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ImageChicotSherry
Feb 12, 2010 4:05 PM CST
Southeast Arky - zone 8a
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Improving one's lifestyle - body, mind & spirit - works well with support, rehab, if you will, which will be available on this forum, without a price tag or leaving home. No gimmicks, just straight forward common sense. One has to start some place, and what could be better than this Cubit, where you can come and go as you please, in the comfort of your own home. Or......is your home cluttered?

My lifestyle journey began with de-cluttering. Who knew de-cluttering was necessary for a healthier lifestyle & physical fitness??!! Why, I had no idea I cluttered, although I was later characterized as an 'organized pack rat'. I was stunned when I realized that clutter collections, laced with hoarding, were serious stumbling blocks that had to acknowledged & addressed.

During the middle of my de-cluttering crisis, I learned my young cousin & I were going through the same experience. It was a relief to know I wasn't alone - we called each other many times, in desperation, for encouragement to throw away, or give away 'junk' that was complicating our lives. De-cluttering was the most emotional addiction I've personally encountered & one of my most rewarding accomplishments. Think about it.

Now, before we go further, would you like a good, simple exercise you can do while you're at your computer? This is my favorite exercise, simple, easy - you can to it any place, except in the car. First, swap your roll around computer chair, for a regular chair, like a dining room chair, without arms or rollers, a solid, sturdy chair. Put your computer on your favorite forum & sit down in your chair - keep your back straight & shoulders straight, with your feet together & put your hands straight out, on your thighs and without holding on to anything, stand up, then sit down. That's it. I started with 10. Don't over do - but do it!

Until I started 'sit-stand' exercise, I didn't realize I had literally been crawling up & down from my pew each Sunday at church. It was quite an accomplishment for me when I stood, the first time in church, without holding on & pulling myself outta the pew!

Topics we might discuss - please feel free to add additional topics:

*Do you exercise
*Do you diet
*What have you tried & what's worked best
*What's the worst solution you've tried
*What products have you purchased & which were the most effective or ineffective
*Do you use home exercise equipment or gym/class/personal trainer or other
*If you use home equipment, please tell us about it, including the price
*What are your favorite low cal/fat free foods
*How do you reduce hunger cravings

Some addictions to consider (please add other addictions I might have overlooked):
*Cigarettes - alcohol - caffeine - bingeing - medications - sugar - high fructose corn syrup - cluttering, other addictions










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Imagekathy_ann
Feb 12, 2010 4:10 PM CST
Name: Kathryn Algood
Judsonia, Arkansas
OH Yea!!! Forums are looking good.

Great to be a part of this cubit.
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Imagezuzu
Feb 18, 2010 9:10 PM CST
Name: Zuzu
Northern California
zone 9
Okay, I'm in, Sherry, although I love my current lifestyle and I have no plans to change anything in the near future.

I don't exercise as a ritual, but I don't have a car, so I get plenty of exercise walking everywhere I go and working in the garden every day of the year.

I don't diet, but I've always had the advantage of disliking bread, potatoes, and pasta. I eat about six times a day, never sitting down for a meal. I guess you could say I graze all day. I keep lots of fruit, vegetables, and yogurt in the refrigerator. I'm not a vegetarian, though. I really hate to cook, but I cook a meat dish, usually beef or chicken with lots of vegetables, in a wok twice a week or so, stick it in the refrigerator, and then eat a little bit of it each day.

I've been smoking for 56 years and I have no intention of quitting. I've tried in the past and it's had such a negative effect on my disposition that the very people who urged me to quit have always begged me to start smoking again. I'm happy to oblige them.
ImageChicotSherry
Feb 18, 2010 9:18 PM CST
Southeast Arky - zone 8a
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You know, Zu, we had to be sisters in another life. I love each & every word. I knew you didn't need to diet or rehab or a change in lifestyle, but I also know that your experience is worth lotz! I'm off to get ready to hit the road in the am. Thx for being here!!
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ImageSharon
Feb 18, 2010 9:39 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
Hi Sherry, checking in!

I think I might want to declutter, but just as Zuzu says, I like who and what I am. I graze, I eat lots of vegetables, I walk a lot, but I do live with a bit of clutter.

