Making healthier decisions isn’t always easy and feeling supported by others won’t always happen. For example, setting a budget or beginning a new career may not be well received by friends, family, and co-workers. Change can be hard and sometimes harder for the people in our life. It’s in those times that being confident in our decision is important. Being fine, when your choice isn’t liked or popular, but key to improving your life is vital to your growth and well being. It takes courage to press forward in the face of adversity. Being confident that staying home instead of going out or passing on dessert may not be easy in the moment, but achieving progress towards important values like financial security and loosing extra weight for your health’s sake make the decision so worth it!
I’m starting to find many similarities with fitness and minimal living. I have to work at it every single day. It’s like building muscle or staying on track with my nutrition. It gets easier as a habit is formed and my results are becoming evident. Yet when I get stressed or thrown off by life, it’s tempting to turn to unhealthy food, shopping, and time excuses! Same with stretching on my foam roller, I have to use it each day to notice improvements in my posture and flexibility. It’s been tough staying on track lately. With Birthday shenanigans this past week and our vacation coming up, among other things, I’ve got to keep my goals in front of me to maintain focus and not fall into old patterns.
I’ve cut out the extra yellow containers, cleared countless surfaces around my home, and logged 5 workouts last week. Still though, got to keep going and not get distracted especially when life gets busy. January will be over in blink and it’ll be time to start my new fitness challenge. Hammer and Chisel is on the calendar and my decluttering list is long, so here’s to finishing strong this month and killing it in February!
Such an interesting read. What if our economy shifted in the future from materialistic to a more experience based type of consumerism? It makes so much more sense to collect moments and memories than “stuff” to me. At least when we move or travel I won’t have to haul it around with me! Concerts, sporting events, travel, food and dinning to name a few would be leading in a less stuff driven economy… #foodforthought
Since catching my first cold in years and pulling my back out, I’ve made a ton of excuses. Getting out of the habit of keeping a healthful routine is dangerous. I know what works for me and I’ve nicknamed it the “the formula”. Oscar and I talk about it to folks who want to know how we’ve been able to loose weight and get fit. It’s so easy really… but the thing about easy is that it’s also easy not to do it. You think “oh it won’t matter if I skip this workout or eat that cheat meal!” However that’s not the way health fitness works, it’s the sum of tiny efforts over time that add up to huge change. I love to laser focus and get big chuncks of work completed at a time but unfortunately that doesn’t apply to this category of life. It’s been so satisfying decluttering several hours each day and seeing the dramatic results after. Oh how I wished I could do the same with my fitness! But that’s not how it works and so I’m getting back in the swing of my formula which is:
1. 1 red container for breakfast, usually 2 soft boiled eggs
2. 1 red, 1 green, 1 yellow, 1/2 organge container for lunch. My go to is a previous post: 1 slice of organic bread, 1 chicken sausage, arugula, and Dijon mustard.
3. My favorite, snack time = Shakeology! Usually it’s the vegan chocolate with 1/2 banana, couple strawberries, tsp nut butter, greens boost, energy boost, almond milk and water. Equals 1 red, and 1 purple container.
4. Diner is typically a lean baked meat like chicken. Small salad with homemade olive oil dressing, and some roasted veggies like carrots or broccoli. I love playing around with the flavors to keep it interesting. For example, lemon, Basil, and other herbs add flavor without additional calories.
5. Each day I complete a Beachbody workout that typically lasts 30 minutes and is part of a specific program designed by professional trainers to get the best bang for my time spent.
That’s it! When I follow these 5 formula rules, I feel my best and fit into all my “skinny” clothes. Now I’ve just got to log some time and it’ll be like a part of me I can’t live without! Here’s to falling off but getting back on.
Reading about spiritual things first always helps me get my mind in right space. Connecting with God and a higher power brings me so much peace. Meditation and prayer has done amazing things for my well being, if you haven’t made this a part of your life, try it for a few days and see how your feel! I promise you won’t regret it.
For the past year and half I’ve been slowly going through our unwanted stuff, and what’s still valuable, selling on eBay or donating it. Deciding to become a stay at home mom, I knew I wanted and needed to still find ways to earn and create so this seemed like a good way to achieve part of that. Surprisingly I was able to earn several thousand dollars in a year selling mostly my old work clothes. Mind you, it was tedious and time consuming but it felt good seeing some of the money spent on so many clothes come back to us. While working through minimizing my wardrobe, I was also looking at reducing our costs by implementing a budget and eliminating frivolous expenses and spending. For example, we discontinued our satellite radio, reduced our cable plan, and changed our insurance just to name a few. Reading blogs like Mr Money Mustache and Early Retirement Extreme really opened my eyes to a totally new concept regarding money, savings, and spending habits. There are so many ideas out there for living a financial life that feels right for you. I just wished we’d have stumbled upon some of these sooner. Like, saving as much as possible in our 20’s and learning to live on a modest income that could have since been generated with investing in the market… ergo setting us up for early retirement!
As I worked through things, it became more and more clear how careless we’d been with our money. Spending was out of control and our credit card debt was embarrassing. We used our savings to pay down most of it and started keeping track of all our expenses. I was nervous as first and worried about feeling restricted but actually found the opposite to be true! Living on a budget was freeing. I no longer worried if we could afford something. I knew exactly how much money we had and what we’d been spending. It took all the guess work out of making larger purchases. We started using one credit card for all our purchases which we pay off at the end of the month and earn cash back rewards that we started using for dining out and clothing purchases! At the time, I didn’t know we were embarking on a minimalist journey but after a couple weeks of reading up on the concept that’s exactly where we’ve been heading.
Reading and studying about minimalism has given me new inspiration to pare down even more and permission to let go of old ways of thinking that no longer serve me. I’ve become completely obsessed with the concept. Just this week I’ve been able to tackle our over flow room in a major way, selling an old floor lamp, donating old clothes, and moving no longer used decor out into the garage for an up coming garage sale. With each bag, lamp shade, candle holder, and broken toy I carried out the door my elation grew! I feel lighter each day I work on decluttering. You know that ahh ha feeling? When something clicks? It’s the best! So excited to continue this journey of simplifying our life and learning about how others have done the same! I’m currently reading the minimalist’s blog and just finished an ebook by Miss Minimalist. These writings are fascinating and inspiring, helping me to continue working through recognizing my attachment to stuff and realizing that is not the real source of my happiness and joy. Has anyone else stumbled across this concept? Are you implementing any of these ideas currently in your life? I’d love to hear about it!