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1. Set a fitness goal. And give yourself enough time to reach it. Your mission is the motivation that will keep you going on days when you feel like giving up. Be sure to create smaller goals too (such as doing 15 sit-ups), and reward yourself when you reach them, to help propel you toward your big one.
2. Formulate a workout plan. Aim for three 40-minute workouts each week, at specific times. Your exercise schedule needs to be as important as any other appointment you have. Vary your routine - maybe it's tennis one day and a dance class on another - to challenge yourself and ward off workout boredom. (Go to redbookmag.com/getfit for ideas.)
3. Do a reality check. Be completely honest with yourself about how fit you are. Getting in shape is a personal journey that requires a realistic self-perspective; some novice exercisers are overly ambitious and begin a workout plan or set goals that are too hard on their bodies. So take it slow. Keep your focus on where you are and the progress
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- Redbook | Work + Money – Wed, Dec 16, 2009 11:56 PM EST
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Sage advice from anti-clutter guru Peter Walsh.Read More »from Organizing Tips from an Anti-Clutter Guru
Why are we such a mess?
In the last 30 years, the size of the average American house has doubled while the size of the average American family has halved. It's not that we don't have enough space; we have too much stuff. Our culture says, "One is good, two is better," so stuff keeps coming into our homes - but very little goes out.
What does our stuff say about us?
Clutter does one of two things: It keeps you in the past or it keeps you in the future. You're never fully experiencing the here and now. Grandma's china, your college term papers - they represent your family history, your blood, sweat, and tears. But the memories are separate from the stuff. You don't need to hold on to them like a life raft.
What's the biggest mistake we make when trying to get organized?
I met a woman who bought an entire supply of Rubbermaid containers at a liquidation sale. Now, she has a house full of clutter and a garage full of Rubbermaid.
- Redbook | Love + Sex – Wed, Dec 16, 2009 2:35 AM EST
Yowza: Nearly a quarter of U.S. adults describe their sex lives at "hot" and "orgasmic." Below, check out all the other words 1,000 adults chose to describe their sex lives for Trojan's 2009 Pleasure Survey.Read More »from How Would You Describe Your Sex Life â€” in One Word?
Average - 23%
Are you really average? What's really going on in other couples' bedrooms? We got the scoop from more than 2,500 women in our redbookmag.com sex survey. Read the no-holds-barred results!
Hot - 23%
Okay, it's hot, but want to make your sex life sizzle? Become a sexual goddess with 12 easy moves to make your sex life even hotter!
Orgasmic - 22%
Already orgasmic? Why not double (or triple) your pleasure in bed? Here's how to have multiple orgasms - or at least have fun trying.
Predictable - 19%
Always in the same positions? Add the smallest twists to your favorites to deliver a bigger bang for your buck with these 10 new sex positions to try.
Non-existent - 17%
Men always want sex. That's the message you hear from your friends, from talk-show experts, from TV
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Is your resolution to get a handle on your cluttered house? Try one of these 5 steps to manage your messes.
1. Set small goals.
Pick the area of your home that would bring you the most peace if it were organized. Is your closet in disarray? Is your junk drawer overflowing? If the task seems too big, break it down: Instead of tackling the whole kitchen, take it one shelf at a time. The sight of even a small clean space will inspire you to keep going.
2. Make a plan.
Create a vision of how you'd love the area to look. This mental picture will help you develop your action plan. Then, figure out how much time you can devote to the project, and stick to that schedule. Be ruthlessly honest with yourself about how much time you can give to the task and how long it will take.
3. Don't blame yourself.
You're not the only one drowning in clutter, so don't beat yourself up about it. Save your energy for making positive changes. If you catch yourself thinking a negative thought like I'm such a
- Redbook | New Year – Mon, Dec 14, 2009 11:11 PM EST
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Put your health first in 2010 with these easy steps to losing weight and getting fit.
1. Get a checkup.
See your doctor if you don't know your most important health numbers: cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar, and BMI (body mass index). Think of them as guidelines that let you know if your health is off track. Once you see what you need to work on, you'll know better how to embark on your journey toward wellness.
RELATED: Try these fun ways to reduce your blood pressure - like eating chocolate and knitting!
2. Find your motivation.
You know you should get healthy, but you'll need to search for your deeper reasons for doing so, beyond improving your physical appearance. Do you have a family history of heart disease? Do you want to be a good example for your children? These fundamental motives will keep you going on days when you want to give up.
