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Is this a Challlenging Time to Start Eating Healthy?

Posted on December 10 2016

fb-cover-christmas-2016As I sat to write today, I had the pleasure of enjoying the room around me. Although I am not a big fan of crowds for big sales., I treasure the the Christmas season. This year I decided to complete my decorations early enough to be able to enjoy them longer.

As I opened the box of ornaments, memories flooded in. Each one reminded me of a special person in my life and the place they hold in my heart. The ones that best inspire me are magic, dreams and belief.

This brings me to the subject of belief.  What stands in your way of your success with healthy lifestyle change?

I hear over and over again how difficult it is to stick to eating healthy over the holidays. I wonder if it is the voice of experience or a voice of defeat? Or have you convinced yourself you really believe you can’t do it?

As Henry Ford said ” whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you are right”.  This is true! Belief is the most powerful virtue you can hold. It determines you success or failure.

There is no dispute that making healthy choices can be difficult around this time of year. However, if you knew that the average weight gain between Thanksgiving and New Years is 7 – 10 lbs,  would that give you pause? Would you believe that a few more weeks wouldn’t really matter since you would start on Jan 1st?

This is the thing….no one wants to diet during the holidays! Instead, how would it be to maintain and not gain? If temptation of foods around the celebrations is what puts you over the edge, start by being mindful. Just notice what your mind is telling you and how your body is responding. Keep a log of what you are observing.  Chances are you will most likely make better choices.

Till next time… Believe you can!

Peggy

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Coming Back to Basics

Posted on November 03 2016

This humble-and-kindyear has been a difficult one in the world. With the rise of violence and divided beliefs and values, it is heartbreaking to see the division of relationships and unity I believed we could have.  

I look around and notice the basic foundational values of respect and consideration for others is missing.  I see it more and more in adults and fear that children are growing up to think  this behavior is “okay”.  When I heard this song, it gave me pause. So simple, yet so critical.

What began as a mother’s prayer became a message to all of us.  It is not just for our children but for all of us to take to heart. May we all live with respect, humility and kindness.

“Humble And Kind”
(written by Lori McKenna)

You know there’s a light that glows by the front door
Don’t forget the key’s under the mat
When childhood stars shine,
Always stay humble and kind

Go to church ’cause your mamma says to
Visit grandpa every chance that you can
It won’t be wasted time
Always stay humble and kind

Hold the door, say “please”, say “thank you”
Don’t steal, don’t cheat, and don’t lie
I know you got mountains to climb
But always stay humble and kind
When the dreams you’re dreamin’ come to you
When the work you put in is realized
Let yourself feel the pride
But always stay humble and kind

Don’t expect a free ride from no one
Don’t hold a grudge or a chip and here’s why:
Bitterness keeps you from flyin’
Always stay humble and kind

Know the difference between sleeping with someone
And sleeping with someone you love
“I love you” ain’t no pick-up line
So always stay humble and kind

Hold the door, say “please”, say “thank you”
Don’t steal, don’t cheat, and don’t lie
I know you got mountains to climb
But always stay humble and kind
When those dreams you’re dreamin’ come to you
When the work you put in is realized
Let yourself feel the pride
But always stay humble and kind

When it’s hot, eat a root beer popsicle
Shut off the AC and roll the windows down
Let that summer sun shine
Always stay humble and kind

Don’t take for granted the love this life gives you
When you get where you’re going don’t forget turn back around
And help the next one in line
Always stay humble and kind

Is It Over Already?

Posted on September 06 2016

Time is freeI can’t believe it! Where did summer go? The last time I looked, the pools were just opening. Despite the travel, the work, the sun and the fun,  summer really sped by.

We often say, “time flies when you are having fun”. While that perspective may be true there are also times we wish the time to pass, perhaps at work, or while doing a chore or even in the presence of a person you rather not spend time with.  In today’s society, we seem to be in a rush all the time.

I remember a long time ago, a former colleague said in her speech… never wish for time to go by quickly. Those simple words 25 years ago had such an impact as she said them with such urgency.  Her message to me was to cherish every moment you have, realize that time  is precious and we don’t have a limitless amount.  I never forgot her words.  I suppose it hit me even harder due to my profession as a Nurse.

If you really thought about this, how would you live your life if you embraced time more? Would you notice more details during the day; perhaps enjoy the simple things more?  Would you do more things in life that bring your joy ans worry less? Would you savor food more and have longer embraces with friends and loved ones? Would you take longer pauses to listen to children when they talk?

Think about how your life would be different if you allowed yourself to really notice and enjoy each moment you were gifted.

I wish you moments that truly stop the clock, more  conversations that matter, and presence with every breath.

Please share your thoughts.

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