Monday, January 30, 2012

These are my new favorite products.

I used them the other day. ALL OVER MY HOUSE. mopped my floor, deep cleaned my bathroom (yes, I got down on my hands and knees and scrubbed the baseboards and edges and corners) It was so amazing to sit back and enjoy such a clean house, and the smell was much more agreeable than Pine-Sol.

I cleaned out my cupboards and pantry, throwing away any expired foods, and donated all the food I wasn't going to eat. Wiped down all the shelves and rearranged the cupboards. 

Cloroxed the stove, even the fan above the stove. Top of the fridge and cabinets. Microwave too.

Yes, I am officially obsessed with cleaning.

Just call me OCD

Monday, January 23, 2012

more cleaning...

Today I did this:

took 2 of these

and 1 of these

and put it all into just this...

Which is now stored in my closet.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Sometimes it is time to say Goodbye

I haven't felt or had the energy to actually clean my room for several months. 
It basically looked like this (this is not my room, but an example)

I hadn't made my bed in about 3 months. 
I would do laundry, and then leave it in the baskets and dig through it when I wanted to get dressed. 

I finally couldn't stand it any longer. Going along with my season of changes, I decided to change my room

I got rid of the following:

8 bags of clothes
3 bags of shoes (yes, shoes. I know)
2 bags of sheets
VCR + tapes
1 bag of garbage
1 bag of recycling

It was amazing how all of my clothes fit in my closet and dresser.
I finally decided I could part with almost all the clothes in the closet, because I didn't even wear them!
I even color coded my closet. 
And my dresser.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Changes Part 2

As an addendum to my previous post about the changes I am making, I have also decided to change the way I dress. A friend told me "even a barn looks better with a coat of paint." I am trying to dress a little classier than jeans and sweatshirts. If I dress better, perhaps I will feel better physically and about myself. So here's to outside changes as well as inside!

PS, I found a really yummy nut mix at Costco the other day. It is called Soy Energy Blend. It has soy nuts, almonds, pumpkin seeds, and cranberries. I also add walnuts, blueberries, pomegranate and mango. It makes a great "trail mix" that I take with me everywhere. It gives me a quick boost, and satisfies any sugar cravings I get.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Life Changes

Since the wake-up call from my Dr., I have decided to make some major changes. I need to lose weight, eat better, and exercise more. SO...Here we go. A friend on Facebook termed this "The Megan Movement"

  • I have given away all of my Dr Pepper and any candy stashed throughout the house  
  • I am cutting down on my soda pop consumption. To almost nothing.
  • I went through my cupboards and weeded out my processed foods and most of the prepackaged junk that I used to eat
  • I have begun eating healthier: more fruits and vegetables and salads
  • I will walk several days a week. Starting off slow, but working up to faster and longer
  • I changed from 2% to 1% milk.
  • From full fat Greek yogurt to non-fat Greek yogurt
  • I have resolved to eat fish. Probably not a lot, but fish none the less
So far, I am really happy with the changes I am making. I really do not having cravings for the candy and chocolate that I used to eat. If I do need some sweet things, I grab some dried fruit and nuts. Very yummy. When I have a salad, rather than using Ranch Dressing (my favorite) I drizzle a little extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar on it. I tried a pomegranate vinaigrette the other day and it was delicious! Now I just have to find some of my own. Rather than using sugar as a seasoning I have substituted cinnamon and other spices. 

The Megan Movement is also to inspire others to change. Whatever you feel needs to improve in your life, I encourage you to make the change. It is not impossible to change what we feel are habits or behaviors too embedded in our lives. Anything can be done if you put your mind to it. In some cases, it is a physical dependency, as there are very addictive substances out there. However, most of it is a matter of psychological choices. You can train your mind to be in control, rather than your body. I invite you to join me on this journey of bettering myself. Happy changing!