Breaking Bad

#Sorrynotsorry but this isn’t a post about Walter White.

It’s about tracking new habits while breaking bad ones. The past few weeks I have accomplished something that I never thought I would. I took my vitamins! I know right? Something so simple. Well, yes and no.

When a flare hits, I don’t care if school keeps. (As my mother is fond of saying.) As much as I would like to have a pause button – life goes on. This month is all about capturing the things that I feel contribute to a flare. As I do, I really wanted to track all of the things but I really did best with the vitamins.

Another key to my wellness is tracking my symptoms. I use an iPhone app to monitor my pain levels, what type of pain, where, what lovely side effects was I dealing with and whether or not I had to take something for the pain. It was a success at the beginning of the month but not so much on this last half.

I won’t dwell on what I could have accomplished because I TOOK MY VITAMINS! Sometimes, just having one thing done means the world to me.

lissy

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Flare Interruptus

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There is one aspect of dealing with my chronic illness that I just can’t seem to move on from. It’s the damn “flare” days.  My flares mean I am in bed for hours, sleeping. Unfortunately, it is not a restorative sleep. I am not reading, watching seasons of Gilmore Girls or rearranging furniture – I am down for the count.

I have plans man! Notebooks, mind-maps and planners filled with plans. I am still trying to figure out how to grow a home business of vast proportions so I can supplement my income when I can no longer function on a 9 to 5.

The struggle is real folks.

How do you deal with life’s interruptions?

 

 

 

Komono Territory

I have entered into the Komono adventures in de-cluttering – err “tidying up”. In Marie’s World, your stuff has a category. First, it is clothes, then books, then papers.  Komono is everything else. It’s the miscellaneous items that make up your everyday living.  Hobby items, product samples, makeup…you get the picture.

My komono categories are as follows: Home Office/Hobby, Bathroom, Tools/Supplies and lastly Christmas/Sentimental items.  Let me begin by saying, I am a stationery freak. I own quite a few planners (hehe), pens, paintbrushes, glues, and…well, I practically own enough to supply my family and friends with paper and the like for eons.  Just back away from my planners.

By this time in the Marie Kondo game of tidying up, letting go of items is becoming a no-brainer. I took at least ten full boxes of notebooks, stickers, and unfinished projects to the thrift store. I expected that this was going to be a gut-wrenching experience. Not so much really. I am beginning to enjoy my tidy space. Things are actually staying in places I designated for their use. WHAT?

I did let go the crappy, inexpensive ring-bound planner covers and opted to lovingly store the expensive ones until such time I am ready to give them a new home. I mean, come on, have you seen my planners?

Next up is the bathroom. I am anxious to see just how many black eyeliners I really do own.

Shaping Up For Fall

Now that the days are shorter and life is getting cozy again, I’ve been reflecting on my goals. This past summer has been a rough one with my own motivation going slightly array. It has taken all that I possess to get in front of my computer lately and keep this blog going.

I know that compared to five years ago, I’ve come a long way health wise. I know I still push myself, my eating habit are crap and exercise is a laugh. With this in mind, I sat down this past weekend to work out some goals in three areas that I had the most concern about with my health.

This has led me to a three-part series that I will be sharing with you over the next few months.  Frist, I will be working on Tracking My Illness with paper and an app. Then, onto two very critical aspects to keeping me well – Fitness and Food. This girl really needs a plan when it comes to fitness and food. With this, I will also be working out “Plan B” for the days when my illness flares and it halt’s any game plans I have lined up.

I hope you will join me on this trek as I am so very excited to get moving!

lissy

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Paper, Paper Everywhere

I have officially left the first three stages of The Kon Mari Method, ending August on a high note. Last month I got rid of my most favorite things – paper. Well, I got rid of old used bank registers, club cards, past six years of insurance policies and every single receipt that didn’t have a tax purpose. Buh bye! My file cabinet now has only about a half dozen files hanging out. All the old, used a billion times folders are off to the recyclers and a myriad of old personal papers – shredded.

Throw that confetti in the air – like you just don’t care!

