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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! emoticon 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!
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GEMINIAN1 8/11/2011 7:15PM

    emoticon on the de-cluttering.
I emoticon that! I really do.
emoticon to fitting in stuff that you haven't worn in years.
So exciting.
Good news; good news.
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KCATHY 8/11/2011 3:20PM

    Congratulations on having to get rid of clothes--what a wonderful feeling!

It's hard for me to order small portions at restaurants when I want to get my money's worth, too, even on business trips when I'm not paying. Congrats on understanding that giving your body just what it needs is the preservation of your most valuable resource--your health!

My husband used to try to get me to eat what was left on his plate because he couldn't stand to throw it away. I told him it wouldn't benefit the starving in Africa more for me to be fat than for him to throw it away, and that I wasn't a human garbage disposal, lol.

You're doing such a terrific job--keep up the great work!

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KALIGIRL 8/11/2011 12:40PM

    emoticon on all counts!

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CATREB 8/11/2011 8:57AM

    woohoo, way to go!

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