Enjoy The View

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I just made the above photo my desktop photo. It’s my virtual view, because, even in Michigan, a white Christmas possibility keeps dwindling. We’re all on the slippery slope to Christmas Day and I’d like to challenge you to slow down and enjoy the view.

Maybe your view is Tuscany, maybe it’s another day of laundry, work deadlines, or overwhelm.

Find the good in every thing.

Don’t let the mundane take you down.

Take a look at your schedule and rearrange and readjust until you see some good.

Change your mindset to see the beauty in your view.

Think of others and brighten their day.

Look through old photos and reminisce.

Write a letter of encouragement to yourself.

Dream about future adventures.

Plate your dinner and change your screensaver.

Don’t let yesterday’s choices affect today’s possibilities.

Live intentionally. Make smart decisions. You can do this.

There is beauty everywhere, find yours today.

Now's The Time

Stay with me now. January 1 will be here before you know it, and everybody will jump on the “lose weight” bandwagon. And I mean EVERYBODY. Don’t be one of them. Do it now. Stay on course or get on track. Today is the day!

I was going to title this post, “Deck The Halls,” but I couldn’t really see us repeating those words all day or week long to help us get healthy. Besides, I’m positive most of us have already hauled out the holly and the halls have been decked for a few weeks, now.

Now’s NOT the time for Christmas decorating. That time has passed.

Now’s the time for making memories and cookies (to give away).

Now’s the time for cozy evenings, gathered ‘round the hearth with family and friends.

Now’s the time for planning and preparing healthy recipes and ways to get thru the season without overindulging.

There is coming a time when it’s too late to send out those Christmas packages (Dec 14 according to the USPS) and make that final Amazon order (Dec 17 for Standard shipping Prime according to Amazon)

This week, while doing what needs to be done…repeat these Three Little Words to yourself.

  • Now’s the time to stay on track.

  • Now’s the time to eat whole foods.

  • Now’s the time to start over.

  • Now’s the time to pass on the empty calories.

  • Now’s the time to make a festive dark green salad with some wine red cranberries.

  • Now’s the time to drink more water than wine.

  • Now’s the time to forgive yourself for eating that sugar cookie, having one too many adult drinks, and letting the conversation turn to politics. Ooooops, did I say that outloud?

Now’s the time.

Fast away the old year passes.

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See Ya Tomorrow

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When my daughter traveled the world with “The Young Americans” we coined the phrase, See ya tomorrow. It did not matter if she skyped from across the globe, we ended our conversations with, See ya tomorrow.

In today’s world you can take this literally. Google the world’s longest flights. Within 24 hours, one can fly almost anywhere in the world, depending upon connections.

As I began an Advent reading in She Reads Truth I discovered the “O Antiphons.” These are seven prayers based on biblical prophecies about Jesus. Each prayer begins by addressing Jesus with one of the titles used for Him in Scripture. When read in reverse, the first letters of each of these Latin titles spell “ero cras” which means “Tomorrow I will come.”

Even tho, we’ve lost some of the meaning and traditions (I did not know about the “O Antiphons” until this morning) this season is all about relationships and the anticipation of reuniting, gift giving, and reminiscing.

We’ll book flights and take the shortest route over the river and through the woods.

We’ll put on our santa hats and wait at baggage claim while keeping an eye on the stars and rooftops.

We’ll stay up way too late wrapping presents which will take a nano second to tear open.

We’ll exchange gifts, keep the receipts and roast the chestnuts.

We’ll trim the tree and sweep up tannenbaum needles.

We’ll tell all the old stories on the mountain, over the hills and everywhere.

A hush will fall over the earth and the bells will peal more loud and deep.

God is not dead, nor does He sleep!

With all the partying, shopping, reunions, eating and stressing, let’s remember the Reason for the season and tune our hearts and souls to others and most importantly, to the baby who was born to die, so that, we could live.

As I write this post, I’m not sure how I will draw weight loss conclusions, but the tagline reads Grandmas Getting Healthy mind, body, and soul. So stay close and follow along, because I’ll …

See Ya Tomorrow.

