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Gotta love a clean house

January 3, 2012 Leave a comment

I’ll be the first to admit that I am NOT a good homemaker.  In fact, I would venture to say that I suck at it (though my sweet DH will valiantly claim otherwise…at least I hope!)  So a neat and tidy environment is not something that is commonplace around our house.  However, last week in an attempt to regain some a) sanity and b) clear enough room to craft, I did some cleaning in our computer/crafting room.  Michaels had their storage on sale for 40% off last week (50% off this week), so I’ve picked up 5 of these scrapbook storage cubes in various configurations (some have shelves, some have drawers, etc.)  I’ve got 3 put together and a lot of stuff put away neatly…and I plan to put the other two together this week.

What a difference it makes!  I really love making cards and other papercrafts, but I hadn’t done it in so long simply because my space was a mess and of course that impedes the creative juju.  And since I’m not all that creative, I need all the juju I can get.  In the last 3 days, I’ve made 3 cards.  How fun to just sit down, pull my supplies out from their happy hiding places, and get busy creating.  It all goes toward creating that overall feeling of emotional well-being – crafting is a stress release, a boredom buster, and a junk-food-eating-binge-preventer (after all, it is hard to work with paper when your fingers are covered in chocolate or that awesome orange Cheetos dust!)  We’ll see how long this bliss lasts 🙂

Last night, I was having trouble sleeping so I downloaded a book by Jillian Michaels…I think it is called “Losing to Win” or something like that.  It is pretty interesting so far and gives some good food for thought, though I feel like it kind of glosses over things a bit.  I appreciate her no-nonsense attitude, but things aren’t always as black and white as they are presented in the book.  In any case, I still feel it has been worth the read and I look forward to finishing it tonight or tomorrow night.

I’ve also entered the 21st century (finally) and joined Facebook (to keep up with my dad, mostly, and make sure he’s not getting himself into trouble) and am signing up for Good Reads.  All kinds of exciting things to occupy my time!

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Categories: Focus Areas, Well-Being

Focusing In

December 30, 2011 4 comments

The holidays are almost behind us and it is time again to look forward to the promise of a new year.  Where past failures melt away and the allure of a clean slate shines brighter than the glitter on my son’s last art project from school.  I try not to make resolutions, but I can’t help but think about how I would like for 2012 to go for me.  This year, I would like to focus on three specific areas that I believe will help me in my journey to lose weight: exercise, nutrition, and overall well-being.

One of the biggest victories I can boast from this past year is the fact that I’ve been exercising on a consistent basis.  Looking back at my first forays into riding our recumbent bike, I am amazed to remember how I started riding for 10 minutes at a time, 3 nights a week.  Then 4 nights and 5 nights.  Then, 15 minutes, 20 minutes, 25 minutes – until I’ve worked my way up to 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week.  This year I’d like to vary my exercise routine – including Wii games, workout DVDs, and strength training.

Nutrition is something that I’ve always felt I knew about on the surface.  You know, green = healthy, fried = artery-clogging.  But this year I’d like to not only learn more about nutrition, but also try new foods and new ways of preparing foods.  Fish have been on my will-not-ever-eat-even-if-paid-a-million-dollars list since I was about 12.  This year, I’d like to try at least 1 fish dish.  If I still hate the taste/smell/texture of fish, so be it.  But at least I’ll give it a try!  I would like to learn more about beans and greens – like swiss chard and kale.  How can you prepare them and/or incorporate them into existing dishes?  Who knows, maybe I’ll become a veggie-holic!

Finally, I’d like to focus more on my mental/emotional well-being.  During my more introspective moments, I’ve come to realize that I’m my own worst enemy when it comes to my weight loss efforts.  I know what I should eat and what I should avoid.  But..all that knowledge goes to hell the minute I’m bored, stressed, celebrating, bummed, etc.  So I need to find ways to better deal with what bothers me and to stay busy so I don’t veg in front of the TV after a long day and nibble.

How’s that for going almost as far as naming some resolutions, but not quite!

How about you?  Are you making any New Year’s Resolutions?  Or are you going the route I am?  Or doing something altogether different?