Looking for Ways to Be Healthy? Follow This Advice! #health #inspiration #WednesdayWisdom

being healthy


The holidays are coming up and many people will have to choose between rich food and being healthy.


I have a friend who’s on a diet. She wants to get into this gorgeous dress for Christmas. She asked me the other day, “Why aren’t you dieting?”


I shrugged. “I’m healthy every day of the year so there’s no need to diet.”


Do I eat only healthy things? Of course not. I eat chocolate and drink pop/soda every day. BUT… I walk 20+ miles a week, drink 64 ounces of water every day, don’t snack and be sure to have a balanced diet of fruits, vegetables, proteins and grains.


I did a lot of binge eating and binge dieting when I was younger. I developed a lot of bad habits that I had to break. Dieting for a week or so and not exercising didn’t work for me. I beat myself up every time I gained weight and it was a roller coaster ride.


It wasn’t until I got married that I shifted my perspective. MR N helped me to see that being healthy is a way of life, not just for a few days a year. Giving up driving and walking everywhere was a revelation for me. The extra pounds slid off me and in five years, I lost 85 pounds. Impressive but it wasn’t my goal. Being healthy is my ultimate goal.


Are you looking for ways to become more healthy? 


Do as Dr. Steve Maraboli recommends. Incorporate these things into your life. Try it for 21 days. Research shows that it takes 21 days for something to become a habit.


Let’s make being healthy a habit.




When You’re Healthy, You Have Hope so Pay Attention to Your #Health! #inspiration #grateful



Are you a healthy person? If so, you’re filled with hope and that’s a great thing!


I’ve struggled with my health for most of my life. My weight has fluctuated over the years and I’m happy to say that I’m in the best shape of my life. This is a good thing with the changes going on in the environment and my body. As I grow older, new health issues pop up and yet, instead of being depressed, I embrace what’s going on. How? By staying hopeful and knowing that I’m taking care of my body.


Your health (and mine too) is key to living a happy life. Without your health, you have no hope. But when you’re healthy and taking care of your body, hope erupts from your pores. Take care of yourself and listen to your body. If it says rest, rest. If it says drink, drink. If it’s craving something, listen to it. 


Three things keep me healthy: drinking at least 64 ounces of water a day, exercising at least four times a week and eating delicious food. Sure, I have a gourmet chef husband who loves cooking for me but he also takes care of me, making sure I have enough vegetables, fruit and dairy. He knows how important it is for me to stay healthy.


Instead of dreading your health or tired of being lectured by people about how you need to get healthy, take control of your health. Do what works for you and on your terms. You’ll have tons more energy and feel hope surging in your veins. 



Laughing is the Prescribed Medicine for Today! #inspiration #motivation #ThursdayThoughts



Want to feel good? All you have to do is laugh.


The stress and exhaustion is at an all-time high for us. It’s the big countdown to our vacation and we’re busier than ever. How do we release our stress? We laugh.


When we laugh, we release much-needed endorphins and honestly, it just feels good. Whether it’s a television show, movie, book or even a hilarious news story, we find it funny and laugh. Go ahead and laugh; it’s healthy and natural medicine.



Get Comfortable in Your Own Skin! #inspiration #ThursdayThoughts #grateful



Are you comfortable in your own skin?

After more than forty years, I’m finally comfortable in my own skin. I look at myself in the mirror and I like what I see. I’m still working on areas but my first thought isn’t to call myself ugly or fat. I’m healthy and so grateful to my body. Without it, I’d be nowhere.

Listen, we all have days when we don’t look or feel our best. But that’s not a reason to put down your body. Your body works hard and you should take care of it. One way to do that is to be kind to it. Give it some love and positive compliments.

Being comfortable in your own skin isn’t selfish or conceited. You’re not boasting; you’re loving yourself. It’s like putting on your favorite pair of jeans… you’re relaxed, cozy and feel good.

Instead of berating yourself for all the things wrong, take comfort in your body and who you are. Self-love is so important to your everyday health and it promotes an inner peace you can’t get anyplace else.


Being Healthy is a Way of Life so Get Moving! #inspiration #health #exercise

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Are you healthy? 


