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How to get back on track

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Hi,

If you've been reading my blogs you know I've been sidelined by some sort of respiratory ailment for the past few days. To be truthful, I haven't felt well since Christmas Eve and I think my immune system said, "enough is enough".

I ended up going to a walk-in clinic yesterday as I needed a note for work. The doctor I saw was fantastic and put me off work until Monday....mind you, he was fantastic even before he put me off work!

I'm supposed to be resting and staying away from people. Ugh. You know you are starting to feel better when you are itching to get up, get dressed and out the door. I was going to try to go for a short walk with the dogs but this is a small town, and like small towns everywhere, I can hear the gossip.....sure, she's not sick if she is able to go for a walk. Does this happen everywhere or am I being paranoid?

Needless to say, I haven't been eating well and I've been too dizzy to exercise. I'm worried though that the pounds are going to creep back up as they have been for the past three to four weeks. I need to get motivated again. I know all too well how easy it would be for me to slip back into my old eating habits. A family-size bag of baked cheesies anybody?!?

I think for the rest of today, I am going to focus on planning our meals for the next week so I will feel like I've accomplished something other than keeping the chesterfield dust-free! I'm asking you all to bug me, to harass me, to warn me over the next week to make sure I haven't gone into a huge derailment! Please!

I'm behind in my overall weight loss goals but I think I can catch up. I initially stated that I wanted to lose 10 pounds every two months. I had my twenty gone in three and a half months. But now, it is gone up a wee bit and I have to the end of February to get another 10 off plus what I've gained back. Maybe I should change my goals to 5 pounds a month instead of 10 pounds every two. I know it is basically the same thing but I'd have a shorter period of time to focus on smaller increments.

My mind is wandering all over the place! I know I have to get back into tracking my food and to start back walking but to tell you the truth I couldn't be bothered. Has anybody else faced a setback like this? I'm kind of mad with myself for feeling this way.

Anyway, I hope I haven't bored you to death with my ramblings. I look forward to hearing back from you all with advice!

Susan

  
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HOPEFULANGE 1/14/2011 1:06PM

    I'm in the same mind-set. I know what I have to do and I was so gung-ho after Jan 1, but the past week and a half I've slacked. I make excuses like shoveling snow is my exercise for the day. I really shouldn't be doing that!

I hope you feel better soon enough to start getting back into it. Concentrate on eating healthy in the mean time. I think it's great for you to plan you meals out - I've never been that courageous! emoticon

As for your goal - I support setting realistic goals. If you know you're not going to be able to achieve it you'll lose motivation. That happened to me in the fall.

Good Luck and feel better! emoticon

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LIBBYFITZ 1/13/2011 7:43PM

    Rest up and allow your body to get better. Planning the meals for the next week sounds like a great plan! Walk the dogs if you feel up to it, it is good for endorphin levels, just don't over do it.! emoticon

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JLITT62 1/13/2011 3:48PM

    I have to be really, really sick not to walk the dogs -- and thankfully that doesn't happen often. But when I am sick (cold, mild temp, whatever) usually walking the dogs is all I can manage. And I hate that! So that's a good sign that you WANT to move.

I don't agree that losing weight is all about the food. I think mind, body, & spirit all come into play -- exercise is a big part of the equation too. But I also know that when you're sick, the only thing that's going to get you well is rest.

So take it easy, and when you feel better, move!

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TEMPEST272002 1/13/2011 3:32PM

    I think you should skip the walk for now. I've lived in small towns. You're not paranoid. I love exercise & see it as a vital part of my overall health... but, losing weight is almost all about food intake. So don't feel bad about skipping your workouts while you're sick.

If you're really going stir crazy, you could always tackle a big housekeeping project. Vacuuming burns lots of calories. So does carrying boxes up to the attic. emoticon

Now the food tracking is a whole nother story! I used to despise food tracking... but over time, I realized that it is just too valuable in losing weight to skip. I sitll don't love it... but I see it as necessary, like brushing my teeth and doing the laundry. If you're stuck inside anyhow, you don't really have a reason not too... right?

