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Time To "Shake It Off"!


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Wednesday, August 20, 2014



Do you ever hear a song at the perfect moment and go "that is what I needed today?" Well Taylor Swift's new video for Shake It Off gave me such a laugh that I needed! You can love her or hate her, I actually really don't care, but I do like a few of her songs. But seeing her dance around without a care in the world gave me a laugh that I so desperately needed. It also gave me a renewed attitude. I don't need to worry about what others (the negative ones especially) have to say about me, I don't have to worry about things I can't control, I just need to "shake it off" and take care of me!

So that is what I am doing. I am still struggling to get back on track, but I am putting an action plan in place. The two areas of my life that I want to get in control are my weight loss (food/exercise) and getting my house clean and organized. I won't bore you with all the tedious details of my plan, because I'm sure no one really cares... but the way I've decided to break it down is by minutes. I want to assign a certain amount of minutes to each thing. So XX amount of cleaning and exercise. Then I will have calorie goals and glasses of water goals to keep track of those things.

I also am going to have a master list for my cleaning. When it is time to work my minutes for cleaning, I don't want to have to sit around and ponder what I am going to do. So I am going to make a master list of all the things I have to get done. To make it more "fun and interesting", I might assign a number to each task and then pick the number out of the hat and do the listed chore. Hey, whatever works, right? emoticon

emoticon I am also giving up the scale for the time being. My next weigh in will be September 16th. I have put on almost 10 pounds with all of my "off track-ness" and it is to a point where it's overwhelming me. So stepping away from it right now is important. It will also help me make good decisions because when I get on the scale I will want to see that it has been going in the right direction. After that I want to weigh in every other Tuesday. This is coming from a chronic daily (and sometimes 3 times a day weigher) so this is going to be a big challenge but I'm going to work on it.

I can feel the blahs starting to lift and that song by Taylor Swift (especially the video) just makes me want to sing and dance like a fool, and you can't feel blah while you are acting a fool! emoticon emoticon

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URBANAUDREYE 10/23/2014 12:47AM

    Are you familiar with Flylady.net? I've found it to be really great to get organized and get rid of clutter, both body clutter as well as the phystcal junk lying around the house.

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LORIVIOLA 10/1/2014 8:59AM

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this is exactly what i needed today.

very cute and funny!

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MCJULIEO 9/15/2014 9:50PM

    I'm going to look for the video right now!

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ROSEYJO1 9/7/2014 3:18PM

    I truly enjoyed this post. I have been in a holding pattern for years. Family issues have held me in a place I would rather not be. So I start and stop with every issue that comes up. I am doing better but more like a snails pace.
I find this post real encouraging and will most likely read it often to keep me motivated. Thank you for being honest and sharing

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MRSRIGS1 9/2/2014 4:41PM

    Well done!

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CWELLS67 9/1/2014 9:15AM

    I totally agree! Thanks for sharing!

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BUSMOM27 9/1/2014 7:53AM

    Thanks for sharing! These are goals for me as well. When I have been on track with cleaning my house, Flylady was a huge help. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GRLTAZ 8/31/2014 1:11PM

    I know you will succeed when you are truly ready. Look inside and try to find out what is holding you back if you have not already. LOL... who am I saying this to ? You have been here a long time and know what you are doing. Just don't give up. Oh BTW, I hate cleaning and organizing but it seems so less chore like when I put on really loud upbeat music that I can shake my butt to. Keep going girl ! This is a day by day thing for life.

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THROOPER62 8/26/2014 6:24PM

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PROPMAN1 8/26/2014 2:02PM

  Great idea. Maybe if i can come up with my own 'master' cleaning plan it'll actually get done. Especially like the idea of giving each chore a number and picking it out of a hat. emoticon emoticon

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MUSICINME 8/26/2014 8:46AM

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EMMACORY 8/26/2014 7:52AM

    I like your master cleaning sheet. Am going to give it a try. Blessings on your day! emoticon

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MALAMI518 8/25/2014 9:47PM

    Wow! When I said that I was going to read your blogs to help find some inspiration, I didn't realize how perfectly it was all going to fit for me!

I am going to make myself some very similar goals. I also love the master cleaning sheet and picking numbers to make it more fun. I need to go to bed tonight before I can get it all planned out. BUT I can get a plan in place for morning and then devote more time to it tomorrow. Yes, I am ready to begin NOW.

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

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SPARKINON 8/25/2014 12:36PM

    sounds like a plan! i like this..."sing and dance like a fool, and you can't feel blah while you are acting a fool"! thanks for sharing :o)

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JUNETTA2002 8/24/2014 2:58PM

    Thanks for the words to encourage me.

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SUPERSYLPH 8/24/2014 7:35AM

    Thank you for that and that's such a liberating song!

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JAB2010 8/24/2014 12:12AM

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RENATA144 8/23/2014 11:18PM

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Super cute video. I like the positive message !

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EGMINGA 8/23/2014 11:00PM

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ROXYCARIN 8/23/2014 10:02PM

  Great

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PJB149 8/23/2014 5:36PM

    Just watched this video yesterday. Like it and agree with her sentiments. It is time to. "Shake it off" and get back to doing what I need to do.

