Don’t believe the stupid lie about self care!

 

Somehow we have come to believe that if we take some time for our own well-being we are being selfish.

That’s a big fat lie!

Self care needs to be a higher priority in most of our lives! Take some time everyday that’s just for you!

As busy moms, wives, employees and volunteers we give our time and energy away.

We value relationships and we invest in caring for others.

But sadly we don’t invest in caring for ourselves.

As part of the new fall routine take some time for self care.

When we take care of our bodies, minds and spirits we can do everything better!

Some self-care ideas

  • an extra hour of sleep

  • a 15 minute walk

  • a coffee or tea break mid-afternoon with a healthy snack

  • reading time

  • a bubble bath

  • girlfriend time

  • fresh fruit and vegetables everyday

  • a nap

  • V. time

  • quiet unplugged time

  • whatever you do to play

  • spend time on your hobby

  • permission to say no

 

Remember our positive self-talk statement… ‘I am a beautiful beloved daughter of the King!  I make small changes to be healthy.  Taking care of me is important’.

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I am a  beautiful beloved daughter of the King of Heaven!

 

TODAY’S little STEP: Take some time everyday for self-care! You are worth it!  Everyone will benefit!

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Make this your best fall ever!

Do you feel like September is your New Year?

I do.

I guess it’s because school begins and lots of programs start in my Church and community.

It’s the time of year that I make decisions about the upcoming year.

I have also learned that the routines that I start in the first few weeks are the ones that I usually continue to follow.

So setting those new routines requires careful thought, as they will quickly become habit.

I know because in the summer I created a few new routines. I had 2 cups of coffee (way too much creamer!) every morning. I ate a late night snack as I made lunches, alone in the kitchen. These routines became poor habits in no time.

I want to intentionally make some new routines this September/New Year, which will eventually become good habits.

A short strength training session before breakfast is a good new routine that I would like to do this year. If I do it first thing in the morning then I know it won’t get missed.

My other new routine is to make lunches right after dinner. I won’t be tempted to sample and I can get out of the kitchen for the evening. My friend shuts the light off to signal that the kitchen is closed.

I like that idea.

So what about you, friend? What are your new routines going to be this year? Be careful and intentional when starting those new routines.

Little choices soon become habits.

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Maybe your new routine will be more sleep? Research seems to indicate that lack of sleep increases our cravings for food – more information on that later.

Or maybe you are going to find a new routine to move your body more. Maybe you’ll sign up for an exercise class or plan an early evening walk.

If you need some ideas check out Base Camp and Camps 1,2 and 3 in the word cloud (just click on those words to the right and you will get to a previous post).

There are a number of little steps you can take.

You need to make a firm commitment this fall.

Little choices soon become habits.

TODAY’S little STEP: Pick  one step or routine from the camps that you will incorporate into your life this fall. Or pick your own idea and share it with the group. Every little step makes a difference!

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Bye-bye Summer. Hello Fall

It’s the last holiday weekend of the summer! Can you believe it?

I can’t remember when I enjoyed the summer weather more. We ate dinner on the deck almost every evening and went for late night walks. God blessed us with some beautiful summer weather!

 

Here’s a little bit of encouragement for you today.

Let this be your motivational statement for the fall season!

 

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TODAY’S little STEP: Enjoy family and friends this long weekend! As you start the new fall routines, make healthy food choices and move your body in a fun way everyday!

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Next week-Be intentional with those new routines

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Come on, keep climbing, you can do it!

Ever feel like you take one step forward and 2 steps back? Ever think that what you do doesn’t make a difference? Ever been so discouraged that you ate to feel better?

As a fellow mountain climber with some experience

stop the negative self-talk!

Don’t believe those lies!

Break free of those old habits!

Whatever step you are on I want to encourage you to keep up the good work. Every little change you make does make a difference.

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Every little step makes a difference!

Every mountain is climbed one step at a time!

Maybe because of the summer you may need to go back down a few steps. There is no condemnation allowed here. Stop that nasty self-talk! emancipation-156066_1280

If we were really climbing a mountain we would climb to a higher camp and then move back and forth between the two. That would allow us time to acclimatize to the new altitude and grow stronger. That’s what I encourage you to do too. Move back and forth between steps until you feel strong enough in your new habits.

Find the step that’s right for you. Start today! Right now! Choose your next snack or meal and make it a healthy one. Find a fun way to move your body for 10 minutes. Take a U turn if you need to.

 Remember our core verse. Let’s claim our verse again! “And let us not get tired of doing what is right, for after a while we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t get discouraged and give up”. Galatians 6:9 New Living Translation.

TODAY’S little STEP: Find the step that seems right for you today and get climbing right now!

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Rest much, talk often, and laugh regularly.

