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Our Cycle of Beginnings

It’s almost here: 2011!

One of the exciting aspects of our calendar that I always appreciate is the number of opportunities we have to make a new start (my thanks to God the Creator for His plan). Think of it:

A new day

A new part of the day (morning, afternoon, evening)

A new week

A new month

A new season

A new year

A birthday

A new decade

And I’ll stop with that one!

How exciting to have a new year just around the corner…an opportunity to begin a new track in many areas of our lives.

Certainly finances have caused a great deal of anxiety this year. You may want to do something different, and actually do things differently, than you did in 2010. Have confidence that when you get a better handle on your finances, you will be reducing your stress, and any number of health challenges that are the result of chronic stress (i.e., high blood pressure, a suppressed immune system, increased risk of heart attack and stroke, accelerated aging).

Today, click here for a great blog about five strategies for providing a better personal and family financial scenario for 2011.

The author talks about budgeting, but gives some several very practical suggestions to help with the process such as looking for ways to do something you do regularly- cheaper.

Check it out!

Have fun being a better steward of the resources (time, money, energy) that you have been given. The rewards are tremendous.

If there is anything I can do for you, just let me know.

Mari  at 614.804.0291


Holiday Strategies 2010

Thanksgiving week: what’s your food strategy for the next 7 weeks (that takes you through New Years week-end)?

The food temptations have already started- that’s obvious!

This Thursday is a biggie: regardless of your setting (unless you are totally alone), there will be piles of food– most of it high carbs, which means definite nutritional challenges.

Remember that fruits and vegetables are carbs: yes, more nutrient dense and therefore theoretically better than refined carbs, but carbs, nevertheless.

The social situations that you will find yourself in over the next seven weeks require that you decide on a plan of action ahead of time. There is a NECESSITY for a decision prior to getting to the food table!

So here are some choices for your plan of action:

1. Throw in the towel for healthy choices and say, ‘I’ll start January 2, like I have every year!’

2. Wear a sign to the family gathering that says: I am eating low-glycemic now and watching my carb intake. I’m not going to eat THAT!

3. Bring a dish that is low-glycemic, that tastes good (no need to sacrifice good taste), and that you can count on for good nutrition. You know there will be at least one healthy food choice. You might re-read the suggestions from the previous post (link to Healthy Science blog).

4. Remember that you ALWAYS  have a choice. If the vegetables are dripping in butter or a cream sauce, leave them alone! Pick one that is ‘cleaner, more fresh.’

5. Practice portion control! Take a sliver of Aunt Mary’s excellent pumpkin pie, not a slice that is 1/6 of the pie! Make a decision ahead of time about sampling ALL of the pies available. You ALWAYS have a choice.

I would encourage you to practice #3-5. You WILL feel better, you WILL enjoy the day better, and if you send me an email that you made one or more of these choices (#3-5), I will be extra proud of you! You are heading down the right path.

What’s your strategy? Do you have one? Feel free to leave a comment.





Thanksgiving—Time for a Happy, Healthful Family Reunion Healthy Science

Thanksgiving week: the holiday timeline has started! How are you doing?

If you have some responsibility, whether hosting or bringing a dish for your Thanksgiving dinner scene, check out these easy ideas from Dr. Stephen Boyd of Mannatech to notch up the “healthy level” of your day.

Thanksgiving—Time for a Happy, Healthful Family Reunion Healthy Science.

Have you made any healthy upgrade plans? Feel free to leave your comment.

Entering Social Media Arena

This entry is a test. How long will it take to be posted on my other sites?

Attitudes and Actions of a Successful Enterprise

Below are some thoughts from a business mentor, Jim Rohn, who left books, seminars and recorded presentations focused on personal development as his legacy. This article is from his current weekly newsletter.

Jim’s thoughts are usually focused on a business enterprise, but as he constantly reminded us, these disciplines apply to all areas of life. As you read these thoughts today, are there some lifestyle disciplines that would benefit from an application of the attitude of hard work that Jim mentions? Let me know! I’d be delighted to hear from you and work with you so that you can accomplish your goals.

Enterprise Is Better Than Ease by Jim Rohn

If we are involved in a project, how hard should we work at it? How much time should we put in?

Our philosophy about activity and our attitude about hard work will affect the quality of our lives. What we decide about the rightful ratio of labor to rest will establish a certain work ethic. That work ethic—our attitude about the amount of labor we are willing to commit to future fortune—will determine how substantial or how meager that fortune turns out to be.

Enterprise is always better than ease. Every time we choose to do less than we could, this error in judgment has an effect on our self-confidence. Repeated every day, we soon find ourselves not only doing less than we should, but also being less than we could. The accumulative effect of this error in judgment can be devastating.

Fortunately, it is easy to reverse the process!

