Thursday, April 15, 2010
I've been in my new little rental house for three months today. I moved from a 3400 SF suburban McMansion to a 700 SF alley cottage in a smaller city. I got rid of huge amounts of stuff before my move. Even so, I have found that I moved things here that I thought I would use, and now I'm not using them. So now I'm cutting down even more on my possessions. I've rented a table at a flea market this coming weekend and hope to sell some small kitchen appliances, books, and other items that I don't need.
There are a few small kitchen appliances that I use a lot! One is my George Foreman grill. Another is my popcorn popper (the air kind). The third is my electric steamer, which is great for making rice and steamed veggies. And recently I got a little yogurt maker at a thrift shop that I use about once a week to make lowfat plain yogurt.
I'm also changing out some of the furniture in my little house. When I moved here, I had some large folding tables that I used for office workspace. However, when I have too many surfaces available, I tend to clutter them up! So I got myself a smaller desk the other day at St. Vinnie's, and some baskets for containing clutter by category--stuff to do, stuff to file, etc.
I've always wanted to live with this kind of forethought and organization, but I was pretty overwhelmed back when I had a bigger house, a job, and a family to care for. I'm feeling good today to be living a simpler life.
So simple, in fact, that I'm thinking of getting rid of my car! I can walk just about everywhere I need to go these days. I'm not going to make this decision quickly, though. I'll still need to get out of town once in a while.
Saturday, April 10, 2010
It's been almost three months since I left my husband and moved away to a different town. The first couple of months, I was an emotional wreck, reacting to everything my ex said and did and wishing that we could repair the damage in our marriage. This past month, I've been moving into a place of acceptance, and now I'm beginning to get excited about a more positive future.
The best change is that I'm actually beginning to enjoy each day. I get to decide what I'm going to do each day, without having to be accountable to anybody else. I love this freedom.
Now that I'm feeling better emotionally, I've been able to stick with tracking my food and exercise again, which had fallen by the wayside during the time my marriage was deteriorating. It feels really good to accomplish this simple thing, and it certainly helps me be more conscious of my choices. Thank you, SparkPeople!
Monday, April 05, 2010
Yesterday was a tough day in several respects. I had no particular plans with anybody for Easter, and that was very different for me, because I had been married for a long time before recently separating from my husband. And also I had some communication difficulties several times during the day with my ex concerning scheduling times that I could spend with our 17-year-old daughter.
In the past, emotional difficulties often contributed to my overeating. I got very heavy during my 19-year marriage to a man who was hard to live with. I'm not blaming him--it was my response that was the problem. In counseling, I learned that I probably should have left him years ago, for my own emotional well-being, but I lacked the clarity to do so until more recently.
Anyway, yesterday, as I felt my feelings of loneliness and frustration, I didn't overeat. In fact, I had to make myself eat a snack last night in order to get anywhere near my nutritional goals for the day, because I had undereaten by so much. I'm not saying this is a good thing. It's just different. It's a change of old patterns that didn't work well for me. So I'm just observing this and sharing it for now, and let's see where it goes!
I'm sure hoping for a better day today. I have a new volunteer position starting today that I think will brighten my Mondays and help me establish more of a routine in my life, which has been lacking for several months.
Sunday, April 04, 2010
This is my first Easter as a single woman in a very long time, like since my twenties. I already got several nice email Easter cards this morning, plus a text picture of my daughter enjoying her Easter basket with her dad. My plan for today is to make a healthy Easter brunch and then head off on a hike. I hope the weather cooperates! Happy Easter to all!
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