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Baby Steps and Criss Cross

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Great local SparkTeam dinner this eve! Really enjoyed the lively conversation.

The Flylady Baby Steps are still paying off. She says something like, "You're not behind. Jump in where you are!" Well, that's just the encouragement I need, a mantra of energy and hope as well as acceptance/forgiveness. I'm really fast at making my bed now, right when I get up, even before the bathroom. I put away the clean dishes while my tea kettle is coming to a boil - and then I can put dishes in the dishwasher all day and have clean counters. Why didn't I think of this years ago?? These routines are so helpful. Laying out my clothes the night before, including the shoes, even when I'm not planning anything special, really helps me feel purposeful!

It is so similar to my experience losing weight. When I "yelled" at myself constantly about the way I looked, the way I ate, the way I sat around, I made no progress. When I started focusing on all the little things SparkPeople wanted me to do and track -- the freggies I eat, the water I drink, the exercise I actually do (even 10 minutes), all the good things that contribute to my health, well, success was not far behind. Feeling bad about myself didn't help; recognizing progress did. It's partly that thing that SparkGuy writes about, the criss-cross effect. Start doing good things and the pendulum picks up speed and it gets easier and easier. I'm starting to just occasionally have a positive thought about the house I live in now!! So I can't say I've totally overcome CHAOS (Can't Have Anyone Over Syndrome) but I sure am making headway. Anticipate some obstacles, but have total faith in final positive result. AND without sacrificing my weight maintenance or my running efforts!!

Yesterday I didn't like my morning weigh in and just gently dialed it back a bit. Down 1.8 pounds this morning. Yes, it's mostly sodium, but I believe if I consistently take early corrective action, I won't end up needing to lose 10 pounds ever again in my life!!



  
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WATERMELLEN 8/8/2013 9:11PM

    Super blog, lots of great ideas and that cross cross thingy reverberates!! That definition of CHAOS also.

I do, however, make my bed first thing, clean off counters as I go etc. etc. So: maybe it would help to begin giving myself a little credit!

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MEXGAL1 8/8/2013 7:43PM

    Great blog and wonderful ideas.
You sound like you are doing just great.
Good job!
Have a terrific evening.
Sallie

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FROSTY99 8/8/2013 3:55PM

    emoticon Like the turtle and the hare, slowly you are getting there!

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NATPLUMMER 8/8/2013 11:41AM

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AQUAGIRL08 8/8/2013 11:08AM

    Wonderful blog, Marsha! All of your blogs are great so this is saying something! According to our WW leader, keeping a tidy "space" is key to success in weight loss. We discussed this yesterday. A clean space helps you to sleep better and frees you from the stress of knowing that you need to clean but haven't gotten around to doing it. It also removes the guilt associated with not doing what you know you need to do. I find that by putting things back and keeping the house neat, it frees me up to do other things and I'm worry and guilt free in that area. You are doing such a good job - you have every reason to be proud of yourself!

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TRAVELGRRL 8/8/2013 9:00AM

    Great analogy! You are rocking the world!!!

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GABY1948 8/8/2013 8:42AM

    You are still doing REALLY well and REALLY inspiring me! emoticon

You are a winner in my book...no matter if it is as CHAOS overcomer, or Weight overcomer! emoticon

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KLMEIRING 8/8/2013 6:57AM

    Thank you for sharing. I found your comments very encouraging. You give me hope!

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ONEKIDSMOM 8/8/2013 6:52AM

    The trick is to use the tools in the new area without slip-sliding in the "maintenance" areas of life... anyway, that's always been my personal challenge as an obsessive type.

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NEW-CAZ 8/8/2013 2:29AM

    emoticon You're doing a great job Marsha
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_LINDA 8/7/2013 11:51PM

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That is the spirit! Sounds like you are really getting it going!
I used to make up my bed always right away, but now I don't, ever, unless I am going away for a few days. I have to use my bed to stretch out on and I don't want to flatten my comforter. I have to stretch when ever I feel the need, both the physiotherapist ones and the normal after exercise ones. Also, I read keeping your bed aired out discourages dust mites, etc. But I don't like the untidy look.
Keep up the great work!!

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MSLZZY 8/7/2013 11:15PM

    That is progress and that is what counts! HUGS!

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TEXASFILLY 8/7/2013 11:15PM

    emoticon Keep up your great momentum! *hugs* BB~

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COCK-ROBIN 8/7/2013 11:01PM

    You're doing great!

