A Fresh Start
I think I lost 10 pounds since last week.
Don’t worry, I didn’t start some crazy diet or workout eight hours every day. The weight I lost was in my mind, and it melted away thanks to a little spring cleaning. Well, in full disclosure, it was really more like spring cleaning on steroids.
I decided to spruce up my apartment with a fresh coat of paint. Anyone who’s been through it knows you might as well be preparing to move. While I wrapped up my fragile knickknacks and made room for the painters to work, I also cleaned out my closets, desk drawers and other storage spots that were surprisingly chock full of papers and plain old junk. I also came across some bittersweet memories – photos and other memorabilia of special people who aren’t around anymore. Even putting those items in a special box and tucking it away in a closet was cathartic. The memories will be there if I want to relive them down the road.
Starting my mornings with a workout gave me a solid shot of those forever-welcome endorphins which only made me more enthusiastic about loading pounds of paper into the shredder and putting other items aside to donate. As I finish putting my photos and books back in their nooks and paintings back on the wall, I feel a little lighter after getting rid of the “stuff” I simply didn’t need anymore. I think I’m truly ready for spring. (Now if Mother Nature will just cooperate, it’ll be a great season!)
So on this Motivation Monday, I encourage you to take stock of what’s around you. Something as simple as eliminating the clutter in your life can have a huge impact on your psyche. Removing any kind of negative energy – things, people, habits – can only be good for your overall health and well-being. Remember, creating positive surroundings can give you a boost when you’re not working out and only help you stay the course on your journey to have fun, be fit and feel fabulous!
Posted on April 7, 2014, in Fitness, Health and tagged Eliminating Stress, Laura DeAngelis, Mental Health, Personal Fitness, Spring Cleaning. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.
I missed this “Motivation Monday” last week. But it’s so good, I’m tweeting it on right now.
“Cleaning house,” in every sense, can be a really calming, centering thing.
Sorry for the delayed reply, but the pre-Easter time has been a bit hectic! Thanks for stopping by and for all your encouraging words as always.
Wishing you and yours a wonderful holiday and weekend!
Many blessings to you!