For unto us a child is born, unto us a Son is given, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” ~ The Old Testament

Do One Thing

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I went for a walk yesterday in my small town hometown. When I started out, I noticed several families on their porches and yards untangling light strands and getting ready to decorate for the season. For some people it’s an all day tradition. As with any project or task you start out by doing one thing. You can’t just throw the lights up on the porch willy nilly. You must do the do. Untangle. Replace bulbs. Measure out. Wrap around.

Do one thing.

I did some early decorating before heading down to help my parents … It was cold and I used the basement as my work station to separate all the lights, wrap them in the garland and attach the red bows. Then I bundled up to wrap the new porch columns and call it Christmas, because what goes up must come down. I took my “Do One Thing” advice literally.

Today, I debated not taking my walk. The temperature was 10 degrees cooler than yesterday. The sun was not out. The wind had picked up and the weather app notified me that “Bruce” was on the way. So I grabbed my winter coat and headed out the door.

Do one thing.

I’ve cut out wine. Yup. I’m not saying I’ll never have another glass but what I did was stop drinking one (or two) every day.

Do one thing.

I’m writing a book, because one thing I know for sure, a book cannot write itself. I am writing/tweaking a chapter a week, so I’ll let you know when preorders are available.

Do one thing.

I’m limiting my carbs. You know, I know, we all know… we eat too many carbs. I am not going crazy here, just cutting out a potato, some rice, and mainly the bread.

Do one thing.

Is your task at hand overwhelming? Do you get discouraged in your weight loss journey? Have you given up? Today…

Do one thing.

When I finished my walk today, some displays were already twinkling in the almost dusk afternoon hours and I’ve already had two out of three kids send me a photo of their decorated tree.

“Is your house on fire, Clark?  No, Aunt Bethany, those are the Christmas lights.” ~ A Christmas Vacation

Tune My Heart

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I love music. Especially Christmas music, namely, Christmas carols. Not to mention, hymns. {One of} my favorite hymns, is “Come Thou Fount” which features today’s blog post title. {Listen below}

Come thou fount of every blessing
Tune my heart to sing your praise …

Three more little words in this song haunt me: “Prone To Wander” and I’m preaching to the choir today.

I may need this post more than most, so going to go with the “my” pronoun.

Tune in today.

Fast and pray.

Guard my heart.

Listen to the small still voice.

Stay on track.

Play music.

Feel the feels.

Live in the moment.

Feed my soul. Now reading She Reads Truth

Encourage someone.

Tune up time.






Start Your Engines

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There are so many messages.

The latest fad diets can send you down unhealthy rabbit trails.

If it sounds too good to be true, I will click on it.

Self-help gurus are everywhere.

Ted Talks. Too Much.

This is what I know, for sure (about dieting, anyway). Don’t do it. A “diet” takes away food … and therefore nutrition.

We need to add nutrition to lose weight and stay healthy. So, in keeping with my “Three Little Words” mantra:

  1. Protein is key.

  2. Carbs are fuel.

  3. Drink more water.

  4. Fruits and Vegetables.

  5. Oils are essential.

  6. Serving size matters.

  7. Walk it out.

  8. Pace your race.

  9. I can help.

I could go on and on, and I will, but for today give these TLW’s top priority. Start your engines.

Get started somewhere. I encourage you to up your protein. Did you know you should have 20-40 grams of protein every 3 to 4 hours … all day. I listened to this podcast yesterday and sketched out a protein pacing regime which is actually quite simple and doable. Start packing in the protein!

I’m such a fan of simple … it’s why I LOVE my Isagenix. I feel better…mind, body, and soul. I let Isagenix do the heavy lifting and the research. Ya gotta trust some things to the experts. What has sold me is the mental clarity, convenience, and weight loss! In that order! Knowing and sticking to the plan has freed my time to concentrate on my soul goals.

I’m not going to stalk you or turn every conversation to weight loss, but wanted to share this part of my story today. Take it and do with it what you will.


Ladies and gentlemen … start your engines.

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.” Hebrews 12 ~ The New Testament

Moving Right Along

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I was hoping to jump on here on September 1 and do my traditional "Happy New Year" post. (As a mom, I felt September 1 vs. January 1 was the first of the year) but instead, I went on a 15-day Monument Valley, Disneyland, Wedding, and National Park vacation.

