For those of you who came in late:
1. I put on weight and the gym habit suffered
2. I re-dedicated myself to the effort
, using the logic that as I organise 20,000 people a year I can certainly sort myself (who is just one person and one who I happen to know pretty well) out with some minimal mental application
3. It's been working! Am about to begin week four and I've lost weight, am feeling 40,000 times fitter and stronger, and, most importantly: I have got myself into a routine at home to keep things going
, as it turns out that my instinct was correct: using my powers of sorting-things-the-fuck-out for my own benefit (for once ) to establish infrastructure has made it easier for me to sustain the effort.
Or in lay-person's terms: if you make it easy, and remove all the coulda-shoulda-wouldas, then it gets done.
Anyway, as we head into week four, I've noticed the odd little ripple of cause-and-effect around me. It appears if you make changes, unashamedly, confining them only to yourself, neutrally discussing the challenges and changes with others, and not needing other people to say "well done you" (and despite the diva tag I get labelled with about every other day, I really don't need that much approval) then you also open up the possibility of change to the people around you
One of them is Melinda sometimes deciding she does not want cake with her morning latte. But then, she is getting into the home routine thing herself, so I think "being a supportive friend" is her way of sneaking her own self-improvement project under the radar.
Now, I like to be able to keep count of what I've done; and because it is faster and easier to do same on Facecrack (and because one half of the Management Committee is on Facecrack) then I've been doing updates after most of my workouts and after seeing Mike the Personal Trainer. Some of the comments have been "yay go you!" and some have been a little...conflicted.
Anyway, this is a long-winded way of saying that one of the things arising from being dedicated and organised is thinking: what ELSE have I not been doing just because of coulda-shoulda-woulda?
Which has led to a huge decluttering of the clothes and the wardrobe.
And now I have turned my attention to the spare room, which has always been very
uninspired in terms of decor. This is probably because it is the visible proof of my Faustian Bargain with the parental units - it cannot be changed (apparently) and nobody can move in because that room is the pied-a-terre for the family, and I pay reduced rent because of it. So it sits and is a Spare Room. Until last week when I decided that camping out in my own house was Not To Be Borne, and dammit, just because it is a Spare Room doesn't mean it can't be nice
I had Ingrid and Kindi go in and work out where to hang some pictures last week. And while I was in Spotlight the other day I decided to upgade the bed linen (which is kind of blergy and not my thing AT ALL) and wandered around the linen section till I found a doona cover I liked, and bought it, and showed Elley and she immediately hauled out a quilt which matched and promptly gave it to me to put at the foot of the bed, which made her feel like a decluttering queen, and me feel like it was all meant to be and made both of us feel actually pretty clever.
So it has been washed and is ready to go on the bed, but then I was not sure about the sheet situation. So now I have hauled all my bed linen and blankets and quilts etc into the front room to do the Big Sort through and declutter some more. I only have one head, so there's a limit to the number of pillowcases I actually need. I have one double and one single bed for guests. And they have (on the whole) a limited number of heads also.
Finally, they have been exhorting us on Flylady
(this may have been a while ago actually, but what the hell) to start using the food in our fridges, freezers and cupboards before buying more, so this is my thing this week: to see how long it takes before I need to buy more stuff. I've been more than a little annoyed at how often I have to throw out food that just sat there until it went off.
So, have just made a Leftover Sad Vegetables and Beef casserole (this will be for lunches during the week and I'll be using up the seed bread loaf that's been lurking in the cupboard as the accompanying carbs); and tonight's dinner was four potatoes I found at the bottom of the vegetable crisper, steamed in the microwave rice cooker and mashed with some parmesan cheese, sea salt, pepper and seed mustard.