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Is Your Head Sabotaging Your Workout?

Is Your Head Sabotaging Your Workout?

During the last two weeks, I’ve been able to set a few PRs after plateauing for a couple of months. A few weeks ago, I showed up not really ready to workout. And I caught myself. Mentally, I was already giving myself an excuse for a sub-par workout.

Aftermath of giving it all you got. World War Fit in Allen, TX

Aftermath of giving it all you got. World War Fit in Allen, TX

For some reason, that irritated me. I made a conscious decision to give the workout all I had. It might be a long way from my personal best, but it would be the best I could do on that day. Instead of going through the motions and thinking about the stress of the day, I put it all into the bar. And I set a PR on my strict press. Read more

Your Biggest Weakness Isn’t What You Think

Your Biggest Weakness Isn't What You Think

How To Make Money While Cleaning Your House

What if I told you that you had $500 laying around in your house that you were completely ignoring? Think I’m kidding? Not only am I serious, I can show you how to find money you didn’t even know existed.

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Flickr image by John Loo

My wife and I recently bought a new house. It’s not fancy, but it is considerably larger than our last house, which was our first after two apartments. Like most people, we collect stuff. It’s not that we collect things as much as we never really git rid of anything. I grew up in a house where you never threw anything away (except your regular trash) because there was always the possibility that you will need it later.

Here is a rule we now try to live by. If you haven’t seen it, used it, or needed it in a year, it needs to go. There are exceptions, of course. I have tools that I haven’t used in a few years, but I’m not getting rid of them. I mostly have one of each, so I keep them. But I had clothes in my closet that had been in there for nearly 10 years that haven’t fit me for almost that long.

Now that we’ve mostly unpacked and decorated the inside of the house, it’s time to move on to the boxes of who-knows-what stacked up in our garage. But I’m throwing away as little as possible. The rest, I’m going to try selling. It’s amazing the stuff people will buy. Truly, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.

Where Is My Money?

My wife and I made $50 today with about 15 minutes of work. We sold two bookshelves, a bed frame, and a decorative shelf. These are items that in years past I would have hauled to the trash rather than messing with them, but selling stuff online has become so much easier.

That $500 I said you had sitting around your home? Here is how to find it. Look in these spots for anything you have had sitting there for more than a year. Chances are you can sell it.

  • Attic
  • Closets
  • Garage
  • Cabinets
  • Storage room
  • Kids rooms
  • Bed room
  • Kitchen
  • ANY ROOM OF YOUR HOUSE

What would you sell out of your kitchen? Have a blender that never gets used? Or maybe a set of decorative plates sitting on a top shelf? What about those serving dishes someone gave you for your wedding that are hideous or you just won’t use? Don’t be attached to the stuff that you have no use for. Profit from it!

Some great things to sell:

  • Gently used clothes
  • Video games
  • Shelves
  • Furniture
  • Seasonal decorations
  • Guns (if allowed in your area)
  • Yard equipment

You would be amazed at the stuff people are willing to pay money for if they can get a deal on it!

How To Sell Your Stuff

The key is to not overvalue your items. There is a psychology behind the game. I take the approach that getting something for a bookshelf is better than just throwing it out. I want it gone, and if I can get a decent price for it, it’s better than me having to haul it off.

Figure out what you really want to get from the sale. I wanted $20 for the bookshelves. Then set your price where you’ll have room to come down. People will insist on negotiating because they want a deal. I asked $25 for the shelves. The first offer was for $15 and we settled on $20, exactly what I wanted.

You should also be prepared to take less if you can and nobody offers you what you’re asking. If you list a car for $8,000 and the best offer is for $1,500, it may not be worth it to sell. Set your prices high enough that you can come down, but not so high that nobody makes an offer. It’s also worth looking for similar items to see what people are asking for them.

Where To Sell Your Stuff

eBay

I’ve never been a huge fan of eBay because I never took the time to figure it out. Then people started selling things cheap and charging a fortune for shipping and handing. I was interested in a nice 500 piece set of clay poker chips. They had been selling for about $90 on average. Then I started seeing them for $35 or $40, so I decided to buy. Yeah, they were $40, but there was another $45 for shipping and handling.

There are a lot of people that still do quite well with eBay, but then you have to handle payments, give eBay a cut, wait a week for the auction to close, package it, and then ship it. Bleh.

Craigslist

Again, I know people that love Craigslist. It seems a little too anonymous for me. I have a hard time trusting anything I see on there. But I understand there are deals to be had. Just do your homework and be smart about it.

Facebook

This is by far my favorite. Finally, there is a reason to have a Facebook account. Across the globe, groups have sprung up that function as local online marketplaces. These are awesome for several reasons.

