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Thread #152702   Message #3586956
Posted By: Stilly River Sage
27-Dec-13 - 01:16 PM
Thread Name: Fall into Winter Declutter & Fitness 2013
Subject: RE: Fall into Winter Declutter & Fitness 2013
Social and news media switch so quickly from christmas to resolutions for the new year, all while touting deep discount sales and looks back at the previous year. Gardens are a better investment of time and money than so many of the activities and pursuits promoted in the news now.

It has been cold here in North Texas for weeks, though today is supposed to get up to about 58o. I'll walk the dogs and may get out and pull some of the dead stuff out of the gardens. It's time for potatoes, onions, leeks. The broccoli isn't very happy out there, I'll see if I can do something to perk it up. The chard took the ice pretty hard but is still alive. Cilantro has weathered the ice, as has oregano and the woody rosemary and bay leaf. A complex garden has more to offer than just fair weather crops.

Indoors I'm sorting through stuff to go to the Goodwill. I'll make a last run to finish up this year of donations - household items that I have too much of and don't want to hold onto for a garage sale. I've found a lot of things I forgot about in the process, like restaurant take-home containers that I meant to use to send home leftovers after big family meals. Maybe this year. I have some empty cupboards now that I need to use efficiently (store things that are 1) worth keeping and that 2) I'll remember where I put them.

I haven't lost any weight this month, probably gained a couple of pounds. I'm not beating myself up, I've only done a few days of fasting. Instead, I'll keep meals moderate when possible and get back to the routine in January and hope to hit by target by spring. Losing 45-50 pounds over the course of a year is a project that is its own reward in so many ways.

Right now, today, it's the holiday break, and I think I'll take a nap.