March 2011 - Rachelle Adams

Linen Closet

I decided to work on the linen closet first, because it would help me with the laundry closet and the guest room.

I started by pulling out all of the towels and putting them on our bed. I thought if I put them on the bed, I’d be motivated to finish.


I told you it was a lot of towels! We have a king size bed, and it was covered!

Another angle – I counted, and we have almost 50 bath towels (not counting hand towels, washcloths, or beach towels). That’s just a few too many for two people.


I decided to box up the bright and pretty ones, because those are my favorites, and I think those will make me the happiest when we un-box them. I kept out the brown ones that we chose to go with our hall bathroom and all of our old towels that we had before we got married.

The closet looks a lot better. We have a manageable number of towels in there now. I also pulled out a few sets of sheets to donate to Goodwill. We have enough for when guests come, and we don’t need more than that! There is also room again for extra blankets on the top shelf. I managed to clean out three stacks of towels and some blankets that were in the guest room.

I added a shoe organizer to the back of the door. It’s loaded with an assortment of things that were previously in the laundry closet. By using the space behind the linen closet door, I’ll have room for more stuff in the laundry closet.

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3 Projects

I have three projects on my to do list that I would like to finish over the course of the next couple of weeks. 1) I’d like to clean out our laundry closet so that only laundry supplies are left, along with empty shelves that I can use to store stockpile groceries and toiletries as I find good deals on them. 2) Our linen closet is a little out of control, partly because we have so many towels (there are 3 stacks of towels in the guest room). I’d like to put some of the towels in storage and straighten up everything on the shelves. 3) I’d like to make the guest room a place where guests feel comfortable and welcome. At one point, we had the guest room cleaned out enough that someone could sleep in it. Then we started using it as a dumping ground for anything that didn’t have a permanent home. The following pictures show you the chaos. :O)

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162 lbs to go

I updated the My Fitness Pal ticker at the top of my blog so that it will show how many pounds I have to go rather than how many I’ve lost. I think I knew in my head that it was a lot of weight. Still, somehow seeing it in the form of a ticker shocked me a bit. I’ve known I needed to lose “a whole person”. It clicked just now that I need to lose “a whole overweight person”. By God’s grace and help from the Holy Spirit, I can do it!

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Linen Closet

I decided to work on the linen closet first, because it would help me with the laundry closet and the guest room.

I started by pulling out all of the towels and putting them on our bed. I thought if I put them on the bed, I’d be motivated to finish.


I told you it was a lot of towels! We have a king size bed, and it was covered!

Another angle – I counted, and we have almost 50 bath towels (not counting hand towels, washcloths, or beach towels). That’s just a few too many for two people.

I decided to box up the bright and pretty ones, because those are my favorites, and I think those will make me the happiest when we un-box them. I kept out the brown ones that we chose to go with our hall bathroom and all of our old towels that we had before we got married.

The closet looks a lot better. We have a manageable number of towels in there now. I also pulled out a few sets of sheets to donate to Goodwill. We have enough for when guests come, and we don’t need more than that! There is also room again for extra blankets on the top shelf. I managed to clean out three stacks of towels and some blankets that were in the guest room.

I added a shoe organizer to the back of the door. It’s loaded with an assortment of things that were previously in the laundry closet. By using the space behind the linen closet door, I’ll have room for more stuff in the laundry closet.

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I have not been trying to lose weight. I haven’t been doing anything that would make that happen. I haven’t been drinking enough water, eating the right foods, or exercising. Yet I still have regular thoughts about wanting to be a healthy weight, about not wanting to be so fat.

Kids openly picked on us for being fat one night. Did that motivate me? No.

I’m in the size clothing that I remember oh-so-vividly saying one day, “I hope I’m NEVER that big.” Does that motivate me? No.

I’m on blood pressure and cholesterol medicine, and I’m only 29. Has that motivated me? No.

I’m uncomfortable in groups of people because I feel how big I am compared to them. Is that a motivator? No.

What’s it going to take? When am I going to get this under control?

I’ve thought a lot lately about the spiritual aspects of my obesity, the fact that it’s sinful for me to be out of control with my eating habits, giving in to glutony on a regular basis. I keep hoping that it will grieve my heart that I’m grieving God’s heart by sinning continually in this way. It hasn’t happened yet.

Pastor Charlie taught a great message out of 1 Corinthians on Sunday (they’re always great). Toward the end of the message, he talked about self-control. He said that most of the time we think of self-control as having enough will-power not to do something. That’s not the whole picture. A large part of self-control is wanting something else more. He talked about athletes training for the Olympics. They aren’t tempted by a chocolate cake because winning a gold medal is of far greater value to them than the cake.

So I’ve been contemplating some things that are of greater value to me than out-of-control eating. Here are four things:

1) glorifying God with my body and my actions
2) having a healthy body so I can live a long life with my precious husband
3) being able to have children some day without complications caused by my obesity
4) traveling comfortably (airplanes just weren’t made for obese people)

Please be praying that I’ll think about these things as I’m tempted to overeat, as I’m tempted to be sedentary rather than exercising, as I’m tempted to drink soda rather than water. Please be praying that I’ll stay focused on the big picture. If I can gain the four things I listed above, giving up my unhealthy eating habits isn’t really a loss at all.

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