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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

My Mess Makes Me Massive

First, I feel I need to address the fact that all of my articles seem to deal with the same issues each year.  I don't know if that means I'm just like everyone else who struggles with the same things through out their life, or if it just means that I'm a mess.  Which leads me to my current topic.  My mess, and for that matter, the fact that I'm feeling pretty massive at the moment.  Cue the flashback to the moment I realized the core of my issue.  It was the mid 2000's (I think), and I was watching Oprah. Man did I love her show.  That particular day her guest was an author.  An author of a book called "Does this Clutter Make My Butt Look Fat?".  At the time I was disappointed because given a day off to watch my favorite talk show host, I was hoping for any major Hollywood guest.  I was even hoping for a Dr. Phil or Dr. Oz appearance to brighten my day.  BUT, it's Oprah and I stuck it out.  Basically to make a long episode short, the Author explained how there was a connection between the clutter we have in our life and our outward physique.  That there is a relationship between what we own and what we consume.  In essence, there is a connection between excess baggage in the house and well, excessive weight.  When our lives are cluttered and messy, it's an attitude. It's a thought process and we tend to bring that into our physical lives as well.  The message was 'Clean up your house and you'll lose the weight'.  So at the time, it was a great idea. I never bought the book (re-read previous article about lack of follow through).  I continue to battle losing and gaining weight every year (re-read articles about my weight loss goals).  I continue to hope to clean things up in my house, but the clutter keeps increasing (re-read...wait there are no articles-weird).  So here we are again, 2017, and I need to lose weight.  I need to make it a goal, but I'm actually starting to doubt myself.  I'm a liar.  I tell myself that it will stick every year and it NEVER does.  I've lied to myself so many years now that I can't even believe myself when I start to get back on track.  I also need to clean up the clutter in my life, and somehow, I know that they are connected. This author that wrote the book was completely right.  There is a connection.  It's a mentality.  I'm content to lose control and it needs to end.  So along with the weight loss goal, comes the cleaning goal.  I'm going to FINALLY try and follow through with cleaning everything up in my life. Truth be told, I started a little early on this one.  In December I started cleaning my basement which was an utter disaster.  I've been continuing to "clean house".  I've taken so much to Goodwill. Bins, and I mean, bins of clothes, dishes, home furnishings...gone!  Truthfully the basement is so clean, I could move.  My house is on the way to becoming organized, and I actually do feel the motivation to work towards my physical goals as well.  I do sense a change in the way I think about mess and mass.  Here are my goals for 2017 in regards to mess and mass.  Mess-Clean my storage/attic, and closets. Touch up walls with paint and buy new pictures.  Updating areas that have needed updating for years. Replace hardware in the kitchen, hallways and basement.  Mass-Lose 30lbs, by eating a low calorie diet, and going to the gym daily - Insisting on weekly weigh ins.  I plan on checking in more often to update how the goals are turning out.  I believe that if I can change my mentality, then I may actually be able tackle this for good.  When I turned 40 this past year (re-read past article), my Aunt Sis said "You're life is just about to start."  I actually believe her.  I'm looking forward to my final 5 months of '40'.  I believe them to be the best and just the start of a lifetime change. Wish me luck!

10 comments:

  1. You can do it! I do believe there is a link between mess and mass... I also think weight loss and fitness is a lifestyle... Which requires dedicated, discipline and accountability...like any improvement we want be it spiritual, academic or physical... We need dedication, discipline and accountability... For me having a workout buddy really helps. I also try to maintain a 5 day-a-week healthy eating schedule and a weekend splurge or indulge(a little) schedule. Not that you've asked but I thought I would share what's help me.... I love you and YOU can do it! Just do it!

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    1. Thank you for your encouragement Marie. I love your advice and I will apply it. I'll take your tips anytime you have them. It really does encourage me. I love you and miss you. <3

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  2. 40 is a big one for sure. So many things changed for me after I turned 40 and it was all for the better. For one, I stopped taking so much for granted. I didn't like the way I felt or looked. So I had to find an exercise that I would like and would keep up. You know what that is, don't you? I also was challenged to stop being so controlling. Who, Me?? :) So slowly but surely things began to change. Becky you are loved unconditionally but those who you know truly love you. And those will always be your best encouragers. Your dad will always be proud of you, no matter what. I know you motivate me to keep myself as healthy as possible and I hope I can be a positive motivation for you as well. The best is yet to come! I love my Becka!!

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    1. Dad you are the best. I was actually thinking of "The Best is Yet to Come" when I wrote this. You are an encourager to me and our competitions have helped me lose weight in the past. You're good but I could probably pretend we have one going on...lol. I just love our family and I love that no matter how old we are, we are always willing to better ourselves mentally and spiritually as well. I'm so extremely blessed that I have parents willing to grow and change. I'm proud of you for that too dad. ❤️❤️❤️

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  3. You motivated me to clean my basement this winter and garage this summer!! And strangely, I am very excited to turn 40 and leave my 30's behind..

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  4. I share your struggle. Going to be 60 soon and weigh more than I ever have and not proud of it. Heard on the 700 Club about a book called, "Every Body Matters" by Gary Thomas. Interesting what he says, "The goal in this pursuit is not sculpting thinner or more athletic-looking bodies. The goal is to cultivate stronger, well-nourished bodies that are primed to become, in the words of the apostle Paul, “instruments for special purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work.”
    I also saw where Celebrate Recovery has a teaching series called, "The Daniel Plan." God is nudging me to be better for him. I think you would be quite an inspiration in teaching a weight loss class. I know you are very busy, but it just came to me, so thought I would share it. You are a beautiful gal Becky. ��

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  5. Thank you Deb! Maybe we should check in with each other from time to time and see how we are doing. I'm not sure about the class. I should probably see how I follow through first...lol. Love you Deb and Thank you!

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