Health Makeover with Marilu Henner: Week Three (cont.)
Fay_Moderator: This is the ....
Henner: I wanted to put this tip in the book --
Fay_Moderator: You can't hear it unless you play it backwards! Paul is dead and here's the motivational tip!
Henner: And my friends said "no".
Henner: But this is what I'll do, I'll come home and see my bathroom is such a mess... and I can size up the room and say I can clean it in 26 moves. I'll size something up, and say I can clean this kitchen in 22 moves. And I'll see if I can beat the record. It's like a game.
Blaine_Moderator: What happens when you go over?
Fay_Moderator: How do people stop being defeated when I know a lot of people who start these things and never finish them. I'm going to do my closet ... I think you work for closets.com by the way! I think that's really your website!
Henner: My brother said that I wrote the Blue Book, and it's really an organization book disguised as a diet book.
Fay_Moderator: It's the closet page you see on the back of Vogue, that's really your company! (laughs!) But you start and then it lays on the floor and now you're climbing to get over it
Henner: No no no. If you know you're the kind that isn't going to finish, you have to do something small to make yourself feel better.
Fay_Moderator: Okay, alright, take it in portions ....
Blaine_Moderator: Right. Mm hmm.
Henner: There are people who can dump everything in the middle and know they'll get the job done. But most of us don't have the time to do it all in one sitting. So it's better to do things in sections, a little bit at a time. I'm always looking for people to do something small and feel better.
Fay_Moderator: As opposed to being defeated with everything on the floor.
Moderator: How can I get my children involved with cleaning the house?
Henner: I make teams, and I came from a big family... and I used to babysit for the 4 young ones. What we'd do is have teams, and my family was very competitive... What we do is if you make a game, a sports game out of it... and each kid who has a different room, maybe they can pick the music that time, or go into the room and size it up. Maybe because my kids are little, I can do these things and they think it's fun. And especially with little kids, if you get them to think that only the adults can do it, then they want to do it.
Fay_Moderator: Yeah, how many calories are we burning doing this kind of work? I've heard it said that you're not burning calories until you're breaking a sweat. Then I read Cosmo and things that say 'ironing is burning calories.' Which is it?
Henner: You're moving... you're breathing, doing things... and it's better than sitting and watching television.
Fay_Moderator: So, all of this is burning up calories for you?
Henner: And it's also helping your mind. I feel like, here's your head, and here's all the problems in your head. So you have to get your head over to this area where there is no problem. We've all got complicated lives, and we're all busy with nothing every perfect. We're lucky to get 65% out of everything, but you have to constantly function and move.
Blaine_Moderator: So, that's the Plan B ... you talked about Spa on a Budget tips .. there's Massage Buddies!
Fay_Moderator: Organize my Closet and Fix up my shoes! (laughs)
Henner: I think if you learn to give each other a massage, it's amazing how you don't have to require a masseuse. And there are some great oils, or you can give yourself a great massage. Just your feet, with some great foot cream. And it's amazing how your feet will relax your entire body.
Fay_Moderator: Instant reflexology.
Henner: You can do it to yourself, and once you get your feet going, you'll see how you're walking different with better posture.
Blaine_Moderator: That would be a great tip for the woman who wrote in earlier about unwinding when she walks in the door ... have her husband give her a massage.
Henner: You have to be able to communicate with your partner too, because there's nothing worse than a bad massage.
Fay_Moderator: right. So what are some of the ways ....?
Moderator: What are some ways to learn massage and what different types of massage are there?
Henner: Get some videos or whatever. You have to be able to listen to your body and natural appetite.
Fay_Moderator: Mmm... your intuition. We were talking to a woman about "Awakening your Intuition" the other day ...
Henner: We get so clouded, and we can't hear ourselves. We can't taste things, because we've been eating the extremes or listening to the extremes. One of the big questions I'm going to ask people in the Green Book is when was the last time you felt healthy. And one of my friends didn't even know what healthy felt like, it had been so long. And now she's doing the program and knows.
Henner: There's something so intuitive about massage, and you can practice on yourself what's going to feel good. So when you're working on someone else's neck or foot, you can feel empathetic. So it's really a question of listening.
Blaine_Moderator: Marilu, we've talked a lot about exercise, I want to talk about your TV exercise ...
Henner: I had so much fun doing this. My brother and sister-in-law are in there with me. We had such a good time doing this, and I really wanted to do something for people who are the last people on the dance floor in a wedding.