Archive for June, 2013

June 27, 2013

White Skinny Fruit Sangria

 

 

Hey everyone! Kathy here.  It’s been a long hot week in Dallas.  While we coast through most days, the heat seems to make everyday tasks turn into stressful mountains to climb and just being outside for a few minutes can really take a toll.  Once home and in the air conditioning, my solution to cool down and de-stress…make a “skinny healthier” version of white fruit sangria.  This sangria is light and refreshing and the perfect splurge with no added sugar, canned soft drink mixes, or syrupy liquors.   And if you are on a health and fitness plan this light and clean drink will not derail all your hard work. As with everything, moderation is key!  

Ingredients:

  • 1 bottle Sauvignon Blanc – not an expensive bottle – but opt for organic if you can find it 🙂
  • 1 bottle Vino Verde (great inexpensive bottle of Portuguese wine that has a light fizz $5-10)
  • 2 ripe organic peaches, sliced
  • 1 pint organic raspberries, sliced strawberries or blueberries (you choose)
  • 2 kiwis- peeled & sliced
  • Several sprigs of organic mint
  • Liquid Stevia – (I buy mine at Whole Foods in the baking section)
  • There are no hard and fast rules on the fruit, apples and oranges work too.  Use whatever you have on hand or favorite organic or local farmed fruit. 

Add the sliced fruit and mint to a pitcher.  Add 3-4 drops of stevia, then add the wine alternating between the two.  Refrigerate for at least an hour (the longer the better).

Serve & enjoy! I really love the Mason jar glasses and red/white paper straws, great for a BBQ or if serving a sit down dinner feel free to break out your favorite wine glasses because this drink is delicious to taste and beautiful to see! And not so bad on the body!

Kathy

 

June 25, 2013

Little Fighters

Hello regret. Hello defeat. Some days, my mind plays tricks on me and tries to convince me that I’ve got it all wrong. My outfit doesn’t match, I’m out dated and fatigued, and I surely won’t hit my goal by my deadline. What a beat down! Before you start to hear violins in your head, Pollyana is on mission with this blog, so you’re in for a treat. So, chin up rock star, and read on…

My husband and I are different. I’ll pause for your shock and amazement over that statement. We actively try to get on the same playing field before throwing any balls; however, I’ve been known to try to shoot a football on the 7th hole with a baseball bat, and he’s still on third base waiting to bring it all home for us both.

With music, I prefer pop hits to contemporary Christian artists, and he will sing every word (with a complimentary air guitar) of songs by hair bands with albums spanning from 1982 to 1995. (For the younger readers, album = CD.) We come together on good ol’ country music. On a recent road trip, he shared a favorite gem from the band, White Lion, called Little Fighter. He mentioned that this was a “grab the world by the… hand, kind of song.” I appreciate a good motivational speech, so I listened.

Has anyone heard the tales you tell?

Or the scars you wear?

I don’t think we do a good job of sharing our stories with others. They get the insta-photo or under 130 letters status update, but so much gets left up to interpretation. I can’t help but think that if we took the time to genuinely share more often, our relationships would be more meaningful and misunderstandings would subside. It makes me want to bring back afternoon tea, or slumber parties! I know nobody has time for that, but could we say some guiltless no’s to make room for some good story time and relationship building?

One of a kind, one who would never give in;

Even when they put a price on your head.

It stinks being the recipient of gossip, judgment, or slander, doesn’t it? It leaves you angry, sad, or bitter, and none of the three uplift your spirit or promote inner-peace. People can say, “oh what do they know?” but you’re still tender. At one time or another, we all have a target on our head that says, “attack!” Be prepared by remembering you are an original, and it’s okay if someone doesn’t understand. You’re not in charge of their education, nor will you change them. You’ll never know what road they are on, so love them from a far and move on being you’re one-of-a-kind self. I do know this… you are the expert at being you. Nobody can do it better, so own your role as boss.

