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January 2019 Progress Report

Saturday, February 2nd, 2019

January was rough. And long. And somehow went very fast and I lost all track of time. It was like 2018 but in month form.

Pounds lost: 3
Books read: 8
Books bought*: 0
Donated items: 6 trash bags, 3 bankers boxes
Sold items: 0
Subscriptions Cancelled**: 1 (Farm Fresh to You)
Categories/Places tidied: Clothes (me), Books (me), Papers (household), Laundry Room, Pantry
Overall feeling about keeping the house clean and previously tidied areas tidies: Just Ok about the house and great about clothes.

I kept up with putting my own clothes away the same day I washed them and all of my dresser drawers are still tidy. The house was going pretty well until I started decluttering the kitchen and office supplies and stuff exploded everywhere and I finished the room itself but have a giant still to be sorted/put away pile.

I did keep up with the bathrooms and the dusting/sweeping pretty well for most of the month but then the kids got sick and I got half a cold and everything slipped a little. That’s also what happened with my low carb plans. I did very well the first half of the month but then once anything goes sideways with my sinuses all I want to eat is carbs, specially chips and cookies. I made poor choices. I had actually lost much closer to 7 pounds in the first few weeks of the month and then gained 4 in the last 10 days.

I started some of the adulting research I need to do estate lawyer, taxes, financial management check, finding the kids a new dentist and pediatrician, but honestly I didn’t follow through on that much. The kids have a dentist appointment at the end of February and there’s a whole bunch of to-dos for the beginning of February. Kindergarten pre-reg, summer camp sign-up madness begins and a few other things. So not a total loss, but not feeling like a whole new person who has it together yet either.


Things I’m Using This Month

Things 3 (mobile) – Using this for to do lists, reminders, and developing a recurring cleaning schedule
Carb Manager – Using to track carbs (sort of. I hate tracking carbs. But this easily tracks net)
Happy Scale Weight tracker
Zero – Intermittent Fasting Tracker
Goodbye, Things 
The Year of Less
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up
Tidying Up with Marie Kondo (show on Netflix)
Nailed It, You, Great British Baking Show (Shows on Netflix that I have on in the background while cleaning and sort)



*One of my goals is to make it though the kindle books I already own or get ebooks from the library  and buy as few books as possible this year. I have dozens from the last few years I have purchased but not finished or even started.

**Another goal is trying to cut down on mindless/passive spending and subscriptions I don’t use or don’t really need


Old Year Old You

Monday, December 31st, 2018

There is nothing wrong with wanting to be new or better or different or improved. And saying you want change doesn’t mean you are filled with self-loathing or hatred or despair. Or maybe it does. I don’t care if someone does resolutions or habit changes or words of the year. I don’t care if they don’t. I like the refresh and change vibe for the new year and I don’t think it disparages the old me to think I could do a few things better.  In fact. I can do a whole lot of things better.

I used to have a career in performance improvement long ago. I wired my brain to look at a system and try and find the flaws, identify the missed opportunities, rearrange the pieces to make a better, more optimal workflow. Another, trickier,  part of my job was goal setting. Part of that was convincing people who think everything is fine that there is always room for improvement, which is true for systems and workflow, but maybe not so much for people.

The week between Christmas and the start of the new year is interesting on the internet. Endless year end best of lists, which I love, and endless bickering about resolutions vs no resolutions which I love a lot less. I fully get the need for people to state they aren’t doing resolutions this year, what I don’t love is the way a lot of people make it seem like their s position on not needing a resolution  is better than the people who do.

So I wrote to here and then I had to fold some laundry and make some tea and heat up some applesauce and other various ephemera of the weekend home with kids and as I performed the mindless tasks I realized that I was doing exactly what the people I am complaining about are doing. I can’t say I believe that you be you, but add on a but. Well. Clearly I can. But I don’t think the person I am hoping to be should.

More on who I am hoping to be tomorrow. I have plans for 2019.


Big plans.


Resolution Prepping

Wednesday, December 19th, 2018

If you are anything like me, well then, one I feel so very sorry for you and two it is time to start thinking about New Year Resolutions. I like to obsess the entire month of December about them and then pretend to casually think them up on New Years Day and be all unprepared.


This year I am going to be a little more proactive. I know I will be going back to low carb/keto, hopefully this time as a permanent lifestyle change. (In fact, I hope to be implementing quite a few permanent lifestyle changes for 2019- more to come one that). One of the things that always trips me up when switching to a new way of eating is that step one is almost always throw out all non-compliant food, which seems so wasteful.

So this year, my action plan is to plan ahead! Between now and January 1st I am going to use up/eat up/clean up and toss all expired non-low carb food that I might eat. Spencer can keep his Easy Mac because it is disgusting and not at all tempting. The cookies? I will eat them. The candy? I volunteer as tribute. All Christmas treats lurking about will be enjoyed by the end of 2018. It must be done.

40 by 40

Monday, July 30th, 2018

We almost bought a house yesterday but it was over budget. Not a little bit over budget, but a lot bit. Blow the roof off the the budget. It was exactly like the first house on the Property Brothers. You know, when they take people to their dream house and then it is hundreds of thousands of dollars over their budget and they laugh at them at tell them they should have made better life choices to have that house.

So now I am in crisis. I have been thinking all day about what we would do if that house came up for sale again next summer, which is when we were planning on looking for a house to buy. Maybe prices would drop! That seems like a reasonable thing to pin my hopes on. If the price drops enough, odds are that my investment account aka the downpayment would also drop and then we start to have a reverse give a mouse a cookie situation.

I have stared at the wall most of the morning. I have rage scrubbed a floor, deep in a pit of what if, should have dones and self loathing and then it hit me. I am doing nothing RIGHT NOW to help me buy that house in the future. And also, truth be told, I would rather go to Hawaii than have a house with a pool. A bigger house is just more to keep clean.

I think it is time to get my priorities straight. And figure out what exactly I want out of life and then make it happen. I need a list. I was going to do a 50 by 50 list, but being solidly planted in my early but not quite mid forties, being 50 is too much to think about right now. So what about a 40 in my 40s lift. That’s a thing, right? No. Well, I am making it one. Starting…. now.

Also, hey! hi! hello! I guess my blog is back.



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