Fall Five

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Ahhhhhh, Fall. 

It’s by far my favorite season and yet it’s also the one that seems to slip by the fastest.  One day I’m sweating it out in a bathing suit and the next I’m carving turkey.  In order to slow things down a bit, it’s a good idea to set some goals at the start of this, my favorite season.

Mads at La Petite Pancake was kind enough to tag me in her Fall Five list, which originated over at Queen Bee Swain’s place.  Blogger tag is a lot like neighborhood tag you played as a kid.  Someone picks a topic, writes about it, tags you, and then you’re “it.”  You then write about that topic and tag other bloggers.

Be it known: I never passed up a game of tag as a kid and I’m not going to start now.

So below, dear readers, you’ll find my goals for the next few months.  They aren’t glamorous or sexy but they are mine all mine.  Try not to be jealous.

Here they are: My Autumn Adventures. My Pre-Winter Pentacle.   

My Fall Five.

 

1.  I will write down every single thing I eat each day.

If this sounds drastic, let me assure you that it’s not nearly as difficult as being obese.

I’ve been writing down my food for a long time now.  It helps me be honest and keeps me vigilant about my  choices.  Of all the strategies I’ve used to lose weight, keeping a food journal has been by far the most challenging: harder than giving up sugar or flour.  Harder than saying goodbye to alcohol.

I will eat these grapes suggestively. As soon as I write them down.

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It’s the one strategy that requires continuous recommitment.  And now I’ve put that commitment out there to the world.  Feel free to hold me accountable!

(But no, I won’t share my food journal with you.  I’m committed…not crazy.)

 

2.  I will not use my computer from the time Peanut gets off the bus until dinner is over.*

 

Step AWAY from the computer and put. the. mouse. down.

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If I don’t want Peanut interacting with screens (TV, video games, etc) in the afternoons, I need to model that behavior. Plain and simple.

 *I reserve the right, however, to use my smartphone while Peanut is at gymnastics.  Feel free to judge me, for I won’t even notice.  I’ll be too busy Facebooking or tweeting.

 

3. I will spend as much time outside as humanly possible.

 

How can you not love a season that celebrates warted gords?

Image: Tina Phillips / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

 Apple picking.  Pumpkin patches.  Hay rides. Corn mazes.  Outdoor festivals.

The possibilities for outdoor fun during the Fall are endless.  The crisp air is my soul food.  It revives, sustains, and inspires me.

 

4. I will have a business meeting with my husband to review our family budget.

This is not a fun goal.  Probably I’d rather go to the dentist.  But if I want to teach my kids anything about financial responsibility, I better be willing to get my own financial house in order.

Have I told you that I have discovered the secret to financial freedom?  It’s a simple equation really…

Without curry, all marital financial conversations are doomed. DOOMED!

B and I conduct our business meetings without the kids around.  There are spreadsheets and pie graphs. There is always curry involved.

Seeing, in black and white, how much we spend on convenience purchases (i.e. lattes, Target ridiculosity – yes that’s a word –  and restaurants) can be, uh, challenging.

But we work hard to not let the discussion devolve into negativity.  We work hard to stay in the solution during money conversations.  And at the end, our conclusion is usually the same: We are doing fine.  But we could be doing better.

 

5. I will celebrate the joy of milestones.

 

This is the face of pure joy. This is my Pumpkin.

The Fall is full of milestones for our family:

–          Pumpkin will turn 2 (TWO!!!).

–          We will also celebrate Pumpkin’s ‘gotcha’ day (the day she became ours).

–          Both of my parents celebrate birthdays.

–          I celebrate some personal milestones of spirituality and lifestyle changes.

 

Not all of these are cake-and-candles milestones.  But all are worth observing.  Sharing. Celebrating.

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So there you have it!  And now for the delicious part….I get to tag five other bloggers.  Essentially this is a chance to give other bloggers homework.  You’re welcome.

 Consider yourself “Fall Five” tagged:

–          The Empress at Good Day, Regular People

–          Jess at Four Plus An Angel

–          Stephanie at Love Life Project

–          Abby at Abby Gabs

–          Morgan at The Little Hen House

In addition to the fabulous blogs above, I also invite you to visit Miss Mads on her blog or twitter and tell her I sent you!  After you leave a comment on this post, that is….

 

{I’m linking up for Wordless/Wordful Wednesday with Project Alicia, By Word Of Mouth Musings , Merry With Children , Angry Julie Monday and  Live and Love…Outloud}

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 Sources: Curry, Pie Chart Image: jannoon028 / FreeDigitalPhotos.net, Financial Freedom