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!
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