One of the definitions of ‘challenge’ in Mirriam-Webster is, “to arouse or stimulate especially by presenting with difficulties.” That’s the definition I’m using for this post, not because I want to encourage people to present their health with difficulties, but because I want to encourage people to stimulate their routines to change for the better, for their health. Make sense?
Stay on top of your health. Take your vitamins. Get into or improve your routine. Take your omega 3′s and 6′s. Get into or improve your routine. Take your probiotics. Get into or improve your routine. Take your antioxidants. Get into or improve your routine. Take your anti-inflammation blend. Get into or improve your routine. Exercise. Get into or improve your routine. Get enough sleep. Get into or improve your routine.
Get the point? Get the point.
Let’s keep up the challenge to live healthy lifestyles.
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, 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.
“You must capture and keep the heart of the original and supremely able man before his brain can do its best.” — Andrew Carnegie
“I’m going to share with you the key to success in any business. The secret in a word, is heartpower. Capture the heart, you’ve captured the person. Get people to fall in love with your company.” — Vince Lombardi
Here are some tips I’ve been learning about speaking to Millennials about our businesses and/or products:
Talk about what is relevant to their style;
Realize they deserve respect and give it to them;
Recognize that they are tech savvy, educated and have a lot more information;
Be transparent. They can see right through …
Millennial business owners aren’t shopping for products and services so much as they are looking for solid business partners to forge a future with.
Therefore, “Millennials are less brand loyal than other generations.” — Goldman Sachs, Business Insider, Andy Kiersz
Interesting statistic for small businesses. It’s the relationship that counts to these young people who comprise a huge part of the population.
When you’re through learning, you’re through. – Will Rogers
Good Monday morning! Starting a new week and ready to learn new things! Always stay in student/learning mode. We can be either green and growing, or ripe and rotting.
Three most dangerous words: I know that.
There are people who start a business and in a matter of three months, want to solve all the financial problems they’ve been carrying for years.
Well no business works that way.
It requires time and persistence. — Paulette Cheverie
A long term, successful home business isn’t about speed, it’s about persistence.
For all home business entrepreneurs, remember, you win the game by focusing on the actions you need to do now.
How do you climb the staircase? One step at a time.
Don’t get ahead of yourself.
I get these gems from weekly leadership and business training. Just passing them on. mlr
The philosophy of Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens is, “My goal is to win the next game one possession at a time. That’s it. I don’t have any other goals.”
Makes sense to me. Next phone call. Next appointment. Next member. Keep it up! One step at a time.
Good Monday morning. Starting another week, looking forward to what it will bring. Smile today. Be positive. Be encouraging. It will come back around to you in leaps and bounds.
The Anxiety and Depression Association of America says:
“Most people feel anxious or depressed at times. Losing a loved one, getting fired from a job, going through a divorce, and other difficult situations can lead a person to feel sad, lonely, scared, nervous, or anxious. These feelings are normal reactions to life’s stressors.
But some people experience these feelings daily or nearly daily for no apparent reason, making it difficult to carry on with normal, everyday functioning. These people may have an anxiety disorder, depression, or both.”
There are things a person experiencing these feelings daily can do to help themselves. Read more about ideas you can use to help yourself or a loved one who is experiencing this.
Even home business owners need a business plan to be successful. Associate yourself with a company that helps you with that. Do your research.
Keep moving forward with patience, persistence and perspiration … and smile while you go. It will make someone else smile too. I promise. “Patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success.” — Napoleon Hill
I post a lot about mentoring and coaching because that is part of what I do. Here is a little helpful tidbit for those who are being mentored and coached, including mentors and coaches: Be coachable. Don’t try to reinvent the wheel. It’s already been invented. mlr
A post from a year ago: The question was recently asked by an awesome coach, “What do you learn when you fail?” How interesting. We should all ask ourselves that. The things that hurt instruct, if we are willing to accept that instruction. — Martha
If people can’t trust you, you can’t mentor them.
