Happy Easter to you all 🙂 Mr. Minimal-Lol kindly bought me an Easter egg to celebrate the day. This is what it should look like – viewed in its pristine condition on the M&S website.
However, in an effort to be super-organized, he purchased it early in the morning and then left it on the back seat of the car, on a sunny day, only to remember it some hours later. Like my wardrobe, it has undergone some down-sizing and this is what I was presented with this morning! Nothing like starting the day off with a laugh!
This will be shared between us and enjoyed in stages over the next few days. There was a time when an Easter egg may not have safely made it to lunchtime, still intact. I believe there is a real connection between minimalism, healthy eating and weight loss. I began my minimalism journey about three years ago, when I badly needed to simplify my life, in order to deal with some extra pressures. It’s a work in progress and I have a long way to go. However, an unforeseen benefit has been the impact on my weight.
It started when I became interested in a capsule wardrobe. I had some major de-cluttering sessions and I found a variety of sizes, for my weight spectrum. First of all, there were the clothes that fit me at that time. True, they were uninspiring and boring but they fit – that was the key factor that earned their place in the wardrobe. Then there were my just-in-case clothes – in case I increased my weight, I had a mini capsule of clothes just waiting for that dreaded day. Talk about creating the conditions for weight gain. I had a real wake-up call when I realized that was why I was holding on to these clothes – as though it was outside my control if I gained such a significant amount of weight, that I needed clothes in a whole other size.
Then there were the tantalizing few pieces that ‘when I slimmed down’, I would fit into perfectly. They never really acted as a motivation but it felt like a goal achieved when I started wearing them again. But I found that many of them were tainted and heavy with the weight of hope and despondency, so they only sparked limited joy. They were never going to live up to the expectations I had placed on them. My transition to a more intentional way of shopping and indeed viewing my wardrobe is my long-term goal.
I didn’t so much minimalize my food as de-clutter the cupboard that contained the sugary foods and that made the most difference. I realized that the simplicity I craved in my wardrobe could best be attained by achieving a stable weight, which would allow a wardrobe with fewer but better quality clothes that I loved and that fit me well. So, I will enjoy nibbling on a small piece of the lovely (albeit transformed in a melted sort of way!) Easter egg that Mr. M-L bought me but, as in my wardrobe, less can be more satisfying than more, and way better for body and mind than too much. Enjoy the break 🙂