For the first thirty years of my life, I was unhealthy. I did the yo-yo dieting thing as well as eating to comfort my insecurities. Talk about running the hamster wheel. I’d exercise at the gym to lose weight then feeling lonely and sorry for myself, I’d binge eat (mostly chips and chocolate). I’d feel guilty for being overweight (usually due to someone fat shaming me) and I’d hit the gym.


It wasn’t until I met MR N that my perspective started changing. MR N loved me for me, including the parts that were “jiggly”. But I didn’t like the way I looked or felt. I wanted to lose the weight and it had nothing to do with pleasing my husband. I was overweight and I needed to lose the weight or else I’d die of a heart attack by the time I’d reach 45. Talk about a wake-up call.


So, I gave up driving and a car (MR N didn’t drive anyway). I walked everywhere within a five mile radius and when I couldn’t walk as far as I needed to, I’d take a taxi or mass transit. I drank lots of water and ate smaller portions. I quit snacking all the time and took a hard look at why I was binge eating. I turned my inner insecurities around, with the immense help of MR N and his unconditional love, and the weight fell off. From 2004 – 2014, I lost 125 pounds.


Being healthy is not solely exclusively about losing weight. It’s about strength, energy, feeling good as well as looking good, staying motivated, making good choices and appreciating yourself without criticism. 


So again I ask, are you healthy?


If not, take the steps necessary to make yourself healthy. Whether it’s physical, mental or spiritual, your health is so important. Your very life could depend on it so don’t delay!



Fatigue Makes Cowards of Us All so Keep in Shape! #inspiration #stress #TuesdayMotivation



Is fatigue your constant companion these days?

Last week was a difficult week for MR N and me. Work was crazy and both of us were puddles of goo by the time the long weekend came. We took it easy and relaxed on Friday and Saturday. We were almost back to our old selves when Sunday came and we hosted the whole family for Easter. Exhaustion and fatigue set in again. We needed two more days off. Instead, we’re back to work and counting the hours until this coming weekend.

Sound familiar?

Fatigue invades the brain and body like a parasite and if you’re not healthy (physically, I mean), your body will just give up. Both MR N and I are in excellent physical shape, walking 25 km (15 miles) per week. MR N does over 500 push-ups every morning and I do 50 bicycle exercises every afternoon. If our bodies weren’t well-oiled machines, I believe we’d be worse off. Our bodies battle the fatigue and yes, we’re tired, but we haven’t given up.

Listen, stress has a way of beating us up and one of the sure-fire ways to combat it is to exercise. Go for a walk, bike ride, run; play a game like basketball, baseball, softball, hockey, football, soccer. Not only will the fresh air energize you, your focus will be on whatever you’re doing and not on whatever is stressing you out.

Take my advice and battle fatigue with healthy bodies. The exhaustion period will be shorter and you’ll be back to feeling 100% in no time!


Listen to Your Body and Take Care of Yourself! #WednesdayWisdom #Love #Health



What Can I Do?

My baby is sobbing in pain

What, God, can I do?

I’m helpless

My efforts in vain

I seek to comfort

To ease her.

I love her.

Please God, take this pain from her

Put it on me

I’ll suffer all for my love.

Just please, give her comfort

I’ll do anything for my love.

© 2016 Poetry of Love: The Engagement Year by N. N. Light, All rights reserved

Do you love your body? Do you take care of it with the same passion you take care of your family?

For several years, I took advantage of my body. I didn’t take care of it and certainly didn’t love it. I put it down, spewing hateful comments and despising myself. I didn’t fuel it with the right food yet expected it to perform like a F1 race car.

Your health and taking care of yourself should be top priority. Take it from me, I know. If you take proper care of your body, it will take care of you.

MR N wrote the above poem for me as I was dealing with a really bad cold. I was sick, couldn’t sleep and was miserable. He felt helpless and wanted to make me well. These are his thoughts, his emotions, his love for my health. It was at this moment, I realized I needed to take better care of myself.

Flash-forward thirteen years. It’s Love Weekend and I’m sick with a really bad cold. I’m feeling yucky and guilty for ruining our weekend. He holds me close and whispers loving words to me. He comforts me and I let his love for my health wash over me.

I take good care of myself and my health is very important to me. Why? Because it’s important to my beloved and thus, extremely important to me. I want to live a long life, with MR N, and the only way to secure that is to take care of my body.

How do I take care of my body?

