Monday, January 21, 2013

Unstuffed

Several of my Gordon Studio students and I are are participating in Craig Ballantyne's Early To Rise contest.  There are four categories for transformation: Heathy, Wealthy, Wise, and Overall.  I'm using the contest as an added incentive to do some things I've been meaning to do for a long time.

Recently Dr. Gail Matthews conducted a study that showed that participants who wrote down their goals and shared them with a friend were 33% more successful in achieving their goals.  I know from direct experience how powerful writing and sharing my goals here has been, and I'm so grateful for the readers who have joined me on this journey.

So now it's time to improve my odds of completion to write down some new goals for the next 30 days.

The new project is called,  "Unstuffed"30 Days to Shed Clutter and Fat.

For the next 30 days I will eat for optimal fat release by clearing alcohol, sugar, flour, and overeating out of my eating plan.  I will also clean something out on each of these 30 days.  Whether it's as big as a closet or as small as the door pocket in my car, something will get sorted and cleaned.  Then, after closets, and bureaus, and drawers are unstuffed, I will give the stuff away, or at least dispose of it responsibly.

I have discovered over the five years that I've been on the road to becoming who I want to be, that anxiety makes me want to eat my trigger foods.  Foods like bread, cookies, peanut butter, and waffles have an effect on me that is exciting, stimulating, and then drugging.  Aggravation, frustration, and anxiety laden situations make me want to run for the cover of these distracting foods.  I know that clutter is a source of guilt and distress in my life, so clearing it out will give me some powerful positive feelings.

Plus, I do believe that if we want good things to flow into our lives, we need to make room for them.  I think it will help to start small, so today I'll clean out the chest in the hall that holds extra office supplies, along with some clothes that simply don't belong there.

The idea is to replace my unwanted eating behavior with something I want to do that will have a long term positive outcome.  If this works, I'll be a winner whether I place in the contest or not.