We hiked almost 75 miles. We danced at a wedding. We saw glorious sunsets and quiet sunrises. We rode roller coasters and virtually soared across the world at Disneyland. We stayed at mostly Airbnb's and dined at "Mom & Pop" restaurants.  We drank in the indescribable scenery. And we slept on the Navajo Indian Reservation. I will eventually post photos but for now, enjoy this "Forrest Gump Point" photo from Monument Valley and let these "Three Little Words" guide your footsteps today.

Move right along when the negative thoughts overwhelm you.

Move right along out of the kitchen.

Move right along and link arms with family and friends.

Moving right along causes momentum. 

Move right along and you'll get to where you want to go.

Move right along there's so much to see.

Move right along, because the journey IS the destination. 

Moving right along into the next season.

Move right along and live your dreams.

Moving right along, until we meet again.

Plain And Simple

Gonna shoot straight with you today and let the potato chips fall where they may.

Plain and simple ~ If not now, when?

Plain and simple ~ Take care of yourself.

Plain and simple ~ Stop emotional eating.

Plain and simple ~ Enough is enough.

Plain and simple ~ One can hardly get needed nutrition in today's grocery stores.

Plain and simple ~ You are what you eat.

Plain and simple ~ Practice The Golden Rule.

Plain and simple ~ Change is inevitable.

Plain and simple ~ Put down the phone.

Plain and simple ~ Become your own best friend.

Plain and simple ~ Tend to your soul.

Plain and simple ~ Have a nice day.

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It's Go Time

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You can say these Three Little Words

You can say them here

You can say them there

You can say them anywhere.

But there's more. You can't just "say" these words. You have to live them. You live them here, you live them there, you live them anywhere.

You can live them in a tent

You can live them with a friend... 

Ok, enough of my Dr. Suessness ...☺️

But seriously, it's go time. Where do you want to be on Sept 1? 

Last year, around this time, I had the responsibility of helping my parents move from their farm to a small house in town (including one final event in the party shed...more on that in another post). This was not your normal move. It consisted of 2 families, 2 houses, 2 garages, 2 attics, 4 barns, 3 acres of accumulation, hundreds of heirlooms, and thousands of memories.

It was go time from April to November. Sometimes I would tell myself, "Just do one thing today!"

Somedays, I walked around in a daze, trying to feel the feels, organize, pack, and reminisce all at once. Trust me, I'm not a multitasker.

Somedays, the weight of everything involved overwhelmed me.

But most days, I pushed on. It was go time. 

Again, I ask you...

Don't like your situation? Go do something, even one thing, to change your circumstances.

Want to move? Pack a box.

Wanna travel? Make a reservation.

Tired of being tired? Go to bed earlier and/or take a nap. Give yourself a break and stop racing rats.

Need some new friends in your life? Reach out.

Stressed? Go for a walk.

Unhealthy? Change your diet.

  •  Time to go.
  • Get up and go.
  • Make a decision and go with it.
  • Keep going.
  • Go for it.
  • Go after your dream.
  • Go the extra mile.
  • Go.

 

I Need Less

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In keeping with my keep-these-three-little-words-front-and-center-today blog update guidelines, I will use "I" as my personal pronoun today instead of "you".

But you do need less, too.

Ok, let's use "we."

We need less in our lives. Less is more. 

I'm starting to shop and pack for our trip out west in less than a month. I do not want to buy or take one thing I don't use. I'm scouring Pinterest for packing ideas.

I'm mixin' and matching clothes to wear to a wedding, national parks, Disneyland, hiking, and swimming.

We'll be staying in Airbnb's, some mom and pop motels, and a teepee, so I'll need to have along my shakes, a coffee press, and minibar sized wines. 

Our itinerary is jam-packed, but I don't want to have to sit on my suitcase to get it shut.

So I've been obsessing over these three little words, not just with packing, but in a few other areas of my life. 

I need less empty calories.

I need less Amazon, Facebook, Instagram, Netflix, and TJMaxx.

I need less of me and more of others.

I need less busyness.

I need less fake and bad news.

I need less tchotchkes, and mind clutter.

I need less negativity.

I need less misunderstanding.

I need less information about celebrities.

Let these "three little words" stay in the forefront of your thinking today. 