BEST NEW DESSERT RECIPE OF THE SUMMER!

I just found a delicious low calorie, low fat dessert recipe that I just have to share! It’s rich and creamy and sweet but won’t blow our healthy eating plan! I made it today and took some pictures.

 

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These are the ingredients you will need.

1 container of ultra low fat cool whip

9 mini Oreo cookies

1 package of no fat white chocolate pudding mix

 

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Measure out 9 mini Oreos.

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Crush Oreos in a ziplock bag.

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Place cool whip in a large bowl.

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Add dry pudding mix.  Gently fold in pudding mix.

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Add crushed Oreos.

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Fold gently, until well mixed.

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Measure out one ½ cup serving and place in a nice little dish. Garnish with one mini oreo.

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Enjoy!

You could also freeze a ½ cup portion to have instead of ice cream.

A ½ cup serving = 88 calories and 2 grams of fat

TODAY’S little STEP: Try this recipe, it’s delicious!

If you have a recipe you would like to suggest, please leave a comment and I’ll get in touch with you.

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Summer is too short!

 

 

FORGET YESTERDAY’S FAILURES AND START FRESH TODAY!

Did you blow it yesterday?  Climbing the Mountain of Health and Well-being can be pretty rough some days. The struggles are real! But there is good news; each morning when we open our eyes we get a fresh start!

Anne of Green Gables is one of my favorite books. Anne is forever making embarrassing mistakes.

One time she put liniment instead of vanilla into her cake and then served it to company!

After many tears her spirit of optimism shines through and she says, “Isn’t it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?”

I love that line because it reminds us that each morning we get a fresh start.

Yesterday’s failures do not define today!

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I am also reminded of God’s love and kindness. “But this I call to mind; therefore I have hope. The Lord’s royal kindness never ceases; His compassions never end. They are new every morning; your faithfulness is abundant.” Lamentations 3:21-24 New English Translation.

God’s compassion is as sure as the sunrise!

TODAY’S little STEP: When you wake up each morning – start fresh. It’s a new day! Take little steps to health. Every mountain is climbed one step at a time.

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Summer is too short!

 

MY SUMMER STRATEGIES FOR SUCCESS!

Hey, fellow mountain climbers.  I want you to know that I struggle too. I have reached some of my health goals but I have to continue to take these little steps to health. I am still climbing the Mountain of Health and Well-being.  Writing this blog helps me stay accountable.  I find the summer especially hard because there is less routine and summer equals fun food!

Last week my daughter Katie was home from her job at a summer Bible Camp. She brought two friends with her and our home was filled with laughter and fun. I loved having them around and went grocery shopping with them in mind. It’s a Mom thing to have fun foods for our kids when they come back home.

Our dinner menus included wraps and hamburgers and other fun foods. You know the typical foods for hot summer days, ones that involve little cooking.

Here’s how I stayed on track and some strategies that work for me.

Veggies and hummus were a part of most of the dinner meals. I filled half my plate with the veggies first. Then my plate looked really full when I added anything else.

Here’s a picture of what I might have for lunch.  I would add some crackers and cheese.

 

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When we had hamburgers I used a smaller bun or I cut the burger in half.

I spread salad dressing on the wrap before I assembled it so there was taste in each bite and I used much less. I filled my wrap with mostly vegetables and added white chicken meat.

If we had potato chips we included them as part of dinner. I didn’t buy salt and vinegar ones, as those are my favorite and too hard to resist. A small portion of potato chips, a nice sandwich and fresh raw veggies was a fun supper on a super hot day.

We had cubed watermelon available or popsicles for dessert.

A small hand dipped ice cream cone is a treat we enjoy, just not every day. When we have them at home I can control the portion. Licking an ice cream cone slows down the eating process and every lick tastes so good!

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One of my best strategies is to not have foods that tempt me in my home. Then I won’t hear them calling: “Oh Dixie….this is the big container of delicious mixed nuts and candy calling you. Stop by for a yummy treat. You deserve it.” Can you relate?

My husband Don deserves a shout out because he is very supportive. He doesn’t bring home food that he knows tempt me. He appreciates that we eat healthy. July was unusually hot, so Don and I walked in the cool of the late evening. We caught a few sunsets and were home before the mosquitos came out.

When I do occasionally overeat at a meal – yes, I still overeat – it’s desserts. I make sure the next meal is healthy and a little lower in calories. I also try to make sure I get some exercise that day.

Every little step does make a difference!

Let’s claim our verse again! “And let us not get tired of doing what is right, for after a while we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t get discouraged and give up”. Galatians 6:9 New Living Translation.

TODAY’S little STEP: Keep taking little steps to be healthy. Use some of these strategies.  They work.  Every little step makes a difference.

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Rest much, talk often, and laugh regularly. Summer is too short!