Rise again little fighter and let the world know the reasons why

Shine again, little fighter, and don’t let them end the things you do.

You were born for a time such as this. Seize the day, and carry on your mission. Don’t let circumstance steal your joy. They are as fleeting as human emotion and the weather. Find the goodness in every situation, in every person… even if you can’t see too far past your current circumstance due to fear, pain, or anxiety. Be still and get lost in your own glorious, powerful soul. Believe in your unique self and get to know that fabulous being—you are so interesting. Everything that happens to you, glorifies your purpose, whether or not you are clear about what it is. You’ll know soon enough. Nobody can take your purpose, your skill, and your character from you—unless you let them. Don’t.

Without a weapon in your hand, you came to fight a war.

They took your life but didn’t know that you’d never die.

Tough days will happen, and you’ll feel hurt, pain, and other sadness. Remember, Pat Benatar told us that love is a battlefield. Though this is a given, seek out the joy and find strength in knowing that the pain is temporary. The sun will rise again; a smile awaits you not too far away. You just have to get up and let yourself be seen and heard.

You and I may have different specifics with our life story; however, I hope you give Little Fighters a listen and remember that you’re one of a kind, a shiny, precious gem, and a fighter! Nobody can take that away… it’s your inheritance from someone who loves you bunches. If you don’t feel so loved, message me and I’ll tell you where to find such unconditional love.

For me, I’m going to start listening to my husband more. He may be more of a conversationalist than I think. Or, he just may have great taste in music. Either way, I have to run… he’s home.

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Here’s a blast back to the ’80s hair band days when you were rockin’ your way to who you planned to be. Enjoy and cheers to you, friends!

–Lacey

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June 25, 2013

Focus T 25

ImageOne thing a lot of people say when it comes to working out is, ‘I don’t have time!”. And we have all heard the expression that we all have the same 24 hours in a day. But truthfully, for some, fitting working out into an already jam packed schedule can be tough. 

But what if I told you that you could get in a KILLER workout in only 25 minutes? At home! Yes, Shaun T, the creator of INSANITY has just released a new program called Focus T 25. So what does that mean? This program is 25 minutes, 5 days a week, for 50 days. What do you get done in that 25 minutes? Cardio, strength training, lower body focus, upper body focus, abs, and speed. The test group results are SICK! 

Don’t tell me you don’t have time. Give me 25 minutes, and we can give you a LIFE! The life that you deserve. The body you want, the health you can reclaim. 

For more information on Focus T 25, please reach out to me, Danielle, by visiting my Facebook page, fb.com/fitandfunkywithdanielle and send me a message. 

 

June 24, 2013

Healthy Hospitality

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Hi, Friends! It’s Brooke here. I’d love to share a special discovery we had on our recent girls’ trip to Mexico. Now I’d like to say I stepped off the plane that morning rested and relaxed, ready for adventure, but after only 4 hours of sleep (guess who packed until midnight?!), I lurched off in a daze, dragging my suitcase behind me. Here I was in a tropical paradise, half conscious and dehydrated. All was not lost, however. . . Forty-five minutes later, as we arrived at our beautiful home for the next few days (the incomparable Rosewood Mayakoba), the staff greeted us warmly and treated us to a sparkling emerald-green welcome drink—the Chaya Mojito. This delicious treat was served without the rum normally found in the Cuban cocktail, and it was lovely. What a way to start a vacation!

We learned that chaya (pronounced “CHY-ah”) is a popular supergreen found in Central and South America but difficult to find in the United States. My tired mind was so addled when we first learned about chaya that I thought our host was mispronouncing “chia,” like chia seeds. Thank goodness I didn’t say anything! This wonder green is called “tree spinach” and is actually very similar to the spinach we are already familiar with. The young shoots and leaves of the chaya are treasured for their multitude of health benefits, which include lowering cholesterol, improving circulation and digestion, reducing inflammation, and fighting diabetes and arthritis. Actually, these leafy gems are packed with even more vitamins C and A, protein, calcium, potassium, and iron than spinach is. Chaya is so nutritious that it has been used for centuries in regions of Central and South America where access to other greens and vegetables is limited or impossible. Wow!

