Sep 242018
 

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Why Procrastination Hurts

I was showing a short video about procrastination to one of my students, and it struck me how much it applies to so many areas of our lives. I procrastinate in making doctors’ appointments and paying certain bills. It’s not that they don’t get done. They just don’t get done in a timely manner. I decided to research it a little more and make some changes. Besides, how can I be showing someone else about it if I don’t work on it myself. I am a big believer in being prepared, and yet, with some things, I need to work on not procrastinating. Good grief, I can make a doctor’s appointment online!

Procrastination can be defined as “the avoidance of doing a task that needs to be accomplished. It could be further stated as a habitual/intentional delay of starting or finishing a task despite its negative consequences.” ~ Wikipedia. That’s pretty much it.

Why Procrastination Hurts

Procrastination causes some to wait until the very last moment to do something they really don’t want to do. For instance, a student who needs to prepare for an exam, and despite having several weeks to do so, waits until the night before the test to cram all night. That hurts. In my case, I don’t like this bill because it’s an arrears on something we got behind on when the economy fell apart. However, procrastinating paying it only makes the situation worse, because the interest and penalties increase. That hurts too. Avoiding a task doesn’t make it go away, nor diminish the importance of it.

What I was reminded of is that sometimes people procrastinate because they are disorganized, live with clutter, multi-task too often, are easily distracted, or have trouble with punctuality. Those are all different issues in themselves, but they all contribute to each other. I struggle with a touch of all of them in one way or another.

Make a Plan and Follow It

In my work, (the work that earns me money, and my volunteer work) I have a lot of appointments to make and keep, plans to make and share, phone calls, texts, and much more. I have a running calendar where I put all my activities, and always carry a notebook to write things down in. I am going to change the way I’m making my doctors’ appointments to help me not procrastinate doing it. I plan on thinking more seriously about why it’s important to get my check ups done more timely. For the bill I don’t like, I plan on going into my account and see if I can set it up for automatic payments.

You can do the same with whatever it is you procrastinate on. Think of why you don’t want to do it and why you should.  Think of how you can change that. Write down pros and cons (I’ve done that for years). Make a plan and try it. Keep improving. We’re all trying to do that.  These things will help us as we continue to live healthy lifestyles.

Aug 312018
 

 

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Your blood sugar has a direct effect on how hungry you are and how energetic you feel. Keeping your blood sugar balanced promotes a healthy insulin response. Eat fruit, vegetables, edamame, popcorn, and peaches to help control your blood sugar.

There are also shakes available in peach flavor that have natural blood support ingredients to help you control blood sugar and energy levels.  Choose shakes that contain ingredients such as green leaf extract, ginseng root, cinnamon bark extract and sweet potato extract.  These ingredients can help you have less fatigue, more energy and less appetite.  They can also help curb your sweet tooth cravings.

It may feel like a challenge to eat right to control or prevent diabetes, high blood sugar or low blood sugar, or pre-diabetes and metabolic syndrome, but making some simple changes in your diet can make all the difference.  You can learn to eat differently and change your relationship with food.

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Peach flavored shakes. Yummy!

Peaches are low in calories, important in controlling weight, contain vitamins and fiber, also important in controlling weight and diabetes.  So shake your peaches — make them shakin’ peaches in a shake, or fruit bowl.

Pictures and information taken from:

CDC.gov

Wikipedia

Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Union County

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Guide to Controlling Pre-Diabetes and Metabolic Syndrome

Jul 052018
 

 

Summer-time is a great time of year. The kid’s are out of school, families take vacations, and there are a lot of family gatherings, picnics, barbeques and games. There is swimming, fishing, boating, biking, hiking, gardening and so much more.

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Along with all this fun in the sun comes the responsibility (everything has a price) to ourselves and our families safe from the dangers of too much sun exposure.

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Get the EPA’s Guide to SunWise Behavior

The UV rays from the sun penetrate to the deepest layers of our skin. They can cause our skin to sag, age and spot. 95% of the rays from the sun that reach the earth are UVA radiation. Unlike UVB rays, UVA rays hit in a steady stream during each day. The critical hours for sun exposure are from 10 am to 4 pm.

Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States. According to an article published by the New Mexico State University, “three types of skin cancers make up 99% of skin cancers.”

One in five Americans will have a form of skin cancer.

Some of the symptoms of skin cancer are:

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What can you do?

Protect your skin with sunscreen.

Choose sunscreen that:

  1. Has an SPF of 30 or more;

  2. Is water resistant; and

  3. Provides broad spectrum coverage.

Also:

  1. Wear wide-brimmed hats;

  2. Protect your eyes with sunglasses; and

  3. Use sun unbrellas and wear long-sleeved shirts.

Have fun out there this summer, but don’t risk your health or that of your children and other loved ones to do it. Preach safe sun havits over and over again, and then practice what you preach. You will see the benefits.

Resources:

http://aces.nmsu.edu/pubs/_i/I106/

https://www.cdc.gov/cancer/skin/basic_info/symptoms.htm

https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/sunexposure/default.html

Picture credits: Beach scene : Gvictoria – Dreamstime.com; http://aces.nmsu.edu/pubs/_i/I106/

https://www.cdc.gov/cancer/skin/basic_info/symptoms.htm

https://www.cdc.gov/cancer/skin/index.htm

Martha is owner of RobardsHealthyLifestyles.com, a health and wellness website that promotes healthy lifestyles, ideas and products for physical, mental and emotional, financial and natural/spiritual wellness. Martha’s work consists of opening accounts, presenting, speaking, mentoring and coaching and people building. You can reach Martha at 505-750-7847, by email at marthapmintl@gmail.com, on Facebook, here on LinkedIn, Twitter, or through her websites at RobardsHealthyLifestyles.com, here, here, or ProfessionalMentorsInternational.com.

 

Jun 302018
 

 

The Holiday

The holiday is coming up next week and people are already shooting off fireworks around our house. It’s hot outside and many are outside at games, practices, celebrations and gatherings. Be safe next week.

Be Like a Sponge

Be Like a Sponge

Be Like a Sponge

During this time of the year we sweat more meaning we need more hydration. Like a sponge, water goes out, so water must come in. Drink lots of water. Always keep some with you and use healthy low sugar, electrolyte powder drinks in your water to replace lost electrolytes and give a lots of choices. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink more water and remember that muscle cramping may be an early sign of heat-related illness.

Stay safe and use fireworks carefully and leave the big ones to the professionals.

And be like a sponge.

I would love to tell you more about how myself and my family stay hydrated.

You can contact me at marthapmintl@gmail.com , or call me at 602-243-5642 (Phoenix) or 505-750-7847 (cell).

 

Jun 222018
 
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You may have a ‘work from the luxury of your own home’ business, and you may have discovered that leadership is part of your work.  You may have only started your business to be home with your children.  If you’re thinking, “This is not what I signed up for!”, consider that leadership in some form is part of most businesses, organizations, corporations, home-based businesses, associations, meetings and even families.

Don’t let all the chatter these days about leadership stress you out. Be yourself, be open, be kind and continue to learn.  There are many definitions of leadership, but one that I especially like for the purposes of this article is this:

Mirriam Webster

: the act or an instance of leading
  • leadership molds individuals into a team
  • —Harold Koontz & Cyril O’Donnell
I also liked one definition that said that a good leader,  “Creates an inspiring vision of the future.”  You are probably already doing these things in some way in your day to day activities.
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Do you have a home business where there is a need to stay in touch with your customers to educate them on the products they are using?
Do you teach people in your organization how to give presentations?
Do you have kids that each have different needs, but also need to be taught to work within the family arrangement?
See, you’re already doing it.   Here are three tips to help you continue to lead, teach and inspire:
1.  Accept feedback.  Everybody is different in their likes, dislikes, learning styles, ability to communicate clearly,  etc.  Ask  for feedback from your team, customers, family.  Then, when they offer it, accept it with a smile and where you can, genuinely put it to use.  This can inspire confidence in them that they are valued and that in the future they can feel comfortable giving their feedback.
2.  Listen.  When people sense you are really listening, they know you care about them. Listen to understand, not respond.
3.  Inspire cooperation. No one is an island, and in most groups of people, there is a need for cooperation among them.  As an illustration, in the example above, you and your customers need cooperation for you to teach them the full benefit of what they are purchasing and using. You need to show, talk and educate; they need to listen and be attentive to learn, and then do what they learn, to appreciate the full value of the product.
These are just a few aspects of leadership. There are many more.  I would love to show you more about leadership and the company I work with.

