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.
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.
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!
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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