Don't be too hard on yourself for feeling a bit blah about the tracking/exercising. You're SICK. You're supposed to feel blah. This too will pass.

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LESLIES537 1/13/2011 12:25PM

    Yes, been there, done that! First, good job on admitting it and putting it out there in the open. Second, good job on keeping yourself accountable. I will come back and check on you and see how you're doing....and don't think I'm going to forget, either! I'll be watching you! emoticon (ok, well not really but it sounded good! lol)

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BARBARACT 1/13/2011 9:42AM

    I have been sick too for the past few days and haven't been eating much. So I am at a set back too. However, I started eating last night and decided I better get to tracking too. Funny even though I didn't eat much, the scale went up and I was hoping it was going to go down. But I guess cause of all the stuff I drank...I added on some calories that way. I am back to having a couple of pounds to lose to get to where I was.
Today I decided I am going to start tracking my food since I started eating and just get back on track. Don't over analyze too much...it will make you nuts. Just take it for what it is worth which is that you have been sick and are off track a bit...but feeling better and ready to get back on!
Sounds like you have started planning already to good for you!
By the way, still take the pups for a walk..who cares what people think. You have a doc's note!!!!
Good luck getting restarted!

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 1/13/2011 9:41AM

    I am not sure about the walking... I don't usually give a flip about gossip, so I'd probably do it anyway and give whoever a big smile and a cough as I went past them! I mean, everyone needs a bit of fresh air, and they should know that it's just what the doctor ordered!! emoticon emoticon

I hope you're feeling better fast! I'm fighting a cold, myself, and brought spice tea, lemon and honey to have during the work day today! emoticon

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KATHYTURPIN 1/13/2011 9:39AM

  Hi Susan,
I too have been where you are. What I found helpful, is when I can't exercise, for whatever reason, really be conscious of what I am eating. No slip-ups allowed at all. Then Monday, when, hopefully, you get back to work, get back into your exercise routine. If you really watch that you are not consuming too many calories, you will either maintain (or, hopefully!-actually drop a lb!). I think this stinky weather has us all feeling a bit down, but you've got the right attitude. Plan out your meals, go forward, YOU CAN DO IT!! Good Luck! Kathy emoticon

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Still sick but feeling much better

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Hello!

I can't believe this! I just had a blog written and was decorating it with emoticons when I lost it all. Oh well, it was nothing great and was mostly full of how I'm still under the weather. I've only slept two hours in the last 24 so that is not helping out either but that is what I get like when I get sick.

Aren't colds a real pain in the rear-end? I mean, they are not life-threatening but for the duration they sure make you feel icky. I'm frozen one minute and hot the next but that is only small stuff in the grand scheme of things. I will be back in the saddle in a day or so!

Still worried about the folks in Queensland, Australia. My brother and his partner live in Brisbane but at last report were fine. The flood waters have reached their property so they have moved to higher ground. The Newfoundlander in my brother said to me "I don't know what all the fuss is about. Sure its only a bit of water". He even had his laundry out on their clothesline! Apparently, it was a beautiful, sunny day which made the flood situation a little surreal.

I'm hoping to have a wee little nap later on curled up with the pupsters. Oh, this should make all you dog lovers laugh......they slept as normal last night, yet everytime I went to the kitchen to get some water, I would turn and they would be staring at me. Mind you, they would slink back to their beds once they realized I wasn't eating but you have to admire their determination to be prepared to snack at anytime day or night!

Have a great day folks!

  
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HOPEFULANGE 1/12/2011 2:43PM

    Those dogs...they will do anything for food!

Glad to hear you're feeling a bit better, and that your brother is still Ok. I hope it stays that way!


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OLDERDANDRT 1/12/2011 12:40PM

    Get well, soon! And your pups are normal, healthy canines. Always ready to grab a crumb if it becomes available! emoticon GLad you feel some better, so maybe complete recovery is near!

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LESLIES537 1/12/2011 10:57AM

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1CRAZYDOG 1/12/2011 10:25AM

    Oh, I'm glad you're feeling better. I have a cold too, so I totally understand!