Be dependable and committed. I know it’s easier for me to trust people who display those qualities. Credibility is part of the framework of trust. When we are dependable, trustworthy and committed, people trust us. More importantly, it continues to teach us how important those qualities are and allows us to have a better view of ourselves and contributes to our overall wellness. mlr
Our actions speak loudly to our team mates, business associates, work mates, friends and family. Let’s make sure they are good. It’s one of the things that a healthy life are made of. mlr
“Your actions speak so loudly I cannot hear a word you say.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
Say what you mean and mean what you say. This will help us think about our decisions, which helps us emotionally and mentally, which also helps our physical health. It also develops character, which allows people to trust us, which helps in our relationships, which helps us emotionally and … . Oh, it’s a circle. mlr
These posts are designed to be inspirational and help us in our efforts to have healthy lifestyles. Enjoy.
Loyalty has been defined as “a very personal and powerful form of faithfulness”. When you got married you also ‘signed a contract’, so to speak – on paper and hearts. You may have other relationships, friends, siblings, etc., where you feel a sense of loyalty.
The benefits of being loyal far outweigh what you think you might receive by not being loyal. Very often, the temptations to be disloyal start from an outside source that we have allowed ourselves to be exposed to. In our marriages, it can come from a ‘listening’ ear (in the form of telephone calls, texts, social media, or a work mate) to the problems we could be having with our mate. The same thing can happen with friendships, and other family relationships. Disloyalty can come in the form of physical disloyalty or emotional disloyalty.
Working through the situation, finding a way to cope, better understand and stick to it, is almost always the best way. Face the problems, talk things out, explore coping strategies. Practice self-control and self-sacrifice.
Three things I’ve found are wonderful benefits of loyalty are:
Longevity. The same idea applies to marriage. It is only when we persist with loyalty in our marriage that we see the power of what that loyalty does to us, our mate, and the relationship. As time goes by, and with each struggle we cope with together, we build another unbroken link in the process. Look back on the time and things you’ve already successfully coped with in different aspects of your life and meditate on them. Your emotional and mental health, and physical health will benefit as well, because your conscience will be clear and you will be building emotional and mental strength. Since our emotional, mental and physical health are all tied in together, all will benefit. It helps us live healthy lifestyles.
Mutual trust. The longer we show loyalty to the important people, activities, and processes in our lives, the more trust we build. This could mean our customers and team members — will trust us, and the more we can trust them. This could mean our marriage mates — will trust us, and the more we can trust them. We build relationships by mutual trust – in almost every area of life, be it family, work associates, friends, and home business. By staying loyal, being dependable, solid in our resolve, and self-sacrificing, we show over a period of time to others and to ourselves that we can be trusted, and that moves the other people in our lives to be loyal too. We sharpen each other for loyalty. We become mentors to each other, helpers and cheerleaders.
Experiencing the growth. Only by being loyal and sticking it out, can you begin to see, witness and experience what you and those around you can become and do. If we give up and give in to temptation to search elsewhere, look to the side, succumb to doubt, dwell on the negative, and ultimately become disloyal, thereby destroying what trust there was, what could have been will never be. In today’s world, many people are short tempered, disloyal, have short attention spans, are dishonest, and we can become the same, if we don’t work hard on not being those things. Many people never reach or see the full potential of their relationships in their home businesses, marriages, families, friendships, and other relationships and endeavors because they have not worked on being loyal. Do not despair. Do it and reap the benefits.
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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.
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.
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Our faces are … well … out there. Lots of things show up on our faces. Stress, happiness, sadness, joy, youth and older age. The good news is that good health shows through even during bad times, and good health can help get us through difficult times.
Exercise is important for physical and mental and emotional health. There are exercises for everything – body, mind, emotions, finances, spirituality, communication, and much more.
Exercise keeps our bodies and faces, healthy. People of all ages need exercise, but different kinds and amounts at each age in our lives. Whatever you do or are thinking about doing, stay or get into a routine, keep it up and do it safely. This helps us have healthy lifestyles.
Facial exercises, also called facial toning, can increase muscle tone and prevent muscle loss. Beautiful women know or are learning how to make the most out of what they have. All women can appear beautiful, some naturally; others have to work harder at it. All women can be beautiful, but many choose not to. It does take the extra mile and some effort.
Don’t be afraid to research ways to improve your exercise routine and add facial exercises. It only takes a few minutes a day, and with consistent effort, you will notice a difference in the way your face feels and looks. It is true that “Love is a great beautifier”, as Louisa May Alcott once said, but facial exercises help too. For more information and resources on facial exercises, visit the Exercise page on my website.
Some of this information came from Wikipedia.
