Cleaning Up

There’s all these decluttering challenges floating around the internet with all these complicated steps. My method is pretty extreme by comparison.

Kids come with lots of stuff, and their stuff multiplies exponentially it seems! There’s always a tipping point for me, and boom. One day I announce to the kids, “It’s time to pile it up.” They love it and comply with glee! I pick a room in our small home and they divest their rooms of every single toy, container, and book. The only thing remaining in their rooms is furniture and clothes.

The kids vacuumed while I rearranged furniture, repaired furniture, and got rid of furniture they’ve grown out of (or couldn’t be repaired). It’s hard work! It is also extremely satisfying. The dump room is a pit, but their rooms are super clean and totally decluttered.

They love it! I love it. Less clutter is so much less stressful.

Today’s challenge is the pit. Not much is going back in their rooms. A whole lot is getting earmarked for donation.

By day’s end, I’ll have well over 10k steps and three clean, totally decluttered rooms. That’s going to be awesome!


Weight Loss Plan and Illness

I have a rather nasty head cold. At first, I ate horrible. Who cares, right?

Well, dang! I do!!

A blog commenter mentioned boredom as a reason for eating, and that hit the nail right on the head. (Thank you again!) When I’m sick, I’m less active and way less busy. I get bored! I didn’t even realize it.

Well, I decided that I am not giving myself permission to eat bad because I feel bad. Yesterday, I didn’t track very much. I didn’t eat enough I know, but sick is sick and I’m not going to worry with that so much. I just don’t want to pig out like I was inclined to in the beginning.

I’m not better health wise yet, but I am much better weight management wise. Now to just keep this attitude and perspective going! I can lose this weight, and I will.

Sugars are on Notice

It recently occurred to me that my really bad pain days are usually preceded by higher than normal sugar intake days.

Thank you Easter candy stash.

I did some initial digging, and created a list of foods/ingredients that might increase your body’s inflammatory response.

This is a big deal for those with Rheumatoid Arthritis or Fibromyalgia.
More inflammation = more pain.

On this list, I’m starting with limiting my sugar intake. I’ll take the rest on one at a time to see if reducing those ingredients helps.

On Weight Watchers, all I’m aware of is points. I often don’t track the foods that are considered zero points. So, to increase my awareness of the food science stuff I’m putting into my body, I joined SparkPeople. It’s a terrific and free resource for weight loss and health.

Yes. This means I now track my food twice. Once to know the points, and again (in more detail) to know the particulars.

After 2 bad pain days and 1 really bad pain day, this girl has got to do something.

Plus side: The sweets, breads, and pastas don’t even look appetizing anymore.

Hungry After Dinner

I absolutely hate it when I get hungry a few hours after I eat a meal. Was my meal just a snack?!

What did I eat? Well, I ate a meal I often eat that usually leaves me very satisfied.

So, I’m wondering if a skimpy (snack-like, perhaps) lunch caught up with me after dinner. I wasn’t hungry at lunch! Seems odd, but… If you can have a sleep deficit that catches up to you and crashes you out, then why not a hunger deficit that catches up to you eventually?

Ignoring the hunger is a bad idea. It just grows into an angry beast that will eat the pantry whole.

My plan is to eat a Greek yogurt. I’m over, but at least I’m not WAY over.