I drink 3 litres of water a day, walk 4 times a week, eat healthy portions, make sure I get at least 7 hours of sleep a night and release stress in productive ways. I listen to my body, too. When it needs to rest, I rest. When it gets ansty for a walk, I walk. When it craves a certain food or drink, I indulge. My body and I are life-long partners and we take care of each other.

Are you taking care of your body? Do you listen to your body? What are some ways you love your body? Share in the comments below.


Friday Book Round-Up: New Year, New You #Books! #amreading #FridayReads #health

Friday Book Round Up


Welcome to this week’s edition of Friday Book Round-Up. Well, it’s a brand-new year and many of us are focusing on being healthier, wealthier and wiser. Many of us have made resolutions and it’s time to put our goals to work. Whether it’s healthy eating, exercising, improving your mind, there’s a book out there to help you. Here’s the books I found this week on Amazon:



The Energy Bus: 10 Rules to Fuel Your Life, Work, and Team with Positive Energy by Jon Gordon (Author), Ken Blanchard (Foreword)

The Energy Bus, an international best seller by Jon Gordon, takes readers on an enlightening and inspiring ride that reveals 10 secrets for approaching life and work with the kind of positive, forward thinking that leads to true accomplishment – at work and at home. Jon infuses this engaging story with keen insights as he provides a powerful roadmap to overcome adversity and bring out the best in yourself and your team. When you get on The Energy Bus, you’ll enjoy the ride of your life!



The 12 Week Year: Get More Done in 12 Weeks than Others Do in 12 Months by Brian P. Moran (Author), Michael Lennington (Author)

The guide to shortening your execution cycle down from one year to twelve weeks


Most organizations and individuals work in the context of annual goals and plans; a twelve-month execution cycle. Instead, The 12 Week Year avoids the pitfalls and low productivity of annualized thinking. This book redefines your “year” to be 12 weeks long. In 12 weeks, there just isn’t enough time to get complacent, and urgency increases and intensifies. The 12 Week Year creates focus and clarity on what matters most and a sense of urgency to do it now. In the end more of the important stuff gets done and the impact on results is profound.


Explains how to leverage the power of a 12 week year to drive improved results in any area of your life

Offers a how-to book for both individuals and organizations seeking to improve their execution effectiveness

Authors are leading experts on execution and implementation


Turn your organization’s idea of a year on its head, and speed your journey to success.



The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation: An Easy-to-Use Guide with Clear Rules, Real-World Examples, and Reproducible Quizzes by Jane Straus (Author), Lester Kaufman (Author), Tom Stern (Author)

A revised and updated new edition of the bestselling workbook and grammar guide


The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation is a concise, entertaining workbook and guide to English grammar, punctuation, and usage. This user-friendly resource includes simple explanations of grammar, punctuation, and usage; scores of helpful examples; dozens of reproducible worksheets; and pre- and post-tests to help teach grammar to students of all ages. Appropriate for virtually any age range, this authoritative guide makes learning English grammar and usage simple and fun. This updated Eleventh Edition reflects the latest updates to English usage and grammar and features a fully revised two-color design and lay-flat binding for easy photocopying.


Clear and concise, easy-to-follow, offering “just the facts”

Fully updated to reflect the latest rules in grammar and usage along with new quizzes

Ideal for students from seventh grade through adulthood in the US and abroad


For anyone who wants to understand the major rules and subtle guidelines of English grammar and usage, The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation offers comprehensive, straightforward instruction.



Healthy Cookbook for Two: 175 Simple, Delicious Recipes to Enjoy Cooking for Two by Rockridge Press (Author)

From the Editors of The New York Times Bestseller, Clean Eating for Beginners



Get the most out of your groceries and discover how easy cooking for two can be with healthy, wholesome recipes that you can quickly pull together after work.



Cooking for two isn’t always easy. That’s why Healthy Cookbook for Two features fast, flavorful recipes using fresh, affordable ingredients that are tailored for your two-person table. From quick yet satisfying weeknight dinners to hearty Sunday brunches to guilt-free desserts, Healthy Cookbook for Two is the go-to cookbook for couples looking to prepare nutritious dishes together.