Had to laugh . . . my dog (Spot the Wonder Dog!) is ALWAYS "on guard" when he hears anyone in the kitchen! Thinks it's his opportunity for a snack!! LOL Poor little guy would be totally overfed if he had his way!!

Feel better soon.

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 1/12/2011 9:18AM

    I just LOVE your blogs!

I have a sore throat coming on, myself, and it's so annoying!

Guess we have to push those fluids! emoticon emoticon

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BARBARACT 1/12/2011 9:08AM

    Sorry you are still sick. I am too, but caught up on sleep last night thankfully. I think because out of 48 hours I only slept for 5 hours. So I think my body just gave up and let me sleep!

I liked your story about the pups. Although I wasn't think they were wondering about the food, just thought you were nuts to get up in the middle of the night cause they wanted to sleep! LOL!!!

Try to take a nap today if you can and get in some good puppy snuggles!

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JLITT62 1/12/2011 8:11AM

    I really, really hate colds. So feel better soo!

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Home sick with two dog nurses

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Hi,

I just realized that my blog title makes it seems like I've come down with some mysterious ailment called "two dog nurses", but what I meant was that I'm home sick and I have two dogs pretending to be nurses looking out to me. Okay, that's not much better, now is it?

I decided to stay home today to do my part in stop spreading cold germs to my co-workers and students. And actually if I had gone it I would have needed to tie a box of tissues to my nose which wouldn't have been a pretty sight.

I'm one of those weird people who can't relax when they are sick. I know a nap would probably help but my mind gets really over-active. I haven't taken any cold medication so it can't be that but I am the same way when I have a migraine. My mind just spins and spins until I'm itching to do something. Maybe I should look into relaxation. Any suggestions as to where to start?

I doubt I will exercise today but thanks to my meal planning I do have supper prepared which will help out. I also bought some oranges and have them added to my diet. I gave up on oranges several years ago as I thought they were contributing to my acid-reflux but I'm going to try to add them back slowly.

I've also got a very shiny kitchen sink and two bathroom sinks. This is a shout out to the FlyLady program which is going to help me de-clutter my life. I'm not a dirty housekeeper but you do need a GPS to navigate in my home.

Our weather is still pretty weird. We had snow yesterday but it turned to rain and everything went slushy. Now, it snowed again and we have less than one inch of it. I really miss snow.

I hope you are all doing well in your corners of the world. Remember that you are all special to me!!!!!

  
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S3XYDIVASMOM 1/11/2011 10:44PM

    I'd like snow better if I could be snowed in, but I cannot say that I find snow much fun when I have to shovel the driveway and then negotiate an icy road to work. Personally, I'm counting the day until Spring. Sorry to hear that you are sick. Glad that you have such loving care. Hurrah for the clean sinks.

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GOOZLEBEAR 1/11/2011 9:15PM

    Glad you have your little nurses to help you feel better! We don't have snow here but it is very cold and looks like it will start any minute!! You are special to us and hope you feel better soon and maybe get some snow!!!!!!

Take care of yourself and rest!

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LIBBYFITZ 1/11/2011 5:51PM

    Yep my corner is doing OK. Hot flushes are back worse than ever!!! I love that your dogs are nursing you! emoticonGet well soon!

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KAYDE53 1/11/2011 4:42PM

    I like snow & we're getting some today in the Midwest!!! We missed it most of the time; it's went south, east, north of us but finally we're getting some!!! Take care & let your little nurses help you!! emoticon

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TEMPEST272002 1/11/2011 4:37PM

    My hubby is also lamenting the lack of emoticon. He swears that Quebec usually gets 4-6 feet. We had a foot, but it's melted down to just a few inches. That's plenty of snow for me, but hubby's emoticon.

Glad you have the comfort of your doggie nurses. Hope you're feeling better soon.



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OLDERDANDRT 1/11/2011 3:37PM

    Yeah! What MOMMA_LITTLE said! You LIKE snow?! You can have all of mine, past, present and future!!!