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JOYINKY 8/7/2013 10:24PM

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BOOKAPHILE 8/7/2013 10:13PM

    I've been checking out flylady also. I have a sparkling sink! Understanding the logic of the site layout is a bit harder.

Correcting early is a huge part of avoiding the overwhelmed/panicky feelings of being out of control. Congratulations on your great feelings!

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Shining and Free

Monday, August 05, 2013

My adventures based on Flylady continue. I had decided to do what I feel inspired to do this month and actually start the recommended activities in September. But today I actually did Baby Step Number One, shining the sink. It worked really, really well: www.flylady.net/d/getting-started/fl
ying-lessons/shine-sink/


My house is looking better and better and I'm not sacrificing my workouts or reducing the quantity or quality of the child care I'm providing. I did elliptical today and have the kids 6 days this week. I'll run tomorrow. The resentment I have felt for years regarding housework is melting away and I feel freer and happier. Life is good!

  
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AQUAGIRL08 8/7/2013 3:51PM

    I checked her site and was impressed at how encouraging she is. Thank you for posting the link!

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BOOKAPHILE 8/6/2013 11:12AM

    OK, I"m finally off to check out her site. Thanks for the motivation!

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GABY1948 8/6/2013 10:05AM

    This is actually the first time I "noticed" flylady and I am going to check it out! emoticon

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NATPLUMMER 8/6/2013 9:49AM

    Yay!

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MEXGAL1 8/6/2013 9:19AM

    Totally awesome. I need to check out FlyLady.
Good for you.
Have a terrific day.
Sallie

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LEWILL1982 8/6/2013 8:49AM

    Need to check out Flylady....I can always come up with 1 million other things I'd rather do, and actually do, than clean! So happy to read it doesn't make you resentful!

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JOYINKY 8/6/2013 8:12AM

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ONEKIDSMOM 8/6/2013 7:19AM

    Some of her things I had already been doing, like making the bed, and dressing down to the shoes first thing. Shining the sink was a lovely way to start, but I never got much farther than those three things. Still... as with exercise and healthy eating, the hardest bit is to start.

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_LINDA 8/6/2013 1:21AM

    WoW! That is awesome!! This website was a Godsend!
Now if only your hubby could find a website that would inspire him to improve his lifestyle choices :P Why is it always the WOMEN that have to be letter perfect in body and housekeeping???
I have always liked cleaning, it never bothered me and I felt good when everything looked clean and shiny. Its pretty much only my health issues and time that has gotten in the way of doing it on a regular basis.
Keep up the great work!

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COCK-ROBIN 8/6/2013 12:41AM

    Wonderful!

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MSLZZY 8/5/2013 11:51PM

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UMBILICAL 8/5/2013 10:35PM

  House beautiful

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WIZKEY 8/5/2013 10:35PM

    I love Flylady!! i have had my notebook for years and it helps a lot. Always make my bed and always shine my sink!!

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Loving SparkGoodies

Sunday, August 04, 2013

My de-cluttering efforts have given me one more reason to love SparkPeople. We get all the fun of getting gifts with SparkGoodies, but don't have to house them or dust them or take care of them or anything. Isn't that a blessing!!

  
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AQUAGIRL08 8/7/2013 3:46PM

    I never thought of that but you're right! All the fun and no mess - a win/win for sure!

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GABY1948 8/5/2013 3:39PM

    Never thought of it like that, Marsha! But you are RIGHT!

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JANEWATKINS 8/5/2013 1:59PM

    Virtual gifts! Just for that I shall send you one right now.

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_LINDA 8/5/2013 2:50AM

    Yes, Sparkpeople is certainly environmentally friendly!!
Have a Marvelous Monday!

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SLIMLILA 8/4/2013 9:08PM

    I met a lady today who took a running clinic started in April and onJune 5, she ran her first 5k, 3 days after she turned 50. I told her she was an inspiration....as are you..


Here's to goodies, and no dusting and no clutter!!! emoticon

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MSLZZY 8/4/2013 4:49PM

    You are so right. I would have a closet full LOL!

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FROSTY99 8/4/2013 4:19PM

    I love it-same thing with gift cards to go out to eat-nothing to find a place for or give away (sorry regift) you get my drift.
Spark Goodies are wonderful. We get the message without the clutter!

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MEXGAL1 8/4/2013 2:30PM

    Totally a blessing. I have enough "adornos" Mexican for nick nacs.
So yes, I love sparks goodies.
Have a terrific Sunday.
Sallie

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SEAJESS 8/4/2013 1:27PM

    The only way to be a collector!

