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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Unexpected "Ah Ha" Moment While Gushing About Cooking Shows

Today, at a work event, we were sharing about a recent TV viewing experience. I was gushing about how much I love cooking shows and that my current favorites are

Tricia Yearwood's Southern Kitchen

The Pioneeer Woman

I then found myself sharing that I love watching these shows because I don't have a lot of time to cook in my schedule. By watching these shows I am living vicariously through them as they cook amazingly yummy looking food.

Then the "Ah Ha" moment struck. I realized that I watch 1 or 2 recorded episodes a night which accounts for 20-40 minutes of my evening. If I took back that 20-40 minutes, I could actually do some cooking in my own kitchen. Go figure???!!!

Or, even more importantly, I could actually meditate as I have been trying to do ever since I started reading Search Inside Yourself through my Virtualy Book Club at work. I finished reading the book last night and I haven't been able to make a meditatino practice stick.

Tricia and Ree will have to say in the DVR the rest of this week. I'm going to cook and meditate. 

And I'm going to keep talking. Wonder what else will reveal itself.



Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Nutella Mini Cups - Instant Portion Control

Let me start off by sharing that I love Nutella. Unfortunately, I love Nutella WAY too much.

In the past I have innocently purchased a jar thinking, ah, this will last forever. I'll just enjoy occasionally.

Before I know it, the occasionally becomes multiple times a day.

At Target, I usually pass the "Nutella aisle" and with a sadness because I can't trust myself with even a small jar.

On a recent Target run, my joy turned to hope. I saw Nutella mini cups. I stopped in my tracks. Could this be too good to be true? I grabbed one of the boxes and pulled out my iPhone to do the Weight Watchers Points Plus math. Much to my joy and surprise, one cup is only 2 Points Plus (80 calories) and the Nutella was pre-measured.

Yes, some would argue that I'm wasting money. However, I would tell them that now I'm not eating 1/4 of a jar of Nutella before coming to my senses and puting the spoon down.

And that, my friends, is worth EVERY penny.

Thank you team Nutella!!!!


Sunday, December 29, 2013

Easy Way to Make Room for the New - Clean Out Your Address Book


This week I have seen the above picture on Facebook several times. It got me thinking about the easiest way to do this without being overwhelmed.

Today, was a rough day and I needed something to do on the train the required minimal materials. 

As I was walking to the train the light bulb showed up! I'll clean our the address book on my phone!


As I started I wasn't ready for the various thoughts and emotions that came up and the actions I took:


  • The "Huh, I don't even know who that is." Action: delete
  • The "haven't had contact with this person in years": 
    • Family member? Action: Schedule time to write/call 
    • Business associate? Action: Connect on LinkedIn & delete from address book, 
    • Old acquaintance? Action: Delete, perhaps send a small prayer to them wishing them well in the world
  • The "Oh, wow can't believe they are gone" Action: delete & send a prayer up to heaven for them.
So, the next time you have some down time, instead of playing Candy Crush, start cleaning out your address book and make room for the new.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

FOF - Focus on Food - 2014 Focus #1



With 2014 just days away I have been brain storming ideas for new year's focuses or themes. For me, resolutions and goals are too limiting and have a end state. Having goals are necessary to get anywhere in life but the themes/visions/focuses will keep you going when the goal is hit.

I had an end state to hitting my Weight a Watcher goal weight of 160 in December of 2012. Once I hit that goal, I fell into the slippery slope of falling back to old habits and a year later I have 14 pounds to lose to get back to that goal.

This new year, I am adopting focuses that will get me to my goals and keep me going before during and after I hit the goals. And, YES, I will hit them!!! 

The first focus I am adopting is "Focus on Food." 

I have execercise and activity nailed. I easily workout 4-6 days a week and have become one of "those people" who really enjoys exercise.

As I learned years ago from an impactful personal trainer, Ron Walton (supertrainer1@gmail.com), is that food is 80%-90% of hitting any fitness goal. It doesn't matter if you are trying to lose weight or gain weight or body build or run a marathon or whatever FOOD is the key to success for any of these fitness goals. Working out is great but to truly see succees get your handle on food.

So today, I have returned to tracking my Weight Watchers points plus values. You aren't a Weight Watchers member? No worries, there are many FREE ways you can track your food:

-Paper journal
-My Fitness Pal (http://www.myfitnesspal.com)
-Livestrong (http://www.livestrong.com)

As you track, pay attention to what shows up and adjust little by little. Is your face getting thinner? Are you sleeping better? Is the number on the scale moving in the right direction?

As you continue focusing on food your biggest "problem" might just be setting new goals to conquer!!!

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Happy Thank You Note Day (Now get writing!!!!)



Today is "Thank You Note Day." 

I know a lot of you are thinking, "Wait, it's boxing day." 

Well, since it has been over 200 years since we have been a part of the British empire, I'll return to "Thank You Note Day."

As my friends and family know, I'm a big fan of the "thank you" note. Yes, it's a bit old fashioned but let me build a case in support of sending Thank You Notes.
  • First, there's an actual day for it. :-)
  • Second, the person who gave you the gift knows you received it (especially if they let Amazon.com do the wrapping and shipping).
  • Third, people still LOVE receiving notes in the mail. (Yes, an email thank you note is becoming more and more accepted but you are better than that.)
  • Finally, it's a simple and easy exercise in gratitude.
You have never written a thank you note before? Lucky for you there there are excellent resources to get you started:
Today, start with writing 1 thank you note. Then after, write 1 note each day until you have written to your last "benefactor."

Just like any new activity, keep at it and eventually your "thank you note muscle" will be nice and strong for the next time you receive a gift.




Friday, December 20, 2013

Top 10 List Time - What is YOUR Top 10 for 2013?



This is the time of year that blogs, newspapers etc are writing up the top "something" of 2013.

There is something for everyone (www.buzzfeed.com has a TON):


What is in YOUR top 10 (or more) for 2013?

(Favorite books, favorite movies, epic fails, epic vacation experiences? You are only limited by your imagination.)

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

"Sneak Attack" on New Year's Resolutions - What will you attack?



I love finding inspiration in the most "unconnected" of places.

A co-worker shared this blog post http://acuff.me/2013/12/1-way-kill-new-years-resolutions/ in reply to a post about writing outstanding blogs.


The author shares an interesting approach to new year's resolutions: Get sneaky!


I thought I was being silly working now towards my goal of "doing 10 unassisted pull ups by the end of 2014." 

Mr Acuff's post gives me added motivation to continue to use the assisted pull-up machine until I need no further assistance.


What will YOU start attacking now?

Photo Credit: www.abovetopsecret.com