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Monday, January 14, 2013

*sigh* Somehow, I am WAY busier now than I have been in AGES. Between running the kids places, doing school, taking care of the house, two jobs, CCGA board and teaching, volunteering, church, and now the BLC, I just don't know how it's all going to get done?! I mean, I am queen of taking on too much, but this time it feels like there's no possible way....

But then I think, there are a million-billion people in the world that have lives just like this. They work FULL TIME, take care of their kids, and do other stuff, and still find time to lose weight and exercise. I don't know where/how I'm going to pick people's brains, but I certainly would like to peek into the lives of others and see how it is they get it all done. I am generally an organized person, so I think with the right tools, I might be able to accomplish everything?

Baaah....if you're reading this, and you're life is nuts, but you're still finding time to devote to working out/weight loss AND your Spark Pals - wanna shell out some advice? I'm all ears! It can pertain to ANY of the above outlined areas...not necessarily JUST SP! I mean, we still need to get laundry done and eat too! ;-)

I can do it, I can do it, I can do it....................(some good advice from a friend a LONG time ago - fake it 'till you make it. I'm trying it out!) :-)

~ Christa
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    You can get it all done. Just make sure to set good priorities . . . like good food and exercise before logging into Spark. LOL
    1922 days ago
    Christa, what is BLC? Christa, your health is really important and when it is out of whonk so is everything else. Maybe it is time to seriously consider what is what... what are the things you need to do, want to do, must do? Put them all on paper, give them to the Lord and then listen. Then do or don't do.

    Then breathe... and spend some time with your husband and children.

    When it's all said and done, there may be a list of things that Christa did, but more likely a lot of who you are and were during your life.

    Why is it the hardest thing for us to do is not get involved with everything.

    1 Cor 6:12 came to my mind, "Everything is permissible (allowable and lawful) for me; but not all things are helpful (good for me to do, expedient and profitable when considered with other things). Everything is lawful for me, but I will not become the slave of anything or be brought under its power."

    Sending hugs and love!
    1922 days ago
    Christa, it is always hard. My sons are now older, so they help around the house and can feed themselves if they don't want to wait until I get home from the gym. What's hard for me is planning and prepping food for the week, and I tend to fall back on convenience foods, pop in the microwave kind of food, which is not healthy eating. I think that is one goal I will work on for BLC 21.

    I like FITANDHEALTHYKAL's suggestion of using slow cookers and meal planning. Would this help you out?

    Your fellow Geckos can help too. Monica said we can post a QOTD (Question of the Day) on the chat thread. Throw one out every now and then to get feedback from your teammates.

    Hang in there! emoticon
    1922 days ago
    If you want to make sure something gets done, give it to a busy person.

    You've already gotten scads of good advice. My favorite that I've heard recently is lay out the three things each day that NEED to be done. Those things get done first and that frees you up from the stress of thinking everything needs to be accomplished all at once.

    And absolutely delegate. You have a few helping hands in your house. You'll be doing yourself and your children a favor by expecting them to pitch in and be part of the team.
    1922 days ago
  • MARYBETH4884
    You can do this your fellow geckos are here to support and encourage you all the way. Do one task at a time then move on to the next, focus on small portions, and the completed tasks will add up, delegate some things to others, ask, people usually seem willing to help but sometimes are not asked? Hope this helps!
    1922 days ago
    Christa, I agree with every thing Kal said!! I ran my own business, helped out my MIL in "our" business, ran my kids, did volunteer work, DH was working at one FT job and going to college at night, all the while helping out with "our" business. It all gets done and what doesn't isn't important! But make sure that you schedule some ME time. That is most important. I learned that early on and that was where I learned to get up very early in the morning and do my work out while the rest of the house slept. I also did laundry at that time.

    Keep calm emoticon
    1922 days ago

    YOU first because if you don't emoticon you and care for and nuture you as you do everyone and everything else, you won't be able to do it for everyone else when you crash and burn. Truth.

    Family meeting
    How old are your children? Even toddlers can and should do chores so they realize their part in the family structure. It will seem like more work at first but it will be good for you and them!
    Learn to say "NO" when you CAN - is there anything you can let go?
    Carpool "share" on kids events.
    When you are sitting at your kids events, work it! Do laps/run/walk/jog/wog or if you are sitting waiting, make lists, do thank you's.
    I used to sell Longaberger baskets (I do not any more). I had a basket protector for EACH committee I was on and they lived in the hall closet and I would slip them into the basket for every meeting/committee I was heading out for. My son has asked me for several of the baskets he remembers ALWAYS being with me when I am no longer here.
    Do a meal plan when you do your grocery list - I have a system and then you know what your week looks like and no surprises. Use a crock pot or two when you can.
    Get up early and break your fast. Work out during lunch. It's good for the soul.
    If you see something that needs doing (picked up, put away etc.) JUST DO IT! Amazing how little time it takes but conversely saves.
    Schedule YOU time!

    Hope this helped and didn't add more stress sweetie. Lucky you to be a groovy gecko! LOVE your cappies and you have the Mother of all BLC'ers - SkinnyKatSoon! Whoohooey! Have fun and let this wonderful challenge be an amazing one for you on this new team, new round, new year!

    1922 days ago
  • COOKIE_AT_51
    I understand your "panic" as I felt the same way with BLC and I have no where near what you have going on. emoticon

    It will become routine ... little by little. Make a schedule ... make lists ... remember "participation not perfection" emoticon

    Baby steps = one day at a time emoticon

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    1922 days ago
    emoticon The secret is not to look at the big picture (all the things that need to get done) and just focus on one thing at a time. Get a calendar out and write down what major thing needs to be done on each day. That is the most important thing to focus on that day. Then schedule time by the hour what needs to be done (i.e. exercise 7am, chat thread 30 minutes, etc).

    Just an example about handling life a little at a time: I get overwhelmed with a sink and kitchen full of pots, pans, and dishes. It used to make me so mad and frustrated that I had to do all of it and plus a million other things around the house. What calms me down is standing at the sink and washing what is just in my immediate reach...finish that and then turn to the left and wash what is on the stove...finish that and turn to wash what is on the counters. I focused on on pile at a time (jobs). Everything (jobs) kept getting smaller and then I got through it all.

    Hope that my analogy made sense emoticon kinda corny but hopefully you know what I mean!

    Keep Calm and Take Deep Breaths emoticon emoticon
    1923 days ago
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