Saturday, October 16, 2010

Introducing: Book Giveaway

So far I have posted my top 3 tips in being your best self by feeling your best.
3. Getting healthy fats in your diet

Now, I am going to introduce #4: Emotional Health

I discovered about 5 years ago that I was holding a lot of emotions that translated into 'clutter' in my body.  As I worked through my emotions, I began to lose weight.  I know this may sound silly to some, but I lost the my last 20 pounds without changing anything more in my diet or without amping up my exercise.  Keep in mind, I still was doing those things - just not really increasing.  

Beyond that point, I can honestly say that I don't care how exactly that happened - there are million theories.  What I do care about is keeping myself emotionally healthy.  Here are a few ways that work for me:

1. Talking about my feelings and not 'stuffing' them in the pit of my stomach.  My husband has been great to talk to when something is upsetting me.  It could help that he working on his PhD in Clinical Psychology. 
2. Take some 'me' time.  That is pretty rare right now with two babies, but when I get it - I cherish it.  I love to spend some time with a friend or go to Zumba (a new favorite).  
3. Take responsibility for my emotions.  I can't expect people to know how I am feeling if I don't tell them.  If I don't want to do something, I say 'no'.  It's empowering!

I am sure there are more too. 

I am doing the first of a few giveaways by Peter Walsh.  He personally mailed these to me - I am a big fan and met him when I was sharing a weekly health tip on an internet radio show.  You may recognize him from TLC's Clean Sweep or The Oprah Winfrey Show.  I am giving away this book on CD (much easier to listen to this when you're on the go anyway!).  

Just leave a comment about how you stay emotionally healthy and I'll choose a winner next Friday, October 22nd at noon.

From the book's introduction: "I believe that the secret to successfully losing weight is to forget about calorie counting and weekly weigh-ins. Instead, you need to focus on how, why and where you eat. When it comes to clearing clutter (the fat in our homes) it isn’t about the stuff itself, it’s about the life you want to live. The same is true for losing weight: it’s not about the pounds. It’s about living the life you deserve in the body you want. Using my expert techniques honed from years as a clutter expert and organizational consultant on TLC’s Clean Sweep and, more recently, on The Oprah Winfrey Show, I show you in Does This Clutter Make My Butt Look Fat? how to deal with the clutter in your kitchen, your pantry and your home and show how it’s directly related to the clutter on your body that negatively affects your ability to lead a full and healthy life."


  1. I take time for myself by reading and blogging. This helps keep me sane!
    bkhabel at gmail dot com

  2. I love Peter Walsh! I've read some of his books and have this one on my list. Pick me please!! :) I'd say I stay emotionally healthy by venting to my husband. He's my sounding board at the end of the day and getting everything out always helps me to relax and realize what is and isn't important.

  3. would LOVE this book. Peter walsh is awesome. The best way I stay emotionally healthy is by talking to my hubby. We call it "pillow talk" right before bed. One of our "sessions" went to 2 a.m. this past weekend. It made for a hard sunday morning, but it was great to talk about everything!