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Decluttering feels as good as losing weight

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Since I have been unemployed, I have turned more of my attention to my house which I've lived in for 16 years. The house is stuffed with the detritus of 4 people living and accumulating without an equal amount of culling. So my weekly goal has been to stuff my outside garbage can before the garbage man comes. Also I fill my car with donatables and make a run to the Salvation Army every week. I went to Wal-Mart yesterday since my husband wanted a new supply of vitamins. As I strolled the aisles, I reminded myself that I didn't need to buy anything to continue cluttering my house with (not to mention having less discretionary $ due to unemployment). Let me get off this computer and start getting my garbage out and my car filled with donatable things!

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LINDA7668 9/8/2012 8:59PM

    I've been decluttering too. For me, there is a strong connection between my physical and mental health and how clean my house is. Plus, it's just so much easier to eat healthy and exercise in a clean home.

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KAREN608 9/8/2012 8:50PM

    Oh yeah, decluttering! Of course I save mine in my old house and in the spring will have another yard sale IN the house. Last one was $850 but it was HUGE. Love decluttering... and I was just in a Walmart and did not buy anything but a $1.08 box of Great Value Pork Coating Mix. Like a cheap shake n bake. Pork loins were on sale in our home town for $1.88 a pound. And had to make a trip to the area where Walmart was located (30 miles away). It is empowering not to buy stuff.

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GRAMMAP1 8/30/2012 11:58PM

    We have talked about decluttering...for several years. Now there is no energy to do it.
So you younger folk, don't wait. We aren't hoarders, but the house is not neat and organized.

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LILYBELLE8 8/30/2012 8:08PM

    Some times our greatest joys come from the most simple things - like dejunking our houses - and our bodies - and our minds. You've done well - keep it up.

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    I agree. I really need to "declutter", too. At least I've avoided garage sales lately; I have enough of my own stuff, I don't need to take on others', too! (Disclaimer: I do realize that some people save a lot of money by buying things at garage sales, when these are things they actually need. I am in no way being critical of garage salers!) : ) to all!

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PATRICIAANN46 8/29/2012 10:19PM

  We had the HOTTEST summer ever this year!!!!! Because we couldn't be outside, we decided to declutter our basement, which is our main storage area. It has never looked better!!! We donated books to the Library, we took bags and bags of clothes, etc. to GoodWil and both of us felt so much better. Decluttering feels good!!! emoticon

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SIM1SAYS 8/29/2012 4:27PM

    oh oh oh - something we do - we put big lots of items together and sale them on Craig's list or Recyle in yahoo. Makes a little $ and it's someone who is genuinely interested in our stuff.

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SIM1SAYS 8/29/2012 4:26PM

    I have friend that says decluttering is like cleansing. You're releasing and taking control at the same time.

Okay - so you motivated me to declutter a bit. :)

Spark on!

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GAYLLYNNE 8/29/2012 7:14AM

    I've been doing the same thing. I also blogged about it a few months back. I think when we are decluttering our bodies of excess fat, we have the need to declutter other parts of our life. Good luck!!

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JINLYNN 8/29/2012 2:46AM

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MALKYRAISL 8/28/2012 1:47PM

  It feels SO good. I'm recently unemployed, too, and my go-to activity when I feel like just can't sit still is ... clean, condense, organize! My tidy house is my sanctuary. Keep up the hopeful thinking ... and doing ... and have a great day! :)

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BLESSED2BEME 8/28/2012 1:29PM

    Way to go! Interestingly enough, my DH & I have started this process. We both became rather depressed over his lay off from work but are trying to pull out of that with work around the house that needs being done (without spending money we really don't have) so we have started a declutter and cleaning of stuff long ago forgotten about (like windows).

Feels good, doesn't it? I'm actually finding that lack of money is simplifying life in many ways.

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EWL978 8/28/2012 12:17PM

    When you're place is ready and waiting! emoticon

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DONNA5281 8/28/2012 12:11PM


Thank you for reminding me, I should be getting rid of the clutter. 10 years worth, mostly my daughter's things.
So, much to keep me busy before I can actually clean after the clutter is gone!!

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Sunday is a great day

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Still able to maintain my obsession for losing weight. I really enjoy reading other people's blogs so those of you who read mine, I probably read yours too! I didn't have a great diet day yesterday, but so far today, I have maintained. I have more trouble with it later in the day though. Had a nice lunch at Wendy's--one of their salads. The website says the salad comes in at 770 calories and I just don't accept that I ate that much! So I broke it down into components and it was more like 400. After all, I only ate one pack of dressing--minus 110 calories. There is some assagio cheese, but it's not a lot, and the chicken was fried, plus there were a few croutons, but still---770 calories when the primary ingredient is romaine lettuce?

