I have never been the most organized person. I’ve heard that creative people tend to be messier than most. So, I am taking that as a compliment- yes, my house is never 100% organized and squeaky clean- but my creativity will not be stifled! I’ve always been this way.
When I was in the sixth grade my parents told me that I could get a kitten if I could keep my room clean every day for a month. Well, I knew that was impossible, but I REALLY wanted a kitten. I had a brilliant idea to clean my room, then leave it and not come back in for a month. And that is what I did. My family had one of those military style cots that we would use for camping, so I set that up in the basement and slept there for a month so that I would not mess up my room
. My mom couldn’t believe that I would sleep on a cot in the basement for a month rather than keep my room clean, but I think she was impressed with my creativity and stubbornness. Although it was technically cheating, my parents let me get a kitten. My cat, Cozmo, was a constant reminder of how disorganized (and stubborn) I am. My life has always been lived surrounded my “creative clutter”.
Plan. Plan. Plan.
So, as you have read organization is not really my strong suit. Unfortunately, being organized and planning is a big part of both my weight loss journey and my journey to live a greener life. Flying by the seat of my pants will not work anymore! I have to pre-plan all my meals and make sure the fridge is always stocked with healthy options.
When I come home from work, I am hungry. If I open the fridge and there is nothing to eat or I have to come up with a meal idea right then, I just won’t. I will pick up the phone and order pizza. If I have a meal planned, but I am missing an ingredient- forget about it. I constantly live on the edge- any minor hiccup can send me straight into fat Jess mode, who has Jet’s Pizza on speed dial. So I know that I cannot give myself any excuse, because I will take advantage of it. This means I must be incredibly organized. I know every meal that I will be eating that week and have everything in my fridge to make me successful.
I prep and plan for each day before I go to bed the night before. I’m a hit snooze 5 times, roll out of bed 15 minutes before I must be at work kind of gal, so morning prep is out of the question for me. If I wait to make my lunch in the morning only one of two things will happen 1. I will be late for work or 2. I will leave without a lunch and eat lunch out or from a vending machine. Neither are good options.
Plan more, move more
Exercise must be organized and intentional. I have a work out schedule that I have to stick to, or I will never exercise. Weight training 3x a week and cardio 5x a week. I even plan out when I will get up from my desk and take a walk around the building- if I don’t I will never leave my desk. Sitting in front of my desk all day not only hurts my back, but it is exhausting. Taking a 10 minute break to walk around every few hours helps to keep me more productive and energized. Even something as simple as that takes fore thought and planning.
Planning for the Planet
In an efforts to live a more eco-conscious life, I use many of these same tactics. I need to plan when and where I go shopping, bring my bags and containers- or I will end up using unnecessary plastic. I make a lot of things homemade that “normal” people don’t to save money and plastic, but that takes a lot of planning too. For example, I make my own Greek yogurt (Recipe here) but the whole process takes about 18-20 hours. That means, I need to plan ahead and make it BEFORE I run out. If I don’t, I will run out and pick up a plastic container of yogurt from the store. If I need bulk items like spices, flour or beans I have to a specific store and make sure that my jars are close by. Gone are the days where I just swing by the store on the way home from work- that is unless I plan for that before I leave in the morning.
Sometimes I think back to my life before weigh watchers. We used to not plan any meals, when I would go to the grocery store I would not have a list- I would just wander the aisles and put whatever I felt like at that moment in the cart. Thinking about shopping like that now gives me anxiety. I honestly have no idea how I did it.
There is something that I really like about being so organized. It allows me to have more control over my life and my success. I’m not saying that I will ever have a sparkling clean house with everything in order, but a little bit of organization in my life has helped me get closer to many of my dreams. Maybe letting this concept bleed into other aspects of my life wouldn’t be so bad. Maybe I will make my bed every morning. Or maybe not….. Probably not. I don’t want to push it.
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