It's 10 pm; the house is quiet. I double-check the locks on all the doors and go room-by-room, turning off the lights. The dishwasher is humming, the cat is following me, and there is a slight glow at the top of the stairs from our hallway nightlight. I slowly push back the door to my son's room to check on him. (I cherish the way he looks in slumber with one hand up by his face and an arm wrapped around his favorite stuffed animal.) I sneak into his room silently to find him sitting up at the side of the bed....more
It is thrilling to use the technology in our hands to help us live healthier and more physically fit lives. The word healthy is commonly defined as being in good health, of being free of disease. Increasingly technology,which interestingly is our friend has helped us to be stationary and as a result increasingly out of shape. Recently, women in a bloggers group to which I belong complained about "blogger butt," a condition that results from sitting at the computer and writing for extended periods....more
Don't tell Tom Cruise but my Happy Pills are working overtime. We are not even that far into winter in Minnesota, but the string of sunless days has already gotten to me. In fact, life here is more than just sunless, it is as though our whole landscape has sunken into a middle earth existence where it is gray, somber, dank and eerily quiet. I'm actually getting used to the cold,...more
What makes a balanced diet? With all the conflicting info on food pyramids and carb counting, it's tough to remember the basics. Here's a breakdown of the nutrients you need for a healthy body—and the foods that provide them.
Protein—Protein is necessary for building strong muscles and protecting the immune system. It also helps slow the speed of digestion and makes you feel full faster....more
I want to talk about the role that Jon Benson's "The Every Other Day Diet" is playing in my march to fitness.Although I am a good cook and mainly prepare meals using fresh ingredients, my weight gain over the last 25 years, proves that my diet and lifestyle have not been ideal.So, having thoroughly read and digested Jon‘s book "Fit Over 40", I checked out his diet book "The Every Other Day Diet". ...more
Midlife is full of nostalgia. Sharing memories of friendship,
laughter and school. Remembering the all-night study sessions, the
all-night parties and all the mornings after. Homecoming weekend and
final exams. Your first date, a marriage, your first child -- year
after year of life's greatest moments. Conversations at midlife are
filled with "remember when" and "back-in-the-day."
We are the sadder but wiser girls. We have been down this road before and don't like the view. If you or I could have thought our way out of emotionally sucking on some pizza would have done so long time ago. Some of those bad intentions were very tasty or had a gleam in the eyes that couldn't be denied.
Old business models that suggest businesses should be strict, dull and lifeless are outdated. Consumers and employees are looking for an enjoyable experience, and business owners should not be afraid to fill their business with laughter and fun. Adding life and personality to your business welcomes consumers and keeps them coming back for more.
I like to think I am a good role model for Emily, that my life and what I do will resonate with her one day, the light bulb will go off and she'll say "yeah, that's why she did that." This includes going to the doctor. So, I worked up the nerve to schedule my yearly exam (well, not really yearly but you know, whatever.) If this tells you anything; I rescheduled the appointment 3 times before I actually went.