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NANCYCLUFF 8/23/2014 12:02PM

    Loved your attitude and ideas. I, too, am a Flylady fan; she might be just what you want!(and the website's FREE).
Thanks for the Post.

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CUDDLYPOLARBEAR 8/23/2014 9:25AM

    inspiring

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NANDJMOMMY 8/23/2014 8:36AM

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PENOWOK 8/23/2014 8:01AM

    Love it! I heard the song, too and had to giggle! How funny because I made a list of rooms to clean last week and put it into a plastic sleeve so I can check them off as I get the rooms cleaned. The other thing I do is reward myself for cleaning/reading.So as I finish cleaning the master bedroom, I can read one chapter. I have 13 rooms to clean (some are bigger than others and that includes 3 baths and a laundry room), so I can get lots of reading done! I am going to try to split the cleaning up over a few days so it's not all one day. I have 1 room where all the junk has gone so that takes more thought to where is all that stuff gonna go. We sort of trick ourselves into getting things done, We can do the same with our food when we log what we have eaten. It's a game we can play to make sure we have enough of a balance in a day. We are all still learning how to play that game! Happy playing!!

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DENRNAJ 8/23/2014 3:00AM

    Thank you for admitting the scale obsession- I was wondering if I was the only one. I need to get over it and cut the cord on the scale.
One goal at a time!
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MAYBER 8/23/2014 12:27AM

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts
Used to do my housework to the song by Nancy Sinatra These Boots Were Made For Walking and Barry Sadlers Green Beret
Kind of dated myself but sure made cleaning house enjoyable
One day at a time Love prayers peace God Bless
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WRITERWANNAB 8/23/2014 12:26AM

    One thing about you is you are always thinking! I recently began putting household chores on my schedule & it does help. That way they don't slip my mind & if I have to rearrange my schedule, the housework must be worked into the new schedule; it can't be left out! I need to re-focus on fitness, though. The thing is not to quit! emoticon

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FOCUSD 8/22/2014 9:14PM

  I actually enjoy the science of housekeeping. It takes a lot of thought and planning...hope yours works because it's a nice feeling to have when you're done.

Can't wait to pull up the song, thanks for your blog.

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MAMA_CD 8/22/2014 8:35PM

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POCKETFULOFSUN 8/22/2014 7:35PM

    This is a great plan! Awesome tude!

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JERICHO1991 8/22/2014 6:16PM

    Agreed.

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CHARITYAK 8/22/2014 4:49PM

    Not a Taylor Swift fan but a fan of your attitude! Great job!

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FRABBIT 8/22/2014 4:15PM

  Great blog. These are my two goals as well. thanks for sharing and inspiring me.

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MSANITAL 8/22/2014 3:22PM

    what a great blog..so glad I read it.. I too have had a lot of "off track-ness" this Summer and kind of struggling.. so I am with you time to shake it off..

Good Luck, you can do it

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AJB121299 8/22/2014 3:15PM

    nice

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LOLAJO54 8/22/2014 2:58PM

    I just put it on facebook because I loved the video ... and it hit me at the right time too

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MAGGIEROSEBOWL 8/22/2014 12:28PM

    I love Taylor Swift's new song/video. I had to watch it, like you I'm not a huge fan, but I do like some of her music. This song seems decidedly UNcountry! It really makes you want to move. I went to a Katy Perry concert Wed. night. That girls really moves! No wonder she stays so skinny--she is in constant motion on stage, including jumping rope in a lit-up neon outfit and high heels. What fun! Oh to be young again!!!

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KATIEM929 8/22/2014 12:07PM

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HYATTI1 8/22/2014 10:59AM

    I love Taylor Swift and I also think her new song is very cool to listen to and the meaning behind it can give us all a push in the right direction. Not to mention we all need a little joy in our lives. Thanks for reminding me.



Joanna

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MOONGLOWSNANA 8/22/2014 10:26AM

  I too need to get organized and get busy losing the weight that keeps finding its way to my body. I don't think my knees will handle dancing, but I aim to keep moving somehow to do what needs to be done. Thanks for the encouragement to do something!

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EBIELOU 8/22/2014 9:39AM

    Awesome! You've got this! Can't wait to read about you "shaking it off!"

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CAROLCRC 8/22/2014 8:14AM

    I too endorse Flylady! Check it out - baby steps to build routines, small changes at first and simple quick ways to stay on top of the cleaning/housekeeping...

I'm not following it all the way - but every little bit is an improvement.

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BABYBARNEY 8/22/2014 7:47AM

    Right on...music is freedom to move & shake it up!!!

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ILOVEROSES 8/22/2014 7:44AM

    Love your blog! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TORTISE110 8/22/2014 7:02AM

    Will go directly to iTunes and give this song a shot. Thank you!

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RADOOGA 8/22/2014 6:59AM

    Great blog, and something we can all identify with! I would second everyone who has mentioned FlyLady, brilliant site, and very inspirational.

Good luck, I'm sure you'll achieve all you want to if you break it down into do-able steps x

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