But First, an Update


Before I launch into my experience with Category 1 of the KonMari Method, I have lots of updates!

As you probably figured out by now, my blogging schedule is set for once a week on Tuesdays. However, I can absolutely guarantee that I’ll miss a week here and there because of school, work, or life. Ah well, c’est la vie!

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So what’s been going on? I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but don’t expect the Ration Project posts anytime soon … or ever. After just two weeks, Ed and I remembered exactly why we stopped doing it in the first place: inconvenience. Let’s face it, there’s just not enough time in my day to dedicate to figuring out what I’m cooking for all three meals during the week based on a point system. The Ration Project sounded like a good idea three weeks ago because we wanted to save money and save calories, both of which can be achieved with rationing.

We did, indeed, save a whole heck of a lot of money on grocery shopping; however, I batfit2019actually gained weight! How can that be so? For starters, I was eating a lot of white bread, processed meats, cheese, and peanut butter for sandwiches — something I don’t normally do. Secondly, on the Ration Project, Lean Cuisine and Healthy Choice meals and frozen vegetables all “cost” a ton of blue points. They are considered “processed” and that means we didn’t have access to them as often as we would have liked. It’s no secret that Lean Cuisine and Healthy Choice meals are my lunchtime staple and that frozen vegetables are the backbone of my meal prep during the winter months. The way I cooked and ate changed drastically, which I knew would happen … but I didn’t consider my current health and metabolism.

I just got back from the doctors. For the most part everything is fine. My blood pressure is normal and my blood test results were great … except for my blood sugar. Yup, 103. According to my doctor I’m pre-diabetic, no surprise considering my family’s history. When I told her about the ration project, she wasn’t supportive. Apparently, it’s the worst thing in the world for me and Ed because we each need to watch certain things for optimal health, something that isn’t possible on the Ration Project. She advised that I continue what I’m currently doing: exercising daily for 30 to 40 minutes (cardio with strength training), watch my portions, and cut down on high glycemic carbs. The goal is to lose weight and drop my blood sugar levels. She wants me to proceed slowly so that I can monitor my thyroid and other functions. My next appointment is a few days before my 47th birthday in June.

bannerfans_16248261As for school, everything is going just fine. I’ve been treating this program like my PhD program, which it isn’t. It’s a completely different kind of work — more hands on and much less focused on theory and history. I’m finding that I’m ahead of the reading and assignments, sometimes by a full week. If I keep up this pace I’ll be in good shape for the midterms and finals.

I have yet to add my own research projects and drawing/painting projects into my schedule. I’m trying to get acclimated to being back in school, hopping around NYC, and a new field. Hopefully, I’ll have a handle on everything by March.

Stay tuned, my dear readers. Category 1: Clothing will post soon!










  6 comments for “But First, an Update

  1. Debra She Who Seeks
    12 Feb 2019 at 5:53 pm

    Doctors know best! And yes, I can see how a rationed diet could rely too much on carbs and unhealthy food.


    • Franny
      1 Mar 2019 at 9:32 am

      Unfortunately, not all doctors. The so-called “doctors” in Texas nearly killed me!


  2. Siren
    12 Feb 2019 at 6:24 pm

    I’m following Marie Kondo’s suggestions too! I’m still doing my clothes. Today I did tops, bottoms, dresses, outerwear, socks, underwear and bags.. still have accessories, jewellery, swimwear and costumes. I did put everything on the floor at once and went through it, after refusing to do it that way and purging occasionally for a year! the result is 1 medium bag of clothes to donate, a pile of clothes to iron, 2 laundries, surprisingly 2 huge bags with stuff that needs mending (and I intend to give away if I don’t fix soon). I ‘ll work through the rest soon.


    • Franny
      1 Mar 2019 at 9:33 am

      Good for you!!! I only did my clothes, shoes, and some accessories. I have to wait until spring break to move on to books and papers. In the summer I’ll tackle the knick-knacks. Keep going!


  3. 12 Feb 2019 at 9:58 pm

    I can’t imagine planning a week’s worth of meals ahead of time! I’m more of a seat-of-my-pants kinda meal planner, I guess. Our freezer and pantry are always full though, since it’s not that easy to grab groceries on the fly out here, especially in winter.

    Glad school is proving easy for you! Once you get the schedule down, sounds like you’ll have lots of time for other stuff besides studying!


    • Franny
      1 Mar 2019 at 9:35 am

      It seriously drove me friggin nuts. Sometimes I just want to come home from class or research and eat a salad with an egg. I don’t want to make a huge dinner. I can go weeks without eating meat and then suddenly want a seriously bacon cheeseburger with fries. It worked the first time around … these days I’m just not mentally there.

      As for time, OY!


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