Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Day 63 Pare down what you own

Who really needs one facial cleanser for the bathroom counter, another for in the shower, a third that only takes care of eye makeup, and a fourth one for the travel bag? How did I get so wasteful?

Actually, it was easy. It's easy to lose track of all the things you buy, and even easier (for me, at least) to replace things that get used up without even considering doing without. If I'm out of cleanser for the sink, I add it to the grocery list and pick more up the next time I am in the store. Never mind that there is a perfectly good cleanser sitting 5 feet away in the shower that I can use. And one under the sink.

Nope, I don't need all these things anymore. Consolidate, recycle, and reduce.

My vegan challenge is going well. I don't even miss meat. I don't even think about it. All I'm thinking about is wow, this food is tasty, and I've never cooked this before, so let's dig in. These delicious recipes make so much food that I'm stretching my 5 days to 10, and maybe even 15, because frankly I can't stand wasting food, and I'm the only one eating this stuff. I did step on the scale this morning and had a moment of sheer horror at seeing a number I hadn't even imagined. Time to focus and get serious about this losing weight/getting in shape/police officer thing.


Simply Authentic said...

Glad to hear you are enjoying the vegan diet! There are moments when I really miss not eating dairy.....and it's really not that difficult to cut dairy out as some might think.

Good idea for a change today---cutting down products can also streamline getting ready!

Q said...

Will you be paring down all of your belongings? Or just products. An example of what I mean is getting ride of the pairs of shoes you haven't worn in months, and not just because they are seasonal foot wear(If you have them).

Glad your vegan extravaganza is going well!

Little Green Penguin said...

I'm actually making a point to wear something every day that I haven't worn in a while, to decide if I still like it. And if I don't, well, then I'm recycling, or gifting, or giving away to charity.

Q said...

I'm in the process of doing that with my clothes as well.

Great minds think alike?

Radioactive Duck said...

I've been working on paring down for quite some time now. I was doing really good up until it came time to move the unused furniture out of my bedroom and good old dad took over a month to come and get it. Now I've slowly gotten back into the swing of decluttering my life. It's an on going process, that's never quiet done for me. Good luck in your endeavors.

Tressa said...

Just remember muscle weighs more than fat! Keep up the effort.