Collaborate in the kitchen, with:


175 duo-friendly recipes designed to ditch the delivery and limit leftovers


10 need-to-know tips for shopping and cooking for two


Simple side pairing suggestions to complement your meals


Nutritional information accompanying every recipe


Make-ahead meal plans that make cooking for two stress-free




Healthy Cookbook for Two proves that preparing nutritious, couple-sized meals has never been easier—or tastier.


American Heart Association Healthy Slow Cooker Cookbook: 200 Low-Fuss, Good-for-You Recipes by American Heart Association (Author)

Start with healthy ingredients and take delicious meals out of your slow cooker any night of the week.


From appetizers to desserts and everything in between, the 200 recipes in American Heart Association Healthy Slow Cooker Cookbook will surprise you with their variety and depth of flavor. Braised Curry-Rubbed Chicken slow cooks among Middle Eastern spices, including ginger, cumin, cinnamon, and curry, in a pool of citrus juice and honey. Cioppino with White Wine features a saucy tomato base that simmers until scallops, mussels, and bite-size pieces of mild fish are added to finish this hearty fish stew. Vegetables, beans, and beef stew together to make for a mouthwatering rustic Country Cassoulet, and chopped zucchini, tomato, and basil along with bulgur and provolone cheese are packed into Italian Artichoke-Stuffed Bell Peppers that cook until tender. With some easy planning before or after the slow cooking, such as browning meats or boiling water for pasta, you’ll have tasty meals chock full of good nutrition on your kitchen table night after night.


This cookbook includes nineteen full-color photographs as well as information on the benefits of slow cooking and how a slow cooker can help you eat well. The best way to ensure good food comes out of your cooker is to put only good-for-you ingredients into it, and with American Heart Association Healthy Slow Cooker Cookbook, you’ll learn how much your slow cooker can do for you while you’re enjoying a healthy lifestyle.


The slow cooker, America’s favorite kitchen appliance, has become increasingly versatile and sophisticated, and now it can support a heart-smart diet, too. Under the spell of its low heat, lean meats, whole grains, legumes, vegetables, and fruits transform into succulent meals.



Everyday Super Food by Jamie Oliver (Author)

‘Jamie Oliver is great – I’d put him in charge of the country’ Guardian


‘Packed with vitamins, bursting with flavour: irresistible new recipes from Jamie Oliver’ Sunday Times


Jamie’s Everyday Super Food makes eating well exciting, delicious, easy and fun.


No matter how busy you are, you’ll find that healthy eating the Jamie way is both straightforward and achievable, making it super easy to choose exactly the kind of meals that suit you.


The book is divided into breakfasts (up to 400 calories), lunches (up to 600 calories) and dinners (up to 600 calories), and every tasty meal is nutritionally balanced so that any combination over the day will bring you in under your recommended daily allowance of calories (2000 women/2,500 men), allowing you to enjoy snacks and drinks on the side.


‘The healthy recipes that helped Jamie lose two stone’ Sunday Times


You can eat Smoothie Pancakes with Berries, Banana, Yoghurt and Nuts for breakfast, Tasty Fish Tacos with Game-Changing Kiwi, Lime and Chilli Salsa for lunch and Griddled Steak and Peppers with Herby-Jewelled Tabbouleh Rice for dinner, and still be healthy! Whether you dip in and out of it, eat from the book Monday to Friday or use it faithfully every day for a month, it’s totally up to you.


‘Our failsafe foodie of choice’ Sunday Times


In Everyday Super Food, Jamie’s done all the hard work for you – all you need to do is choose a delicious recipe, cook it up and, most importantly, enjoy it.


Every meal in this book is a good choice and will bring you a step closer to a healthier, happier you.




Food, Health, and Happiness: 115 On-Point Recipes for Great Meals and a Better Life by Oprah Winfrey (Author)

Oprah Winfrey will be the first to tell you, she has had a complicated relationship with food. It’s been both a source of delight and comfort for her, but also the cause of an ongoing struggle with her weight. In Food, Health, and Happiness, Oprah shares the recipes that have allowed eating to finally be joyful for her. With dishes created and prepared alongside her favorite chefs, paired with personal essays and memories from Oprah herself, this cookbook offers a candid, behind-the-scenes look into the life (and kitchen!) of one of the most influential and respected celebrities in the world. Delicious, healthy, and easy to prepare, these are the recipes Oprah most loves to make at home and share with friends and family. From simple pleasures like Unfried Chicken and Turkey Chili, to such celebrations of freshness as Tuscan Kale and Apple Salad and Pasta Primavera, this is food as it should be: a taste of happiness, a ritual to be shared, a toast to life.



