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Cleaning Up!

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Weekend before last, my daughter took the dogs to the groomer. It’s very rare that I have time around the house when they aren’t underfoot, so I took advantage of that time by doing some serious, and much needed, cleaning. My hubby was home on a Saturday, which was rare, so I enlisted him in moving the stove, refrigerator and the dog crates so I could clean behind them. I also moved a curio that was in the entryway so I could clean behind it. My house still feels and smells clean!

This past weekend, I started on my pantry and storage area. I’ve been transitioning from plastic storage containers to class so I threw out a lot of things. Now, I’m moving on to the office.

In saying all of the above, I realized how much clutter I have in my life. Not just “stuff” but also in life itself. I look at my email accounts (all 3 of them) and see how much junk mail I receive. Not just emails that are spam, but emails from subscriptions I have and now no longer have interest in. I have to go in and unsubscribe to many of these companies.

When I look at relationships (family and friends), I see that I need to clean out some of those relationships that are toxic to me. I have some family members that cause me only stress and unhappiness. I also have some acquaintances (not many people earn the title of “friend” because I don’t take that word lightly) that are toxic and I now see, are just not worth nurturing. They are very one-sided and they don’t bring me much happiness.

When I look at social media and the internet, I see how meaningless some of the items posted on my Facebook thread are. I do like Facebook as it affords me the opportunity to keep up with family members in other states (the ones that don’t cause me stress ) and old classmates. However, I’ve “Liked” some pages that I thought posted things of interest only to find out that it’s mostly spam now. Also, I see some of the posts made by “Friends” that show me sides of people that I’m really not interested in seeing. I’ve either hidden or ignored these posts, but I’m now realizing that I need to Unfriend some of these people. I only have 291 friends, so I haven’t bombarded myself with numbers of people. I’m not on Instagram that much, so it is not an issue. I still haven’t figured out Twitter, so maybe that’s a good thing.

When I look at my health and weight loss, I’m very proud that I’ve stayed the course since December 2017. I’m still motivated even though I was on a plateau all summer. I think it’s finally broken and the weight is beginning to go down again. I’ve started many things on my journey this time to lose the weight once and for all. I’ve maintained my membership with Weight Watchers and will continue until I reach goal. However, I look at the challenges I’ve joined and wonder if I really gave it my all. I do exercise and track my food, but am I trying to do too much?

The one goal I have for September is to go back to the basics. I’m going to work the Weight Watchers program 100%. Refresh myself with the program. I’ve tracked every day for 8 months, so that won’t be hard. I’m going to go back and review my “Why”, look at the recipes to find something new to cook, get creative with my meals and stay within points, and look at the activity. I exercise, but am I doing what I need to do to continue my weight loss? All those things I’m going to review.

We have a Wellness Program at work which will reward us a $15 bi-weekly wellness credit included in our paycheck if we achieve 1,000 points. I’ve already achieved my 1,000 points, but perhaps I will continue following the program. I will participate in the 300,000 monthly step challenge, check-in at the gym at least 10 times each month, log all my strength training. I’ll set myself a goal of a set number of points to earn by December 31st to re-energize myself. This program was very instrumental in helping me to lose 37 lbs, so why should I wait until January 2019 to start over again? I’ll just continue!

I need some structure. I feel like I’m all over the place. What else do I need to clean up or eliminate from my weight loss journey? What is best for me?

I’m cleaning up and cleaning out clutter in all phases of my life!
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    Way to go! I need to be a little more structured with my program too. It is so easy to slip up! Last year I did a six month house project. I reorganized every crook and cranny in our house. I donated so much unused "stuff" that our accountant asked us if all of the stuff was ours. We were embarrassed to admit that yes it was. It was fourteen years of clutter. The process is very liberating! Congratulations on losing 37 pounds too!
    779 days ago
    Awesome plan to declutter your life. I remember hearing about this book:

    I never did read it but everytime I look at all my stuff I think that he was on to something.
    Bravo on getting things done!!
    787 days ago
    I could have written this post! I'm in the process of "cleaning" up my life, too. Both my physical life as well as my emotional/psychological life.

    Thanks for putting it into words better than I could have.
    787 days ago
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    Great insights. Thanks for sharing!
    787 days ago
  • CINDY247
    WTG! I can relate to much of this... Thanks for sharing & Keep on sparking!
    787 days ago
    Wow, you have been pretty busy decluttering. I think it's a good exercise to go through every so often, kind of like spring cleaning. Now you got me thinking about my home-office. Why do I keep these magazines from 2015 when I'm never going to read them again?! And then there's the digital junk.

    Anyway, Congrats on your successes so far. It appears to me that you have a planned and a great attitude to reach your goals. More power to you!

    787 days ago
    Keep on pushing; you're on the right track. I need to declutter my life as well. The best of luck to you.
    787 days ago
    Great way to get in exercise & have a clean house
    787 days ago
    AWRIGHT! Beneficial activities, both physically and psychologically.

    Keep on Keeping on!

    Make today the greatest day of your life!
    Until tomorrow!

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    Never cut a tree down in the wintertime. Never make a negative decision in the low time. Never make your most important decisions when you are in your worst moods. Wait. Be patient. The storm will pass. The spring will come.
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