Monday, January 25, 2010
Whoa! Had an epiphany yesterday.
It actually began Saturday when I got down on my knees and really scrubbed out that awful bathtub of mine. It's an old tub and most of the enamel has worn either thin or actually OFF so it's the biggest chore in my whole house - scrubbing it and never knowing for sure if it's actually clean. Ugh.
By Sunday afternoon I got to thinking about how we have lived in this house for 28 years and that's the same bathroom, lino floor, wall tile, and crusty tub that was there when we moved in. It's always had a half finished look to it anyway and now it's a crumbling half finished look. Time for a renovation.
and the first thing I thought about after that was ... how are we going to pay for this? And that's when I thought about our family budget and how we spend our paper calories and it seems that ... the budget looks a little like my Pre-Spark People diet. Basically sound but with too many empty calories in it.
So using tools I'm developing here I sat down with pencil and paper.
First I set a goal - a refurbished bathroom.
Then a time-line - probably next year, but maybe in the fall.
And then... I began doing the math with the budget. I put down the essentials we need to cover every month - the household versions of protein, folate, calcium, vitamins. . . things like utilities and insurance and such. I added on groceries in a lump sum. Then the monthly expenditures that are small, but add up. You get the idea - what I found was there was a good sized chunk of money I could salt away.
I'm still doing the figuring and the math but once I've done that I plan to
Enlist support - i.e. talk to Himself
Make my vision board - i.e. go window shopping in magazines and home improvement stores to see what's out there
Log my financial nutrition - i.e. bank book
Talk to experts - i.e. those plumbers and carpenters and tile setters.
All very exciting and fun - so - once again, THANKS Spark People, for lighting another spark in my life.
Happy Monday to you all.
Sunday, January 24, 2010
I spent yesterday giving my house a deep clean. I live on a farm. I have dogs. I heat with wood. My house gets really really dirty if I don't stay on top of it. I've been trying to figure out ways of doing little chores throughout the week so my Saturday doesn't have to be such a marathon of housecleaning - but now and then, despite my every effort, I just have to buckle down ... and even kneel down ... with bucket, mop, vacuum and dustcloth.
It's always worth the effort, though. I love this house - it's like a magic flying carpet where I can feel safe and explore things that interest me through books, crafts, and music. Even if I don't feel like getting started with the housework, I always enjoy doing it, carefully handling the things that I love, that bring back memories of times and places and people I also love.
Housework is like exercise - sometimes hard to get going, but always good for you and the payback is always worth more than the effort expended.
Best of all - now it's done I can sit down and plan out this week. I'm asking myself "Where do I want to be this time next Sunday?"
Well - I will get back on the scale next Sunday and I hope to see it has moved downwards.
I'll take out the tape measure and I hope it doesn't have to stretch so far around
I would like to have made my 1,000 fitness minutes by then - I'll need to get in 25 minutes a day to do that - but that's not at all unreasonable - even if I am being careful with the intensity as per doctor's orders.
Most of all, this week I want to get my potassium up without increasing calories. In fact, I want to stay within the calorie range all week AND get the potassium up. That's been my one failure ever since I started SP. I think the answer is going to be more and different vegetables - especially collard greens (which I only like - as opposed to spinach which I love!
Well. Hmm. I am the queen of setting the bar high - unable to resist the idea of striving beyond my reach. But I think this is high enough for one week. In fact - It sounds like a splendid week with lots of challenges but none of them truly more than I can do. Just gotta keep the focus.
May the map of your week take you to wonderful destinations.
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