Pre-new year tidy and purge

After several days of encouraging words and support from my Calgary family and peeps, I have decided to step it up a notch and make 2013 the year that I actually make a concerted effort to live healthier, as opposed to just losing weight because I happen to like veggies and walking. I’ve done so well in the past year and I’m really proud of the success I’ve had, but I’m ready to try a little harder and have a little more success. I’m not going to become a fitness freak or go on crazy diets, but I’m going to make a concerted effort to eat better, add more fitness to my life, and to learn new things that support my hobbies of choice (needlework and quilting). The latter may not seem related, but I think that having fun hobbies and learning new things is good for your health. It’s also important for getting through the long winter nights and having something to look forward to when feeling grumpy about work or work outs.

I’ll be posting a bit about some of the projects I have planned for working on my hobbies in a few days and I need to decide what I’ll be doing to improve my health. I know that it will at least involved my continued use of RunKeeper, which I use to track how much I walk. I like tracking it, because it feels great to see my weekly and monthly accumulation of kilometres I’ve walked. I also think that I would benefit from tracking what I eat. I don’t know if I’m dedicated enough to track every bite I eat, but I do think that it would be good to track it enough to know where improvements are needed. I’ve done this in the past and found it helpful as it gave me the swift kick in the butt that I needed to remember to eat well. Despite enjoying the trackers I’ve used in the past, I think that I will be trying something new – ShapeUp looks like a good general tracker and it links up with RunKeeper (unlike some of the other trackers that link up with RunKeeper, this one links up without having to buy a paid membership to ShapeUp).

Before I start all of this, I decided that it would be a good idea to tidy up my apartment and purge all the things I no longer need. This is partly because I love to spring clean and want to start the new year with a “fresh” (read: tidy) start, but also because I need an excuse to finally get rid of a bunch of “fat” clothes (clothes that are now too big for me or stretched out enough to look frumpy on me). I did a bit of shopping while in Calgary (thank goodness I have a patient cousin – we only went to the mall to buy Christmas pjs, but I ended up buying a bunch of great sweaters and tops). I cannot tell you how amazing it felt to fit and look good in so many clothes, most of which are from “regular” stores (stores not catering to the plus size community). Until now, I’ve been buying any old cheap thing that would look good enough while in transition, but this time I focused on quality and fitting properly. I reasoned that it made more sense fro two reasons: (a) it’s always better to buy clothes that make you feel good, and not just ok, and (b) by purchasing good quality clothes, I’m ensuring that items can be re-used by other people instead of just being tossed because they’re worn out. Both of these points also help me to be more eco-friendly: I’m focusing on good things that I love and that will last long enough to be used again by other people after I’m done with them.

So, I’ve already started working on purging things and I currently have piles of stuff that need to be sorted or put away in every room in my apartment (including my hallways). I’ve started sorting clothes, craft supplies, fabric, etc. I can already tell that I’ll have enough give-aways to need several trips to my nearest drop off and enough fabric to seriously considering finally getting around to opening an Etsy shop to sell the few quilts I’ve completed and a pile of fabric I no longer want.

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Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to plug back into my audiobook and get back to cleaning.

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