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Simple Steps: 10 Weeks to Getting Control of Your Life: Health, Weight, Home, Spirit Paperback – Bargain Price, May 6, 2003
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This is a small book that is amazingly vast in its scope. It deals with life's mundane necessities, like controlling dirty laundry so that it doesn't take over a participant's life. Spiritual issues are addressed as well, and so is health advice that is so basic--walking, taking vitamins, drinking water--that one wonders why it is necessary to buy a book to assimilate it. Yet necessary it is, if only to have a cohesive and tidy plan on which to rely.
Anyone who makes an effort to implement some of the SIMPLE STEPS plan will be the better for this effort by the end of the 10 weeks. Anyone who succeeds in applying the entire formula will be a changed person: Better organized, healthier, far less stressed. The chores of yesterday are streamlined by this book's suggestions into the good habits of tomorrow.
Sometimes, we forget that the meaning of "inspirational" is "to inspire." SIMPLE STEPS is inspirational in the purest sense of the word. People who want to make improvements in the routines of their own lives will be well-served by SIMPLE STEPS.
The authors tell you to do one thing each week for your health, your weight, your home and your spirit. If you add these steps each week, in ten weeks you will be in greater control and according to the authors "cultivating the life you always wanted."
Week 1 for example suggests you drink eight glasses of water every day for your diet, walk twenty minutes a day for fitness, clean out a drawer or cabinet every week for your home, and save $2 a day for self.
Other weeks include tips such as keeping a food journal, cleaning out your fridge, taking a multivitamin, cleaning and flossing your teeth (yes you read that right) and cutting back on caffeine.
The authors tell you why you should do these things and how to "attach them to your lifestyle".
You already know you should be doing everything in this book.
You already know the techniques in this book.
On the back cover the authors say they will empower you by helping you attain the body you want with simple tricks like avoiding the kitchen after hours and using herbs and spices. (You knew that already). They say you can make room for fitness by using new techniques like kitchen dancing. (Is this new to you?)
There really is nothing new here. But sometimes we are so overwhelmed, we don't do the things we should. So the authors have written a book to get you to add these basic skills to your life one week at a time so they become lifelong habits. They walk you through each good habit step by step and hold your hand so you can accomplish your goals.
The choice then is do you need the book to tell you what you should already be doing?Read more ›
This book is geared to a certain type of woman. One wealthy enough that she has never lived without an in-home washer and dryer (there is a step about organizing when to do your laundry). One whose children are at least out of diapers (or safely set up with the nanny). One who, if she works outside the home at all, has the sort of job where she controls her own schedule and has her own desk. Preferably her own office.
Some of the steps aren't stupid, really. And some of the annoyances are specific to me. I get so sick of advice books that tell me to save money by forgoing lattes and manicures - I've had 3 lattes in the past year and my last (and only) manicure was sometime in the early 90's.
Overall, these didn't seem to be the right steps for me.
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Best tip from this book: put your sheet sets into one of the pillow cases from the set. Many of the tips from this I still use. Also, I loved listening to the tapes of this book. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Mary Ann
I bought this book to replace a copy that I already had but was thrown out by mistake when I moved. I use these steps as a guideline to get some of the things in life, that we... Read morePublished on December 26, 2013 by Gail Sieck
Its great for a woman's group to get together and listen and help each other heal threw experiences and sharing ideas.Published on March 24, 2013 by Debs
I like that the authors don't just make suggestions but also give ideas on how to incorporate them into your daily life so you develop new good habits, some of the information is... Read morePublished on February 26, 2012 by Blue-eyed Daisy
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This book gives me a headache. At first I thought it would be good. It gives 4 *big* steps in the first layer to add to your life. Read morePublished on May 23, 2009 by Anna Robb
My book club chose this book, and we are all so excited to be making little changes in our lives. This book is set up so you read a short chapter a week, and then apply the weekly... Read morePublished on March 22, 2009 by W. Jackson
I think it is a nice approach to making simple changes to improve your life. It was informative, it just wasn't the book for me. Read morePublished on February 5, 2008 by Delaney