Friday, October 05, 2012
Long before the picture out your window looks this cold, folks in Minnesota, Wisconsin and other "cold winter" states are packing up and heading to Arizona. We call them SNOWBIRDS!
In Phoenix, and all it's many suburbs you will see the motor homes, sometimes pulling a little compact car, heading into the area. Mesa is extremely popular, so is Sun City, Sun City West, and Sun City Grand in the West Valley region. Of course Yuma and Tuscon get their fair share also! Suddenly the churches add an extra Mass or Service to accommodate all the extra people. Arriving at restaurants for the "early-bird specials" you will see a long line waiting to be seated and businesses are thriving!
I suppose, looking at the financial end of this, it's a big boon for the businesses in Arizona. And seeing longer lines in restaurants don't really bother me, we don't eat out that often. And as I have many friends who fall into the SnowBird category you see a certain trend. Once they reach their late 70's to early 80's many will decide they are "too old" to make that long trip each year and they settle down full-time to whatever their particular area of Phoenix may be. On the other hand, they decide to "give up" their warm winters they enjoy so much, and stick it out in the cold country, choosing to be with their loved ones, just in case their time is up.
To all the SnowBirds -- welcome to the land of Warm Winters!
If you tough it out in the "COLD" country -- get lots of sleep!
Hey! I'm from Minnesota -- I KNOW!
Thursday, September 27, 2012
This is a serious blog, so don't smile and act like you don't know what I'm talking about! What happens when you reach your goal?
They say when you are training your it takes about 3 days of being very consistent for the dog to learn the new trick or whatever you are trying to teach them. I'd say for us humans it takes a bit longer for things to become a "habit" or a way of life.
For example, remember all the times we've started a new diet? We say to ourselves, I'll "TRY" this for a week or so -- just to see if it works. If it doesn't work, we drop it (we are impatient and expect immediate results); and if it does work, once we've lost a few pounds our old habits start to creep back in -- and subsequently we start to put the weight back on.
If you are only 10 pounds or so away from your goal you may not have set down with yourself and realistically thought about how you would handle it when you reach your goal. There are a few things you'd better think about, very seriously.
#1 This hasn't really been a "diet" you've been on, but a change of lifestyle. When you change you lifestyle it doesn't mean you go back to your OLD habits, you keep on with the new.
#2 Maintenance doesn't suddenly mean you can eat 1000 calories extra every day -- try that and your scale will head nowhere but up, Up, UP!
#3 You've read your articles, you know you need to keep yourself hydrated with water, tea, coffee, healthy liquids (alcohol doesn't really fit in there).
#4 If fruits and veggies are so important to a Healthy Lifestyle why do you think once you reach the magic number on the scale -- you can stop eating them? What do you think will happen?
#5 Reaching your goal doesn't mean you can go on a SEE-FOOD diet (see it, and eat it). It does not mean your body no longer needs to exert itself with exercise. By now you should be in the "Habit" of eating healthy and getting in some sort of daily exercise.
#6 Put one of your "fat" pictures on your refrigerator -- let it guide you in your choices. If it happened once, it can happen again.
Wishing all of you success in reaching your goals -- and then carrying those new, good habits over into your new life. Reaching your goal does not solve your problems, but it can go a long way toward helping you healthwise, giving you more confidence, and more energy to tackle jobs that need to be done. Money does not solve all our problems, and hitting the right number on the scale does not solve the problems either. But it does give us the faith and the confidence that
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