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Monday, October 03, 2011

Goal setting is so important and we need to be specific in our goal setting. But how many of us are? I have a vague goal that I want to lose weight, but it isn't specific. I haven't committed specifically to any plan. Same with cleaning up areas in my home and office. I have a vague goal of getting organized and keeping a clean house. But no specifics on getting there.

This is why I have found the AAPT Club to be effective in my daily life. Attack A Pound or Pile Today! Doesn't sound that specific but to me, I have been motivated every day to pick something up or put something away, or make a healthier food choice, just be being a member of the Club!

Yesterday, I spent most of the day in the sewing room quilting a stocking. At the end of the day I felt like I had wasted it! I didn't really like the stocking and it wasn't as big as I wanted it to be and I felt so disillusioned. So this morning, I went back in there to look at it and fold some fabric to put away. And I was pleasantly surprised. The stocking was actually kind of pretty and with the right cuff added to it, quite splendid! The crux of the matter was that I didn't actually have a defined goal or pattern for the stocking. I just plowed in and created it as I went along, pulling fabrics from here and there. And at the end of the day I was dissatisfied. But now, this morning, with fresh eyes, I see it as something nice that someone will appreciate! I slept on it.

I guess we can apply this scenario to weight loss as well. We might have what we consider to be a bad eating day but after sleeping on it and looking back on it, it probably wasn't as bad as we though. Starting over with new direction in a new day would be key to getting back on the wagon.

Same with organizing our lives. Each day is a new day and if we take each pile or pound as a bite sized piece, it will be less overwhelming. So today's goal is to get in the shower and get dressed and stop spending so much time on Spark. I have work to do and clients to see! Later.

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NINAVEE 10/3/2011 10:35AM

    This is so true! I especially love the idea of sleeping on it before jumping to conclusions. The though of waking up the next morning with a whole different view of things is so encouraging. I can be so impulsive that one bad day makes me want to quit. I'll sleep on it next time!

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KASEYCOFF 10/3/2011 9:56AM

    One of my fellow Sparklers suggested to me way-back-when that I set a timer when I tackle a chore I don't want to do. I work away at it for 30 minutes - or 20, or 10, or if it's something I REALLY don't want to do, maybe only 5 minutes, lol - and when the timer goes off, I stop. If it's finished, great. If it's not, I come back and chip away at it some more the next day. And once in a while, I work at it beyond the timer's alarm.

Like your piles, it's having a mini-goal on the way to the finish line! IMHO

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Sunday, October 02, 2011

I never dreamed that when I started this club on the organized life team that it would be so popular. I guess it feels so good to clean up something that people just look for encouragement. Yesterday I cleaned off my dining room table and so far, ti looks pretty good! Clean! I vow to leave it clean this month. I am in my sewing room today putting fabrics away and searching for some that I bought recently. Oh, where could they be. Obviously I put them in a safe place. That is my trouble. I hate to put things away because them I forget about them and they get lost. I'm looking for some Christmas fabric I purchased recently and can't locate it. There is a drawer I haven't looked in so I'll do that next.

We had a lovely dinner out with friends last night. I did have grilled grouper and it was delicious, served with a black bean cake that was moist and very tasty. And a lettuce salad with blue cheese, raisins, nuts and a creole mustard dressing. I ate it all. So it wasn't a bad meal calorie wise. I am trying to go day to day making healthy food choices and I'm on my second day. THe AAPT Club has motivated me! Whoo Hoo! Later

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COLEENCOLE 10/3/2011 8:49AM

    I have been keeping my dining room table cleaned off and set, but the kitchen table is another story.

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LHLADY517 10/2/2011 2:48PM

    Thank you for your willingness to share the AAPT concept.

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HEALTHYSLIM2 10/2/2011 2:17PM

    Oh, I love you! I can so relate to not being able to find things lately. Frustrating! But... i, too cleaned off the dining table and boy does it feel fantastic. My vow is to never, ever again let it get "messy". It is for eating meals at and nothing else.
Thanks for starting this "club" and know that you have motivated so many by thinking of a simple and effective approach and creating accountability for us "organizationally challenged" folks out here.
Continued best to you in your successful removal of all "piles" and finding that Christmas fabric!

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LIMASTAR 10/2/2011 1:32PM

  Same problem as you, only it's the Hubby who puts things away and can't tell me where he's put them. Or he does the opposite and leaves everything in a mess looking for something.

At the moment, I'm organizing the basement and have labeled the boxes (which Hubby fails to do), so we know what they contain.

Good luck to your healthy eating.

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DAIZYSTARLITE 10/2/2011 12:59PM

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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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