My kitchen looks like it’s the day after Thanksgiving. Martha Stewart would be appalled.

Staying in control of my food and preparing more meals at home means more garbage, more dishes to wash, and more counters and appliances to wipe down. I guess changing a lifestyle isn’t just about food selection and level of exercise. It requires me to add more/different routines to my day – simple, but important things, like washing lunch dishes (and sometimes pots and pans) instead of merely throwing the Lean Cuisine box into the trash can.

I’ve been really hungry these first few days. I was in the habit of eating way more food than my body really needs. Learning to sit with that hunger, and feel it, and then make a smart decision on how to handle it best is new behavior for me. But as the days progress, I have more energy, more optimism, and more passion and clarity for the hobbies I love.

I am throwing myself into a great Valentines project, with supplies from one of my favorite paper stores, The Paper Source. As I was carefully cutting out envelope liners yesterday, I thought, This is who I am. This is what I love. This is what makes me happy. And I also enjoy giving these small gifts of love to the people I love. That’s the Authentic Lisa.

The grouchy Lisa who lived here in December is gone, and good riddance. I’ll be happy if I never see her again.

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