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The kitchen gets demo'd today


Monday, July 08, 2013

I thought and researched my options and choices in excruciating detail, decided that a total renovation was the only way to go. Enough with the piecemeal changes! Three months ago I signed the contract. I have selected each component (thank God for the internet!)

Learning to eat properly, planning and tracking, has benefits far outside the diet realm. I made my lists, adjusted them regularly, checked each item off as it got done. I was able to see which pieces of the job are mine, which ones belong to the contractor, and do my part. I'm finished and it is time for them to start today.

The hard part will be staying On Plan without a kitchen, but I'll figure it out. I have the tools and the commitment. No junk food, no take-out, no eating out. The variables will be, as always, time and creativity. I'll have to do a bunch of Spark recipes. I got the Sparkpeople Cookbook when it came out and put it in the basement because it uses too many prepared ingredients for my taste. I'll make my own polenta, thanks very much. I'll soak my own beans. But for this month, I'll need to make allowances and Spark's recipes will be my fallback.

The real challenge for me will be to weigh the same when the kitchen is back in operation as it is today, on Day One.
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CARRAND 7/9/2013 7:19PM

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MEDDYPEDDY 7/9/2013 12:33AM

    I love the way you connect your knowledge of how to handle food with the knowledge of handeling a renovation - great!

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REGILIEH 7/8/2013 8:02PM

    You WILL do it!

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EVER-HOPEFUL 7/8/2013 6:56PM

    emoticon emoticon and just think of all the joy you will have cooking in your new revamped kitchen.

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FISHINGLADY66 7/8/2013 5:14PM

    I know you will survive and do well. You'll be so happy when it is finished. I Just read the chat thread on ideas for you from team members. LOL Just take it One Day at a Time. ((Hugs))

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CELIAMINER 7/8/2013 10:21AM

    I hope you took pictures of the old kitchen so you can post before and after pictures when the renovation is complete.

Reading your blog and the comments makes me think we will never go through a renovation. It would be less stressful to move.
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SUZYMOBILE 7/8/2013 10:19AM

    This is so exciting--having a new kitchen should help you stay on plan even better. How long will it take?

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GABY1948 7/8/2013 10:18AM

    Nell, if ANYONE can do this YOU can. I would bet on that! And you will weigh either the exact same as you do today or less.

I don't envy you the contractor or the renovation. We have had the messes many times and now plan to move to AZ within the next 2 years...but when we do, I am NOT getting a house that needs any changes.

Keep your eye on the prize...the kitchen you have planned so carefully!

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WATERMELLEN 7/8/2013 8:36AM

    My kitchen needs a total gut also . . . and like you and for many of the same reasons I've been procrastinating on that. I'm betting you will come through this with flying colours, applying the discipline you have for weight loss maintenance to this period of your life too.

(Canned chickpeas etc, thoroughly rinsed of course, are a life-saver for me!!)

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TRAVELGRRL 7/8/2013 7:33AM

    It sounds like you have an excellent plan, and how wonderful for you to make the connection between the organization required for weight loss and that required for a smooth remodel. I hope everything goes smoothly but I have NO DOUBT that you will be triumphant! I hope you will post pictures of the finished kitchen -- I'm jealous. We built our house about 8 years ago, but "ran out of money" right about the time we got to pick out the "fun stuff."

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1935MARY 7/8/2013 7:20AM

    We been doing renovation, for 2 years. After his aunt passed away,we moved into her house, that she left for him.It is about 60 yrs old. We have 3 more rooms, that I hope we don't start until next year. I love what we done, but it has been very stressful,since he and family has been the ones who done it. With his working long hours, it has took awhile. Anyway good luck with it and may it go fast and smooth for you. know you will enjoy it when it is done. Have a good one.

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SLEEPERELLA 7/8/2013 7:15AM

    Wow I remember our kitchen remodel. I lost about 12 lbs! We put the fridge outside on the porch. It was amazing how lazy I was. It was too far to go outside and get food out of the fridge, so I just did not eat. I had no stove, no fridge. The coffee pot was in the bathroom, near a water source! The microwave was in the bedroom at the foot of my bed. We lived of microwave steamer meals! Have fun and good luck on the remodel!

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