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Taking a Step Back to Focus

Thursday, March 14, 2019

I have been on SP for several years off and on, sadly more off than on. My last rejoin after a measly few weeks away was January 2016.

However, I have not done well. I managed to lose 10 lb last summer in a challenge, only to regain 12 lb somewhere without changing a thing.

The last while I have been thinking of how to simplify my life. My hubby has to be go, go, go. His mind is in ten places at once. I keep reminding him my mind doesn't change gears that fast! That is who he is, even when we were kids. He stops to watch tv and goes to sleep. Mind you, nowadays, he starts work in the middle of the night because of scheduling in the trucking industry. We both work out of the same yard, except I am a shift lead for gatehouse security.

I had some email subscriptions that I cancelled as well. I had a few daily devotionals. I kept one and kept one I get a couple of times a week. I had subscriptions to knitting patterns and yarn. I cancelled them because I have several saved and I can access the websites when I want. I also have knitting patterns in storage. Same with sewing. So those sites will survive without my free subscription. I also cancelled stores I never or seldom shop at and swear to never give out my postal code again at a checkout. I don't open half of these. I shop for groceries at two stores, whichever has the best deal for what I need. They aren't too far apart, so not wasting gas. Now when I have an hour and the patience, I will be going through all the unread or garbage emails and deleting them. I did this a few years ago and it was actually a relief. I should have kept up with it daily but did not. Will from now on after it's done to simplify my life. With most subscriptions gone, shouldn't take long on a daily basis.

The people that are negative and annoy me that I can't escape, I have put at arm's length. I keep praying for them that they find some happiness in life. Can't they just realize waking up and having all your senses and faculties about you is a blessing and a half?

I am spending much less time online. I wasn't spending a lot before, and spending less now. One of the many things of being 55 I guess! I was raised before the internet and can function without it. In fact, I know a few who don't have it. I also know many who aren't online everyday! It IS a time sucker. Email, Sparkpeople, and quickly check Facebook and messages. I might spend 5 min. on Facebook these days. Basically keep it open for messages and preserve my pictures that I have lost because they weren't printed and those phones are gone. Been on Facebook since 2007. I don't get a lot of messages on Facebook except sometimes from those who don't live nearby. I have seen myself spend two hours or more just on SP.

I enjoy knitting and cross-stitch. This apartment is too small to lay out a quilt to pin for quilting so that is on hold until we get a bigger place.

However, I have a lot of yarn and quilt scraps in storage with our stuff. I have a big bin here as well. I promised myself that I will not buy any more yarn until the stuff here in the apartment is used up. I'm sure I can make afghans or whatever small stuff out of the scraps. I also have a lot of cotton for towels and dishcloths! Christmas gifts for the girls or myself. lol

I am also not trying to do everything at once. This "multi-tasking" has been proven to not to be as efficient as it was supposed to be. Unless you're a mom! lol But I am concentrating on one thing at a time. Maybe my mind will slow down when I am trying to sleep.

Sad to say, except for one small team that has been with me for about two years or more, I have left the other teams for now. Just until things get sorted out and I am feeling better mentally and physically. How can I do a challenge or be active on a team when it stresses me that I am not performing well for whatever reason? So for the benefit of those teams, I have left for now until I am ready to give 110% again.

I will be still logging in for points and saying hi on my status and to my one team, but that's all for now. And weigh-in!

I will get organized both physically and in my head and be back. I'm 55 and need to re-evaluate. We have stuff going on here as well that I need to deal with. Hubby wants to take granddaughter to Disneyworld this year. Thankfully we have a friend who has points to stay places for a time share and will be joining us. Saved us a bundle since she is refusing to take our money. We will buy groceries or whatever to show our gratitude! But this is something I am dealing with. 22 hr drive for a three or four day stay and 22 hr drive back. Walk, walk, walk....ugh. I don't like "tourist traps" to begin with, although I love the old Disney stuff and some new. With arthritis, I need to work at getting my body in shape for the walks for September.

Weather is finally feeling like Spring here in southern Ontario, Canada. Spring. Time for renewal with the new life in the leaves, baby animals, warmer sunshine, longer days, etc. I am stuck in the city and miss my vegetable garden I used to grow in the country. Next month I'd be planting my peas and beans because they thrive in the cooler weather. Maybe again someday.

Spring, Renew. Renewing me.

Stay blessed!

Hugs, Tanya

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