March 5, 2012

Breaking Up Is Hard to Do

I don't know about you, but I'm good and done with Winter. Too bad Winter isn't quite done with me...

 Unless you enlarge the picture you can't actually tell that the snow is still coming down. Guess I'll just go dust off the mukluks and give the sled dogs a run. Kidding. I've never owned a pair of mukluks, nor have I ever ridden or owned a dog sled. Or caribou or moose. Glad we cleared that up.
  
Here's hoping Spring will soon be on its way. To celebrate Spring (and maybe hasten its arrival???) the wonderful Rebecca Behrens is doing a Spring Break Giveaway of three really great ARCs. Make sure to swing by and check it out, and stay awhile to enjoy her blog -- it's informative, insightful, inspiring and intertaining entertaining.
  
On to the purpose of this post and what I mean by this post's title. I'm not sure if it's because Spring is (we're hoping) around the corner or what, but lately I've been feeling the urge to trim away some of the excess in my life. And it's not just one or two aspects that need a little off the top, it's nearly everything:
  
Diet and (lack of) Exercise
You may remember me determining to make some of these changes here, but I have to say so far it's been a failure of epic proportions. Put it this way, I've eaten pizza four times in the last week and not once was it leftovers (as if that somehow makes it better). FOUR, folks. That's tasty disgusting and really unhealthy. After last night's pizza shame, I vowed no más (!!!), then I promptly went over to Change Write Now* and signed my name to the next round. Bam! Done. No more waffling back and forth deciding whether I would commit to participating. I desperately need accountability in my life, and it's not coming from the husband who loves me just the way I am. Sorry, Hubby. I really am thankful for the love goggles, though. Now that I have teammates counting on me, I'll have to commit to making positive changes which is what I need. I've also decided that from now on my Monday to Friday will be scheduled in order to minimize all of the frittering away of my time that I've been doing and to maximize the good habits and goals in my life.

Sources of Entertainment
Have you noticed that TV has really been kind of sucky lately? The shows that I have been watching, with the exception of a few winners like Blue Bloods, Revenge, The Good Wife,  have mostly been sorta lame, stale, and blahhhh. Time to start deleting series recordings from the ole PVR. Frankly, I'd so much rather curl up with a good book and make a bigger dent in my Goodreads Reading Challenge than keep up with whatever socially inept thing Bones will say next on Bones (you've run your course, just end it already).
  
My WiP In All Its Beefy Glory
Good gosh this thing is a beast. Seriously, you'd probably need a crane to remove it from my house. Just when I think the thing is wrapping up (finally!) I remember something else I want or need to add. It just. Never. Ends. Revisions are gonna be a blast, I tell you what. Fortunately, I already have scenes in mind that will either get the axe altogether, or will be thinned up quite a bit. I blew past the 100,000 words mark awhile ago, which gives me palpitations just thinking about it. At least I have a game plan in mind.
  
Social Media
Just how many forms of social media does a person need?! This blog, Twitter, and Goodreads are about the only forms of social media that I want to hang onto (and the occasional short glimpse of Pinterest). As for Facebook, its days are seriously numbered. All of the 'friends' that I no longer really know, that I no longer have anything in common with, are suddenly feeling like excess. Some people think that blogger pals aren't real friends (I disagree wholeheartedly, BTW) but I feel like I have so much more in common with all of you than with these spectres from my past. My finger is just itching to hit the delete button on Facebook. 

Speaking of breaking up with social media, bad habits, and relationships that have run their course, I'm hooked on this breakup song by Gotye:



There's a little bit of skin in this video (if you're squeamish about such things), but it doesn't show anything questionable**. There's something really catchy about the style of this song. It almost has a bit of a 1960s flair with the little bossa nova-esque sounds in the background (Gah! Austin Powers theme song. Sorry!).

So how about you? Are you also feeling the urge to streamline your life and trim the excess?

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* Signup goes through March 9th and Round 2 starts March 11th. If you're interested in having partners cheer you on while making positive lifestyle changes, check it out here. Oh, and there are prizes!
  
** There is a brief shot of the dude's 'Ken underwear', which is what my sister and I call the spot where a dude's legs attach to his torso. You know, the lines that look like the 'underwear' on Barbie's buddy, Ken.

22 comments:

  1. I definitely need to break up with the Internet ^^;

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    1. It's good because it means I get to connect with all of you guys, but it's bad when it starts taking away from the things I should be doing. So hard to be disciplined about it, but I'm sure going to try :D

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  2. Well done on writing 100,000 words worth of novel! Did you think you would write that much when you started? And I wish you every success with your life-streamlining efforts. The food one is the toughest, I think. I mean, you can turn off the TV, and you can walk away from the computer. But you'll still get hungry, and you have to eat. And in the desperate throes of hunger, it can be hard making wise decisions. I applaud your commitment to making those tough choices, Jaime! :)

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    1. Thanks, Colin. It's actually in the neighbourhood of 115,000 now, and WILL be hacked down! I never in a million years would have guessed that I could write that much. You're so right about the eating habits being tough. I guess if you don't bring the bad food into the house the temptation is held at bay at least somewhat, right? :D

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  3. Go Jaime go :D Cheers you on all the way from Germany :D (so stolz auf dich!) I also signed up for ChangeWriteNow again. As I didn´t want to let my team down, it did help me to get my butt in gear :D

    I got scared for a second when I read social media, I thought you´d either give up Goodreads, Twitter or your blog and that just would have been bad!

    Hubby and I will soon do a Spring cleaning, our place needs it and I should get an extra bookshelf at Ikea soon...

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    1. I'm pretty excited about Change Write Now. It kind of makes it feel like a game in a way, which for me is exactly the challenge that I need. As for scaring you: whoops! I don't think I could quit Goodreads, Twitter, or blogging if I wanted to.

