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I Did It!! 42 Days!


Sunday, August 18, 2013

It's been 42 days since the kitchen remodel started and I had to make do with a temporary kitchen in my laundry room.

AND I DID NOT EAT OUT OR ORDER TAKE OUT EVEN ONCE!!

AND I ENDED UP AT THE SAME WEIGHT AS WHEN IT STARTED!!

It took a lot of planning, but I am used to that. I wasn't used to the limitations of no oven and only one cooking unit per meal, but I managed.

I obsessively read about kitchen renovations on the internet, and all of them warned of blowing the renovation budget by eating out, and how people always gain a few pounds. I ended up the 6 weeks (2 more than I had anticipated) at the same weight as the beginning. Was it willpower? I think it was more about pride, the need to accomplish SOMETHING while workmen were doing the heavy work. It was my own little challenge: No eating out for the duration, whatever that may be.

Everything has a beginning, a middle and an end. The beginning was exciting: the planning, the design decisions, the dream, the anticipation of something shiny and new. But you never understand the endurance required for the middle, especially when you don't know how long it will last.

Tonight I cook in my new kitchen. The hard part is almost over. I still need to clean (renovations create dust in places you never imagine), and I am still awaiting the three cabinets that didn't arrive with the main order. The days seemed to drag, but in reality they went by at the same speed as any other 42 days. There was one week when no one showed up, the week after they realized the cabinet order was incorrect.

And I did it!! All 42 days!! And I did not gain weight or spend one penny I hadn't planned. Fra La!!
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KAYYVAUGHN 8/22/2013 5:34PM

    You deserve a trophy. I envy your determination, but I am proud of you.
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STFRENCH 8/21/2013 2:23PM

    Hurrah for the new kitchen!! emoticon

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FISHINGLADY66 8/19/2013 9:39PM

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JAZZYGF 8/19/2013 11:22AM

    hello glad you made it and at goal
It is my dream also
I am at tops group we meet every thurs weigh in its cheap and we learn from each other.

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MEDDYPEDDY 8/19/2013 6:31AM

    emoticon - I realise you could have used some of the ideas I got from the Raw Life festival - no cooking at all, only chooping, mixing and marinating...but then You seem to have managed very well on your own!

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DARLENEK04 8/18/2013 7:34PM

  Wow............you are W O M A N....Hear you roar....



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CATLADY52 8/18/2013 4:29PM

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AJDOVER1 8/18/2013 4:05PM

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I hope your first meal cooked in the new kitchen is a memorable one!

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TRAVELGRRL 8/18/2013 3:55PM

    You made yourself a promise and YOU KEPT IT! That is just awesome. I don't think most people would be able to do it. In fact, most people can barely think about a WEEK without going out to eat. So congrats, congrats! You are a FORCE to be reckoned with!

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WEEPINGANGEL74 8/18/2013 11:33AM

    Well done!!

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ZEEDRA 8/18/2013 10:18AM

    Congratulations!

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DEMETERSCO 8/18/2013 10:03AM

    Congratulations ! You are an inspiration.

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CELIAMINER 8/18/2013 9:45AM

    Yay for the (almost) finished kitchen AND for your success!

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VINGRAM 8/18/2013 9:28AM

    Ours took 3 months! Enjoy your new kitchen and congrats on keeping on track!! emoticon

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BRAVELUTE 8/18/2013 9:06AM

    Contractors really should hire a professional cleaner to clean the grit out of all those places where it seeps, or come equipped with an industrial strength vacuum that is constantly connected to your house while they work, kind of like the vacuum that they use in woodworking shops. Woodworkers don't like dust. It ruins the finish on their end piece.

Well, our health is what's important here. You did great maintaining. Good luck with the air quality!!

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GABY1948 8/18/2013 8:46AM

    emoticon I understand your whole blog! And I am so ecstatic for you, but again, I never doubted it because it was you that did it. One doesn't reach as many years of maintenance as you have without stamina, fortitude and knowledge! Same goes for the reno...and I DO even understand the dirt part that is created by a reno.

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SANDICANE 8/18/2013 8:24AM

    You did a wonderful job! That's the way to long-term success...DETERMINATION! And, you certainly have it!

Cheers to many years of healthy cooking in your NEW KITCHEN!!!

Sandi

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KENTUCKYWOMAN 8/18/2013 7:52AM

    I never doubted you Nell, I knew you would and could do it. emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 8/18/2013 7:52AM

    That's a HUGE accomplishment -- and every time you look at your new kitchen, you'll congratulate yourself that you achieved it without the cost of weight gain . . .

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KELLIEBEAN 8/18/2013 7:38AM

    How powerful are you?!!! Love it! I am very impressed.

I hope the rest of the cabinets arrive soon.

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