Posted by: silverstar98121 | June 17, 2009

FLYing Lessons

I have been taking FLYing lessons now for a couple of weeks. No, not in a plane, at And things are changing gradually. I still have a lot of clutter, and need to do some heavy-duty cleaning, but all it would take right now to pass inspection is sweep and mop the floors. That’s a big change.
FLY stands for Finally Loving Yourself, and it’s definitely for people like me, with messy houses, too much “body clutter” (fat), and messy financials. There are aspects of the program that address all of those things. But you don’t have to tackle them all at once. The biggest saying in FLYing is “baby steps.”

Roses 004

Clean(er) desk

So what’s changed? Well, my bathroom is presentable. My bed is usually made (not today, I thought I might get around to washing the sheets.) The dishes get done more frequently. My refrigerator is clean. My plants are watered. My desk is clean. Compare the current photo to this. I’m working on getting rid of junk. Two boxes and four big scooter batteries left with The Boyo. There’s less dust in my bedroom, and I don’t wake up wheezing. Mount Washmore no longer resides beside my bed, but in the hamper where it belongs. And when the clothes get to the top, it’s time to wash. No Mount Vesuvius in the laundry hamper. Two loads takes a lot less time and trouble than three or four. There is still a lot of work to do, but “baby steps.”

I spent some time tonight cleaning out my closet. I noticed the other day that the rod was starting to sag. That, and the fact I could barely cram my clean clothes into it, was a clue I had too many clothes. So, I will bless somebody else with them. Now to find a box to put them in until I can get rid of them.

I’m also going to the YMCA to do water walking, which is the only

Roasted vegetables parmesan and a big green salad

Roasted vegetables parmesan and a big green salad

walking my knees can stand. I’ve been following a diet of one of FLYlady’s proteges, Leanne Ely of Saving Dinner, and I lost two pounds last week. I’m not overly strict about it, I go by what my body is telling me. If it wants more food, or more carbs, I let it have some. While Azahar may be looking for “small and perfect”, I’m looking for large, filling, and nutrient dense.  For too long I’ve lived on sandwiches and almost no veggies, first because of the money thing, and then it just became habit.

Strawberry Fields Forever!

Strawberry Fields Forever!

I even get dessert. Look at these strawberries. These are not your “grown to be shipped hundreds of miles” berries. These are soft, sweet jam berries, grown at Boxx Berry Farm up near Bellingham. Don’t you wish we had smell-o-vision and taste-o-vision on the internet? One of the biggest buyers for the many berry farms up there is Smuckers, so you know they are good. They also sell “u pick” and already picked berries. The Boyo made a foray to Bellingham Saturday, and came back with six half-flats of strawberries. OK, as long as I don’t have to hull them all and make jam.

In other news, The Boyo went to the doctor today, and they are setting him up for some financial assistance, and some tests. I went to the doctor today, and it’s time for my colonoscopy again. Damn. Now to coordinate The Boyo’s tests with mine so we can be each other’s support.

If you look at the sidebar over there—————————————-> you will see a geocaching badge that will tell you how many caches I’ve found and hidden. Click on it, and you can look at my logs and pictures from my caching trips. Sorry, no spoilers, though. I’m also trying to install the Socialvibes widget, but right now it’s not working. Other people are having the same problem with it, according to the WordPress forums, so I did send a message to support.

That’s all the news from here for all of you, and the ships at sea.

(Fark, now I’m having trouble with the Geocaching widget. I worked before I put the Socialvibes one up, but didn’t come back when I took the Socialvibes off. )


  1. Wow, silverstar. Impressive! There you go being all inspirational again.

    It’s funny how just a little bit of this and that to get started on something can make a big difference and, more importantly, make you feel so much better.

    I have to admit that there are a couple (well, more than a couple) areas in my life where the FLYlady could probably help. And now, thanks to you, I will be taking that first step.

    We need to check out those meal recipes too.

    Wishing the best of outcomes to you and the Boyo on the upcoming medically related stuff.


    • Anything inspirational on this blog is purely unintentional, and we apologize for the inconvenience.

  2. And here I was, thinking you’d learned to fly a broom…. 😉

    Congratulations on the FLYing lessons! (I could use a few myself at this point.)

    • Still working on that one. I keep falling off.

  3. Here’s to baby steps – yay! 🙂

  4. [trying hard not to be inspired, but failing]

    rockin’ and rollin’ lady! this makes me want to continue the purge that i started when i moved house last year… some of those boxes are still packed, and that tells me i probably don’t need it!

  5. I’m so anal about tidiness that I drive people to distraction

  6. A friend of mine was telling me she is so ADD she can’t clean her kitchen.
    She finally figured out a method that works for her. Start with a clean sink. Don’t think of anything else but getting the sink in order. From there, make another small goal. Like clean a section of the countertop.
    Tiny steps. It works.

    • Okay, this makes sense except starting with a clean sink in the kitchen seems backward to me. Since I use it over and over again when I cleaning things like the stove, the counter top, and or the refrigerator, the sink is the last thing I clean. But I suppose if you keep focusing on having a clean sink you have to keep cleaning it over and over again during the process of getting the kitchen done and eventually it is all clean.

  7. Baby steps do work, keep taking them.

    One thing you said reminded me of an epiphany my son had several years ago (motivated by my nagging). He tends to get all sinusy and sneezy in the presence of dust, and was all surprised when my idea of cleaning, dusting and vacuuming his room actually resulted in his awakening in the morning with a clear nose and no headache. What a surprise (not)!

  8. Lady, my hat is off to you. I’m impressed. It is so hard to make changes like that. I’m making baby changes of my own but not as successfully as you.

    • You haven’t seen my floor, which will take industrial strength cleaning.

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