3. Set yourself up for success.
Pinpoint what's preventing you from eating healthfully. Do you eat too much fast food? Do you snack
colorful clothesIs your style is even more stale than leftover Christmas fruitcake? Make a New Year's resolution to shake up your look! (It's a more achievable goal than losing 50 lbs. by swimsuit season, anyway.) You don't have to get as outrageous as Lady Gaga - just stepping a bit outside your comfort zone is enough to do the trick. Try these easy tips, and you'll feel like a whole new you in no time.Read More »from Get a New Look for the New Year in 5 Easy Steps
1. Look in the mirror.
Ask yourself: Am I doing this for me or to please someone else? If it's about you, keep going: How do I want to present myself? What do I feel good about? What do I want to update? Let the changes you make reveal the real you. (Have an outgoing personality? Try some bolder colors!)
2. Clean out your closet.
Make three piles: one for items that fit well and make you feel great, one for items that need tailoring, and one for items to donate or toss. Clearing out clutter helps you assess what you still need and makes room for a hot new wardrobe - and lets you appreciate what you
Is regifting an acceptable practice, or is it rude and unspeakably tacky? REDBOOK's advice guru, Karen Karbo, gives tips on how to handle a regifter.Read More »from Is regifting ever okay?
Q: My stepsister is a notorious regifter. Once, she even regifted a Christmas present of expensive perfume I'd bought for her and gave it to our stepmom for her birthday. For my last birthday, she gave me this awful glass platter that my stepmom told me my stepsister got from a company for hosting one of their product parties (you know, like a Tupperware party). I always select a gift for her that I think she'll like, and it hurts to know that she cares so little for me or my feelings that I get her discarded presents. Is there any way I could talk to her about this that isn't offensive? -A.R., 29, Newport News, VA
A: I have a regifter friend. The one time I called her on her habit (she gave me an electric carving knife her mom had given her), she laughed and said, "Busted!" The next time it happens to you, say, "Whoa, Emily! Didn't you
- Redbook | Work + Money – Sat, Dec 5, 2009 1:49 AM EST
So, what do you all think of the Tiger Woods cheating scandal? Mostly, I just feel sad. Sad for their family, sad that his brilliant talent had to be overshadowed by something as stupid (yes, stupid!) as this, and sad that, while it's newsworthy because of the scandal surrounding it, and because of his celebrity, it's not really newsworthy at all.
I know so many women whose relationships have been rocked by cheating, and even some women who've cheated themselves. There have been countless studies on it, and a while back, REDBOOK even spoke to a marriage counselor, who did a survey of over 200 couples whose husbands have cheated, and this is what he found:
48% of men rated emotional dissatisfaction as the primary reason they cheated.
66% of cheating men report feeling guilt during the affair.
Only 6% of cheating men had sex with a woman after meeting her that day or night.
And there are more scary stats here...
To me, these stats show that a guy who
- Redbook | Parenting – Fri, Nov 20, 2009 8:09 PM EST
Teach Your Kids the Gift of GivingOf course kids love getting presents at the holidays, but what truly makes the season special is the genuine sense of goodwill all around them. That's why now is the best time to show a child how to spread that warmth by helping others. Yes, it's great for the needy, but it's even better for your kid. Read on to learn all the ways that volunteering boosts your child's self-image, plus strategies for keeping him motivated and projects he can dive into right now.Read More »from Teach Kids How to Give (and Nix the "I Want That!" from the Holidays)
When Your Child Gives, He Gets...
Courage to initiate change.
When a child improves someone else's life, he sees that he can change the world around him -- and even himself -- for the better, says Cathryn Berger Kaye, author of The Complete Guide to Service Learning. For 6-year-old Cleo Payne of Pelham, NY, volunteering at her local park has shown her the big impact of a small gesture. "A park is nice and relaxing, but if it's all messed up, no one wants to come there," she says. "I like burying the bulbs so there can be
Ever wonder if you are the only mom in the world who hates playing Candy Land, or is secretly thrilled that she requires a scheduled C-section?
Then be thankful for Dirt Is Good for You: True Stories of Surviving Parenthood, a new collection of brutally funny, nakedly confessional essays that originally appeared on the Website babble.com. In these excerpts, moms reveal the parenting evils they've committed:
- Snubbing the mommy community: "My breaking point occurred one drizzly afternoon, when the baby and I were on our way to a [new moms] group. Instead of heading to the host's apartment, I found myself driving to my favorite bar, enjoying a glass of wine and a few minutes of reading with Roscoe sleeping in his stroller. There was...not a single word about bouncers or strollers or acid reflux.... It was beautiful - like listening to the ocean at night." -Kim Brooks
- Spoiling thy sons: "As I began lightheartedly pulling the soppy clothes out of the dryer so that my boys