200,000-249,999 SparkPoints 225,353

Friday, 3/22 What I Learned During Spring Break

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Hi all,

It has been a quiet yet busy, passive yet active, hectic yet peaceful break for me. My house is still in turmoil from my cleaning escapades. I hope I get finished by the time Monday morning rolls around. However, I have made a couple of important decisions based on this break.

I am not going to work this summer. I don't need to and that is definitely that. I need to be a mom and wife, and my home needs me as well. I can work on my house and take care of my family and be productive. I can also work in my house and not nibble mindlessly. I think I have never trusted myself to be less than working "on the clock" and not just eating whatever was around. I have learned that I don't do that anymore. It's official and for real. I don't do mindless eating anymore. I am so glad to know this and I feel comfortable saying so. This is more personal growth than I expected to become aware of during this break.

I also have learned that I don't have to finish things when I start them. This is also big news for me. I have never been comfortable leaving anything half completed---and that goes as far as to big tasks like moving. I would work hour after hour until the task was done--every stick of furniture in place, dusted, and sitting exactly where I want it perfectly. I don't totally know why I became this type of an adult--I don't ask this of anyone else. However, I have expected it of me. However, during this break, I have been cleaning out cabinets, closets and cupboards all over the house and unfortunately nothing is quite finished. I have gotten okay with my limitations and if I cannot bend over and clean the lower cupboards anymore, I have moved on to something at my shoulder level that doesn't require all of the bending that aggravates my anatomy.

I have learned how to put my needs first as I go through my life. These needs include caring for my family and caring for my home as well as exercising daily and eating carefully. I am doing okay--and yes, this old dog has learned new tricks that are in my best interest.

It has been an awesome spring break. I return to school with nine weeks to help my students to reach their reading goals and I will give that my heart and soul as well. I will, however, give this break business another chance when June rolls around.

Gentle hugs,
Share This Post With Others
Member Comments About This Blog Post
    I have learned to let go of perfection as well and just work on things as I can.
    1888 days ago
    Glad to hear that you taking a break this summer. emoticon
    1889 days ago
    I think choosing to not work this summer is a great choice. Loved your blog today.
    1889 days ago
    Sylvia What a great spring break you had. The decisions you have come to about taking it easy and taking summer off is awesome. You so deserve the time off with your family. Also the discoveries that you made about your self and the accepting of your limits and abilities is great. I am sure your family will be delighted having you home more with them. God bless and Hugs ...Pat

    1889 days ago
  • _LINDA
    I am so glad you have actually chosen to take the summer off! Not so happy you spent your spring break was doing a whole pile of cleaning! So not necessary! You do have a lot of helping hands around there that can do it now they are old enough. Your poor body needed a rest and regular gentle exercise in the pool, not moving and cleaning! Sometimes, you just have to accept help!
    I hope winter is over for you and you can soon enjoy spring.
    The weather has been horrible in Canada from coast to coast as winter still has us in a death grip! I tried posting my first vlog of swirling snow but it didn't work, I can't see it, not a techie so I can't imagine what went wrong. Have had two blogs since you last visited, one my Dr. reports.
    Not much going on here, just trying to survive the winter in my smoke filled apartment without being able to open my window -the high winds forced snow inbetween the screen and window, and it melted a little then froze it shut :( Hoping for some end soon, but we had more snow this evening.
    Have a wonderful weekend Sylvia, make it a selfish one and do some fun things for yourself!
    {{{gentle hugs}}}
    1890 days ago
    1890 days ago
  • Add Your Comment to the Blog Post

    Log in to post a comment

    Disclaimer: Weight loss results will vary from person to person. No individual result should be seen as a typical result of following the SparkPeople program.