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Down Time and Maintaining

Sunday, December 29, 2013

It's been a long time since I've taken five consecutive days off work. In fact, Christmas Day itself was pretty busy, with a guest and preparation of Christmas Dinner -- so it's really been just four days without a whole lotta demands.

And I've enjoyed that. Time to read. Time to exercise, both at the gym and cross country skiing. Just time to sit around and catch up.

Really all I've done is I keep an eye on office emails to assure myself that there's nothing urgent.

Even better, although I'm back to work tomorrow I'm planning on little more than half days until DS returns to school January 3. (He sleeps in the mornings anyhow!). So I haven't scheduled anything too demanding.

One of the things this four day break has helped me realize: catching up on down time seems to reduce the temptation to eat too much. Certainly there has been way more junk food around than usual (cookies, potato chips, etc.) because DS and DH both have very different metabolisms than mine. They can eat it, and they do enjoy it. But: the junk is not hollering at me too loudly. Junk food resistance seems to be something like the reduced impulse to overeat when not sleep-deprived: and I've caught up nicely on my sleep, too!

OK, lesson learned. Holidays are necessary, and weekends aren't enough. Especially when one day of every weekend is pretty much devoted to chores . . . laundry and groceries and that kinda stuff.

Going forward for 2014? I'm going to make sure I don't go so long again without a proper holiday. I'm going to consider down time an essential element of the maintenance protocol!
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