Closet Colonoscopy

You know how some days you just wake up feeling like how my cat looks? This weekend has been like that for me. I sprained my ankle from a particularly rigorous workout on Friday so I’ve been hobbling around on one good foot for the last 48 hours. But the good news is that I finally got my lazy butt back into workout mode for the full second week in a row. I don’t get on the scale anymore because that’s just demoralizing when you already think your pants are feeling too snug. For me these days, it’s about how consistently I can exercise and resist bad food. Those are actually my two personal resolutions for 2011, like they have been every year. It’s just harder to find the motivation with each year that passes.

Speaking of resolutions, I’ve also made a shopping resolution for 2011. Uh oh, you say while rolling your eyes, here we go again. I know I’m no better than the next untrustworthy addict who swears she’ll not inhale/imbibe/buy again. But this year, I’ve taken a friend’s advice to heart and made two lists. One, a holy grail wish list of sorts, of all the dream items I’d love to find. That list is for giggles. Two, a more practical wish list that I’ve stored on my phone so that when I do find myself in a store, I don’t get distracted by other tempting fillers.

This second list is based on a serious assessment made a couple of weekends ago of my current wardrobe. I went through my closet and pulled out all the items I haven’t worn in years and probably will never wear. In short, about 35.9% of my closet is now in another room marked for recycling. It was both a daunting and therapeutic process, this closet colonoscopy, but I can’t tell you how freeing it is to let go of things that you don’t need. What is is with the emotional attachment to material goods? Is it genetic, cultural, or gender-specific? I don’t know, but it sure is nice to de-clutter every once in a while. Especially when that process turns up a couple of surprises I forgot I had…

but it’s going to be a few days before I can get my fat ankle into any kind of high heel.

Anyway, I’m sure some of you have running wish lists as well as you head into each new shopping season, right? Would love to see what’s on yours!


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