Start of February seems like a good time to recap, and refocus on, my New Years Resolutions.
Number 1 was to lose weight. And I haven't lost anything. I haven't gained anything either, so I guess that is a start. I have been successful in cutting down the consumption of soft drinks (down from 1 can/bottle a day to under 1 a week). Unfortunately I then proceeded to take up creating my own milkshakes instead, with LOTS of ice-cream. This appears to have negated the benefit of giving up soft drink in regards to weight-loss - well DUH! So for February I am now giving up my daily milkshake and I shall just stick to water, but will allow myself 1 soft drink OR milkshake a week (even if I go to McDonalds, out for lunch, out for dinner etc.) I am also working on focusing on the fact that take-aways, slices, and junk food in general are TREAT foods, NOT everyday foods. I lost that focus a bit this week, and had a few too many slices at work. February will be the month that I eat fruit and nuts, rather than slices and junk, for afternoon tea. This is especially applicable at work, where, by 3pm (having already worked 9 hours and having 3 more to go) I feel entitled to a slice. It also means that I need to eat my lunch, and NOT my lunch AND afternoon tea at lunch time meaning that I HAVE to buy a slice for afternoon tea. Gosh I'm good at falsely justifying my 'bad' choices when it suits me.
2. Reduce TV watching. I have cut down TV a lot in January. I no longer switch it on first thing in the morning when I am home. I do need to practice switching it off when I get home from work, as truth be told, there really is not anything on that I need or want to watch. Most of my TV time is spent channel surfing anyway! What a WASTE of time! When I am not at work on my first day off I am the worst, as I am pretty tired and need to blob and relax, so the TV comes on earlier than it should. For February I plan to make my day 1 off my Sabbath, where my relax time will involve reading, being with TJL and just general relaxing. The other three days, I will get the radio on and get the ...
3. House clean and tidy. I am definitely getting it slowly under control. January has seen the kitchen clean and tidy each night before bed. I do let myself down on a work day 4, where I decide that I can tidy it the next morning and, again, falsely justify it by 'I have just worked 4 12hour days and I am TIRED'. Truth is, it only takes 10 minutes tops to do, so I am just being slack! I will continue this practice for February, and begin to make improvements to other rooms in our house, beginning with our bedroom!
4. Focus on the positives in my life. I have been really good in this respect, especially in this last week, where I have been getting up before work to read my Bible and 'The Love Dare'. This is really helping me be positive and focus on being a better partner to TJL and focusing more on the truth of situations rather than my INTERPRETATION of the truth. In February I will continue the practice of reading the Bible and The Love Dare before work, and building on becoming the person I always wanted to be.
5. Live life to the fullest. This means that I not only have to stop watching the TV, but also get off the computer. I do spend far too much time reading blogs, chatrooms, FB, etc. I plan to core down my blog favourites (no offence to anyone, but I just don't have the time to read all the ones that I want to). Having so many to read also means that I am focusing on the WRONG things in my life. I have been focusing on how other people live rather than focusing on God and on living my life. It is time to step back and allow God to fulfill me instead of searching for what it is I think will fulfill me. It is time to stop dreaming of the live(s) that I wish I had and focus on living and appreciating the life that God has gifted to me.