July 10th

Currently I am working part-time at my new job which is awesome because it has been a nice transition from Grad School to working as a professional. Also, I live with my Grandma right now and she is not charging me rent which is helping me get ahead financially and pay off my school debt.

No rent = HUGE RELIEF

I definitely struggled back in April when I moved in & continue to struggle with the notion that I live with a family member and I don’t have ANY privacy. I have been on my own for the past 8 years and my Grandma has lived by herself for the past 40 years so needless to say this has been a MAJOR adjustment for the both of us. 

My Grandma is what I call an “Organized Hoarder.” She has a nice 4-bedroom home in a quiet suburban area that is VERY clean and organized. If you look in one of the 6 closets though you will quickly notice how utterly packed everything is. I have to defend her in the sense that this “stuff” is not shoved or sloppily placed in the closets, in fact, it has been thoughtfully and strategically placed so much so that if you dare move anything she will definitely have a lot to say about it. Another weird part of living with my Grandma is the fact that she didn’t move anything out of the room that I moved into. So I basically had to move into a room that was already occupied by an imaginary person (at least that’s what it feels like.) The only way I can explain it is to imagine moving all of your stuff into a room that is currently being lived in by a mystery person that never shows up. Closet is full, shelves are full, dressers full. Figure it out. Needless to say, this has been tough. Really really tough. What’s even tougher is my Grandma comments about how “messy” my room is on a daily basis when it’s not messy, it’s just crowded and I can’t help that because she refuses to let go of ANYTHING in her entire house.

The absolute scariest portion of the house though is the garage. This is where there are boxes beyond boxes beyond boxes beyond boxes of God knows what. Due to the fact that I have very little room in “my room” I have had to put most of my belongings in the garage. Interestingly, my Grandma voices her opinion about the garage almost everyday stating that it’s full of mostly my stuff. Here is a picture of the garage before I started working on it today. I have circled in red the things that are considered my property.

The scary “Before” picture

As anyone can see MY stuff is not the majority of this garage, not to mention the fact that this picture doesn’t capture 100% of the garage which has 0% of my stuff other than the red circled stuff. These boxes have been here for MANY decades and my Grandma doesn’t even know what’s in most of it. I decided to take my day off and clean this entire place and organize it by myself so that my sanity could be restored a little bit. I also know at the end of the day my Grandma will appreciate it.

How does this relate to weight loss, food, and WW? I will tell you. I started on this garage project at 7am this morning and ended at 1pm. According to WW I earned myself 24 activity points! So basically if I want to go eat a cheeseburger I totally can. I won’t though. I will just hope that tomorrow morning I step on the scale and I have lost some more weight.

I wasn’t sure how to record this “exercise activity” Cleaning the garage was way more than “light effort” and I did it for 5 hours straight with no breaks. I was sweating like a prostitute in church and it’s reallllll hot out in the valley. So I made an approximate guess and here’s the point total as a result. Cool.

And now I present you with some pictures of what I accomplished today during my non-intentional total body workout.

Recycling overload. Notice a mattress is on the ground to the right. Yup, that’s mine. No room in “my room” for that because there was already a twin bed from the 70’s in there that my Grandma refuses to give away. So I had to give away my 2 year old mattress. Awesome. Love it. (insert sarcasm here)

A mere fraction of the empty boxes that my grandma has in her garage.

The new “empty” box section. This will come in handy one day when I move into my own place 🙂

My Grandma has owned her house for over 40 years. She has never been able to walk under this portion of the garage until today. She was very excited. You’re welcome, Grandma.

She felt left out so I gave her a project to do. Go through 5 of her 30 boxes of China/Glass ware so we can get this place more organized!

My Grandma was definitely stunned and excited once this portion of the project was completed. I am happy she liked it as much as I do. It is definitely a work in progress but it is safe to say we have made a huge dent today and I surprisingly earned 24 activity points (WOW again.) I want to end by saying this….I may sound ungrateful or bratty by the way I describe my living situation. I will admit that it is tough but I will not forget how grateful I am that my Grandma is not charging me rent and I have been offered an opportunity to get ahead financially that a lot of people don’t get. In addition, my Grandma and I have been able to spend more time together in the past 3 months then we  have in total for my 28 years of being alive. That’s pretty awesome stuff but screw you for judging me and making me feel guilty about complaining. You’re a real jerk, ya know that.

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Hey You! Welcome to my blog, I am happy you stopped by and I hope my struggles make you laugh a little bit....wait, what?....Anywho, this is my weight loss blog where I will be 100% honest and real about my struggles in losing some weight and more importantly, keeping it off. Most people that know me say I am funny (hence, the title of this blog) so I guess the twist is the fact that I am going to be completely candid about how much losing weight can be really tough/hard/awful/daunting/boring, yet eventually amazing and totally worthwhile. Hopefully through my vulnerability and candidness, I help inspire others to lose some weight and stay motivated. https://funnygirlweightloss.wordpress.com/
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3 Responses to July 10th

  1. lilypadsis says:

    Your grandma is lucky to have you there to help organize her stuff! When you said she had 40 years of stuff I thought of the article I read today about the millions of dollars in rare baseball cards found in a packrat’s attic. You never know what you might find while earning all those points!

    • Thank you for the comment 😀 I actually did find a lot of nice things including some really beautiful 1920’s glassware that my Grandma gave to me. I also found a full set of 1963 Dodger’s World Series glass cups. AMAZING! I am all for people holding on to things but she takes the cake. There are about 10 boxes full of greeting cards and random pieces of paper. I can understand 1, maybe 2 boxes but 10?! hahahaha. I still love her though and I am really happy I could help. Good luck on your journey! I enjoyed reading some of your entries 🙂

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