Tuesday, November 24, 2015

A Food Message from the Chickens

These chickens have an important announcement.  They want you to know eating kale is good for you.  I agree.  Ever since I added kale and other greens to my diet, reduced my animal products consumption and cut out all processed foods, my body weight, cholesterol and blood pressure numbers all returned to the healthy range.  My favorite way to eat kale is to blend it up in my morning smoothie.  Add half an avocado, a handful of spinach, a couple of stalks of celery, a banana, an orange, a half cup of water and your favorite frozen fruits and you will have more energy than ever.  I think these chickens are on to something.  Let me know what you think about adding kale to your diet.  Have a great day.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Here and Now

How are you doing living in the moment?  If you're feeling anxious about a future event or guilty about something that happened in the past, you may need some help getting yourself to the here and now.  I'm finding much joy and happiness focusing on today.  My meals taste better.  I appreciate the people I'm with.  Each season has something to offer when I enjoy all that it has to offer in the present moment.

Please don't ever defer your happiness.  Live in the here and now.  It's a gift.  Savor it.  Have a great day.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

How to Beat Your Brain in the Negativity Game

Negativity doesn't have to be permanent.  I have a little trick up my sleeve that fools my brain every time it sends out negative messages.  I close my eyes and relive the moment I goofed but paint a positive picture of the event in my mind rather than the mistake.  My brain doesn't know what to do with the mixed messages.  After a while, my brain only remembers the positive image and the negativity stops.

Every morning when you wake up it's an opportunity to start over.  Show your brain you are better today than you were yesterday.  Move forward.  Leave the negativity behind.  Have a great day.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Greetings from Mother Nature's Sweet Spot

Mother Nature delivered on her promise last night.  We have six to nine inches of snow on the ground along I-80 where I live.  The weatherman is calling this area the sweet spot because it's in the center of our first storm of the year.  It's time for me to dig out of my driveway and get to my day job.  The change in scenery is the most dramatic I've ever witnessed in such a short period of time.

This may sound strange to those of you who may not live in cold-weather places like Iowa but I'm actually excited about the weather.  For me, it's one more challenge to face.  Mother Nature is simply another opponent in a long list of adversaries I've been dealing with for 55+ years.  I'm thankful for every opportunity I've enjoyed to grow and be shaped.  This is where discipline is developed and character refined.  I'm ready for a great day.  How about you?  Carpe diem.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Don't Let Mother Nature Ice Your Attitude in Winter

It's coming today – about six to nine inches of snow in our first major storm of the Holiday season.  Mother Nature may be chilling the air in the Midwest but she won't be able to ice my attitude.  I have an action plan to keep me focused on my fitness goals for the remainder of the year which include a half-hour indoor pool session once a week and two days per week of indoor tennis.  The biggest challenge is navigating the roads during snow storms.  I chose a health club located along I-80 so I could maintain my workouts even in the worst weather.

Don't let Mother Nature get you down.  Stay busy.  Your attitude during the cold weather months will be the difference.  Fitness is a personal choice.  It requires hard work, especially when you have to dig yourself out of the driveway after a big snow storm.  Have a great day. 

Thursday, November 19, 2015

A Food Fight You Can Win in the Weight Loss Battle

It probably sounds too good to be true, but I found I way to lose weight even while eating unlimited amounts of certain foods.  It doesn't require portion control or calorie counting.  I hesitate to call it a diet because it's more of a lifestyle than some fad food program that requires starvation or deprivation.  If you're serious about winning your food fight, all you have to do is go back in time about a hundred years and eat the way your great-grandparents ate, that is three meals a day without any processed foods on the table.  The next time you visit your grocery store, purchase only foods without any labels.  Concentrate on fruits and veggies.  Nuts are also okay.  Eat as many of these foods as you desire.  The end result is weight loss.  You may lose twenty pounds in less than a month.

If you're hesitant to jump into the food fight because the Holidays are coming and you don't want to make your family mad by passing up on all their favorite recipes, I have the perfect solution for you.  Wait until January 1 and then join my food experiment.  100 volunteers are needed to test the theory that you can eat as much food as you want and still lose weight as long as these foods are in the fruit, veggie and nut category.  Bookmark this blog and come back on January 1.  Have a great day.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Help Me Find It

I understand better than most what it means to leave your comfort zone behind.  I remember what it felt like to be a stranger in a sea of unrecognizable faces on my first day of high school.  The opportunity to make new friends outweighed my anxiety about being in unfamiliar surroundings.  The experience prepared me for my biggest test ever – a relocation to the Midwest from California.  Everyone in the family was ready for the experience except me.  I wanted to hold on to the status quo but it was really only a mirage that disappeared as soon as the economy went into a meltdown.  There was no bridge to burn.  All I could do was let go of my comfort zone and move on.

The biggest lesson I learned about change is God's perfect timing.  In fact, while penning today's story, the song Help Me Find It, by the Sidewalk Prophets, played on the radio.  The lyrics mimicked my own prayers for direction the day I left California in search of a new life.  God answered my prayer.  I have a new life.  The truth is, I never really left my comfort zone; I expanded it.  All three of our adult children are doing the same.  That's the lesson.  Don't be afraid.  See the world.  Explore.  And trust that there's a God who will be with you wherever you go.  Have a great day.  Here's the video from the Sidewalk Prophets...