One of the loveliest side effects of going on a diet is that for me at least, it’s caused me to “diet” other aspects of my life. I’ve been clearing out cupboards and decluttering drawers. Partly this is because I need new clothes and who doesn’t want to throw their “fat” clothes out? In the hope they’ll never be needed again. Save for one fat garment we can use as a measurement – look at how big THIS is! And yet it was once tight.
I also find I want to sort out other aspects of my life. Be better organised. Work harder and smarter. Have my accounts entered up each month instead of in a last-minute panic minutes before the tax return deadline.
As a journalist I’m a bit of a deadline bandit – ie it’s in my nature to wait till the last minute because panic concentrates the mind! Though I’ve heard some newspaper columnists who are well aware of deadlines and deadlines leave it even later, knowing their piece will still make it in. Just.
I’ve never been quite that bad and do actually like to deliver my copy at least a few hours ahead of deadline if I can. If not a day or so early. But it’s the deadlines we set ourselves that can be the easiest to ignore, delay or put off forever.
Be a better you!
Going on a diet changes you. It’s inevitable. It proves you can be a better version of yourself – a slimmer one, yes, but also a much healthier one. It proves you can face down that most difficult of challenges – losing weight in a fat world! And losing weight – and keeping it off – is harder than coming off heroin. Or giving up smoking. Because you can’t go completely Cold Turkey on food!
So to succeed at this most difficult thing, to cut back in the midst of plenty, to deny yourself the pleasures you once over indulged in, is enormously satisfying. A tremendous boost to the self confidence.
None of this is part of the promise when you first go on a diet. Most only offer you a slimmer you and that’s only if you stick to it. Sticking to it is the hardest thing of all, especially several months into a regime you know has to last many more months, possibly years.
So having a few quick wins along the way can help to keep things on track. If you lose weight I’ll bet – I just bet – it makes you want to lose other things too such as clutter, mess and clothes that’ve hung around for far too long and which you know you’ll never wear again.
It’s as if losing a bit of weight and staying on the diet gives the rest of you a big boost; putting a rocket underneath you and shooting you on to achieve better things. Be a better you!
That’s a nice side effect I hadn’t envisaged and it’s been glorious. I spent my Sunday slinging things out and it felt just wonderful. Scaling things down, clearing out the dead wood. Reducing reducing reducing.
Have a good Monday and a truly terrific week. See you again soon.