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c_laura
10-04-2009, 02:58 AM
This may sound crazy, but I had a huge breakthrough in the last few days about my life and when I either stop being healthy or my healthy habits seem to disappear for awhile.

I realized that a HUGE trigger factor for me to binge on crappy food and sit on my butt all evening after work is when I let me house get messy. I had never thought about it before, but it's true. When my house is messy, I don't eat right, I don't exercise and a lot of the time I justify spending a lot of money on really fattening take-out, by saying I don't have clean dishes to cook, or I'm too tired to exercise and cook healthy food so I won't do either.

When I keep my bed made, have clean dishes, a clean living room and a spotless kitchen it's like I'm a whole different person. I cook something healthy nearly every night, I exercise when I can, I take to stairs more than 1 level and I sleep better. I'm even a happier more productive person at work.

I bet that I could probably track my times of weakness and weight gain to times in my life when I was living in a messy environment. I think realizing this is going to be a great help in my weight loss journey. And hopefully washing a few dishes will help me to continue to remove the weight.

Has anyone else noticed something about your lifestyle, that doesn't directly relate to weight loss, that has a huge impact on your own weight loss journey? If you do I'd love to hear about them.:)


wittleaway
10-04-2009, 03:23 AM
When I keep my place clean and in order, I have a better chance at keeping my diet and other stuff in my life in order. It's like I'm taking care of myself in a loving way and I feel happy. Thanks, I'm cleaning and rearranging my kitchen tomorrow to make way for all the healthy foods I'll buy.

geoblewis
10-04-2009, 03:47 AM
I'm definitely in this club. I can't seem to move forward with anything for me unless the house is tidy. And the house gets untidy because I'm not feeling well or I'm stressed and I check out with the TV.

My sons are out of school for the next two weeks, and after just one day, downstairs is looking disheveled again. I'm going to be riding my broomstick if they don't clean up after themselves, because I'm feeling really energized and healthy lately and I don't want anything keeping me from succeeding!


Suezeeque
10-04-2009, 04:23 AM
I seem to read that a messy house is a major stressor for you, so it would follow that eating, which is a major way to reduce stress temporarily, would be the natural consequence of your house being messy.

Identifying these stressors would be good for all of us, reducing stress and our need to eat to get rid of it.

So, you have given me food for thought. I'm going to try to be more aware of those things in my life that have me stressing out. Even little things.

I hate dirty dishes in the sink so I started using paper plates and bowls to avoid some of this. Now I feel guilty about not being green! But, I don't use the water or detergent.

I hate a dirty kitchen floor but I'm so fat it's a major deal to mop it frequently; so I bought a scooba. Now it's clean most of the time.

Thanks for the idea!:)

salsa chip
10-04-2009, 04:39 AM
*looks at her place*

*reads the thread*

*looks at her place again*

You're a genius. I need to blitz this place!

kasmin
10-04-2009, 05:22 AM
This is TOTALLY true for me too. Isn't there some book about this as well? Maybe I should think about paying for a cleaning service rather than a gym :p:p

yoyoma
10-04-2009, 05:29 AM
Yes, there is a book on this topic. It's called, "Does the Clutter Make my My Butt Look Fat?: An Easy Plan for Losing Weight and Living More" by Peter Walsh

I haven't read it, but I think there is a definite connection for some people (including me!). Here's a 3FC thread about it:

http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/weight-loss-news-current-events/148679-its-all-too-much-book-discussion.html

paris81
10-04-2009, 11:05 AM
I'm exactly the same way. If my apartment is messy, I feel like I might as well give up, and be messy myself (by eating too much!) It's crazy, but I'm super conscious about doing the dishes asap and keeping clothes off the floor.

Last night, I came home after a long day working. I was exhausted, I was hungry, and I was crabby. My sink was full of dirty dishes. I almost lost it and ate everything in the house. But I managed to calm myself down, do the dishes, and make a reasonable dinner. It was so much harder than it would have been though if there hadn't been any dirty dishes!

nikki
10-04-2009, 11:36 AM
For me, a messy house is not the trigger but just another symptom or effect. My trigger is being stressed at work. When I work a long or busy day, the only thing I want to do is veg when I'm done. I *know* that I'm supposed to see exercise and healthy eating as a way of taking care of myself, but it is still hard work! Sometimes I just feel like I can only handle so much in a given day. Result - when I am stressed at work for a week or more, my house AND my health suffer for it.

Thighs Be Gone
10-04-2009, 11:40 AM
Thank you for posting this. I needed to see it. I am completely in this club too. Right now my fridge is a disaster. I am going to promise myself to clean it today. My house is also messy this morning--my kids go to school all Sunday afternoon so Sunday morning is extremely stressful getting homework finished. I think I will make hubby take them today though--I will stay home to get house in order.

