Moped = Weight Loss?

(Have you had to change your motivation?  What ended up working for you?  Tell me your story.)

I got me a moped.  I am trying to save gas money and wear and tear on my van.  Each time I take my van into the fix it shop it usually cost me $300 – $600.  And my van goes in every 2-3 months.  Right now my air conditioner is not working and summer is coming.  I could handle it being in the front seat with the window down, but the poor person in the back seat is dying of heat.

Back to my moped.  I had to look for a good bargain.  After looking for a month I found one.  I paid a little more than I budgeted for, but still a good bargain.  For the size of the moped they recommend that the weight of the rider shouldn’t be more than 220 lbs.  It can go up higher, though it makes the engine work harder.

So to help my moped investment last longer it would be best if I lost weight.  I can’t seem to do it for health reasons, to save money, or just to feel more energy.  Maybe feeling sorry for my poor moped will help me?

I am at 253# right now.  I am trying to put exercise into my routine and with it being summer I hope it will be easier.

Here is hoping my moped works less as the days go by.

Have you had to change your motivation?  What ended up working for you?  Tell me your story.

Days Fly By… Little Progress

Stuck  (my first title for this)

(What are the things you want to accomplish?  Are you working toward them?)

One minute, one hour, one day, one week, one month, one year flows into the next.  It can go by so fast and I look back and see very little accomplished.  Nothing has really changed.

I am working just to pay bills I have caused.  These bills from fixing my car, buying a few things I didn’t really need, going out to eat that shouldn’t have gone on my credit card, and the most fun Vacations!  I need to do better not turning to the credit card.  Watching all the videos about minimizing, and living without debt is making me crave it, though to get there work is involved.

So ‘Do the work’ I think to myself.  I have many excuses why I am not doing the work.  Most of them are not good excuses.  But even if the excuse is bogus it will hinder me from getting to what I believe I want.

I want to be debt free
I want a decluttered house
I want to spend quality time with my family
I want to remodel my house
I want to be able to follow my passions without worrying so much about money
I want a job where I am happy, satisfied and know I am making a difference.
I want to be healthy and have a healthy family

Doesn’t sound too hard!  Though most of these take time and determination.  I need to stay motivated if I am going to accomplish them.  That is what this blog is about for me.  If I know people are watching, then I hope it will keep me motivated.

Keep watching, liking, and encouraging me.   Thanks in advance.

What are the things you want to accomplish?  Are you working toward them?

My Procrastination Problem

(Do you have a procrastination problem?  Have you come up with any tricks to help you?)

I am the queen of procrastination.  Leaving things to the last-minute is the way I live.  It frustrates me, it’s depressing, and I just don’t get things done that don’t have a deadline.

If there is a deadline at work I will have it done!  I had a job once that my boss would give me a list of things to do in the office that day.  I would do bits of the jobs all throughout the day and I would get it done.

A few times my boss would add something that needed done halfway through my shift which would mess up my plan and throw me into stress.  I was not very good with things just popping up.  Saying that I still almost always got everything done by the end of the day.

So why can’t I do that for myself?  I write a TO DO LIST in the morning.  I know what needs to get done, but by the end of the day only a small portion gets done.  I have enough time to do it if I would just work and get it done.  I just don’t stay focused on my list.

I recently read a blog by blogger ‘my one life. today’ and she put in a great video into her blog titled ‘Unopened boxes’.  I am so grateful I came across this.

The video’s name is ‘Inside the Mind of a Master Procrastinator’

This video totally explains how my mind works.  I have a monkey problem.  I have put deadlines on myself, though if I don’t get it done I just have me to report to.  That is not much motivation for me.

I started this blog to help me declutter my house.  I am dragging my feet.  Working on my house seems very daunting.  Even a small pile of papers seem like a mountain at times.   I am not giving up.  I will be decluttering again.

I just need to get the monkey to shut up and stay in his tree.

Do you have a procrastination problem?  Have you come up with any tricks to help you?

My Favorite Song / What’s Yours?

(What is your all time favorite  song?  Is this a hard question or did you know right away?)

I have been asked several times by the children I work with what my favorite song is.  My mind would go to more recent songs, though none were my favorite.  Then I went back to my teen years when Journey was my favorite group.  Even though I loved their songs none were my all time favorite.

I saw the movie Baby Boss, which I enjoyed way more than I thought I would.  I laughed and squirmed through that movie.  At the end during the credits they played a song.  Instantly I remembered that IT was my favorite song.