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RUNNINGAL425 8/4/2013 11:38AM

    LOL.

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ONEKIDSMOM 8/4/2013 11:14AM

    Absolutely wonderful! Love not having more physical objects to take care of, yet getting the benefit of knowing we're thinking of one another! Woo-hoo! emoticon

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TRAVELGRRL 8/4/2013 10:45AM

    You are just a bundle of positive energy these days! emoticon

I love the Flylady site and am trying to think of a way to suggest it to my daughter. She is a stay-at-home mom who does EVERYTHING except clean her house. (YUCK)

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COCK-ROBIN 8/4/2013 9:47AM

    Wonderful!

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NATPLUMMER 8/4/2013 9:37AM

    It certainly is :-)

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FITCOFFEEMOM357 8/4/2013 9:35AM

    So true!!!!!!!

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Frenzy Continues

Saturday, August 03, 2013

The de-cluttering frenzy continues. After probably the fastest group run I've ever done (5 miles), I came home, refueled, and took off sorting and organizing, getting rid of excess and blessing this house! Some of the things I arranged for the first time are my running awards, 14 of them since my first run in March of 2011. I used a tie rack my hubby had decided not to use. I may get something fancier later, but for now I like the looks of it:



Think I got them right side up this time. (If not, they hang down. Please imagine.)

While I'm downloading pictures, let me post a couple from Natalie's gymnastics performance yesterday:





Wishing you a happy, healthy day with as much order as you like!!

  
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AQUAGIRL08 8/7/2013 3:45PM

    Wow! Natalie is amazing! And........so are you!
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RUNNERRACHEL 8/4/2013 6:29PM

    Congrats on making your running medals/trophies into a nice display! I have mine in a bag in the closet. I like the tie rack emoticon emoticon emoticon idea!

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MSLZZY 8/3/2013 11:26PM

    emoticon emoticon on all counts!

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COCK-ROBIN 8/3/2013 10:48PM

    Wonderful!

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_LINDA 8/3/2013 9:41PM

    Great idea to repurpose that tie rack!! Looks great!!!
Wow! Natalie looks fantastic!!
Awesome run!!


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JOYINKY 8/3/2013 8:03PM

    Natalie is really doing great! Grandma too! emoticon

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SLIMLILA 8/3/2013 7:43PM

    Wow, way to celebrate!

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TEXASFILLY 8/3/2013 7:39PM

    emoticon on all counts! BB~ emoticon

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MEXGAL1 8/3/2013 7:39PM

    I love your little tie rack medal holder....so very cool and what a great way to remind yourself of how successful you have become. Awesome!
That Natalie is a cutie and so neat she is so into the performance.
Have a great evening
Sallie

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IFDEEVARUNS2 8/3/2013 7:28PM

    Wow, she's talented!

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WATERMELLEN 8/3/2013 6:02PM

    A great kind of frenzy . . . . love your medals rack.

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FROSTY99 8/3/2013 5:54PM

    Doesn't it feel wonderful to declutter?? I am working my way thru my house and working in the bathroom now-have medicine to take to a drop for a safe disposal.

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MIRAGE727 8/3/2013 5:44PM

    It's good to display your medals! Positive reinforcement! When you're ready to upgrade your rack...

https://www.medalhan
gers.com/

Allied rocks! You can personalize it!


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TRAVELGRRL 8/3/2013 5:03PM

    Love the medal display; the ones you buy are expensive so great idea, repurposing the tie rack!

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NATPLUMMER 8/3/2013 4:45PM

    Nice!

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GOLFGMA 8/3/2013 4:02PM

    Wonderful array of medals. Who wouldn't want to let those be seen. Love the gymnast pictures, also!

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ONEKIDSMOM 8/3/2013 3:44PM

    Love your award rack... I recognize that palm tree! And of course what could be more fun than active kids? Spark and organize on! emoticon

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MARCIEMCGOWAN 8/3/2013 3:38PM

    cute pictures. thanks for sharing.

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More Housekeeping

Friday, August 02, 2013

I decided that while I like the little I've read of the Flylady philosophy, I'm just not into moderation at the moment. I'm obsessively tackling my house. I'm delighted with the progress -- but there is a lot more to do. Can always fall back on the "I can do anything for 15 minutes" (Flylady quote) if I run out of steam, but I don't think that is happening.

When I first started losing weight my housekeeping improved as I had more energy and just felt better. Then as I got more into it, I preferred to spend my energy on more intense workouts and, honestly, I chose working out over cleaning house time and time again. I cooked a lot, but no cleaning I couldn't put off. So after almost 4 years of a "lick and a promise" it is time to whip this house in shape!

