Happy New Year!
No, I’m not totally confused and neither have I been through some kind of time-warp. But I am celebrating the new school year.
One of the advantages of working in schools is that every September you get that ‘new year’ motivation that everyone else only gets in January. Remember when you were at school and you had new teachers, new classrooms, new books? You would vow to keep your books pristine and complete your homework diligently as soon as it was set. It was such an inspiring and motivational time. Well, even as an adult, I feel the same way at this time of year. So I’m going to use that positive feeling to focus on the next stage on my journey to goal.
For some people, losing weight is a simple, straight forward process: They decide they want to lose weight, change their diet and exercise habits and lose weight. However, for many people, it’s not that simple and straight forward. I fall into the latter category (see here, here, here and here if you’d like proof).
Ordinarily, I like to use the long summer holidays to refocus on healthy eating and exercise following a long and tiring school year. This year however, we ended up having to go on holiday at the end of the summer instead of the beginning when we normally go. This made it difficult for me to get motivated with my food and exercise as I felt like I’d just undo the hard work I’d put in when I went on holiday. I did try for damage limitation initially, but that didn’t last long as I kept telling myself that I wasn’t going to worry about my weight loss journey until I was back at school.
What I did do, however, was take the time to begin decluttering my life. I have a demanding job with long hours, various other commitments outside work and a large family to keep up to date with. The result is that I often feel as though I’m living at a million miles an hour and I find that my living space can easily become cluttered and chaotic (I’m astounded at how much ‘stuff’ I have amassed in the decade since I left home). I reasoned that by focusing on getting my house in order, I would feel calmer and would find it easier to focus on the other areas of my life that I want to improve, including my health and fitness goals.
I’m not completely decluttered yet – I’m about halfway through so far – but I’ve already started to see improvements such as not letting paperwork stack up. So I’m hopeful that the positivity I’m feeling from this will help me to focus on what I need to do to achieve my weight loss goals. I’ve spent today preparing my food for the week. I’ve made 2 batches of soup for my lunches (recipes to follow later in the week) and a thai beef curry for dinner one night. I’ve got the rest of my meals for the week planned and the ingredients are all bought. I’ve stocked up on some tasty fruit to snack on and I’ll be making some bircher muesli tonight ready for my breakfast tomorrow.
I’m really looking forward to tackling the next stage in my weight loss journey. I’m even actually looking forward to my weigh in tomorrow night to find out what my starting point is! Here’s hoping the motivation will carry through to tackling my workload for the term…
Thanks for reading.
PS – I’ve been following a process for decluttering after reading a book (The Life Changing Magic of Tidying by Marie Kondo if you’re interested). While I don’t agree with everything in it, I have found it to be a very useful tool so far. I’m hoping to be completely decluttered by Christmas, maybe sooner, and I’ll write a review of the process then.