Now...what to do with all I have gathered?
Saturday, February 19, 2011
We've heard for years that there are "hunters" and there are "gatherers". I do a bit of both, but I am mostly a "gatherer". I gather pieces of information about whatever is going on in my life at any given time.......
* Remodeling........HOURS online, reading books, talking to others, visiting model homes....gathering, gathering, gathering.
*Health issues......HOURS online, reading books, talking to others.....gathering, gathering,gathering.
*Students with Tourette's Syndorome, Asbergers, complex reading difficulties, etc.... HOURS online, reading books, talking to others.....gathering, gathering, gathering.
Well, you get the idea! From weight loss, exercise programs, skin care, parenting, you name it, I have researched it. I have gathered so many pieces of information/trivia, but nothing significant enough to win...say a game show with. :-/
I have "bought into" hemp seeds, chia seeds, aloe vera juice, various diet programs, supplements and the list goes on. And I truly believe in the merits of each. My problem is assimilating this information into a lifelong, steady program that works for MY BODY and STICKING WITH IT instead of incorporating, then abandoning each passing fad.
I had wanted to reach my goal weight and reap the health benefits of my "gathering" by my 50th b-day. That didn't happen and as I am approaching my 51st b-day, I have acquired some new health related issues this year so have "gathered some more". I know my body pretty well now........I know the diet plans......supplements......an
d exercise plans that work for me. I am not saying that there isn't more to learn. SparkPeople and my Spark Friends have taught me so much in these past few years! They have also been a GREAT support and source of information and humor.
So for now, I am going to stop "gathering" and spend more time on creating the "package" that works for me and following it. I have a week until I turn 51. I'd like to have my "plan in place" by then and then spend the next 6 months implementing the plan without much thought to new ideas (I'll still collect new ideas, I just won't research them until my 6 months are up). I want to spend more time getting in life's game and not thinking about meal plans! I would like my food choices to become habit and not my "homework" each night to plan tomorrow's food options.
I became an empty nester this year...only to college.... so I know they will flock back home (and I can't say that I will be upset about that! I love the presence of my more adult kids). Having more time, thinking about simplifying my life, the clutter in my home, and figuring out how my husband and I are going to fill these new found hours has made me aware of the time I have wasted ( I say that loosely because I have also learned a lot) on "gathering" information. Now that we have had a hint of spring (winter is back this week), I am ready to focus on the garden, getting outdoors again and I want to feel healthy and energized.
So I am off to "digest" my research and create a plan! I'll still log into Spark daily to track my food, fitness minutes, and check in with my teams and buddies. I hope to be able to let go of the time thinking about it all and "JUST DO IT!"