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.
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