It occurred to me that a run in the winter sunshine is more appealing than another visit to the gym. So that is what I did.
Started off with a rough route and my music planned. What does everybody listen to? I’ve devised a long running playlist and just add songs when something new and jolly is heard on the radio. The list of tunes is an array of everything and encourages me to run. Well it all helps!
Started out all enthusiastic because of the lovely weather – cold and sunny. Just crossing the road and heard a friendly voice asking me where I plan to run. So stopped to chat to my mate, then swiftly started running again eager to accomplish some sort of running rhythm.
Ran down a long lane with some brief stops for photos. Really enjoyed the countryside and decided that I will run more often. A few hills and roads later I finally ran around a small local recreation ground and went home, tired but feeling a sense of achievement. Always a good thing.
Future Fitness Plan
- Write down everything eaten, daily. Plus drinks (particularly alcohol).
- Weigh yourself first thing, daily.
- Eat 5 pieces of fruit/veg, every single day. This should be mainly veg.
- Try to keep to 1200 calories, most days (but probably not the weekends).
- 1 hour exercise, every single day. Or at least half an hour.
- A run outside, once a week
Lost 3.5 kg at the gym’s Fat Club, so slowly winning the weight loss battle.
Ran 7.4 km
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As with all things relating to minimalism, it is best to activate over time. This is why I’ve taken so long re-organising the wardrobe. The home was never really cluttered but when I discovered minimalism, I decided there are ways to clear the home and have less stuff.
My focus became to cut the clothes that I don’t wear. With this in mind, I took everything out and organised into 3 piles (Out/In/Maybe).
Over the last few months the maybe pile, has been radically reduced and when I had less clothes, I bought some white coat hangers and organised the wardrobe so that it was not only arranged by type but colour too.
Although this goes against the minimalism ideal, for me it made everything tidy and saves so much time in the morning when I am deciding what to wear. Honestly, the wardrobe has never been so tidy and it is lovely and does save an enormous amount of time.
So for me the key points are:
- Deciding to reduce (IN/OUT/MAYBE)
- Organise by type (skirts, trousers, tops, jumpers)
- Colour co-ordinate
- Don’t worry too much about the Maybe Pile because you can consider and reduce over time
Do recycle items and pieces of clothing that are good enough should taken the charity shops. As a nation, we throw away enormous piles of clothes, so this is the sensible thing to do and best for the environment.
Also, attempt a one in, one out policy and stick to it. My proposal is to buy better quality clothes but a lot less and mix and match more. During the colder times, scarves are great to jazz up clothes plus colourful, matching jewellery too.
Anyway, I hope you like my tips and here’s to a clearer wardrobe which will save you time and money.