As for relaxing....take a nice warm soak in the tub with some lavendar. If you don't have lavendar for the bath, try lighting a lavendar candle ( if you got it) It is very relaxing. Also, try drinking chamomile tea. It will also help relax you. Deep breathing exercises help. You can also try a relaxation method ( I forget what they call it) while lying in bed, relax your toes..totally. Don't move on till they're like jelly, then relax your ankles, then calves, then knees and all the way up your body, little bit at a time. This always put me to sleep when I was a kid at camp. (You know how wound up jr. hi kids can get! )
Hope you feel better soon. I sucks being sick like that. I was right after Christmas. I took "Emergen-C" for a few days and it really seemed to help, though I am still full of "snot"! Just not totally dripping and all anymore. DD swears by it, esp. if she can start it at the first sign of a cold.
Hope this helps!!!
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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 1/11/2011 1:30PM

    You LOVE SNOW????? ugh! emoticonI guess it's all those years of waiting for the bus with goosebumps and frozen limbs after I'd lost my coat for the third or fourth time in a foot or two of snow! emoticon I think it's beautiful, but I don't want to be cold any more than I have to! So I'm saying emoticon to the snow, and sending wishes for it to go your way instead of mine! emoticon

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DRGOMTI 1/11/2011 1:29PM

    You n your blogs are very special to me too!! I'm sorry you don't have much snow. : ( I know how we both love it so much!! it's snowing here in good ole central WI today n windy n i are gonna go for a walk up in the woods today!! my favorite thing! have a great day!! hope you get over your cold soon!! emoticon dr

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BARBARACT 1/11/2011 12:13PM

    My doggies are doing the same thing. I have been sick and they are staying right by me. It is comforting when they do that.

Yes, clean and shiny sinks! Good for you!

I hope you feel better soon! Being sick stinks!



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LESLIES537 1/11/2011 11:46AM

    I hope your doggies take good care of you! emoticon

Way to go on the shiny sinks!!! One sink, one pile at a time! emoticon

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JLITT62 1/11/2011 11:30AM

    If only I could siphon off our predicted snow to you! Cause I could sure live without it. I swear I don't think I've ever gone so long without walking the dogs -- everyone, including the weather, seems to be conspiring against it lately!

Feel better soon. And get some rest! That's an order!

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HOPEFULANGE 1/11/2011 9:46AM

    I hope you start feeling better soon! Take care of yourself - remember the best thing is fluids and rest. Don't overdo it on the cleaning just because you feel bad about it not being done!
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Fighting with hubby over housework

Monday, January 10, 2011

Hello!

Because you all have agreed not to judge me (can't remember agreeing to THAT, now can you?), I am going to tell you something I'm ashamed of. I am a terrible housekeeper! I've written about this before but now I've got a "plan".

Anyway, first of all, let me tell you what I did that I am ashamed about. I had a huge racket with my husband that basically brought up the idea of a trial separation. He was floored and to be honest, I don't know how those words came out of my mouth. All because of housework and my feeling that I have to do "everything". Which for the record, is never true but we tend to say that in moments of anger.

I cried so much last night that my cold has renewed itself and now I feel miserable both physically and mentally. We've patched things up but I'm really ashamed at how I blew up at him and then for what I said.

One of my dear SparkFriends, recently suggested the website FlyLady.com to me after a previous blog in which I basically complained about being totally disorganized. So, I'm going to give it a try, It sounds so easy that I doubt it will really work but then again, that is how I felt about SparkPeople too.

I've always balked at the idea of doing household chores on assigned days as a way of rebelling against the way I was brought up. I still hate Tuesdays to this day because it was roast beef night and vacuuming day for my mother. She was a demon with the latter and would obsess over making sure buttons on clothes were even dusted! That and she would keep the house freezing cold because she was sweating so much. My brother and I both hate Tuesdays to this day but love Mondays which was just laundry day and sausages!!! Oh, and we weren't allowed to help out in any way, shape or form. I left home for university without ever turning on a washer or dryer, knowing how to iron, bake, cook, peel vegetables, dust, etc.

I know she did this because she thought she was giving us a break but really, it backfired! We both ended up being A students and mannerly but we never were given the chance to develop lifestyle skills Did I mention that I didn't leave home (except for my four years in university) until I was 34! Are you beginning to see a problem here!?

