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PHEW!!

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Over the past months, with my elder son’s help – I have cleared our loft and my ‘office’ at home – sent more junk and papers than I thought were possible for recycling – cleared a zillion items of clothing out of the bedroom (OH is a terrible hoarder of sweaters and shoes) either to charities or to the textile bin at our local tip. Tedious but great for calorie burning.
Thank goodness we did it all because a month or so ago it became obvious that the plaster had perished on one of the bedroom ceilings in our top-floor flat in a 150-year old building. SO – we got the builders in and it transpired that the entire ceiling had to come down – including the lathes – so that the room was exposed right up to the apex of the roof. The amount of 150 year-old dust and black soot that came down from the loft was horrendous on top of the crumbled plaster and dust. I love renovating houses and have done a lot of it, but have never been involved in anything approaching such dirt and chaos. It has been very hard work – clearing stuff out of the (very large) bedroom and finding other places to keep it – all of which would have been far, far worse if it hadn’t been for the previous decluttering.

Then there was the cleaning up after the works were finished – AND keeping it clean (the dust was re-settling for over a week or more, albeit in smaller quantities). I must have been washing my hands fifty times a day at one point. Re-decorating followed plus what I call ‘prettying-up’. But it’s all done now which is a huge relief and has finally brought a sense of achievement with it. emoticon emoticon
So I am happy to have the time now to get back on to Spark after weeks of absence - little contact with Sparkfriends, no tracking of food and exercise and consequently very little focus. Focus on weight loss has always been one of my greatest problems. When I’m totally devoted to it things generally go well but then I either become bored or life-stuff diverts me and I slither. Not very realistic and I am aware of that.
However – it seems that the Spark habits have held fast this time so today, when I got on the scale for the first time in about six weeks, I found that four more pounds are gone. I know some of this is constant physical work day after day but to me it is also a PHEW! A moment of relief that I have not piled on pounds from paying too little attention to my food consumption. It’s also a moment of victory showing me that maybe – just maybe – all the years of discipline establishing new habits here on Spark have finally borne fruit and I really have got a handle on how to live a healthier life.
My fingers and toes are crossed emoticon
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MARTY728 5/7/2013 10:44AM

    Great going! emoticon

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TRENTDREAMER 5/1/2013 1:57PM

    "Re-decorating followed plus what I call ‘prettying-up’. But it’s all done now which is a huge relief and has finally brought a sense of achievement with it."
* Congratulations!

"So I am happy to have the time now to get back on to Spark after weeks of absence - little contact with Sparkfriends, no tracking of food and exercise and consequently very little focus. "
* Welcome back!

"However – it seems that the Spark habits have held fast this time so today, when I got on the scale for the first time in about six weeks, I found that four more pounds are gone. "
* w00t!!11

" I know some of this is constant physical work day after day but to me it is also a PHEW!"
* Totally know the feeling.

"It’s also a moment of victory showing me that maybe – just maybe – all the years of discipline establishing new habits here on Spark have finally borne fruit and I really have got a handle on how to live a healthier life. "
* I hope so. Know that with the decrease in activity, some of it may come back if you don't replace the activity.


Again, welcome back!

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CATLADY52 4/30/2013 6:58PM

    A big cheer for you! emoticon
Now the question is can you keep it up? emoticon I say you can. It is simple. emoticon

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RAINBOWFALLS 4/30/2013 9:51AM

    Phew is right! That is a lot of work, and congrats on losing while away from Spark!

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PINKANGEL73 4/30/2013 8:46AM

    Absolutely brilliant! So pleased for you emoticon

All that hard work still counts as keeping up with your exercise and some of those healthy eating habits are obviously becoming second nature too. Win-win all round.

Well done on the clearing out too - an ongoing problem of mine because a) I'm not very housewifey emoticon b) I hate waste of anything still useable or fixable and c) I'm too sentimental about things which I know is silly because your memories are always with you. I'm trying to do it a little bit at a time. Perhaps I should go for a big push! It might help me lose some weight too emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 4/30/2013 5:11AM

    Hey! You're back and posting emoticon emoticon
Congrats on losing 4! emoticon Yep all that hard grafting would certainly have helped.
Life has a habit of getting in the way on focusing on ourselves; family issues, house maintenance issues, health issues, but if we care enough we return to taking care of US and at least eating properly and that is so true of you.
Welcome back, we must catch up properly soon- although there isn't much more to tell as I've seen you've been visiting my blogs- my ever faithful friend.
Suffice to say DH is trying my patience daily (God help us when we move..I'll have to take charge! emoticon LIB LIB)

Have a good one emoticon emoticon

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