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!!
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
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!
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!!
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!!
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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