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Sunday, March 24, 2013

I have way too much time on my hands with not enough to do to fill it in a meaningful way. I was reading last night about the development of addictions and the author (Calvin Miller) said that addictions form in lives that are not filled with other things. And this is so true.
I have very little to do. I knit. I am online, sometimes I write. and I do dishes and cook an occasional meal. That's it. That's almost the sum total of my daily experience. And as you can see, there is a lot of room in there to obsess about food. I am thinking way too much about it. (Even here....thinking about NOT thinking about it)...

If I am busy, I can go all day and FORGET to eat. If I have time on my hands, my thoughts are constantly consumed by what I will consume next. Enough Consumption!!

Now, I don't drive and I'm not physically able to work. I don't like computer games. What can I find to do?
1) I can write more.....and I can actually make an effort to get published.
2) I can clean out and organize the mess that is in this house.It is full of STUFF and very little of the stuff actually gets used. I need to divide stuff into "donate" and "pitch" categories and the "keepers" i need to make sure are put away in an appropriate place.
3) I can exercise more. Who said that my morning fifteen or twenty minutes has to be all I do? I can take walks once the weather improves.
4) I can spend more time reading.
5) I can do artwork. This is a great way to avoid eating and it takes up large chunks of time.
6) I can expand my prayer time and make it more focused.
7) I can consider running a Bible study group based on the "Made to Crave" books.
8) I can work on memorizing verses....This will not only give me ammo to use in times of temptation but it will occupy my mind in a positive way.

Maybe your problem is FINDING the time to live healthy. If so, I am jealous of you and at the same time I'm aware that I'm blessed with the gift of free time. I just have to find a way to keep it from becoming a noose around my neck.
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  • _LINDA
    Some good ideas there. I am going to suggest something you can do and you don't have to move a muscle. Meditate. Find an online program to teach you the techniques and get into it, especially at night, to calm the raging craving beast. Its not like doing yoga, no fancy poses, really you just have to make yourself as comfortable as possible any way you can and let your mind find some peace. I have heard long term practise actually helps with chronic pain, lack of sleep, etc. If I ever get any time to myself I sure want to try it. This dam bridge club won't let me go. No Easter weekend for me to enjoy.
    Good luck with trying some of these things!!
    2734 days ago
  • CONTENTCHRIS
    emoticon I like the bible study group based on the made to crave. Maybe something like this for your bulletin:

    12 week Bible study on_____

    To help with eating etc.

    I would start with your local church and then offer it to other churches if you enjoy it. I would also limit it to a set number of people and have a list for the next session. Who knows teaching and helping others with weight issues may be your calling. Possibly consider ladies only as well. Just my thoughts.

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    2736 days ago
  • no profile photo CD10895053
    I second this for sure! Time, time, time, is what I have too, with not having my Humira or Enbrel working and with being on Prednisone. I know it sounds like excuses and here we go again, right Cyn?! But, it seems that with being on the two biologics, I just want to eat, eat and more eat, but maybe all it is, is that I have more time, because I can't do a whole lot with the pain of RA. I'm going to post something to this effect on the RA team too. Something's gotta give!! 10# up and climbing!
    2736 days ago
  • BUSYGRANNY5
    Interesting!! It sounds like too much time may be comparable to a lack of sense of purpose.... glad you're finding yours....
    2737 days ago
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