I’d love to share the recipe for our special welcome drink, compliments of the beautiful Rosewood Mayakoba (http://www.rosewoodhotels.com/en/mayakoba/). This mojito would be an excellent addition to your next summer party—I can’t wait to share it with my family and friends! (Note: 25 grams is approximately 0.8 ounces. This conversion can be a little tricky, so I’d put in a small amount of chaya and mint and then add more as you play around with it. Does this lack of exact instruction make you nervous? Me too!)

Chaya Mojito

  • 4 oz sparkling water
  • 1 oz lime juice
  • 25 grams fresh mint
  • 25 grams fresh chaya (or baby spinach)
  • 2 oz sugar syrup (simple syrup—sugar dissolved in hot water)
  • 2 oz aged rum (optional)

Mix all the ingredients with ice in a blender. Serve in a highball glass and garnish with lime and a sugar cane, if desired. Enjoy!

May you have a refreshing week!

XO, Brooke

 

June 21, 2013

Drink More Water and Shed the Weight

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Maybe my Grandma has been on to something all of these years.  My 85-year-old Grandma drinks more water than anyone I’ve ever seen. She also has a very specific way she likes her water. She prefers it slightly chilled, no ice, in a glass, and filled up only halfway.  So cute! Grandma has always preached to me the benefits of water. And yes, I do know there are lots of benefits to drinking water. It can make your skin look youthful and pretty, help headaches, help with digestion, and so much more. However, she never told me that by drinking more water I could actually lose water weight! We are right in the middle of swimsuit season; so what better time to pass on to you what I do to help me ignite my body into getting rid of water weight and to help jumpstart my system to losing weight fast.

When I was competing in the bodybuilding world I would walk into the gym or go to a competition and see those people carrying around their huge jugs of water.  I would always think this looked funny and wondered to myself why drinking that much water was really necessary. I finally get it.  Truth is that by drinking a lot of water, you are actually tricking your body into ridding the water more efficiently.  Just like when your body shifts into starvation mode and starts storing fat when you have a food fast, it also starts holding water when you don’t drink enough of it. So by changing up how much water you intake, you can teach your body to get rid of water instead of storing it. Studies actually show that drinking water before meals makes you eat less because you feel a little fuller.  The Public Health and Water Research went a step further and did a study to see if weight loss was also sustainable.  They split the study into two groups. One group drank two 8ounce glasses of water before their meals for 12 weeks and the other group did not.  At the end of the twelve weeks, not only did the patients who drank the pre-meal water lose an average of 4lbs., they also sustained the loss over time. Also, studies showed that when you couple drinking about two glasses of water before you consume a low caloric meal, you lose more weight than when are just solely on a low caloric diet alone.

For example, say I have a big event in a few weeks that I want to look my best for, there are a three things that I focus on in order to kick-start my system.  I have to strategically plan out my 1.) low caloric diet, 2.)water consumption and 3.) my workout routines. In this blog I am only going to focus on the water consumption part. So as far as the water part is concerned, not only do I just think to myself that I need to drink more water, I plan it out strategically.  It seems like a lot at first but after a few days I usually start getting more used to it. So here it is…I drink 2 full (16ounce) glasses before each meal and then two more glasses at my mid morning and then mid afternoon snack time. Think that sounds like too much? So did I. But when I am really getting serious about jumpstarting my system, this is one of the things I implement.  Obviously, it flushes me out pretty good and I end up going to the restroom more times than a pregnant woman. It gets annoying, but I try to keep in mind that it’s a good thing because I am shedding the water weight.  I’m not going to lie, remembering to drink all this water can be hard, so here are several ways that I try to keep it top of mind.

