Declutter Your Life and Lose Inches Off Your Waistline!!
Want to lose inches off your midsection with just one change in your life?
This one is not about diet and exercise although diet and exercise are amazing for your overall health so I’m not saying don’t do those things, but consider what all the clutter around your home is doing for your physical and mental health. Decluttering your home and your life declutters your mind and ultimately decreases overall stress and anxiety in your life.
When you go through the process to declutter your home and mind you will see a direct improvement in your overall health and specifically around your mid-section.
What? How is that possible?
Did you know that stress and lack of sleep are key components of your life that add inches to your waistline? I didn’t know about this until just recently. My husband and I were wondering why we could only lose so much and then no matter how many crunches or different ways we ate we just couldn’t get rid of the extra inches around our waistlines. I didn’t want to accept that it was my age or genetics, even though I was told it’s all downhill after 40.
I went on a mission to figure out what was behind belly fat and the inability to lose it. I see so many programs and articles out there talking about belly fat…. detoxes, fasting, hardcore workouts, crunches in a million different positions and plank challenges that go on for days.
What I finally learned was incredible to me and IT WORKS!!
I am proof, but I won’t make you look at a before and after picture of me. I promise!! We’ve seen enough of those and as motivating as they can be…it’s just gross. Take my word for it and try this out. If this doesn’t work for you (and it takes time as your stress decreases, fat cells burn off) you are just right back where you started, but you’ll have a cleaner, less cluttered home. So it’s a win either way!!
Here’s the Science
I’m going to get a little scientific with you here so if you hate science skip to the section titled Let’s sum it all up! and go right to the summary. If you are ready to join my 10-Day Declutter Your Life Challenge go ahead and do that now. Otherwise, read on and you’ll have another opportunity at the end to join the challenge too.
I like to know the “why” pertaining to anything I am doing to me or my family’s body. I love the science behind anything and everything I do so I’ll put it here for those that care.
Stress and Weight Gain – Perfect Combination for Failure
The level of stress in your life increases a hormone called cortisol in your brain. Cortisol is considered your “stress-hormone” and when this hormone is increased, during tension-filled times, your body goes into “fight or flight” mode. Your body now instinctively increases its insulin output, your blood sugar drops and you begin to crave sugary and/or fatty foods. Some people will start eating more during this time and some won’t want to eat at all.
Whether you eat or not the body tells itself it is in survival mode (“fight or flight”) and it will hold onto fat. There’s another scientific explanation here as to why the body chooses to hold onto fat. I’ll save that for a later discussion. If this stressful or tension-filled period of time lasts for a significantly long period of time even those people that didn’t have an appetite initially will begin to have increased cravings and hunger and will begin to eat more too. High levels of cortisol also make us want “comfort foods” and those are never healthy options.
So increased stress in our lives causes our body to hold onto fat and increases the amount and types of foods we eat.
Sleep and Weight Gain
Lack of sleep has the same effect as increased stress, it’s just different hormones that are affected. It doesn’t take long, just days, for lack of sleep to start causing weight gain. Sleep deprivation causes a decrease in the hormone, leptin, which regulates hunger and appetite. When leptin is at optimal levels it helps you to regulate your hunger and also tells your body to expend energy.
And, Mommas, don’t we want and need more energy?
When we have this decreased energy we turn to energy drinks, excessive coffee, energy pills and more. We are hurting ourselves more and more as we stay in this vicious cycle.
There is another hormone affected by sleep deprivation called ghrelin which tells your body when it’s hungry. This hormone increases as your amount of sleep decreases and therefore you end up eating more. If you are a busy, stressed out mom whose body is telling itself to eat more you will be eating the quickest, easiest foods that you can. Chances are that’s not broccoli and berries. Chances are its chocolate, chips, fast food and the brownies you made for the kids yesterday.
What is enough sleep?
Most doctors and experts say a person needs an average of 6-8 hours of sleep a night. Now getting exactly that amount every night is not easy, and I know that if you are reading this article you are probably a busy, overwhelmed mom of multiple children and know that 6-8 hours of uninterrupted sleep a night is just not sustainable.
The key is to get an AVERAGE of 6-8 hours of sleep a night. If you go two nights with 4 hours of sleep and can grab an hour or two nap during the day then over 24 hours you averaged 6 hours. If naps are not possible then getting some extra sleep the next night or over the weekend will help average it out. One way or another, you have to get the sleep to regulate the hormones and keep your body working optimally.
To Sum It All Up
Let’s sum all that scientific talk up. Stress leads to increased cortisol (the stress hormone that tells your body to store fat and makes you hungry) and not getting enough sleep (average of 6-8 hours per night) leads to decreased leptin (the hormone that regulates hunger and energy output) and increased ghrelin (the hormone that regulates hunger).
So now what?? How do you get more sleep and decrease stress?
We need to start with decluttering our lives, physically, mentally and digitally. I want to challenge and encourage you to join me as we embark on a 10-Day Declutter Challenge where we will declutter your entire home including your digital devices and electronics!! Let’s clear the clutter and, in turn, clear our minds as we decrease overall stress and anxiety.
Will you commit to making this change in your life once and for all?
Let’s do this together! The challenge will start August 13th so sign up now to be sure you get all the start-up news, checklists, and information you need to do this once and for all. At the end, I will give you quick and simple tips on how to keep up with it daily so you don’t end up at this point again.
This challenge is setup in a private FB Group where we will focus completely on decluttering right alongside other moms doing it with us at the same time. We will be encouraging and helping each other declutter our homes before school starts and life gets crazy again.
If you feel that you can’t start right on August 13th, no worries!
Join the challenge anyways and start when you can. If you can’t keep up or you need to spend more time in certain areas all the information will remain there in our group. Catch up when you can. Join in when you can. It will not go away at the end of the 10 days.
We are all moms and we definitely know what twists and turns our lives can take. Join us now or at any time during the challenge. All the information will be there, and I will be answering your questions and comments every day. Nothing about this is automated, I’m going to do it right alongside you all!