It’s Fun to Have Fun, But You Have to Know How!

May 19 2012

Good morning everyone! I’m already having a fun day. It’s a beautiful day, and I went on a very pleasant jog/walk, then did yoga. Future plans include shopping when the mall opens.

I think it’s important to remember to set aside time for fun in our lives. We need things to look forward to, or life can get too heavy. It’s important to have fun together as a family too. It’s easy for us to be too task-oriented. Doing fun things together builds memories, facilitates communication, and lets us bond more.

Have a fun day!

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A Meeting of the Minds

May 19 2012

I just returned from my book group. We were discussing The Hunger Games this morning.

I really enjoy reading. Not only is it entertaining and educational, it makes my world much larger and richer. The cross-fertilization of many minds keeps me from being trapped too narrowly in my own perspective.

Over a year ago, I set a New Year’s resolution to read a book a week. I’ve enjoyed that so much that I renewed it for this year. I read whatever I feel like reading, getting ideas from book club, friends and reviews in magazines and the newspaper.

One wellness-related book I read this year that was fantastic is Drop Dead Healthy, by A.J. Jacobs.  Hilarious!

So what are you reading?

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Using MyPlate to Fight Creeping Weight Gain

May 17 2012

If you’re anything like me and countless other people our age, you’ve noticed it doesn’t take much to gain a pound or two. Just a pound or two isn’t necessarily a problem, but unchecked it adds up to health issues we don’t want to see.

Today, I want to share one of my favorite strategies to combat this. We need to think high nutrition and satiety value with low calories for the majority of our diet. The U.S. government has come up with an excellent graphic to illustrate this that updates the old “pyramid” concept (highly outdated). It shows a plate filled half with fruits and vegetables. The other two quarters are grains (make it whole grains, please!) and protein. A glass of milk sits by the plate.

Does your plate at meals look like that? I’ve noticed many people eat almost no produce.

One thing I’ve worked on in the last year or two is learning more delicious ways to prepare vegetables. For example, roasting and sauteing are two ways to bring out amazing flavor in many vegetables. It’s important to eat lots of greens every day if you can. There are many delicious salad recipes out there. Look for vegetable-oriented cookbooks like From Asparagus to Zucchini or try SavingDinner.com.

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Introduction

May 16 2012

Yesterday, I just jumped into the middle of things with my first blog post. Although that’s supposed to be a good way to write, I will back up today for an introduction.

Hi everyone! I’m thinking particularly about my family and friends in starting this blog. I think a lot of us might be noticing it’s a whole new game to try for wellness as the years go by. We begin to have challenges that didn’t exist earlier.

I’m continually tweaking my approach. I think we have to listen carefully to ourselves to find out what makes us feel best. Types and amounts of exercise, what and how much to eat, emotional skills, spiritual disciplines, relaxation practices, mental and social aspects…there’s so much to think about and try. I hope to write about a wide range of ideas and share my experiences with anyone who wants to read my blog.

Be well!

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Plan B (and C)

May 16 2012

One thing I find useful in structuring my exercise for the week is not to be too rigid. I always start with an ideal plan for my sessions, but many times life interferes. Today, we had appointments that made my Tuesday fuller than usual. I did a short yoga video and even shorter walk, then did more walking later when I was able.  Remember, anything you do is much better than nothing!

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