WildThings
10-04-2009, 12:25 PM
Messiness is a symptom for me. If I'm not eating on plan, my apartment looks like a train wreck. I just don't have the energy to deal with it. But a few days on plan, and I slowly start cleaning up everything else.

R05IE
10-04-2009, 12:49 PM
I'm a really really messy person but I hadn't thought about that having anything to do with my weight, but now after reading this I reaslise it was the day that i completely emptied my wardrobe and spotlessly tidied my room that i also walked downstairs and said to my mum, right this time next year i WILL be healthy...which was last wednesday....

It may have also been the fact I went through all my old cloths and saw all the summer cloths I didn't even dare to fit into this summer...

BUT next year I won't want to fit into the size 16-18, no sir-ee I'll be buying gorgeous little cloths to show off my little healthy hour-glass figure lol...

Thank you for posting your realisation, as its made me realise i have the same junk trigger! :)

salsa chip
10-04-2009, 01:26 PM
I've just blitzed my bedroom :D

Lyn2007
10-04-2009, 01:33 PM
There's a definite correlation, but for me it's a chicken-or-egg question.

Is my house a mess because I am not taking care of myself?
Or am I not taking care of myself because my house is a mess?

Whichever came first, it IS a vicious cycle. You can usually tell the state of my mind and emotions by how my kitchen and living room look, and that directly relates to how my eating and exercise look too.

sherrybwc
10-04-2009, 01:53 PM
hmmmmmmmm...

Like salsa chip, I think I'll go blitz something! :D

shcirerf
10-04-2009, 02:47 PM
There is definitely a correlation for me. A cluttered messy house makes me feel cluttered and messy, it really stresses me out. I look at all that "stuff" all over the place, helter skelter and that's how I feel. Thousands of little nerves running around like smurfs on drugs or something.

And of course I'm married to the biggest slob in the world, well maybe not,, his Mom is though. It's like if all his stuff isn't out in plain sight, he doesn't have it. Drives me crazy.

When the house is messy, I just want to eat chips and drink beer and forget about it.

I'm going to go blitz the kitchen RIGHT NOW!

sidhe
10-04-2009, 02:50 PM
There is definitely a correlation for me. A cluttered messy house makes me feel cluttered and messy, it really stresses me out. I look at all that "stuff" all over the place, helter skelter and that's how I feel. Thousands of little nerves running around like smurfs on drugs or something.

And of course I'm married to the biggest slob in the world, well maybe not,, his Mom is though. It's like if all his stuff isn't out in plain sight, he doesn't have it. Drives me crazy.

OMG when did you marry my husband??? :lol: :lol: :lol:

Alana in Canada
10-04-2009, 06:59 PM
It's chicken and egg for me too. Not sure which is which. I find the kitchen is key to weight loss. I will reach for something "convenient" (read: a carb in the hand) when I've no counter space to chop anything! I have no dishwasher and one small "L" shaped counter so I can sometimes be found making dinner in about 1 foot square of space (just big enough for the cutting board.)

As for the rest of the house, it doesn't affect my weight loss so much as my sanity....

I would blitz, too, except for the fact that I have to committ to staying on top of things before it makes any lasting difference.

However, the piles are beginning to get to that height where I can see them in my peripheral vision--even when I'm looking straight ahead! It is depressing.

shcirerf
10-04-2009, 07:46 PM
OMG when did you marry my husband??? :lol: :lol: :lol:

Ya want him back? Comes with the mess. ;):D

Did get my kitchen cleaned up. Yay! Last load of laundry is in the washer. I do need to get the last of the garden tomatoes taken care of. And I have a few yellow summer squash in a bucket.

Any ideas, I sliced and froze some for soups etc. but I've got plenty. How about a good yellow summer squash soup recipe, anyone? Something I could make a bunch of and freeze.

Butterfly50
10-04-2009, 10:23 PM
when I woke up I seen some of the same things. I let my house go down to the dumps and I was neglecting what needed to be done on a daily bases . Now that I am up and going all is back in order. I dont have to be ashamed to have someone stop by my house anymore.

c_laura
10-04-2009, 10:40 PM
I'm glad that people have found my lightbulb helpful.

I spent my weekend cleaning and getting my life back, and today I made and ate a fantastic chicken veggie chili. (shcirerf--It had a summer squash in it...I can tell you about it if you like)

Now that I'm aware of such a big trigger I'm going to pay a lot closer attention to my surroundings.

Good luck to everyone and thanks for sharing :hugs:

Alana in Canada
10-05-2009, 01:06 AM
I have a recipe for "Fast Mixed Vegetable Soup" and you could certainly put squash in it.

You could also just roast up a ton of it and portion it into baggies to freeze. Then, when you want some for supper, just dump the frozen bag (still sealed) in boiling water to heat up.

