Saturday, 14 July 2018

Clean Slate

I think I said I'd been reading Better Than Before, and I have a whole new set of thoughts about it this time around. Whenever I start to have a good idea about something, I always venture into the kitchen to clean the cupboards, it's a bit like the Flylady shiny sink. 

Today I asked for Dan's help, we work in very different ways so sometimes we clash about the best way to do things, other times we can really help each other by coming at a problem in a different way. Today he helped me to declutter some kitchen items that held sentimental attachment, along with some things that didn't and we just needed to make a decision. When everything fits neatly into a cupboard it can be harderfor me to justify getting rid of them as they aren't creating a mess, but they can still be clutter, and far better off going to someone who wants or needs them. 

We had rain yesterday, but this morning the sun is back, so apologies for the shadows on the pictures! 


This is the first sweep, some baking things, a bowl we bought from the charity shop when we made soap, two things to hold garlic (I rarely to never buy fresh garlic), two jugs, two huge beer glasses (a gift) and other bits and bobs.


Afterwards we found the lid to the red garlic pot, I knew it was somewhere and we were very pleased to find it before we took things to the charity shop. 




I used to use this pan all the time, but can't remember the last time. 


Then we had another look round and selected a couple of other items. Again these were things we liked, but didn't need or use. Two cute trays.


And some assorted utensils. I bought the jar opener from the charity shop fairly recently, but it just doesn't quite work for me. We have two pizza cutters so one can go, loads of bottle openers so the Guinness one is in the bag along with the corkscrew, we don't drink wine and I can't remember the last time we had guests who needed to use this one.


Feels very good to get this type of job out of the way before 9.30.

Monday, 9 July 2018

Better Than Before

I'm on holiday! 

Today marks the start of the second week. Week one was all about not worrying about anything, eating and drinking all the things, and using the weather as an excuse to avoid exercise. This week is all about making some changes to my daily routine, to give me a kick start I re-read Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin, and chose a few things to get me going. 

Anyone spending more than a couple of minutes with me would come to the conclusion that I'm a rebel so it can be hard to get me to do something and then to keep me doing it. However, it turns out I am exceptionally vain so appearing to be the type of person I believe myself to be is very important. So if a person like me would do x I'm more inclined to do it, more than it being something I want to do, should be doing, or would be to my benefit. It's very annoying, but I'm not going to change. And there's nothing like being on holiday for having the time to think about what your best self looks like. 

More than anything else, my best self eats fruit. My actual self eats very little.

So this holiday period (I still have two weeks off work) is all about setting things up so the choice I want to make is also the easiest choice. So I'm combining the strategies of abstaining and convenience. I find it so much easier to go without something altogether than to attempt to moderate my consumption - it means I've made a decision once and I don't have to make it again. I've also made the healthier food choice the easiest to grab. Thankfully it hasn't all involved chopping. 


The fruit bowl has moved, it used to live at the far end of the worktop where it was out of the way and as such was mainly used for storing manky bananas, keys and supermarket vouchers. I've moved it to the near end of the worktop, a place I walk past countless times per day, so it's easy to grab some fruit. It really does seem to be that simple to trick myself into doing something, amazing. 

A bonus of this move is that there's no room to put stuff on the worktop so that's more likely to end up where it's supposed to go, which is almost certainly the strategy of pairing - putting two good things together to strengthen the habit. 

I'm using the same kind of process to get more reading done. Because we're watching so much football at the moment I've made a deal with myself to not watch tv the rest of the time, other than the last few episodes of The Bridge. So when the football isn't on, there's plenty of time to read. It's working well. The weather has helped too, we have been out and about but not for long so we can make sure the buns aren't overheating, we're back by 3pm any day we go out so there's a lovely long late afternoon and evening to laze and flip through the pages. It's all been pretty relaxing, other than the penalties!