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  • Keep your water visual. Keep it in your cup holder, on your desk at work, by your bed, or on your side table as you watch T.V. 
  • Keep track of your intake.  Studies show that any time you start tracking your diet plan the chances that you stick to it improve.  So I like to make a little chart and track my water as I go.  It’s one baby step at a time!
  • Set reminders.  Sometimes I get going so fast throughout the day so I set my alarm reminders throughout the day remember to drink my water.  I set it about 30 minutes before each mealtime, one for mid-morning, and then one mid-afternoon.
  • Carry it with you.  I try to carry it with me everywhere.  I am a sales rep so I drive around a lot.  I always keep one water bottle in my cup holder, then at least another full one in my car.
  • Change it up a bit.  If I get bored with the plan taste of water, I add a little lemon or lime juice to the water.  Or I add no-sugar, flavored club soda and make a no calorie drink.

 When I have a big event a few weeks away that I want to look my best for; managing my water intake is a key factor for me to look my best.  It’s just as important as sticking to my diet and workout plans. Don’t forget that if your really wanting to shed water weight, it is also important to watch your salt intake and stay away from alcohol. Both make your body actually retain more water weight and create a bloated look. Like I always say, this is what I do and this is what works for me.  So you might have to alter or play around with what works for you.

Happy Drinking!

Loren Silas

June 20, 2013

Celebrity Skinny Wraps

Before and after 1 wrap

Before and after 1 wrap

Skinny wraps are all the rage these days. Pictures circulating on the internet show amazing before and after pictures claiming visible results in as little as 45 minutes. Do they really work? Or is it a scam?

To give you a little bit of background about my experience with wraps. As a fitness model, I usually do the expensive spa wraps to detox right before a fitness shoot or competition. Professional spa wraps smooth out the skin, extract water weight, and takes off inches. I love how lean and smooth I look after one. Exercise and nutrition are my top priorities and choices to live a healthy lifestyle and be fit. But I would be lying if I said that is all I do to get my body. I love detoxing products and services to rid toxins like massages, endermology, and foam rolling. Spa wraps are part of my health and wellness regimen too but they can be quite pricey. I usually pay around $125 plus tip.

This is what I typically look like when I do a body wrap!

This is what I typically look like when I do a body wrap!

I personally had never heard of these “skinny wraps” or had seen any images circulating until a few weeks ago. I had a distributor contact me through Facebook wondering if I was interested in trying an at-home body wrap. Being the beauty junkie that I am, I was curious to try this wrap. So I said yes and she sent it to me right away.

What they look like

What they look like

After I got the product, I emailed the distributor back and told her I got the wrap. She told me to measure and take pictures. I love a good science experiment so I couldn’t wait to see if it worked. I read the directions and checked out the ingredients. I try to live an organic holistic lifestyle so I watch what chemicals I put in my body. The wrap is made of an herbal formula so I was willing to try. I was skeptic at first, but a willing participant.

This is how it works

This is how it works

Now as some of you know, I am very fit. I work out 5-6 days a week and eat a plant based lifestyle. As a fitness professional, I don’t believe in a quick fix or miracle products. Bottom line, it is a consistent healthy lifestyle that gets you to your goals. But, I do believe in products and services that will help aid you through your journey. So here I go, wrap time!

I put on my latest fringe bikini that I bought for my Mexican vacation, took measurements and pictures, and then pulled out the skinny wrap from the package. It looks small, but unfolds 4 times larger than the package. It said to place the lotion side on desired area and then wrap plastic wrap around to keep it in place. I was feeling bloated that night at 9 pm so I decided to put on my ab area. I placed the wrap on and then finished the wrapping by putting plastic wrap to secure the skinny wrap. It says you can keep it on for a minimum of 45 minutes and a maximum of 8 hours. I decided to go for the 45 minutes. So I set my timer on my iphone and then finished work on my laptop. 45 minutes later, I unwrapped the plastic to see my stomach; I have to say I was quite shocked at the results, it worked! I snapped my pictures and did a side by side comparison. Wow, I was in shock. Really? This product worked on my bloated fit self. I was a believer.

