I just read a heat blog on one of my teams, and it struck me as absolutely brilliant! MPETERSON2311 came up with a list of 20 things to do instead of eat.
I know for a fact that I am most likely to make less than great food choices when I am bored, so this blog really struck a chord with me. Of course, it makes perfect sense, as MPETERSON2311 points out, to actually come up with an action plan to use whenever you are so bored you will eat anything not nailed down. Usually, I come up with such a list in my head and after the fact. Yeah...that really hasn't worked well for me. I like her idea better, so here is my list of things to do INSTEAD of eat when I am bored:
1. Choose a drawer or a cabinet to straighten out and rearrange (I actually enjoy doing this, but it isn't usually the first thing I think of)
2. Find a SPARK fitness video and do it.
3. Go outside and do something (garden, go for a walk, sit and watch the flowers grow...)
4. Read a book.
5. Do some writing.
6. Write a letter to someone you care about (everybody likes to get a real piece of mail now and then)
7. Look through tour books and work on a plan for your next trip.
8. Drink a glass of water or brew a cup of tea and then find a relaxing spot to sit and enjoy it.
9. Go through your email inbox and get it down to 0.
10. Play Words with Friends
11. Read today's newspaper.
12. Call someone you haven't spoken to for awhile and catch up.
13. Take a relaxing bath, preferably with bubbles and candles
14. Put on some music and dance just for the pure enjoyment of it
15. Work on decluttering or reorganizing a particular section of the garage (one of those never ending tasks where there is always something to do)
16. Go to a bookstore and see what is new
17. Do a crossword puzzle
18. Write a journal or blog entry.
19. Watch a movie (you can even slip in some exercise while you are doing this - win/win!)
20. Check out SPARK and/or other web site resource for healthy life style tips.
So, now I have my own customized resource of things to do when I am bored. I think these are things that offer a variety of choices and will keep me busy and out of trouble, so to speak. Mission accomplished! Of course, I will continue to add and delete things to keep it interesting and helpful. There is just something about actually putting it in writing that makes it more likely I will remember that it exists and actually refer to it when needed. One more tool in my toolbox!