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Housework Day

Saturday, March 09, 2013

I have never wrote a blog before so I decided to give it a try. Today I declared a housework day. I love these days, but the rest of family hates them. Seeing everything sparkling clean and dust free makes me happy. I don't like housework either, but the reward is worth it to me. My boys could care less if there is dust on the shelves or a cobweb in the corner. They never notice the little grease splatters in the kitchen. They could care less about clutter. Their rooms prove this. That is why they do not understand how cleaning makes me feel good. The don't get the reward. I guess the same can be true about my past attempts at losing weight. I had trouble seeing the reward. I was overwhelmed by how long it was going to take and how much I had to do. Breck, my 12 year old, felt the same way when I told him he was dusting in all the rooms today. The job seemed to big and to time consuming. I have tried many times to lose weight, but I gave up because I was overwhelmed with how far I had to go. This time is different. I still have a long way to go, but I am focusing more on what I have accomplished instead of how much more I need to do. I am exercising more this time then I ever did. I am shocked at how much I actually am enjoying working out! I feel so good and accomplished after a workout. It is the same gratification of seeing my clean house. Housework is a never ending task. It must be maintained or it will get out of hand and take much longer to fix. The same is true with having a healthy weight. I know now that I can not just fad diet or exercise some and then quit. It is a lifestyle change. I know I will succeed this time because of the good feelings of accomplishment. I see that reward and I want it. Just like with my housework, I don't mind the work because the reward is well worth it.
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    emoticon That is a really great way to look at this journey - it is little steps that add up. It is great that you are teaching your son to clean/dust (he may not see the point now...but the long term ramifications will stick with him). Just look at it as this - you are training him for his future partner (they will really appreciate you for this) and you are teaching him more than just dusting. You are teaching responsibility and how to break down the overwhelming tasks into small manageable ones. Anyway, thanks for your blog. I enjoyed it - almost as much as a clean house emoticon
    Missourians Team
    1660 days ago
    It's a great first blog... It's great that your are choosing to focus on things that will help you keep the motivation.

    1660 days ago
    March has been house cleaning month for it and getting a lot accomplished
    1660 days ago
  • JACKIE542
    I love your blog, I agree! emoticon emoticon
    1660 days ago
  • MYRTLE811
    What a wonderful analogy; you have to keep up with the weight monitoring. You're so right; it's pretty much like housework; let it go for a while and you really have a lot of catch up to do. Monitor it frequently and it's a lot easier to handle. You sound like you're ready to do this; you are thinking about how to handle this long term project. It's just that; it doesn't end, just needs careful thought and preparation. There are slip ups that's true, I made a few this week, but I'm on it again. I bring my conscious to the table most every time I put food in my mouth now. You will too; don't give up just keep going.
    Good Luck.
    1660 days ago
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