Organizing Myself to Health – Week #1

Organizing Myself to Health

Welcome back to my 2nd installment of “Organizing Myself to Health”, where I will discuss my experiences from week #1.

I’m going to be honest with you, I can’t believe I started this series. After I hit publish last week, I promptly went to my pantry and had a big handful of M&M’s, I was so freaked out that I confessed my health struggles to all of you. I woke up the next morning hoping it was all a dream. Then the supportive comments on the blog, Facebook comments, and even emails started pouring in, and I started to realize that making my struggle public was the best thing I could have done for myself.

My week wasn’t magically perfect, filled only with celery and water, but I have officially started my journey, and that is a really good thing.

Every accomplishment

One comment on Facebook from Liza M. stood out to me: “Just read your e-mail regarding the correlation between health and organization. Your assessing is a GREAT start. As with any habit, we have to give ourselves some time to master the habit. Perhaps you’ve seen the studies on how changing one habit at a time gives you an 85% chance of success, but changing 2 habits at a time decreases your success to 30% and 3+ habits goes down to 5%!!! Focus on one (maybe choosing a better choice for your late night snacking) and do that for two weeks. Once you have a habit down, it’s much easier to move on to the next habit. Just like organizing!”

I could not agree more, Liza! For all the people who told me they are in this with me, I want to know what you think about this approach? This process will not be quick, but I think that makes it better. The reason is clarified when I consider it in organizing terms.

~~~Many people living in a disorganized mess dream of that TV crew coming in and cleaning it all up for them and redecorating while they are at it. Really, though, the disorganization is theirs to own and clean up mess by mess. Along the path of cleaning up and organizing their homes and their lives, they learn the skills required to maintain a clean and organized home. The same goes for me and my journey to greater health. My extra pounds are mine to own and clean up ounce by ounce. The slow and steady journey to being fit and healthy will teach me the skills I need to maintain that lifestyle. Crash diets and quick fixes are not the answer for me.~~~

Never give up on a dream

Week 1: Assess the Damage

  • I weighed myself and Matt took the crazy pictures, and I took the measurements. Will I show them to you? Maybe. I’m not ready yet. I know, I know, I’m a wimp, but I am a human wimp.
  • The numbers were all terrifying. I mean terrifying!!!
  • I’ve noticed a few things about some of my bad eating habits. I eat when I’m tired and since I’m staying up late working on this blog and my business, getting up with a baby in the night, and keeping up with my four kids during the day; I’m pretty much always tired. Food gives me that little burst of energy I need to just keep going. I need to brainstorm around this. Any ideas for getting little bursts of energy that don’t involve eating? Or do you just eat certain things that are better for you?

If you are following along with me, the change I am working on this week is to be consistent with drinking lots of water. I am going to drink 8 glasses of water a day. 

Will you join me, whether you struggle with weight, disorganization, or something else? Subscribe to get the emails so you get all my updates. I’d love your support on this. I am hoping that making my struggle public will give me the extra push I need to make a real and permanent change.

Ignoring the M&M’s in my pantry,

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19 thoughts on “Organizing Myself to Health – Week #1

  1. I will join you in the water drinking! ha ha! Sometimes I’ll be super good at it and then I’ll forget.
    My best advice to you is throw away the M&Ms. Get ALL the junk out of your house. It will come to you! I never buy desserts- no icecream, cookie mixes, brownies, candy, etc. But I still get it at church, events, date nights, even playdates etc— special occasions.
    Love your blog. It is so good! You are so awesome!!! :)

  2. I am on the same journey! It is working for my family and I to change one thing at a time. It is working so far! I have a ways to go and it is wonderful knowing there is someone making the same choices! Thanks so much for sharing!

  3. Mary, Congratulations on taking these steps to better health! You are very brave to share your journey with the world and I commend you for it. My tip is to ask yourself if you are really hungry before you eat a snack. Sometimes just pausing to answer that question will help you identify if you are eating for other reasons than being hungry. I would eat a small apple or some almonds if you really want something–the fiber helps to fill you up, set a timer and wait 15 minutes and then have a bigger snack if you are still hungry. A lot of times we are bored or stressed and the “hunger” will pass once we force our brains to think about something else.
    The water is a great idea, too. I have a huge, 30oz cup with a straw that I drink from every day. Drinking with a straw is very helpful and I make myself refill it at least once so I know I’ve had 60oz. Drink water with your meals, too.
    Sorry for the long message but I’m really impressed with you taking this journey!

  4. Thanks Mary for sharing the comment! I’m smiling ear to ear:)

    One key for your readers to find success… the habit has to be something you can confidently do. 1-10, 10 being totally confident, you have to be a 9 or 10 that you can be successful at the habit, or it won’t likely stick. So, assess your habit choice. Can I do this evey day? If I can say 9 or 10, go for it! If not, reduce the habit. If 8 glasses is too hard, go for 6 or 4 or 2. When the habit is easily achieved, it’s much easier to find success!

    And as with any goal, continue to assess. If you are rocking it with your goal of 4 glasses of water, feel free to up the ante! If you are struggling, reduce the goal to 2.

    My favorite quote from my food logging site ( is “Perfection is a rocky road that often leads to failure.” Every little bit helps, 2 glasses or 8.

    Looking forward to sharing your journey!

    1. This is such great advice! Thank you SO MUCH! I have a long road ahead of me and it is hard not to get discouraged, but all this advice and support really helps.

  5. I too am joining you in making my struggle public, though it is hard, but I believe bringing it out into the light will expose any secrecy we may have been trying to have-and I believe there will be success, support and accountability in walking it out with your readings, awesome! My first post was scheduled for today and is up at Look forward to journeying along with you Mary!

    1. Yeah, it is a little terrifying taking this public, and I second guess myself all the time about this, but I decided my health is more important than all the other thoughts that were stopping me. :)

  6. I’m with you all the way. Ive only weighed myself and measured my waist and the numbers are scary. My current goal is saying no to the drive thru. I dropped off my son at physical therapy and realized I was hungry afterwards. Normally I would go thru the Wendy’s drivethru and get a small fry and Coke. I justified it by saying they were small sizes from the dollar menu. Instead I came home and ate a nutrigrain bar and water. Not perfect, but better. It will be an hourly battle for me. While I enjoy salads and veggies and lean chicken, I love fries and cheese just as much! Thank you for putting your struggle out there for us to share.

  7. I love this post! Maybe try replacing whatever foods you were snacking on with whole foods, like your favorite fruits and veggies. This way you won’t feel deprived and your still changing one habit at a time. Can’t wait to hear how your next week goes!

  8. Just found your site via Blogelina. I’m working on improving my organizational skills, so I think this may the perfect site for me. Good luck on your journey! I love your idea of taking it one step at a time.

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