I need to come up with a tasty dinner dish that the whole family will like. I made a roasted chicken the other day that was a big hit. I wanted to use the leftovers for another dish, but my daughter wolfed them all down! I made some soup a few nights ago that everyone seemed to like too. I am trying to use up everything in my kitchen and not constantly buy new stuff. I don't have that many protein options, but I do have some cauliflower and zucchini that needs eating.

We were trying to relocate to Qatar the last several weeks and we really thought it was going to happen, but now, due to a lack of communication we don't believe we are going after all. Now we are getting it together to possibly relocate somewhere in 2013. Being unemployed sucks! I'm lucky my husband has a pretty good job and we aren't at the bottom of the barrel, but it would be nice if I could find something too that was worth getting out of the house for. Recent activities in DC have had ripple effects in my Navy town and there is great unemployment. I'm not the only one suffering and that's a comfort. I wish the democrats and republicans could work together for the benefit of American citizens and quit being so partisan--their lack of activity really affects people!

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PIR8CHIK 8/26/2012 5:26PM

    A refrigerator full of odds and ends is a fun challenge! I love mixing things up and creating new ways to use up those leftovers!
That Wendy's salad sounds great! It's amazing how many calories that fried chicken and croutons can really is so unfair! I love fried chicken like that! Grilled just isn't the same in those kinds of salads! lol
Well, the beauty of it is you can always take some of that stuff out before you eat it. Every little change helps.
You're doing great!

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KAREN608 8/26/2012 3:11PM

    Using up leftovers really helps with the food budget. I have soup beans on hand & rice. I make a chicken soup with veggies & a little rice that DH loves. Soups are a good choice esp. with autumn coming in one of these days. I agree the politicians arguing are wasting time and none of us like that. They 'are' public SERVANTS but they forget that.

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CMKARLS 8/26/2012 2:24PM


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The Weight of the Nation

Thursday, August 23, 2012

I finally finished watching this series on my DVR tonitght. After viewing the 1st installment, I went into panic mode and immediately made the decision to lose weight (again). You can see my blog from about a month ago that I wrote directly after viewing it. I watched the rest of it this week and it is an eye-opener.

We are not just overweight because we are lazy pigs just noshing away. It is so easy for we overweight people to feel like losers in life. There are many factors that contribute to America's obesity problem and it is a pervasive problem affecting MOST Americans of all ages!

Part of the problem is the farming industry. Most agricultural products are corn and soy baens which are used for almost every food in the market. Food animals are fed corn. High fructose corn syrup is omnipresent. Soy adds fat to many foods. It's not as profitable for farmers to grow fruits and vegetables even if they would like to. Our country needs to make some changes regarding this delimma. Yes it will be expensive, but so is obesity.

I could go on and on. More good news for me though: down another 1/2 pound this morning. Also I have finally taken to drinking water, just water, and sip on it all day long. I have also embraced black coffee versus sugar and cream. Stay tuned as I take on more and more good habits that are helping me to lose these pounds!

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PATRICIAANN46 8/24/2012 11:14PM

  It is a very informative series.
emoticon on your changes. emoticon

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TANYAP71 8/24/2012 6:05AM

    Very enlightening series. I wish everyone would take the time to read it. It's a shame how manipulated we all are by the food industry and commodity farmers. Together they have out competed real food to the point where it is hard to find and seems too expensive.

Congrats on the weight loss :-)

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MOONSTORMER 8/24/2012 2:17AM

    sounds like an interesting series! glad it has inspired you! emoticon

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ANULIFESTYLE 8/23/2012 11:55PM

  Hi! I hope you are having a wonderful day.

I haven't seen the series The Weight of the Nation. What channel did it come on? I do think high fructose corn sugar is not good for our bodies, especially our blood sugar and insulin regulation. I do know from personal experience that thyroid disease can cause unwanted weight gain among other bothersome symptoms. I have Hashimoto's thyroiditis, which causes the deterioration of the thyroid gland while causing weight gain (due to it becoming underactive) - especially when your TSH is not monitored correctly. For weight loss and general good health besides weight, me endo recommends keeping my TSH between 0.8 - 2. When it reaches 4, I begin having problems. Six months ago, my TSH was 12.9, which is not good in the least.

