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Tuesday Tip of the Day: Take Time For You

8 Sep

Listen to the people who love you. Believe that they are worth living for even when you don’t believe it. Seek out the memories depression takes away and project them into the future. Be brave; be strong; take your pills. Exercise because it’s good for you even if every step weighs a thousand pounds. Eat when food itself disgusts you. Reason with yourself when you have lost your reason.Andrew Solomon

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Sometimes we don’t take care of ourselves, but we are more than willing to take care of others. Like the flight attendants say on the plane, “Put you mask on first , then assist others.” My take on it … You can’t help someone from a hospital bed or the cemetery. 

So, here’s where I share. I’ve been walking my neighborhood with friends or by myself for as long as I can remember. I enjoy it , but now I am taking it s lot more seriously. I’ve started incorporating some running too. Of course , I call it a joggle. 

I started joggling in June when I went to Chicago. I’d walk a little, then joggle a little. I got up to  1/ 3 mi run, then 2/3 mi walk, rinse and repeat for about 2 or 3 miles. I continued when I returned to Texas, smack dab in the middle of the Heat of summer. 

Yesterday morning ,  I finally got curious enough to map my run/walk. 

  
I was able to run almost 2 miles before I slowed down for a walk. Then , I ran at least another mile or more. In total I covered 6.46 mi before 10 am. Needless to say, I was very proud if myself. Exhausted …but proud. I did it for ME! 

And truth be told, as I’m running and pushing myself , I say  ( in my head of course ) “YOU are amazing!” And you know what! I AM!!! 

 
If you are reading this, thank you. Now, go and do something for yourself!

  
All red in the face, sweaty, and feeling AMAZING!

Wednesday Words of Wisdom

27 Mar

Sometimes the most important thing in a whole day is the rest we take between two deep breaths.
Etty Hillesum
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It was a dark, dreary, rainy day. I was going to go for a walk when I noticed the rain drops starting to dance against the window panes. Don’t get me wrong. I was thankful for the rain. It’s been so dry and the local lakes are down so much that water restrictions will be inevitable. But, rainy days still make me moody.

The day was such a blur. I did a little reading, laundry, paid bills, etc., but still couldn’t shake the blahs. So, I decided that maybe a nap would help. I never take a nap, and for good reason. I don’t sleep, but rather lay there thinking of all the things I should be doing or thinking about things that I shouldn’t be thinking. The rain finally stopped, so I put on my walking shoes and went for a double walk.

The fast pace and brisk air lifted my spirits a bit, but not quite enough. Then, I remembered that there was an evening Zumba class at the Y. I think it was at 6:30. What time was it now? I looked at my phone, only 6:10, so I scurried home, changed quickly and zipped off to Zumba. I never went at night before. It was pretty fun. I’ll have to remember that next time I have too much energy, negative thoughts and nothing exciting to while away the day.

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Tuesday: Tips for Toning…or Toni…ing.

18 Dec

There’s a lot of people in this world who spend so much time watching their health that they haven’t the time to enjoy it.
Josh Billings
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If you’re gonna exercise, make sure it’s a lot of fun, you make friends doing it, and you go out to lunch afterwards.
Me
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I love Zumba! Not only is it a good workout, but it’s so much fun. I’ve lost some weight and all that wiggling and jiggling has significantly toned up those “jello” parts. Thus, the toning tip. Since my name is Toni, I’m going to coin the phrase “Toni…ing.” I’ve always wanted to dance and never had the opportunity. Now, I can dance, sing, and jiggle to my hearts content. I’ve also made some great friends in the process. Especially, my friend Karen who offered to call 911 for me on a couple occasions. Today was a fun day!

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Sunday: The Domino Effect

29 Apr

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You know how one thing leads to another…and another…and another? It’s the domino effect. Last week, when I went for my weekly trip to the grocery store, I found some pretty great sales. There were some super in-store coupons and a few can’t pass up specials. I had bought a couple of packages of cream cheese at regular price the week before, but this week the eight ounce package was only fifty cents! What? I had paid $1.99 earlier. So naturally, I bought eight of them. I’m always baking and making dips, so this was too good to pass up. Glancing at the sale flyer, I noticed eggs were on sale 99 cents a dozen. My inner karma was saying, “Cheesecake.”

Friday, I had made a bazillion little mini cheesecakes, and had left over batter that I used to make a 9×12 slab of plain old cheesecake filling. I still had about 10 mini cheesecakes and the slab leftover after Friday’s tea party. So, today I cut the mini’s into quarters and dipped them in chocolate, of course. Then, I cut the slab in half, put strawberry jam on one half, topped with the other half and froze it. Once frozen, I cut into tiny squares and dipped those in chocolate. All of the dipped bite-sized chocolate delights were then frozen and popped onto many small ziplock bags to be used for emergency chocolate fixes and functions. They freeze very well, and I can sneak into one of the bags and take out one little bite and not feel to guilty. It’s when I take out five or six that I feel guilty.

Thus, the domino effect. Cream cheese and eggs on sale leads to cheesecake, which leads to left-overs, which leads to little dipped chocolate bites, which leads to… well, I guess leads to having to go to the gym and work overtime at Zumba class. Down go the dominoes!

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