I follow The Single Woman and that is where I was inspired to come up with this year ending purging from my life. The first post (Life’s Changing Landscape: Shelving 2011) covers the how/why, the rest will be the 31 things I am shelving from 2011 that will not go with me into the new year, the full list of posts pertaining to what I’m purging can be found here: Shelving 2011.
I’ve been busy and haven’t really worked on this purging thing but I’m going to try to get caught up today!
Time management – or the lack there of. We’ll called it unstructured time. That is an area that needs my attention in a big way. The lack of scheduling my life is killing me. I already have procrastination boxed but the lack of a planned day isn’t helping me either. I need to start setting specific times for things…Saturdays for delivering Avon. An hour in the evening to read because “good leaders are good readers” and in order to lead this Avon unit I need to stay on that. I even need to set specific scheduled days for things like my laundry, and times of the day for relaxing things like online games. Structure! Yep that is what I need, no more cluttered time.
Lack of sleep, or staying up too late. I have a really bad habit of doing this and it is not helping in the issues in box 15. I set my alarm for a specific time each morning, 5:20am, then hit the snooze alarm numerous times because i stayed up way too late the night before. This isn’t good because I am behind by the time I do finally get out of bed, sometimes waiting to shower until the baby I watch is asleep. That didn’t work out so hot this past week as she was sick and Friday sounded croopy to me so I was not about to let her sleep without keeping a close eye on her. I am off for 2 weeks from childcare, time to catch up on my sleep and work on getting all these boxes dealt with so that come 1/1/2012 I am purged and rolling on energy.
LAZINESS when it comes to my lack of getting off my rump and exercising. High blood pressure and heart disease are in my genetic makeup so, as this 48yo has yet to discover the fountain of youth, it is high time I actually DID something. We have a treadmill, weights, and 3 flights of stairs in this big house. Not to mention a street that is long enough to loop for walking and a gorgeous park with hiking trails 2 blocks away. I think it is time to box up the laziness and start getting a little toning and cardio worked back in to my life.
With the laziness taking a hike it is time I started eating wiser too. Not just a bit healthier, but a bit LESS. I used to follow Gwen Shamblin (girl get rid of the 80’s hair and ease up on the tanning, you look like a crack whore) and Susan Powter (I won’t touch this one too much there) until I felt like they seriously derailed mentally (and to think my ex husband thinks I have mental issues?). But they both do have some good advice. Cut portions in half and eat far less fat. Dolly Partin lost all her weight years ago by continuing to eat all the things she liked just eating less of it. So, some serious focus on cutting down to portions sizes and cutting out some of the crap I eat (like um BEER which my son tells me goes right to the butt).
Ah there, all caught up on purging.
I have to say – my 5:30am bootcamp has been the best thing to ever happen to my sleep issues. I’m not saying bootcamp is your thing, but maybe an early workout will help you kill two boxes with one stone. I’ve found that my alarm going off at 4:45 to be at the gym by 5:20 not only gets me a great workout in before I have time for other things to interfere, but then it also has me dozing on the couch by 9:30. AND I’m sleeping through the night – which was extremely unusual up until 4 months ago when I started this bootcamp thing. Maybe consider going for a walk or doing some Zumba in the basement while the coffee is brewing. Just a thought.
I’ll add – the thought of getting up at 4:45am to go meet the trainer and bootcamp peeps was way worse than the actual doing. Now I’m used to it and I have a routine.
I used to get up at 5am and go walk…that didn’t last real long but I was walking a few miles every morning when I did it. Maybe I need to do it again? My niece is moving out after Christmas which will leave the workout area without anyone close by to disturb.
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