You can contact me at marthapmintl@gmail.com , or call me at 602-243-5642 (Phoenix) or 505-750-7847 (cell).

 

Jun 202018
 

 

Too Many Sugary Drinks Are Not Good For Us

Too Many Sugary Drinks Are Not Good For Us

According to an article in qz.com, new data presented last week at the American Society for Nutrition’s annual meeting, showed that American infants are consuming excessive amounts of added sugar. We know that processed sugar is bad for kids. Yet, the article says the study showed that toddlers are consuming at least some added sugar on a given day, and a broad increase in sugar intake.

One of the reasons for this could be that although we know that our children and grand-children should drink more fluids, it can be hard to get them to drink plain water. Most kids, and many adults, like a sweet taste. Sometimes it seems easier just to buy them soda or sweetened juice, thinking that they are at least getting fluids. Without really considering the dangers of sweetened drinks, we can be unknowingly causing them phyiscal harm.

If you have a hard time getting your kids to drink water and finding healthy drinks for them, here are three tips that might help:

Keep a glass jug of water in the refrigerator with fruit in it;

Buy your kids cool water bottles to carry with them and keep them full of cold water; and

Carry some no-sugar powered drink packets with you to add to water once in awhile for a lift-me-up.

I would be happy to show you what I use.

You can contact me at marthapmintl@gmail.com , or call me at 602-243-5642 (Phoenix) or 505-750-7847 (cell).

 

Jun 072018
 

 

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  Sometimes we have to say “No” just to survive.  Why do I say that? I say that because there   are many situations in life where saying no to a request or appeal is crucial to the survival of our marriage, business, friendship, spiritual health, and many other important things.  How so?

  •   Marriage

Take for example, the young couple whose in-laws on both sides continue to interfere with the new marriage.  They don’t mean to be intrusive, but nevertheless, that is what happens.  Neither the young husband or wife know how to say no to their respective parents, and they argue with each over the others’ parents.  What is in jeopardy?  Their marriage.

What can they do?

They can sit down with each other at a time when both of them are calm and discuss the situation in a loving and reasonable way, trying to find helpful solutions where they can involve both sets of parents in their lives, within limitations.  Then they can discuss these things with their parents, setting the boundaries, and lovingly saying “No”, when those boundaries are threatened to be crossed.

  • Business

When we work with a team, we need to be in constant communication with them about their progress, activities and achievements.  That takes time and individual team members may need more attention than others.  This may cause us to take more time with one than another, or take precious time from income producing activities.  Team communication and income producing activities are both essential to the survival of your business.

What can we do?

We may need to say “No” to spending excessive time with individual team members at certain times, and schedule a one-on-one with them at a time when it does not interfere with our other important activities.  Keep the appointment, set a time limit, but strive to help that person with their needs.

This is just two examples, but it gives an idea of some of the areas in our lives where we may need to learn to say “No” more.

Running a business from the luxury of our own homes can be stressful when boundaries are not made and kept, but for many of us, it’s worth the effort and self-discipline. Saying “No” at certain times is part of that, and a continuous learning process. I would be happy to show you how to get started in your own business from the luxury of your home.

You can contact me at marthapmintl@gmail.com , or call me at 602-243-5642 (Phoenix) or 505-750-7847 (cell).

 

May 032018
 

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Earth Day 2018

Weekend before last was Earth Day 2018, a celebration of our beautiful planet and it’s amazing resources. This year’s theme was all about ending plastic pollution and the impact of the choices we make every day.  When deciding where to shop, choose companies that produces less waste, uses less energy and helps keep the air and water cleaner.

