Friday, January 19, 2007

A funny...

Princess, singing a song that our singing Christmas tree sings, which Pooky won't let us put away, because she has to play the song 20 million times a day...(but thank goodness the batteries are running out:-)

Rockin around the Christmas tree
Have a happy holiday,
Everyone's gonna take care of me
in a new old fashioned sleigh

Hehe, we love her so much, and she knows she is loved here!!

We have been working so hard around our house. It is really overwhelming, how much work has to be done to get a house ready to sell. I guess it may be better if the kids weren't homeschooled...

I have learned a huge lesson about myself. I am a hoarder...I am working on it, but we have been here for 8 years and our front lawn has been full every week since after Christmas. I am a recovering hoarder...

I have decided that I do this because of fear. Lack of things, when I need them, not being able to say no thank you to people...but that all stems back to fear. After seeing what we have been sorting through and what has gone in the garbage, it has really opened my eyes. I have thought and rethought about what we want in our next house, and you know it has changed. I wanted lots of room at first, but if I have more room, before I learn to live in a smaller space, it is just going to become more rooms to fill...(thanks Lisa for making me think about that!)

So, I am a recovering hoarder...this is my issue at this point.

There are still other things going on around here. I have started that Sparkpeople program. If anyone signs up, feel free to use my user id as a reference...ruthie75, I will earn points...just some extra encouragement. Since I have started doing this, I have already lost at least 10lbs. I am waiting until Tuesday to weigh in again, but I am pretty sure that I have lost more then that. I am thinking that a lot of my loss has to do with giving up pop, not totally, but I used to have 4 root beers a day. It was what kept me going, or so I thought. I am down to about 3 a week, give or take a few. I am really enjoying the benefits of the healthier lifestyle. We go out every morning for a walk now with the kids and the dog, and we have gone out a few nights this week with the whole family. I have WAY more energy and just feel a lot better about myself. I am also back to aquafit, 2 times a week, at a local pool. It is so much fun, but the Thursday teacher is really tough. I hurt so bad this morning.

I have also rethought living out of town. As much as I would love to, I would miss out on certain things here. Like aquafit with my mom and certain groups that we go to. It is nice to start over, but I don't know if I am totally ready for that. We have seen some very nice houses, in our price range, in town, that could work for us. One is a 3 bedroom, 20 year old house, in a nice area, with an unfinished basement (extra bedrooms) and a HUGE lot...196 feet deep. It is what we have been looking for, but didn't think we could find in town. We meet with the bank tomorrow and then I would like to talk to our agent about looking at that house. It could be the one;-)

I am gonna run now, gotta get ready for ladies group and get some of our yummy, healthy, homemade cookies packed up to bring with me.


  1. You've had a lot going on! Glad to hear things are moving along on the housing front. Getting rid of stuff can be hard. It sounds like you're doing a great job. I'm a former hoarder, too.

    Congratulations on your weight loss. I've just started, so I'm waiting a little bit for my first weigh in - I don't want to be disappointed. I was thinking about joining Sparkpeople. If I do, I will be sure to use your id as a reference.

    I've cut way down on my pop, too. It's killing me! Oh, Diet Dr. Pepper, how I love thee!

  2. oh congrats on the weight loss and realizing about the hoarder thing, I have been trying to loose weight too, I was down 3 pounds on Tues, not sure where I am at right now and the pizza for dinner didn't help...hehehe...but I am determined this time to loose it!
    the house sounds great! I can't wait to hear what happens! where you end up!!! exciting!

  3. That's a very good first step! Keep going Ruth, you're doing great!!