together while I was out for the evening.

He has expressed a fond desire for it to remain where it is, as it gives a lovely ambient light to the whole living space. Grinch that I am, I have said no. The deer will be moved to the yard tomorrow, where it will join our other wire-frame critter, a moose. Yes, we have a moose in the yard. The moose is a very special animal to me, because I lived in Alaska for so long and they were such a common sight in our suburban yards.

None of this, however, was a good enough excuse for letting my daughter get away with gleefully singing, "We wish you a Merry Chris-moose and a Happy New Deer!"

  
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NATPLUMMER 12/6/2012 7:53PM

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CORNERKICK 12/5/2012 1:59PM

  :)

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SIMPLYABUNDANT 12/5/2012 10:52AM

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 12/5/2012 10:30AM

    Cute!

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APPLESBANANAS 12/5/2012 7:11AM

    Cute : )

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TATTER3 12/5/2012 6:46AM

    LOL!!! This is good mem'ries in the making! Enjoy!

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BLUE42DOWN 12/5/2012 2:50AM

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BJUMPINGFORJOY 12/4/2012 10:52PM

    Very funny. I bet she is a treasure.

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PJBONARRIGO 12/4/2012 10:04PM

    I love it! Your daughter is a treasure- and your DH too. Merry Christmas to you and yours :-)

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MSBEKANATOR 12/4/2012 10:00PM

    Too funny! I do hope you have an amazing Chris-moose, and a very Happy New-Deer. Thanks for sharing this bit of holiday cheer! :)

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The best laid plans

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

DD and I planned a trip to the gym this morning, prior to me dropping her at work for a very important work day. We both got up on time, but instead of the gym I ended up running to the 24-hour drug store to get her Imodium. Poor kid, she is not doing well, but there is no way she can miss this work day.

As for my workout, I am fortunately able to move it to the afternoon. It might even be nice enough for a bike ride.

  
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ESCHLETZ 12/4/2012 8:18AM

    Hope she feels better soon and that everything goes well for her at work today.

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My new wallpaper

Monday, December 03, 2012

I can't remember where I got this picture, but it's now my wallpaper, to remind me of what I'm doing this for:

  
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4DOGNIGHT 12/5/2012 8:09AM

    Really?

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SIMPLYABUNDANT 12/4/2012 8:48AM

    Wow! What a visual impact I know which picture I aspire to!

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CORNERKICK 12/4/2012 3:07AM

  Love it!

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TANGERYNE 12/3/2012 9:22PM

    Very nice! Easy to make the choice, when it's laid out like that, isn't it? emoticon

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GMASANDIE 12/3/2012 3:03PM

    A big difference for sure! Thanks for sharing!

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TEALHAWK 12/3/2012 2:46PM

  Great! Like it!

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 12/3/2012 1:32PM

    Love it!

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COOPQUILTLADY 12/3/2012 11:55AM

    Great reminder!

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EBURGITE 12/3/2012 11:41AM

    emoticon visual. thanks.

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CAKEMAKERMOM 12/3/2012 11:19AM

    What a difference!

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DIETER27 12/3/2012 10:53AM

  what a great motivator. You can do it! We can Do it!

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TATTER3 12/3/2012 10:45AM

    Sister is 75 and sees people as 'older' when she meets them. good attitude...she still outruns me and Honey!!!

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LADYJ6942 12/3/2012 10:34AM

    What a great motivator, definite striving to be the one on the right. Thanks

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