I have been taking FLYing lessons now for a couple of weeks. No, not in a plane, at FLYlady.net. 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.”
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
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.
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. )