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Use it or Lose it

Sunday, January 12, 2020

This is sort of my "new year new me" blog, except that it's really not. This is stuff I've been thinking about a lot lately, and it just happens to coincide with the new year. I'd like to think I'd be working on the same things in August if the mood struck me.

I don't do resolutions b/c they kind of end up feeling like a dare to me. I say "I won't have chocolate" and all I can think of is how much I want chocolate. I say "no more fast food" and all of a sudden all the fast food restaurants just look so darn good. I had that SVT episode and read that I shouldn't drink alcohol, so then all I could think of was how much I wanted a drink. The second the cardiologist told me I could have 1 alcoholic drink per day, the craving went away.

I'm not really a goal person either. At work we're always supposed to set goals and I have such a hard time with that. Like,my goal is to get through the school year without being yelled at by parents and with my sanity intact. That's not what they're looking for though so I really struggle.

What I do like though is a word of the year. Kind of something to work on all year, a way to filter experiences. A couple different years I used Patience, one year it was Persistence, last year nothing came to me. This year, my word is Brave.

Be Brave. Make the hard choices. Accept conflict and confrontation and learn to deal with that. Make choices that make me happy. Do scary things. Accept myself and expect other people to accept me too. Stop living to what I think other people expect of me, or what they want of me. This is really hard for me. I hate disappointing people, and confrontation makes me physically ill. Finally be brave enough to accept that my health is not what it should be and work to make the appropriate changes. Change is scary. Giving up my comfortable routine is scary.

I've also been reading about depth years, and I like the idea but I'm not sure I'm going to jump in head first. My take away from it that I'm going to try to keep at the front of my mind is "use it or lose it".
-Use up the food in the freezer and pantry before I buy more (even if they're on a great sale - that's how I ended up with an over stocked freezer and shelves in the first place). If I'm not going to use something I need to throw it away (if expired) or donate it to the food bank.
-Read the books I have on my shelves now that I haven't read, or decide I'm never going to and donate them to the library for their book sale (that's where most of them came from anyway)
-Be conscious of what clothes I'm wearing to work, and which ones I used to really like but pass by every morning. I've already purged anything that doesn't fit, but just because something fits doesn't mean I have to keep it.
-Think hard about kitchen appliances (looking at you instantpot) and if I'm not using them regularly I need to donate them too
-I love buying writing utensils. I have pens/pencils/hi-liters coming out of my ears. I need to stop buying new and start using up what I have.
-I'm not a product junkie, but I do like to try different hygeine supplies. I realized one day that I have multiple open containers of a variety of shampoo, make-up, toothpaste, etc. So I picked one of each and started using that one until it's gone and then move to the next. If I find that I really dislike one of them, I give myself permission to throw it away.
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  • OHANAMAMA
    You are on the right path!
    I don't have an InstantPot. I had an opportunity to get one but opted out. I actually purged a few appliances a long time ago and I'm wary when getting new ones. But I am nearly a hoarder. I have so many clothes that DON'T fit me that I barely have room for those that do... and yes, those that don't are all smaller ones I swear I'll wear again someday. (some have been boxed for 20 years) Crazy, huh? It's just hard to let go, some things are so cute! Plus all the writing utensils, art supplies, books, and doodads... I have tons and can't seem to get rid of them.

    I love your woty. Be Brave. Mine is Release. Hoping to Release all that extra stuff plus a few pounds as well as a few bad habits and fears.

    I'm off to a slow start already, but still trying to get it all in motion...

    You got this.

    71 days ago
  • MISTRESSOHORROR
    I have an Instapot that is taking up space. Hubs bought it when I was down and out with surgery, It's not been used since.

    I struggle with throwing stuff away, even if I don't like it. Dumb, right? I am getting better about that. I did toss a mostly new eyeshadow pallet bc the colors were all shiny and yuck. So there's a win!

    My word is focus! I blogged a few times this year and it feels good to get all that out. I think you are setting reasonable goals. I hope you finish your year strong!

    I am with you on the pens. I have pens and pencils everywhere!

    I love your word this year! I know you can do it! You are one of the strongest people I "know"!
    79 days ago
  • GOLFGMA
    Great ideas you're working on and I do like your word for this year so be "Brave"! emoticon
    79 days ago
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    80 days ago
  • SVELTEWARRIOR
    I love your word and your attitude!
    80 days ago
  • ICECUB
    emoticon EVERYTHING IN MODERATION. I NEED CHOCOLATE. EVEN IF IT IS A LITTLE PIECE.
    80 days ago
  • CATIATM
    I hear you! That is a great analysis of what you're doing, and I like how you're approaching your next steps. emoticon
    80 days ago
  • RETAT60
    My mantra this year is: she who is brave is free. It takes courage to live our lives in ways we feel is best for us. I wish you a year filled with being brave.
    80 days ago
  • IMUSTLOSEIT1
    O so agree about the product thing, I need to do some of that in my kitchen. I am sure if I look hard enough there is maybe a thing or 2 in there that could legally vote. Especially in the spice and seasoning dept. I buy new seasoning, don't like them and then they seem to go in permanent storage. lol
    80 days ago
  • NANASUEH
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  • LYNCHD05
    Great blog just analyzing our life and how we manage it. I have been doing the same thing with wanting and needing kitchen appliances. Everyone tells me how great their InstaPot is and how easy it is to do things. I just keep asking myself if I really need it? I think it is good to question ourselves about purchases no matter how big or small. Like you said how many toothpastes or bottles of shampoo do we really need.

    Brave is a good word for sure!
    80 days ago
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