Thursday, March 11, 2010

happiness update

I am loving my happiness project. I'm so glad I decided to start slow, with just a few resolutions. Later I can add more, but for now I appreciate that they are doable--and my success with this small group spurs me along.
::limiting my computer time has been working well. I actually set the timer for 35 minutes (rather than 30) so that if I get interrupted or a page loads slowly I won't freak out. Last night I broke my resolution and went over my time limit and it really reminded me of why I'm doing this. I was so cranky with myself for wasting so much time!
::as far as how I'm spending all my "extra" time, now that I'm limiting the computer, I'm finding that I want to curl up for a few minutes, when all the chores are done and I've put my computer to sleep for the night, with a book--usually a cook book or craft book that I've neglected but want to delve into. It's very comforting, the printed page.
::as far as the no-sugar thing, it's going very very well. It's wonderful to feel more in control of my own healthy eating. When I shopped at Trader Joe's on my way home this afternoon, I felt very proud of my cart. It had salmon, broccoli, chicken, apples, lots of other produce, organic string cheese . . . nice things. I did buy some candy for Easter and I felt glad about that too. I heard Michael Pollen talking about his new book on my "Most E-mailed Stories" podcast this morning. He said candy is fine when it a special occasion food--not an everyday thing like it has come to be. Candy as a true special treat on Easter sounds just right to me. One of the things that I LOVE right now about my no-sugar project is that the boys are not eating sugar either.

And now I must go and use the rest of my 30 minutes wisely! Happy end of the week to all!

9 comments:

Elfin Goddess said...

I've been limiting my time on social networks this Lent :) I find staying off Facebook has freed up time I didnt know I had! And all that time is being invested wisely in reading! The reader in me had gotten lost somewhr & this has been just the break Id been hoping for!

Lilly said...

Good ideas to save valuable time, good, I should like you should do, especially with sweets and diet! Good weekend to you and your beautiful family, a kiss from Italy,ciao =^_^=

Jessica said...

I really am loving your happiness project! I'm really working on decreasing my computer time--the blessing of my job right now is that I am spending a lot of time away from my desk- so right there much of my time has decreased! Your grocery cart sounds so tasty!

Rain said...

Glad to hear of your update. I've been limiting my computer time too. One of the things I had to do was eliminate some of the blogs I spent so much time reading (yours is still on my reading list : )
I also have found that extra time to sit and enjoy my home and have found the joy of perusing my cookbooks and the time to read again.

Kelly and Kelly said...

thanks for the update, I'm glad it's going well!

3 M's said...

Hi- I've been stopping in at your blog for a few weeks now and wanted to tell you it's really fun :) I love your happiness project- what a great way to keep you on your toes with things you wish to become and/or accomplish!
Thanks for sharing! Looks like I may try it myself- especially the no sugar thing- good for you! It's hard at first, but falls naturally with time...

Redbeet Mama said...

I never had an idle in my life - you come pretty close...

I love what you are doing for yourself and trying to do the same.

L, N

Jars of Giggles said...

I went out and bought this book yesterday! I am sooo following your lead! Love it! With 2 small children I feel like I am in a time warp! Slow down I want to enjoy!

nicola@which name? said...

i am so glad to read this! good for you! (and ditto when i spend too long on the computer. i get cranky!)
nicola
Which Name?