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Thursday, October 06, 2011

We all hav'em. Bummer days that is. I was so irritated today with a cushion cover that came in for a client after weeks of waiting and it was wrong. Oh, it's not brain cancer for sure but it is irritating just the same. And there is so much stuff going on somedays that you just want to spit! We deliver newspapers every other Thursday and what usually goes quickly, rolling and stuffing into bags, took longer than usual today because we had an insert. It seemed like we were rolling and rolling and rolling. My husband had to cancel an appmt and I had to drop everything to go and look at the cushion problem.

Needless to say, I didn't get much accomplished in the AAPT Club today and I haven't exercised since I joined the 10 min exercise team. Should just drop out of that club until I can get my act together. Started to say organized but since I am a team-leader in the Organized Life team, thought better of it. Sometimes the simplest of jobs are the worst messes.

Okay, I blew that off. Now I feel better. I'll go look after some piles and maybe do some quilting. Got to get away from my desk. Later.

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COLEENCOLE 10/6/2011 11:02PM

    Days like that you wish you could just start over.

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TIRED49 10/6/2011 9:22PM

    I had one of those days too! Tomorrow will be better.

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LHLADY517 10/6/2011 5:51PM

    So understand this. Hang in there.

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NINAVEE 10/6/2011 5:32PM

    Hope tomorrow is a better day for you. I have 'issues' too, but trying to hold on until all is back to normal (whatever that is)!

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KASEYCOFF 10/6/2011 4:00PM

    Yep, you're right, tho - we all have 'em!

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HALEYSMUM 10/6/2011 3:53PM

    I understand, some days are just a nightmare, still I wouldn't quit on your goals, so you didn't get any exercise in today, maybe try tomorrow instead? It's never a failure, just a chance to do better then before.

It seems to me you have a pretty busy life. Just fit it in when you can & enjoy the ride!

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Wednesday, October 05, 2011

I'm not organized and I hate exercising. So all of a sudden I am a co-leader on the Organize Life team and I signed up the 10 minute daily exercise team. What's with that? I can do ten minutes and I have decided that I can walk around the block even though I am without a dog as Panda left us a month ago. I really miss her but walking around the block, I can revisit our old trail and see her dog friends. I will go out this evening with hubby and take a walk, even though short. He will be glad to take me.

On the organizing part. Something snapped a month ago and I am plowing through piles of stuff and trying not to create new ones. I desperately still have to get a handle on my desk in my office but at least I attacked 2 problems this morning that have been sliding. I've got another one sitting out waiting for me to take care of it. The dining room table is on its third day of no clutter and I have the kitchen counter reduced to just 2 piles of stuff that I need to find a home for. I've made 3 Christmas quilted stocking fronts using my donated stash and aim to finish more to take to guild next week.

I already did on drapery installation this morning, called another client and seeing another one this afternoon. At noon I have the Republican Women's Club luncheon and dinner planned for this evening. Ordered Tiliapia for lunch. The house is being cleaned by the cleaning lady as we speak.

Back in April I changed doctor's and medications. I think my new med is giving me more energy and concentration. Hate to think that I was walking around sedated for ten years but I guess I was. So with some personal direction and help from my spark friends, I guess I will press on! AAPT!

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AGILLASPIE60 10/10/2011 5:53PM

    Way to make it all happen! You are setting a great example for all of us out here :-)

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FIFIFRIZZLE 10/7/2011 1:15PM

    I want some of what you,ve got, LOL!

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LHLADY517 10/5/2011 10:11PM

    And we appreciate your willingness to co-lead the Organized team. Thanks.

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QUILTINGB52 10/5/2011 6:45PM

    Wow ~ what motivation you have!!! And here I thought I was doing good to get the plants watered & take out the garbage! LOL

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KASEYCOFF 10/5/2011 12:15PM

    Attagirl! I thought maybe you'd end up leading a team, either the Organized one or a new AAPT one, lol...

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ILUVTOTAT 10/5/2011 11:44AM

    Wow! You're doing awesome!


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    Congratulations on finding the motivation to organize! You will feel great once it's all organized.