The Body Book: The Law of Hunger, the Science of Strength, and Other Ways to Love Your Amazing Body by Cameron Diaz (Author)

“The book is fabulous. It’s really spectacular” (Dr. Oz)


“Knowledge is power, and that’s what this book is about.” (Robin Roberts, Good Morning America)


“This book road-mapped for me why I feel better today than I did when I was 20. And it explains to me the importance of strength inside and out.” (Rachael Ray)


“[THE BODY BOOK] is brimming with advice, tips and tricks and useful science that she’s learned along her wellness journey.” (SELF Magazine)


“…Diaz’s message is smart: Your body is the best instrument you’ll ever own.” (Daily Beast)


“Her manual reads a bit like a cross between a science textbook and articles from the Well section of the New York Times your mother sends you, with a dash of a best friend that likes to overshare.” (Jezebel)


“Unlike other celebrities who are out there promoting juicing, fitness or slapping their names on wellness books they didn’t write or could care less about – Cameron is the real deal.” (Access Hollywood)


You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero (Author)

Bestselling author, speaker and world-traveling success coach, Jen Sincero, cuts through the din of the self-help genre with her own verbal meat cleaver in You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life. In this refreshingly blunt how-to guide, Sincero, serves up 27 bite-sized chapters full of hilariously inspiring stories, life-changing insights, easy exercises and the occasional swear word.




Via chapters such as “Your Brain is Your Bitch,” “Fear is for Suckers” and “My Subconscious Made Me Do It,” Sincero takes you on a wild joy ride to your own transformation, helping you create the money, relationships, career and general all around awesomeness you so desire. And should you be one of those people who would rather take a bullet than get busted with a self-help book in your hands, fear not. Sincero, a former skeptic herself, delivers the goods minus the New-Age cheese, giving even the snarkiest of poo-pooers exactly what they need to get out of their ruts and start kicking some ass.


By the end of You Are a Badass, you will understand why you are how you are, how to love what you can’t change, how to change what you don’t love, and how to start living the kind of life you used to be jealous of.




How Successful People Think: Change Your Thinking, Change Your Life by John C. Maxwell (Author)

Gather successful people from all walks of life-what would they have in common? The way they think! Now you can think as they do and revolutionize your work and life!


A Wall Street Journal bestseller, HOW SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE THINK is the perfect, compact read for today’s fast-paced world. America’s leadership expert John C. Maxwell will teach you how to be more creative and when to question popular thinking. You’ll learn how to capture the big picture while focusing your thinking. You’ll find out how to tap into your creative potential, develop shared ideas, and derive lessons from the past to better understand the future. With these eleven keys to more effective thinking, you’ll clearly see the path to personal success.




Have a book to recommend? Share in the comments below. Happy Reading!


MRS N, Book Addict

Forever Fit and Flexible: Feeling Fabulous at 50 and Beyond by @CherylIlov #bookreview #health



Title: Forever Fit and Flexible: Feeling Fabulous at Fifty and Beyond

Author: Cheryl L. Ilov

Genre: Health and Wellness, Fitness, Exercise


Book Blurb:

Do you believe getting older means losing health and vitality?


Here is your path to feeling youthful and vibrant. Imagine starting each day with a spring in your step. Envision liking what you see in the full-length mirror before you get dressed. Now visualize that you can engage in any activity with strength, grace, and confidence.


In Forever Fit and Flexible Cheryl Ilov provides a program that will help you create this and more. Her movement lessons provide the building blocks to better posture, core strength, flexibility, balance, and functional strength. As you develop a solid physical foundation, you will also:


  • eliminate chronic pain

  • improve injury-related mobility issues

  • experience increased energy

  • develop mindful self-awareness and a positive mindset

  • … and much more!


Cheryl Ilov combined her extensive training in Pilates, Feldenkrais, martial arts, and ballet with her MS degree in physical therapy to create this advanced movement program. It was through her personal experience of chronic pain, fatigue, and injuries that she perfected her program and is now dedicated to helping others achieve the best quality of life possible, regardless of age or current level of function.