So, I am adding housekeeping and organizing to my Spark Journey! I am going to come up with a plan to have assigned days for assigned housework. BOTH of us are going to have chores to do and they will be clearly written down. Poor John is one of those men who would gladly help out but needs a bit of direction and apparently I do too!

Like my Spark Journey, this is not going to happen overnight and I am preparing myself for that. Wish me luck and I will keep you updated on my progress!

Susan

P.S. I really don't want to leave my husband and I know he doesn't want to leave me! WHY did I blurt that out!?!?!
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SEESTARS 1/11/2011 1:16PM

    "I know she did this because she thought she was giving us a break but really, it backfired! We both ended up being A students and mannerly but we never were given the chance to develop lifestyle skills"

Sounds exactly like my husbands upbringing. And I want to slap his mother every time we have a fight about cleaning up. And he has said the "D" word in anger over these issues. So I think he may be even worse off than you.

On the plus side... I know who I married, and so does your husband. And I just think of the times he calls me his superhero and know that he is pissed at the situation and not me. I'm sure your husband feels similarly.

Best of luck with flylady.com, I've never heard of it but now want to check it out. Thanks for you great Blog!

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BARBARACT 1/11/2011 12:11PM

    I hope all works out between you and your husband. Sometimes we say things out of anger that we don't mean.

I have done flylady and it does work. But I get tired of being told what to clean everyday and then I stop. LOL! But it does work if you follow it.

Good luck!

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DRGOMTI 1/10/2011 11:30PM

    I'm so glad u n John worked it out!! It's always good to talk things out! Ron n I have been married for 34 yrs n we talk alot!! : )) I'm not real OCD on cleaning, but I do have to have my cleaning day every week. mine is mondays. : )) It felt good to clean today!! I have lots of things that are cluttered so I rarely dust them. like our mantel, i took some of the Christmas things down n put up my new twig lights, so I vacuumed it off a bit, but most of my stuff is dusty. It's part of the country decor!! : ))
It's fun to read your honest blogs!! : ))
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S3XYDIVASMOM 1/10/2011 9:47PM

    I think the 15 minute plan would be helpful. I was taught very little about housework and,subsequently, know very little. I've passed on that tradition to my daughter.

We're working on getting more organized because, one way or another, we have to make room for our daughter, who recently moved back home. Some improvements have already been noted. So, sometimes, it is good to have our hand forced.

Perhaps, you should invite someone over to whom you'd like to make a good impression. Just don't make the invite for this week.

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APIRLRAIN888 1/10/2011 8:19PM

    flylady is awesome!!!!! clean and make your sink shiny! changed my life! and I am a terrible housecleaner!

I still am, but my house is not as trashed anymore
1) Flylady ( I don't do it any more, but keep the principle)
2) Staging my house (learned I don't need all that crap! and simplify)

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LIBBYFITZ 1/10/2011 7:13PM

    emoticonWe all say things we don't mean when upset! The saying goes that the ones you love the most are the ones who cop it as you are comfortable enough to do it to them. glad you have a plan! emoticon

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NEWFIEGIRLHERE 1/10/2011 6:51PM

    I wish I had some wise and wonderful things to say but I don't so I will just you were brave enough to admit those things, and sometimes, that all it takes to make a change. emoticon

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BYEFATNANNY 1/10/2011 5:44PM

    What couple hasn't had this argument. I'm the super organized one and even when my husband helps its not good enough. A WHOLE other issue heh? Don't punish your self for saying something in anger, I'm sure we've all done it. Baby steps indeed, maybe a little bit each day will keep things tidy. Best of luck....this too shall pass.

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KARBIE18 1/10/2011 5:42PM

    Yes! Flylady changed my life, too. My house is far from perfect, but a few minutes a day is all it takes me to do my morning and evening routines, and it's amazing how much I can accomplish in that short amount of time! I don't always follow the daily missions, but I do use a timer (I just use my microwave timer). Once you realize how much you can get done in 15 minutes, and lose the all or nothing approach, it's very freeing. You stop the frantic rushing, and really make progress. (Or maybe I'm not normal, and other people don't feel the urgency I used to feel to get IT ALL done.)