According to the Earth Day Network, plastic pollution is one of the most important environmental problems we face today.  We produce nearly 30 billion tons of plastic each year which never fully degrades in the environment, and means every item of plastic you have ever used still exists.

The company I am partnered with has saved 22 million pounds of plastic, 42 million gallons of gasoline and 48 million pounds of greenhouse gas since 1985.  It feels good to know I am doing my part to help keep the earth a cleaner place. You can do your part too.  Choose where you shop carefully.

What else you can do:

  • Recycle your plastics
  • Buy concentrated products
  • Reuse containers

Check out these lists of environmentally friendly companies.

Apr 152018
 

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From RHL’s March 2017 posts … enjoy!

  • 3/17/17

There are many things to be fearful of, yet it’s not until we face and conquer our fears that things begin to happen. Talk to yourself like you’re your best friend and say, “This is what I’m afraid of. How can I change that?” Then do it. You can change what you want to, and many aspects of health and wellness – financial, physical, mental and emotional, and natural and spiritual. mlr

  • 3/16/17

In the middle of the word “believe” is the word “lie”. Negative self-talk can make us believe a lie, for example, “I can’t change!”, “I can’t do it!”, “This doesn’t work!”. You can do it and it does work. You can improve your health, change the habit, improve your financial situation – whatever it is … just don’t give up, give it time, and keep moving forward. Don’t believe the lie. Believe you can.

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  • 3/14/17

Let’s invest our time wisely. Doing that improves our businesses, our health, our minds and hearts, our relationships.

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  • 3/13/17

Good Monday morning! We all need to know where we are going and why. When we know those things, we can help others. Work on finding your direction today.

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  • 3/12/17

I like Firefox’s ‘Free Thought’​ for the day. From a wellness standpoint, it can spur creativity. Wearing fun socks can help your brain think differently. ;)

  • 3/11/17

When we know who we are, then we can start to develop relationships. It’s important to know who we are. mlr

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  • 3/10/17

We develop business relationships by asking questions and listening with both ears open. Oh, and this helps in personal relationships too! Today, listen to someone with both ears open. It can unlock a whole new world for the one listening and the one speaking. mlr

  • 3/9/17

Do you ever feel like you don’t have any influence? If so, remember that the concept of being an influential person does not require materialistic influence, it requires passion. People convince themselves they need to have something before they are influential. Not true. — From the Monday morning business training I attend. These tips came from Robert B. Cialdini, Ph.D.’s book, ‘Influence, The Psychology of Persuasion’.

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  • 3/8/17

We all have influence in one way or another. Use it in a good way to be a good leader.

  • 3/7/17

Setting goals will help you stay focused. Staying focused with help you reach your goals. We can do this together. mlr

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  • 3/6/17

Post from March 5, 2014 ·

There is an ancient saying, “Let your ‘yes’ mean ‘yes’, and your ‘no’, ‘no’. When we stick to that, we save ourselves and others a lot of misery

When we say what we mean and mean what we say, it makes us very credible and trustworthy, in our businesses dealings and other areas of life. Be strong today. People will notice and you will encourage others to do the same.

  • 3/5/17

Something I shared almost two years ago:

March 2, 2014 ·

The second you get on the bike is the moment you start learning about how to ride it. :)

We have to take the first step to get anywhere.

  • 3/4/17

This is a quote I posted two years ago. I think it is a good reminder. February 26, 2014 · “When you know yourself, you have the strength to keep from being locked in a box without options.” — Floyd Flake

  • 3/3/17

Commit: 2: to carry into action deliberately — Mirriam-Webster dot com What is your goal? What is your why? How are you getting there? Do you want to start a home business working from the luxury of your own home? Do you want to start a fitness routine or a nutritional routine? You can do any of these things. Be positive, and committed.

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  • 3/2/17

Know where you are going, or you will never get there. mlr

  • 3/1/17

Good morning. March 1st is a good day to spring into action.