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!
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 actually 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.
As 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!