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Thursday, July 18, 2013

Today was my third day of working on cleaning at my parents' house. So far I have filled 5 contractor's bags with garbage, the burn barrel once and the recycling bin 6 times... and I have only cleared about a fifth of the space. Ugh! I can see that I have made progress, but there is so much left to do, and my mom thinks she might come home tomorrow. This is a problem, because she doesn't like me touching her stuff, even though she hasn't been up there once in the last 4 years. So, I will go their house tomorrow morning, and put in a couple more hours, and then we will have to see what happens.

On a happy note, my brother wants to do a series of early morning kayak launches next week. We are slowly working our way up the Lake Erie shore line from Ripley to Buffalo. That is a lot of miles of paddling! Tonight we are going to visit mom at the hospital then going paddling at Presque Isle.

Oh, and I weighed myself on the clinic scale today, and it said that this 39 year old woman has the body of a 22 year old, and it claims that my body fat % is down around 20% now. All that running is paying off. I checked my total fitness minutes today, and I am at 134,539 minutes over about 780 days since I started tracking. That is an average of over 170 minutes a day. Nearly three hours a day! (Though of course some days I do a LOT more, and some days I only do around 120 minutes.) When I started tracking I was doing good to get in 10 or 20 minutes a day.

Made lunch for dad again today, since I was here and we were both hungry. I don't know what dinner will be since we will be out and about for that meal. Probably a sub from a gas station or something like that. Life is a little crazed right now, but things will start to even out again soon... I hope.
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    WHAT A FANTASTIC DAUGHTER YOU ARE! Kuddos on the clean up, wow! You're also an amazing athlete. Take from a girl who can't walk 15 mins. consecutively yet. You're the bomb!!!!!
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    1703 days ago
    Wow, you did a lot of work. Congratulations on the 20% body fat. emoticon
    1704 days ago
    Wow. You have cleared out a lot of stuff and so much more to go. Are your brothers able to help you get the message to your mother that this has to happen?
    1704 days ago
    OH Chandra !! I CAN Relate,,, I have a Friend who's a HOARDER TO THE MAX !! Things up to my HIPS OFTEN !! She'd NOT allow me into her place,,, for MANY YEARS cos I once cleaned it,, charged her 100 for it and ended up with a badly infected FOOT !!! That was the START of my feet probs, but of course NOT the whole reason,, found out that night I was a diabetic at the hosp which was treating the infection,, which did NOT go away easily. SIGH !!

    Now she will let me in, but HATES IT WICKLY if I even say something or move things to sit down,, or move around. WILL OFFER SOME Of her garbage to me,, which of course I DO NOT WANT/NEED cos I am NOT her. We had in the past been mixed up for who is who,,,,, cos were both "big" and hang around a lot. People said "we looked alike". So that's when I started to lose the weight !! She's now around 325, and me,, 218,, now they CAN TELL the diff,, though many think she's either my D or Sister. She's a LOVELY person, but as you are dealing with a hoarder,, you know how HARD this is,, since she's NOT dealing with the emotions of what cos it,,,,, I FINALLY "forced" her into therapy for this but its not better,,,i can't control whats said or how she feels about life. As far as I know,,, she goes in and talks about others,,and NOT herself. I have had a T who did that,, it was of NO HELP to me !! BLATT !! Of course I got RID of her,,,,

    hon, I DO feel for ya in this being ur Mom,, which of course is diff than a friend. I will NOT walk away from my friend,,, cos she only has a few friends,,, people tend to "judge" her by her size and the hoarding without ,, WITHOUT realizing she's a dear sweetie, with emotional probs. Is this a helpful way of look at ur Mom? To see the high qualities she has. My own Mom wasn't a hoarder, but hard for me "to deal with" til I started to look at her as a FRIEND and NOT as a MOM. I was HARD on her,,til I did that,,, and then we became very close,, which I am now GRATEFUL for she died 8 yrs later,, at the age of 55. What I'd DO to have her BACK again.

    CONGRATTERs of being OFF the couch and OUTSIDE so much. In my heart I am ALSO, but of course, my FOOLISH body wants to punish me for life and NOT allow me to have the JOYS I used to have. I'd LOVE to "paddle surf" SO MUCH !! or Wind saling,,, they both look DELIGHTFUL to me,,and I DO live "Right on the harbor" so I could EAISLY DO SO if my bod would allow for this. SIGH !! it's soo hard at times to accept "my lot in life" with all the pain and suffering I go thru, so I took an art class,,, turns out I am a GOOD artist,,, so instead of thinking of all "I can NOT DO" I look at "ALL I CAN DO STILL" and smile. Hence "Dianedoes SMILE" cos I tend to look for the BEST even in the worse.

    THANKS FOR BEING YOU and KEEPING US UP on the FUN side of life,, as I stop this comment and remember paddling the canoe,,, just makes me SMILE and have that PEACE tat only on the water one gets,,,and te special smells of it. The sounds,, oh WOW ! LOVED IT !
    1706 days ago
    You amaze me
    1706 days ago
    You are amazing in all respects.
    1706 days ago
    I had the same "job" at my in-law's home.
    1706 days ago
    amazing progress on the house- hopefully they will keep mom 1 more day and let you get just a little more done without her knowing- it is pretty hard to hide that many trips "out with old"- maybe having her set up with a table, all those photos and scrapbooking supplies will keep her occupied as you continue. might even be a meaningful way of her sharing history with your older nieces if they could work on that project with her
    1706 days ago
    Keep it up! You're worth it!
    1706 days ago
  • MAGGIE101857
    Oh Chandra, I can identify with what you are going through. We are still going through DH's mother's stuff; she was a classy hoarder. We have donated tons, filled a dropped off dumpster to the top, moved things into storage, decorated her assisted living apartment by us, and still have a houseful in MI to go thru before we put it on the market. I could quit my job and work full-time just on her stuff. Can I say 500 pairs of pants....before I gave up counting????

    Have fun kayaking! Impressive stats, by the way! You have come so far; my scale is not saying nice things right now!
    1706 days ago
    Impressive numbers! You say "only" 120 minutes! You've come a long way on your fitness journey as well as your cleaning journey! If you don't mind me asking, is Mom a hoarder? Keep moving forward! Fifth by fifth you will reach your goal with the house!
    1706 days ago
    Congratulations on your great report from the clinic! You should be really proud of yourself.

    II feel your pain about cleaning out your Mom's room -- hoarders HATE when people touch their stuff, but hopefully she'll be OK with it when she gets home tomorrow.

    Have a good paddle!
    1706 days ago
    emoticon That's incredible. That's a lot of energy!
    1706 days ago
    Good for you!
    1706 days ago
    early morning kayak - that sounds WONDERFUL! hopefully those days will help erase the stress of trying to clean out the house.
    Congratulations on your incredible fitness minutes! And the results to boot! Well done!
    1706 days ago
    Glad you are taking care of "you"!! Hugz, Moni
    1706 days ago
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