Monday, February 18, 2013
Thanks for all the comments on my hot links blog. I'm having to assume that the hot links are coming up just for me (in my blog text, sometimes in the comments too) and that's a bit of a relief: I can ignore them and I am no longer worried that my work is being "co-opted" to pitch product to my Spark Friends! (And yes, I've got firefox and quite a bit of virus protection too on my computer . . . which tends to slow it down . . . but that's OK).
I was reading a short in my March Oprah magazine which indicates that planning a vacation creates 8 weeks of mood elevation linked to anticipation: but the after-effects of a vacation (relaxation etc.) have faded within 2 weeks. Because we get right back to the daily grind. (Which suggests to me that "last minute" and "sell-off" may cost more than we think . . . . in foregone pleasurable planning!).
Interesting implications, too, for dieting and "eternal vigilance". I'm wondering if the same kind of phenomenon is in operation with respect to weight loss/weight loss maintenance, although of course over a much longer time span. It may take months or even years, but we keenly anticipate getting to goal weight, and how our lives are going to be so different etc. etc. once we weigh x and can wear size y. And then, within less than a year, 95% of those who lose weight fail to maintain that weight loss. Because . . . having lost the weight, many of us go right back to "normal" pre-weight-loss eating and pre-weight-loss exercise (or lack thereof), I suppose. The anticipation was more powerful than the reality.
All the more reason for taking it slow, both in vacation planning and in weight loss?
All the more reason for seeking out opportunities while on vacation for deeply transformational change? And ditto, while losing weight?
Other than three-day weekends here and there, I haven't had a recent vacation myself. But I have changed the way I live my winters pretty profoundly, particularly with my cross country skiing. Maybe that's better . . . it's working for me for now, anyhow.
"Lose weight" and "losing weight" were immediately hot linked on my computer to a Dr. Oz website promotiong green coffee bean extract, yup, for weight loss.
But this linking is random . . . now the word "job" is hot linked in my Spark Page preamble ("Can you type? Have a computer? Work at home . . . " . . . very very weird. Gonna ignore it!!