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


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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.

MRS N

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


being healthy

 

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!

 

MRS N

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


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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!

MRS N

#ThursdayThoughts: Celebrate Your Love of the Outdoors #love #inspiration


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In the Sunshine

This morning I was struck by a sight unseen

Joelle walking in the sunshine

So beautiful

Like out of a dream.

Your glasses

Your smile

Your hair just so

I was amazed by your beauty

By the ability to love you even more.

You are so beautiful

‘Tis you I adore

I love you my angel

More now

Forever more.

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

 

 

Today we’re going to talk about love of the outdoors.

I love being outside. I think it stems from my nature walks I used to take with my mom. We didn’t have a lot of money when I was young but that didn’t stop us from having grand adventures.

Every Saturday morning, we’d head out to the library. We’d spend most of the morning reading books and deciding which books to check out. In the afternoon, if the weather allowed us, we’d go for a nature hike. We’d listen to the birds singing, try to identify various flowers and trees, explore new paths and have a terrific time. She’d teach me about the importance of nature and the world around us.

Those memories molded me into the nature-loving person I am today. Every morning, I go outdoors for my walk. When my to-do list is overwhelming and work’s stressing me out, a walk outside helps center myself. I watch the leaves rustle in the breeze, listen to the birds singing and become one with nature.

Do you have a favorite activity you love doing outdoors? I’d love to hear so share in the comments below.

No matter what you have going on today, take a moment or two and get outside. Go for a walk or take a bike ride. Commune with nature and give thanks for the beauty of the outdoors.

MRS N

100 Insanely Good Recipes for Clean Food Made Fresh @ChefSamTalbot #bookreview #diabetes


100-real

 

Title: 100% Real: 100 Insanely Good Recipes for Clean Food Made Fresh

Author: Sam Talbot

Genre: Health, Mind & Body, Cooking, Food & Wine

 

Book Blurb:

Celebrated chef and healthy-living expert Sam Talbot shows us how to make wildly delicious, nourishing food–using healthy, wholesome ingredients.

 

Bursting with 100 whole-food recipes and down-to-earth advice about clean eating, this cookbook proves that eating 100% real food is an enjoyable choice you can make every day. Chef Sam Talbot’s nourishing dishes are overflowing with natural flavor and free of processed ingredients, questionable additives, sweeteners, or preservatives.

 

Packed with vibrant personality and more than 150 photos, this cookbook is a real-world guide to un-junking what we feed ourselves and our children. Sam explains how to find seasonal ingredients and offers tips on stocking your pantry with game changing ingredients, like coconut oil and chickpea flour.

 

Forget fat-free, low sodium, zero trans-fat, and the like–the hottest new food claim is not needing a claim at all. Eat. Real. Food.

 

My Review:

It’s time to get back to real food and Chef Sam Talbot has created an essential guidebook to help both professional and home cooks get 100% real. I was drawn to this book by the title first and then by Chef Sam’s story. He’s a Type 1 Diabetic and a fan-favorite from Bravo’s Top Chef. He knows food and knows what it means to pay close attention to what he puts on the plate. His philosophy is simple: strike a balance between what’s healthy for you and what you enjoy eating.

 

His five steps to keeping it real reaffirmed to me I’m 100% real. Check it out:

  • Eat plants and greens for real
  • Cook at home at least three times a week
  • Don’t eat fabricated or super processed food
  • Focus on FFP (Fat, Fiber and Protein Super Trio)
  • Find the fun in food; don’t be a judgemental jerk

 

Chef Sam then gives you some helpful tips on revamping your pantry, fridge and freezer. I related to this part because it wasn’t until I married a Chef (who’s now retired) that I understood how crucial it was to have a fully stocked pantry, including nuts, herbs and grains. This allows creativity in your food prep and you’re not having to go to the store every day. Herbs can turn an ordinary dish into the sublime.

 

The rest of his book is chockful of delicious, healthy recipes for every meal. I’ve tried a few and here are my favorites:

 

  • Ripe banana and dark chocolate pancakes with maple syrup and coconut cream
  • White bean and cilantro hummus
  • Mini falafel pocket sandwiches
  • Savory corn cake fritters
  • Sweet and spicy pork on coconut rice
  • Apples foster with coconut and whisky caramel

 

I highly recommend this cookbook, even if you don’t have diabetes in your family. It’s time to get real about food and support our local farmers. It’s a win-win all around!

