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Carving out TIME

Friday, December 28, 2012

Today, in the sparkcoach video there was LOTS of good info and encouragement but one thing struck me HARD. Nicole said, CARVE OUT TIME FOR THIS.... she said it may mean dropping a volunteer project or getting your family to help with chores.

OK'

I am not ready to cut the things she suggested....

My truth is that I HAVE time to do what it takes and the homeschooling and housework and volunteering.... I just don't always manage to balance them all.

Volunteering? It is a HUGE part of who I am... what I feel called to. Could I cut back in helping children in need for this??? I can't. Maybe if I knew there was not free time.

But.. My reality is that I am the QUEEN of lazy. During my down time I veg... sitting... the dreaded SITTING for several hours throughout the day... whether reading or online. And THIS is what I SHOULD cut from. I don't need to eliminate it... but it is NOT even HEALTHY to sit so much.

SO here comes the heart of the issue.... Am I willing to COMMIT to cutting back on my down time to make my health a priority???? Am I WILLING to COMMIT to ME????? Am I willing to CARVE out that time, DELIBERATELY, because I am WORTH THE EFFORT??

Because although it hit me because those are certainly areas of large chunks of my time.. the heart of the issue is not WHAT I cut.. but am I willing to make ME a PRIORITY???? It is not kind to me nor good to me nor helpful to me to spend so much time in my recliner.

TODAY I will spend LESS time in this ohsocomfy chair. I will NOT skip my workout. Yes I am tired and headachy and hormonal but I deserve to move and I bet... I will even feel better afterwards. Physically and because it will be ANOTHER VICTORY to celebrate!
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GARDENCHRIS 12/30/2012 9:41AM

    YOU are woth the time and effort! Just do it! emoticon

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SEANDA 12/28/2012 3:25PM

    Awesome comments.. going to that article NEXT. :)

I think I am on day 4, Nancy. :)

I can't easily walk as the roads and sidewalks are icy and with my metal in my foot, from the previous fall on ice, I just don't go out walking when it is out there. Sigh. I LOVE walking outside but for now that is not an option.

I love your positive vibe.. YES I need to instead consider it a time of blessing to myself. Years ago I adopted the term homeblessing for housework.. just SOUNDS better. Perhaps I need to think of the extra time on food and exercise as bodyblessing.. hm.. no.. need a better word for it. :) For not I will think of it as investment in ME.

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HEALTH4LYFE 12/28/2012 3:21PM

    I try and do my exercise first thing in the morning. Going to work M-Th pushes me to get it done early. On Friday and Sunday, I am more on my own time, but I like the feeling I get when I am done- the physical as well as the mental feeling of accomplishment.
There are women with whom I run in the morning and I know it will be easier to go with them than to go alone.
I do have a fair amount of down time when I am not at work, but I usually will make working out a priority, and the computer second, or the book second, but not always.
Here is a link from Nicole Nichols and Daily Spark. Perhaps an article in the list can serve you as well as it has served me...
http://www.dailyspark.com/
blog.asp?post=the_most_popular_
health_headlines_of_2012

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NANCY-GIRL 12/28/2012 1:31PM

    Oh, I'm looking fwd to today's coaching session. I'm only on Day 3. You?

Instead of trying to cut down your down time (using language of elimination & deprivation), why not re-spin it to "re-purpose" your down time? "Improve" your down time, if you will...

I have worship music on my iPod (which I no longer use, but I tune in to the local Christian radio station on my phone) when I walk, or I listened to podcasts (and will again if I can figure out how to download them onto my Android!).

I bought my large-print Bible a few yrs ago so I could read it on the treadmill (little did I know it would soon become my primary reading Bible, due the age-related shortening of my arms...) {wink}

I go to Jazzercise when I can (when I'm not alone w/ the kids) & write that off as "me" time, hanging w/ the girls (Jazzercise is so much more social than the classes at the rec centre - but it's also so much more expensive!!).

I'm sorry you're headachy & hormonal. You know I also suffer both. If your head's not too gross, sometimes a walk will do you good. I know your family just might appreciate some down time from the hormones, too! (LOL?)

I also know you know all this already.
Just trying to help you see that you're not depriving yourself from your down time.

Love to the Kettle Black,
from the Pot.
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