February 23, 2015

Spring Scheming: February 23rd, 2015

So January was buy-nothing month…and February is when-will-this-Winter-ever-end-it’s-enough-with-the-snow-already month.  I thought it was about time I reveal the scheme I’ve been cooking up for March.

March is going to be the bad habits down month.  Okay, so I’m still working on the name.  See, I’m always saying how the running lets me eat whatever I want, but it generally forces me to make good choices because otherwise the junk will make me ill when I’m running.  Unfortunately, this connection took me about 3 years to accept.  I’m a slow learner when it comes to saying no to delicious food.

So, I have gotten somewhat better at food choices.  I almost never go to a fast food choice (maybe once every 3 months?) and I never choose the deep-fried option.  That said, I have some very bad eating habits that not only keep me from being as lean as I could be, but also make me feel not so great after (both physically and psychologically).  I have decided that, for the month of March, I’m going to be accountable and I’m going to 5 down some foods out of my diet.  So far, my list consists of:

1. Chips (this is my Achilles heel.  I kid you not: 2-4 time per week, I am ashamed to say…),

2. Mini Wheats (I think I may die without that shot of cold hard icing on every bite…every single day),

3. Popsicles/Fudgsicles (Ice-cream I could forgo forever, but popsicles?  Rarely is my freezer devoid of frozen treats on sticks),

4. Lattes (made with my Tassimo, but chockablock with sugar, and environmentally dreadful).

… and I need to come up with one more thing.  I’m sure it’s my brain rebelling and refusing to select one more thing.  I do so hate to turn down food.

My beautiful and talented friend Nicole (who is also exceptionally incisive) asked “but what does this have to do with getting rid of stuff?”

It’s a fair question, because Motivation March (hmmm) doesn’t strictly involve divesting myself of stuff, but then neither did Buy-Nothing month.  I think the answer to this question is that our project is not just about the physical aspect of down-sizing, but it is also about being mindful of our actions, developing good habits, and paying attention to our choices.  I think I thought of Buy-Nothing month as money-discipline, whereas March will focus on self-discipline.

The second aspect of March is that I am going to do some form of exercise every single day.  Running 4x per week, and other stuff in between.  I’m going to make it up as I go.  I’m open to suggestions and invitations to your favourite exercise class (if I can squeeze it in).

So far I’ve talking my running partner/lovely friend Lori and my beloved husband into joining me.  You should join us, too.  The more the merrier (or, maybe, misery loves company?).

The family holdout.  I think she has taken to filling her bed with toys so she can guard them against possible stealth purging.  Where is the trust?

The family holdout. I think she has taken to filling her bed with toys so she can guard them against possible stealth night-time purging. Where is the trust?  Grandmothers: you can stand down.  She’s got this.

Day 116 Scorecard: 580 down, 1,245 to go


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