What’s your vision?

I have a thing for Australian accents, which might explain my obsession for watching Peter Walsh’s organization shows on the OWN network.

In each episode, Peter surveys the hoarder’s jam-packed, anxiety-inducing room (does anyone else want to go on a major cleaning spree after watching one of these shows?) and inquires of the homeowner, “What’s your vision for this room?”

The homeowner generally replies that he/she wants a tranquil retreat and a place that feels welcoming and open. With that in mind, Peter instructs the homeowner that he/she must keep ONLY the items that support that vision. Anything else will take away from their goal for the room.

I have decided to adopt Peter’s question on my weight loss journey. So I asked myself (silently, so as not to scare anyone), “Kristen, what is your VISION for your body?”

And here it is:

I want it to be strong and lean. I want it to do what I ask it to and have it respond without struggling. I want it to be capable of running 5Ks and 10Ks and hiking long distances on breath-taking trails. I want it to get great results on medical tests, like glucose and triglyceride levels. I want it to, someday, be a safe and healthy haven for a little baby. And, honestly, I want it to be pretty.

With that in mind, I must keep only the habits, activities and behaviors that support my vision. The rest need to be trashed. Sure, I’d love weekly pizza delivery, the same way a hoarder would love her 230th pair of shoes–it would provide a temporary high, but, ultimately, bring frustration and delay the end goal: a spacious and decluttered room, or in my case, a healthy me.

Peter found that clutter and weight gain went hand in hand in many cases, and he wrote a book in 2008 called Does This Clutter Make My Butt Look Fat? I’ve picked up a copy and I look forward to diving in!

Image source: www.peterwalshdesign.com


About Kristen K

My life has always been pretty darn fantastic--except for one thing: my weight. Not too long ago, I tipped the scale at 283 pounds. I'd gain some, lose some and gain some right back, and I was so frustrated. When I saw a notice for a Biggest Loser-style contest in my local paper, I applied on the spot and I felt like I won the lottery when I found out I was one of the five contestants chosen. We worked out four times a week with trainers and followed a clean eating diet, and my life completely transformed. I've lost more than 60 pounds and I'm feeling confidence for the first time in my life. I'm 29 years old with a great husband, a rewarding job, two adorable dogs and fantastic friends. Weight loss continues to be a struggle now that the contest has ended, but this time I know that I can do it and I'm fully committed. This blog has seved as an accountability tool as I journey from a happy, but fat, person to a happy and confident person. And for the first time in my life, I'm no longer putting it off until tomorrow. This time, I'm starting this minute.
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