 

Disclaimer: I received an ARC from Oxmoor House (Time Inc. Books) via Netgalley in the hopes I’d review it.

 

My Rating:  5 +stars

 

Buy it now:

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/100-Real-Insanely-Recipes-Clean-ebook/dp/B01NBKBUZG

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31423318-100-real

 

Author Biography:

Sam Talbot is a chef, author, philanthropist and TV personality. A fan-favorite on Bravo’s Top Chef, Talbot was the founding Executive Chef of the Surf Lodge in Montauk, NY and Imperial No. Nine at the Mondrian SoHo. He is the chef and owner of Pretty Southern restaurant in Brooklyn, NY and a co-founder of Beyond Type 1, a non-profit organization focusing on the diabetes community.

 

Social Media Links:

Website: http://www.samtalbot.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ChefSamTalbot?lang=en

Publisher Facebook Time Inc. Books Facebook

Publisher Twitter Time Inc. Books Twitter

 

Reviewed by: Mrs. N

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.

MRS N

I’m so Grateful #MondayBlogs #gratitude #inspiration


happiness equals gratitude

Happy Gratitude Week!

In America, this Thursday is Thanksgiving and I’m so grateful for everything.

I’m grateful for being alive. Friday was one of the worst days of my life and due to health circumstances, I almost died. I went out to the grocery store and I had a nosebleed that wouldn’t stop. It was the scariest things I’ve ever experienced and I wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy. Thank you all for the prayers and I’m so blessed to be alive.

I’m grateful for my  husband, the love of my life and protector of all things pertaining to me. He took care of me, loved me and got down on his knees and prayed for my life. His unconditional love got me through this and I love him so much!

I’m grateful for my friends (both online and in person) who were so concerned for me. Thank you for your friendship and for caring for me.

I’m grateful to every follower I have. You’re so special to me and I really appreciate you. 

What are you grateful for?

No matter where you live, take a moment and give thanks for all you have. We’re all truly blessed!

❤ MRS N ❤

8 Ways to Prevent Stress at Work #inspiration #stress #healthy


Photo Credit: www.massageenvy.com
Photo Credit: http://www.massageenvy.com

We all have stress and the number one question I get asked is this: how do I deal with stress at work?

My grandfather’s voice echos in my head.

“Prevention is the best cure, especially when it comes to stress.”

He’s a wise man and he knows what he’s talking about. After working as a high school teacher for over twenty years, he retired and started a janitorial business. He built it from the ground up and was very successful.

Stressful situations happen to each of us and how we handle it determines if stress comes pouring out of us. I like the graphic above and my favorite way to prevent stress is to go for a walk. Getting outside for a breath of fresh air does wonders for my mental well-being.

Have you tried any of the above to prevent stress? If so, what’s your favorite way to prevent stress at work?

Share in the comments below.

Preventing stress at work leads to a healthier person, both physically and mentally.

MRS N

The Healing Body is a Miracle #gratitude #inspiration #health


healing body

Hello everyone, I am back among the living! I had major dental surgery on Monday and have been recuperating ever since. While I was laying in bed, my body took over and I witnessed the magical miracle of health. My body rushed endorphins to my mouth and jaw. While I slept, it restored the nerves and bones. All areas of my body worked together to heal me.

Our bodies are a team of miracle workers working together better than a staff of hospital workers. Our bodies know exactly what we need to heal and then works round the clock to make it happen. It’s amazing!

Many times, we take our health and body for granted. It’s just there. But in times of sickness or injury, we acknowledge how miraculous it really is!

Are you paying attention to your body?

Listen to your body and be thankful for it! Being healthy is one of the most important things in this world!

Your body hold deep wisdom. Trust in it. Learn from it. Nourish it. And watch your life transform and be healthy.

MRS N

Listen to Your Body and Rest When Needed #health #inspiration #lifelessons


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Photo credit: www.lovingyourselfuniversity.com

**My apologies for not being online yesterday. I was in bed sick with a bad cold. I’m feeling more like myself today.**

For the past week, MR N and I have been battling a wicked cold. We took some medication starting on Monday that only appeared to  drug us. So yesterday, we listened to our bodies and took a sick day. We slept, coughed, slept and tried to eat something. Our bodies needed the 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 am 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.

MRS N

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


Health

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!

MRS N