Losing Weight And Essentialism

Inspired by my amazing SIL at Gypsy Mom, I decided it was time to lose weight. She always told me it was impossible to lose weight, and when she lost over twenty pounds, now thirty pounds, I was motivated to get it in gear.

I have lost weight two weeks in a row at Weight Watchers. It is costing me ten buck a week, and it is totally worth it. I found a highly motivated and intensely interactive group. It is helpful to have the dual accountability of being weighed in each week, and the accountability of writing down what I eat. It is helpful in losing weight to be brutally honest about what I have put in my mouth.

It is not really dieting; it is budgeting my food. If you have ever been on one of those budgets in which you have money in envelopes every month, it forces you to make changes in your habits or learn to live with less. This is not a popular idea, but when I stepped on the scales the first week at Weight Watchers, and realized that I needed to lose 75.2 pounds, it became the road I was going to walk down until it worked for me.

I have read way too many books on how to use time, energy and space wisely. Trust me when I say that you do not want a synopsis of all of them. I will tell you about the very best one. My favorite, hands down, is Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less.

Here is a quote: “Essentialism is not about how to get more things done; it’s about how to get the right things done. It doesn’t mean just doing less for the sake of less either. It is about making the wisest possible investment of your time and energy in order to operate at our highest point of contribution by doing only what is essential.”
Greg McKeown, Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less

If you know someone who geeks out at this kind of book, buy them a copy for Christmas. What Marie Kondo does for possessions, Greg MeKeown does for your life. If you are too cheap or broke to buy his book, here is a link to see some tasty quotes. It would also be a book for a good-hearted person, like a pastor, who needs to learn to say no or die from stress.

I went to the Friends of the Boise Public Library book sale today and returned home with some stellar finds. I now possess my contribution to Sprinkler Bandit‘s annual New Year’s Day book exchange. Additionally, I found a beautiful 2017 calendar and a gift for someone else, and let’s be honest, a calorie free splurge on books for my nightstand. This, dear friends, is the main advantage of not being in school and working full time. I can actually choose and read books!. The sheer delight of living has returned.


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