I love my house. It is my calm and peaceful place but I’ve worked very hard to get it that way both in terms of the “stuff” I have in my house along with what is in my kitchen pantry and refrigerator. Have you ever really taken a moment to look not only at your kitchen, but your whole house? If not, it may be time as your house could be making you fat.
What do you see in your bedroom or by your front door? When I get up in the morning and I know I’m going to go to the gym for Zumba or I’m going running, I put my workout clothes right on including my sneakers. That gets me mentally ready for the day and keeps my exercise on track. My running shoes are always right by the front door where I always see them and they act as an unconscious cue for me to make sure I get my workout in.
What is in your closet or dresser drawers? Do you have a full set of “fat” clothes? You know the clothes I mean – the ones that you know are too big but you keep “just in case.” For me there is no just in case. I have donated all of my larger clothes that are too big on me and only keep the clothes that fit properly. If you accidentally slack off, you will notice immediately if your jeans feel too tight and you can do something about it. It’s too easy to slip back into your “fat” clothes if they are in the house and before you know it, you’ll be wearing them all the time – get rid of them.
Do you workout at home? If you do, where is your exercise equipment? Do you have a treadmill or elliptical being used as a clothes rack in your bedroom? Clean it off right now and move it out of the bedroom into an area where you will see it and use it. Chances are if you have to clean it off to use it, you won’t use it. Take that excuse away and keep your treadmill ready for you to hop on.
Where do you eat your meals? If you are eating in front of the TV in the living room, this is the time to stop. Unconscious eating is guaranteed to make you gain weight. Eating in front of the TV causes you to lose focus on your meal and you will end up overeating. Keep the dining room table clean and ready for you to sit down and eat and keep the TV turned off during meal times.
Finally the kitchen. Have you taken a moment to really look at what is in your pantry and refrigerator? If not, go do so right now. If you open a bag of chips and next thing you know that bag is empty, it is time to get rid of the chips. I myself am guilty of that so I can relate! That’s why there are no chips or chocolate in my house – I cannot resist them when they are there. Get rid of the junk that you know isn’t healthy not only for you but your family too. Buy smarter and keep the fresh fruits and vegetables in the front of the refrigerator so you see those first. If you do keep snacks in the house, buy the small portions and not the bulk sized containers. If you have bulk containers of cookies in your house guess what? You are going to eat that bulk size container of cookies.
Streamlining and organizing your home and especially your kitchen will ensure you keep your health and fitness on track. Yes you CAN get fit and health!
To your health,
Denise Sanger is a high energy business owner with over 30 years experience in the marketing area. She has transitioned her love of fitness and marketing into helping others succeed in their own businesses. She founded How To Stay Fit Over 50 to provide hope and support to others by motivating them to take the first step in their fitness journey no matter what age. Email her at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org