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Saturday, October 01, 2011

Maybe you've stumbled onto this blog and wondered what the AAPT CLub is. It's the Attack A PIle Today or Attack A Pound Today, whichever you prefer. PIle or Pound, they go hand in hand. I've decided that I am going to go after one mess in my home and keep it clean for a week! That is my dining room table. It has stuff on it that has been there since June or earlier so I am going to clean it off and keep it clean. No dropping papers on it when I come into the house. I'll have to find another spot, likely the bar in the kitchen but at least I won't be messing up the dining room table.

Just today, I realitzed that AAPT can also stand for Attack A Pound Today as well! So today, I will make an effort to make a healthy choice within the guidelines of the Sonoma Diet. Pick any diet or healthy eating plan you want to pick and stick to it. We are scheduled to go out to dinner with friends tonight so I am going to stick to the Sonoma Diet plate size and choose grilled fish if available. Likely it will be because they are selecting a restaurant in Walton County Florida which will be located on or near the Gulf of Mexico. Limit myself to one, or maybe 2 glasses of wine and that is it. I can do this.

I've discovered that in cleaning up piles, I create piles. I really need to go into my sewing room and shovel it out. I was in there yesterday trying to start a new project and it is such a mess, I've got to do something. So today I am going to work on that as well. Saturdays are sewing days for me when there isn't a football game to go to. Hubby is working this morning so I'm here on my own. Join me in my AAPT venture! I'm looking forward to it! Later.

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TIRED49 10/1/2011 11:58PM

    I really hope you conquer the 'pile' thing and then pass all of your knowledg along. I need it. emoticon

My sorted piles seem to create more piles.

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ANYVAR54 10/1/2011 11:50PM

    I have joined your APPT group. I have been working on books since we started, and I still have many to go. But you have spurred me on. And the Kitchen counter is the area which I want to keep clean this week.

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ILLINITEACHER52 10/1/2011 6:02PM

  I'm joining you in the AAPT Club (piles and pounds). The emphasis for FlyLady this month is getting rid of paper clutter so that works well. I have already done 15 minutes for today but I think I will do more while I listen to a TV program this evening.

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LHLADY517 10/1/2011 2:47PM

    I'm going to work on the kitchen counters for this week's challenge.

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NINAVEE 10/1/2011 10:24AM

    Sounds like you have a plan! We're going out tonight. too, and I'm juggling my food planning around so I can be prepared.

I find I've grown into somewhat of a neat freak. We have a house in Chicago and are currently living in a small condo in the South and somehow both of them are pretty organized, which I find head-scratchingly odd because I've always been pretty messy, or should I said 'organizationally challenged'! But my husband commutes during the week and I have lots of time to keep thing neat. Honestly, though, I'd much rather have a messy house if that meant he was here with me all week!

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LADYBUG1943 10/1/2011 9:49AM

    Good plan! I'll tackle the papers around my computer. I'm supposed to do paperwork on Wednesdays, but it seems to slip by without me doing anything. Yesterday I cleaned off my cutting table so that I could cut 4 1/2 X 8 pieces for some star blocks. I'm dying to go back up there (to the sewing room), but have a few more things to do. Haven't even eaten breakfast yet.

Please post what you accomplished; I'll do the same.


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The Attack A PIle Today Club! AAPT

Friday, September 30, 2011

I am a real slob and something snapped in me a couple of weeks ago and I realized that I wanted to do something about the clutter in my life and home. A man was here burying cable in the yard for the phone system and had to come into my office to check my computer. When he came into the house, pushing aside boxes and rolls of fabric and into my office, he said, "what type of business do you have?" I was embarrassed to tell him I was an interior decorator because looking around at piles of papers and stuff, you sure couldn't tell it.

So I went on Spark and looked around at the different teams and found Organized Life which I promptly joined. Then I don't know what came over me but it popped into my head to form a subgroup called the AAPT Club, Attack A Pile Today. Since then I've consulted with a friend who is a professional organizer and I am helping her decorate her home, trade off. She has the worst end of it, plowing through all my stuff. Several folks have jumped on board the club wagon and it seems we are getting a lot accomplished. I am but have so much more to do. At least I have motivation.

Now, If I only had the motivation to lose weight. I am firmly back up at 188 lbs where I started almost 2 years ago when I was so enthused. Even when I stay on a diet closely, the lbs are so slooooow to go. I get disillusioned and give up and gain it all back. One client said yesterday that he thinks that if they hadn't been trying to lose over and over they would be at a much heavier weight. I kind of agree. On the other hand, if I just stuck it out at least once and got to goal, I might still be there. My goal is to get to 160. I remember being at 160 thinking I need to lose but that weight would be comfortable to me and I know that another 20 lbs would be difficult to maintain. I think I could stay at 160 and be happy if I ever got there.

One project at a time, one day at a time. Have a great Friday!

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ANYVAR54 9/30/2011 9:01PM

    I think that as I become less cluttered in my house, my eating will be better. The two go hand in hand.

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KASEYCOFF 9/30/2011 2:12PM

    I know what you mean - sometimes I think the hardest part of any project is persistence...

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ILUVTOTAT 9/30/2011 12:19PM

    What a great idea! I "file by pile", too, so this could help me. Maybe I'll get to see my desk top again. LOL!

