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The Universe is one HUGE truth and we have our truth in it!

What if we accepted each person as never being wrong?

What if they are right but still choose wrong?

What if we did not work so hard to convince others to OUR way of thinking?

What if we agree to disagree?

What if we loved one another no matter what race we are, what God we believe in, what political affiliation we are connected to, what job we have or even choices we made?

What if we allowed people their own truth?

This is a big question and how you answer this is how you are probably living. Do you spend you time arguing with people to agree with your politics? How about religion? Maybe even what is the right way to raise children? Do you want others to live the way you believe to be the right way? What really is the right way?

Is it not ALL about choice? What are you choosing? Lots of questions today, but I am not sure I have many answers. I am sitting here writing this after conversing with a group of coaches on how to strengthen our families and this was a great portion of the discussion.

How can we actively respect others truths? Can we decide that there are just subjects that we cannot discuss because our truths are polar opposites? Maybe that boundary is the only way. What if we COULD discuss whatever that subject was? Could we then get to know why they have their truth? Maybe we could find out who they are as people. It is about just – being.

We don’t have to agree with others choices or truths, but accepting them is respectful. What if we all respected each other, no matter our differences? I think the world would likely be more peaceful. Do you not think that this respect given could say that I love you, even if I do not agree?

If when I wrote in another post, “Love is always the answer” is my truth, can you accept it even if you do not agree 100%? I do believe that when someone shows me respect by listening to what I have to say, I feel acceptance. This, is love. Can you love others as you love yourself?  Whatever your answer, you are right and I accept that!!

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  • Acceptance is the key to harmony. Let it go …you really can’t control your beloved, only your own behaviours. Not to be confused with giving up or giving in. Let go, and let love be the answer.
  • Trust your beloved – they are in this relationship, too. We all get up wanting to do our best, sometimes we just miss our own mark and end up…just doing our best.
  • Talk ‘with’ not ‘at’ your beloved –let yourself be vulnerable. Get to really know each other. We falsely believe we know our partners well only to find out something new we didn’t know by talking and being open ourselves.
  • Know that you’re in it together, not islands but not actually attached either. It is easier, believe me to do something together, because two heads are better than one. Would you have loved them the same if they were EXACTTLY like you? This does not mean that you need finish each other’s sentences either…I personally would like to finish my own. Also, have something in your life that is not connected to your beloved. You tend to appreciate each other more and it gives you something more to bring to the relationship.
  • Know that neither of you are perfect – REALLY! This is self-explanatory, isn’t it.
  • Laugh often -even at your imperfections – together preferably. Look, it can be great fun to laugh at others (providing they don’t get hurt) but to notice ones faults and still be able to laugh at yourself and not get miffed when your beloved joins in, that’s togetherness.
  • Know that you have not always been perfect to each other…read the above for more info – if necessary.
  • Apologize easily whenever you are wrong, and probably often. But remember, continually apologizing for the same mistake gets tiresome for both parties. Isn’t it better to actually deal with the issue?
  • Work on your relationships daily.  The relationship is a gift that can keep on giving, if you keep on giving to it.
  • Show and tell each other daily that you love each other. Tell them you love them and why. Do something special for the heck of it. Do something nice without pointing it out to get credit for it. This can be a toughie.
  • Pray to have lots of days, months and years together like this one. Time is a gift as well. We need to treat today like it may be our last with our beloved and pray that they can be around longer than you.
  • Get up again tomorrow and do it all again, lovingly. Look, nobody is perfect, but as long as we can get up again, there is hope.  Start the day anew. You have it in you to forgive all past sins, if you really want to and start fresh.  Besides, don’t you want all YOUR past sins forgiven? The answer to every question is love.
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    [tweetmeme source=trcoaching only_single=false] Relationships are always going to be something to work on for most of us, until we accept that others are not us. They don’t completely think like us, act like us, respond like us or much else actually as they are not us. Even when you understand this and are good at acceptance I suspect that occasionally you slip (like I do). Maybe you need a refresher course of action.

    Adam and Eve are a terrific couple who have been together for several decades and know each other well…well as well as one can know another person, anyway. They know all the quirks that their partner came into the relationship with and some of the rough edges have been smoothed out over time. Acceptance of those quirks has not always been easy, but to enjoy the relationship and last this long, their has to be acceptance or they would  have become the “Bickersons”! I tell you they are not.

