Easily Distracted

November 16, 2010 at 9:21 am 8 comments

An idle brain is the devil’s workshop

Yup.  Distracted.  For two whole days.

Why?   The dubya dubya dubya dot.  (The internet)

Source of great information, but also a source of lots of time lost.

Result?  Well, one good result is I found a lot of really inspiring and interesting blogs – other people who taking the same journey as I am, and other blogs that are just plain fun and funny.

Bad results?  – no workout Sunday or Monday, no laundry done, no dishwasher run, in short, my house right now is in C.H.A.O.S. (Can’t have anyone over syndrome – thanks to the FlyLady for this one!)

So, what I am going to do about it?  Well, Google reader has now become my best friend.  When I find a new blog that I think I would like to read, I’m adding it to the reader, and will read the new posts in my downtime.

One enjoyable distraction yesterday was my lunch meeting with James Erdt. I met James when I signed up at my fitness club.  James is the Personal Training Director there. Have you ever met someone and within minutes of speaking with each other, felt a bond, a connection?  That’s what happened when James and I first spoke. James and I started speaking about my experiences working as a personal assistant to one of the teachers from The Secret, and he told me that his life’s goal is to motivate others, especially youth.   Check out his website  JoyZone.  We both thought that we should meet sometime to discuss how we could work together because he has so many wonderful ideas and projects that he’s working on.

During our lunch, James asked me about my blogging.   I told him that I was really excited that I was getting a lot of people reading it and commenting. He asked me why I was so caught up in how many people visited my blog. That made me think. I’m blogging as part of my accountability in my healthy lifestyle journey, and when I started, I thought that only my friends and family would read it.  Funny thing is, none of my family or close friends are reading it.  Well, I know one friend is, (thank you Margaret). I also know that James read it last night, but if the others are, they’re not saying. That’s okay though, they’re seeing my journey IRL (in real life)

I suppose I shouldn’t really analyze the stats information on my blog, but I guess it’s part of my competitive nature. Friends and family who ARE reading this right now, you can stop laughing.  Please.  I suppose it’s also part of my business and social media background, that checks to see how people are finding my blog.

I want to say THANK YOU! for reading my blog.  Because you’ve visited, I’ve been blessed by your encouragement and support, and humbled by those of you who are sharing your journeys and stories with me as well.  And when it’s all said and done, friends – old and new, virtual or in real life, are the best distraction of all.

When you have time, please check out Scale Junkie She is hosting a weight loss blog hop today.

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  • 1. Julie  |  November 16, 2010 at 9:41 am

    I love that I have followers, I love that I get comments but like you, I’m learning I didn’t do this for anyone but me and for Kim and Pat to keep tabs on me. It just happened some others wanted to follow along. For a while when no one would comment I’d get sad or feel defeated but I had to remember it wasn’t for others it was for me.
    You are really doing wonderful. I get your new updates in my mail box and read it always. I am learning from you and even though I don’t always comment I do read and enjoy.
    Take care and have a blessed day today.

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    • 2. Patricia Eales  |  November 16, 2010 at 9:48 am

      Thanks Julie, I’ve got you in my reader, and enjoy your posts as well. Have a great week!

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  • 3. Shelley  |  November 16, 2010 at 10:30 am

    I LOVE google reader! That’s the ONLY way I can stay current on some of my favorite blogs!!! (like yours) and it allows me to keep track of what’s new… one tip – I added a TON of new blogs to my google reader… at some point, there were so many new posts for a blog that I realized I wasn’t ever going to go back so I removed them… just a reminder that it’s just as important to remove blogs from your reader when they no longer serve a purpose as it is to add new ones you find 🙂

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    • 4. Patricia Eales  |  November 16, 2010 at 1:10 pm

      Hi Shelley, You are DEFINITELY in my reader, and loving all your posts. (even if I don’t always comment) thanks for the tip of removing as well.

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  • 5. Shari  |  November 16, 2010 at 12:22 pm

    Hi Pat,

    Close friend of mine….I am reading your blog today. I don’t usually because we can call each other and we do and just talk about everything. I rather hear from you than your blog. Sorry, this is still great thought. I Love to hear your voice and your are fun to listen to…then i can poke a jab in now and then while you are talking.
    This is great for you and very proud that you are doing this, but of coarse you know this alrady because we talked on Sunday 🙂

    Love you

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    • 6. Patricia Eales  |  November 16, 2010 at 1:09 pm

      🙂 Love you too Shari!

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  • 7. Colleen  |  November 16, 2010 at 1:47 pm

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. I love to find people that are into fitness and are working at changing their life.

    I myself am on maintain mode until the holidays are over, but I have to get my butt in gear with the maintaining or it is going to turn into over eater mode LOL.

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  • 8. Fab Kate  |  November 17, 2010 at 8:50 pm

    I love my Google Reader… it makes keeping and sorting my subscriptions so easy!

    Reply

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