Forever Fit and Flexible offers you the possibility of living with a new sense of energy and vitality as you move into your fifties, sixties, seventies, and beyond. Once you get moving, you’ll want to keep moving.


My Review:

Many people are looking for ways to improve their health and live longer. Some use medications while others, like myself and Cheryl Ilov use exercise to stay young. Interested? Keep reading…


Forever Fit and Flexible is an approachable, tell-it-like-it-is manual on how to stay young and vibrant, no matter how many birthdays have passed. Using her own experiences and knowledge, Ilov shows us know easy it is. Starting when she was young, Ilov details how she came to become a healthier person. I kept nodding my head as I read because I went through the same thing.


Each chapter lays out how you can stop chronic pain, gain strength, live healthy and be on the road to success. Ilov peppers solid advice and techniques with her own experiences so you know she speaks the truth.


I’ve read a lot of diet/weight-loss/healthy living books in my life but this is the first one where I connected on every level with the author. Forever Fit and Flexible is like having a personal trainer with you without having to deal with judgement and ridicule. I only wish there was illustrations/photos included.


If you’re looking for ways to get rid of chronic pain and show your body who’s boss, get this book! Makes a great gift, too.


Favorite Quote:

“It’s important, therefore, to be mindful of the company you keep. Negative people can weigh you down and even undermine your efforts to be physically, mentally and emotionally healthy.”


My Rating:  4.5 stars


Buy it now:

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Forever-Fit-Flexible-Feeling-Fabulous-ebook/dp/B01IPY60KG

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30901577-forever-fit-and-flexible


Author Biography:

Cheryl Ilov has always been drawn to health and wellness, the biological sciences, and movement arts, including classical ballet. She began her professional life as a respiratory therapist, and after seventeen years of practice, she returned to school and earned her master’s degree in physical therapy in 1996.


Cheryl discovered The Pilates Method in 1983, and once she began working as a physical therapist, she made the connection that Pilates presented a wonderful tool to help people of all ages recover from injuries and illnesses. She immediately began applying the principles of Pilates to her patients to improve their quality of life and level of function. In 1999, she founded Ilov Integrated Arts, specializing in Pilates-based rehabilitation.


Cheryl had her first experience with The Feldenkrais Method® in 2000. She began the required four-year training program to become a Feldenkrais practitioner in February 2006 and graduated in November 2009. During Cheryl’s remarkable journey of learning, healing, and self-discovery, she also discovered a martial art called Ninpo Tai Jutsu. She fell in love with the art and the training as well as the powerful connection between Feldenkrais and martial arts and their incredible healing power.


Cheryl has dedicated her life to helping others achieve the best quality of life possible. Having personally experienced the anxiety of dealing with chronic pain, stress, and fatigue, she also understands the frustration of feeling out of control, gaining weight, and struggling to find a healthy, effective way to recover after devastating injuries. Cheryl has integrated her education, experience, and expertise to develop a program for people, regardless of their age or current level of function. It is her firm belief that anyone can be fit, flexible, healthy, vibrant, and energetic in their fifties, sixties, seventies, and beyond.


Social Media Links:

Website http://ilovintegratedarts.com/

Twitter https://twitter.com/CherylIlov

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/IlovIntegratedArtsLlc/?ref=page_internal


Reviewed by: Mrs. N

Don’t Stop When You’re Tired… #inspiration #motivation #exercise


Are you tired?

I’m tired. This week is the longest one on record and everything seems to take longer. I know I know, I’m burned out and in need of a vacation. The thing is, I’m feeling spent and even the simplest of tasks saps my energy.

When I’m at my weakest, my Light shines brighter. I’m relying on my inner strength and I keep going. It’s times like this that life teaches me valuable lessons.

Don’t stop when you’re tired; stop when you’re done.

No matter how tired you are, keep going! The best is yet to come. In fact, a rest stop is just around the corner. 🙂


Are You Taking Care of Yourself? You Should! #Inspiration #MondayBlogs #Health

taking care of yourself

Photo credit: www.lovingyourselfuniversity.com

For the past few weeks, MR N and I have been battling stress and fatigue. Our  summer vacation is 32 days away and we know we can make it. This past weekend, we pretty much unplugged from the world because we knew our bodies needed rest most of all. So, we listened to our bodies and rested.

Do you listen to your body?