I use to listen to part of this song during The Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon.  As the program transferred from Jerry Lewis to the local station they use to play part of the song.  And this is where I fell in love with it.

Now I know!  Now I can say…  MY FAVORITE SONG IS:

‘WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS NOW IS LOVE’   By Dionne Warwick

I love this song because of the message.  I hope you like it to.  There are many videos on this song…  here is one.

( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xfqND7qROQQ )

What is your all time favorite song?  Is this a hard question or did you know right away?

What is a Timebank?

(Have you talked yourself out of doing something that later you wished you had done?)

I was on Nextdoor  (Nextdoor.com) which is private social network that lets me and my neighbors talk online to each other.  We can share if we see suspicious people, if there is a break in, if we enjoyed a certain place or even if we have something to give away,

Today one of my neighbors suggested for me to check out this place online called Timebank.  I looked into it and found it intriguing.  How to explain?  It is a helping each other bank.  If I help someone, who asked for help, in the garden for an hour then I have 1 hour in the bank.  I can then find someone who is a member to help me for an hour with something I need.

I love this idea.  Besides it helping me get things I need help on without needing to save money for it, I will also become closer to the people in my community.  Maybe I won’t have to make that move to a small town to feel close to my neighbors.

Here is a link to learn more about it:   http://timebanks.org/

So, I went to the website.  I loved the idea, but even though I wanted to do it the small voices in my head said negative things like: I may not have much to offer, I work everyday… do I really have time and I am scared to do it.  If you have been watching my Life Blogs I am trying not to miss opportunities.  I wanted to join SO I DID!   I don’t want to go through life with anymore regrets.

If I decide that the Timebank is not for me or I really can’t find anytime to donate then I can leave.  Signing up was not a life sentence.

Have you talked yourself out of doing something that later you wished you had done?

Living with No Regrets

 

(Have you watched videos that have spoken to you at the moment you needed it?)

I want to declutter and downsize.  To help motivate me I have been watching ‘living simple’ and ‘minimalist’ videos.  I have enjoyed listening to them, though there were three I watched in the last couple of days that were saying exactly what I needed to hear.

The first was from ‘The Boss of the Swamp’ ( https://www.youtube.com/user/thebossoftheswamp – his youtube channel ).  I ended up watching about 4 of his videos yesterday.  Though the first one I watched is ‘Simple Living  One Man’s Perspective’. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ODu2RZIuXk)  He talked about living his dreams.  He talked about working toward his next dream.  He wants to live without regrets.  You may not want to live in the country, but living without regrets is a worthwhile pursuit.  The only thing that makes me sad is that I am learning this in my 50’s.  Though if I look on the bright side it is better than not learning it at all.

I recently wrote the blog ‘Missed Opportunities and Adventures’ found under my Life blog link.  Since I have written that I have been following my passions better.  I plan to not let life get in the way of what I am interested in learning and hopefully doing.

The second video I watched was ‘Peter Owen Jones: How to Live a Simple Life’.  (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yocVGSGNrBc )

He challenged himself to live without money for 3 months.  He worked for most of the things he needed.  He found out he didn’t need as much as he use to have.  He learned that when relying on other people you lose your ego and become humble.  He also found that he spent more time with people and this made his life richer.

So, yesterday my husband decided to BBQ.  I usually stay inside while he cooks, but yesterday I decided to keep him company.  My neighbor came out into their backyard with their 3 year old.  I love children that age, but even though my neighbor and I like each other we don’t talk much.  But yesterday I said Hi and the mom, the 3 year old and I played Frisbee together.  It was only for 10 mins. though it was so fun and it filled me with more joy then just staying in the house.

I have heard that people on their death beds regret not spending more time with loved ones.  I don’t want to be one of those.

The last video was pretty short and straight forward.  It was called ‘Beginner.s Guide to Minimalism>> inspiration to get started’ ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UjZwTDWxhbg )

This video told me that I could call myself a minimalist right now.  Even though looking around my house you would laugh at that statement.  Thoughts and words are powerful.  So if I call myself a minimalist now, then hopefully my brain will start to believe it and I will start acting and looking like one.

I am excited for this new adventure in discovery.  Let’s see where this takes me.

Have you watched videos that have spoken to you at the moment you needed it?

 

Personality Test

(Have you ever done a personality test?)