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LESLIES537 1/10/2011 5:04PM

    You sure sound a WHOLE LOT like me! My mom did all of the cleaning too in order to ''help us out''. Didn't help me out once I left home! I checked out flylady once and totally forgot about it! I'm going back to check it out again! Thanks for reminding me. Let's do this together! I need to get organized BADLY! My house is putting so much emotional strain on me it's just not healthy!

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KANSASROSE67 1/10/2011 4:52PM

    Thanks for being brave enough to post this and ask for help! I grew up doing lots of cooking and cleaning so that part I get, but getting over my resentment of my husband's ability to sit down and do nothing in the midst of my working like crazy is another story. "Just sit down...it will get done," is what he likes to say. Well, until the little house elves arrive, it WON'T "just get done." ARRRGGGG!

I think your plan to divide and conquer sounds like a good one. Best wishes!

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JLITT62 1/10/2011 4:46PM

    Flylady can really be life changing -- really the principles are a lot like SP's! Of course, I'm still messy & cluttered even knowing all that stuff. But it's something I'm working on again, too. We feel so much better when things aren't so cluttered!

Unfortunately my DH is not one for housework. He seems to believe that because his is the only income, then I should be doing everything else . . . well, almost.

Ok. This is not my blog. This is not my blog . . .

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TEMPEST272002 1/10/2011 4:40PM

    Hugs! I'm a tidy, organized person... hubby is messy & disorganized. So I think I may have had that exact same arguement a time or twenty. I think I've heard that little voice too.... the one saying "stop saying these things". You've made up with hubby, so time to forgive yourself and carry on.

I can understand how the housework can seem overwhelming to you. One of my dearest friends was raised like you and I've seen her struggle with disorder her whole adult life.

Housekeeping is a skill - we're not born with the knowledge, we have to learn it. So cut yourself some slack here too. Don't see your messy house as a reflection of your being, but rather of your skill level. As your skill level increases, your house will become more manageable. Flylady will help you learn some of those skills.

BTW, I DO agree not to judge you here!
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BAILEYSMOM4 1/10/2011 4:25PM

    Just think of the calories you'll burn!

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WHOVIANPRINCESS 1/10/2011 4:23PM

    I have told my boyfriend, in fits of anger and frustration, that I don't want to be with him any longer. I always feel so horrible afterward, like I broke something that I cannot quite fix back to its original condition. We have to be thankful for forgiving and understanding men.

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HOPEFULANGE 1/10/2011 4:22PM

    I say the worst things when I'm stressed out. Sorry that you and your hubby got into it, but I think we all do sometimes. It comes with the territory when you're living with someone!

I hope you feel better soon and you should take a nice walk together when you feel up to it!

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 1/10/2011 4:04PM

    I have done the very same thing! I could hear my little mind voice saying, "LORI! Stop saying those things! You don't mean them!" but I just kept right on saying them! Thankfully, those days are less and less, but it's sad that the people we love the most we tend to take for granted or hurt the most if we're not careful! Yes, we have lots of baggage (we all do), but I'm so glad that you are willing to work on whatever it is for the good of your life and your marriage! Press on, my dear friend! You're doing great! emoticon

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GOOZLEBEAR 1/10/2011 3:49PM

    I also don't know why we say some things when clearly we don't mean them. I've done the same thing and greatly regretted them. I do hope you will check in to the flylady link and hopefully you will find some help there. I can see why you didn't grow up knowing how to do a lot of things since your Mom never let you help.

Really hope this plan of yours works about doing certain things on certain days. I use to do that too and still seem to wash on Mondays!!!!!

Hugs and thanks for sharing!

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BORNAGAINBRAT 1/10/2011 3:29PM

    You soooo need to check out flylady but I believe it is flylady.net not com. She is amazing and you can get daily emails that give you chores but they are set up by room per week. I'm telling you it will be the best thing you have ever done. My house is always clean and it is on auto pilot. Get your timer, stay focused and progress not perfection. Check out her site and you will know what all that means. Baby steps just like sparking!

