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The Good, the Bad, and the Lazy!

Thursday, January 17, 2013

I had a refreshing Christmas break with some ups and downs. Here is the condensed version:

The Good - I didn't gain any weight with the holiday season!

The Bad - My house looks like a tornado went through it, thanks to putting up the decorations and keeping bunnies inside (32 degrees at night).

The Lazy - I got off the exercise wagon! I jumped off actually!!!

I bought a new water bottle that holds 32 oz. and fits in the car cup holder. I am working up to drinking 2.5 bottles in water.

I added an interval timer app and a Tabata exercise app and an abdominal workout app to my Kindle Fire.

I did my Tabata workout with push ups. I can't do regular push up, so I did them against the wall at an angle. I am working up to doing them on the floor.

I will do an AB workout after I get kids to school. I will also do my Wii Fit workout as well.

Let's see if these changes will put the fun back into exercise. I do still remember the day when I loved to exercise and nothing could keep me from it! I marvel that I stopped feeling that way! I hope to get back to that attitude and love for exercise.

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BILL60 1/17/2013 7:54AM

    For being bad............knock out "20" and don't do it again.

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HTCI update

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

I am really glad that I started on the book. I have been so busy with life that I can't seem to get to the Disasterous Dining room! But, the flip side the rest of my house looks good. It has been easy to keep it in good condition. Now I am not saying perfect. We all know that perfect well is attainable only by the wealthy who can afford live in maids. And even then, perfect is dependent on the live in made!

I am the live in maid so my level of perfection is at an 8 out of 10 in total magazine picture perfection! I now have oodles of archery students, after spending 4 hours in the sun running a carnival booth at my kids school. It's our major fall fundraiser. Once people found out that the after school program exists, they came a-runnin'.

All of that to say, this live in maid has some other areas of focus. The Disaterous Dining Room has to be done in November. I have family coming over! That is a great motivator if there ever was one.

For the mean time, I am happy with maintaining my reduced world of chaos/clean! It only takes about 10 minutes to make any given (HTCI cleaned) room back to yea! I spend about 10 minutes taking one room and cleaning the floors and dusting. I do one room a day - two rooms if I feel awesome. It is nice that my kids actually get it! They understand that if they just do a little bit a day, mommy is happy, the world turns smoothly, they get to do more fun stuff.

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CAROLSYLVIA 11/3/2012 7:07PM

    Hello Lynette,

I came across your spark page and have enjoyed your HTCI blogs! I just went to my library website and requested a copy, so I will be reading it soon, too. Doesn't it feel good to get an area of your house all clean and organized? Or even just a drawer or closet! Whenever I do that, I find myself going and just LOOKING at it for the next week or two because it just makes me feel so good to see something clean. We are empty nesters, so it's a lot easier than when you have kids in the house, but I still have trouble maintaining the clean. Maybe this book will help me. Thanks for sharing! I'm pulling for you on the dining room! emoticon

Carol from Lake Sylvia (MN)

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BILL60 10/31/2012 8:43AM

    The cleaning sounds great, but how about the fitness??

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AZMOMXTWO 10/31/2012 7:53AM

  good job the dining room will happen

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ELRIDDICK 10/31/2012 7:52AM

  Thanks for sharing

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HTCI report 2b

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Wow, I really wanted to conquer the Disasterous Dining Room. It is looking like we need to stay where we are right now. I am seeing that the kids are starting to slide back into some old habits and my hubby is starting to slide back on his commitment to help it stay that way when I can't do it. That is fine. It takes time to relearn new habits, and the book did say it could take 6 months to get there. We are getting so close to the holidays and I will have some extra people in the house during Thanksgiving. That will be a challenge in and of itself! Two of the extra people are under the age of 6 and two of the people don't care about cleaning up after themselves! By the way, the 2 sets of 2 people are 4 people total! Part of me wants to scream out "Be good guests!" Then the other part of me realizes that they don't know our system and they don't have to live with it either. So there will have to be a balance and I will have to figure out how to get through this Thanksgiving without derailing on my project.

I have not done so well with doing my core exercises or drinking my water. I will focus on them for the remainder of this week. I just have to get into the habit again!

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BILL60 10/24/2012 8:24AM

    Hang tough and lead by example.

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HTCI report number 2!

