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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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