Tuesday, July 26, 2011

I'm back and ready to come back!

Hello! Well, its been awhile. I'm finding that I am not really that great at this blogging thing. But that it something that I want to work on, among other things. Everybody has been talking about cut backs for the past year or so, except for me. So why not now? Why not to help myself? What will it take for me to get my life back? And when I say life, I mean that Ashley that I used to be before I got lazy and blah. The Ashley when I was happy with myself and enjoyable to be around. Sometimes its all about substitutions and swaps.
  • When I am bored and all I can think about it shopping, a better use of my time (for now, I can't just stop shopping completely) will be to work out. That way when I do start to go shopping again, then the clothes will look better on me.
  • When all I can think about it snacking and eating, then I will drink. Yummy drinks will be reserved for eating out or enjoying time with friends. If it is a coke I am craving, then I will go for naturally flavored water, tea or refreshing plain water.
  • When all I can think about is finishing the whole entire plate in front of me or getting another serving, I will swap my control from my brain to my stomach. (Easier said than done, I know.) By doing this, I will try to be in tune with my body more than I have been. And if my mind let me shut it off to hear my stomach, then I will just think about this post and what my goal is.

These are just some of the swaps I have come up with. Other things that I want to do are read a book a month (I'm just 1/3 through Eat, Love, Pray after over a year), rediscover the clothes that are shoved in my closet (if I can't find a time to wear it, then I will get rid of it) and take a nap in my hammock every day I am home in August.

Books I want to read...

  • Eat, Love, Pray by Elizabeth Gilbert
  • I Do, Now What? by Guiliana and Bill Rancic
  • The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
  • The Help by Kathryn Stockett
  • Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin
  • ....and the list goes on, but we will start with these ones.

Wish me luck!