Wrap Instructions-very easy to do at home

Wrap Instructions-very easy to do at home

I bought some more to try on friends and family to see if they got the same results, and guess what, they did. I was sold. I contacted the distributor from Facebook who originally gave me the wrap to learn more. I was so impressed that I recently became a distributor too. I thought this would be great for my clients. As a fitness trainer I train a lot of models, pageant girls, and fitness competitors. They could use this to help them right before they compete on stage or go to a photo shoot. I was also impressed by the price. One wrap is about $25. Very affordable!

On the website they call them the Ultimate Body Applicator. Anyways, it is worth the $25 for this product. If you would like to give it a try, here is the link to the product. www.CelebritySkinnyWraps.com

Or if you want to come to a wrap party in Dallas, here are the details:

Come join the Healthy Housewives at Lift Pilates Studio for their first healthy lifestyle seminar and wrap party! Sip on fresh pressed juices and alkaline water while dining on healthy horderves while being wrapped. Tighten, tone, and firm in as little as 45 minutes wearing the wrap!
Learn why Pilates is important to add to your workout routine and watch a live Pilates demo!
Date: Friday, July 12th at 7-10 pm.
Attire: Please wear something casual preferably a pants, shorts, or skirt with a top. We will be wrapping your stomach area. We will also be measuring and taking pictures of your results right there on the spot so you can see your results.
Cost: $25 per person
*Please RSVP and let us know how many people you are bringing with you. Marzia_fitness@yahoo.com
Thanks!
Can’t wait to meet you! Marzia & Kathy
Sponsors for event:
Roots Pressed Juices
Essentia Water
Lift Pilates
Pure Plates Inspired Eating
Healthy Housewives
Come to our wrap party at Lift Pilates!

Come to our wrap party at Lift Pilates!

Yours in Health,
Marzia

June 20, 2013

Mexican Crudite from the Riviera Maya

Hey Everybody! Kathy here! It has been a crazy but wonderful week! We just got back from our girls trip and it was simply amazing! I was relaxed and at peace and completely surrended to the beauty and tranquility around me. I was so looking forward to bringing that feeling home with me. But as they say it was my last hoorah before opening my Pilates Studio.

My head is swimming and I’m going kinda crazy to get to an end in all of the preparation and planning of opening a business …. and a beginning to Lift Pilates Experience! So I lost my tranquility but I did bring back my new favorite crudite dish and I’m happy to share it with you!

Enjoy and listen closely for the sound of the ocean waves and the gentle beach breeze on your face, I know I will!

Kathy

Mexican Crudite

Chamoy Dipping Sauce

  • 2/3 Cup Apricot  Jam
  • 1/3 Cup Mexican Hot Sauce try to find one made with Ancho chilis – but any will do
  • 3 Tbsps Fresh Lime Juice
  • pinch of salt
  • pinch of stevia sweetener

Vegetables And Fruit

  • 1/2 Lb Jicama Sticks
  • 1/2 Lb Cucumber Round
  • 1/2 Lb Radishes, Cut In Half
  • 1/2 LB Baby Carrots
  •  Peeled And Cored Pineapple, mango, cantaloupe or watermelon (your choice)
  • Limes, Cut Into Wedges – served on platter for individual use
  • Light Chile Powder sprinkle on fruit & veggies

Served on the Side

  • 1 Tsp Powdered Hot Chile – served in a small bowl with tiny serving spoon
  • 1 Tsp Coarse Himalayan or Sea Salt – served in a small bowl with tiny serving spoon

Optional

The dipping sauce is sweet and a little spicy, so feel free to sub with guacamole, hummus or your favorite dip.

Cheat: Check your salad bar & produce refrigerator at your grocery store and you can probably find most of the fruits and veggies already sliced for you.
 
Serve with Refreshing Beach Cooler:
Bananas blended with ice, pineapple and coconut juice
 
My last relaxation – probably should have left my phone in the room!
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June 19, 2013

That’s a Wrap!

