I’ve read multiple times that when you are struggling to budget and your finances are in chaos, it’s a symptom of a much larger problem. This problem can be described in many different ways: laziness, undisciplined, denial, worldliness, selfishness, unrestrained, disorganized, slovenly, inconsistent, out of control, and disobedient. This problem doesn’t just exist within the confines of your check book and FICA score, it most often shows up in the state of your house and your figure. My house and my figure? Unkept and carrying extra weight.
As much as I’d like to blame my disorderly house on my children (let’s be honest, four kiddos do tend to create their fair share of messes and chaos) the truth is Shawn and I haven’t been consistent in our parenting. Routines and making it a part of our regular day can make such a big difference.
“Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.” Thomas Jefferson
Not to mention, our personal tendency to procrastinate or claim that we are “too tired” to put our own stuff away, clean up the dinner dishes, fold the laundry or any other number of chores. And lets not forget choosing to watch television, check Facebook or play an iPhone game instead of the drudgery of cleaning. Any and all of these are easily labeled “excuses” and in my case lead to anxiety and CHAOS (Flylady for “Can’t Have Anyone Over Syndrome”). These things lead to more problems like fighting and discord within our family and marriage.
Since tackling our debt, I’ve also started to tackle the disorder of our home. A recent storm and subsequent flooding due to a power outage made our basement my first priority. We had plans to build a 12×12 school room down there, however, I was tired of waiting for the finances and/or time to complete such a project. So operation cleanup commenced along with moving our “school” downstairs (removing the mess from my dining room!!). The results were dramatic, freeing, and we are loving it. Obviously when you have neglected to be diligent in your home care there is more work to be done! My next project: Master bedroom.
BEFORE (Sorry it’s so dark, this was the only before I had)
AFTER (Such a fun place to have school!)
Having kids has definitely reeked havoc on my figure, though not as much as an unhealthy lifestyle and my undisciplined enjoyment of food. In 2007, 6 weeks after the birth of our first child, Shawn and I embarked on a journey towards a healthy weight. We exercised more and ate less. And we were successful!!!!
Being at a healthy weight was great in so many ways. We felt good, we looked good :), and we had a lot of motivation. In December of 2010 things started to change for us. We got pregnant…with triplets. Did you know that the recommended weight gain with triplets is 65lbs? I gained 63. Right on track!! Unfortunately, this wasn’t all baby weight. It was extra Tawnda weight. After their birth I only lost 30 of those pounds. The rest continues to linger…
Since then its been an uphill battle that Shawn and I have not been winning. We’d like to blame the kids, just like we do for or house but the truth is we say yes to things (3 desserts instead of 1, pizza instead of salad, crackers instead of fruit) we need to say no to. We sit on the couch instead of going on a walk. It’s another area of our life where we’ve become undisciplined. Lately, we are trying to get on track as we are with our finances. Some days we are winning, some days it’s the Fourth of July and we are serving Hyvee brats (pineapple is my favorite…YUM!)
What is the state of your house and figure? If it’s in disarray like mine, I invite you to join me on this journey!!!
“No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.” Hebrews 12:11