“Spring cleaning” is a tradition for some. The windows, the carpet, the blinds and curtains, suuuuper fun stuff like that. I used to do it every spring, back when I was regimented about such things. These days, I clean when things get dirty, when I have time, and when I’m motivated. Those things don’t align often. That’s probably why my house has pet hair tumbleweed everywhere and why I can barely see through the dirt on my upstairs windows. Who wants to get on a freaking ladder?
During the last few weeks, though, I’m finding myself in a “fall cleaning” mode, partly with the house but also with my life in general. Maybe it’s because of school starting, but I think other things are in play here.
As I wrote about here, I have been going through some hormonal changes and getting help from Dr. Heather Walker at Advanced Wellness to get things in order inside my body. In that last post, I wrote that I had lost seven pounds in the process. That number has since climbed to 12, and I couldn’t be happier. I’m now holding steady at my goal weight that I set about five years ago, which I honestly didn’t think was reachable. The toxins in my body have been cleaned out, and I’m finally happy with my body and my life.
During all the tweaking with my supplements to get my hormones happy again, I began to lack motivation for, well, anything. It started seeping into my workouts, which hadn’t happened in years. I was on the verge of adrenal fatigue. Though I still dragged myself to the gym, my workouts weren’t quite as tough, and I sometimes cut them short. I stopped prepping meals. I didn’t communicate well: with my husband, my kids, my coworkers, my friends. I felt constantly annoyed with everyone and everything.
Then, about two or three weeks ago, I finally felt refreshed. I am less annoyed. I have new gym workouts that are KICKING MY ASS. I sleep well and begin my day with energy again. I’m cooking again. My home and work lives are much more enjoyable. And this week, I started cleaning.
It’s all tied in together, you see. If you’re tired all the time, there’s something wrong. If you’re fighting with your spouse all the time, there’s something wrong. If you have no motivation, there’s something wrong. Don’t chalk it up to “being old” (because you’re probably not old so don’t even use that excuse. ever) or busy or whatever. It’s likely your diet, your lack of exercise and/or sleep and, of course, your hormones. Find the source, take steps to fix it and you’ll be happy, refreshed and CLEAN.
And yay for the kids going back to school!