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Buddies for Every Season!

When my kids were teen I had a neighbor that was my dear walking buddy. We had our three mile route clearly in mind morning after morning as we walked and talked through so many triumphs and challenges of our lives.
When I went to work full time I had to give up this fun time and it was a very...

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Just Do It Now!

I have probably procrastinated away many months, perhaps years, of my life. I've known for ages that if I put off something, I'm far less likely to ever do that thing today. Though I'm far from perfect, I'm getting better at following this title. I am more likely to schedule the things I don't wa...

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10,000+ Steps, the easy way...

Since getting a reprieve from multiple sclerosis symptoms that for many, many years kept me from walking as much as I would like, I got a sudden ability to begin getting 10,000 steps per day almost five months ago. In recent weeks I've gotten 14,000 - 17,000 and even in excess of 20,000 on some of ...

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Just for today...

I've spent too much time in my life thinking that I will do certain things when I'm a certain weight, a particular size, can buy just the right clothes, etc., etc., etc. What a waste of precious moments and energy. All that worry and waiting only made me miss out on adventures that I can never cap...

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Distraction Solutions for Avoiding Unhealthy Choices

On days I spend most of my time indoors at home, I really struggle to eat as I should. But, I find that distraction helps even indoors.

I can turn on the music and sing and or dance along. I chew gum at the end of a meal to put on the brakes with the food. Some days I make calls to shut-...

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Hang with Success!

Some days I enjoy being the one who is on track when I visit with a friend. One friend probably has 100+ pounds to lose, but finally seems to be making healthy choices. We worked through a weight loss study together a few years ago. I lost. She gained. Clearly, she wasn't ready. But, now I loo...

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Play like you're six years old!

Recently, I had another opportunity to take care of my six-year-old granddaughter while her mom taught a class and her dad was at work. Dad often takes care of her because as a neuro-critical care physician his schedule is pretty odd. But, once a month or so I get to babysit and it is always a joy...

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Don't Hurry, Small Changes = Wonderful Habits!

Whether it's weight loss, healthy eating, exercise or any other goal, i've discovered that relaxing into it works for me. If I hurry and bite off too much at one time I can easily get discouraged and have often given up for a time.

Currently, I've chosen to make small changes and then wait...

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Habit upon Habit

I've fought my weight most of my life. Only recently did I truly understand the motivational value of creating and focusing on healthy habits.

I've eaten mostly clean for a long time. Still, I have cheat meals,...

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Habit Forming is a Journey, Too

I've been getting back on track for the past couple of months. After caring for my mom in her home the last six months of her life it was such a relief to be in my own home again. I was exhausted in every way. I couldn't think. I couldn't exercise. I even struggled in my prayer life. But, I kn...

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