What an exhausting week! This is basically what went down.
I made a German Chocolate cake the day after hitting my 10 pound loss.
I ate 1/4 of it by myself over a period of 3 days. I kid you not. :(
The same day I made the cake an exterminator and a plumber came out to inspect the house, and discovered the source of the flies was our crawl space on the other side of the half-basement. Our kitchen pipe had completely broken and separated and all the water that is supposed to drain into the sewer was draining into our crawl space, creating a nice little lake of sewage for the flies that came up from the sewer to live in. This caused quite a huge disgusting mess and not only explained the flies, but why our house seemed to be cracking in half–it was settling at an alarming rate due to the water and there are cracks in all the walls.
The estimate on the cleanup and repair was $6,300.00 Cue the emotional eating! Our insurance told us they’d cover the foundation damage but wouldn’t cover the cleanup since it was for the ground beneath our house. They only cover the house, not the ground beneath it, even if the reason our house is cracking in half would continue to cause the house to crack in half after it was repaired if it wasn’t cleaned up. But that’s just how insurance works so we moved on and examined our options.
Since we don’t have that kind of money, we decided it was time to get dirty and do the job ourselves. OK, Dennis decided it was time to get dirty and I stood on the other side of the crawl space, which is our half-basement, and lent him moral support…i.e. I asked him lots of questions and threw him tools through the newly opened wall (Dennis tore down most of the sheet rock dividing the basement from the crawl space) when he needed them. Yeah, there was absolutely NO WAY I was going to join him in the cesspool of squirming larva. I would have left the house to be foreclosed on before I was going to crawl in there. Thank God I have a proactive & courageous husband to keep me honest.
Almost a week after discovering the source of the flies, we now have a dry crawl space (thanks to a shop vac, a dehumidifier, and digging up buckets of mud) and the number of flies is reduced by at least 75% which is a huge relief in itself. We have a friend coming out Saturday to help Dennis fix the broken pipe. In the meantime, we’ve been doing dishes in the tub (that is a great butt workout, by the way–try it some time–you have to clench your cheeks to keep from falling in the tub!) and did a redneck cap on the sewer pipe with duct tape and a small Tupperware bowl. We just applied a coat of Bio Foam to the dry dirt to eat up any of the remaining rotting vegetation.
So things are looking up! In a few days I will be able to use the sink again!
Things are not so happy for my weight, however. I gained…………..THREE pounds. Three stupid pounds. I really did not want to fess up to this so I was considering not blogging this week, but I probably would have binged for another week and got completely out of control. Reporting my week keeps me honest and on track. So there it is. I went completely berserk right after getting my first ten pounds off and gained three of them back. It’s so discouraging!
So here’s what I need to do. Get back into my thinking mode of doing what is best for my blood sugar and health. That would NOT include eating 1/4 of a hugely rich, sweet, and fattening cake. That means recording what I eat, sticking to the amount of points I’m allotted and not eating other than what I plan to eat (which includes planning what to eat in case of low blood sugar).
So there. That’s my plan and I’m sticking to it. Here’s to a better week and to a fly-less house with a workable kitchen sink!