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February Challenge -- Day 1... Seasonal Clothes (top shelves)

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

With a bottle of water and 3 mini York Peppermint Patties, I started tackling my bedroom closet and amazingly enough, I didn't get buried in the closet (no search party needed -- lol.).

Starting w/ the clothes tossed on the shelf (see picture), I tried all the seasonal clothes on while purging in the process. Because I went through the clothes before putting them away at the end of the season, most everything still fit, so it was neatly folded and put in boxes or stacked on a shelf (see pictures).

Clothes that no longer fit are in a pile I started for Good Will.

I know this doesn't seem like much, but for me it's a step in the right direction to becoming more organized.

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JIBBIE49 2/4/2009 2:05AM

    Give those clothes AWAY. emoticon

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One month down: My 2009 journey thus far...

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

January is long gone. So, how am I doing w/ my New Year's Resolutions?
- I've increased the duration of time I exercise. In fact, I'm now able to do squats
and lunges again (which I haven't been able to do since injuring my knee in 2000).
- I've stayed w/in my calorie range most days (there were about 2-3 days I
- I've taken more time out of my busy schedule for myself and have gotten back
into writing (yet again)... Currently, I'm working on my 2nd unpublished story.
- I also found a team for people (like me) who are striving to become more

So, in the long run I'd say I did really good sticking to my resolutions. Although, there's always room for improvement.

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JIBBIE49 2/3/2009 9:46PM

    You did well. emoticon

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February Challenge...

Monday, February 02, 2009

I am a member of a SP team called "Organized Life" and as part of the challenge for this month, we were asked to select a room or area needing to be cleaned and post before/after pictures on our SP page.

I chose one of the worst spots in my apartment... My bedroom closet ( emoticon I'm so embarassed seeing the pictures I took, but it needs to be cleaned out... So, wish me luck as I tackle my so-called closet).

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JIBBIE49 2/3/2009 12:29AM

    You should do it with a friend like me, who has no interest in your items, and then you can get an impartial decision on "should I keep this or give it away, etc.". emoticon

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Saving money on groceries...

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

My biggest secrets:
1.) Never shop on an empty stomach.
2.) Go to the store w/ a list (and stick w/ it) -- If it's not on the list, chances are
I don't really need the item.
3.) Plan meals in advance and only purchase those items.
4.) Batch cook whenever possible.
5.) Buy produce when it's in season (and at Farmer's markets if possible).
6.) Avoid tables w/ food samples at the grocery store (it's a temptation to buy
food not on the list).
7.) Shop w/ coupons and/or store discount card whenever possible.
8.) Buy generic brands whenever possible.

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JIBBIE49 1/30/2009 4:42AM

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The hardest healthy goal for me to meet...

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Most recently it's been the diet (nutrition) part... And sadly, I know the reason why.
Once again, my dad's health has taken a turn for the worse. His throat cancer is back and doctor's think it's spread to his lungs -- They're still running tests.

This is what led to the beginning of my emotional eating years ago... Except back then, it was my dad's skin cancer. Last summer, when my dad was first diagnosed with tongue/throat cancer, my nutrition once again became a problem... I was either eating too much or too little. When I stayed within my calorie range, the food wasn't always as nutritious as it should have been.

So, once again I'm an emotional basketcase as I wait to hear what the doctor's have to say and if my dad decides to be treated or not -- He's not sure what he wants to do yet.

I'm trying my hardest to watch what I eat and the portion sizes. Since snacking seems to be my biggest problem so far, I cleaned out the cabinets and refrigerator tossing the "unhealthy" snack foods replacing them with fruits, low-fat cheese, hummus, etc. I even switched to eating smaller meals throughout the day (except at dinner which is still a regular size meal).

I'm also tracking everything I eat to see how many calories I consume... And already I see a pattern developing. The more stressed out I'm becoming, the fewer calories I'm consuming. No matter how hard I try, I just cannot reach anywhere within my calorie range some days because I'm just not hungry.

This is just another challenge in my weight loss journey. And I'm going to fight this head on because I'm not a quitter. I know I can do this, although it may take a little longer than I had anticipated.

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JIBBIE49 1/14/2009 10:46PM

    I'm sorry about your father. YOU need to love him, by taking care of YOURSELF, because you know that that is what he wants.

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