I slacked off, though, again.

I'm glad the rest of you got something done. I did request one of Walsh's book from the library, though. Maybe that will help.

AR4life
10-05-2009, 01:30 AM
I like order, I bought a new vacumm cleaner that I use almost every day. The floor stays clean and I'm more prone to keep the rest of the house tidy. I feel better and take care of myself. I don't let the stress at work get to me, coming home to a clean place makes me happy and I forget about work.

Funny how humans need things in their place. I have also been spring cleaning all year, getting rid of *stuff* that makes my house fat.

cfmama
10-05-2009, 02:26 AM
I used to be like that TOTALLY. I do find now that I have lost so much weight that I have the ENERGY to keep my house clean!!! So that helps ;)

shcirerf
10-05-2009, 09:30 AM
I'm glad that people have found my lightbulb helpful.

I spent my weekend cleaning and getting my life back, and today I made and ate a fantastic chicken veggie chili. (shcirerf--It had a summer squash in it...I can tell you about it if you like)

Now that I'm aware of such a big trigger I'm going to pay a lot closer attention to my surroundings.

Good luck to everyone and thanks for sharing :hugs:

Sure, i love chili.

Thighs Be Gone
10-05-2009, 10:51 AM
Update:

Sunday I usually take my kids to a school program across town. I stayed home yesterday and CLEANED. I did my fridge, my downstairs floors, and my kitchen very well. I also did some laundry. I lit some candles and decorated for Halloween. I feel so much better today.

Thank you again for posting this. It really helped me.

Thighs Be Gone
10-05-2009, 10:52 AM
I like order, I bought a new vacumm cleaner that I use almost every day. The floor stays clean and I'm more prone to keep the rest of the house tidy. I feel better and take care of myself. I don't let the stress at work get to me, coming home to a clean place makes me happy and I forget about work.

Funny how humans need things in their place. I have also been spring cleaning all year, getting rid of *stuff* that makes my house fat.

OMG--LOVE THIS!

Thighs Be Gone
10-05-2009, 10:56 AM
when I woke up I seen some of the same things. I let my house go down to the dumps and I was neglecting what needed to be done on a daily bases . Now that I am up and going all is back in order. I dont have to be ashamed to have someone stop by my house anymore.

Butterfly, isn't that a liberating feeling? Before if my house was messy, I wouldn't open the door because I didn't want anyone to see my house! I also am working to restore balance in my life. Some time for going out, staying home, exercising, relaxing, cleaning, etc.

This school year I am also finding it very liberating having backpacks, lunches, snacks and school clothes all ready the night before. I find that although my mornings are still busy, I don't stress out nearly as much. I also have time to make really incredible breakfasts for my family that I know will nourish their bodies from the inside out.

JulieJ08
10-06-2009, 01:47 AM
I realized that a HUGE trigger factor for me to binge on crappy food and sit on my butt all evening after work is when I let me house get messy. I had never thought about it before, but it's true. When my house is messy, I don't eat right, I don't exercise and a lot of the time I justify spending a lot of money on really fattening take-out, by saying I don't have clean dishes to cook, or I'm too tired to exercise and cook healthy food so I won't do either.

When I keep my bed made, have clean dishes, a clean living room and a spotless kitchen it's like I'm a whole different person. I cook something healthy nearly every night, I exercise when I can, I take to stairs more than 1 level and I sleep better. I'm even a happier more productive person at work.

Very, very true for me! Sometimes I think my health and weight depend more on a little self-discipline with my home than with my food. :)

Alana in Canada
10-06-2009, 02:10 AM
Well, I must say I think this thread lit a little fire under my butt today and I did a bunch of vaccumming and cleaning--including ALL the dishes in the kitchen.

Thank you so much!

Lindifer
10-06-2009, 02:26 AM
I cannot believe how much this thread has affected me! It was... like a light bulb! I actually feel, I don't know... either relieved that I know there is a connection to my eating habits and my house or panicked about it.

But what I do know is tomorrow, after my walk, I am gonna come home and totally clean my house. Top to bottom. And I am going to keep it clean. I am going to keep keeping my house clean as much as a priority as walking and eating right.

I feel horrible when my house is a mess, I don't know why I haven't committed to keeping it cleaner already. When it is clean and I have my yankee candles going I feel 100% better about everything and I intend to feel that way everyday from here on out.

Gotta go start some laundry and get rested for tomorrow!

salsa chip
10-14-2009, 05:23 AM
Ok, I dug up this thread again because I REALLY need to do the washing up which has been building up since (*shame*) Saturday (yea, I live alone, I can get away with it, but my weight loss can't!).

Actually I need to get into the habit of doing the washing up every day. Like every civilised person out there. Tsssssssk.