Any day we choose, we can develop a new discipline of doing rather than neglecting. Every time we choose action over ease or labor over rest, we develop an increasing level of self-worth, self-respect and self-confidence. In the final analysis, it is how we feel about ourselves that provides the greatest reward from any activity. It is not what we get that makes us valuable, it is what we become in the process of doing that brings value into our lives. It is activity that converts human dreams into human reality, and that conversion from idea into actuality gives us a personal value that can come from no other source.

So feel free to not only engage in enterprise, but also to enjoy it to its fullest along with all the benefits that are soon to come!

Reproduced with permission from Jim Rohn’s Weekly Newsletter. To subscribe, go to All contents Copyright © except where indicated otherwise. All rights reserved worldwide.

Age is not an excuse!

Last week-end I visited my Mom in La Grange, IL. We celebrated Mom’s 87th birthday.

I am so proud of her!

She lives in a retirement center on her own, in her own two-bedroom cottage. She is in great shape. She unofficially heads up a crew of mobile residents at the main building who helps transport wheelchair-bound residents to various activities. She also helps out with the weekly program to the resident Alzheimer’s patients, teaching them patiently, for example, about plant cuttings that she has prepared for them to grow in their own little pots.

Mom has a daily and weekly activity and social routine that I encourage her to keep even when I visit. She has a lesson twice weekly in the therapeutic pool with an instructor and does activities in the pool on her own before her lesson. She participates daily in two back-to-back exercise classes along with 10-20 other residents. She leads the group on Saturday, so that the group only takes one day a week off! She walks on a regular basis.

Mom can still drive, so she participates in weekly senior activities at her church as well as in the community. She attends church services and a weekly evening Bible study (one with homework!) as well. She always has a couple of projects going on: collecting calendars, Christmas cards and stamps for prisoners; collecting used Bibles and Christian literature for an overseas ministry…you get the idea!

When I visited this last time, I talked to a couple of women in the exercise class, asking them why they were so committed to attending. They both answered that when they are regular they get tremendous benefits- less stiffness in their joints, overall feeling better- and they can feel it when they miss class. Excellent!

The large exercise area is next to a room with a number of machines, including a bicycle, treadmill, and other fitness equipment. As I was finishing on the treadmill, a couple came in (Mom’s age), George using a rolling walker, his wife walking on her own. George slipped out from behind his walker, personalized the settings, and got moving on the bicycle. His wife waited for me to finish, and then she got started with her workout.

This kind of activity happens daily. I congratulate each one for taking personal responsibility for his health.  The physical benefit is obvious.

With this group of seniors, there are a number of social and emotional benefits as well. The residents in the classes and activities look out for each other, notice when someone is not around for a couple of days, and provide that extra safety net of friends that is so important for everyone.

You know, the physical, social and emotional benefits of exercise don’t just happen for seniors!

Are you committed to moving purposefully each day? Don’t wait until a doctor says you must. Take responsibility now. Think about Ruth and her friends in La Grange. Remember, age is not an excuse to not participate!

What about a buddy or a trainer?

Last time we talked about distractions. What about working out with a buddy? Since I walk/run for my cardio, I have noticed that if I am walking with someone, it does help the time go by much more quickly. Actually, I forget to count my laps!

A number of years ago, I was extremely regular with exercise because I had to get into my car in the parking lot (no garage) regardless of the weather, and pick up Susan at 6 a.m. to go to a nearby gym. I knew she would be waiting for me. She had 4 kids under the age of 8, and this was the best time for her to exercise and have her husband responsible for the kids. I sure didn’t want to call her house and tell her I couldn’t be there! So I started the process faithfully on the designated mornings. My buddy kept me going even when it was inconvenient.

However, intensity? I believe that suffers. According to my trainers, if you are in your target heart zone, you should be able to carry on a conversation- but would rather not. If you are unable to talk, and are gasping for air, you have crossed the line, and should back off. If you are carrying on a conversation like you are on the telephone, you are probably not at your target heart zone. (Please understand that I am talking about working on your general fitness and am not talking about training for an athletic event!)

An accountability partner, on the other hand, could be someone you simply report to rather than someone you work out with. Some of my clients have said that our weekly call was a definite motivation for action as they didn’t want to have to give a ‘zero’ report. If you need an accountability partner or coach, let me know. I can make a great recommendation!

What about working with a personal trainer? A great idea! I am working with Lauren from my gym. Lauren has a degree in exercise physiology, so she really knows her stuff! We make an appointment, and that elevates the commitment for me. We evaluated my starting point with various surveys and measurements, and talked about my goals. Lauren has a plan for my workout with her, and is focused on my efforts during our time together. She observes if what she is asking of me is not enough, or too much, and knows when I just need to push harder. She counts reps for me, and although that seems like a little thing, I’m very glad to hear her say, “Just one more.” She also says, ” OK, now let’s do that series again.”

Evaluate your own level of commitment. Will you make and keep an appointment with yourself? Do you need a buddy to work out with, an accountability partner or coach to report to, or a personal trainer who will be there to push you to your goals?

What’s your experience? You are invited to leave a comment!