    Eve has one thing that is a bit of an issue – she picks on her spouse about driving. You know – like I wrote about in my post “I have learned…my GPS only works for me!” Well Eve had the same affliction of criticizing her spouse wondering why he drove the speed he was or didn’t take her ideal route, etc. It irritated her and she HAD to tell him. Often!

    I asked her what she thought he heard when she did this behaviour.

    After a moment she replied, “He’s not good enough! I don’t trust him.”

    After this huge awareness (and silence) I asked if she trusted him and was he good enough.

    She quickly replied that it was yes to both. As Eve had been working on being “good enough” herself this was a real stab to her that she was saying the same thing to him in this behaviour (absolutely not uncommon) and she did not want to continue doing this. She also mentioned that this was certainly not the message that she wanted to convey.

    How could Eve amend the behaviour?

    So I asked what she wanted to do about it.

    Not do it again of course, was her answer.

    How would she feel if this is how she was when she was in the car and he was going the wrong way? Probably frustrated at first, but maybe it’s not the wrong way for him.

    Bingo! Revelation, now was it possible?

    Eve figured it may be difficult as it had been a habit for most of their 30 years of marriage.

    Could she apologize, she wasn’t sure.

    How could she conscript her husband in the process?

    Eve said the next time she was in the car and she felt compelled to do so she would mention it.

    The next time they were in the car she commented on his driving (Darn!) and as he looked over at her she realized that she was caught in that old behaviour and immediately apologized, stating she had this overwhelming feeling to correct his driving and that she was working on eliminating it from her not so good habits. He was surprised. He didn’t know she was aware she did it in the first place as she had been a back seat driver forever! This gave Eve an added impetus to work on this. Only a short time later she caught her husband doing the same thing to Eve’s dad and poked him…they both had a good laugh about it and he is now working on it, too.

    Eve is not perfect with this but catches herself and apologizes immediately. It was the largest area of criticism in her life. As she has been feeling “good enough” these days she also has not felt the need to defend herself either. All of the work that Eve has done has created incredible shifts in her thinking. Eve told me that she feels really good about giving the right message to her beloved Adam amd this goes deep to her core. I suspect that with all that she is feeling during this process of change, it will aid in the sticking of this new habit of “not doing” something and changing it for a loving action, letting go.

    Eve’s knowledge that she is truly a good person and good enough as she is has changed her thoughts, attitudes then actions. This has affected her reality. As she takes care of herself and lets go of others to take care of themselves there is nothing left to defend or criticize. Hmm sounds perfect doesn’t it. Well Eve is the first to note her lack of “perfection” and her goal for the perfect body still lurks in the wings. See you next week when Eve tackles this big part of her growth!

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    I know what you are thinking. Monster’s only eat little children after their parents have tucked them snugly in their beds. Nope that is not the monster I am talking about today. I am talking about the monster in the closet! Check this out…what do you think about this?

    Do you have a diet that looks anything like these?

    All sugar no vegetables

    High carbohydrates low protein

    All dairy no fruit

    Tons of meat no veggies

    Only prepackaged food no whole food

    All wasted calories with not near enough healthy stuff!

    How is that affecting your body?

    When we think of diet we think of only what we ingest –through our mouths.

    What about what you take in through your ears?

    How is that affecting your spirit?

    How about this diet? 

    All talk no listening

    Lots of gossip no real connecting

    Only negativity no positivity

    Maybe high values but low standards

    To busy hiding to be vulnerable

    And the list goes on…

    This is a diet that will affect who you really are on the inside, don’t you think? It may even affect how you treat your body, feeding it physical rubbish while you take in all that mental junk. With all the corners being full of life limiting garbage, how much room is there for things that can feed you well?

    I can say that the more I was in the negative space of a crappy marriage, the more I fed my body empty calories making me feel even emptier as I was never satisfied.  I have never seen a well balanced person who is 50 pounds overweight unless they are unwell physically. I used to eat those emotions…or might I just say feed the monster inside that only wanted chocolate and cookies. That monster never said “May I have a carrot?” Nope the monster loves sugar, fat and carbs. Nary a veggie or apple in sight!

    So if you look into your cupboards and fridge and only see the “monster’s” food, you may want to see what your mental diet has been lately. How do you think it is affecting you?

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    Human being asking Universe...

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    I accept myself completely.

    I accept my strengths and my weaknesses,
    my gifts and my shortcomings,
    my good points and my faults.

    I accept myself completely as a human being.

