Donating and Volunteering – Avon Walk for Breast Cancer

I am a big advocate of volunteering, donating and generally giving back to the global community in whatever way I can. Anytime I can pair up something I already do, like shop, with something that provides for someone in need, I try to.  Can't get much easier than that. Sometimes it feels a little self serving, like the other day when I got an additional percentage off my purchase at Macy's for donating $9 which would buy books for kids in need. The amount I got off my purchase was way more than … [Read more...]

Guest Post – Maintaining Fitness While Battling Cancer

  Melanie Bowen recently approached me about writing a guest post for my blog.  I was honored that she wanted to provide content for my blog and delighted when I found out the topic of the post. Maintaining good fitness level will not cure cancer, but it may relieve some of the symptoms associated with it.  Cancer survivors who engage in an appropriate level of exercise have a higher quality of life, increased energy level and the strength needed to get through a very difficult period … [Read more...]

30 Day Challenge-Be Active

I have been trying to lose weight for the last several years. I am slowly headed in the right direction, but at a snail's pace. In the past I have been most successful at loosing weight when my activity level was consistently high (like when I was training for marathons). During these times I did little else in my free time except train, but I was in the best shape of my life. I want to get my fitness level back up and my weight down a bit, but I don't want to spend all of my free time working … [Read more...]

Teachable Moment Lost

Once upon a time there was a 10 year old girl who attended 5th grade at an elementary school in Southern California. At her school they taught 4th 5th and 6th grade students the concept of entrepreneurship. Each year they held several events promoting entrepreneurship. Students created businesses and worked with a token economy. At the end of the year, they could trade the tokens they "earned" for prizes. This particular 10 year old girl and her friends were quite industrious. They created … [Read more...]

BeFit Go 40 Minute Total Body Strength Mobile Workout – LionsGate Entertainment

How about a link to another workout?  This one is 40 minutes long and is a full body workout. Again compliments of LionsGate Entertainment.  See what you think.  It is called the 40 Minute Total Body Strength Mobile Workout Circuit 1. Here are a few reasons to try this longer total bodyworkout: 1.              Ideal for Fat Loss For people looking for fat loss, a full body workout is ideal for losing weight.  By elevating your heart rate while building strength and lean muscle tone, … [Read more...]

Got Stress? So What Are You Going to Do About It? Part 3

So - what exactly is "stress"? Glad you asked. Stress is the natural reaction of the body to any demand placed upon it. These demands can be either physical (like running from a dangerous situation) or psychological (deadlines, worry, embarrassment, etc). At some point in the history of man the pendulum shifted from major stressors being those that were physical (running from a saber tooth tiger) to psychological (dealing with the demands of a promotion at work). Stress can be caused by … [Read more...]

The Wide World of Podcasts

I like to make the best possible use of time  because, I never seem to have enough time to do everything I want to do. Naturally finding as much time to do things I enjoy is a challenge I happily accept. I recently lost my carpool buddy when she moved out of the area. I now spend at least five hours a week alone in my car. That is WAY more time than I should be left alone with my thoughts. You cannot imagine the trouble I can dream up in an hour if left to my own devices. I love music (music … [Read more...]

Got Stress? So What Are You Going to Do About It? Part 2

If you are like me, stress manifests itself in physical ways. Even if I don't cognitively realize I am stressed out, my body knows.  My shoulders draw up and the muscles in my upper back and neck contract.  Next comes the headache.  I am prone to migraines.  Stress may not trigger a migraine, but it certainly can add fuel to the fire. Pain certainly doesn't help anyone's stress level. I find therapeutic massage to be very helpful in managing and reducing the physical manifestations of stress. I … [Read more...]

Got Stress? So What Are You Going to Do About It?

Everyone has stress and if we don't manage our stress it can get the better of us. Stress can cause headaches, sleep problems, stomach issues, fatigue, changes in sex drive, anxiety, lack of motivation, irritability, sadness, anger, physical illness, loss of focus...the list goes on and on. We all have a choice of how to deal with our stress. We can choose to deal with it in unhealthy ways such as overeating, substance abuse, and/or social isolation/withdrawal; however, these things will not … [Read more...]

Happy 83rd Birthday Dad!

Tomorrow is my Dad's birthday.  He was born in 1930.  The President of the United States was Herbert Hoover;   the Chrysler Building was completed in New York City; sliced bread went on sale for the first time in England; the average cost of a new house was $7,145.00; the average wages per year  was $1,970.00; the cost of a gallon of gas was 10 cents; the average cost for house rent  was $15.00 per month; a loaf of bread cost 9 cents , a pound of hamburger meat cost 13 cents; and a Pontiac Big … [Read more...]