Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Spring Cleaning

Mother nature has been procrastinating like crazy before giving this DC area any warm weather. Some weeks ago, we had a couple 70 degree days & even an 80 degree day. So I was forced to break out the capris, burmuda shorts, etc. that I wore last year. Some still fit but horrifically, some were er... um.... had shrunk in the dryer?? Yeah, yeah. That's it. I recently heard that several different weight loss mentors veto the practice of keeping "skinny clothes." No more "skinny jeans," etc.

"Oh, but it's my motivation to lose weight," you say. Really? I'm on the mentors' side on this one, actually. It's NEVER worked for me before, and what it does to me is make me feel bad about myself every time I look at it. Totally depressing! Guilt & self-flagellation are not a good motivators for me. And let's be real. By the time I do lose the weight, that item of clothing will be pathetically out of style & you could find much cuter stuff in the stores. Plus, saving clothes in 4 different sizes made my closet a big cluttery disaster. Who has room for that?

So I have to tell you, it felt quite liberating to banish clothing that didn't fit me. We always keep a bag handy that we're filling up with stuff we don't use anymore & it was easy to just make the decision, throw it in the bag & in a week, it was gone forever- thrown into the Good Will trailer. And the question is- did I give up on the weight loss & decide that since I threw away the too-small-clothes I could just sit on the couch & eat chips? Actually I didn't, amazingly enough. I still have the same goal to get more fit and healthy. This week will be the 5th week in a row that I've exercised 5 days a week/1 hour sessions. I'm going strong on the exercise & the mini-goals* are hit or miss, but they would be that way anyway. But I have a neater closet & less guilt floating around.

Losing weight is a little bit like de-tox, isn't it? Too much sugar or bad fats poison your body & make you more susceptible to heart disease, diabetes, cancer, etc., etc. Exercise clears your head, helps you sweat out the toxins, burns excess fat. Why not unload other things that are bad for you or make YOU feel bad about YOURSELF? Start by getting rid of the toxic clothing.

Mini-goals for this week:
Wed. (today): write in this blog
Thurs.: Read a chapter from Body Clutter
Fri.: Listen for negative thoughts and replace with positive thoughts
Sat.: Journal all my food for the day.
Sun.: Watch portions- shoot for palm size servings.
Mon.: Eat one more serving of fruit/vegetables than I would normally eat.
Tues.: Watch my posture all day. Suck in that gut.


JessiferSeabs said...

I think dieting is TOTALLY detox for the body... since starting Core, I cannot tell you how much better I feel... sleeping better, exercising better, hair and nails and skin look better, no heartburn...

I mean, when you think about it, humans were not designed to eat all the processed, packaged crap. We invented it. It didn't exist before we created a need for it, and I believe that the junk is addictive...

honib1 said...

ROCK ON GIRL!! THE EXERCISE IS AWESOME... I went shopping in my closet this morning and found 2 pair of jeans and 1 pair of really nice black overalls that fit me... that was good feeling.. now as I am losing weight and need those smaller sizes I am glad they are there because .. well they save me money... HOwevER all the FAT clothes are being put aside to be burned at a later date... You sound like you are doing super and the mini goals sound wonderful too...

TrixieBelden said...

I think your daily goals are terrific. Focus on one thing at a time, and don't overwhelm yourself. And before you know it you'll be getting rid of clothes that are too big for you! :)

Chris H said...

Hi there, just found your blog via another's.... I think you have some really good mini-goals, might try them myself! And yaa for the exercise, you are doing great. I go to the gym 6 days a week, this is good cos it means when I slip up with the food (often) I don't gain! Phew, this is good, even though I am trying so hard to lose weight! ONward, hope you have a wonderful week ahead.