What do you need less of?

Create A Legacy

Time to stop and smell the flowers/coffee/wine! It's almost middle summer. It is! I heard the cicadas singing already, the stars are ready to play baseball, and the dogs are having their days.

Keep eating healthy food, plan a trip, exercise, stay in school, and drink your milk/water! But make sure you're making lasting memories along the way.

I'm fixin' to start Instagram Stories, but I've been telling stories for years over at www.greybarnstories.blogspot.com

See you soon, with more Three Little Words posts.

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Walk With Me

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June 12  Daily Reading in Sarah Young's "Jesus Calling"

"Let Me help you get through this day. There are many possible paths to travel between your getting up in the morning  and your lying down at night. Stay alert to the many choice-points along the way, being continually aware of My Presence. You will get through this day one way or the other. One way is to man and groan, stumbling along with shuffling feet. This will get you to the end of the day eventually, but there is a better way. You can choose to walk with Me along the path of Peace, leaning on Me as much as you need. There will still be difficulties along the way, but you can face them confidently in My strength. Thank Me for each problem you encounter, and watch to see how I transform trials into blessings."

Give it a go.

Walk with Him.

Plan A Trip

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Do you believe the telemarketer call which begins, "I'm not trying to sell you anything?" Yup, me neither.

I AM trying to sell you something. There, I said it. I'm passionate about health and travel, and I'm fixin' to sell you on this idea, as well.  I want to be your go-to gal for these 3 little words. "Plan A Trip" Here are some destinations I can help with:

  • Walt Disney World Resort

  • All Disney World Resort hotels & good neighbor hotels

  • Disneyland Resort

  • Disneyland Resort hotels & good neighbor hotels

  • Disney Cruise Line

  • Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa

  • Adventures by Disney on six continents

  • Universal Studios (Orlando & Hollywood)

  • Sandals & Beaches Resorts

  • Royal Caribbean Cruise Line

  • Princess Cruise Line

  • All Inclusive Caribbean Vacations

  • European River Cruises

My services are free. 

You can plan as far out as October 2019 or spontaneously book a Disney trip, yet this summer...with or without kids or grandkids.

These 3 little words can help you achieve your health goals, too! Get a cruise (or any trip) on the books and then let's get started getting healthier, dropping some lbs, and packing on some muscle.

I help generational families experience the wonderful world of Disney travel and I'm passionate about mentoring parents and grandparents in the art of travel and healthy aging.

Join me on facebook at Grandmas Getting Healthy and now at Grandma Does Disney

And over on Instagram at Grandmas Getting Healthy and now at Grandma Does Disney

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Kid At Heart

Lessons learned from Lucy.

Finally got my granddaughter down for a nap after a wonderful morning of make-believe, playing house, singing, dancing and basically anything she asked me to do ... (Lucy says, "Grandma, you be her, and I'll be her" when she wants to play with Anna & Elsa).

Don't take yourself too seriously.

Get down on the floor and play.

Go outside. Everday.

Have a couple of animal crackers.

Plan a trip to Disney.

Watch Toy Story.

Donate to "Make A Wish"

Move like a toddler... I dare you to try this for 1 hour. Check with your doctor first.

Eat dinner like a picky child. 

Don't just 'get in' the pool...do a cannonball.

Build something out of legos.

Be a kid again.

You be her.

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Stretch To Grow

"Stretching leads to growth. Growth is frequently painful. But growth is the only evidence of life." ~ John Henry Newman

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While reading about the physical therapy a young boy went thru after being burned over 100% of his body, I literally became overwhelmed physically. As he described his own pain/tears and the pain/tears of his therapists I became overwhelmed emotionally.

Here's a quote from his book about the motivation and lessons learned from physical therapy:

The therapists knew that stretching is never easy. It's unwanted. It's painful. It's hard on all parties involved and in all facets of life. It's not pleasant to be stretched and it's not pleasurable to stretch others. Yet the pain of today unveils the possibility of tomorrow.

Highly recommend another "one sitting" book = "On Fire" by John O'Leary.

Stretch yourself today. Repeat these 🍏Three Little Words🍏 all day ... while eating, while resting, while talking, while listening, while exercising and while doing nothing and everything.