Now onto Komono, which I consider the bulk of the Kon Mari Method. I broke mine down into 1) Hobby/Office, 2) Bathroom/Linen Closet, 3) Tools and 4) Sentimental/Christmas. Depending upon your current situation – Komono can be whatever obstacle of clutter you want to attack. Be it the spare bedroom or the kitchen. By the time you have reached these areas however, your obstacle may look a bit thin. With her method, you would have already pulled out the clothes, books and papers from these areas. That overwhelming spare bedroom is getting closer and closer to being your sewing room! Or craft room. She den.  How incredibly awesome is that?

I’m a starting to see areas of my living space getting light and fluffy instead of bulked down with the weight of Stuff. My once colossal mountain of washi tape is now a small mound of quality and manageable quantity. So delightful!

This coming month I will tackling the office supplies and my hobby materials. Envelopes, binders, folders, calendars, planners, and stickers (oh my). Whoever is getting my donations must be beside themselves!

I’m Just Not Into Summer

I long for #pumpkinspiceeverything

Summer is hard enough when you live in the armpit of hell (aka Phoenix, AZ). On a record breaking day, it could be as hot as 116 degrees. Then, we get this crazy a$$ weather situation called Monsoon Season which adds a lovely layer of humidity to the mix. Delightful isn’t it?

No matter what, I love this desert and have called it home for most of my adult life. I cope the best that I can when it comes to the heat.  I long for cooler days. I’ve struggled with my motivation this summer in regards to my health. Concentrating on building a foundation to my healthy self has become increasingly harder. Is it too much to ask for the world to stop for a bit so I can take a nap?

 

First Aid for the Chronically Ill

Objects, doors, windows, cubicles, glass containers on the floor are out to end me! I guess being a klutz is just an added bonus to being chronically ill. I can blink, and a new bruise will appear on my legs or arms. I’m often asking myself “when did I do that?” I know we all have a moments…but it seems to be blown out of proportion when you are ill.

Here are four things to keep you safe.

1 – Turn on the damn nitelight – this would have probably have saved my foot for crashing into a glass jar I left on the floor after a recent cleaning extravaganza

2 – When in doubt, call family or friends – “Hi, don’t panic, I’m bleeding!”

3 – Meditate – On the fact you’re the dumba$$ who left the glass jar on the floor in the first place.

4 – Purchase an overabundance of first aid supplies – Yassssss! I’ve got this one covered!

 

***when in doubt, laugh***

 

Strategic Fail

I’ve lost site on my One Little Word for 2017. Focus. I am beginning to even wonder of that is a possibility as I can’t even remember if I took my medications in the morning. I wrote about being hyper vigilant when it come to my weight…weighing in with extra pounds is not being hyper vigilant in any capacity.

May it should be more Laser Focused.

But how?

I need a new game plan! (and a planner)

Kon Mari

I drank the kool-aid friends. I finally caught up with the KonMari craze that swept the nation about three years ago. If you have been hiding under your clutter and don’t know what I’m talking about – well, let me ‘esplain,

Marie Kondo’s book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up hit book shelves in 2014. Heck, she even has an app for that. The book is described (per her website) as a “best selling guide to decluttering your home.” I’m in.

Emphasis though is on tidying up – in categories.  The first being Clothing, then Books, followed by Paper, then Komono (miscellaneous areas like the kitchen pantry) and lastly, sentimental items.  Marie recommends to gather all similar belongings – dump it ALL on the floor and start purging.

Marie also recommends going through the categories in a rather rapid pace. Umm, yea, that is just not going to happen for me. I adapted her process by spending no more than an hour of my weekend on an item in a category. For instance, under Clothing there are tops; bottoms; dresses; outerwear; socks; so forth. And I didn’t go the floor thing, I was worried I would not be able to get back up.

I had purged a majority of my clothing the previous year using an approach of having 44 items in my closet so working on the clothing was not a long process. I did, however, have an over abundance of socks.

In July I am tackling books. They are everywhere, bookcases, floor, dresser, side table…oy!  This could prove to be interesting.

lissy