“Every time I think I have touched bottom as far as boredom is concerned, new vistas of ennui open up.” – Margaret Halsey
The thoughts for the day today in Weight Watchers Success Every Day. 365 Meditations for Your Weight Loss Journey are set up to address the fact that it is the middle of January, and center around battling boredom when you find yourself snowed in. As it turns out, today we observe Martin Luther King day, so while many still have to work, I have the day off. Not snowed in, but still home.
The notion that boredom leads to over-eating isn’t limited to snow days, or holidays. I find that I can reach a state of boredom on any day of the week, any time of the day, and with little warning. I like to keep busy, so if there isn’t a ready list of things to do, boredom and its good buddy, random eating, can soon creep in.
For a variety of reasons, our Christmas decorations stayed up an extra week at my house. We started the De-Christmasing yesterday, and got about half done. Today, on my list of things to do is to take down the artificial trees and move them to storage. I also will be cleaning my model trains to prepare them for storage.
My to-do lists are the stuff of legend. I keep a mini-clipboard handy, and will jot down things I want to remember to accomplish. I find it helps both by keeping me organized, and by providing a means to see progress as I check things off the list. When I am on my game, my list is ever-present.
Frequently at this time of year I sit down with a clip board and legal pad and start to brainstorm all of the projects I would like to tackle in the new year. I haven’t done that yet (maybe I can start this afternoon), but I do have some ideas. I want to make a sofa table to go behind my downstairs sofa. It will be about 5” wide, and have outlets in it for both 110AC and plugging in to charge phones and such. That project will wait until the weather breaks, so I can do much of the work in my un-heated garage.
When brainstorming the list, I like to include mini-projects that can be knocked out in only an hour or two. I will confess, this isn’t about weight loss for me so much as just wanting to stay productively busy. I honestly, just love a good to-do list. The fact that it helps with my weight loss goals is a bonus.
This morning I slept in a bit for a week day. I rose at 5:30am and headed to the gym. I did a good, 42 minute work out, then came home and had a light breakfast. I feel good for the day ahead, and I think I have set myself up for a good week.
Bobby-C’s thought for the day…Boredom is one of many reasons I can be tempted to over eat. Keeping a list of things to do helps fight that boredom, and makes me more productive!