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Hairnets, meal planning and dog fur!

Sunday, January 09, 2011

Hi!

Okay, to be quite honest with all of you, I have not been doing the best with my weight loss journey over the past few weeks and I know why. It is the same old story of food begging to be eaten, treats to be had too often, and not exercising the way I should be. I know most of you can understand and have been there at some point or another.

So, I'm not going to belabor the point. I'm not reaching my potential and it is my own doing. I have to change this and only I can do this. For once in my life I have to be totally selfish (okay, I'm not a saint, I have been selfish at other points too) and do this for me.

One of the things that worked several years ago was meal planning. John and I tend to eat out a lot which is not good. It is mainly because I use the excuse that I don't know what to make, I don't have time, etc. What a pile of baloney we try to make ourselves believe.

I work mornings only, I don't have children, so I should have all the time in the world. I do really but I just don't maximize its potential!

I gained weight this past week which makes about four weeks of consistently gaining. Can you see a pattern here...eating out, not exercising, weight gain. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out what I'm doing wrong.

So, back to my blog title. I'm tackling two of my problems at once. I made up a list of meal plans for the week, went to the store and picked up what we needed, and now I'm making lasagne one for tonight, making two others to freeze, and making two sheppard's pies to freeze. Can you tell that extra-lean ground beef was on sale and that I stocked up!?

I also have chicken breasts bought that I will cook all at once but will be the base of several meals. Then I picked up a frozen pizza (not a big fan) but I figure it will be okay on the night that I am just too lazy or tired to cook. Paired with some salad and fruit and it will sure beat going out to eat.

Okay, so I've got this thought through but why can't I do this all of the time? Why do I do things in spurts? I know right from wrong when it comes to healthy eating but I still slip up. Am I stunned or am I human? I'm thinking both!!!

By the way, the hairnet is to keep my hair from falling in the meals I'm preparing and the dog fur is what I'm hoping won't be present in any meal I prepare. Wish you could all see me in my hairnet......quite funny.......not to mention my ragged old jeans and t-shirt! ha!!!!

  
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HEALTHYSUCCESS 1/10/2011 10:59AM

  When I wear my hairnet, I look just like the lunch lady in the school cafeteria when I was in elementary school. OH, the memories... emoticon

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JLITT62 1/10/2011 4:57AM

    Oh, dog fur & hair just season the food.

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Good job on getting all that done!

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DRGOMTI 1/9/2011 10:37PM

    I've been on SP teams n blogs for 2 hours now n just told my hubby, I haven't found any motivation. : ( Then I checked my e-mail n came on your faithful blog n got the SPARK I've been looking for!! Your blogs are so entertaining n today gave me hope! Now I don't feel alone. I didn't want to come back on SP n admit that I've been a terrible slacker n probably gained weight over the holidays but am scared to weigh in! Your cooking chic breasts and planning ahead has inspired me to do the same!! My Hubby n I went out to fast foods all during the holidays! UGH! and when I was fulla spark we didn't go out to eat once! I'm so relieved I'm not thee only one! Now we can do this together!! thanx for all your excellent blogs!!
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S3XYDIVASMOM 1/9/2011 9:24PM

    Beleaguer is spelled correctly. However, the meaning, according to Webster's is,"to surround with an army so as to prevent escape." I think the word you were looking for was probably belabor, which means: "to work on or at to absurd lengths."

As for the spell checker, I don't have a lot of faith in it. I'm annoyed everytime it objects to "blog." And I really love it when it doesn't recognize "each" and suggests "etch," instead.

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APIRLRAIN888 1/9/2011 9:03PM

    lol yeah planning is key! I hate to cook, but if I have stock fridge the frugal me needs to use it up

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 1/9/2011 2:17PM

    You may live in a cold place, but your blogs are always full of emoticon!!!

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GVANSCOOT 1/9/2011 1:31PM

  The holiday season was rough on a number of us. Sounds like you have back on track! emoticon

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