Tuesday, January 10, 2012
I have always wanted to be somebody, but now I realize I have to be more specific.
- Lily Tomlin, actress
Getting specific about your goals
Are your goals detailed enough for you to reach them? We all have aspirations and we are better off for having made them. But if your goals are too vague or unstructured, you'll find that attaining them is difficult. Wanting to lose 30 pounds is a wonderful goal, but you need a plan to get you on the right track. These things don't happen overnight. Today, think about your goals and form a plan to achieve them. Write them down, chart your progress, refer to them as often as you need to stay on track, and most importantly, hold yourself accountable.
I need to work on this, on becoming a better planner between SP & lylady.com I think I can do it :)
Monday, January 09, 2012
It's bizarre that the produce manager is more important to my children's health than the pediatrician.
- Meryl Streep, actress
Learning to love healthy food at a young age
You may have heard the phrase "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure" and it is certainly true. Western culture stresses the importance of regular medical care almost as much as it does a healthy diet for children. But which do we take more seriously? A French fry certainly won't cause obesity as long as it is the exception and not the rule. We can all make better choices for our children's diets. This week, think about substituting a more nutritious food in place of a sugary snack or cereal. Include whole grains and fresh fruit and vegetables in your meals instead of going through a drive-thru. The healthy habits your children learn today come from your example and will impact them for the rest of their lives. Give them the best you can and their bodies will thank you.
I use a food group cheat sheet inside my cabinet door to remind when I pack my kids lunch To provide dairy, bread, veg, fruit & protein w/examples of each.
Saturday, January 07, 2012
It's never too late--in fiction or in life--to revise
- Nancy Thayer, author
Parting with unforgiving ways
Consider the things in your life that you feel are irreversible or too embarrassing to touch upon. The path of least resistance is often the wrong choice, especially when admitting to someone else that you were wrong. Is there anyone in your life that you need to apologize to? Clearing up disagreements--no matter how far removed--frees both parties to move forward in a more healthy way. Not to mention it improves relationships of all kinds. Pride isn't something that is easy to part with, but being unforgiving can eat away at a friendship or marriage. Good relationships have boundless benefits, so work to make them the best they can be!
This is a tough one, pride & striving for stupid perfectionism has always definitely been one of my biggest faults. I am trying to change ;) Baby steps
Friday, January 06, 2012
Know the true value of time; snatch, seize and enjoy every moment of it. No idleness...never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.
- Lord Chesterfield
Valuing time before it is too late
Often our days are busied with worry, stress, complaining, work, and a general wasting of time. Once we finally realize the value of our time, often for many of us it is too late. While your life might seem like a long time in the midst of it, truly it is a blink of an eye. Today, make more time to be present in your life. Even small moments--enjoying a cup of tea, calling a friend, reading a favorite book--should be enjoyed. Restructure your day so that you can get all of your work done, but allow for extra time to be spent on personal matters. Stop procrastinating!
Set up a playdate for my son & I w/a friend from his preschool for next Wed. looking forward to getting to know them a little better.
Thursday, January 05, 2012
If the world seems cold to you, kindle fire to warm it.
- Lucy Larcom, hymnist
Lighting fires in the cold
It is very easy to complain about the state of the world and point fingers, especially when you're having a bad day. What is not so easy--and yet desperately needed at times--is for people to step up and make a difference. Don't be intimidated by others, wallow in your own negative feelings, or sit back and assume someone will do it when you are capable yourself! Relating to others around you isn't always easy, but lending a helping hand, extending a hand in friendship, or expressing a word of encouragement can make a big difference to someone. The fate of many has been changed by the actions of just one person who has grown tired of "how it's always been done" and instead turns and does something more positive. The world does not demand of you to give your entire life, but we can all be instruments of positive change. What can you do to make this world better?
Today healthy reflection I'm wondering what I can do to be more positive & to step up. Was really annoyed the other day when my prescription wasn't avail. called the Dr. a couple days ago & haven't heard back. Wonder if it's b/c I need to go get my blood tested. Guess I need to make a couple more calls.
Dishwasher repairman is coming today, funny thing was I don't remember calling him. Our dishwasher had stopped working last year & was fixed by dh by cleaning out the screen a couple times, which I find strange since this is a pretty new machine.
Trying to find time & motivation to workout, get organized & spend quality time w/my family.
Sorry for the long blog, throat hurts from coughing the past couple days. How is your day going?
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