Thursday, September 16, 2010
Simple Girl....Simple Life
Yes, I took this picture from the back deck of a home we were renting in Flagler Beach, FL this past January. I had just returned from the Flagler Beach Farmer's Market and was displaying the bounty I had purchased. I have some strawberries in my refrigerator right now, but you can be sure they don't look or taste like these did. Everything you see had been picked no more than four hours prior to my purchasing it at the market. Oh, for that kind of simplicity in all things.
My life is a little too complicated right now and I generally rebel when that happens. Comparatively speaking, my life is anything but complicated and I have worked very, very hard to get it that way. Most of the people in my "real" life understand that when Mr. B is out of school, I am much less accessible to other people because my full attention is focused on the things he and I plan together. This is as it should be and I don't apologize for that. When he returns to school each August, I go through a period of readjustment as life returns to normal. Bottom line is, we have a good time during the summer and I miss him when he starts back to school. But we are there now, he is fully involved in what is shaping up to be an incredibly busy academic year at the community college where he teaches and is program coordinator for the department. And all of those people in my "real" life are coming out of the woodwork asking for my attention and wanting to catch up. MIL is already asking when there will be another day for her and my own mother needs some attention as well. All of this is testing my new resolve to make decisions that work well for me and then let my "yes" be "yes" and my "no" be "no."
To celebrate that resolve, I am going hiking tomorrow and Saturday and I couldn't be more excited. I am hiking tomorrow with a new group of friends that hike together regularly. I was never able to get hooked up with them last spring, but decided that would be a priority come fall. A day in the woods usually gets me back on track emotionally. Two days will be a real treat.
I have also been working on a new schedule that is a bit more organized and takes into consideration some of the out-of-control, hit-or-miss issues that had begun to weigh on me. What I'm trying to say is that I do have the luxury of free time, but when I left CorporateLand, I vowed that I'd always use my time wisely and not fritter it away. While I don't waste time, I'd like to see a more disciplined schedule of accomplishing certain things at the same time every week. Based on some of the things I've learned recently, here are a couple of changes I'm going to try.
1) I am going to grocery shop ONCE a week and it will be on Tuesday morning. I'm going to take another crack at planning menus and making a grocery list on Monday. At this point in my journey, this change will serve several purposes not the least of which is keeping me away from the demon sample pushers (ALL of our grocery store and Sam's have these all the time) and freeing up more time for other things.
2) The other big change is that 4-6 p.m. will become blog time. I have found only two things which keep my focus totally off of food. One is hiking and the other is blogging. When hiking, I have no interest in food as anything other than fuel. When reading and writing blogs, I simply forget about food. 4-6 p.m. is my absolute worst time of day for bad eating. My day's activities are done and I am home. This has always been my time for reading and reading calls for recreational eating. I've always said if 4-6 p.m. and social events could be eliminated, I'd not have a weight problem. The hardest part for me will be NOT reading your blogs early in the morning. And I may still read my favorites, but most reading and writing will be done from 4-6.
3) Although I have eaten well for five days now, I have not lost any weight. And I know why. Yes, I have eaten well, but I am still eating too much. I'm making some changes in this area as well, but will share them in a post of it's own.
For the first time, something happened in BlogWorld yesterday that has really troubled me. I know I'm new and will have to get used to this, but it's the first time it's happened with someone I saw as a friend. Many of you did too, so I'm wondering if anyone else has noticed. I missed this person and went to their blog to see if I had missed a post. The blog has been removed. This person (and I don't feel it appropriate to identify who) had been blogging for awhile and her writing is delightful. She had been struggling with several stops and starts over the past few months, but it was a total shock for me to go to someone's blog and find it GONE! For whatever reason, she chose not to continue blogging and to remove her blog with no word of farewell. I just want to encourage you to keep this person in your thoughts (it doesn't matter if you know who it is or not) and if by any chance, she is still reading, please know that I miss you and if I can help you in any way, please, please do not hesitate to email me. You have my email address. We are all struggling in our own way. You were, and are, just one of us. We never expected perfection. We just liked YOU!
This is an odd community we are part of in that one can appear and/or disappear in an instant without a trace. I can't help but be sad now that I've experienced this firsthand.
One more thing....I bought an eggplant on my Tuesday morning grocery store outing. Please tell me what to do with it. You all are inspiring me to try new things in the kitchen.
What is the time of day you are most tempted to veer off-plan? What do you do for distraction?