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Worth repeating: Decluttering is like exercising

9 January 2020 | Comments [2] »

I first published this post in 2014. Back then I belonged to a gym. Nowadays, most of my exercise (aside from walking my dog and working with my clients) involves doing at-home yoga. And the similarities still resonate with me!

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Developing a yoga practice

12 February 2019 | Comments [0] »

Today marks two months of daily yoga. It’s gone from an obligation to keep a commitment I made with myself to a something I look forward to every day, even on days when I feel tired. Adriene Mischler, the instructor, is a kind, loving and funny person. She always expresses her love for her viewers at the end of a session, and I found myself whispering “I love you” back to her the other day. Adriene makes me feel good about myself.

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Starting yoga where I am

17 December 2018 | Comments [0] »

In years past, I’ve blogged about how difficult it is for me to keep an exercise routine going. I’m not typically someone who needs to lose weight and my work is pretty active, but I know, intellectually, the importance of regular exercise, particularly in the aging process.

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The 30 X 30 challenge

1 October 2015 | Comments [2] »

I love doing genealogy research, but I often have trouble finding time to do it. Because it’s seldom urgent, it falls to the bottom of the priority list, like so many enjoyable things. Since I blog at my other blog, Organize Your Family History, it’s important for me to do the research so I have genealogy-related things to blog about. But, as I said, it can be a challenge to find time.

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How Fitbit is keeping me active

16 June 2014 | Comments [2] »

I’m a natural-born couch potato and I struggle with getting myself to get adequate exercise. I’m not someone who craves it or enjoys it, but I do appreciate that it’s important.

Last month, I took Shannon Wilkinson’s Change Artistry: Get Active group coaching program and it was hugely helpful in changing my mindset about exercise. It now feels much less like drudgery and I’m feeling very good about the exercise I’m getting.

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Decluttering is like exercising

16 May 2014 | Comments [2] »

I’ve had my struggles with getting myself to exercise over the years and I’ve detailed some of them on this blog. The bottom line for me is that I’m pretty fit and pretty slender without going to the gym, so getting myself to go has been challenging, since I don’t enjoy it that much.

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Do you need some help getting active?

29 April 2014 | Comments [1] »

We all know, intellectually, how important it is to be active, rather than sedentary. I did a quick Google search and found my way to the Johns Hopkins website, where I found these risk factors for cardiovascular disease and other conditions associated with inactivity:

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The Active Every Day challenge

1 November 2013 | Comments [0] »

My friend, Shannon Wilkinson, of Perception Studios has launched her Active Every Day in November challenge.

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Worth repeating: Just do something!

26 June 2013 | Comments [0] »

While I did finally join a gym, the message of this two-year-old blog post is still worth repeating. Whether it’s exercise, filing, or processing email, doing something is always better than doing nothing.

Some effort is better than no effort. That’s the philosophy I’m embracing at the moment when it comes to exercise. For some reason, I’ve fallen off the exercise bandwagon, despite the fact that I’ve put on a few pounds and so am reminded of the need to exercise on a very regular basis.

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Hydration solution

3 June 2013 | Comments [0] »

I started working at at Smart Studio a fitness studio near my house back in October. Ever since, I’ve been faced with challenges surrounding staying hydrated during the workout. There are water coolers and plastic cups, but I wanted to bring my own bottle to fill from the cooler, since the cups are small and I didn’t want to create that waste.

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Exercising your [decluttering] muscles

13 May 2013 | Comments [2] »

Since October, I’ve been trying to go to the fitness studio that I belong to, Take Action three times a week. Due to some circumstances I won’t go into here, I hadn’t been able to go for almost two weeks. But I managed to get there yesterday.

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The value of interim goals

28 November 2012 | Comments [0] »

I’ve been working out at a fitness center lately and am starting to establish a routine there. One of the things I was thinking about today as I used the elliptical machine is how important it is for me to have small goals on my way to larger ones.

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The personal trainer/professional organizer comparison

16 November 2012 | Comments [2] »

As I’ve documented ad nauseum here, I’m not a natural exerciser. For the first few decades of my life, I didn’t exercise much at all. My metabolism helped me remain slender with out it, and I’m pretty lazy to the core.

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Behold the power of the daily routine

6 July 2011 | Comments [4] »

I think habits and routines are incredibly important for making life easier and achieving what you want. The routines I have created have helped me, a naturally messy person, maintain a semblance of order in my home.

