I have been thinking a great deal about the theme of this blog, “Simple Living Over 50” and have realized that I have moved so far from writing about my simple life. With so much concentration on getting fit and winning the war on type II diabetes I have simply strayed from the reason that I chose to write.
The truth is that I live a pretty simple life each day and because I live a simple life there really isn’t too much to say about it. I read about other’s who write a great deal about things like minimizing clutter, spending frugally and saving money. I also read about how others are reducing stress in there lives and getting back to nature. I live these things every day and they have become so much a part of me know that they simply have become the norm. But the truth is that even though they have become the norm for me, this doesn’t give me any reason to not write about such things in this blog of mine.
One of the key factors in this adventure I live is that of reducing debt. So I strive each day to be mindful of each dollar I spend. Before I make any purchase I think about several things. Do I really need it? If so, can I find it somewhere else cheaper? And, is it more important to use the money to get my debt paid down even further? Living in a world where I am paying no interest and the things I own, I actually own will give me the freedom to regain precious time. This is time to do things that I actually love to do like camping, hiking and biking. I always have this goal in the back of my mind. Every opportunity I find to reduce the cost of some service I pay for I believe is the same as getting a raise. I quit smoking this year, so this to me was a huge raise.
I strive to keep my home free of clutter. I enjoy open space more than I like stuff. This makes it pretty easy to keep my home clutter free. But there are so many other things that I have to work on. As my clothing needs replacement I have to remember to get rid of the items I am replacing. I replaced quite a bit this year as I have lost a great deal of weight. I still have the older clothes hanging in my closet and I will have to take them to a donation location soon. They are not in bad shape and it will give someone else the opportunity the purchase affordable clothing, while giving me a tax write off. The mail comes in each day and I try to get rid of junk mail as quickly as it comes in. After I pay bills I have a habit of saving and filing the bill. This is crazy as that there are only certain items that I actually have to save for tax season. I will work on cleaning up that file cabinet and only keeping those items that are important.
Time is always a difficult factor for me as my daily schedule is always full. Workouts in the morning and 11 hours utilized for working leave just a few hours before I try to get a full 8 hours of sleep. So I try to keep my weekends open for doing fun stuff like gardening, hiking and camping, but even with that there is still laundry and food shopping that has to be done. Time is one of the most important factors in living a simple life. I trade time for money each day to work to get to a point someday of having plenty of time. It’s a crazy cycle, but I have learned that even during those working hours I live in the now and take advantage of each moment to take the time to learn, to share a conversation and find joy. Working time is still time and that time is precious.
What is it worth to have all of the time in the world, but to be to sick to enjoy it. I strive each day in the pursuit of staying healthy. Eating healthy, working out and annual visits to the doctor to check on things are just as important as, if not more important than money. I couldn’t imagine not being able to walk a few miles without getting tired, or able to work out in the garden.
I have to be mindful to include all those these things that I live each day that make my life, what I call simple. For each of us to strive to live a simple life is different. Some choose to live in a very small house and take advantage of time now. For me I know that one day I will be living without the income of a job and will need to have a house paid for and money put aside to live on. I also have to be mindful to write more about this life each day if I want to keep a good diary of this adventure.
Blood Sugar is still high and I know that I did eat some things yesterday that caused it. A taco salad for lunch could have been eaten without the taco shells and lentil soup for dinner wasn’t a wise choice. On top of that I forgot about the taking vitamins and medication last night. I will be striving to reduce my protein and increase my fat intake each day.
3:00 AM – Blood Sugar – 128, Weight – 174.2
Bowflex – BACK
Rows – 310- 20, 23, 20
Pulldowns – 310- 20, 20, 18
Reverse Flys – 40- 20, 20, 20
Situps – 20, 20, 20, 20, 20, 40, 40, 40, 40 = 260