Get Organized Now!
Mid-Week Mini Edition
By Maria Gracia
September 20, 2017
Turn Over a New Leaf this Fall
While I'm not a fan of colder weather, I love when the leaves begin changing
color. This transformation is beginning where I live in southeastern
Wisconsin. During the summer, trees were working hard to keep us shaded and
cool, and now they're getting ready for a long winter's rest. But before they
do, they're ready to dazzle us with their magnificent colors. I'll be looking
forward to getting outside, camera in hand, and enjoying!
But, for me, it's not just about the leaves this season. It's also about some
'leaf changing' in our own lives. After all, we could all use some change in
direction or a refocusing from time to time.
So, how do we begin a transformation? Here is a quick outline to get you
1) Decide on one thing you'd like to change or improve. Examples are
being more organized, losing some weight, saving more so you could go away for a
weekend or two, spending more time with your spouse, taking time to enjoy a
hobby, helping your aging parents, or whatever it is you'd like to choose. Note
that these are all 'major' goals. How can you tell? Because every single one of
them requires more than one step to accomplish.
2) Make a list of 15 minute 'actionable' goals. Once you choose your
major goal, it's time to begin breaking it into doable, actionable pieces. This
means every TO DO that takes you from start to finish with this goal, must be
preceded by a verb (an action word). For instance, if your goal is spending more
time with your spouse, some 15-minute actionaable goals might be:
a) 'Set' a
date and time to discuss this revelation with your spouse so you're both on the
b) 'Determine' possible dates and times to go out this month
c) 'Check' both your calendars to be sure there aren't conflicts
out' any conflicts (e.g. other commitments, like work)
e) 'Finalize' dates
f) 'Make' any necessary reservations (dinner, tickets, hotel reservations,
etc.) ...and so on and so forth.
3) Set time aside to work on those goals. This doesn't mean, 'when I have
time' or 'when I could get to it.' It means specific dates and times. The only
goals you'll reach are those you actually commit to. Committing to goals doesn't
mean you just 'believe' they should happen...it means you're actually doing
something to make them happen.
4) Track and help yourself visualize your progress. It's always a good
idea to have a visual of where you are with your goals. One of the easiest ways
to do this is to make a chart. Very often, fundraising companies use pictures of
'thermometers' to help folks visualize how close they're getting to their
financial goals. You can use the same concept to help you picture where you are
with your goals.
5) Celebrate...a lot. Most important, celebrate along the way. Mini-
rewards for mini-goals accomplished...bigger goals for bigger goals
Finally, be kind to yourself as you go through this transformation process.
Along the way, you may have some setbacks, and you might have to tweak some
goals. But it's OK...because turning over a new leaf now and then is what helps
us continue to grow and succeed in life.
P.S. By the way, speaking of goals, if the goal you plan to focus on this
month is losing weight and toning up, it's actually the perfect time of year
to do this. The holidays aren't here yet. You can't use eating out at summer
festivals as an excuse. September rocks for this goal...and I have a NEW
resource to help you. Visit this link to fast forward to it:
Scroll down to the bottom of this issue for more details.
Use a Pizza Cutter, for More Than Pizza
I have a tip to share now that school is back in session.
I have had my grandchildren all summer long and have found that having multiple
pizza cutters was a blessing...to cut waffles and French toast in the morning,
for cutting grilled cheese sandwiches at lunch, and chicken nuggets in half to
I have arthritic hands and very hungry mouths to feed, so this worked like a
charm for me! I use it for pizza, of course, as well!
Reader Tip: A GON reader shares an excellent system for storing family
Featured Recipe: One-Pan Honey Garlic Chicken and Veggies: On busy
weeknights, I need something I can whip together quickly...and that tastes
amazing. This dish is it.
Dirty Little Secret 1: I don't store flat items, like cookie sheets and
cutting boards, flat. Here's what I do instead...
Dirty Little Secret 2: I love these multi-use, inexpensive, household
tools to help me stay organized...
Dirty Little Secret 3: Prevent clothes from slipping off hangers.here's
Repurpose/Upcycle: Tired of spice clutter? Organize spices 1-2-3 with
Mini Challenges: Sometimes Being organized is simply saying NO to habits
that cause you to be disorganized
In ADDITION, on our home page, you'll also find lots of NEW and featured
Social Media Spotlight: No storage space? Are you sure?
New Web Poll: Our question is, What holidays do you decorate for?
