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Healthy Lifestyle Challenge #12 – Control the Clutter!

So, did you make it through yesterday without eating any added sugar? I didn’t 😦 We had our school’s Athletic Banquet last night and unfortunately I couldn’t resist those tasty little desserts. I will be pulling the re-do card on that one and trying to go a day (and hopefully more) without any added sugars or sweeteners. For now, yesterday’s challenge goes into the books as a


I will keep you posted on redemption day!

For TODAY’S CHALLENGE, take some time and

Declutter your work area.




1. Start with the papers on your desk – sort them into different piles: a this-needs-attention pile; a this-person-needs-to-be-called/emailed pile; papers to file; a shred pile for papers that contain confidential information but are no longer needed; and a pile of papers that can be recycled. Take care of each pile of papers accordingly.

2. Get rid of things you don’t use – grab a garbage bag and start throwing out pens, pencils, markers, highlighters, staplers and other assorted stationary items that no longer work. Go through each drawer/shelf and get rid of anything unusable, any doubles or multiples of the same thing. Only keep items that you frequently use at your desk.

3. Get organized – everything should have a home. If you cannot find what you are looking for within 3-5 minutes, you don’t have an organized office. Get stackable trays that will allow you to keep the “things to do” papers separate from the “things to put away” stack. If sticky notes are your thing, arrange them in a way that allows you to finish the tasks on your notes efficiently.

4. Set up a routine – now that everything is organized, get in the habit of organizing as you go: If you take something out, put it away when you’re done. Take five to 10 minutes a couple days a week to file papers that should have been put away, take out the trash and tackle other tasks to keep your organization system under control. Don’t leave your office at the end of the week until everything is put away.

Now get at it! Take a before and after picture so you can truly appreciate your efforts!

Have a great day!

Goal Setting

Now that I am ready to start the journey towards a Happier, Healthier, More Fit Me, I need to take a few minutes and actually think of what it is I want to accomplish. I’m thinking that the best way for me to do this is to establish some goals. Setting realistic and attainable goals is important. Goals must be clearly outlined, measurable, and have a time frame in which to be accomplished. I totally realize that some goals are going to take longer to accomplish than others, and that within my big goals, I need to establish mini-goals to keep my motivated and on track. After spending some time thinking about what I want to accomplish, I also realized that there are a ton of things I could set out to do. I am however, going to limit the number of goals I set so that I am more likely to stick to them and actually accomplish them by the end of June.

Health Related Goals Are:

1. Get my pre-pregnancy body back – I want to be muscular, strong, healthy and fit comfortably (and look good) in my pre-pregnancy clothes. Before getting pregnant with baby #2 I weighed 130 pounds, I would like to get back to that but don’t want to focus solely on the number on the scale. I know that if I am running and working out regularly, I am likely to build muscle and that may affect my weight.

Fitness Related Goals:                 

2. Run a 2 hour Half Marathon – I have signed up for the Toronto Women’s Half Marathon taking place on May 27, 2012. It will be my first race in almost 3 years so I will have to really commit to my training program. I will also have to eat well and make sure I get enough rest.

3. Improve my Upper Body Strength – I want to be able to complete the entire upper body conditioning track in Body Attack class.

4. Try Hot Yoga – I think that it will really help with my flexibility and I am hoping that it will help me to relax and de-stress.

Nutrition Related Goals:

5. Eat Clean – Now that I have established somewhat of a dinnertime routine as a mother of two, I need to actually start eating better and preparing healthy meals.

6. Limit the Amount of Junk Food I Eat – I am a huge fan of junk food and I absolutely love Coke! My plan is not to bring it into the house, that way, it’s not there for me to eat!

7. Limit my Chai Lattes to one a Week – I seem to have a bit of an addiction to Starbucks Chai Lattes and although I’ve cut down quite a bit since starting my maternity leave (I was having one a day), I still sometimes have 3 to 4 a week – yikes!!

Personal Goals:

8. De-Clutter – It’s time to get rid of all the junk around our house. My plan is to tackle one room a week so I don’t get overwhelmed.

9. Read More – I would like to read at least 10 books this year.

10. Save Money – Being on maternity leave means money is tight, I am going to stick to a budget and spend wisely.

11. Make time for Scrapbooking – Not only do I have a ton of great pictures to scrapbook, I also love how relaxing it is. I am going to go to at least one crop every two months, and try to make time during the day to do some at home.

Have you established your goals? Have you actually written them down? What are they and how do you stay accountable?  I’d love to hear what you are working towards and how you stay on track.