So....I guess we'll see.
Thanks for the invitation. Your cubit looks very artistic!
ImageChicotSherry
Feb 18, 2010 10:15 PM CST
Southeast Arky - zone 8a
Friends Supporting Friends' Cubits
We meet again, Sharon, thx!!! I hid my cluttering, even tho I didn't realize it was a problem, until I faced the magnitude. Please come back and play with us, when you have the chance. Oh, one of my worst addictions was sewing - I made all my clothes, everything for our house, until about 15 years ago, I sewed at work, put all my zippers in by hand, I love hand work, but my vision complicated sewing & caused it every thing to take longer. I will be back to your Cubit when I return from the weekend. Bye now & thanks re the banner, angele put it together for me...she's very talented. Later...
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ImageChicotSherry
Feb 19, 2010 9:43 AM CST
Southeast Arky - zone 8a
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Happy Weekend to all!! Yesterday, while de-cluttering, I came upon this unique sewing gadget, likely touted by the Billy Mays of yester-year. In honor of Sharon's sewing Cubit, I'm adding the photo here, to see if any of you know what that is in my kitchen chair. Nanah bought it when she was working on her home economics' master's degree. Zoom up the photo to get a better look...

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ImageSharon
Feb 19, 2010 10:21 AM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
Vaguely familiar, Sherry. I think it was used to measure length of skirts, while the skirt was on a body.

How many inches from the floor the skirt should fall, that sort of thing.

Or perhaps how many inches it should fall from the waist to the measurement secured at the bottom.

I don't remember using one, but I do have that vague memory about how it was used. Someone else might have a better answer.
ImageChicotSherry
Feb 19, 2010 11:37 AM CST
Southeast Arky - zone 8a
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Ding, ding, ding, your answer was perfect, Sharon, you nailed it!! I'm impressed. De-cluttering sometimes turns up unusual objects.. The gadget is to chalk hemlines, which had a little rubber bulb, and, when squeezed, it would blow out a puff of chalk to mark the hem. If it was used on black wool, remnants of the chalk remained forever. We have chalk writing in our attic that was written by children - 1902 - I love seeing it there...
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Imagekathy_ann
Feb 19, 2010 11:41 AM CST
Name: Kathryn Algood
Judsonia, Arkansas
WE never had anything that sophisticated when I worked at an alteration shop. we just used a yard stick. I like that.
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ImageChicotSherry
Feb 19, 2010 12:13 PM CST
Southeast Arky - zone 8a
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kathy_a, I made all my clothes & I used the cardboard out of piping or rick rack packages, with a notch in it to mark my hems, IF I didn't eye ball them, lol. And, I took every other shortcut I could dream up & used every inch of fabric. Look at the computer chair I made for my grand girl from three 99 cent bandanas, my staple gun & my hot glue gun, I definitely oppose gun control, ha!!!!! Oh, I use projects such as this to keep me from stuffing myself with food...I wish we lived near each other, we could open up shop!!

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ImageSharon
Feb 19, 2010 9:46 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
Ha Sherry, I still use the little cardboard pieces. Isn't that what it's for??
ImageChicotSherry
Feb 19, 2010 9:50 PM CST
Southeast Arky - zone 8a
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Hahahahaha, Sharon - I thought I was the only person in the world that did that...
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Imagezuzu
Feb 20, 2010 1:06 AM CST
Name: Zuzu
Northern California
zone 9
My sister and I used to sew all of our clothes. I remember going downtown with her in San Francisco as soon as the new designs came out each year. One of us would try the clothes on while the other would make sketches so we could make our own patterns.

I did that for years and then put all of my sewing away when my son started leaving his crib. I was terrified he'd swallow a pin or a needle. About 30 years later, I realized that I had never taken up sewing again. By that time, a guy who came here to fix the plumbing had also stolen my sewing machine, so I boxed up all of the fabric, buttons, thread, etc. and called St. Vincent de Paul to pick them up. Talk about a pack rat! I kept that stuff for 30 years without ever even remembering it was there, and it filled at least 20 big boxes. One of these days I'll start getting rid of the closet full of Christmas decorations. How many can one person possibly need?
ImageChicotSherry
Feb 20, 2010 8:06 AM CST
Southeast Arky - zone 8a
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Zu, I love your post!!!!!!!!!
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ImageButterflyChaser
Mar 14, 2010 8:20 AM CST
Name: NancyAnn
Jonesboro Ark
So here's where all the Arkies are! I tell ya, there are just so many wonderful cubits here, I'm having trouble getting around to all of them. I'm glad I dropped in here. I think I'll be a regular here, among my "neighbors". (We don't have to wear shoes here, do we??)

