Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Spending my Weight

When I told a wise friend that I had decided I would like to lose some weight to make it a little easier on my knee, she advised me to not lose weight but to spend it. She said to look at it as not giving something up but that I am acquiring something with it.

So I have been spending my weight on discipline - my word for 2007. Discipline. And so far I have spent 6 lbs. I would like to spend at least 11 more. I have welcomed discipline into my life. Every morning when I get up, I have been writing in my journal. It is amazing just how much that clears the energy for my day - to get the stuff out of my head, to process my thoughts, to figure out how I want to spend my time that day. It truly is the most powerful tool I know for self-actualization. I make my lists for the different areas of my life and responsibilities that I want to get accomplished that day. Sometimes my lists last me a few days. They help to focus on the many things I have going on. I have categories for Sparkle Window Cleaning, mothering, self, homeschooling, housecleaning, hats and counselling. Then I do my "8 Minutes in the Morning for a Flat Belly" exercises. Not that I am terribly concerned about a flat belly but I like the exercises and my abdomen has been significantly weakened by 4 pregnancies.... And then my day is off to a great start. My lists really free my brain. Its amazing. Instead of trying to hold everything I have to get done in my head, I can relax and think of inspiring thoughts and check my list when I need to.

So I am in my third week of living this way. This level of discipline isn't one that I would want to keep forever in my life but right now it is really working for me - helping me to get the things done that I want to without feeling overwhelmed with all that I have on my plate right now.

4 comments:

bum.by.the.sea said...

that's a cool thought--"spending". hmm.

katie said...

i had to let go of lists a long time ago. they were controlling my life...maybe that means i have too much discipline...

Andrea said...

Maybe you are. For me lists are a temporary measure to control my life when I have too much to do...

Mary-Sue said...

Wow. I'm going to try it. thank you for the inspiration!
xo