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If it stops working, change it up!

17 June 2011 | Comments [0] »

Organization systems, as well as habits and routines, are usually set up with current circumstances in mind. When circumstances change, the systems or routines might fall apart. In other words, life takes zigs and zags and if systems keep going straight, they’re not going to work.

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Just do something

23 May 2011 | Comments [3] »

Some effort is better than no effort. That’s the philosophy I’m embracing at the moment when it comes to exercise. For some reason, I’ve fallen off the exercise bandwagon, despite the fact that I’ve put on a few pounds and so am reminded of the need to exercise on a very regular basis.

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Setting the bar low

17 September 2010 | Comments [2] »

I’m all for doing things well and keeping commitments. But sometimes, just a little bit of effort is better than no effort. And sometimes if you make a little effort, it can turn into more effort.

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Punishment versus rewards

26 May 2010 | Comments [2] »

Back in the days I was a pet writer and wrote about dog training, I wrote repeatedly on the effectiveness of rewards over punishment.

Why, then, am I a little surprised that my recent experiment in using the threat of punishment to get me to do something wasn’t a resounding success?

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Update on StickK

15 March 2010 | Comments [3] »

Three weeks ago, I signed up for, a website that helps you keep goals and commitments by asking you to pledge to pay money if you don’t do what you say you’ll do. I blogged about it shortly after I joined.

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StickKing to your goals

24 February 2010 | Comments [0] »

I recently learned about (In fact, I learned about it on the CBS Sunday Morning episode I blogged about on Monday.)

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Choices, choices

17 December 2009 | Comments [0] »

Choice is a good thing. I think that having lots of options can feel very freeing. But when there are too many choices, it can be very hard to make a decision. I was reflecting on this today because I started out the day actually scheduling what I was going to do every hour. Today I’m playing catch-up after a visit to my family in Washington state. There’s a whole lot of disarray in the house and lots of email to catch up on and I found myself being pretty ineffective in the two days since I’ve been home.

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Wii Fit Plus arrives in the nick of time

11 November 2009 | Comments [1] »

If you read my blog with any regularity, you’ve read about my infatuation with the Wii Fit. I’ve found it a fun and effective way to get exercise and stay in shape. (I’m a huge couch potato and don’t need to exercise to stay trim, so it’s hard for me to motivate myself to exercise.)

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Automating my exercise

13 August 2009 | Comments [1] »

I’ve written about my infatuation with the Wii Fit I purchased in April. I built a routine of doing Wii Fit six days a week (I’d take Thursdays off) and was going strong. I was so enthusiastic about it that my friend Margaret Lukens of New Leaf + Company interviewed me about it and included me and my Wii Fit in a blog post she wrote about exercise this week.

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Still loving the Wii Fit

28 May 2009 | Comments [2] »

Back in April, I bought a Wii Fit. I was instantly enamored of it, which allows me to work out and have fun, without leaving my house. I worried a little that the infatuation would wear off and the thing would start gathering dust.

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Wii Fit update

17 April 2009 | Comments [0] »

I posted almost two weeks ago that I’d purchased a Wii Fit and was pretty ga-ga over it. I wondered whether my infatuation would wear off over time.

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The vanishing day

10 April 2009 | Comments [0] »

I’m writing this at 6 p.m. Six flippin’ p.m! I usually blog in the morning and when I mess up my routine, things tend to fall through the cracks.

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Getting fit the Wii way

6 April 2009 | Comments [6] »

I just purchased a Wii video-game console so that I could use the Wii Fit program and balance board. This is huge for me, for a couple of reasons. First, I’m pretty sure I haven’t played a video game since Pong. (I’m not kidding.) Second, I don’t work out. I’m lucky enough to have a great metabolism, so I don’t need to work out to stay slender. I’m not a total couch potato: I walk my dogs daily and I’ve walked three half-marathons. For the last seven years, I’ve done about three minutes’ worth of exercises every morning with seven-pound dumbbells, followed by 100 crunches most days. Not bad, but not much of a workout.

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2 April 2009 | Comments [0] »

It’s so interesting to me how in control I feel when I have (and take) the time to keep my systems going, and to maintain order. And it’s also interesting how quickly those systems can break down.

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Confessions of a couch potato

17 December 2006 | Comments [0] »

I got up early and walked eight miles yesterday morning. I realize that doesn’t sound like something you’d hear from a self-described couch potato.

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