How To Stay Slim During the Holidays
It’s never too soon to start thinking about your health. As you embark on your holiday season, consider the following.
Raise your glass to recognize your self and others.
Here’s to us!
Here’s to our health!
Here’s to being our best!
Join a gym prior to new year’s day!
Start a new routine.
Sign up for a winter sport.
Enroll in a mindfulness and/or yoga class.
Choose healthy meals.
Skip dessert or only select one serving.
Make lunch your biggest meal of the day.
Don’t eat past dinner.
In addition to cheering to your health …
Drink a glass of water before and after each alcoholic beverage.
Remember that liquids have calories. Count them.
Be sober enough to drive.
Don’t dance on the table wearing a lampshade - unless you’re with very close friends!
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The power of the mind is an amazing thing. What we think creates our reality. Think about it. Wouldn't you prefer to create a happy, harmonious existence? Of course you would! Here's how.
Begin with a sense of trust. Believing that you may actually have that innate power to shape your life. Why not? Trust me and go with it!
When we are empowered, we make things happen. For example, if it is expected of you on the job to make sure that project A is completed on a certain deadline, you make darned sure that it happens.
What if this same expectation is placed on you for your health? What if I said to you, “It is your responsibility to maintain a healthy heart.” How would you respond?
I suppose if you're just reading this you may ignore it, but if it's your job, to take care of your health, let’s say you get paid to do this, and the better job you do at it the more money you make, you might say yes! Sign me up for this. I can do this! It's easy.
And there's the thing. It is easy! But your mind doesn't seem to see the importance of the matter until it's too late. And you end up in the doctor’s office or worse.
It's not your fault. Western medicine in all of it's incredibly amazing discoveries to prolong life, save life, and support life, has a major flaw. It has forgotten the value of preventive medicine.
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Have you ever had one of those moments where you thought you couldn’t take it any longer? Where you’ve just had enough? Received devastating news or suffered a debilitating injury? Most of us have. We’ve survived. Sometimes only by a heart string.
Imagine, then the 12 boys and their 25 year old coach visiting a tourist spot in a cave in Thailand when suddenly, the rain became so intense that they couldn’t leave. In fact they were forced to move further and further into the depths of the cold dark cave. The rains didn’t stop. The waters rose.
For 18 days they were stranded. With no food or water.
Here’s what they did have. A young coach who knew how to quiet the mind. He taught the boys how to meditate.
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Savor Every Moment
Ahh! At last. It’s summer. And it looks like it will be a nice long one for us. I love the sun, and to me there’s nothing better than soaking up its rays while enjoying a good meal and being entertained. It nurtures the soul. So here’s the question. Where’s a great spot to eat outdoors?
I got together with Hollis Hewins the other day and asked her. I also asked my FB friends. Here’s what we’ve come up with.
Travel & Leisure with Hollis Hewins
Holly is about to have a whole lotta freedom on her hands. After spending 30 years in the banking industry (currently as Underwriting Team Leader for Investment Real Estate at Key Bank), she’s ready to take off and explore what else is out there. Travel & Leisure may sound like a magazine but it’s about to be her new reality. That includes dining!
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2 Men with Soul
He found himself backstage drinking Boone’s Farm Strawberry Hill Wine with singer/songwriter, Patti Smith. But he never thought to ask for her autograph. That quickly changed. Today Scott owns over 1,000 signed memorabilia, from albums, 8 x 10s, posters and post-it notes, by some of the greatest musicians of our time: Lindsey Buckingham, Harry Connick Jr, Miles Davis, Pavarotti … just to name a few.
Scott Gudell is a great guy. He’s my friend, my neighbor, and holds a mutual respect for music, and serves as a Board Member of the Rochester Music Hall of Fame.
He started writing music reviews in college, and with a natural flair for business, reached out to every recording label that would talk to him. It turned out, they all wanted to talk to him! Sometimes he received up to 20 albums per week. The majority of these likely fall under his “unsigned” collection.
For Scott, the autograph is an artistic souvenir.
“The signature is another form of art. Sometimes they add a message or a musical note. It offers an opportunity to engage the artist with conversation.”
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Dancing Deities & All
Dakini Power! You’ll want to understand. I know. You’ll want to learn it. Open up to it. Strengthen from it. Be it. Live it.
…. so what is it?
Dakini power, as I like to call it, is a deep connection with your inner feminine soul. The beautiful, the poetic, the dancer, the artist, the mother, the lover, the friend. It’s all of her.
