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Some upgrades

I spent way too much money during vacation. Between the party and my Amazon purchases, I went a little crazy. A new keyboard and mouse (the keyboard is like an old typewriter keyboard, and both it and the mouse light up), more picture frames for the stairwell and the office, bracelets, a bunch of plants for the yard, among other things. I’ve been very frugal over the past few years, and for once I wanted to do some retail therapy. These are things that I wanted or needed, many things I was planning on buying later in the year, but moved up the timeline. Sometimes you just need to shop. But it’s time to knuckle back down, financially speaking.

I found out today that I’ve got a four day weekend this weekend. I’m not complaining. We have to use our Memorial Day holiday by the end of the fiscal year, which is July 4, so the guy that does our schedule is working on giving us all long weekends before the end of the period. I am not complaining. Although, talk to me once the schedule after that comes out and I’m griping that I’m working 7 or 8 straight. Oh well, I’ll enjoy getting a weekend where just about everything in the house is done and I can do a few things and then generally relax. Relaxing is something that I have a hard time with. I’m not good at it at all. So I’ll putter in the yard – prune the roses and do the little bit of weeding that needs to be done, do a few things around the house, and then… relax. Maybe see a friend or two. Hang out with Mike. Maybe drive around the city aimlessly for a few hours.

I’ve been really good with my food choices this week. The day of the party and the next two days after I didn’t track, I didn’t weigh, and I generally ate what I wanted. Obviously I put some weight back on. But it’s already coming off again. I just need to be more dedicated to it and not taking the easy way out. The only way this weight is going to come off is if I’m committed to the whole thing. Sometimes it really sucks. Other times it’s easy to make the smart choice. It’s a balancing act. The nice thing about macros is that I can “cheat,” without really cheating, so long as something fits in the budget, so to speak. I’ve noticed that when I close, I generally eat a lot less. I’m trying to find something that works for when I open, especially if Mike is going to be home in the evening as we tend to eat a little richer when we’re both home – pizza, grilling, Chinese, whatever.

Getting to the gym can be hard. Again, I need to make the commitment and just go. I have a hard time getting motivated to go before work when I close, and I’m sure as hell not getting up at 3:30 or 4 in the morning to go before when I open. I’m going to try to make it a point to go in the morning when I close. I normally get up between 9 and 10, don’t have to start getting ready for work until 12:30 or so, so that gives me some time. Right now I’m using that time for other things – catching up on emails, making phone calls, doing cat stuff, blogging, etc. What’s the priority? Can I still get stuff done even if I go to the gym? I’ve got a lot of balls in the air, and I need to realize that sometimes I can let the unimportant ones drop.

So what are the unimportant ones? Which ones do I keep in the air no matter what? Mike and the cats are definitely balls that I won’t drop. Family and friends… maybe occasionally based on situations. Diet and exercise; important, but not vital. These can sometimes drop. Work – better keep that one in the air. Hobbies, fun and relaxing, but generally unimportant. These balls can drop often with little consequence. Maybe I need to sit down and make a list and figure out which ones are actually important.

I hope everyone’s week is going well. Stay safe out there!

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