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Simplifying

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.

  
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FISHING88 7/12/2011 8:53PM

    Sue, How are you doing? It has been a while since you gave us an update! Hope things are going well and you are enjoying the simplified life.

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LECATES 4/15/2010 7:35PM

    Good for you! but think carefully about the car---when it is pouring down rain, the car would definitely be the thing to have.

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GERIKRAGH 4/15/2010 2:50PM

    I'd love to live simpler but my DH is a complicator--wants lots of possessions.

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JUSGETTENBY42 4/15/2010 1:08PM

    I made a somewhat similar move from a very busy city to a small town. Moved many things I'll never use and over the past 3 yrs I've been giving stuff away,
I do walk most places where I live but I would give many hrs of thought to giving up my car. I don't drive everyday but I will always want the freedom that comes with having a car.

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Beginning to Feel Better

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!

  
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GERIKRAGH 4/10/2010 12:35PM

    You have grown emotionally so much over the past few months. I'm proud of you.

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Another Reason I Love SparkPeople

Friday, April 09, 2010

I had about three days in a row this week when I could not eat anything close to the number of calories that my body requires. I'm not sure why. I think it may have to do with my being highly motivated to achieve some other successes in my life, and I got distracted and didn't eat much.

Then there was yesterday, when there wasn't enough food in the world to satisfy me. I went over my nutritional needs by several hundred calories. Yesterday, I was dealing with my can't-be-my-ex-husband-soon-enough about financial matters. I'm sure there was a connection.

So I logged onto SP this morning, having to log all of the snacks I ate last night and feeling pretty miserable about that, and what do I see but a status message from one of my most inspiring SparkFriends saying that she feels the same way I do. She's starving and wonders why.

I really appreciate that even people who have had great success and reached their weight goals still struggle with food issues. I appreciate being able to connect with so many people here on SP who share the same problems and solutions and ups and downs that I experience. Thank you! I feel understood here.

  
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PONDERTHIS 4/9/2010 11:22PM

    Hi - I appreciated your blog and also the replies it brought out. A great combo. As for the soon-to-be-ex-DH, this too shall pass, I am glad to report. Sending you love and light,
Anne
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LECATES 4/9/2010 6:03PM

    Dh and stress probably have something to do with it---but it could also be a signal from your body that it did not like being so deprived. Be careful there.

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MEGANC1988 4/9/2010 1:21PM

    emoticon I have had many of those days on SP. But something to think about, you were likely binging because your body needed that food you weren't giving it that few days. Take a loot at your calorie differential reports, you may see that it all evens out to be about the same.

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RHAZZON 4/9/2010 12:01PM

    Considering you did not enough for two days prior, you should have been famished by the third day. Try and keep the calories fairly consistent from day to day. Once a week or so bump your daily intake up a few hundred calories. It's a great to way to give your metabolism a kick-start.

There are those days when you are just plain old hungry (for no good reason). It's days like this that you need to find filling foods that are low in calories. They may not always be the most satiating meals, but they can do a great job at filling you up.

Emotions definitely play a big role in this and it sounds like you're on an emotional roller coaster right now. Stick to your guns and hang in there. It'll all work out for the best.

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My Emotional Eating Patterns Are Changing

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.

  
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LADYNETTIE 4/5/2010 5:25PM

    I totally understand your feelings of loneliness and frustration and it's amazing that you didn't overeat while by yourself on Easter. Great progress- you're on your way to discovering who you really are and what you would like to do for the rest of your life. When my husband died 5 years ago I did that same thing. Lost a bunch of weight and found myself. Now I am living a healthy and happy lifestyle doing what I love to do! Happy Sparking emoticon

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PONDERTHIS 4/5/2010 11:47AM

    this sounds like a good development ~ separating food from stress management. Way to go!
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LECATES 4/5/2010 11:39AM

    Sounds like good changes to me.

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A Simple Easter

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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PONDERTHIS 4/4/2010 12:42PM

    Sounds like you are creating a lovely Easter for yourself. Good work! I hope the weather backs you up and that the walk is invigorating.
Blessings,
Anne
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