    I accept that I am here to learn and grow, and
    I accept that I am learning and growing.

    I accept the personality I’ve developed, and
    I accept my power to heal and change.

    I accept myself without condition or reservation.

    I accept that the core of my being is goodness and
    that my essence is love, and
    I accept that I sometimes forget that.

    I accept myself completely, and in this acceptance
    I find an ever-deepening inner strength.

    From this place of strength, I accept my life fully and
    I open to the lessons it offers me today.

    I accept that within my mind are both fear and love, and
    I accept my power to choose which
    I will experience as real
    I recognize that I experience only the results
    of my own choices.

    I accept the times that I choose fear
    as part of my learning and healing process, and
    I accept that I have the potential and power
    in any moment to choose love instead.

    I accept mistakes as a part of growth,
    so I am always willing to forgive myself and
    give myself another chance.

    I accept that my life is the expression of my thought, and
    I commit myself to aligning my thoughts
    more and more each day with the Thought of Love.

    I accept that I am an expression of this Love
    Love’s hands and voice and heart on earth.

    I accept my own life as a blessing and a gift.

    My heart is open to receive, and I am deeply grateful.

    May I always share the gifts that I receive
    fully, freely, and with joy.

    (I wish I had said that!) Author Unknown

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    [tweetmeme source=trcoaching only_single=false] I don’t remember which one seems normal; Jekyll or Hyde, but I will use Jekyll as the unkempt one for my purpose here. It’s definitely Jekyll, when I see the woman who has grown the long, messy grey hair looking back at me in the mirror. It is long because I have chosen to grow it so, not because I have just not gotten to the hair stylist. I have actually been to the salon; just not in the past two months as I never know how long is long enough between cuts with long hair. It used to be every 4-5 weeks with 6 being a week too long for short locks. It has been 20 years since my hair was past my ears and actually to my shoulders, so I decided that this may be my last opportunity for big hair before I cannot be bothered with all the effort in taking care of it.

    My beloved said I look like the “Butterfly Lady” whenever I let my hair dry naturally, instead of ironing out the kinks. I have images of someone in a flowing flowery dress running through the sunny fields in bare feet or Birkenstocks with daisies in my hair and butterflies all around me while holding a bug net. Not completely unkempt but uncontrolled and free. I do like uncontrolled. The Hyde I imagine would be controlled in everything about his look and demeanor with his pressed suit and tie, and an impeccable shine on the toe of his shoes along with the appropriate hat and walking stick. None of this describes me on a good day.

    On that good day, starting from the top I would have ironed my hair, polished my skin with a minimal of cosmetic including lipstick of course and a recent visit to the wax lady for a clean up on isle brow, or should I say brows. If not for her magic, they remain one – brow that is. I appear to be just blind enough not to notice until that is what “IT” has become – one. Oh, I have tried. I have a mirror, a gift from my cousin who felt the need to help me with my plight. I was grateful.

    The gift was an 8x magnifying mirror with a tube of light all around to assist in the removal of all unwanted, unsightly (to those who can see), hair. Even with my reading glasses slid halfway down my nose it is still impossible even with contortions necessary to see the blessed hair! By the time I have grabbed the mirror and turned off the light by my mere touch several times to get the perfect angle and brightness, I AM DONE! Not done with the complete separation of the twins – just done. I have a kink in my neck, eye strain and the arthritic pain in my left hand has left me stiff and frustrated by all the effort. Why torture myself when I can have the job done by the 20 year old esthetician at the local salon in 5 minutes for 15 bucks?

    As I work my way below the neck to my attire it mostly depends on what I will be doing in my day. My Jekyll owns this wonderfully old and comfy, grey sweatshirt for a measly 15 years that is matched perfectly to a same colour pair of baggy bottom, bottoms that are a youthful 6 years new. Their comfort has yet to be met or surpassed by anything older or newer. Along with a longish t-shirt of absolutely any colour that inevitably hangs longer than the sweatshirt as well as 2 pair of socks. The under pair is cotton to keep my ankles from itching because of the outer scratchy grey wool variety with the red band at the ankle completes my ensemble. This is the kind of outfit one is recorded wearing on that show “What Not to Wear” so one could have the extreme makeover. This may not be such a bad idea!

    This outfit is rarely seen by neighbors or acquaintances but regularly by family and only the closest of friends. Lucky them! The good news is that my Jekyll comes with a very relaxed manner and good attitude as long as not forced to give up the attire for a jaunt outside its castle. This may induce either pouts or occasional snarls until the moat is crossed back and the drawbridge has been closed to all further traffic.

