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Mapping out my week

Sunday, January 24, 2010

I spent yesterday giving my house a deep clean. I live on a farm. I have dogs. I heat with wood. My house gets really really dirty if I don't stay on top of it. I've been trying to figure out ways of doing little chores throughout the week so my Saturday doesn't have to be such a marathon of housecleaning - but now and then, despite my every effort, I just have to buckle down ... and even kneel down ... with bucket, mop, vacuum and dustcloth.

It's always worth the effort, though. I love this house - it's like a magic flying carpet where I can feel safe and explore things that interest me through books, crafts, and music. Even if I don't feel like getting started with the housework, I always enjoy doing it, carefully handling the things that I love, that bring back memories of times and places and people I also love.

Housework is like exercise - sometimes hard to get going, but always good for you and the payback is always worth more than the effort expended.

Best of all - now it's done I can sit down and plan out this week. I'm asking myself "Where do I want to be this time next Sunday?"

Well - I will get back on the scale next Sunday and I hope to see it has moved downwards.

I'll take out the tape measure and I hope it doesn't have to stretch so far around

I would like to have made my 1,000 fitness minutes by then - I'll need to get in 25 minutes a day to do that - but that's not at all unreasonable - even if I am being careful with the intensity as per doctor's orders.

Most of all, this week I want to get my potassium up without increasing calories. In fact, I want to stay within the calorie range all week AND get the potassium up. That's been my one failure ever since I started SP. I think the answer is going to be more and different vegetables - especially collard greens (which I only like - as opposed to spinach which I emoticon emoticon love!

Well. Hmm. I am the queen of setting the bar high - unable to resist the idea of striving beyond my reach. But I think this is high enough for one week. In fact - It sounds like a splendid week with lots of challenges but none of them truly more than I can do. Just gotta keep the focus.

May the map of your week take you to wonderful destinations.
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MSLZZY 1/24/2010 12:23PM

    I love my wood stove! At least it is in the basement so I don't have to look the untidiness daily. But, from time to time, it needs attention too. We have a cat inside but her food, water and necessities are in the basement as well. And since we have an acreage at the edge of town, the "farm" sneaks in. So cleaning is a must. I try to do a little every day but Saturdays are still devoted to major cleaning.
Take heart. You are not alone in this. Stay focused and I hope you have a great week! Onward and DOWNward!

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JLITT62 1/24/2010 11:37AM

    "May the map of your week take you to wonderful destinations."

What a beautiful sentiment!

You know, I've been doing lots of planning, and I don't think I ever really stopped to think about where I want to be at the end of the week. The end of the month, sure, three months sure, even the end of the day. I like it!

Wish I could say I could embrace housecleaning. I try so hard, but I still really, really dislike it. If I were rich, I'd have a housekeeper. I'd probably still do a lot of the cooking, but not the cleaning.

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DAYHIKER 1/24/2010 9:37AM

    I can so relate to your housecleaning woes with dogs, wood stove, and we have a couple of old lady cats and 3 birds!! It is soooo never ending and sometimes wears me down and out! Still, I love my cozy house and even the wood stove. We took it out for a few years when we changed the carpeting but missed it so much that we put it back in!

You are doing great and you have set some good goals! I'm learning to not set the bar too high, too! Challenging isn't it? emoticon

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