      I just bought another bookshelf today to try and deal with my already overflowing bookshelves. Can't decided if this is just enabling myself with the whole book addiction lol :D

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  4. Thanks for posting about my giveaway!

    I am still feeling the streamlining urge. One of the ways I'm doing it is allowing myself to basically ignore Pinterest. I love the concept, but I can't manage another social media profile at this point. I'm not deleting my profile, though, in case I want to get into it at some point.

    Good luck with Change Write Now! As someone who ate pizza all weekend long, I hear you. :)

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    1. Actually, it's people like you who have inspired me to make some changes what with your offloading of coffee and trying to tackle better eating. As for Pinterest, I think I'm mostly over it. I'll go on there every so often, but the number of times that I hit that 'more pins' button has gone down dramatically.

      I'm not ruling pizza out of my life completely, but from now on it will have to be a treat and not a staple, you know? I think you know. :D

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  5. I'm right with you on social media and dieting. I've been terrible lately with takeaway and fizzy drinks and I know I'm putting on more weight. I eat healthy but it's those two things that are really doing me no good.

    And with facebook changing yet again I'm getting pretty fed up with that. I don't use it often and out of the friends I have I'm staying in touch with just a handful really.

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    1. It's just so much easier to eat unhealthy I find what with eating out and just dumping something from a box and into the microwave. So bad, though. Since I sit on my rear most days writing this is a very bad combination.

      I just find that more often than not, when I go on Facebook I find myself annoyed at the things people post. Plus, they all mostly feel like strangers now (except for family of course). I'll just give them my email and tell them I'm willing to stay in touch that way. There are just too darn many forms of social media to keep up with.

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  6. I'm all about trimming excess. I have a WIP that just needs my butt in the chair to get on the paper, a toddler who wants to go outside and look for pet rocks, a husband who requires food every now and then, and a house that just stares at me while the dirty socks pile up under the couch. Then I have to remember to blog, tweet, reply to others, oh and read books to better my craft. It's all just a little much at the moment. But of course, then we decided to look for a house to buy.

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    1. What's so totally wrong is that my level of responsibility is so much lower than most of you guys (I have no kids yet, my husband is away for work a lot, etc.) and yet I waste SO much time. This is why I'm putting myself on a schedule. I need to feel like my time is more limited so that I actually accomplish something. I'm not sure if that makes sense, but I find it's easier to put off doing things when your schedule is wide open. Plus, I just feel guilty about squandering this time I have.

      Kind of exciting that you're looking for a house! Good luck :D

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  7. Oh that sounds awesome. I too have not done much in way of my resolutions. Best of luck and hope winter fades away quickly.

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    1. I always kind of bomb at my resolutions in the New Year. I'm just starting to feel worse and worse about not making any headway on some of these things, though. Hence the need for some big changes. As for winter, it still hasn't stopped snowing and it's past 6pm (it started before I got up). I think it's possible at this point that we've gotten more snow today than all winter combined. Yikes! :D

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  8. Congrats on taking steps to trim the excess! I cut Bones out of my life this season, too--I just don't have time for a show that doesn't captivate me. And I love that Gotye song! It's so stuck in my head now. :)

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    1. Thanks, Meredith! It has to be done. Bones has just gotten really same old, same old, and super boring. They should have ended it last season. So many shows have turned out like that and I'm just finding myself tired of investing the time in something that I'm not really loving. Oh well. More time for reading, right? :D

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  9. Yes. Way too much social media time for me. I used to be such a good girl and write without internet distraction. Now, I write a little, and stalk a little.

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    1. I'm going to make sure it's scheduled into my day (this blog included), but once that time's up, it's up. On to the next scheduled item: writing. It's just such a distraction. Still like to do a little blog stalking, though :D

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  10. You have a knack for posting things I've been thinking.

    1) I am a SERIOUS tv nerd--and a bit of an OCD completionist--so walking away from a TV series is really hard for me. But Mr. S and I have dumped TWO lately--90210 (which, why was I even watching it?!? What happened there?) and Modern Family, which just bummed us out because two of the three couples so clearly didn't like each other.

    2) Food: well, we'll talk about this one again after our school production of Annie closes on the 17th. In the meantime, I am totally guilty of eating whatever I think will relieve my nightly rehearsal headaches and make me capable of a few hours of pleasant hanging out with Mr. S. But I totally know the delightful dilemma of a very accepting husband--it's worst when he's cooking something delicious, like mac & cheese, and keeps offering seconds. D'oh.

    3) Facebook? That old thing? Like, where my entire extended family hangs out? My cousin's wife had a baby a few months ago and no one--even my mom--called to tell me, because everyone figured I saw it on FB. Too much. And I get hooked on the games (Zuma!)

    Good luck with your endeavors :) There may be a similar post from me around spring break time.

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    1. I hear you on the completionist thing. It's the only reason I'm still watching shows like Bones and The Mentalist. Well, that and I record them just in case I'm bored and have nothing else to do. I inevitably end up watching them even when I'm not bored. I wouldn't even miss them if I deleted them, I bet.

      My husband went through to be a chef, so he's an excellent cook. And he's also very thin, so he doesn't have to worry as much about the ever-widening bum & thigh issue.

      I have family members on Facebook too, and that's the main reason I haven't deleted my account yet. They all know how to reach me, though, so it shouldn't really be a problem :D

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  11. Will you hate me if I say that here in the Eastern US we haven't had much of a winter, which is pretty shocking and also pretty...NICE! Sending spring weather your way!

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  12. Hello! Lately I feel a bit overwhelmed with my ever growing To-Do list. This inspired me to try and cut some of my bad habits (like eating way to much sugar) and make a plan to GET THINGS DONE. Thank you, and good luck with your goals & surviving the last bits of Winter.

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