A Blessing Not a Curse
February 26, 2014
My little car (a gold Peugeot called ‘Captain’) needed his MOT this week. That meant that I needed get the bus into work.
My morning drive down the motorway usually takes about fifteen minutes (traffic permitting); the bus takes an altogether more scenic route, avoiding the highways and sticking to the by-ways which means that the journey takes an hour each way.
I have to admit I was quite looking forward to it as I had been ‘Captain-less’ and reliant on public transport last year.
The first time I needed to take the bus Captain was out of action for a week and whilst I was grumpy on the First Day and still a little miffed on Day Two. It was an hour in my day when I was “held captive”. I couldn’t go any faster or take a shorter route so the only thing I could do was to just get on with it.
Then, on Day Three, I realised that there were some benefits from getting the bus. It was an hour where I was limited in what I could do. I got the chance to read the paper; I worked on some writing projects; my trusty laptop came along and I managed to do some much needed tidying of my desktop.
In terms of my weight loss journey there were definitely “bussing-it-benefits”.
First of all, I had to get up an hour earlier than usual, so I discovered some potential “free time” that I had never made use of before –time that could usefully be occupied with work outs or writing projects.
Second: I had to walk from my house to the bus stop and then across the industrial estate,
which added up to a good 30 minutes walking – and every little helps.
Third: whilst there are shops near to my ‘day-job’ in order to get to them in my half-an-hour lunch break meant that without a car it was impossible. So even if I had a craving for something-wrapped-in-pastry from a famous national bakery chain, it was impossible for me to buy one.
Fourth: by leaving my purse at home
I wasn’t tempted to swing into the shops on the way home and buy stuff that I didn’t really need.
It meant that shopping had to be limited to what I could carry, which had a knock-on effect of Lovely Husband and I actually ate what we had in the cupboards; fridge and freezer rather than “popping to the shops” for something we didn’t really need. I confess that we had some very strange combinations (a particular success for LH was the fact that oven chips were swapped for roast parsnips – who knew they would work with chicken Kiev, eh!) but it definitely made me think carefully about what in the cupboard, what meals I could prepare and how to be creative when the cupboards look bare (which they never are, they just don’t appear to have anything you want to eat).
I have to confess that I am glad that I now have my trusty ‘Captain’ back but I was surprised at how many benefits a bus journey could provide. I had viewed having to take the bus as a “curse” but what I hadn’t realised was that there some very definite “blessings” too. It made me think about other circumstances when a situation has changed and I have reacted to it in a grumpy, bad-tempered way before actually thinking about
all the positive possibilities it could potentially provide
(sorry, just realised that’s a great bit of “alliteration” and could be a very good mantra if you’re facing something new and unfamiliar).
So whatever you are doing today, if you find yourself thrown off-kilter or if circumstances change and you need to be flexible. Whether it is something in “real life” or a situation on your weight-loss journey, if you are faced with a situation which, on first sight, doesn’t great why not try and get your head around all the “positive possibilities it could potentially provide”. You might well be surprised with how many you come up with.
Have a wonderful weight-loss day with lots of positive possibilities.
With a hug