Anyway, I am going to look for The Weight of the Nation on the TV and watch it since it seemed to open your eyes.

Take care and blessings to you

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BFMONICA 8/23/2012 11:43PM

    I saw that too. Very enlightening.

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Always on my mind...

Monday, August 20, 2012

I firmly believe a big component of my being successful in weightloss is obsession--I gotta be obsessed to stay with it. I saw a book with some different ideas about weightloss that I hadn't read before so I'm thinking about try them. The book is called Six Weeks to OMG. It talks about taking cold baths, drinking black coffee but skipping breakfast, and NOT snacking plus other stuff I can't remember. My current plan is pretty slow-going so I may try some of these ideas.

I watched the 2nd installation of The Weight of the Nation tonight too. Viewing the 1st epistode kick-started me into returning to Spark and starting a program to shed pounds. This episode wasn't as disturbing as the 1st episode and covered a lot about losing weight, why it's hard, why we regain what we lose and other related subjects. One thing I found comforting was that while exercising is important to all-around health, it plays a less-critical role than limiting what you put in your mouth. You can lose by diet alone, but it's pretty hard to do with exercise alone and workouts don't burn as many calories as people think. Exercise won't allow a weight loser to continue to eat endless oreos and still lose. I do want to be a more active person, but at this point, I'm just trying to establish myself as a healthy eater: someone who eats more vegetables and everything else in small portions (no more all-you-can-eat!)

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PIR8CHIK 8/26/2012 5:32PM

    Hmmm... wow, I'm not so keen on that new book's advice...I'd definately do some more research before putting those practices into play. Personally, I find having a really big and healthy breakfast helps me avoid mindless snacking all morning and keeps my energy up through the day. Healthy snacks keep me going in the afternoon so that I don't binge eat the moment I walk in the door after work. And, strong coffee sitting in an empty stomach can be tough on your stomach too.

Weight loss is really just a good balance of healthy choices in your food, portion control and getting your body moving with some exercise during the week. It is a slow & steady and that's frustrating to many people (including me!) but in the long run, it's easier to maintain and so much healthier for your body.
Hang in there! We're all going through it with you!

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PATSYB7 8/20/2012 6:29AM

    Good for you for coming back to Spark! There is no quick fix to our weight problems--slow and steady is key. Hang in there. You can do this!

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MOONSTORMER 8/20/2012 2:16AM

    wow - i'm, always open to new ideas on this journey. just definitely do your research - a lot of books say that skipping breakfast actually slows down your metabolism and makes you ravenous so that you overeat at lunch time. i think education is key!

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AMOMENTSNOTICE 8/20/2012 12:33AM

    I know what you mean about obsession. I'm aiming for balance. The Weight of the Nation sound like it has good info. I'm a newbie here; I just joined a couple of days ago. Thanks for the blog.

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Hungry Girl Fudge

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

I have been a fan of Hungry Girl for a while. I got to know her from The Food Network show she has. Her premise is that a lot of us like to eat and not just a little bit. Some of her tricks don't sit well with everyone, but I am willing to use artificial sweetner and some processed foods. I have been wanting to make her fudge recipe for quite a while and since I was cleaning out my cupboard, I decided to finally use the brownie mix and can of pumpkin and see if it was good--some of the reviews were mixed. I didn't have the fat-free peanut butter she uses so I just heated 2 tablespoons of regular smooth to drizzle on the surface because some of the critics emphasized that you would need some peanut butter on every bite.

I had a square of it after dinner (then another :)) and it was pretty good! If you are looking for a fat-free lower-cal treat to try, I recommend this very easy recipe!

I've made some of her other recipes like the blueberry pie (delish and easy) and using Laughing Cow wedges on sandwiches instead of mayo and I am a real believer in Hungry Girl!

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QUALITYONE09 8/16/2012 9:27AM

    Hey, lady must say I am a fan of her guick and simple recipes as well. Love the laughing cow cheese on Triscuits....yummy!

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MOONSTORMER 8/16/2012 2:19AM

    love her, too! her website is great!

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JLJOYNT 8/15/2012 6:12PM

    Sounds delicious. I am going to have to try that one. I have made muffins that I saw on her show several times. It's simply a box of cake mix and a can of pumpkin. Nothing else. They make great muffins. My husband prefers them made with a chocolate cake mix, but I like just a plain white cake mix.

Can't wait to try the fudge!

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