I often talk about getting organized and more specifically, what the journey to a more organized life looks like. Once you dive deep into it, you’ll go beyond decluttering and start living a truly proactive, positive and productive life.
But what does that really look like?
You see evidence of it splashed on Instagram. You read snippets of it in books and hear all about it in inspirational speeches. However, if you’ve been listening to the podcast and you’ve started to incorporate the Sunday Basket into your life, you’ve already tasted what it feels like to live an organized life. It’s a journey and as far as I can tell, there’s no clear stopping point. There’s always room for improvement.
I love talking to you guys on Instagram and on our private Facebook group (which, I invite you to join if you haven’t already!), but I’ve noticed that so many of you think that I’ve always been this way.
The truth is that I was on the same organizational journey as you are right now. I once lived a disheveled and disorganized life and it took a lot of will power and motivation to get to where I am today.
I still struggle! Right now, I’m on a personal weight loss journey and I want to talk to you about it because I believe that it parallels what you might be going through in your organizational journey.
How It All Began
According to the scales, I’m overweight. If I’m honest, I don’t like the scales. Who does, right? I mean, I don’t think I look that bad. Sure, I wish I was a little thinner, but I wouldn’t say that I’m overweight. Like nobody has to roll me down the stairs or anything.
For me, my goal is to live a healthier lifestyle. It’s been a two-year journey for me, but it all began as an idea in my mind.
I was once about to appear on a local TV show and I met a woman who was incredibly fit and was going to work out on TV in front of everyone. Oh, and she was pregnant. I was fascinated by her.
This woman, Amanda Trust, was like my real-life motivation to get fit, too. I followed her on all my social platforms. And every so often, I’d see one of her fitness posts and it would motivate me to get fit, too.
I discovered that she had a weight loss program called, “Faster Way to Fat Loss,” and I was immediately hooked. The program focuses on empowering you to lose weight by getting rid of junk food in your diet and replacing it with nutritious food. I learned how to balance my macros and the benefits of intermittent fasting.
I was continuously learning about what my body needed to be healthy and what I needed to do to start losing weight. But I didn’t actually take much action. It was all in my mind at that stage because I wanted to learn as much as I could about all of it.
What I Learned From Body Love
Last September, I came across a book by Kelly LeVeque called “Body Love: Live in Balance, Weigh What You Want, and Free Yourself from Food Drama Forever.”
Kelly is a celebrity health and wellness consultant. In her book, she reveals her secrets for losing weight and includes something like 88 recipes to help you out.
Naturally, I’m a questioner. I like to ask questions because I like to know the answers to things that I’m curious about. I wasn’t quite ready for the “Faster Way to Fat Loss,” but I was ready to learn more.
So, I bought Kelly’s book and I learned why salads work. I was always under the assumption that eating fats was probably not good for you. But Kelly taught me that the more fat you have in your meals, the longer you can go between meals. This was the same thing that Amanda was teaching, so I knew that’s what I needed to start doing.
I used to graze all day long. From the moment I woke up to when my head hit the pillow at night, I grazed on snacks the entire time. I knew it needed to stop and I needed to close my feeding window. So, I started eating more salads with bulky leafy greens and I found that I was a lot fuller for longer. I could go longer between meals when I had a salad (I know, I was shocked too!).
Amanda said in her program that your weight loss journey is 80 to 85% what you eat. The rest is exercise, which really surprised me as I was always under the assumption that to be fit, you had to constantly workout, which isn’t the case at all.
Completing The “Faster Way To Fat Loss” Program (at last)
Finally, I felt ready to do Amanda’s full program. I started doing push ups and, let me tell you, it was like watching a baby take its first steps. I also started doing lunges, which is a lot trickier than it looks!
I did the program for around two months and lost seven pounds in that time. That was great news for me. And I didn’t even do many of the exercises, if I’m honest. But what I did do was cut out as much sugar and junk from my diet as possible.
I learned that 1200 calories of junk food is NOT the same as 1200 calories of healthy food. The body reacts differently to each and, while it knows what to do with a sweet potato, it doesn’t know what to do with a Twinkie.
In Kelly’s book, “Body Love,” she explains that when you eat lots of sugary foods, your body goes into insulin resistance mode. So, I lowered the amount of carbs and sugar I consumed. By the time March rolled around, my clothes felt a little looser and I had so much more energy.
A Few Things That Helped Me Along The Way
In addition to reading Kelly’s book and taking Amanda’s course, I started listening to the Cut The Fat Podcast by Blythe Wagner and Ray Hinish. The podcast reveals lots of great insights and tips to help you “form your own formula for fat loss.”
I love this podcast because they give you the science behind everything you’re doing. They tell you what you need to do to lose weight, how to do it, and why you should be doing it. It’s a great way to keep up with the changes in the nutrition industry as far as diets go.
It taught me that the best exercise for your body is walking – walking! It was honestly the best news I’d heard in a while because I already walk most days, if not every day. The reason why it’s so good for you is because your body doesn’t recognize walking as exercise, which means by the time you’re done, you’re not instantly hungry like you would be if you were jogging for an hour.
Another resource I turned to that really helped me is Chalene Johnson’s book, “The 131 Method.” To me, this is one of those coffee table worthy books that looks great inside and out.
The 131 Method delivers amazing results and helps you to lose weight by breaking the stubborn weight loss resistance you’re experiencing and ignite your metabolism. What I love most about this book is the amount of useful information she gives away inside it.
The premise is to have 1 objective, 3 weeks of diet phasing, and 1 week to fast and refuel. Doing all these things the “Chalene” way helps you to lose weight without slowing your metabolism, which is exactly what you need when you want to lose weight fast.
It also improves your immune system and shares healthy recipes you can easily make in your own kitchen, so that’s what I did. I followed her food plans and figured out what works for me and what doesn’t.
My final step that I did recently, drumroll please… I joined a gym!
Not just any gym, I joined a super fancy gym. It’s got a swimming pool and everything. I try to go at least twice a week. And because I’m paying for it each month, I force myself to go to at least get my money’s worth from it.
So, there you have it, a brief overview of my personal weight loss and wellness journey. I hope you found it helpful because it shows my steady progression and how it’s very similar to your own organizational or fitness journey.
You may have listened to my podcast for months without starting the 100 Day Home Organization Program and that’s okay! You can start when you’re ready because everyone’s on a different journey. Right now, you’re growing your organizational muscles and soon, when you’re ready, you can take the next step with me.
I’d love to hear about your own organizational journey or health and well being journey. What changes have you made to live a healthier lifestyle? Let me know over on our Facebook Group and follow me on Instagram to keep up with new episodes of the podcast!