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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Needing Motivation / My tearful Wednesday

I,m only 4 days into my first week back at work and already I,m falling back into the disorganised menus and shopping trap. I was off of work for 11 weeks during which I managed to save a lot of money and remain on budget with groceries and spends, but already I am standing gazing into the pantry and fridge about 30 mins before Hubby comes home, with absolutely no idea what I am going to give him to eat. I,m going to have to give myself a quick kick up the rear and get back on track.

I had a bit of a teary day yesterday, and it all started when I heard that Sydney were celebrating the fact that they held the first Olympic games of the new Millenium 10 years ago. I was 50 that year, I remember that day as if it were yesterday, and in the past 10 years I have had 3 Grandchildren a Daughter-in-Law whom I love dearly and a soon to be Son-in-law whom I also love. My Mother-in-Law has stayed with us for 9 of those years and we have moved house 3 times. I still have both of my parents and after countless heart attacks and Leukemia I also still have my Husband. So why the tears ???? Because for the first time it has dawned on me that I have a lot more behind me than in front and I think I felt sorry for myself,silly is,nt it ?? there is nothing you can do to stop the passage of time and it,s something we all have to face. I have made a few decisions which will hopefully give me good quality of life as I age. I have picked my retirement date 2nd of January 2017. If I find that my 15 months as a casual worker are added onto my long service leave then it may be a bit earlier but it definitely won,t be any later. As well as the financial side of aging I am going to incorporate exercise into my life I,m not talking about Aerobic classes or heavy gym work. I,m talking about swimming and walking and I,m even thinking of learning ballroom dancing, if I can get Hubby onboard.

So far today I have spent nothing and intend to keep it that way, tomorrow is payday and the first one since my new rate of pay came in, it won,t be much but every little counts.


  1. Maureen:

    I am 51 and I started an "exercise" program 3 years ago. Basically I walk either outside or on my Bowflex Treadclimber. When I didn't have the Treadclimber I walked outside year round and just layered the clothing. I felt so much better, not just physically but mentally. Then about 6 weeks ago my husband said "I'm going to take a bike ride" and I decided that I would go with him. Since then I have been biking about 5 days a week and I am loving it. I own a cheap bike and we'll see how long it lasts me - hopefully a couple of years. I am sold on exercising and mainly getting outside and getting some fresh air - even if it is snowy and the wind is blowing.

    I've started doing some reflecting lately too. Kind of odd for me, but as you say there is nothing we can do about the passage of time. So - I might as well get out and walk and ride my bike while I still can.

    Take care.

  2. maureen I could relate to so much of this post! I have found it hard to be back at full time work and organise meals, I've never been any good at menu planning.
    And that realisation that time is running out and how to plan enough money for retirement, yet still have time to enjoy it.I've started walking for half and hour each day and I do feel better for it. I hope your week improves.

  3. I want to pick a retirement date too! What a great idea!

    I've been struggling with meals too, and I had a whole month of menus's wreaked havoc on the finances..

  4. Hi Maureen, I'm sorry that you had such a bad day. I think it's a good idea to set a retirement date, but not to focus on it too much as you don't want to wish your life away...this is exactly what I did when we set a date for moving to Portugal, I started to wish the five years away instead of living in the now.

    I used to find it difficult to work and meal plan, it always used to go wrong! Do you plans 7 meals out and then shop?

  5. I,ve decided to make myself out a menu plan again, really it was just finding the time to sit down and do it, and now that I have things are going to be easier this week.

    I,ve also stopped feeling sorry for myself regarding my age, after all it is just a number, and I,m going to be the most fun loving, laughing, energetic Granny in Australia.


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