Stretch your muscles and your mind.

Stretch your limits.

Stretch your heart.

Stretch out your walk.

Stretch your soul and your smile.

It's the only way to grow.

Grandma's Starting Over

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It's ok to begin again.  I've lost over 30 lbs and 30 inches since beginning my "Grandmas Getting Healthy" journey in 2016. Then I stalled, got frustrated with myself and pretty much rode on my laurels for longer than I want to admit. I did work hard for every pound and every inch, only to realize it's pretty much a mind game. I need to get my head back in the game.

I've identified a couple of food situations that I CAN control.

a. too much wine

b. not enough water

Hmmmmmmm. Both "Three Little Words" I coulda used to name this post. But I can not lay all the blame on happy hour.

I've also figured out I have a couple of mind issues I need to deal with, as well.

a. stop looking back

b. think positive thoughts

And then there is my soul. Once again, 'three little words' and a couple of areas which need my attention.

a. search my soul

b. feed it daily

I recommit to begin again. Grandmas getting healthy, for the love of mind, body, and soul.

Grandma's starting over.

Care to join me?

 

Meant To Be

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Some things are meant to be. If that's true, then we must conclude, some things are not meant to be?

I met a delightful new friend, yesterday. I simply meandered down the road and noticed a gal out looking at a trailer for sale. I introduced myself and did a 30-second commercial on our trailer park. 

We talked for over an hour, exchanged numbers, and vowed to stay connected whether or not she buys in our park.

I believe our encounter was meant to be.

I read a study recently (can't remember where but I swear I'm not making this up) that went something like this;

It was a 20 year study on how long these groups of 60-80 year old people lived and the study compared the following components (there were more healthy living components but these were the key ones)

  • Never smoked
  • Exercised regularly
  • Ate well-balanced nutritious meals
  • Strongly connected with family & friends

You can guess where I'm going with this. The group that stayed STRONGLY connected with family and friends lived the longest.

I encourage you to find your "meant to be" moment(s) today. 

We were meant for community.

We were meant to be connected with others.

We were meant to be.

 

 

Rock 'N Roll

Life surely does not go always as expected. You can take that to the bank. 

We've had quite a January. We've been sick, we've been inside, we've been party planners, we've been taxi drivers, we've been Airbnb property managers and cleaning services, we've been iChatting, we've been walking, we've been eating healthy and taking names.

We've not been going to the pool or beach, we've not been reading or relaxing, we've not been sitting at the beach sipping margaritas. But we're hoping to fix that here shortly.

It's tempting to look at tickets to some of our favorites:. 

James Taylor and Bonnie Raitt coming this summer to Grand Rapids.

The Eagles with Vince Gill in Orlando this spring. 

I think we'll download some tunes or turn on Pandora... pour a nice glass of red ... and sit on the porch as much as we can for the month of February. 

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Figure It Out

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Remember the vintage Atari video game called Pong? I was terrible at that game. I could never figure out where to position my rectangle to hit the dang circle.

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Same goes with ping pong. Or as Grandpa calls it Table Tennis... did you know it's an olympic sport? If I could just figure out where that little white ball was going to go, I'd maybe ... on a good day ... be able to score against Grandpa!  

Today we'll watch the NHL All-Star game. It's being played at Amelie Arena in Tampa and we thought about it, but then we thought again. We'll have better seats at Palm Village.

Hockey is another sport where you have to figure out ahead of time where the puck is going and when to get there.

I am of the persuasion that one can lose weight on any program ... but you have to figure it out.  Some are harder than others. Some are healthier than others. Some are a mind game. Some are  spiritual. Some depend on community

Honestly, I believe you can lose weight abiding by "Three Little Words" hence my blog title. I've posted over 75 "Three Word" posts and yesterday, I realized I duplicated "Take A Break" so I changed it to "Rest And Relaxation" and then I realized I had already duplicated "R & R" earlier.  

I guess a day of rest is pretty important!  

Use today to figure it out. Plan and prepare for the week. Pinterest some healthy recipes for next Sunday (Super Bowl). Get your mind in the game.

You've got this.

"A good hockey player plays where the puck is ... a great hockey player skates to where the puck is going to be!!" ~ Wayne Gretzy