Picture y Patrick J. Lynch, medical illustrator (Patrick J. Lynch, medical illustrator) [CC BY 2.5 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.5)], via Wikimedia Commons
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. You can reach me (Martha) at 505-750-7847, by email at email@example.com.
Bumping Up Fiber
Information overload. New trends. Nutrition buzzwords. Fiber.
We need fiber. Good nutrition is a well balanced every-day diet. Fiber must be a part of that and will be, if we’re including plenty of variety of fruits, vegetables, and other helpful foods. Some eat legumes, some don’t. Living a healthy lifestyle, a nutritious lifestyle, can be easy, fun and exciting. This, of course, depends on you and me.
The CDC says:
In their natural state, fruits and vegetables have high water and fiber content and thus are low in calories and energy density.
So, eating enough fiber-rich fruits and vegetable can aid in efforts to lose weight.
Some of the other benefits of fiber in your diet are that it not only keeps you regular, it also helps you feel fuller longer. Fiber also helps control blood sugar and lowers cholesterol levels.
Bump up Your Fiber
Here are six tips to help you bump up your fiber:
Slice up raw veggies and keep them in to-go baggies to use as quick snacks;
Start your day off with a high-fiber breakfast like whole grain oatmeal sprinkled with pecans or macadamia nuts;
Steam veggies rather than boiling them. When buying frozen veggies, look for ones that have been “flash frozen”;
- Add half a cup of beans or peas to your salad to add fiber, texture, and flavor; and
- Take fiber supplements that contain fiber-rich ingredients such as psyllium, oat fiber and rice bran, just to name a few.
Yes, eating a fiber-wise diet will help us have healthy lifestyles.
Some of this information came from the Center for Disease Control.
The pictures of the peas, cherries and Chinese cabbage are from
Gearing up for Fall Cleaning
It’s August. I don’t know about you, but I’m starting to plan for what I want to accomplish when I do my fall cleaning. I have learned that I have to start planning early and writing things down so I can remember everything when it comes time to do it. So many times, I thought I would remember what I needed and wanted to do, but that didn’t happen.
Here are some things I will be doing: going through some old boxes I never unpacked, cleaning the stairs banister which goes up the stairs and along the loft are where my office is located, and around on the other side, makes this cool curve where there’s a little niche. I’ll be going through closets and drawers and getting rid of clothes we haven’t worn in a year.
I’ll wash walls and clear cob and dust webs. I think I’ll give myself a week (maybe two) to get this done. If that seems like a long time to some, to me, it’s not at all.
For some of this, I’ll need to stock up on my cleaning products. Because I’m so sensitive to scents and chemicals, I’ll make sure to purchase my favorite non-toxic cleaning stuff. For the walls, I’ll use an all-purpose cleaner which is toxic free, has no bleach, no ammonia and no strong scents. It works really well for the banister too.
We’ve already been going through a lot of boxes and old papers around here anyway, and it feels so good to be cleaning everything out and getting some things in order. I’ve done garage sales and it will still be kind of hot when I do my fall cleaning, but I always have my ‘virtual garage‘ for those times.
I’m even thinking about doing some re-decorating. I’m getting so many ideas that I don’t have enough time to do all the things I want to do. I need eternity.
Well, I’ll keep you posted on how this comes along. Cheers. Thanks for reading.
Snack Bars Are Trendy
The snack bar market shows no signs of slowing down any time soon. They are considered an affordable comfort food therefore sales growth has not even slowed down during economic recessions. With so many snack bar choices on the market, each with their own purpose and different ingredients, manufacturers are now emphasizing the protein and fiber content for health benefits. If you buy snack bars, protein bars, fiber bars and to-go bars, here are some tips about what to look for:
Do you buy snack bars? If so, here are 5 simple tips for your next purchases. If you are looking for:
Fat into fuel bars: Look for a bar that has low sugar and boosts metabolism;
Muscle recovery bars: Look for a bar that has lots of protein and boosts nitrogen balance;
Hunger cravings bars: Look for a bar that has natural ingredients and messages the brain and hits the spot;
Bars that boost fiber intake: Look for a bar that has good fiber sources like psyllium husks and oats and promotes regularity; and
Healthy snacking bars: Look for a bar that has whole grains, fiber and protein boosts and is kid and parent approved to get everyone through until meal-time.
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