Posts Tagged 'benefits of good choices'

Balance and Enhance Your Life Event

It is a choice- it always is.

You can be ripe and rotting- or green and growing.

If you are stretching your comfort zone (rather than stepping out of it only to get back into in as quickly as possible), then you are gaining new skills, adding new routines to your life, engaging with new friends, reading new books…you are GROWING!

I invite you to grow with me as I will be one of three speakers at a local Columbus, OH event on June 16.

Each of us will be presenting  from our area of expertise: Dalia will be sharing tools for managing stress, Jovanna will be giving a demonstration that will ignite your self-confidence, and I will be exploring four guardians of your health.  A brief description of each of us is available here. We are confident that you will leave our event with tips and tools to make positive changes in your life- if you want to.

Check out a short promo video that Dalia and I made at a recent networking event.

If you have any questions, contact me via email, mari.dezago@gmail.com or give me a call 614.804.0291.

Are you ready to grow?  Take a step in the right direction and join us on June 16, DeVry University, Room 305, Polaris campus, 9:30-11:30. Register here.

Take My Hand…

Ed and I were walking recently at Highbanks, one of our metroparks.  About 7 miles of trails that include hills, stairs, and straight-aways make Highbanks an attractive place for casual and serious walkers, as well as families.

Highbanks trail

Highbanks stream

On this particular day, as we were walking up the ‘very long hill,’ we came upon a mom with three children, a young boy about 4, a girl about 6 and the oldest girl about 8.

Interesting, all three children had ‘walking sticks.’  The girls were using them in ‘walking-stick fashion’- that is, holding the stick at one end, planting the other end, and allowing the stick to help them walk.  The young boy, however, was brandishing the stick like a sword.  You might ask, ‘How can that be???’  We had boys—we weren’t asking that question!

The girls were ahead on the trail, but the mom was with the young boy.  ‘I can’t make it up the hill,’ we heard him say to his mom.

‘Take my hand, and let’s do it together!’ the mom wisely answered as we passed them…and I believe that together they got up the hill.

What a great visual for the best way to get a job done!

What about you?

Is there a project under your direction that is lagging? It could be in your family, it could be at work, it could be a church or community project.  Is there someone who is falling behind with his or her responsibility in the project?  Do they need some assistance?  Do they need some encouragement?

Would it help if you simply said,

“Let’s do it together!”

Go for it!  And let me know what happens when you do.  I’d be delighted if you would leave your comments below.

Plan B or C or D…

To say that we were totally surprised simply would not be true.  We knew there was a chance of this happening.  But to get the phone call that the kids were getting off the train was a reality check for sure— and more prayers immediately flowed upward.

We (that is Ed and I) seem to be living much of our lives in Plan B.  Does anyone out there identify?

Plan A was going to take place the first week of April. Hard to remember the details now, but the timing didn’t work for everyone. A plan was hatched for assisting Nathan (second son, recently discharged from the Army) and Erica his wife (due with their first child mid-May) relocate to Seattle, where Erica’s parents live.  The house is big enough for all of them, which will help out the kids tremendously.

My travel plans had included traveling to Ft. Worth and attending Mannatech’s International Conference, April 12-15, which I did, returning home at midnight on the 15th.  Amidst great excitement at the launch of our product NutriVerus, as well as a variety of business tools, I refocused and realized that I needed to drive to TN on Wednesday instead of Friday—so I did.

I got the kids packed up, moved all of their belongings into storage for the Army to move on April 30, and on Friday we three headed for Chicago.  After a great evening with family on Friday night, we got them to their Amtrak train and they left on Saturday afternoon due to arrive  46 hours later in Seattle, where they would be met by Erica’s parents.

Sunday night we got a call from Nathan that they were getting off the train in Whitefish, MT and heading for the hospital.  Jackson was not going to wait until they got settled in Seattle—he wanted his own story!

With much prayer, many stories of angels helping along the way, and healthcare professionals doing an excellent job, Jackson arrived into the world at 5:39 pm on Monday, April 23, about 3 weeks early.  He is little (just 4 pounds and 11 oz), but all systems are go!  Erica is in good spirits, Nathan is thoroughly enjoying the interaction he is having with his son, and Jackson is eating and sleeping!  Sounds like a family has been born!

Nathan expects that they will be able to continue their trip Friday (they have a sleeper compartment- yeah!), and plan to arrive in Seattle Saturday morning, ready to start a new life, in a new location, with a new baby.

