Saturday, January 31, 2009


I have been decluttering in a big way lately. I got rid of a stack of magazines taller than me. I'm 5'4". Been taking carloads of stuff to Goodwill. It feels really good to shed this stuff. I had been feeling overwhelmed and cluttered mentally. Since the purge began I have gained some room both physically as well as in my head for some new ideas to percolate. There is more to get packed up and moved out, but progress is being made.
I have also been taking stock of my eating habits and several weeks ago stopped putting sugar in my tea. For some that might not be a big deal but for me it is huge. I drink anywhere from 3-5 cups of black tea a day during the week and a few more than that on weekends. Using a tablespoon of sugar per cup is a lot of sugar. That began the first week of January. Then I added making sure I eat 3-5 servings of veg/fruit. Then came walking at least a half hour a day and eating a handful (small) of almonds a day as well as one Brazil nut. I am walking 45 minutes a day and all the other stuff. This next week I will be keeping track of everything I eat in a notebook. I have about 15 pounds that I would like to say goodbye to. My wardrobe has been shrinking it seems lately. I want to get a handle on this before I gain any more. I know from experience how hard it can be to lose weight.
I have been reading and working through the activities in, "Refuse to Choose." I feel so much relief and hope as well as some sadness that I spent so much of my life trying to fit other people's idea of what I should be when there wasn't a snowball's chance in hell that I could. Lots more to say, but I need to get some cleaning done.

6 comments:

Lisa said...

Good for you, Tonia.

I keep trying to get through clutter and then get sidetracked. I've had a Goodwill pile in my dining room for months. I just need to stick to it and finish the job.

Monkey Girl said...

What a cute little kitty!

I'm all about the clutter, then I go nuts and get rid of everything.

Aly The Red-Bliss Monkey Studio said...

Good will piles? Oh no! Fill that bag and put in the car, that way it gets delivered next time you are near the drop site!!!

Grrl, you rock (about your blog)! I tagged you in my blog. Also, I don't notice your weight changes, only when you are happy that you glow!

xo
always

Tonia said...

Lisa,
I filled the trunk of my car about a month ago and finally took that load and a bunch more stuff about 2 weeks later. I realized the gas mileage might be effected by the extra weight. It takes me awhile to be sure I want to get rid of stuff, but once I do I feel so much better.
Monkey Girl,
I am really enjoying the topics and comments on your blog. I am curious, do you know Patrick?
Hey Aly,
Thanks chica. You know about Piece by Piece, right? The semi new fabric store on 13th? That's where I got the veggie fabric in previous post.
**Thanks for leaving comments to you all. They are so appreciated.

Monkey Girl said...

Tonia,

:) You've got to be kidding. Not only do I not know him, he followed me from another blog. A bit of a stalker really. He just likes to see his rants in print. I have had to censor him a couple times, his racial slurs are unbelievable. I'm always miffed when conservatives leave comments on liberal blogs, why do they even bother?

Tonia said...

Monkey Girl,
Ugh! How irritating. I just wondered if he was some distant clueless relative because he definitely seems out of place on your blog! We can always hope that he is gaining a new perspective even if he doesn't realize it. -tonia