“Hello, my name is Lacey, and I don’t make time to cook.” Whew! What a load off my shoulders to say that out loud. I don’t enjoy cooking, so there’s always something else to do. I love baking around the holidays, especially for other people, but I will go months without using the oven. My female ancestors are shaking a finger at me from heaven. My mother and grandmother just got a neck twitch of embarrassment over my culinary skills (or lack there of.) Even my little sister, who loves to create in the kitchen, reminded me on the phone this week, “but Lacey you don’t cook.” She said this in response to my excitement over my latest food creation. 

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The magnificent wrap has been a saving grace this year in my hurried world. Put aside the internal debate in your mind about whether or not making wraps is actually cooking. Cooking, preparing, and creating. Whatever your verb preference, bottom line is that I found something I could make that my entire family enjoys and my guests appreciate. The glorious wrap can be your answer to an afternoon tea party, cocktail reception, kid’s birthday party, last-minute “the game is on” gathering, a boat outing on the lake, or a romantic picnic. Wraps can be packaged to-go for a meal or snack in between errands, meetings, and kids’ athletic events or to share.

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With two teenagers, a husband, and extended family to entertain this summer, I always get a bit anxious in response to, “what are we going to eat?” Recently, my husband and I were having coffee one Saturday morning when he looked outside and said, “Let’s go to the boat!” The children and I just stared at him… the pups stared at us… everyone to your battle stations! Kids scatter to grab the necessities: swimwear, sunglasses, and chargers; Husband goes straight to the garage on cooler duty; I head to the kitchen to prepare boat fuel (food) for everyone. Heaven forbid we’re stranded on the lake with no nourishment or hydration after all of the treading water and cannon ball jumps.

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We just got out of the water to take a break… back to treading water shortly…

I almost here angels singing as I evaluate our collection of wraps and fillers. It’s been a family affair to try and cycle toward an entirely non-GMO pantry, and I’m proud to say we are almost there. I’m even prouder of our family commitment to health and wellness, so when we can agree on a food decisions, my insides giggle. Some days, success means we eat very clean and discuss benefits of each meal, and other days it means a smaller portion of ice cream, less dressing on a salad, or including a side salad on pizza night. I’m proud of the children and my husband for taking steps in the right direction and making conscious decisions toward better health amid so many social and consumer pressures.

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The art of making a wrap is beautiful. It’s flexible and simple—sort of like my approach to my fitness and wellness routine. Make it work for you! Choose your wrap (I’ve even used collard green leaves to wrap instead of a grain-based product), spread, protein, vegetable/fruit fillers, and topping—seeds, nuts, or even salsa. Roll it up. Grill it, or leave fresh and cool. I like to cut mine in half, so I eat it slower and so I can continue my conversation in between smaller bites as I eat.  

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I venture to say, one could live off of wraps. I’ve made egg wraps for breakfast, fish wraps for lunch, grilled veggie burger wraps for dinner, almond and apple butter with banana wraps (topped with cinnamon) for a movie night treat, and veggie wraps, turkey wraps, and hummus wraps for on-the-go meals. I even once prepared a salad to enjoy on our patio when plans changed and I needed to wrap up my salad and hit the road. Always remain flexible (and have a sense of humor.) There’s a wrap for everyone’s tastes because you’re in charge of what goes into it. Be creative and substitute if your dietary needs or goals require another ingredient. I don’t mind a bit… Now, about some boat drink recipes… next time!

My favorite power snack–almond butter, banana, and raisin wrap (sprinkled with cinnamon!)

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Enjoy! –Lacey

 

 

 

June 17, 2013

The Simple Life

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Hi, Friends! Do you ever have those moments where everything is working really well in your life? When events are spinning themselves out so smoothly that you swear (sassily and a bit smugly) that you really can do it all? I feel this way one day maybe every other week, if I’m lucky! Mostly I feel like the pieces of my world are like errant socks on laundry day—I reach down to grab a pile of dirty clothes to take to the washer, trying to gather all the whites, say, at one time. It’s a weird, OCD-ish game I play with myself, but if I manage to grab all the clothes at once without dropping any bits on the journey across the house, I win! Usually I end up dropping a sock or two, so then I lean down to grab the escaping footwear and more socks (unmatched, of course) jump out, along with a few panties. Aaaaack!

