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Getting Rid of Clutter (part 3)

The final words on clutter. We finish with more tips and parting words of encouragement. If this isn't enough, hire an expert. It will be worth it if you're buried that deep. Less chaos, I promise. If you missed part 2, here is the link.

From The Happiness Project.com, Gretchen Rubin asks if you you find yourself repeating these phrases to justify keeping items you don't use or don't even particularly like. (Hint, yes responses indicate a high toss-ability factor.)



  • I might need this somed…

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Getting Rid of Clutter (part 2)

Time to Clean Up the Clutter. Now that we better understand why we accumulate so much stuff, let’s look at where we typically dump, store and (often) forget and how to deal with it.

Closets Besides desks, these mini rooms collect lots of undesirables. Spring cleaning or annual community garage sales are excellent times to check all your closets. Find something you haven't thought of or used for a year? Good reason to not keep it. For  your clothes, Peter Walsh suggests using what he calls …

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Getting Rid of Clutter (part 1)

Where there is clutter, there is chaos. I believe this because frustration and stress are often not far behind. Why do we have so much stuff? Friggin’ stuff everywhere.  The Why's of Clutter kick off this three part series.

Why is there a fake severed Halloween hand in my gift wrap closet? And, finding the right wrapping accessories will take longer than it should with this disarray!

1. We live hectic and busy lifestyles so it’s easier to throw stuff in a pile or in a drawer until you can ge…

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Motivations and Reminders

These motivations and reminders are from my Get Fit! Stay Healthy! June podcast #58. Check out the segment for the audio version. Hope a few can lift your spirits and get you focused.
  1. Being broke is not the same as being broken, losing money is not the same as being lost and finding your balance is not something you can do on a balance sheet.
  2. Don’t confuse having less with being less, having more with being more or what you have with who you are.
  3. When you’re in a hurry, go slowly. Th…

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Diet and Exercise Jumpstart for June

From my Get Fit Stay Healthy podcast! Get ready for the summer, break a plateau or change up your nutrition, diet and workouts with this easy to follow plan. Here is the outline from the segment, Diet and Exercise Jumpstart for June.

STEP #1: Preparation/Food. Pick 10 days that will give you the best opportunity to follow through, keeping in mind that there will probably never be 10 perfect days in a row. If you need accountability tell as many people as you can (that you trust) what you are…

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Ab Exercises With Surprising Results

Abs! Abs! Abs! That's the lead line in a recent report in the May 2014 IDEA Fitness Journal under research/ACEinsight highlighting a new study commissioned by ACE to evaluate the effectiveness of 16 popular ab exercises (or, moves, as they stated it) by comparing them with the traditional crunch. Read along to learn about ab exercises with surprising results.

The Study: They recruited eight healthy men and eight healthy women between the ages of 18-24. Researchers chose 15 exercises and a va…

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Hate Your Body? Tips for Body Acceptance

Do you dread warmer weather because you have to show more skin and it reminds you that you basically hate your body?

My Seven Tips for Body Acceptance to the rescue! I came across some wonderful tips on body acceptance from a blog called recoveryisbeautiful. Very sweet. I've added my own twist to them and formed them into my SIMPLE 7. I think you'll find these quite useful.

TIP #1: If you know looking in the mirror is going to upset you, then don't do it. Use full length mirrors when you are…

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Age Appropriate Exercise For Wellness

Don't get me wrong, I love that my 50+-year-old body is strong, capable and reliable, but I also realize that some of my chronic aches and pains are from overuse and my years of rigorous training (and teaching). The older we get the more important it is to identify age appropriate exercise for wellness. Today's wisdom is a result of my own training in addition to that of my clients, my friends, my parents and the elderly rock-stars in the gym.

Late teens and 20's: Basically, you are moving t…

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Shed Your Shameful Thoughts

I am so fortunate to be at the end of a very, very, long, difficult, humiliating, painful, destructive, shameful journey with my eating disorder and body distortion issues. Along the way, I've found out some things about myself that, in the beginning, didn't seem to have any connections to my focus on food. Never thought of shame as being a culprit and barrier to my recovery.

Thanks to the new book, Craving, by Omar Manejwala, and my daily review of its chapters, I now see how debilitating i…

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How Do You Measure Success

It's not a new question, how do you measure success. We all know the standard answers and we certainly understand that it's not just a house with a white picket fence, a good job and a happy family anymore. Do we measure success by our level of happiness? By the toys we've accumulated? Perhaps, it's by our job title and salary.

My definition of being successful has definitely expanded and changed over the years from the natural progression in life and maturity as well as the challenges I've …

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