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CALCLEMAFIT 9/30/2011 12:10PM

  I think you are on to something. I think there is a connection between household clutter and an unhealthy diet. Disorganization. That is definitely me. Thank you for sharing

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Committment will reap rewards!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

The successful person makes a habit of doing what the failing person doesn't like to do.
- Thomas Edison

This morning we were greeted with a success story from Spark. The young lady had committed to a weight loss and exercise program and was doing well. Then when I visited her sparkpage, she was waffling and mad at herself for giving up and not being consistent. But she was working on getting back to it.

So I googled Commitment and found 20 Commitment quotes online and chose the one above from Thomas Edison for todays musings.

If you are successful at weight loss you have made it into a habit to choose wisely and healthy food alternatives. If you fail, its because you didn't commit and stick to it. It's as simple as that. I haven't lost weight because I haven't made the commitment. I know what to do, it's just doing it that is the problem.

On the good news though, I have committed to get better organization in my home and have been attacking piles of stuff daily. Today the trash can was overflowing with pricelists from 2008 and 2009 and other such odd paperwork that wasn't necessary anymore. Expired catalogs, client folders that were never going to buy or those who had moved away, etc. And of course those that pass from this earth. In 27 years I have had a few of those as well. I've made a lot of progress in the organizing area but still a ways to go. It feels so good. Who would'a thought?

Now, I just need the go on a diet peptalk to myself and lose that 30 pounds that lingers on. Last night I tried on some blue jeans and I guess I need to make them into a tote bag instead of keeping them around in hopes they will fit again. I need a new pair that fits. I have one pair with a stretch waist band that my sister gave me that was one of her fat jeans. And here I am wearing it. And it is a little snug. So I think I will cut those jeans up and make a couple of tote bags to sell. I got a new pattern recently for such a bag and so that will be my next project.

I do need to clean u and organize my sewing room. I have a little tiny space where I cut fabrics and my sewing machine space and the ironing board that aren't covered with fabric and scraps, etc. I trip around the room from spot to spot. Come on, I can do better but I'm saving that project for a rainy day. Maybe Saturday, when hubby works. Let's commit folks, me especially.

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ANYVAR54 9/29/2011 10:19PM

    I am committed to my weight loss, but more to get healthy. I am making progress. As you are also.
I do not have a sewing room set up, which is one reason why I have not started some projects that I want to do: Make a T-shirt quilt for my youngest son.

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LADYJ6942 9/29/2011 2:48PM

    I have self commitment to eat clean and exercise, now to apply that commitment to other areas of my life.

Thanks for sharing, keep up the good work.

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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Today, our electricity went out in a storm and so I sat at my desk and went through some piles. Got rid of a lot but I still have piles so I'll have to do one paper at a time and create a file if I need one. Going through the file cabinet to dump stuff is another task I need to do. Just do it, why don't I. As soon as I finish this, I'm cooking lunch and then maybe do some sewing or take a nap. Business is slow again so who knows. I hope October brings some appointments.
The woes in the economy and the not so good news coming out of Washington have stopped people from buying unless they really need something. Hubby and I are no different. We aren't spending money we don't have to spend. Just had a handyman come and repair a hole in the roof and fix the front door. These things happen. The soffit by the chimney had sagged creating a small space so that had to be fixed. Good thing because it just rained!
One of these days I'm going to get back onto the weigh loss wagon. Seriously. Just do it Carol! Later.

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FIFIFRIZZLE 9/30/2011 12:23PM

    Yes, everywhere people are pulling in their belts because they just don,t know if their jobs will still be there for them. It is hard for the businesses. Good for you for using this opportunity to regroup, reorganize and refocus. And start the War on Piles!

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BEVPRESLEY 9/29/2011 12:41AM

    Come on now, hop back on this wagon!
There are a lot of us repairing things we used to replace. And like you, I don't see it getting better for a while. We are fortunate to have everything paid for and both have good jobs. There are so many who do not.

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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Oh, I' ve got plenty of work to do and piles to attack but hey, I don't feel like it. I guess if I had a teenager with chores to do, and he didn't feel like it, it wouldn't set well with me. I fizzle out in the afternoons. Maybe tomorrow I will catch up on things I need to do but today is procrastination day. Ever have those? I've been out already and gone to a doctor's appmt and saw a client and checked e-mails and took care of some things. We've had a handyman here working on some repairs and he just left so I'm relaxing. Thinking of quilting and moving some things around. Later.

So I got a call today from Office Depot telling me I was overdue on my account. Only it wasn't office depot, it was another company where office depot credit cards are held. Since I don't remember receiving a bill, of course I didn't make a payment. I was really irritated because this person wanted me to give them account info over the phone which of course I won't do, especially since I didn't even know that office depot didn't handle their own accounts. So, I went to office depot online to try and make a payment and couldn't find any information on how to do it so I sent an e-mail chat to a rep online. During the conversation, the rep sent me the 800 # to call. So while I'm still online, I called the # he sent. Turns out he had transposed the last 4 #'s and the connection I got was a porn site so now I am paying for a porn site connection. Finally got it all straightened out but honestly, I hate bookkeeping and I should have taken the day off.

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ANDI571 9/27/2011 3:56PM

    I have had one of those lazy days also. I slept until 10:00 this morning. I haven't done that in a long time. I did piddle and get some laundry done, but that is about it. I guess we all need those lazy days sometimes. It lets the body recoop. emoticon

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