So, I kind of hate the phrase, “New Year’s Resolutions, ” mostly because it is SO clichéd. Everyone expects me to say a certain number of things, like, oh, losing weight, getting fit, etc. This coming year, I am setting a couple of challenges for myself. Here they are:
- To finish my “To Do” list of 27 things (some of them REALLY minor) before the kids come home, including doing part of the things I expect from them. I’m going to “surprise” them by cleaning/straightening/organizing their rooms. Maybe “traumatize” is a more accurate statement than “surprise.”
- To get back to our housekeeping chore schedule.
- To log my food & exercise onto the “Lose It” app on my phone, every day, every bite, every step.
- To buy a decent pedometer, and USE IT!
I’m also considering a visual motivation for reclaiming a healthier me. I’ve seen the marble jar for weight loss. I’m considering doing two sets. One for pounds to lose/pounds lost, and one for exercise. I am thinking of rewarding myself for exercising, instead for pounds lost. I think that might be better motivation for me.
As for my To Do list…I’ve already accomplished 5 things from the list just today. Woo Hoo! They were all really easy, and rather quick. I decanted my first batch of citrus vinegar (just a small jar as a trial) and used some of it. Wow! WOW! I love cleaning with vinegar, and even though the smell dissipates after it dries, I hated it…there is almost zero vinegar smell with the citrus vinegar. You just put your citrus peels in a jar or the vinegar jug, top with vinegar, cap it, and let it sit for 2 weeks, then you have citrus vinegar. It cleans like a dream. After repairing our leaking faucet in the tub, we were left with an ugly rust stain. I hadn’t done much to clean it, until today. I usually try to use vinegar and peroxide to clean my tub, so I went ahead and sprinkled a little citrus vinegar in the tub and sprayed it with vinegar. (I spray with vinegar and let sit, then spray with peroxide, and let sit a few minutes and wipe/scrub/rinse. Remember NOT to mix them together in the sprayer. Perfectly safe to mix by spraying one over the other, but not mixing in a container, like your sprayer.) I let it sit for the amount of time it took to scrub the toilet (that had 2 cups of white vinegar and a squirt of dish soap squirted in it and allowed to sit 30 minutes before) and sink. I thought that I’d need a little scrubbing power so I sprinkled on a tiny little bit of Bon Ami, and my first swipe with my rag, and I saw a noticeable difference in the rust stain. I think tomorrow, I’ll take a before and after photo before I tackle the remaining stain.
Now, I need to go with the Hubs to the Dollar Store and pick up a couple new spray bottles, and some more baking soda. The soda is so we can tackle the oven.