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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

God is who He says He is!

God can do what He says He can do!

I am who God says I am!

I can do all things through Christ!

The Word of God is alive and active in my life!

I started an exciting Bible study last night. I pray that what I learn will be visible to others as I grow in wisdom, knowledge, and faith.



Outdoing Cyril Northcote Parkinson

Sunday, May 09, 2010

Ahhh! Retirement! Empty Nest! Relaxation! The opportunity to do just what I want! I'll finally be able to get EVERYTHING DONE! Sounds perfect, yes?

Watch out! There's a snare in there that will catch you if you're not careful! I recognized it 6 years ago when I retired for my 40-hours-a-week, PAID job, and took on the 24/7 no-paycheck position of stay-at-home-wife-and-mother. Can't say that I did a very good job of avoiding that snare, but I DID see it. Fast forward to this past month. No longer in the position of full-time mommy now that DGD is able to live with her mom again! That frees up even MORE time, right? Yeah, but what am I DOING with that time?

According to Wikipedia, a brief statement of Parkinson's Law (which first appeared in The Economist in 1955) is "Work expands to fill the time available." I think that Parkinson has been VERY busy in my life, especially during the past month. When I was working full-time, I was gone from home 40 working hours + 5 lunch hours + between 3 and 10 hours of commuting time (depending on which job we're examining) each week: between 48 and 55 hours out of the 168 hours in a week. (168 - 51.5 = 116.5) Then there was sleeping time: 6 to 8 hours (probably closer to 6 most of that time). That's another 42 to 56 hours gone. (116.5 - 49 = 67.5) That left an average of 67.5 hours each week in which to plan meals, shop, prepare meals, do laundry, and clean the house.

Did we go hungry? NO!

Did we wear dirty clothes? NO!

Was the house messier/dirtier than it is now? NO!

So...if I currently have the same 168 hours in each week (and everybody DOES have that) and I'm NOT out of the house for the 50+ hours related to working a full-time paying job, it follows logically that everything else should sparkle, right!

That may be what LOGIC would expect, but I have succombed to Parkinson's Law (thankfully, no relationship to the condition that afflicts many).

So, what's a person to do? If I continue to do the same things, I can expect the same results. I would be foolish to expect to continue doing things the same way I have been doing them and expect to get different results.

It's time for a PLAN! When I was working out of the home, I had to be in a certain place at a certain time and I managed to get things done. When I was staying at home, caring for our DGD, I still had to do certain things at certain times and I still managed to get things done.

It's time to put myself on a schedule (NOT so rigid that it doesn't allow for life to happen, but I need to acknowledge that doing the things that I want to do in the way that I want them to be done is IMPORTANT, and that they won't get done the way I want them to do if I don't make appointments with myself. I will schedule specific activities for specific days/times and I WILL enjoy seeing my days become more productive. I am worth the effort! DH is worth the effort. I enjoy the fruits of consistency. It's time to be consistent in my actions so that I can reap those fruits regularly.



Monday, May 03, 2010

I've looked unsuccessfully for the originator of this quote, For now, I'll have to call it anonymous, but the thought can be life-changing.

"Nothing changes if nothing changes, and if I keep doing what I've always done, I'll keep getting what I've always got, and will keep feeling what I always felt."

How true. I read a story once about a thirsty man. He came upon one of those old-fashioned drink machines that only had Coke in it, not the many choices we find today. Reaching in his pocket, he pulled out a quarter, dropped it in the slot, and pressed the button. Out came a Coke.

He put it down next to the machine and said, "I want Pepsi!"

Back into his pocket went his hand. Out came another quarter. Into the slot. Push the button. Another Coke!

He set it down next to the machine and with a little more attitude said, "I want Pepsi!"

Again the process was repeated, and each time he became more agitated.

A small boy had been watching quietly all this time. Finally, the child could stand it no longer. He asked, "Mister, if you want a Pepsi, why don't you try the Pepsi machine over there?"

How often are we like the man, shoving our quarter into the machine again and again, demanding Pepsi from a Coke machine? Or, more to the point, sitting at our computer instead of doing our cardio and strength exercises, and wondering why we aren't getting trimmer and more energetic? Faithfully logging our good food choices, while conveniently underestimating the quantity or overlooking the "little extras" and wondering why the scale goes up, or at best remains the same?

Change in any area of our lives requires positive change in all the behaviors that impact that area. We can do it. Let's make the last 2/3 of 2010 even more successful than the first 1/3 was! Let's CHANGE!

I Appreciate...

Sunday, May 02, 2010

emoticonSparkFriends...all the encouragement and cheering when I do well, and all the corrective suggestions when I do less well...THANKS!

emoticon emoticon emoticonSunshine, rain, and flowers...they make this world a better place to live...

emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonFreggies! They are my friends...when I spend more time with them than I do with the refined goodies, I will feel better, look better, and actually BE BETTER!

emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonExercise...I must confess, I need to make better friends with the "Big E!" When we spend time together, I ALWAYS benefit far more than the effort it takes to get together...and yet, I seem to resist this faithful companion...always waiting to help me improve, waiting in the background for me to pick the CAN I ignore this one sometimes???

emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonWater...this is one area I'm usually pretty consistent with...I almost always get at least 8 cups and I aim for a minimum of 12.

Today is the first day of the rest of my life.

I choose to:
1. continue to make the good choices I have been making them
2. develop consistency in the areas where I have been lax
3. begin to make good choices in the areas I have been neglecting

Oooooh-kaaaaay, then!

Friday, April 30, 2010

Here it is, the end of the Spring 2010 5% Challenge. Sorry, Care Bears. Although I contributed to the earlier challenges, these last couple have found me MIA! And my weight loss during the challenge hasn't been exactly stellar, either...0.2 pounds!

I HAVE a reasonable program. Should be very do-able. I'll retain that as I head for the Summer Challenge, but now that I'm back to empty-nest status, I'll try to focus better on the task at hand. The best program in the world won't give me results if I don't follow it!

However, the 8 weeks of the Spring Challenge haven't been a total wash-up.

I've found some new foods I enjoy (Has anyone heard of Living Lettuce? It's a leaf lettuce that is sold packed in a bubble, with the roots attached. It's crisp, stays fresh to the last leaf, and tastes WONDERFUL! Not sure where it's available.)

I've done a lot of de-junking. (Still lots more to do, but we're looking at positives right now!)

I DID lose SOMETHING...I didn't GAIN!

Tomorrow is another day, and I can begin to prepare for the Summer Challenge. Let's GO, Care Bears!

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