Saturday, February 11, 2012

Y2, W5, Day 5: Purpose

I woke up this morning with a purpose:  to finally paint the one of our two spare bedrooms.  Okay, you ask, what does that have to do with weight?  Not much really, but I think I'll talk about it anyway.  :)

Sometimes the weekend can be really hard to stay on track because my time is unstructured.  I like to stay at home, relax, hang out in pjs, and well, eat stuff.  Eating is fun and relaxing.  It makes me feel good.  So if I'm going to avoid that food=happiness weekend pitfall, I have to have something to engage me.  In this case, a home decorating project is quite enough to hold my interest.  It gives my time a purpose and drive.  I find it amusing--and I'm not precisely sure why--that I appear to be the type of person that constantly needs something to do.  Maybe that's a good thing I'm a teacher...I'm constantly on the move, constantly running here and there, constantly making lists and ticking off lists scrawled on post-it notes.  At home I feel good when I'm doing things too.  Maybe that's why I like doing yard work (my other major to-do goal this weekend).  It allows me to be productive in a way that creates beauty.  Fixing up the house is similar.  It lets me be productive in a way that looks pleasing and feels harmonious.  It makes me feel good, just like food.

Someone once told me that in order to lose weight, you have to find a hobby that really engages you.  Too bad I don't know what mine is yet!  But I'd better get back to taping up those baseboards if I'm ever going to get to painting today.  To you readers out there, I hope that you find your bliss.


  1. Can you post a picture when you finish so we can applaud your efforts? Enjoy!

  2. I'd love to when the bed gets delivered! I love the new paint color. I picked mint green for our master bedroom and while I liked it to begin with, I rather like the pale ivory in the guestroom. I'm too lazy to repaint though! :)