Quote of the Day:
Getting your house in order and reducing the confusion gives you more control over your life. Personal organization some how releases or frees you to operate more effectively.
Scripture of the Day:
3 John 1:2 Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.
What does organize mean?
- to arrange and plan (an event or activity)
- to arrange or order things so that they can be found or used easily and quickly
- to put things into a particular arrangement or order
When you make the decision to live a healthy lifestyle you have to start organizing your calendar, cabinets, refrigerator, closets, menu plans and exercise programs.
Organize Your Menu Plan
All diets work until we lose focus or interest. Do you have a program picked out to help you lose weight? If you have diet books on the shelf that you look at as you walk by and tell yourself that you will get serious one day and begin using one of them, let today be that day.
If you have a stack of diet books and you have tried them all, pick out two that you had success with. Go through each book and remind yourself why you liked the eating plan. Choose the one that interests you the most and that you can stick with for thirty days. After the thirty days are over re-evaluate and decide if you want to stick with this plan or do you want to shake things up a little bit and try plan number two for the next thirty days.
The next thing you want to do is pick out three of the suggestions for breakfast, three of the suggestions for lunch and three of the suggestions for dinner that you like and can eat repeatedly during your first thirty days. Many people who are successful with losing weight and keeping it off eat the same meals over and over.
I have a favorite breakfast, lunch and dinner that I really never tire of: 1 hard boiled egg and three egg whites and two slices of raisin toast with strawberry jam or 1 container of yogurt and two slices of raisin toast with strawberry jam. Lunch is usually chicken stir-fry. Dinner is usually a cup of Progresso soup.
Organizing your menu will help keep you focused so you are not always wondering what is for your next meal. Anything that you can prepare ahead of time and then throw together is a huge plus!
Next, organize your shopping list. When you eat healthy, you really do shop on the outside perimeter of the store. The only items I usually buy from the center of the store are soups, cereals, teas, coffees and cooking oils.
Organize Your Exercise
Organizing your exercise program for the first thirty days of your new lifestyle is as easy as walking. In my previous blog post I spoke about the importance and ease of walking as an exercise, so let’s just stick with that as a good foundation for our exercise program.
Organize Your Calendar
Pencil yourself into your calendar for shopping, meal prep, and exercising. These three things are very important in your healthy lifestyle and you need to keep them on the calendar.
Organize Your Refrigerator and Kitchen Cabinets
I have talked about organizing the refrigerator in a video and previous blog posts. Get rid of the unhealthy stuff and put in the new healthy foods, it’s as easy as that!
Get new plastic ware to keep your foods fresh. Toss out the mismatched containers and lids.
Organize Your Closet
Organize your closet from the largest clothes you are currently wearing to the smallest sizes that you have. As you lose the weight, get rid of the clothes as they become too large.
California Closets has this wonderful list of the benefits of being organized.
10 Little-Known Benefits of Getting Organized
- You’ll be able to relax more. When you’re climbing over clutter or struggling to find something in your filing cabinet, your blood pressure is bound to go up. By getting organized, your stress levels will go down, and you’ll be able to live a less chaotic, more relaxed life.
- You’ll have more time for yourself. By being more efficient, like getting your projects done quicker, being able to delegate, wasting less time looking for things and being able to make quicker decisions, you’ll spend less time ‘working’ and will have more time for yourself and the things you love to do.
- You’ll have more time for your loved ones. An organized person is always able to fit in time for friends and family members. You’ll also have more time to help out in your community or church if you wish.
- You’ll feel good about your environment. Being disorganized often results in embarrassment. You may feel concerned when visitors drop by your home or office and see clutter or things out of place. Get organized, and you’ll always feel good about your surroundings–good enough to invite people in without worries.
- You’ll be an even better role model. If you have kids at home, being organized is very important. Your kids will take cues from you. If you don’t put things away, chances are your kids won’t either. However, when your kids see how organized you are, they’ll know you practice what you preach. If you teach them how to get and stay organized now, that’s something that will help them in all the years they have ahead of them.
- You’ll be healthier, as well as your family. Get organized and you’ll have more than enough time to exercise and cook healthy meals for yourself and your family.
- You’ll breathe better. An organized environment also tends to be a much cleaner environment.
- You’ll do better professionally. An organized person gives a much better business impression than someone who can’t find a phone number, has an office piles with cardboard boxes or is always late for appointments.
- You’ll save more. Money, that is. When you’re organized, you’ll always know what you have, before you buy more.
- You’ll achieve more. When you’re disorganized, there are always barriers that hold you back from reaching your goals. But organized people find ways to eliminate tasks that aren’t necessary and to streamline those that are taking too much time. This leaves plenty of time to work on achieving all of those goals on your list.
In conclusion, don’t look at getting organized as a chore, but look at it as a new tool that you will have to help you reach your goal of becoming a healthier more productive you.