Mari’s comments for living: My observation is that we are often living in Plan B or C or D…but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t write down Plan A!

Listen to some words of wisdom from Proverbs 16: 9- The mind of man plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.

Life lesson: We are supposed to plan—but we have to realize that God is the director!

What is your experience? Do you live in your Plan A…or is it usually B or C or D?  How do you respond when plans change?

OR

What do you think of our newest addition to the family?

Would love to read your comments below.

customized gift from Greataunt Deb O.

Sporting a gift quilt from the Senior Center

Oh by the way, here are several photos of the newest star of the DeZago family! Yes, Jackson is our THIRD grandson!!!

Checking out his world!

Are You Showing Up?

My business mentors, Phil and Kathleen, send out short emails regularly to educate, inform, inspire, or motivate us as business partners.  Today, their email included some thoughts from the book, The Science of Opportunity, by Howard Melamed.

Melamed makes the observation that there are opportunities all around us, but how we respond is our decision. A quote from p.9, “A coincidence offers an opportunity worth exploring and these improbable events often lead to Opportunity…Become sensitive to chance happenings.”

Another observation from Melamed  applies to those who are successful.  He has noticed that successful people  SHOW UP!  For what? Everything! Life! Birth! Celebration! Work! Concerts! Walks in the park! Meetings??

One of my business mentors, Jim Rohn, whom I have quoted a number of times on my Biz Tips page, has said that you never know which event is going to be the one that changes your life: which sermon will impact you forever; which speaker will inspire you to take action in a totally new direction with amazing results…so take good notes, and DON’T MISS ANYTHING!

Here’s a question for you: What activity or event is missing YOU? Something that you are debating about attending, participating in, supporting.  You do have a choice…you always have a choice. So make a decision to SHOW UP!

Although my theology gives me the confidence to know that my choices are never a surprise to God, I also know that choices result in ripples of effects, sometimes bigger than others.  Good choices result in benefits or even rewards.  Poor choices result in consequences, many times unpleasant, and sometimes long-term.

Those observations lead to another thought: Does The Science of Opportunity apply to more than business? Of course!  The opportunity to meet someone new, the opportunity to try a new restaurant or a new food, the opportunity to take a new walking path, the opportunity to read a new book or a new author, the opportunity to visit a new city…any of these opportunities could ultimately change your life! Isn’t that exciting??

Wow, The Science of Opportunity could have some unexpected results in any area of your life.  Certainly an interesting concept.

Click here to read a chapter of the book.  Here you can listen to an audio clip of the same chapter. What are your thoughts? Your comments are welcome below.

 

National Nutrition Month

The month is almost gone…yes, only four more days of March.

Perhaps you have read headlines, articles, blogs providing nutrition tips for you and your family because March is designated as National Nutrition Month.  Certainly, this is  a worthy focus!

It’s never the wrong time to make a decision, then make a commitment, and finally take action about improving your nutrition.  Why is that?

You have certainly heard this quote: Clothes make the man (unable to verify the original author) and while that is true enough, here’s a better one: You are what you eat  (Anthelme Brillat-Savarin wrote, in Physiologie du Gout, ou Meditations de Gastronomie Transcendante, 1826: “Dis-moi ce que tu manges, je te dirai ce que tu es.” [Tell me what you eat and I will tell you what you are]. I’m sure that was more information than you wanted to know about that phrase,  but amazingly,  it is all available on the internet! Is that a good thing???).

Look at the big picture of why food is so very important. Food affects all 100 trillion of our cells, and therefore, all of our functions: mood, energy levels, food cravings, thinking capacity, sex drive, sleeping habits and general health.

So is it worth it to make some changes?

Absolutely!

It’s never too late.  Here are two action steps you can take today:

1. Be conscious of what you are eating. Whenever you eat, including snack time, you should include something in each of these categories- carbohydrates, fats, protein. The percentage on your plate depends on your metabolism.  Contact me for a complimentary survey to identify your metabolic type.

BTW, carbohydrates should be of the fruit and vegetable category, food groups that probably every major health organization or disease-prevention-organization and even doctors would agree need to be increased on a daily basis.  It is also important to realize that counting french fries and ketchup as 2 of your suggested 7-11 daily servings of fruits and vegetables is not putting you on the path to optimal health!

2. Exercise portion control.  Mealtime portions can be helped by dishing up the food onto the plates in the kitchen, away from the table.  Snack portions can be reduced by measuring out or even counting if necessary, a serving size. Here’s a link for a handy portion control guide that you can print out for yourself.  The website also has visuals of serving sizes of foods.