    My Ms. Hyde is not the coiffed being of stories, but perfectly acceptable for public perusal. When Hyde has her choice of fashion, there is a casualness to mirror her comfort within. Not the extreme of Jekyll to be sure, but a welcome step toward sound comfort and tidiness. I am not a shopaholic by any means with hundreds of unique expensive pieces in my wardrobe, but easy clothes for a not so demanding but tall individual.

    Hyde’s garments change from season to season and by level of fitness and activity. There is little fancy or outlandish. Some items are bright and colorful to mimic my disposition yet most are in tones of contemplative blues and green for active growth and enhances my state of mind.

    Women’s footwear must have been invented by some man. The same one who invented pantyhose, I suspect. They are always too narrow and too high causing pain in the arches, heels and toes- not to mention the balls of my feet. They pitch me forward unnaturally and I am in agony within fifteen minutes or less. Then my feet start to hurt. I have worn a shoe with a heel and hose exactly once in the past 3 years. Heels must certainly be at fault to turn perfectly normal women into crazed Jekyll lunatics because of the pain their vanity has bestowed upon them.

    I am the lover of Birkenstocks and any shoe with a foot bed or orthotic insert to shape and support my ever pained feet. If only I lived in a warm climate all year so I could live in sandals. Canadians need to bury their toes in sheepskin boots to stay warm and Wellies to keep dry 6 months or more each year. I would just feel funny walking outside with socks inside my Birks.

    I really don’t know much about Jekyll and Hyde, but I do know that I personally am in a state of quiet growth where sometimes I may appear peacefully reclusive and occasionally vivaciously vociferous but usually I am comfortably me. Not so much this or that but a combination of enough yin and yang to leave room for possibilities. These possibilities may lead me down a yellow brick road traversed by many or a road less traveled. Me that I am at the moment will hike willingly in my old Birks down either road, open to whatever is to come next.

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    [tweetmeme source=trcoaching only_single=false] Blogging is work but usually easy work. Maybe just more of a responsibility.  I think some days I need to not do any. Yesterday was one of them. If I was doing a blog writing just about stuff that was not about coaching it may be about the rain …like today. I know I am not alone liking a rain day or two. It is calming…relaxing. I can be pensive and thoughtful in the grayness of the rain. With the windows open I can feel the cool fresh breeze that comes in and I breathe deeply. I can be in the moment easily. Like meditation ….just one moment at a time, noticing it. God is with me.

    The dog lays on his bed expecting nothing. No long walks as the short one in the rain was good enough. No sitting on the deck watching the squirrels hope to leap off and catch another one…oops. Poor squirrel. The birds aren’t even singing or looking for seeds on the rail of the deck. I can usually sit hear watching them eat while I type at the kitchen counter.

    This hasn’t always been my life or character. There are many who have known me for a very long time who think I am still a zany force constantly in motion and those who know me now that don’t believe that is who I ever was. That other person did not appreciate being when there was so much doing – to keep busy. I can love and laugh at myself at who I was and who I am today. Fill the time and space with stuff and action and noise. Not today.

    Today is about peacefulness. The kind that happens while reading curled up on the end of the couch with the dog at my feet. My beloved doesn’t really go along with this habit of rest. There is always something to do and with rain the work just moves inside. I think down deep he envies my ability to stop. Not that he wants me to sit around always but that I can. I could be wrong, he could just like doing while I like being. Nothing wrong with knowing who you are, is there?

    Life is interesting even doing nothing special as I can be an observer of all that is around me, be there motion in it or not. Are you able to just sit…just be? I find it easier all the time, but not always. But for today – the rain comes down gently and the breeze is light and there is not much motion or sound. It is a great Sunday afternoon.

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    [tweetmeme source=trcoaching only_single=false]Last week Eve spoke of “envy” of what others had that she didn’t and how it made her feel. This week’s session she started out stating how grateful she was with what she did have. Eve is becoming more of who she is and less of what others may have wanted her to be or her past illusion of herself. “Envy is a symptom of lack of appreciation of our own uniqueness and self worth. Each of us has something to give that no one else has.”

