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Fat and clutter on Oprah yesterday

Anyone see 2/7 Oprah story about the family who cleaned house first as part of their getting healthy plan? I definitely don't have the problem (except in the garage) that family had but accumulation and organization can get in the way for me.

What about everyone else?

Has anyone read the book written by the organization consultant they brought in? What did you think?


Fri. Feb 8, 11:35am

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both my parents are pack rats, and both are overweight.

Loved the episode!! LOVE Peter Walsh (He was on TLC's "Clean Sweep")

The key thing I think, is that when your house is all cluttered, and messy, it shows a lack of respect for the home. Many will disagree with this, but it's true. The same way that slobs who get makeovers say they felt good before, but feel better after (Denial is more than a river in Egypt!) when things are kept looking nice, it shows that you're taking pride in things.

And if your home shows no pride or respect, it doesn't often motivate you to take pride in, or respect yourself, or your health.

And for a lot of women, the clutter is their comfort zone, the same way fat can be a comfort zone. It's also similar to FLY baby concepts.

Personally, I thought that episode more informing than the Dr. Oz one...

Friday, February 08, 2008, 4:19 PM

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and now that I think about it, when I keep my room clean, I tend to stay more on track with my working out...

Friday, February 08, 2008, 4:20 PM

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In my case it wasn't a lack of respect so much as a lack of pride. We used to live in the ghetto and my husband would say "Why don't you keep the house clean" and my response would be "look at this crap house in a crap neighborhood...what is the point". Since we moved it has gotten better but still not perfect. However, it is MUCH better because I don't despise the house/neighborhood.

I was also over 100lbs overweight because I didn't have pride in myself...and I loved to eat at buffets!


Friday, February 08, 2008, 4:56 PM

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I have wanted to post something llike this for quite awhile but was afraid of the onslaught of negative postings. It definitely works for me. I have even seen it apply in terms of financial clutter. I had been working out with a personal trainer for a year and had not lost any weight. We were both quite puzzled. I kept food diaries, worked out with the trainer 3x/week and did cardio on my own on 3 other days. Then in Nov I finally got out of debt; I had been working on it for several months and was able to pay off the last of it in Nov. Within a month I lost 10 lbs. I can't see any other way to explain it. The debt, like clutter, was hanging on me in more ways than one.

Friday, February 08, 2008, 6:24 PM

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LOVE, love, love Peter Walsh. That dude has some serious insight - he works miracles with people getting them to break through to what's really going on - and to see that you can't say something is important when it's buried beneath trash and dog poop. I love it.

I thought it was a great show and I loved when he pointed to the fake tree and said something like, "Cheesy, cheap and easy. And how do you eat? Cheesy, cheap and easy."

He ended with Home, Head, Heart, Hips - it all makes sense. A chaotic environment breeds a chaotic life. And it's hard to treat yourself well in that kind of environment.


Friday, February 08, 2008, 8:04 PM

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no I missed it ,wonder if there will be any repeats...I have seen another episode of hers similar the woman had so much "stuff" in her house that it literally took up a warehouse

Friday, February 08, 2008, 9:59 PM

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Here is a link to Oprah's website and the show on clutter

Enjoy

Link

Friday, February 08, 2008, 10:45 PM

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I agree with the person with the debt, anything can be clutter. I guess the biggest clutter is the stuff we keep inside; maybe that we can hide from others. It may not be visible as overweight, but its clutter nevertheless. A person can be cluttered with hatred and biogtry and predudice, they may hide it well but its still clutter. May not come out on their hips but their heart maybe terribly cluttered. Its easy to beat up on fat folks, because you can see it, but what about the skinny, normal looking....are they not cluttered also. Just talk to them and you can hear the clutter, you can hear the clutter but you can't always see it. The woman on Oprah was perhaps no different from many others, she just manifested in a way that we can beat up on her. Says she can't lose weight because of her clutter house, I guess all the small people have clean, immaculate houses.

Friday, February 08, 2008, 11:22 PM

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I agree with the person with the debt, anything can be clutter. I guess the biggest clutter is the stuff we keep inside; maybe that we can hide from others. It may not be visible as overweight, but its clutter nevertheless. A person can be cluttered with hatred and biogtry and predudice, they may hide it well but its still clutter. May not come out on their hips but their heart maybe terribly cluttered. Its easy to beat up on fat folks, because you can see it, but what about the skinny, normal looking....are they not cluttered also. Just talk to them and you can hear the clutter, you can hear the clutter but you can't always see it. The woman on Oprah was perhaps no different from many others, she just manifested in a way that we can beat up on her. Says she can't lose weight because of her clutter house, I guess all the small people have clean, immaculate houses.

Friday, February 08, 2008, 11:22 PM

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Although not everyone with a cluttered house is fat, and not everyone with a clean house is thin, for some reason it seems to be the rule... I also saw a show once in which a financial expert guessed the amount of debt a person was in by the amount the person was overweight. I was very surprised that it was shockingly accurate! Of course, that is not a rule either. I know that when my house is in order, everything goes more smoothly, including my weight loss. I don't believe it has to do with the house, or weight, or debt, but it all stems from what we believe about ourselves.

Saturday, February 09, 2008, 3:57 PM

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10:45

Thanks for the link! :)

Sunday, February 10, 2008, 12:55 AM

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Thursday, February 14, 2008, 12:22 PM

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I saw the show and liked it. It made me think of FlyLady (google her) and her attempts to help us declutter our homes/lives. I'm currently reading her book "Body Clutter" and it is SO good.

Thursday, February 14, 2008, 12:40 PM

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