Today I went to the Y and did a good strength training workout and 45 minutes of intense elliptical. I watched Natalie's gymnastics performance and got to see her on the balance beam for the first time. Wow, does she have good balance! However, I'd spent 2 hours de-cluttering before I went. I kept Gwen for 4 hours and then got back to my tasks for another 2 hours before cooking supper.

I plan to just dabble in Flylady this month. For those that don't know, the FLY in flylady stands for Finally Loving Yourself. Isn't that neat? The habit this month is laundry, but I'm good at keeping up with laundry, so I plan to mostly de-clutter and, of course, clean the spots under the clutter! I know she stresses a shiny sink and I haven't read yet why, but it is usually the last thing I do in the kitchen so my kitchen is looking better. When I started cooking more, I didn't always keep up in the kitchen. I like emptying the dishwasher in the morning and loading it all day. Those clean counters make me smile!!!

One e-letter to Flylady stressed not saying bad things about your house and cleaning to yourself or anyone else. At the end of many of the e-mails it says something like you are not behind, just start where you are. I read that Flylady doesn't call it housecleaning, but blessing the house! I realize that I have had a very bad attitude about housework for the last 30 years and I am going to change that. I have really felt deprived. My dad did a lot of housework. My husband does virtually none and he isn't going to. And he is very, very messy and a terrible packrat. I have been full of resentment for years; felt that I have failed the women's movement. When I imagined myself grown up I truly don't know who I thought was going to do the housework, but it sure wasn't me. So I've kind of felt like Cinderella at the beginning of the story.

I have decided that I want an orderly and clean house for me -- even if I have to do it myself. So I plan to make this house the castle it should be for Slenderella!!

  
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WATERMELLEN 8/3/2013 1:15PM

    As usual I'm learning from mentor SLENDERELLA!! And I'm with LINDA -- you do so much for your grandgirls and set them such a good fitness example, are they able to help you a bit with your decluttering process??

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TRAVELGRRL 8/3/2013 12:56PM

    I have a very unusual husband...when he retired 10 years ago we moved to another state and I got a job teaching at a community college. The deal was that he would do all the housework as long as I was working. I expected it to last for 2 weeks, but it actually lasted 8 years until I quit working a year ago! For 8 years I didn't do a load of laundry, iron a blouse, vacuum a floor or clean a toilet!

Now that I'm no longer working we've had to renegotiate and I'm obviously doing a LOT more. The only hard-and-fast rule we have is that I cook, he cleans the kitchen.

Every female I know thinks I'm the most spoiled woman in the universe, and I can't say I disagree! I'm definitely going to check out Flylady, I like her attitude. And I really enjoy having a clean house. emoticon

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TEXASFILLY 8/2/2013 10:13PM

    WOW indeed! Lemme join the chorus of, "I think I need to checkout FlyLady." Way to go on your progress in decluttering your home. YOU ROCK! *hugs* BB~ emoticon

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_LINDA 8/2/2013 10:09PM

    Wow! A whirling dervish!!! That is certainly a stressor having a messy packrat spouse :((
The one place I believe in keeping clean and clutter free is the kitchen because it is important for health and safety to prepare food in a clean environment and also because I have very little counter space and can't afford any clutter there. But step beyond my small kitchen.. Laundry is the worst because of the restricted hours in our room and the people constantly using it on top of my limited free hours to use it. I love the high efficiency machines, but they take over an hour to get through their cycles! Then drying time means I have to have some good free time to get it done.
I wish you luck with this -trying to get this done on top of all you already have to do! Maybe you could give your grandchildren some little chores to help out -they are usually willing to do something up until they turn into teens :P

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SUSANNAH31 8/2/2013 10:04PM

    You sound absolutely inspired!
I have the same attitude about housecleaning.
Maybe I'll check out FLYLADY and see what it's all about.

Meanwhile, happy blessing!

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COCK-ROBIN 8/2/2013 9:55PM

    Wonderful!

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MRSVB8505 8/2/2013 9:26PM

    Sounds like my house.... I think I should check out this FLYLADY thing too...

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MSLZZY 8/2/2013 8:47PM

    I think I may have to check out this FLYLADY idea. This may even work for me.

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ONEKIDSMOM 8/2/2013 7:51PM

    I think I'm going enjoy the virtual journey of watching you go through this. Don't know if I'm ready for it yet... maybe next year?

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