One of my personal biggest challenges is what I call “amnesia eating,’ which occurs when I graze all day long and grab a few nuts (they’re good for you, of course!)- multiple times throughout the day.  It has been shocking when I have measured out a serving size and limited myself to that quantity for the entire day- what a concept!

This tip also reflects the necessity of reading labels.  Serving size is listed on packages that you purchase and serving size is connected to caloric and  nutritional intake.  This is true for beverages as well.  The bottles and cans of drinks that people are downing in one sitting  can be as much as 2.5 servings.  Check it out before your next purchase and decide if the calories and non-nutrients are what you want to take in versus a glass of pure water.

Portion control is also helped by the size of the plate that you use. Our grandmothers served meals on plates quite a bit smaller than what most of us use today.  Bigger plates translate into bigger portions, and this is exactly what has happened in both home and restaurants.  Our brain takes visual cues from everything about food, including how full the plate is to start!  If we see it on our plate, we seem to need to eat it (you remember, the ‘clean your plate’ philosophy or perhaps ‘the starving children in Africa would be glad…’  philosophy) Review this article for other tips about portion control.

In our home, we have been using  luncheon size plates for a number of years. We also regularly take home 1/3 to 1/2 of what we are served in the restaurant for a future meal.  Using a smaller plate as a visual cue for quantity allows us to leave the table satisfied, and not stuffed.

Trust that these two tips will be helpful to you today as you consider what you can do to improve your own level of health via better nutrition.  What tips can you share with our readers that have helped you make better choices about eating?

Remember, if there is anything I can do for you to help you on this journey of better health and fitness, just let me know.

Aging Changes Everything!

I just read an interesting blog that puts the choice of exercise as we age into a good perspective.

All of us are getting older. Have you noticed that you need to do more just to maintain a credible level of health?

In our home of two (my husband Ed and me), we regularly evaluate what we’re eating, our level of activity, and other lifestyle choices that we know have contributed to our measure of good health.

We watched the food documentary Forks Over Knives this week.  I highly recommend it*. I have seen it, shared it with others, and knew that it was time for Ed to see it.  He embraced the message- which is great!  After being conscientious for the past three years, Ed’s comment was that he didn’t have to make many modifications to his diet. We have been pretty clean! We have actually been making good dietary choices for many years.

The point is that everyone needs to regularly evaluate his/her lifestyle practices.  My suggestions: keep reading, keep listening, and evaluate content as to whether or not it is simply reflecting a current fad, fodder for a new book– or is a legitimate consideration for good health.

The author’s comments provide a good overall philosophy for understanding the need for ‘upping the ante’ when it comes to exercise as we celebrate another birthday.  Check it out.  Feel free to leave your comments below.

*If you are in the Columbus area, I’ll be glad to loan my copy to you so that you can watch it yourself in the comfort of your own home!

Who’s in Charge?

Last night I talked to a friend on the phone and the conversation turned to her need to make some decisions that would help her get to her ideal size.  One comment that J made is a great validation of a point in an article I read recently about the power to make lifestyle changes.

J realizes that she has to be “prepared for success” rather than failure when she visits ‘Grammy’ who lives nearby.  Grammy always has some homemade cookies or other delightful temptations that easily sabotage J’s best efforts for healthy living.  J has decided to be more purposeful in her visits: instead of simply going to hangout, she wants to go with the mindset of being helpful.  She is also carrying her own water so that she is not tempted to take in extra calories with food or drink!  Good for you, J!

We are successful when we achieve objectives we have established in advance.

Tony Jeary in his book Strategic Acceleration.

J’s actions are also an illustration of Tony’s description of success.  In advance of her visit to Grammy, J has established certain health objectives. She needs to take certain actions to accomplish those objectives. That strategy requires some thinking before she can be doing.

J, thanks for sharing!

The article that I initially referred to gives several tips about making changes. The tips can help anyone win in the lifestyle arena of achieving a healthy, ideal size. The authors mention four tips that if applied with the Slight Edge philosophy (a small change implemented daily over a long period of time), could result in any number of major health benefits for you. The bottom line is a realization that YOU are in charge of making good decisions, and YOU need to exercise that authority!

Feel free to contact me if you’d like to talk through your situation and get some suggestions to fine-tune your objectives and strategy.

What change have you  recently made that has already given good results? Would love to read your comments below.