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We live in a busy, fast-moving world, and we are juggling a ton of things. Our days are filled to bursting, and sometimes just glancing at my calendar the night before makes me so anxious and panicked that I just wait until I’m back at the starting block the next morning, when I’m more mentally stable and armed with caffeine. Then the day starts, and GO, GO, GO! Things are moving along nicely, and then you remember you were supposed to call so-and-so. Then you make the call, and forget to allow for construction on your way to work. You miss your turn, and now you’re about to be late for a meeting. Lunch comes along and you haven’t packed a good lunch because you meant to go to the grocery store last night after leaving the gym and you just forgot. And so it goes. Before long, your equilibrium is off kilter and things snowball from there. If I find myself in a cluster like this late at night or for several days in a row, I quickly reach the end of my rope—tearful and exhausted, unable to cope with the smallest setbacks.

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In trying to help myself find my way back to sanity during these times, I’ve come up with a little TLC checklist—I call it my Love List. I use it to quickly check to see if I’ve taken care of myself well enough and to figure out where I’ve veered off course.

Love List

1. Nutrition: Have I eaten well enough today? Have I had healthy meals at the appropriate times? Did I get my snacks in? How do I feel right now? Have I eaten enough healthy food to get me through all my activities?

2. Exercise: Have I moved enough today? Have I enjoyed living in my body today? How does it feel? Have I challenged it enough? Does it need rest and care instead of unrelenting activity? Do I feel strong?

3. Sleep: Did I get enough sleep last night? How did I feel this morning? Did I feel rested or was I dragging? Am I feeling good now, or am I in a fog?

4. Water: How much water have I had so far? What’s my goal? How do I feel? Would having more water help me feel better right now?

5. Care of the Soul: Have I prayed today? Have I had enough uninterrupted time to think or dream? Have I done at least one thing that has nurtured my soul? What do I long to do? What would make me happy?

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The answers to these questions provide clues to what’s out of whack in my life. They also give me a structure to do one thing at a time to heal my crazy ways. I don’t know about you, but if I don’t go step by step, I soon get lost in the rat’s nest of mental and psychological chatter in my mind. By reviewing my Love List, I can breathe easier and get my grip back. Maybe this list (or your own special creation) will come in handy when you find yourself adrift.

Have a wonderful and simple week,

Brooke

June 17, 2013

STRESS……

How do you deal with stress? We all have it, just at different levels and we all have different ways that we deal with it. Some better, than others. There is no such thing as a perfect life, and there certainly is no such thing as stress free living. However, our ability to cope with stress is what separates those who crack under pressure from those who thrive. Whether its work , relationship, family, financial or whatever kind of stress life throws your way, there are different coping mechanisms to help you power through. 

 

1. YOGA-breathing, relaxation, stretching, and getting in tune with one’s body are all great ways to alleviate stress. Even if yoga is not something you already practice, starting now might be good for your stress level. 

2. Running-put those headphones in and hit the pavement. A long run can often clear the mind and allow you to find peace. 

3. Exercise-any form of exercise is going to help you release endorphins and get out some of that negative energy and tension. 

4. Music-there is a definite healing power to music. Whether its upbeat or slow jamz, you know what kind of music will alter your mood. 

5. Talk it out-whether its a friend, a clergyman, or a mental health professional, the power of words has a great impact on stress. 

6. Rest-just with anything else, when we are sleep deprived our bodies don’t have time to assimilate to its surroundings therefore making our stress level rise. 

 

Again, life will never be stress free, but knowing some tools for working around it will make you better able to survive the tough times in your life! Image