I am in the process of decluttering. I've been at it for years and I make quite a bit of progress. I used to be very neat and organized. But as my health declined, the clutter accumulated. I think I bought things because they made me feel better when I felt so bad. The sicker I got, the worse my house got. And then after getting a diagnosis and treatment and getting better and better, my house got better and better.

I have effectively cleared out all the literal junk and many massive collections. I had 1000's of books, which I donated to the public library a little at a time. I now have less than 100 books in my house, and most of those are scrapbooking and gardening books.

I got rid of most figurines and nic-nacs so I don't have to dust them or dust around them. I've gotten rid of anything I don't use, so now I can find what I do use.

Currently, I'm clearing out a room full of scrapbooking supplies since I've decided to immerse myself in painting. I've dabbled in it for years off and on and now I want to get serious about it. So the scrapbook room will be an art studio someday soon.

I regularly clean out my closet. Since I'm working on my health, I'm losing weight--not fast, but steady. And since I will NEVER get back into those awful fat clothes, I won't keep them in my house. Right now I have an 10ft closet (Supposed to be a his and hers closet) that is crammed full of about 5 sizes of clothes. My goal is to get it down to just two sizes (two much smaller sizes than any of these!) and utilize only half of the closet. A friend told me once that if you want a life partner, you have to make room for him. He needs half the bed, half the closet, etc. So if your closet is full, fate knows you're not ready for a partner. So I'm getting ready. LOL

While we're on the subject, can I put a plug in here for my Clutter-free forum? Come on over and visit.

I do at least a 3 mile walk everyday that weather permits. Since I was off my schedule for winter, I'll have to work back up to the 6 miles I was doing before winter came. I have a home gym with a punching bag, a Weider Pro gym, and an elliptical machine--none of which I've used. I will "someday", but I'd much rather do my morning walks at the lake with my furry friend. It's spiritually soothing as well as physically invigorating. We're out there before anyone else is up usually and we can watch the sun rise over the lake.

I don't diet. Diets are a temporary fix for most of us. And once you quit the diet, you gain back more weight than you lost. Instead, I've changed what I eat. Like Zuzu, I'm not a vegetarian, but I don't like to cook so I don't eat much meat...unless my brother is grilling his awesome steaks or frying some fish. I eat mostly fruits, veggies, nuts, yogurt, and cheese.

Cheese is probably my main addiction at the moment. And I know why. A Dr. on TV was talking about cheese being an addiction for many because it contains a chemical "casein" I think he called it. It apparently makes us feel good, which keeps us coming back for more. He said it's in cow's milk, breast milk, etc. So when you breastfeed, the giddy expression on your baby's face is not from an awesome mother-child bonding experience; but rather, the kid is just drugged. LOL Since I don't get much fat in other sources, I figure I can have my cheese. Since I began these diet changes, I lowered my cholesterol by 60 pts and dropped 40 lbs. So I guess cheese is ok.

I also eat REAL dark chocolate. I'm diabetic and normally candy and junk is off limits. But new research shows that dark chocolate (60% cocao or better) is actually beneficial. Not only does it have antioxidants, it lowers stress hormones which lead to belly fat which lead to chemical/hormonal imbalances, diabetes, high blood pressure, etc. And there's been some talk about dark chocolate actually making diabetics more sensitive to insulin, so over time blood sugar may lower. (One of the main issues with Type II diabetes is that diabetics are insulin-resistant.) Of course I eat it in moderation--two little squares in the a.m. and two more in the p.m. So a 3.5 oz bar will last a few days.

