Getting rid of the excess
Thursday, August 11, 2011
I hate waste. That's why I find it so hard to leave food on the plate. When I eat out, I have to fight the tendency to go for the best value items on the menu - the most filling for the least money. It takes a lot of effort to pay more for a healthier option like a salad when I see friends horsing into dishes with free side orders of chips, pasta etc. But little by little I am coming to see that eating what my body doesn't need is a far worse waste of resources.
At home it's getting easier to avoid waste. I used to struggle with that as I live alone. Nowadays I buy most of my fresh produce loose so I can get just the amount I need. I make delicious, healthy soups out of any veggies past there best and am learning to plan my menus around what is in my fridge about to go off!
So it's all good and fits in with my attempts to live green and consume only my fair share of resources and reduce, reuse and recycle.
So all my efforts mean my personal excess waist (if you'll allow a pun) is reducing. So far I've dropped 16kg and 2-3 dress sizes depending on the brand and body part! Hooray for that!
A pleasant side effect of that is that I get to pass on lots of clothes that don't fit any more. I spent a few hours decluttering my wardrobe ... and the pile that had spread out of it onto a chair, then onto the floor beside it!
I tried on clothes I haven't worn in years and can fit into the smallest things now - some don't look great but soon will, yippee!!! I have filled 4 bags with stuff to go to the charity shop. I just wish I could leave a note in the pockets or sleeves saying - try SparkPeople.com and soon this will be too big for you too!