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.
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.~~~
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.
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Ignoring the M&M’s in my pantry,
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