I usually make a fruit smoothie everyday. Often I share with my brother. We call it our "antioxidant drink". I mix up in an ordinary blender strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, a banana, an apple, and some pineapple juice. If I have them, I throw in kiwi and honeydew melon too. It's delicious, loaded in fiber, antioxidants and vitamins. I wish I could find a veggie smoothie I'd like, but I really don't like veggies; I just eat them because I'm supposed to.

I also graze, eating about 6 times a day, like Zuzu. This habit keeps me constantly satisfied so I'm never starving, but never so full I need a nap either. It also keeps me from running to town for fast-food or junk food. I snack on fruits, veggies and nuts. And I take multivitamins and herbal supplements. Since I began giving my body what it NEEDS, it no longer constantly craves high-carb foods.

Ok, that's probably more than you ever wanted to know about me, but I was trying to be thorough and answer the questions in your original post.

NancyAnn
Imagezuzu
Mar 14, 2010 10:33 PM CST
Name: Zuzu
Northern California
zone 9
NancyAnn, your post reminds me of another of my health secrets. I don't have a car, so I can't ride into town if I start craving a hot fudge sundae. I'd have to walk a couple of miles there and back, and the thought of that effectively eliminates my craving. Of course, if it didn't, the 4-mile walk would neutralize the effects of the sundae, so it's win-win.

I too have thousands of books, in Russian, English, and French, but I'm never going to get rid of them. They are efficiently separated into languages and categories and alphabetized within each category. I used to have them lining every wall of every room and hallway, but now I have a bigger house, so they only fill the library and the walls of two other rooms. About 10 years ago I gave hundreds of them away, mostly literary criticism because I realized there was little chance I was going to teach comp lit again, but I have to admit that I've missed them ever since. It wasn't a liberating experience for me at all. I still wish I had them for reference purposes.

I feel the same way about my clothes. I throw away the things that get damaged or start to show wear and tear, but I've been the same size since high school, so every winter I still wear the Borgana coat I bought at the age of 16 to wear to high school football games.
ImageButterflyChaser
Mar 15, 2010 8:39 AM CST
Name: NancyAnn
Jonesboro Ark
Zuzu, if none of us had cars, obesity wouldn't be the epidemic it is. In my town, there are almost NO sidewalks, so walkers and bikers are not encouraged, which is sad. The Dollar General store is 1 mile from my house, on a busy 3-lane highway. I wouldn't dare walk to DG, but I'd like to, if it were a safe trip. I wish we had sidewalks like we did when I was a child. Over time, the city ripped them all out to build bigger streets or parking lots.

In recent years, they've begun putting sidewalks back in front of the schools--but only in the immediate vacinity of the schools. Otherwise, to walk or bike safely, we have to load up in our cars and drive over to a public park.
ImageChicotSherry
Mar 15, 2010 10:37 AM CST
Southeast Arky - zone 8a
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Zu, I'd love it if you taught my 18 year college grand girl, she's a freshman, the two of you would fall in love instantly. My Hub loves books like you do, and, fortunately, when they hit the market, I bought him a Kindle, which he said he'd never adjust to using, but fell absolutely in love with it. So, the book space isn't growing as rapidly as in the past. I refuse to keep magazines, but I did keep Natl Geo, for almost 37 years, & they were burned to a crisp when our office burned. I don't miss them & had already asked every library around if they'd like the collection & was told that the Natl Geo is me most offered collection of all mags. Who knew??!!

One other book story. We have a friend that is a Fed judge, a book collector. After 45 years of marriage, his wife told him that she wanted to downsize & the books had to go. Some days later, he gave her under 100 books. She said, 'you don't get it - ALL the books', so, he had the library assessed and it was worth $$$ & he sold the whole thing & made extra $$$. Everyone was happy. He enjoyed the experience so much that he bought his wife the home of their dreams with a large, separate 'man room/library/office' for himself & he's begun an 'after retirement' career, he buys and sells libraries. I love it when people explore the options & fit all the pieces together...
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ImageButterflyChaser
Mar 15, 2010 12:46 PM CST
Name: NancyAnn
Jonesboro Ark
What a great story about the Fed Judge! Money is quite an incentive to give up the "hoarding". And look, now he can hoard and get paid for it. So he gets the thrill of bringing it in and the joy of being compensated to let it go. How cool!

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