Please take our poll and let us know. It only takes a few seconds, and you can
see up-to-the-minute results
September Checklist: Autumn is the perfect time of year to turn over a
new leaf and get organized.
Theme of the Week: Doubt. Enjoy our home page quotes, that reflect our
theme, for added inspiration and motivation this week
Be like a tree. Stay grounded. Connect with your roots. Turn over a new leaf.
Bend before you break. Enjoy your unique natural beauty. Keep growing.
I'd love to hear from you.
Comments, suggestions, or just to say
hello. Just REPLY to this email with a short note.
And remember...Being organized creates a happier,
healthier, more fulfilling life!
Get Organized Now!
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Special 'Gotta Have' Resource
Do You Have Menopause Belly?
If So, Here's Why You May Be Struggling With Your Weight?
It's humiliating... confusing... and often painful. For women over 35, it
can be infuriating. And a total nightmare once you hit menopause. You eat less
and exercise harder, yet still put on weight, especially around the belly.
Add in the hot flashes, disrupted sleep and mood swings, and life can feel
unfair... like your body has betrayed you. What the heck is going on? It's
called hormonal burnout... and it can wreak havoc on your female metabolism.
Fortunately, research shows a clear way to reverse its effects.
The #1 Cause of Female Fat Gain Over 35...
While hormonal burnout can strike at any age, it affects all women as they
mature through menopause. And some even a few years earlier. It's caused by
declining levels of estrogen and its sister-hormone, progesterone. Normally,
they go up and down naturally like a see-saw. However, by 35, as ovulation
slows, hormonal burnout begins:
1) Progesterone plummets
2) Then estrogen starts to drop wildly
3) And fat gain around the middle kicks into high gear
When hormonal burnout strikes, your menopausal metabolism becomes vulnerable to
two major threats.
Threat 1: You Become More Carb-Sensitive
First, the decline in estrogen hurts your ability to process carbs. That's
because estrogen helps your body manage blood sugar. So less estrogen leads to
higher blood sugar. And higher blood sugar turns into fat, especially around the
belly. That's why an evening bowl of pasta can result in an extra pant size in
So should you cut out carbs completely? Absolutely not. That just stresses out
your metabolism even more. And that brings up the next threat
Threat #2: You Become More Stress-Reactive
Once you're through menopause, your stress-hormone cortisol spikes up to 74%.
That's unfortunate, as a woman's metabolism is already more sensitive to stress
than a man's. But the drop in estrogen and progesterone makes matters even
worse. That's because they amplify the effects of your brain's "feel good"
molecules, serotonin and GABA. Those molecules help you stay happy, relaxed and
sleeping well. That acts like a shield, protecting you from the damaging effects
of stress. So with a weaker stress shield (due to lower estrogen and
progesterone) you're much more vulnerable to cortisol:
* It can break down collagen, making you look 5-10 years older
* It can eat away at muscle and bone, making you soft, saggy and brittle
* Worst of all, it can act like 'Miracle-Gro' for belly fat.
And that's not the kind of miracle you want.
The Menopause Belly Solution...
Fortunately, there is a way to conquer these dual threats: Turn your natural
hormonal rhythms into a metabolic advantage. This something women can do... but
men can not. By working with this advantage, one study found women can burn 65%
more fat during exercise than men. Plus, they can have more control over where
that fat is stored. And when this advantage is combined with a special type of
exercise, it can really help your mid-section slim back down. But every woman
has a unique set of hormonal rhythms. So to tap into this advantage, the first
step is to understand your specific hormone type.
What's Your Hormone Type?
That's where my good friend Dr. Jade Teta comes in. He's an expert on women's
metabolism. He's developed a tool that will reveal your hormone type in 60
seconds. To discover your hormone type to conquer menopause belly, visit:
But he doesn't stop there. He also gives you a customized plan for your exact
hormone type. It acts like an instruction manual for your body. It's based on
his proven 4M framework developed over the last 25 years and includes:
* Best foods to eat and when (the right amount of carbs is critical)
* Simple daily habits to keep a lid on cortisol so you keep burning fat
* A great workout that works wonders on the 'menopause belly'
This action plan will help protect you from those dual metabolic threats. And
help you feel what it's like to work with - instead of fight against - your
hormones. I hope you enjoy!
P.S. Every woman has a unique hormonal signature. But clinically, most women
fall into 1 of 7 core Hormone Types. Interestingly, your type can change over
time. This Hormone Type quiz will help you stay in sync with those changes so
you can thrive. Visit:
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