    This week we are all about her relationships with others. Most of her relationships run quite smoothly as Eve is a loving, caring fun person to be around. Firstly, there is a friend who seems distant and too busy to be bothered to return calls and even forgot to mention a special occasion in town that she hadn’t bothered to let them know of as it was a tribute to a dear mutual friend.  This upset Eve. Not the same kind of crazy crying “how could she” that she had felt in the past or the “what did I do wrong” place that before she may have gone in the past. No – just incredibly disappointed. She also realized that as her closest friend near where she currently lives, she has depended on her and missed her.

    She found acceptance in her friend’s life and chose not to bring it up, but at some point when her friend brought up the event and that they were missed, Eve mentioned not knowing about it. The friend somehow thought she had and felt quite bad about not and for being so busy. “Let’s get together soon as there is to catch up on.” Eve understands that her own life is still the same but that she is changing. Not everyone will understand the changes or even like them for that matter.

     We have roles in relationships and when we alter ourselves sometimes who we are with others does too. Eve has let go of most things quite easily these days, even not knowing what her adult children are doing or going through. Even their choices which she may not understand or agree with somehow seem a lot easier to deal with.

    Her mom is another person to work on accepting that she has a close relationship with. Her mom knows how hard it has been in Eve’s life to keep weight off and even though it is apparent that she has lost an incredible amount of weight, mom has said nothing. Not a “How is it going?” Or a “You look great!” Her mother is also the kind of person who has never said “I am sorry.”

     I asked Eve is she was “good enough” without her mom’s opinion? She quickly said yes. “How important is it that mom notice?” Not as much as she thought, anymore. Eve used to strive for mom’s acceptance and approval but now realizes she no longer works for it. Is mom a perfectionist? “Apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree!” she laughs. Eve actually feels badly for others who have it, too. She is being so much easier on herself these days but cannot let her “perfectionist tendencies” slip in at any point. A great new habit has emerged!

    I ask Eve if she has been able to stand in front of a mirror and say “I am good enough and I love myself and my body?” Eve claims it is so much easier today and that is quite an improvement to wanting to cover the mirrors. Eve feels she is getting as good with this as the “should’s” in her life. Life is all about choices and Eve is choosing to enjoy every day of her life and is getting better results because of it daily.

    Now, Eve’s relationship with her husband is quite another story. They are a terrific couple, but like all of us there is always something to work on, and that is where we are going next week. Next week we will talk about critical driving. Have a great week!

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    [tweetmeme source=trcoaching only_single=false] We generate FEAR while we sit.

    We can overcome it by “ACTION”.

    Fear is natures warning to get busy

    and “GET GOING”!

    My intuition knows where to “GO”.

    When were you really gripped by fear? I don’t mean the kind of fear that strikes you when someone cuts you off in traffic and you were sure to hit them but diverted just in time. But that kind of fear that left you feeling like pulling the covers over your head forever. I have certainly felt that fear in my life on many occasions.

    What do you do to overcome that fear? There are many choices that could be taken. All of them stem from some form of action. The action may come in the form of praying for faith and direction which is more my chosen first action today. It may come in the form of a decision to just walk away from that which has shaken you to the core. It may be to boldly go where you have never gone before and grab fear by the throat and just shake it!

    By the end of my first marriage I was on a roller coaster ride of fear that lasted months. What if I couldn’t do it on my own? What if he really did hunt me down and kill me or steal my kids from me. These were real threats that added to my fears as he had been an abusive drunk. I justified staying then the fear would hit me again. What if these things happened while I waited for the courage to do something about it? I had been stomped on, pushed and shoved, held down and kept small for long enough! When the fear of staying was greater than the fear of leaving it was a no brainer! “GO!”

    If fear was natures warning to run then I had best RUN! When an animal is in fear that exactly what they do. Have you ever seen those National Geographic documentaries of where some hunted animal doesn’t even see his predator, but just knows he is being hunted and starts to run? He seems to intuitively know to run and which direction to go. I think if you are connected in any way to your intuition, you will know where to go.  

    I was a spiritual being at the time reading shelves full of self help books and books on higher beings other than God. So as much as I did not believe in God, I must have been connected to something. I ran! I packed whatever would fit in two cars, picked up my kids from school and drove an hour away to the city to save myself and my children. We stayed at a friend’s home for two weeks until I could get assistance and a home with low rent all just days before Christmas that year. Life goes on and ours did.

