Tuesday, January 11, 2011

False Start . . . Sort Of

Me & Auntie Lee-Anne
I had a big plan.  Tracking PointsPlus, activity, water & sleep.  The day I started (Monday), my Auntie Lee-Anne passed away.  She did have terminal cancer, we knew that.  But she took a rapid turn for the worse.  She was at home one minute and a few hours later, she passed away at the hospital.  It was a very strange week after that.  She lives far away from me but I've gone to visit my Dad, grandparents and her  once every 12 - 18 months.  At first when I heard, I was immediately worried about my Grandma & Grandpa.  They are in their 90's and have outlived their daughter.  They are devastated.  Then I worried about my Dad because he was so close to his sister all his life.  They were buddies.  It was so fun to watch them in their 60's teasing each other like they were teenagers.  And oh, they could laugh.  That's where I get it from.  It wasn't until Friday that I thought about myself and how much I would miss her.  The next time I go to visit, she won't be there.  This is my favorite picture of us because I'm a good head taller than she is.  The first picture we took looked silly so in this one, she's trying to look tall and I'm practically holding a squat.  Ahahahaha!

Anyhow, the activity escaped me.  I wanted to be at home.  I spent a lot of time talking to various members of my family, none of them live near me.  I spent time emailing.  And I spent time in front of the fireplace with tea.  I did great with drinking water, I somehow managed to track and stay within my points.  How??  I HAVE NO IDEA!  There was even one day that I told my friend that I would eat my arm if I could salt it.  And sleep, really, solid, good sleep just didn't happen.  But for the first week of counting PointsPlus, I did very well on the scale.  Down 4.4 pounds!!!  I was so pleased!  It motivated me to just stick with it.  Even if all I can crank out at the moment is tracking and water, then that's what I'll do.  

Over the last couple of days, something wonderful has happened.  An organizational motivation has overtaken me.  This doesn't happen often so I have to seize it and run with it!!  It started on Sunday.  As a result of my dishwasher dying and needing money for a replacement, I decided I needed to go through all my paper (read: mail, bills, receipts) to find all my blue cross medical receipts to send in to my work benefits for my cheque.  I bought this condo a year ago this month.  I haven't filed a thing since.  The "basket" I keep all this stuff in eventually turned into a laundry basket.  Yes, I am ashamed of that.  I put a DVD on in the bedroom and started to sort everything on my bed knowing that I couldn't walk away from it without finishing or I"d be sleeping on the couch!!  I got it all done (it took hours) and I sent away my receipts, got everything ready to do my taxes and filed everything else where it belongs.  Last night I tackled my hall closet with by installing a floor to ceiling shelf and turning it into a utility/pantry closet.  I want to stay on this roll!  Next up, the junk drawer. . . . eek.  What makes this even cooler is that I find that the more organized I'm getting and the more I get rid of, the more organized I am in my eating.  Hmmm . . . there may be more to that old saying "cluttered house, cluttered mind, cluttered body" . . . or something like that.  Anyhow, it's working and I"m excited!!

Until we meet again . . . 

Cutie Pie Picture.  My cat George usually tries to get between me and my book for some attention but this time, he was just peering intensely around for about 15 minutes.


  1. Sorry to hear about your aunt! 4.4 pounds is great though! So I guess condolences and congratulations.

  2. OMG, such a heartbreak.. I'm so sorry about your aunt.. It's especially hard when you don't live close to them.. :(

    And the loss! Congratulations! That is amazing!! Hope the organizing helps, because I like that quote thing about it.. lol

  3. I'm so sorry for your loss. :( Sending much love. *squishy hugs*

  4. I'm sorry for the loss of your aunt. The picture is adorable, and I'm sure she'll be missed.

  5. So sorry for your loss. *Hugs* You're very strong to stay on track during this difficult time. Way to go!

  6. Aww..I'm so sorry to hear about your Aunt. You should be proud of staying on track through such a difficult time!

    Congrats on a great loss though, and I'm with you on the organizing. Doesn't it feel so good when it's done!

    Love the picture of George. So something my cats would do:)

  7. I'm very sorry to hear about your Aunt. I'm glad you have so many happy memories of her though.

    I wish I could get bitten by that organizational bug. I have been making progress getting rid of clothes but that's about it. Keep up the good work.