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I don\’t believe it!

 

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Something weird is going on here. My sitting room is now empty of furniture except an ugly melamine coffee table, but absolutely full of things I want to get rid of. Boxes and boxes and bags and bags of books went down to the various charity shops popping up all over Truro – which was the world capital of charity shops when we first moved here and may well be so again. Clearly Cameron\’s Double Dip is having the (predictable) effect of killing off the small traders and the interesting little shops that Truro has been full of recently. Recessions always benefit the big corporations because they have more… ah… fat.

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I\’m mostly giving it away. Maybe I could get some money for some of the things like my son\’s Playmobil collection, but I don\’t have the time or the patience to go through all that. Yes, I know eBay, yadda yadda… Maybe if I was an experienced eBay trader but not now when I\’m working to a tight deadline and have already spent what feels like months sorting and clearing. Also the postage charge restrictions means you can\’t really sell anything big or heavy that way. Or, put more accurately, I don\’t know how you do it, don\’t know who to ask and don\’t trust what Google might tell me about it (I\’ve made that mistake before).

***

So. Gradually, wa-a-ay too slowly, my house is emptying, ready to be sold. And my weight is also slowly going down.

***

Hang on. Back up. Did you get that? My weight is going down. Yes, I\’ve also come off sugar thanks to a horribly scary article in New Scientist a few weeks ago, linking sugar with Alzheimer\’s. As the Daily Mail has ignored the story, I\’m assuming it must be true. I\’ve been following some of the very odd suggestions in \”Six weeks to OMG\”, by Venice Fulton, the latest hot weight-loss book.  But that\’s not what\’s amazing.

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What\’s amazing is that it has not been a struggle. As my vast mob of possessions flows out the door it seems as if my body is finally willing to let go of my fat. True, when you stop eating sugar, after a week or two of feeling awful, you do suddenly stop physically craving the stuff and are less likely to find yourself in a robot-binge.

***

What\’s happened now is different from that. There are no mental cravings. I\’m not lingering longingly in the enticingly stocked biscuit aisles of M & S any more, I\’m not struggling to pass ice cream freezers, I\’m not even hankering after chocolate. I had some on Saturday and… and… I DIDN\’T LIKE THE TASTE VERY MUCH!

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This is incredible. It\’s a miracle! Since I turned 13 I have been struggling with my eating problems and my tendency to eat everything not nailed down. I\’ve written an entire book of poetry about it, after all! Coincidentally – maybe – my book and thing collection has also been building since then.

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Now it may be that there is a mystical link between the stuff you have in storage and the fat you\’re storing on your belly, which is my body\’s favourite place to stash calories. Maybe the Feng Shui people are right and letting go of stuff means that your energy can flow better. Maybe it\’s just that my body has reached some mysterious threshold… I don\’t know. OK, yes, maybe it\’s the Six Weeks to OMG book – but I\’ve done low-carb diets before and struggled mentally all the way, even after my body had completely come off sugar, the heroin of foodstuffs. That\’s why I still need to lose weight.

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Just because the two things – clear out plus weightloss – are happening together, doesn\’t mean one caused the other. But it\’s really weird nonetheless. And very encouraging. That skip is going to be FULL.

***

One Hundred Possessions, here I come!

8 Comments

  1. nikki says:

    I so know what you are going through, I am currently clearing a family home of 35years. Never realised we could stack so much stuff in cupboards, drawers and as for the loft WOW we should really be in the storage business.

    Hope you (and I ) get sorted soon so we can all get on with living our lives. Sorry to hear your moving back to London!

    1. patricia says:

      It’s clear that stuff expands to fill the space available. There are other factors – read my latest post!

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      I can’t stop you using my ideas because you can’t patent an idea and people do this all the time. However it would be a lot better if you came up with your own ideas – using mine as springboards, if you like. That makes your website more interesting. If you just cut and paste chunks of text from me, that’s called plagiarism and is (believe it or not) regarded as a crime.

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