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Tuesday, October 04, 2011

I have piles of clutter everywhere in my home but it isn't dirty. There might be parts of my home that are dirt, like near the trash can in the kitchen or the baseboards behind the bed. But all in all, clutter is my problem, not dirt. Last night I visited a relative and I was appalled. I won't go there and I won't say who but I can understand why the family is always sick. This leads me to want to clean up the clutter even more than ever. I started in on the kitchen counter this morning and stopped briefly to visit Sparkpeople. I have full intentions of returning to edit and toss.

I don't know what has gotten into me but I like it. I can understand how you can get overwhelmed with clutter and just leave it sit as well. It's so much easier to drop it into a pile and let it sit rather than deal wtih it now and put it away. I'm making a concerted effort to change and I hope it is a lasting change.

It would be nice to feel like I could have people drop over and my house be neat and tidy. Especially since I am a decorator and supposedly my home is beautiful! It would be even nicer to invite people over and the house would already be tidy.

Now to weight loss. I think there is a connection between clutter and pounds. Not sure how or what but there must be a connection. We eat instead of cleaning? The stress of moving piles around makes us eat? If the kitchen counter is cluttered, it makes us less likely to cook a healthy meal? This is all food for thought and mind. Later.

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KASEYCOFF 10/4/2011 2:30PM

    I'm wondering if the 'old' meds the other doctor had you on were working against you - keeping you down, unmotivated, listless... now, you're more energetic, more upbeat, and doing the things you've been wanting to do. I'm thinking those were the problem, and now you're seeing light at the end of the tunnel! ...IMHO
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NOW2DAY 10/4/2011 9:16AM

    The problem with clutter is we keep too much stuff and fill up all the drawers and cabinets. So clutter is the overflow. You hate to throw something away and so you hold onto it. Check out fly lady. Good Luck to you and all of us with clutter.

I have a cousin whose house makes you want to come home and clean (declutter). I need to visit her more. Her house is really cluttered.

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PATTY267 10/4/2011 9:08AM

    You are so right. According to the TV show host of "Clean House", Peter Walsh, there is a correlation between the two (clutter and weight). I am reading his book, "Does This Clutter Make My Butt Look Fat?" It's been quite an interesting read and gives much food for thought (which, by the way, has no calories). Blessings to you as you get your house in order to have the ladies over for tea.
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GOOSIEMOON 10/4/2011 8:57AM

    Great insight! I think you're on to something - I think our surroundings have an effect on how we feel, how stressed we might be and how we treat ourselves.

Good for you!

Have a great day!

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CLAYARTIST 10/4/2011 8:51AM

  getting rid of clutter opens your mind to new and better opportunities...

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JADOREMOI 10/4/2011 8:50AM

    I understand completely about the clutter situation. I sometimes feel like I'm drowning in a sea of clean or dirty clothes that never seems to be completely picked up off the floor/bed/bedroom chair, and yet I'm never done folding and hanging and putting them away either.

With me it is laziness. I'm not sure if it's connected to eating issues for me, but cleaning my bedroom has always been one of those things that I dread and put off because it's so boring. It's a victim to my extreme laziness. Extreme laziness also tries to affect my workout times too, but I try to make up for it later on in the week if it does.

I hope you succeed in solving your clutter woes! I need to do the same with my laundry clutter! emoticon

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REDROSEMARIE 10/4/2011 8:48AM

    Good Morning, I fight clutter everyday and in my own experience clutter causes chaos, which in turn lead me to feel depressed and eat more. The way I look at it, if my house is cluttered I don't have people over and stay in the house and feel sorry for myself. Of course being an emotional eater this also causes me to eat because I am lonely.

If my house is clean and uncluttered I feel better about me, this causes me to want to take care of myself and want to be around others.

I think you are on the right track. I wish you a very successful journey in your weight loss and decluttering.

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HONEYFLOWER43 10/4/2011 8:48AM

    Believe me I understand, my dinning room table has been cluttered for too long. I have to clean it off because I am having some work done at my house. This is a great opportunity to remove the clutter for good. Good luck to you with you efforts.

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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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