April 29, 2015

Life's Little Distractions

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I've been really distracted lately. I've been really lazy lately, too. I'm always talking about how I want to lose weight, eat right, watch less TV, and read more. I'm always talking about how I want to blog more and start writing (i've got a novel or two in my brain...i know i do!). I've decided to stop getting in my way. I've taken action to minimized some of my biggest distractions!

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Yes, I will admit it, I am a Candy-Crush-Soda-Saga-aholic! I'm completely obsessed with this game. I like is so much more than the regular Candy Crush. It has gummy bears, chocolate and honey! I love it! However, I find myself playing it every opportunity I get. From the time I wake up in the morning all the way to bed I'm playing this silly game. I could be reading or do something else much more productive. So, I have decided to take it off my phone!!!!!!!! I uninstalled it Monday night. So far so good. I'm not in any withdrawal, so it must not have been that much of a 'necessity.'


The other culprit is . . . dun dun duuuuuuuuuuuun!
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Did you have any doubt? Of course, the television! Combine that with my awesomely comfortable couch and I find myself in front of it A LOT more often! I'm not going to get rid of my television. Hellz no! Are you crazy??? There are a lot of television shows that I watch: The Following, Nashville, Law & Order SVU, Scandal, Vampire Diaries, The Mindy Project, Grey's Anatomy, How to Get Away with Murder, Once Upon A Time, Secrets & Lies, Revenge, Orphan Black, Game of Thrones. I think that's it. I never have trouble finding something to watch when "there's nothing on tv to watch." Netflix, Hulu and HBO Go are right there for me when I need them.

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1. I purchased a three month membership to Weight Watchers. I've used WW in the past, but didn't use it the way I should have in order to be successful. I'm hoping that things are different this time around :) I officially started using it on Monday and I'm being really honest with myself about tracking what I eat.

2. I have also purchased myself a Fitbit Flex. I should have it tomorrow and I'm super excited about it. I have a pedometer on my phone, but I have to take the phone with me everywhere in order for it to track my steps properly. A coworker of mine has the Fitbit and she absolutely loves it!

3.  I have created a meal planner to plan my meals ahead of time. This way I know what to get when I go to the grocery store and I stick to that ONLY! No buying extra stuff. I'll also have no excuses about there 'not being food in the house' so then I order a pizza. No more of that!

4. I'm going to limit myself to only 2 hours of television a day. This will, hopefully, get me reading more and maybe even scrapbook (I'm sooo behind)! When I got home last night I turned the TV on at 7:05pm and told myself that I had until 9:05pm. At 8:46pm, with 19minutes of TV time left, I had finished Game of Thrones. At that point I didn't even bother starting anything else. I finished this post, cleaned up the kitchen, brushed my teeth and was in bed reading by 9pm. What a lovely evening!

5. I'm reading Gretchen Rubin's new book Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives. I am really enjoying this book. She has a lot of great suggestions to help you create good habits and to help you break bad habits.

What do you do to keep yourself motivated?
Any suggestions for the rest of us?




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