Why is it so important to connect with her? Because we’ve lost touch!
Just today, what have you done? Go ahead. I dare you to make a list. It may look something like this:
OK. This may or may not look like your day, but, it’s not a stretch is it? That is why you need to learn the power of the Dakini. Here’s how.
There’s a new book out called, ‘Wisdom rising, A Journey into the Mandala of the Empowered Feminine’
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The new Leadership Roundtable
I love leading groups in discussion. I don’t know. Maybe it’s because I was raised in an Italian family and you had to raise your voice to be heard. And I’m not one to raise my voice over the crowd unless I’m singing. Or maybe because I think before I talk, and by the time I’m ready, the topic has changed. Consequently, I’ve become an expert listener and quite the facilitator. I spot quiet ones and give them a platform to talk on; identify a talker and help them get to the point; and see possible collaborations and make the connection.
So when my client, Kim Browne told me about her Lean-In group, I listened. Then I read about it in a recent NYT Business article, ‘Lean In’: Five Years Later. I guess I’m a little late. But the concept is familiar. The creation of ‘Lean In’ circles offers the platform for groups of women to meet on a regular basis to discuss and share leadership tips. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/16/business/lean-in-five-years-later.html
Kim Browne is a phenomenal business woman who leads with grace, intellect and experience.
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Breaking through all barriers to Create!
Women inspire. They lead with grace, dignity and courage. These fine women channeled their life experience through art. No limitation was large enough. Open your mind, read, and be inspired to create!
African-American Opera Singer (1902 -1993)
Beautiful. Magnetic. This is, after all, the opera! Marian broke all barriers with her contralto voice, singing in a low range filled with sincerity and drama. Many female opera singers are soprano, with the beautiful high pitched siren of a gifted angel. Hers was that of a soulful spirit, soaring beneath the clouds.
Regardless of her talent, many doors were closed to Ms Anderson until her voice broke through the very doors of The Metropolitan Opera. In 1955, she was the first African-American to perform on its prominent stage.
Racial prejudice in the 30’s became an obstacle too difficult to maneuver in the US, however. She found a home in Europe where her voice was revered, touring to enthusiastic crowds wherever she went.
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A Meditation on Love
We all want it. We all need it. No. It’s not chocolate. It is L.O.V.E. love. But sometimes it just doesn’t feel real. It doesn’t feel accessible. So here’s an exercise you can do to activate love in your heart.
Get into a comfortable position and close your eyes. Take a nice deep breath in and a long exhale out. Bring your awareness to your chest. As you inhale, feel the sensation of your chest expanding in all directions. The sides, the back, and the front. Upon your next inhale, open the front of your chest, rolling your shoulders back and dropping them upon your exhale. Now allow your breath to come back to normal, and focus on the very center of your chest. Breathe into this space as your chest naturally rises and falls.
Your heart chakra is beginning to be activated. It is located in the very center of your chest. It is the center of loving compassion. This is where we hold all of our loving memories and all of our heartaches. When we fall in love, we may feel butterflies in our stomach, but we also feel an ease in our breath and an inner peace within our heart.
By healing the pain you may be holding in your heart and focusing on the love that is stored there, you will be able to not only feel love within you, but attract love to you.
To read more please follow this link to the full article and go to page 156 to complete the exercise
Get ready to kiss 2017 good-bye and welcome 2018 with open arms! The trick to this questionnaire is to answer it quickly and honestly. What first comes to mind is often the best.
As you reflect on the past year, you’ll gain wisdom to guide you in the new year. Are you ready? Here goes!
The Year in Review
1. What is your fondest memory?
Breathe into your heart center & close your eyes as you allow these memories to flood your mind. Most likely there are more than one. Then choose the memory that brings the broadest smile to your face.
2. What was your greatest achievement?
This may have been a goal that was on your list. It may have to do with your career, your family and friends, or yourself. You may have run your first 5K race, graduated from school, made it to the team, or signed on a new client. Or, you may have finally taken those braces off, or gotten engaged, or watched your child walk across a stage.
3. What was your most difficult challenge?
Whether at work, at home or school something stands out. What was this challenge and how did you manage it? How did it affect your life?
To read more click on this link and go to page 52. Make your new year stand out!
Alana writes her monthly column 'Body Mind Spirt' for RochesterWomanOnline focusing on the balance of all 3 in a creative manner, filled with inspiration
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