Day 5 of 365

Today is Day 5 of Stephanie Bennett Vogt’s online class, A Year to Clear What is Holding You Back from Daily OM. Yesterday, there was a great video about how to get out of the rut of feeling overwhelmed. Part of the answer is to do one thing for one minute every day, particularly clearing some physical clutter, such as your desk. Well, it’s not just my desk that is covered in stuff, so that I can hardly see it. It’s every square inch of my entire office. I barely have a path to get in and out. It makes me want to hyperventilate just thinking about it. And going in there … well, I only do that when I absolutely have to.

So today, I set my timer on my phone for one minute and headed in. Let me tell you, 60 seconds is almost nothing! It went by so fast! I hardly had time to do anything. And yet, I did. I got a few things put away. And after the timer went off, I saw a few more things that I could quickly do. Still, I probably was only in there for a total of 2 minutes. And then I walked back out again.

Guess what? I can do that. I can even do that every day. I’m sure of it.

And better still? It already feels great!

A Year of Clearing

A friend recently told me about the website called Daily OM. You can take online courses on various topics related to mind, body, and spirit.

I just signed up for one called A Year to Clear What is Holding You Back. I had seen it advertised on Facebook and bookmarked it to check out later when I had more time.

Last night, I couldn’t sleep. I found myself asking for new inspiration to stay positive as I continue to try to change my body image. Ever since my recent encounter with the scale, I just can’t seem to get back on track. I haven’t been logging, and I know I’m eating more junk again. As I lay in bed wishing for sleep, I thought about getting up to go look at the course. A few minutes later, my oldest son knocked on the door, because he couldn’t sleep. After I put him back to bed, I decided to see his interruption as an opportunity to tip-toe downstairs to my laptop. I thought about setting up a health session with my acupuncturist for the next day, but she didn’t have any openings. So I looked up the course and signed up for it.

I’m a little nervous about it being a whole year. But she says to think of it as an “elastic year” – meaning it can stretch if you need it to. If you miss a day or two, just pick back up where you left off. No problem. I like the sound of that.

And I thought about where I want to be one year from now. Do I want to be stuck in this place of frustration? No, thank you! I want to move forward. Ready, set, go!

Water, Water Everywhere

Well, actually, water isn’t really everywhere, is it? When I was growing up, there was always a bucket in the shower and one in the sink to collect extra water. My dad had big water barrels outside behind the garage to collect rain, too. He would water our beautifully landscaped yard all summer with that extra water.

Alas, I did not inherit my dad’s green thumb. Lucky for me, he comes over to plant pansies in my flower boxes and make sure that daffodils and tulips pop up in the spring! But then he gets after me to water them when we haven’t had rain for a while. Sigh. I’m not very good about that either!

But I just saw this tip – on the Ikea website, of all places! Apparently, plants even like starchy water. You know, like the kind you drain off from your pasta! So keep a bucket or sturdy watering can nearby when you drain your pasta next time. And after it cools, use it to water your beautiful blooms!

Here’s a link to Ikea’s website for more green and sustainable ideas: Ikea Sustainability Guide (No, I’m not getting compensation for mentioning this site.)

No More Scales

On April 4th, I made the colossal mistake of getting on a scale.

I thought I was doing a wise thing, since I had been logging my food again. I learned before that a smaller body needs less energy to fuel it. So if I was losing weight – as I believe I was – I should probably check in and enter the new lower weight, so I could recalculate my daily calorie goal.

The only thing was, when I entered my starting weight back in February, I used a number from last October. It was the last time I’d been on a scale, when I was at the doctor’s office for my annual physical. Well, between October and February, there were the holidays. Guess what? I must have put on some weight, because even though I felt as though I’d lost weight between February and April, the number on the scale was had gone up quite a bit.

UGH!!!!!

I wish I could say it didn’t matter. In my mind, I know that there is a much bigger picture, and that the number on that scale is only one small part of that picture. But emotionally, I feel something so completely different.

Seeing that number on the scale sent me into a tailspin. It sure as heck did not encourage me. I stopped logging. I started eating whatever. I stopped caring.

And now, two weeks later, I still can’t seem to get back on track. Heck, I don’t even know exactly what track I want to get on! I try to start logging again, but it isn’t working.

And so I have decided never to get on a scale again. I mean it. Never. Ever. The next time I go to the doctor and they ask me to get on the scale, I intend to politely decline. And if they insist, I will turn around and get on backward, so that I don’t see the number. It seems like the most compassionate thing I could do for myself.

Every time I get on a scale, it messes with me. So why would I want to keep putting myself through that? No, thank you.

Water Bottles

I decided to try out a new water bottle for my 6-year-old to take to school in his lunch box. I heard good things about the Pura Stainless Steel Toddler Straw Bottle with Straw Top.

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While the product itself is great, I don’t think we will be using it. At least not for my son’s lunchbox. We have two problems with it.

First, the 11-ounce bottle with the straw attachment doesn’t fit easily in the lunchbox. The lunchbox has this nice Velcro strap to keep a bottle in place. But the Pura bottle only fits the long way into the lunchbox. It’s not a big deal, really. It would just be nice if it fit better.

The second problem is that my son complains about it being too hard to suck the water out of the straw. Now, I’ve tried it myself, and it certainly can be done. You have to get your lips down far enough on the straw before it starts to flow more easily. And my 3-year-old can manage it, too. But I know what my older son means. It takes a good bit of sucking power to get the water out.

We will keep this Pura bottle for other uses, but for now, we are going to try another option for my son’s lunchbox.

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