Friday, October 19, 2012

I am getting excited here! My family has been very good about maintaining the kitchen and upstairs family room. We have now added the downstairs Living room to the routine. I am going to show you before and after pictures - so here we go!
This is my fireplace/ Ian's Lego center.
This is how it looks after using my HTCI to get it clean and organized to Keep it that way. I moved the toy "box" to the area behind the end table so that you can't see it so much and told Ian that he had to pick up the pieces that he had built and put them on the table and then the loose pieces go back in the green bucket and under the table! It's working out so far.

This is my general living room space, before. Note the backpacks and STUFF left all over the room!

These are pictures of the after. Backpacks have been relegated to the dining room corner (which I will have to conquer later). The coffee table is not allowed to be cluttered for more than 1 hour if active on the project, 15 minutes if abandoned by the projecteer! If I have to clean it up, it either goes in the garbage or recycling, or in my ransom box. The items are either ransomed or sold to the highest bidder! That is much motivation for my kids to not lose their favorite stuff!

This is my proudest area. THE BOOKCASE BLACK HOLE! Dogs and small children have been known to venture in and never be seen again! Just kidding :)
I didn't realize just how much junk was in this innocuous little corner of my living area!

Notice the significant reduction in stuff in this relatively small area! I found school papers from 3 years ago, crumpled up swim team ribbons, toys, shoes, clothes... you get the picture. This area was mostly a CLEAN, Clean, clean spot. I did a lot of purging and removing of said stuff. It is now the academic area. I put notebooks, spare papers laminated practice sheets and the orange bin has kids magazines like our Boys Life, Highlights, and TIME for kids.

This is the air hockey table area. My kids love this and it doesn't get too messy. The biggest problem is the book shelf. I am ok with it as it, as long as the books stay in the receptacle!

Not too much to say about this - I just picked up the jacket that was on the floor. The main focus now is to sweep the wood floor 1 to 2 times a week. I need to clean the glass tables as well. I found the perfect spot for my sock basket! This is an example of camouflage from the HTCI book. If you can't see it, the room is still clean!

With the sock basket tucked neatly between the plant and the pedestal, It is hidden from most angles of viewing, it is available for perusing, it is ready for filling from the clean laundry! I can't believe that I didn't think of that one already!

The next area to conquer.......

The Dining Room Disaster! Coming to a blog near you.

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AZMOMXTWO 10/19/2012 7:42AM

  what you have done looks great I love it

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The House That Cleans Itself (HTCI) report

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

OK, I have conquered my home base area, the upstairs family room and my bedroom (minus the office corner). I want to conquer the front entry and living room areas next. My goal is to make the previous areas easy to keep conquered through family contributions and adaptions to the way the house is set up so that it is easy to follow through.

My husband did agree to help me by making sure things are enforced when I can't be there to enforce them!

I have been working out my core and drinking the water and have gotten down to 183 pounds ( that's a 2 pound deficit).

Right now, I have a 12 year old with a low pain tolerance, who feels like he is dying. I gave him the prevacid as it seems that the pain in the chest could be acid reflux. I have experience in that one. If the Prevacid doesn't help, then I am out of my league and will seek the pediatrician's advice.

I really want to get to the weekend so that we can just not have to do anything other than have a birthday party and make blankets for the dog shelter!

Let's hope that there are no wrenches thrown into this weekend schedule. Next weekend, I go camping with the 10 yr. old and her Girl Scouts, My husband enters my Veggie Tales chili in the church's chili cookoff, and my 15 yr. old is going to the Homecoming dance. We have to dress shopping and shoe shopping (of course), I have to interview and scare the pants off the potential date, and I have to make a purple teepee with pink and green hearts on it for the birthday girl. Thankfully, the birthday party is at Skyzone and I don't have to clean up for that!

I plan on staying with doing just my core exercises and drinking at least 8 glasses of water right now. I need to make sure that the new habits are sticking!

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LILYBELLE8 10/13/2012 10:35PM

    Hey - I want one of those houses that cleans itself!!

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NELLJONES 10/10/2012 9:06AM

    Lots to do! Enjoy!

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BILL60 10/10/2012 8:37AM

    Very nice!! Any cardio in your regimen?

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TRYINGHARD54 10/10/2012 5:52AM

    whew!!! you make me tired just reading your a busy person...

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