  • The page has a moderator (or several) to establish rules and keep things organized.
  • There is less anonymity because there is a FB profile (many groups check people out and require group members to join with their regular profile).
  • Selling is done locally so there is usually no shipping
  • The groups don’t charge transaction fees
  • Sales can close in a matter of minutes and usually happen within a day
  • Creating an ad is as simple as posting a picture to Facebook and adding a description

Handling the Transaction

Selling on eBay is a little more work, but is the safest because you’re handling payment online and shipping the product. It’s also the costliest and most complicated. But there isn’t any face to face meeting that has to occur.

Craigslist and Facebook are faster, easier and cheaper, but usually require meeting in person to exchange goods and money. It’s relatively simple to stay safe if you take precautions. Small items are super easy. Find out the general area someone lives or works and arrange a meeting place and time.

My wife took the bed frame today and met a lady at the Walgreen’s parking lot. Middle of the day, lots of people around, located on a busy street. Because the Facebook group is local, neither us or the buyer had to drive more than a few minutes. No transaction fees and no shipping cost. Listed the shelves yesterday got paid today. The bookshelves were bigger, so the lady that bought them picked them up from my garage with her daughter. If I wouldn’t have been comfortable with it, we could have met somewhere.

There’s Money In Them There Rooms

Unless you are an extreme minimalist (you’re not), you’ve got $500 worth of knick knacks, tools, clothes, and what-nots that you can start getting rid of today. Not only will it help eliminate clutter, but you can make some serious cash to buy more stuff (or pay off bills like a responsible person).

What 3 things can you think of that you could sell? Have you tried selling things online?


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The Benefits of Stepping Outside Your Box

The Benefits of Stepping Outside Your Box

Most of my day is spent in an office at a desk, but occasionally I get out of the cage and have a chance to do a little traveling. Enough to keep it interesting, but not enough to get sick of it. I’m fortunate to get a good balance. When I started my exercise routine, I told myself I’d keep up my workouts on the road. Promises, promises.

West Little Rock Crossfit

West Little Rock Crossfit

I’ve only had a half dozen trips or so in the last 8 months. Several of these have been single day trips where I didn’t have a chance to workout. One hotel had an amazing gym…if you paid an extra $14 to work out. Nope. A couple of other hotels think a treadmill and a balance ball are a gym. Nope. And after a long day of work on the road, it’s hard to do burpees and push ups on hotel room carpet. Nasty. Read more

What To Eat: Our Tasty, Fast, Cheap, and Healthy Salad

What To Eat: Our Tasty, Fast, Cheap, and Healthy Salad

I’ve been asked how I eat to lose weight by a couple of people. The basic idea is simple: I eat very little processed foods, I cut out junk and fast food, and I make sure I eat until I’m not hungry instead of eating until I can’t move. I also eat based on upon total calories and macros. Counting calories used to be hard until MyFitnessPal came out. Now it’s quick and simple.

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The main course in the picture above is a Bacon Wrapped Pork Chop with a Citrus Drizzle that I picked up from the Civilized Caveman. All I needed that wasn’t already on hand was pork chops and bacon. I know, there was no bacon in the house. Criminal, right?

Once you have pork chops and bacon, all you need is salt, pepper, a garlic clove, 1 lime, extra virgin olive oil, and red pepper flakes. How easy is that? I also added a package of fresh carrots, broccoli, and cauliflower to the grill with a pan I have for vegetables. Read more

How Fitness Relates To Productivity

How Fitness Relates To Productivity

10 Snacks That Won’t Derail Your Diet

10 Snacks That Won't Derail Your Diet

30 Days of Crossfit with a FitBit Flex: My Review

30 Days of Crossfit with a FitBit Flex: My Review

I’d been thinking about buying an activity tracker and had it narrowed down to a couple with the Fitbit Flex leading the charge. My wife mentioned wanting one so I stopped by WalMart one random Tuesday night on the way home and bought one for each of us.
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Fitbit measures a handful of things, all based off of your movement. I have my primary goal set track my steps while my wife selected calories. It still monitors everything, but when you hit your goal it vibrates to let you know.

Crossfit and the Fitbit

I wanted a Fitbit so that I could see how far I walk every day and how many calories I am burning. Of course, the natural extension of that is to see how many calories I burn during my workouts. Read more

Get Your Free Graze Box of Healthy Snacks!

Get Your Free Graze Box of Healthy Snacks!

Healthy snacking is one of the hardest parts of dieting. Snacking when you don’t care what goes in your face is easy. Cookies, cake, candy, chips, and the list goes on. Finding healthy alternatives can be much more difficult. Broccoli pops just don’t sound as good as cake pops.
*insert sound of dry heave

A group of seven friends once thought the same thing. But they started a company around their solution and founded Graze.com.

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Graze is a healthy snack company founded on the principles of creativity, great taste, balanced nutrition, top-grade ingredients, and convenience. Graze is a snack subscription service that functions somewhat like Pandora. Yeah, that’s a weird sentence. Stay with me here. Read more

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