I have gone though a couple of personality tests at different jobs.  My first one was at a preschool.  I guess some of the teachers were complaining about each other.  We were all co-worker friends, but some dealt with change better than others.  Some didn’t take constructive criticism well.    The director decided to have a person come over and do a personality test on the group.

After the talk/test I found out I was a helper.  I like things fair.  No one should be overlooked.  I was also a planner which mean I do not like sudden changes.  I like a back up plan.  A fellow teacher which was one of my better friends was a helper too.  One teacher (the K teacher) got her work done, went to school, and had many things on her plate and accomplished it all.  She couldn’t understand till this test why we were not getting it ALL done.  This test was a good thing and opened our eyes to how we think different and alike.

At another job the boss brought in a personality tester for the group.  There it was me that was singled out.  I was the only A personality in a sea of (7 employees) B personalities.  Before that I was getting a little bit frustrated not understanding my co-workers as well.

I have enjoyed these test and would recommend them if you are having trouble at work.

Have you ever done a personality test?  Did it help or open your eyes?

 

 

When is Your Best Time to Declutter?

(When is your best time to declutter/clean?)

I am finding right now it is hard for me to start my next decluttering project.  I am realizing that I do my best decluttering when I have time off and when I am alone.

Right now I do not have much time off and my husband works from home most of the week.  So, when do I find time to declutter?  I am a former morning person, though have turned to a kind of nighttime person.  I say kind of because I can stay up till 11- midnight, though I am super tired and can’t get anything done.  So, again when can I fit in decluttering without disturbing the household?

I have a friend that goes on late night cleaning/decluttering sprees because it is quiet in the house and she can concentrate.  It is a time she doesn’t need to entertain the children or stop to help anyone.  She is not getting phone calls at 2am.  If I could stay up and not be a zombie the next day it may work if my husband wasn’t a night owl.

As I am typing this I know that it is just an excuse.  I just don’t want to declutter.  I haven’t gone though my mail for about 3 weeks.  To help with the clutter of the mail piling up on the table, printer, my side table about 3 months ago I started to put all my mail in a Sterilite 15 quart container.  The family knows that all my mail needs to go in there.  This has helped a lot, though out of sight… out of mind.

I am glad I blogged this because I will now be going through my mail.  Thanks all for watching me and making me accountable.

Give me ideas how and when you get decluttering and cleaning done.

When is your best time to declutter/clean?

 

Missed Opportunities and Adventures

Missed Opportunities and Adventures

(What is or was your passion that you have followed? Where did it lead you?)

I have noticed that I go through phases in my life when I am really excited about doing or learning something, but then never follow through thinking that I will do it later. But then my excitement wanes and I end up not really wanting to do it. I often feel sad that I didn’t follow the passion when it hit me.

I am excited that when I thought about making a blog I went ahead and did it. I am very proud of myself. It would have been very easy not to try at all. It was hard and frustrating those first couple of weeks as I researched how to do one.

I have now thought of something else I wanted to look into and I almost talked myself out of it, but I decided to go for it. I am just looking to get more information though to do that I needed to reach out to someone.  It was scary, may be a little embarrassing, and out of my comfort zone.  Why should I let that stop me?

“It never hurts to ask.” Right?

I think I am going to try to follow these passions more often. Who knows where they will lead me or how much fun I am going to have along the way.

What is or was your passion that you have followed? Where did it lead you?

How Do You Get Things Done?

(How do you get yourself to do something you want to do, but don’t ever seem to make the time for?)

I was out in my backyard having a bbq and a fire in the fire pit.  Usually my husband cooks and starts the fire and when dinner is ready he calls me.  I stay out for a little while then get back into the house.  But today he asked if I could help by making the fire in the fire pit and keeping it alive while he cooked.  I really enjoyed my time outside in my yard.  This yard is partly rustic and I love it that way because I don’t get myself out often to do yard work.  It isn’t that I don’t like to… I just end up in the house in front of the computer a lot.

That is why it was so nice to be outside.  I now want to go out and do some of that yard work that really needs to be done.  At least that is what I thought yesterday.  It is now Monday and I need to go to work.  I work 7 days a week, though not 8 hours every day.

I hope I can get myself to go out and actually do some of that yard work.  But will I be able to tear myself away from doing things indoors?  Stay tuned.

How do you get yourself to do something you want to do, but don’t ever seem to make the time for?