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Going to the Temple

So far this week has been fairly productive. Honestly I’ve probably done more in a day and a half around the house than I usually do in a week. The weather is beautiful, now that the storms are gone and so I have the doors open and there’s fresh air inside. I think that makes a huge difference on my energy. Yesterday I cleaned the kitchen, plus made cake mix cookies (those will be my downfall in the weight loss department I’m sure) and got caught up on laundry from working over the weekend. So far today I’ve swept and mopped the downstairs, more thoroughly than usual, cleaned out the van, then went and filled it up with gas and washed the outside followed by vacuuming the inside. I don’t think I’d done that since before our trip to Utah last August. I always like driving it better after it’s been cleaned up, almost feels like a new van! I wanted to get that done because later this month our Youth get to go to the Oklahoma City Temple to do baptisms for the dead and I volunteered to drive (it’s a good 3-4 hour drive). I figured Shaun has to work and it’s our weekend with the kids and it will be my 12 year old daughter’s first time going so I wanted to go with her. Shaun was able to go with my son the first time he went and they really enjoyed sharing that experience and I was sad I wasn’t able to share it with them. So, I don’t want to miss out on this time. I’m really excited. It’s been way too long since I’ve been to the Temple. I think the last time Shaun and I went was for our first anniversary. I remember thinking that I wanted to try to go each year for our anniversary, but it just hasn’t worked out. But I plan on making going to the Temple a priority for us as a family. We’re coming up on our fourth anniversary this year, so that’s almost 3 years in between. Like I said, way too long! We’re thinking about trying to make it up to Kansas City for the Temple open house, but it’s hard trying to find a time when he works 6 days a week and it’s not open on Sundays. Anyway, guess I’ve been thinking about the Temple a lot lately. My activity for the girls this week is going to be about the Temple. I hope it goes well. They’ll probably get bored fast, but then when we start making sugar cube temples I bet they’ll enjoy it more.

You’d think I’d have more to talk about when I don’t write very often. But when your life doesn’t change much I guess it doesn’t leave much to talk about. My goal for the rest of this month is to work on getting our computer room organized. That is by far the worst looking room clutter wise in our house. Probably because it’s the room I throw everything in when I don’t have a specific place for it. So, I need to come up with a plan. Perhaps start at my desk since that’s usually about the easiest place to declutter. Mostly it’s just papers that get stuck there to wait for me to pay bills or do whatever else needs to be done with them. The bad area is the file area. My pile on there is so heavy it’s weighing the shelf it’s on down so it sags, lol. I’ll try to remember to do some before and after pics since those are always fun to look at and see what’s been accomplished.

I haven’t had much success with my weight loss. I just enjoy eating way too much. I don’t know why I struggle with food soo much. Shaun and I were exercising, but due to scheduling and all the things we had to do last week we missed it each day. So far this week isn’t looking much better. On the bright side, I haven’t been watching as much TV and have been doing more things around the house so at least I haven’t gained any weight. Now if I could just get it to start going down I’d be ok. That would probably actually happen if I stopped baking and avoided chocolate. I was craving it something fierce last week and tore up the kitchen trying to find any hidden stashes I might have forgotten about. So, I think I need to have some on hand for emergencies like that, but try to keep it small. Not bake whole batches of cookies for me to eat when everyone’s gone!

Well, I’m gonna go finish watching Smash from last night then see what other chores I can get accomplished today. I plan on mowing the back yard once the kids get home from their dad’s this evening so at least I’ll get some exercise then.

Additional Goal

Well, I finally got around to starting on the laundry room yesterday. I got the shelves over the washer and dryer decluttered and reorganized. Once it gets a littler nicer outside (had some snow yesterday) the items left on my top shelf will be going out to the storage shed. I just didn’t feel like making the trek yesterday and so I’ll probably wait until it dries up some.

Tonight is my first Activity Day with my new assistant helping, and I’m really excited about it. We plan on making Valentines and then making some jewelry. The girls always seem to enjoy activities that involve making something. It’s just so nice having someone else to help with ideas. In fact, just knowing that I have her helping has given me so much more motivation. I spent a couple of evenings this week just sitting down and brainstorming ideas. I came up with at least enough for the rest of the year. So now sometime she and I can get together and flush them out more and plan on what date to do each one. We also need to get busy and plan a recognition night of some sort. I’m glad I have her to help me. I just have never felt like I was a very creative person, so it’s nice having someone who is helping.

The other day I wrote about my goals for the year, and I forgot to mention one of the biggest and probably most important goals I have, which is to become more healthy. I have around 80 pounds that I need to lose, which is so overwhelming to think about. I’ve tried different things in the past, even have done weight watchers a few times, without a lot of success. I did lose about 30 pounds before I got pregnant a couple years ago, but then I gained it back with the pregnancy and have even gained some weight since having the baby. It’s so depressing. My clothes don’t fit, I’m tired all the time, and just don’t feel like doing much of anything. So, I’m trying to make small changes that will hopefully lead to some bigger changes and eventually be living a healthy lifestyle. I’ve been doing better with my diet lately. I don’t do well trying to specifically diet, so I’ve been working more on watching my portions, not getting seconds (really hard for me because I love to eat, and if something’s good, I get seconds just to have more of it, not because I’m still hungry), not drinking as much soda (again, a difficult thing because I swear I’m addicted to it), and just trying to eat healthier in general. So far this year I’ve lost about 4 pounds. Not much, but considering I don’t even feel like I’m really trying I feel pretty good about that. My next goal is to increase my activity level. I was starting to get into a workout routine before I got sick, then that pretty much stopped in its tracks. So, now that I’m feeling better again I plan on easing back into it. For one thing I just need to not be so sedentary. I spend a lot of time on my days off not doing much. I’m addicted to TV, I swear the DVR is both the best and worst invention ever! It makes it way too easy to watch too many shows. And then, if I don’t have anything saved to watch, I wind up sitting at the computer (not much better!) So, since I don’t really want to give up my shows, I plan on trying to limit how much I actually sit and watch at a time. Granted, sometimes it takes me days to get through a show with how I watch it if I’m getting up a lot, but that’s ok. Nice thing about DVR’s, it’ll still be there tomorrow. Well, until my DVR fills up, then I’m looking at which shows of my husband’s he won’t notice being deleted so my shows get recorded. Anyway, going a little off topic there, don’t mind me! I was starting to do free step on the wii fit while watching TV, which I think helps. Beats sitting on the couch eating while watching Biggest Loser. Or sometimes I’ll get out hand weights and do some exercises while watching. If I’m watching Biggest Loser I like to workout while they’re doing their workouts. Motivates me I guess.

Well, the dryer just buzzed, plus I should fix something for lunch, so away I go. Have a great Wednesday everyone, and good luck to any of you working on organizing this month! I’m getting more excited about finishing my laundry room. I plan on getting to the cabinets in it either today or tomorrow.