It's Thursday, so you know what that means!
Wait, what? You don't know what the heck I'm talking about?
Probably because I haven't talked about it since last week. Probably because I haven't been saying much at ALL in the last week. And do you know why? Because it is summer and we are super busy because I decided to shine my dang sink and get my blubbery butt on a running schedule, that's why.
Yes, it's No Monkey Thursday!
First, let's talk about Fly Lady.
I am super happy I signed up because it has turned out to be just the jump-start I needed. I had really just gotten out of the habit of having a clean sink (which magically turns into clean countertops and a clean table and a clean stove. Okay, not a clean stove. I'll be honest. That thing is still pretty nasty). Once you get started on something like that, it's pretty easy to just keep going and beautify the rest of the room. It's also pretty easy to stop if you need to because your toddler has stolen the silverware caddy from the dishwasher and is dunking it into the dogs' water bowl. Flexibility, baby. Not to be underestimated!
I've also organized the kids' art bin, started making my bed every day, gotten all the clean laundry put away (full disclosure: my two big girls do all their own laundry. The minute Paul turns 7, he's going to be doing his too. They have opposable thumbs, right? Anyway, so it's not as much laundry as you might be imagining. But I still did it!) and beautified the floor of my closet. Oh, and I'm pretty sure I've bathed more than twice, which is a HUGE increase over the previous week. Not too shabby, my friends! Not too shabby.
The daily kids challenge has also been great. It would be even greater if it actually came every day, but I think we'll survive. But seriously, what is up with that? They ask for their Fly Lady task every single day, and if it's a lame-o Mommy task instead, the level of grumble increases tenfold. Anyway. In addition to cleaning off their dressers they've also each tossed out 27 pieces of useless paper and have gone through their sock drawers to hand down their too-small socks and to throw out their hole-y ones. Lizzy suggested we repair the holes but I decided we're not at a sock-darning place in our lives just yet.
The only downside to doing the Fly Lady program has been the plethora of useless emails. I am not joking when I say that just two or three per day pertain to actual tasks and challenges and that the other SEVEN are "testimonials", read: glorified advertisements for her products. I am not buying specialty cleaning products, dude. EVER. Seriously. And when I say "seriously" I mean SERIOUSLY. There's probably a way to only get the tasks and not the ads, but that would involve me reading down to the end of those and I think my eyes would be bleeding from annoyance by then.
In all, the good outweighs the bad and so we're going to stick with the program (or my own modified version) for a while longer. Oh, and let me just say that reading the notes and challenges has made me feel pretty darn good about myself because even though my house is not in the state I wish it were, it is not nearly as bad as some of the folks to which her messages are directed. Seriously, sign up. You'll be glad you did!
Monkey #2: the booty jiggle. So let's talk about week 1 of Couch to 5K!
So far, I've managed to run all three times (Friday, Monday, and Wednesday) and as much as I had intended to adhere to the prescribed training schedule, every time it felt like I should stop running and start walking, another car would appear and I would have to keep running until it was out of sight. And then, the coast would be clear but I would start passing a house so I'd have to start running again in case someone was looking out their window. Well, of course! I'm not going to walk when another person might be able to see me!
Also, I can't find my running watch and there is NO WAY I can count seconds with the tiny swishy second hand on my "fancy" watch. So I didn't wear a watch and tried to guess at the time instead. Hmmmmm, apparently what I'm trying to tell you is that I ran all three days and completely disregarded every other element of the training plan. But that's okay because the monkey is my jiggly booty and the monkey/jiggle is slowly getting off my back(side). Two pounds down, baby!
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