Thursday, September 30, 2010

The Ideal Day

ideal adjective existing only in the imagination; desirable or perfect, but not likely to become a reality.

Some women's idea of an ideal day is one filled with activities. Maybe lunch with girlfriends, shopping, a spa treatment, more shopping and probably chocolate. I can agree on the chocolate for sure. And the spa treatment, shopping and lunch with girlfriends is great, but those things would not be part of my ideal day.

This is my ideal day: It's raining hard enough that I can hear it on the roof and windows. I sleep until I feel like getting up, maybe 7:30 or 8. (Because it's my ideal day and I don't want to spend the whole thing in bed.) I get up to a spotlessly clean house and do my 30 Day Shred DVD work-out, eat some breakfast, drink some water, check my e-mail, and then take a shower. I get dressed in a comfy pair of jeans, long sleeve shirt and some very cozy socks. Then I grab my fuzzy blanket and some chocolate and a stack of books and start reading. Oh, did I mention there is a fire in the fireplace? After a few hours of reading, I might doze off for a nap. Or not, if the book is really exciting. Then I would read some more. I might have a salad for lunch sometime around 1 or 2, then go back to reading. I would go out to dinner with the family (just because this is ideal and going out to dinner with the family is most definitely something that exists in the imagination these days.) Then I would come home and get ready for bed and read until I fall asleep.

Doesn't that sound wonderful?

Everything I do, I do to reach that ideal. I clean, I make freezer meals, I try to be efficient, and I don't schedule too many outside activities, all in hopes that I can get closer to that ideal.

I was under the impression that when school started, I would have that ideal day, at least 2-3 times a week. (Well, not the going out to dinner part, and the rain part is pretty much just icing) I thought after the first few days of reclaiming the house from the summer chaos, I would have hours, upon hours of time to read. I even had a stack of books from the library, ready to go in anticipation.

Now, I am just finishing week 3 of the school year and so far, I have yet to find my big block of time. I just don't understand how I could be so busy? And for the life of me, I can't even tell you what I've been doing. And it hasn't been Facebook because you know I haven't been doing that for the last 2 weeks. It's just a lot of little things and they add up to me not seeming to reach my ideal.

Today, I thought, would for sure be a day of leisure. There is nothing on the calendar, except an orthodontist appointment for Ethan. But running errands became a lot more complicated than I thought it would be, and took a lot more time.

The good news is, all those errands are out of the way which leaves tomorrow as another potential ideal day. And if not, then I'll surely get one next week.

Although something tells me, it's not likely.


Erika said...

That really does sound ideal. I felt all warm and cozy just reading it. My ideal day would be very similar to yours--time alone in a quiet house, time with my family. I think that's what we all need. Where does the time go every day? I too thought that I would have more time to get things done with the kids in school but it hasn't happened for me either. Frustrating! So much I want to do in so little time.

So have you lost weight/inches on your Game On diet? It sounds like you are very dedicated and doing great on it.

Afton said...

Game on is going very well. I have lost about 4 pounds so far. Three the first week and 1 the second week. I didn't measure inches, but I definitely need to go down a size in pants. The only problem is, if I buy a smaller size, it will be a totally temporary thing. That size is hard for me to maintain so I'm just going to stick with what I have. I'm pretty good on weight anyway. I just love this diet because I feel great doing all the good healthy habits and I stick with it because I'm on a team and don't want to let them down.