Cleaning your house is one thing but what about spring cleaning your health?
It’s time to develop a positive mindset by using springtime as a way to gauge your fitness progress.
Here’s some awesome ways to analyze your healthy habits and achievements while you’re spring cleaning your home.
There’s nothing more frustrating then cleaning and organizing a dirty closet.
When bringing out your seasonal clothes, you know you will have to pack up the clothes you’ve been wearing for the past couple of months.
Use this packing time as a way to assess your progress. It’s been over six months since you’ve worn your warmer climate clothes.
How do they currently fit?
If they’re too snug, you know you gained a few pounds.
If they’re loose in the waist, then you know you probably lost some significant belly fat.
Are you happy with this new version of you?
If not, you now know what type of fitness plan you should be doing to get the body you desire.
This makes it easier to decide between going on a fat loss plan, going on maintenance routine or choosing to put on some more lean muscle.
Don’t be afraid to let your closet be your progress measurement test!
Let’s play an easy game.
Look in your pantry and write down how many colorful boxes you see.
Now that you have that number, look at the ingredients of those boxes. If the ingredient list has more than 3 ingredients, there’s a 99% chance that you shouldn’t be eating that item!
When looking in that pantry try to identify your trigger foods (see: 4 Release The Beast Chapters That Teach You Environmental Control).
If you struggled with over eating those foods during the past couple months, it’s time to say goodbye to them this spring!
A month from now, go through that pantry and count the number of colorful boxes again. If you have more or the same amount of boxes, there’s a pretty good chance that your weight has increased or stayed the same based on those foods.
Do yourself a favor and make sure that your number is consistently low!
Get rid of that junk food that’s holding you back!
Look at the expiration dates of all the containers inside your refrigerator. If expired, toss it. There’s no need to keep expired food in your home.
Now see what fresh food you have in there. Is there any fresh fruit or veggies? If not, you know what you should be getting from the grocery store!
If all you see is take out boxes and MORE items in colorful boxes…toss it!
The healthier the ingredients, the shorter the shelf life of that food.
And yes I know that I have some frequent travelers reading this post. I know that it may be hard to keep fresh veggies and meats in your fridge due to the traveling lifestyle.
Which brings me to the next topic…
What do you have stored in your freezer?
Can you see any resemblance of frozen vegetables?
If you’re a person on the go and have had fresh vegetables spoil on you frequently then you should be buying frozen vegetables.
It’s a great way to ensure that always have veggies available to be eaten in your home.
Just be cautious that if you see a block of ice surrounding your frozen vegetables, it’s time to toss them!
Freezer burn is a real thing!
Not only with vegetables but with meat as well.
I highly recommend that when you buy meats, you get family sized packs. Not only are you getting more meat, but also you’ll save more cash in the long run.
Once you have the family packs, just split them up in Ziploc bags and freeze portions of the meat. That way you will always have good quality food around ready to thaw out and cook/serve.
If you find more colorful boxes in your freezer (ice cream, popsicles, frozen pizzas, lean cuisines, etc.)…. It’s time to upgrade to having better quality food in that freezer!
This may sound odd, but check out that oven. Your oven should be cleaned out at least once a year.
The best time is spring because you can have all the windows open to make sure the cleaning fumes don’t bother you.
If you have a self-cleaning oven, the temperature to get that done is extremely high so you want to air out the area!
The reason I want you to look at you oven is simply because…are you using it? Seeing a dirty oven is signs that that oven is getting frequently used!
And if it’s being used, what have you been using it for?
Have you been making healthy home cook meals? Or have you just been using it to warm up food from those colorful boxes?
Assess your situation and choose the right path!
As that table gets a quick wipe down, think about all the meals you’ve eaten at that table.
Umm wait…. have you actually been using that table to eat?
What meals take place at that table?
Do you eat alone or with the family?
These simple questions can help you figure out what your eating lifestyle is like.
If you never eat there, chances are you’re always eating out and most likely making poor decisions. People that make home cooked meals typically eat healthier than those who eat out frequently.
If you are a person always on the go, when you bring meals back are they healthy?
Are you eating them at that table?
Assess and start making better decisions during the upcoming months.
When going through that family room think about what you utilize that space for. Is the TV the focal point?
Do you actually communicate with your family while in that room?
I mean do you actually make eye contact with another living being.
Is your head down looking at some electronic device?
Can you have a conversation with a cell phone in your hands while in your family room?
Is your head completely glued to the TV?
It’s humbling isn’t it? Our society has seemed to make this room into a lazy zone.
We would prefer to just sit down and be a zombie than actually be a family when inside this room.
If that’s been you, change your philosophy up and have more human interactions when in this room. It will make you feel better, trust me!
These were some simple ways you can use spring cleaning as a way to jumpstart the next phase of your health. Tell me what you think!
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