    This event had been one of my biggest fears more than 20 years ago. There was much drama after that eventful day, but today I am living and breathing and so are my children. Today my adult sons have a relationship with their father, even though he still drinks. They are learning to accept him flaws and all. Children are very affected by growing up in an alcoholic environment and it seems to run downhill in families. With good fortune they grow up and learn something different than what they lived.  My grandfather and father died of the disease of alcoholism so there are all kinds of issues that come with this in your family of origin. If any of this sounds familiar to you or anyone you know please check out the resource page.

    You may have some huge fears of your own. They may be public speaking, spiders or even getting a new job or talking to you current boss. It doesn’t matter what the fear is, it feels the same within everyone. Paralyzing! Palms sweat, head hurts, knees wobble, you start to stutter so cannot seem to form words let alone sentences. You justify and rationalize all kinds of excuses so you just do not have to face IT!

    The answer is always ACTION! Do something and trust your instincts. So what if it isn’t perfect! Maybe you won’t do it gracefully even, who cares? The pride you will feel with your very soul for having given it a shot will add two inches to you height for some time. If the fear is more than you can face alone, I can support your motion. Have a great and FEAR-less day!

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    [tweetmeme source=trcoaching only_single=false] I was reading a list of healthy habits that may be helpful so figured I will list them for you.
    Make social connections – funny this was last week’s new addition #4 to my 10 energizing habits! I always have had them but the ones I wanted, were not in my periphery. I connected with 7 of my pals that I had not for some weeks and in some cases some months. It felt really good. I am so glad that habit is on my list!

    Eat healthy – I do…except when I do not. Maybe one to add to my energizing list!

    Sleep 8 hours – almost every night. My body needs it but some nights are just off, thank goodness it’s not very often.

    Eat breakfast – Always! I have a HUGE list of friends that also do because I used to nag them about it. I no longer nag.

    Exercise- this is one that needs some attention.

    Good dental hygiene…I can be lax with flossing and sometimes late for my morning brush.

    Take up a hobby- create and stretch your mind…I read and write…all kinds of things.

    Protect your skin – this one I am pretty good at when it comes to the sun as I burn like a high sugar cookie in a hot oven…not very pretty. But I could add more moisturizer as I am over 50 and the collagen has reduced and I do not recognize the skin on my body.

    Eat healthy snacks – sometimes I do- fruit is great this time of year…sometimes I don’t, I just love chocolate and cookies!

    Drink water – I have read all kinds of things about water being separate and inclusive of other beverages one drinks. I go with together as I do drink tea, probably 4-6 mugs and I use water to take my supplements (when I remember) and have water at my bedside as the ceiling fan gives me dry mouth. Probably too much information, sorry.

    Eat dairy – I drink several of my cups of tea with milk, I am of British heritage so milk is a must! Plus usually, a yogurt a day covers my necessary daily intake so, check!

    Drink tea – Yes I am a tea granny. My name is Tammy and I am a Tea-aholic. I love tea so much that I had a small tea business and understand the differences in the benefits of tea whether it is white, green or black, just drink some daily! The slight difference in benefits is no reason to drink one you don’t like instead of one you do. It’s all good for you. Don’t get too hung up in black, green, white if they are not all to your taste, just drink some!

    Walk daily- Now here I am good 5 days a week, but the weekend hits and I let my beloved walk Max, our dog. I suppose I could be sure to take the evening walks with them on the weekends as I love my morning quiet when they are both gone.

    Plan- Now here is what I have been doing for the past few weeks, planning but also doing.

    Don’t get me wrong, it’s not a bad list, but most of them are only about your physical body, with only two for you – your soul, spirit, and mind. What about that essense inside of you? I some cases you need to work from the inside out. If you don’t feel worthy it’s hard to make good choices for your body. Only you know what parts need attention.

    Today after reading this list, I want to work on my healthy eating as it has slipped off my radar with our holidays. A few pounds on one up then down then up again. It’s time to be on top of this. So, my energizing habit will be about healthy foods. I know the first blog on this several weeks ago, eating my fruits and veggies were not a problem, they still aren’t. What has been off is my carbohydrate intake. As much as I enjoy ice cream (YUM!), rice (much Thai food), bread (even the healthy high fiber kind) when I am not aware of how much I am consuming, I soon am consuming too much for my activity level and it all goes straight to my belly. This drags me down and my energy slows as well. So this truly is an energizing habit #5. Starting this morning I am back at writing down what I eat as that is the best way for me to pay attention. (I learned this from Weight Watchers years ago.)What have your habits been, I would love to hear from you.

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