Walk it Out–Always Saying Something (P3)

April 7, 2011 by  
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When was the last time you thought about the way you walk? For many, if not all of us, we haven’t given it much thought since the day we took our first steps and so you’re probably thinking, “what does the way I walk have to do with anything?”

The answer is: A LOT!

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Fitness Friday–No, I Don’t Want Any!!

March 11, 2011 by  
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Happy Fitness Friday!

Today the habit that I am going to commit to stopping is: Taking food offerings simply because they are offered to me.

I have the bad habit of not wanting anyone to feel badly, so if someone asks me or offers me something I take it because I don’t want him or her to feel badly. This often translates into saying yes when I should say no (more on how and why we all need to stop this in other areas of our lives later) but specifically in the area of food offerings.

At my job people are always running around offering each other food as a goodwill gesture, whether it’s cake for someone’s birthday or treats or snacks left over from a club event or meeting, it’s always something. At the moment it’s offered, taking a little bite of this or “sure, I’ll have one of those”,  may not seem like a big deal, but those little “yeses” and “sures” turn into a mysteriously gained pound here or worse, several  pounds back “there”.

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Planning for the Week–Strategy #3

Happy Tuesday Ladies!

So you’ve got  your events, activities and tasks for the week scheduled and noted on your calendar and  your t0-do list. You’ve got your 5-6 outfits laid out and ready to go. Well, you’re 75% closer to having a less-stressed week. The last step that you have to take to “meet your week like you know it’s coming” is what I am sharing today in strategy #3–Plan and prepare your meals for your week.

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How to Live with Less Stress

February 24, 2011 by  
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A friend of mine forwarded this to me from somewhere on the internet. I thought it was worthwhile so I reposted it here. If anyone knows who wrote it, let me know so I can attribute him or her.



1. Throw out nonessential numbers. This includes age, weight and height. Let the doctors worry about them. That is why you pay ‘them’

2. Keep only cheerful friends. The grouches pull you down.

3. Keep learning. Learn more about the computer, crafts, gardening, whatever. Never let the brain idle. ‘An idle mind is the devil’s workshop.’

4. Enjoy the simple things.

5. Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breath.

6. The tears happen.Endure, grieve, and move on. The only person, who is with us our entire life, is ourselves. Be ALIVE while you are alive.

7. Surround yourself with what you love , whether it’s family, pets, keepsakes, music, plants, hobbies, whatever. Your home is your refuge.

8. Cherish your health: If it is good, preserve it. If it is unstable, improve it. If it is beyond what you can improve, get help.

9. Don’t take guilt trips. Take a trip to the mall, even to the next county; to a foreign country but NOT to where the guilt is.

10. Tell the people you love that you love them, at every opportunity.

How Well Are You Handling Your Stress?

Did you know that people who are most passionate about their work are the ones who are most at risk for stress induced illnesses and fatigue? For most women, juggling a full-time position, raising children, dealing with friends and family members, maintaining our health and finances, championing our causes, rallying “the troops” and trying to get at least 6-7 hours of sleep a night is enough to push us to the edge. Oftentimes, we find ourselves skating on dangerously thin ice with exhaustion or burnout waiting just below the surface. It’s critical for an effective and self-aware leader to be able to gauge this danger zone and proceed with caution.

Are you surviving or thriving?

Take this quick quiz:

  • Is your work ethic is so strong it leaves you with little time or energy for activity in your personal life?
  • Do you tend to do most tasks on your own in order to “do it right?”
  • Has your weight and eating pattern changed dramatically recently (resulting in weight gain or loss)?
  • Have you noticed a definite change in your sleep pattern (either much harder to fall asleep/insomnia, or needing more sleep/harder to get up in the mornings)?
  • Do you find that you do not have time to plan as much as you would like to?

If you answered yes to any of the questions above, you may be experience some early signs of burnout. Luckily, there are steps you can take TODAY to counteract the effects, renew your energy and reignite your passion. Here are a few:

1) Do something that is just for you each day: As leaders, we have to remember to take time for ourselves. Even if it’s something as small as buying a caramel latte or taking a moment to sit on a bench and “people watch” in your neighborhood, just enjoy where you are for short while.

2) Unplug at least once a day: Step away from the computer, and take a stretch break. Take a walk, read a passage from an inspirational book, or listen to calming music.

3) Establish and maintain a regular sleeping pattern: As much as you possibly can, try to prepare for bed and wake up at the same time daily, even on weekends. If this suggestion is impossible for you, try to take 10-20 minute power naps when you can.

4) Connect with other people who share your passion: You know the excitement and motivation you feel when you attend a conference and you return home fired up and rearing to go because you’ve spent time with like-minded people? You can create that on a mini-level by connecting with one or two individuals who do this for you on a daily or weekly basis.

5) Do not skip meals: It’s easy to get so caught up in your work that you may forget to eat once in a while, but don’t let that become a routine. Plan your meals and stick to it. Remember, the issues you are dealing with it will still be there after you’ve had your breakfast (or lunch or dinner).

A few small changes can have a huge effect on your overall well-being.

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