Though we get incentivize to lose weight around fall (when everyone goes back to school) and winter (when the New Year roles around), spring is arguably the best time to try and get back on track. The weather is perfect, and in New England we’re likely to have decent weather through the fall.

It’s nice to be outside, and there is so much we can do (fitness wise) in the great outdoors. But getting healthy isn’t only about starting or re-energizing your workout routine. It’s also about food and lifestyle.

For this year’s spring cleaning, try to get rid of some of the stuff you don’t need or don’t want. Go through the cupboards. Are there foods you have no intention of eating? Or are there bags of foods you would rather not eat? Throw them out. It’s okay.

Are you a pack-rat? Is there clutter around your house that causes stress that you can finally trash? Simplify…Simplify…Simplify. Try to rid yourself of everything you don’t need and don’t want along with those extra pounds. It’s a lifestyle adjustment that all comes together. Plus, I find that trashing useless stuff or finding someone else who will appreciate it can be freeing and rewarding. Try it. You might like it.