What should you be doing right now? Let me rephrase that . . . What do you THINK you should be doing right now? If you are like me you might think you should NOT be on the computer. I’m thinking I SHOULD be addressing cards, shopping, wrapping, making menus for a dinner party, a family get together, Christmas Eve, Christmas morning and Christmas Night, making grocery lists for those menus, laundry (always!), preparing a healthy lunch for my exam taking boys, planning Christmas treats to make and distribute, making a new playlist for my classes, bathing my dirty dogs, cleaning my baseboards, standing in line at the post office for stamps, planning what to make for dinner tonight, going to the grocery store for those dinner ingredients . . .I’m betting you have the same thoughts whirling around in your head. If not today, then at some point along the way.
That list includes a lot of should be doings. Somehow I’m okay with not doing any of those things at this given moment. I know in my heart of hearts that the things that are really important and that NEED to get done will definitely get done. Maybe not in a perfect way. Maybe the cards will get in the mail later than ideal and maybe we order take-out tonight. I’m striving on giving up on all of the needless should be doing. This time of year things get really ramped up with the “to do” lists and trying to cram so many things into a short amount of time. Take that on top of all of the normal every day and every week of lists, work, commitments, family and life stuff, and we can all get a huge case of the guilts about what we should be doing.
I’ve told myself that this year I want to relax about Christmas and enjoy the time and the season and having family and folks around. I am telling myself to appreciate the time. So when I am out walking the dogs I am really savoring looking at the houses all decorated and lit. I am appreciating the festiveness in a different way this year. I sit in front of my tree in the early morning and really enjoy looking at it and thinking about the different ornaments and their story. The other night I found myself watching the Charlie Brown Christmas show and felt all warm and fuzzy. Last year I wrote about putting out the different nativity sets given or inherited from my mom. I appreciate these pieces in a new way this year.
When Dr. Seuss said that Christmas came for the Hoos without the bows, gifts and all the other trappings he was so right.
I want to get rid of thinking about what I should be doing during this time of year, what I should be giving as a gift, how I should be more on top of things. One of my favorite Christmases was a few years ago. It was one of those not perfect times with my dad in the hospital and things a little topsy turvy. We made the best of some of the situations going on and had a hilarious time opening gifts. My brother had done his shopping during late night TV watching. With a few financial woes going on he was being pretty creative as he made his choices. Each of my boys got a goofy, funny, and perfect for each of them gift. One of the big hits was the mini finger drum set that went to the Third Son. To this day, it sits on a bookshelf in his room and each time I am straightening up in there that tiny drum set makes me smile. I have to push the teeny tiny button to start the drums agoing. It takes me straight back to that Christmas evening and the belly aching laughing over the ridiculous goofiness.
I wish this site had sound so I could play these drums for you!
I think his late night shopping was the perfect celebration for our Christmas that year. I’m considering doing some late night shopping myself this year and see what I can find. I’m sure it would be more fun than a sweater that I might feel as if I should give. . .
Now on to something I should have done before today –
I should have posted a December Workout #3 to go with my intent to share a workout for each week. So, here is the workout that I should have posted earlier. And maybe I should “fancy” it up with a cute background, but I’ll let that go this week. Just know it’s a good one – we did a variation of it in class this morning! Give it a go when you are looking for something to do. Sometimes it’s just better to have someone else plan your workout and take away your time thinking!
DECEMBER WORKOUT #3
DO EACH STRENGTH MOVE 1 MINUTE AND EACH CARDIO MOVE 1 MINUTE
REPEAT 2 TIMES THROUGH!
1. SQUAT TO DUMBELL OVERHEAD PRESS
3. DEADLIFT TO SIDE TRICEP KICKOUTS
5. REVERSE LUNGE HOLDING DUMBELLS OVERHEAD
7. CURTSY LUNGE TO DUMBELL LATERAL LIFT
8. HIGH KNEES
9. BICYCLE CRUNCHES
10. HIGH PLANK JUMP TUCKS (IN PUSH UP POSITION JUMP FEET UP TO HANDS AND BACK)
11. HIGH PLANK KNEES TO ELBOWS (IN PUSH UP POSITION BEND RIGHT KNEE AND BRING TO RIGHT ELBOW, THEN LEFT
12. MOUNTAIN CLIMBERS
You are hopefully huffing and pushing and feeling accomplished when you finish! Remember, even if you only have time for one time through – 12 minutes – something is better than nothing!
And a quick little workout isn’t something you feel like you should do so that it is hanging over your head, or even something you feel like you NEED to do (although you do!). A workout or any type of exercise is something you are proud to be able to do. There’s a huge difference!
What do you feel like you should be doing? How often do you tell yourself you should be doing something?
What are your favorite Christmas memories? Any quirky ones that stand out?
Enjoy Your Day!