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    ANNIEONLI   45,479
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Things sneak up on me.

Friday, September 06, 2013

Things like my three year maintenance anniversary!

And guess what? I weighed myself this morning and I have crept out of my maintenance range by almost 2 pounds!!! Ironic, isn't it. emoticon

But the thing is...I know why. The scale crept up on me because I have been stress eating with my hubby...who is also on maintenance for about a year and a half now. The life change that has been going on over the last few months is culminating into the perfect storm now that he is back to work teaching and the kids are heading to school next week.

But what that means for us here, is that the routine is finally back.

And as crazy as that routine is... it is better than NOT having a routine.

Routines are good. Routines are needed. Without a routine...there is just chaos.

Our chaos comes from being scatterbrained and not having a routine set in place with our meals and exercise....just like everybody else out there.

And out scatterbrained-ness comes from having a lot to do, every single day, without a break in sight....just like everybody else out there.

But for some reasons, I feel like it's gotten worse and I need to simplify our lives as a whole...and also ENJOY everyday instead of worrying about the next day or even the next task at hand.

Hard to do when all you do is feel pressure to succeed and cover all bases at once.

Today I have work and then a client's party tonight. Tomorrow I have work and then a wedding at night. I have been focused on this weekend of nuttiness for so long that yesterday I refocused on my family and stuff that needed to get done before school.

We went on a lovely bike ride at the local state park that we never ever use.

We had a picnic.

I took the boys pants shopping and organized their clothes.

We got snacks ready for school lunches.

I made banana bread that my son was drooling over before bedtime.

We prepped the pool to close.

We lived in the moment and what was needing to get done, but still had some fun.

In between all that - I prepped for my party for tonight. A bunch of little things that eventually got done in between this and that. The point is this: it got done.

And as for my other 2 part time jobs...I turned them off in my brain as much as possible. I will turn them back on when I need to...on the day that I am getting paid to think for them. Simplified and as simple as that.

It's been hard focusing (or learning to have lack of focus) on things like this. I really need to turn a bit of my focus onto the food and exercise now...so this morning, I got up early and prepped my pineapple chunks for work. A new Meat Farms is opening up sometime this month down the road and I cannot wait because it will be so convenient not to cross the highway (believe it or not, it's a pain in the butt sometimes).

Kids starting school on Monday brings another bit of refocusing - like to make the lunches the night before, prep the bags the night before, shower the kids the night before...etc. etc. And another bit of faith to call on is the oldest walking farther to get to his busstop and having a key to let himself into the house. A new things to learn...all new things to add to a new routine.

And I know it's going to be OK once things settle in. In 2 weeks, it will still be crazy, but old hat by 3 weeks. It's the life of a family.

Anyway.... random ponderings over...

THANK YOU ALL for the Anniversary well wishes!!! I loved reading them this morning!! Unfortunately, Spark is on the waaay back burner these days, but checking in here still keeps me in check maintenance wise...I am constantly jumping back in the saddle like everyone else here.. it's a constant battle, but it's a battle that can be won if we are persistent!!!
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JESSICABOOTY 9/7/2013 5:55PM

    Please do what you are doing. I'll miss you while you're busy up to here ( or there). You've got a lot on your plate and I've gotta hand it to you, you are a worthy adversary! Check in and know that a lot of people are cheering you on. emoticon

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KITT52 9/6/2013 12:56PM

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DALID414 9/6/2013 11:18AM

    Wow, my maintenance anniversary is on New Year's Eve, no way that day will just sneak up on me.

Congrats on your continued success.

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KELLIEBEAN 9/6/2013 8:27AM

    emoticon !CONGRATULATIONS! emoticon


Sounds like a great day, getting stuff done, having fun and turning your mind off of things that were not important at that moment. I work hard on that every day.

Family life can be crazy and wonderful and you are managing everything!

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NELLJONES 9/6/2013 8:01AM

    We were told when our babies were little that they need routine. Then they got older and "routine" became a boring concept to be ignored. But as I get older, I find I need routine. I like the almost monastic feel of certain parts of the day being reliably the same. It gives the illusion of control over life.

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KANOE10 9/6/2013 7:50AM

    Congratulations on your three years! You have had so many changes and demands in the last months. It sounds like the storm is settling and routines will be established. LIke you say it might be a good time to focus on food and exercise.

I started back at school and have jumped into a whirlwind of demands. I am attempting to stay focused on food and exercise despite the stress.

Good luck with your jobs and your client party. You are one busy lady.

Keeping jumping back on the saddle..I am there with you! Hugs.

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NUOVAELLE 9/6/2013 7:44AM

    So good to hear from you, Annie! I can relate with the back-to-school stress but as you said, routine is sometimes better than no routine at all!
There's no doubt that you'll have everything running smoothly in no time. As for the two pounds, they just don't stand a chance!!
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