"Though no one can go back and make a brand new start,
anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending." ~ Anonymous

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Staying Busy At Home

The last two weeks I worked full-time substituting. I usually work only 1-3 days a week, but once in a while I accept a lot of work all at one time. It was a crazy, busy time, but I noticed something about myself that I may not necessarily like.

When I have to work outside the home I am able to get up, get going and stay busy all day. Though I may be tired when I get home I'm usually pretty good about still taking care of my home duties and preparing for the next day.

When I am home all day I tend to waste more time and am not usually keeping myself busy with productive activities for the same amount of hours that I do when working a full day.


This is something I need to work on.

I think what it comes down to is that I can be more disciplined and stay busy when I'm accountable to someone else. However, when I'm just home I get the mindset that as long as I get the basics done I'm okay.

I truly believe that one of the joys of a stay-at-home mom is being able to work at your own pace and enjoy being home. Yet, I really need to learn to stay focused enough to get a little more done each day.

What does this have to do with weight loss?

Well, I noticed that the past two weeks I was on my feet, up and down all day at school. Then I came home and was on my feet some more. It was exhausting at times, but I made it through fine.

I think that I need to push myself a little more to stay more active when I'm home all day so that I'm using that much energy throughout my day as well. Maybe not to the same extent that I'm exhausted by bedtime, but I think you understand.

Anyway, maybe it really doesn't have as much to do with weightloss as it does with habits that need changing. I don't know, but I know that I needed to get it out there. Now you know something else that I struggle with/am working on. :) Comments?


  1. You know, I find that too-- when I work part time, I stay a little more "wound up" and disciplined because I have to be. Less frittering of time. I don't mind frittering some time-- I'm a big believer in "margin"-- but a part time job helps me stay more focussed.

  2. I've never worked outside the home since I had children, but I have had days where I'm gone all day doing this and that, and you are right about the fact that I am more careful about planning what happens that day - food, chores, exercise. Probably because I know that I don't have unlimited time to get things done.

    I think it does have something to do with weight loss, because a lot of our success with weight loss has to do with deliberate choices - planning, staying active, and focus. Same things that our live requires.

  3. I think I have trouble either way. lol When I'm at school all day and I get home, I don't really feel like doing a whole lot (so I'll just sit and not do a whole lot)-- and exercising is really hard to get into. If I'm home all day, exercising is usually pretty easy for me to do, but it's not sitting down and vedging in front of the tv that's really hard not to do. And being single, I tend to have a little more spare time, than if I had a family. I used to think that I did better if I was "stressed." I think all kind of depends upon my mentality, and the attitude I'm having!

  4. I know exactly what you mean. It is hard to keep busy when nothing is driving you. I wish I had some great advice, but since I suffer from this too, I am probably not the best to offer advice.