I am determined this morning. Determined to tackle two of my biggest concerns. Too much "stuff" and too much of me.
I have to give credit to Susan for inspiring me to declutter. She had a decluttering project over the weekend, and wrote about Peter Walsh. He appears on television, helping people declutter their homes. He writes books too. One is called "Does This Clutter Make My Butt Look Fat?''. I read a review of it. The idea seems to be eliminating "excess" in your life. Too much clutter in your house and too much fat on your body... or something like that. I should look into it... I do need to address both issues.
Project Number One: Getting Rid of Clutter
Yesterday I tackled the storage area in my basement. It's full of stuff that we brought with us three years ago and haven't used since. There are lots of "mystery boxes"... I have no idea what is in them. So, I started opening them and sorting the contents. I have already filled up five large boxes with "stuff" to give away.
Project Number Two: Getting Rid of Excess Weight
This morning, before I turned on my computer, I walked on the treadmill for a mile. It's not much, but it's a start. I have to do it before I turn on my computer, because once I get on the computer I could be there all morning. You know what I'm talking about?
After the treadmill, I got out my new exercise hoop... it's like a hula hoop but bigger and heavier. Sound silly? I know, I thought so too. But when I went on my spa retreat a couple of weekends ago they introduced us to this new exercise routine. It comes with a DVD that takes you through a workout combining cardio and strength training. They say it's good for your "core". I like it. So far, so good... now I just need to keep it up!
While I was walking on the treadmill, I had the news on television. (I should know better. There is always something depressing on the news.) Anyway, they talked about some of the victims of Bernard Madoff, people who worked hard all their lives and saved for retirement, who trusted him and lost all their money. And then there are the charities who lost everything. That makes me so angry. How can someone do that to people? And he sits in his multi-million dollar apartment. Life certainly isn't fair.
The second story was about a five year old girl named Hailie, who has gone missing in Florida. Another one already.. first Caley, now Hailie. My first reaction was "what's going on in Florida". But then I realized this happens everywhere all the time. They said there were 40-some registered sex offenders living in her area. But they are also looking at family members. Who knows? Either way, she didn't have a chance. She was sleeping in bed at home when she disappeared.
So, my day started off with determination, mixed in with a daily dose of bad news. That's the way life is these days. I hope this isn't too depressing a post. It's just off the top of my head. I will try to plan something more enlightening for future posts.