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Friday, January 25, 2013

Hello Sparkles!

I was thinkin' 'bout where we are now. It's January 25th. Exactly a month after Christmas and a few weeks after the beginning of the New Year... and more than half way to Valentine's Day from there, too. By now many of us have forgotten all about those New Year's Resolutions set only a few weeks ago, so earnestly and with so much *anticipation. But, I think I've found a useful tool to keep the motivation going. Success, in and of itself, tends to be especially motivating. However, I discovered this other new tool quite by accident when I was having an especially busy day. I had made tea one morning --and I'm sure you can relate to the mad rush to get out the door on a typical weekday. Well, I heat up my water for tea using the microwave. (Nuke a mug of water for two to three minutes. Could it be any easier?) On this particular day I was really racing... gotta GO!!! So, naturally, I forgot said mug in the microwave. Darn! I was really looking forward to enjoying that tea. Even though the tea would not have cost me any calories, this got me thinking about all of the other things that I tend to crave. The things that call my name from the kitchen, drawing me in like the siren's song to those poor, doomed sailors. (Ship)wrecking my healthy eating plans and intentions. (Sorry. Had to. I don't want to mix my metaphors, or rather similes, though. So back to the topic at hand.) If only I could forget about those things before I pillaged the cupboards and fridge. (Arrr, matey! Land Ho! Okay. I'll stop. Really.) Ahem... recovered now, I think.... I have, on occasion, been one of those people (hated by others, I'm told) who actually forgets to eat. Not so much in recent years, but I do have a history of this.

Procrastination is generally regarded as a bad thing. For example, putting off going to the gym or stopping whatever bad habit or starting one's latest resolution. But, what if I put off what I was craving? Hmm... that might actually work! So, that's what I've been doing lately. It works like a charm --or like some really cool jujitsu move; using your attacker's weight/strength/momentum against him and flipping him, leaving that criminal wondering what hit him while you make your escape (with the pirate's booty? --or with a smaller booty yourself). Ha! Take THAT bad pirate criminal guy! : P (I have no idea how THIS became the theme here. It sure is buoyant.)

So, here's that poll question now:

Do you consciously use procrastination to your advantage?

A. Yes

B. No

C. I've meant to, but I keep putting it off

So, why do what you can do today when you can put it off until tomorrow? Get crackin' with the procrastination, *cause these are the good old days.

*Props/credits, of course to Carly Simon (despite my minor adjustments).

Have a Sparkly Day today... or tomorrow... whatever.

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    I think Procrastination should have been my middle name...
    1586 days ago

    I've always told people if you look up the word procrastination in the dictionary, my picture is there!

    You are on to something here. I'll have to try this out.

    Excellent blog. You are very funny!
    1848 days ago
    To answer the question, sometimes I use procrastination as a tool in my weight loss efforts. However, not often enough. Although, lately I have been missing my dinner time by almost an hour but have not been noticeably hungrier.
    1849 days ago
    Good question; I do procrastinate sometimes it is to my advantage and sometimes not, but I have not consciously used it to my advantage.

    1849 days ago

    I am a horrible procrastinator. Part of it is I mull things over and over, working out various scenarios in my mind before I leap into action. Another part is if it's something I really dislike doing/resent having to do, I purposely put it off until it HAS to be done. And then there's the whole "working better under pressure" thing....

    1849 days ago
    A but not all the time.
    1849 days ago
  • DALID414
    A. Yes
    I tell myself I'll have (insert high calorie dessert here) next time.
    1850 days ago
  • JACKIE542
    Interesting, I guess my answer is A, in regards to eating wrong, I usually go work in the garden, gets my mind off of things. emoticon emoticon
    1850 days ago
    I have been hard-wired to procrastinate on job-related acitivities and that's my nature. But in the 18 months that I've taken my Spark People program serious I have taught myself not to procrastinate on exercise.

    Yesterday I had a bad day and 2 or 3 or 30 years ago I would have medicated myself with Ben and Jerry's. But I noticed something: when I feel the stress nowadays I medicate myself with "bad literature". For example, instead of reading a classic or an edifying book or a history, I will find a junky but quite pleasurable mystery or a thriller. It's not filling my body with junk but filling my mind with junk that has no calories. It's a step!

    So I guess my new answer is "A". The effects of procrastination are now treated in a non-caloric way. My choices might be fatal to somebody who is working on a Ph.D. dissertation or trying to get serious work accomplished at home. But Agatha Christie instead of a box of cookies? That's improvement for me on HOW I spend my procrastination time.
    1850 days ago
    "Arrr, matey! Land Ho!" emoticon

    Shiver me timbers, but I am a great one for procrastination! I'm not sure I've ever consciously procrastinated to my advantage. Well, except for that One-Day-At-A-Time concept of "not doing" something just for today. It's surprising how quickly a craving will go away when you've reassured yourself that *tomorrow* you can have that *fill in the blank* that you're craving.

    I'll leave you with the rest of the crew of the pirate ship: emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1850 days ago
    A. but not always be choosing to. My son will be asleep on my lap and I'll want something from the kitchen, but I don't want to move him in fear of waking him, so I use him sleeping as an excuse to not get up. (Unless I have to pee, then I risk it.) I always hope that I had forgotten about what it was I wanted in the kitchen by this point.
    1850 days ago
    B - I totally procrastinate but using it to my advantage? I wouldn't know how!
    1850 days ago
    Depends on what you are procrastinating. The basis of the One Day At A Time life is that if you think you will never ever eat potato chips again you'll crater. But you CAN put it off until tomorrow. Then tomorrow you put the potato chips off again. After awhile all those days add up to a long time without potato chips. THAT is something for which you can pat yourself on the back.
    1850 days ago
  • BOSS61
    Does not procrastinate. It's not me. Never, ever.

    That said, on your sailing metaphor, every bag of chips is akin to a flotilla of Japanese carriers and the warplanes on their decks, getting ready to attack me at Pearl Harbor all over again. "At Dawn They Slept" is a great book. Maybe the Sparky rewrite is "At Dawn they Ate?"

    I have never disposed of a non-empty bag of chips. Yet.
    1850 days ago
    emoticon matey.
    1850 days ago
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    1850 days ago
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