I saw this graphic online and I thought to myself how accurate it was. So many of us chalk up our health as another thing to do on our ever-increasing list of appointments in our planner. It doesn’t quite work that way.

Being healthy is the foundation of life, not an afterthought.

I walk every day and the main reason why I walk has nothing to do with losing weight. I walk to stay healthy. My lung capacity is stronger than most women my age and I’m proud of that fact. I walk because I want to be around for a long time.

Listen to your body. Tune in and get to know your body. See what makes it hum like a beautiful machine. Take care of your body because it’s the only one you get.

Do you have any tips for staying healthy? I’d love to hear from you! Comment in the box below and together we can all be healthy.


Laughter is Cheap Medicine #inspiration #laughter #healthyliving


When was the last time you laughed?  An hour ago?  Yesterday?  Last week?  Last month?

If you don’t remember, then it has been too long!

Laughing is one of the best ways to reduce stress, be healthy and live a happy life.  I love to laugh and I must confess, Twitter is a fabulous place to laugh!  I have a group of friends who I love to laugh with!  We try to outdo each other with funny and comical pics!

So on this holiday (Shrove/Pancake Tuesday), let’s find ways to laugh!

No matter if it is a movie, television show, comedy club or any number of social media outlets…take a moment and laugh!  Your heart, mind and soul will thank you and you will burn 10-40 calories simply by laughing! WHOO HOO!

MRS N, the Laugher 😀

Are You Following the Three R’s? #inspiration #stresstips #MondayBlogs

rejuvenate refresh and recover


We all work hard, pushing our bodies and our minds to the point of exhaustion.  Push our body/mind/spirit over the brink and a breakdown can occur.  The only true solution is to rejuvenate your soul.

January 2016 was a horrible start to the year for us. MR N had a horrible canker sore outbreak in his mouth that took more than three weeks to heal. He couldn’t eat without immense pain and we didn’t know what was wrong. It turned out he’s allergic to goat’s milk. My body decided to attack me in various places and the stress of it all was too much. Both of us felt like Job from the Bible and wanted nothing more than to just give up.

Have you ever had something happen to you that you just wanted to wave the white flag on life?  Have you lost a job, loved one, a home?  Have you had someone end a relationship and you felt totally lost?  Life is filled with disasters and they come when you least expect it.

When life gives you lemons, you need to rejuvenate your body/mind/soul.  How?  That is up to you.

For us, it was the last weekend in January.  We stayed inside, ate great food, listened to our favorite albums, worked on puzzles, watched movies and put our feet up on our solarium.   We centered ourselves and we allowed the weekend to recover, refresh and rejuvenate us.

A healthy you is one that has a healthy body, mind and soul.  When you start to feel unwell, take notice and then do whatever you need to do to rejuvenate your soul.  A rejuvenated soul is one that is ready to shine!

What do you do to rejuvenate yourself? Share in the comments below. 

Celebrate Life’s Big Moments (Both Good and Bad) #inspiration #motivation

celebrate life


When a big moment happens in your life, do you celebrate it?

We do and let me tell you why.  Life is filled with big moments, both good and bad, and if you take notice and celebrate, you will feel gratitude.  Take notice of what I just said.  Celebrate both the good and bad.

Less than four weeks ago, I had a bad big moment when MR N was struck with an outbreak of canker sores. He couldn’t eat without excruciating pain.   I went from my normal life to being scared to death. I prayed like I have never prayed before.

Please Lord, let it not be the C word. Please Lord, heal him. I’m begging you.

Today, MR N is healthy and the canker sores are gone. I look back on that this morning and I thank God for getting us through such a low time.

Celebrate all life’s moments!!!  It is the key to living a happy life and you will be filled with such gratitude! 🙂


Gratitude A to Z: H is for Health #gratitude #inspirationalthought #healthyliving


Health is one of the most prized possessions in the world. Ask any elderly person what they are thankful for and many of them will say it’s their health.

I remember when I was young I didn’t care about my health. But as I grow older every year, I am so thankful for my health. I’ve had a few health scares but continue to be healthy. I walk every day, no matter the weather, and continue to grow stronger.

Money is good for retirement but is useless if you’re bedridden due to health issues. True wealth is your health. Take care of your body and it will take care of you!

Today, I am thankful for my health!

Be healthy, my friends!