After The Storm

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We've been watching and waiting as Hurricane Irma has pummled islands in the Caribbean, Cuba, and Florida.

And today happens to be 9/11. {Happy birthday to Grandpa of Grandmas Getting Healthy}

Into everyone's life the storms will come. Some will be stronger and more devastating than others. But all storms have one thing in common ... they will come. Some will sneak up on you with no warning signals like 9/11.  But some will have 10 day warnings like Irma. 

Prepare

Evacuate

Hunker Down

Shelter in Place

Assess the damage

Clean up

The storms will not always be mother nature related. Disease, death, depression can sneak up on you or come out of nowhere and change life in an instant. 

We can find ourselves wallowing in the aftermath. This is where our choice lies.

Storms can and most always are a wake-up call. 

Where do you find yourself in the above mentioned storm category? I'm in "Clean Up" mode. I've been working it out quite successfully for one year. Have I had and will you have set-backs? 

Yes! A resounding yes. Damn you Irma and KFC.

But the stress eating was my choice ... and today I choose to get back in clean-up mode.

What you do after the storm is essential to your success. Maybe you've evacuated (checked out), maybe you're hunkered down or sheltered in place (no movement or momentum) ... or maybe you're assessing the damage (resolving and researching a plan). 

The storm will eventually be over, what will you do ...

...after the storm?

 

Help Yourself First

Sounds selfish doesn't it?

It's not.

When you get seated on the airplane and the flight attendants begin their spiel ... who do they say you should help first, with their oxygen masks? The elderly? Small children? Your seat partner?

They tell YOU to put your mask on FIRST.  You can't help others if you're passed out.

When our children were young, we had some friends who had serious struggles with their own adolescent children. Who doesn't? They were smart people who were involved in their church, their community, their business, and quite active socially. Often times they would come to us for advice on their wayward kiddos. Our strongest suggestion was put your blinders on to everything else except concentrating on getting thru the struggle with your family. Give up some social engagements. Get home from work earlier. Carve out time to discuss, lead, and lovingly discipline. Read some books. Get some help.

In other words, put your oxygen mask on yourself first, make your family a priority. Set boundaries and stick to them. 

The same applies for getting healthy. Put the oxygen mask on yourself first.

  • Set YOUR goals.
  • Change YOUR mindset.
  • Make YOUR boundaries.
  • Give YOURSELF a break.
  • Move YOUR feet.
  • Plan YOUR work.
  • Work YOUR plan.

 You can't help others if you're passed out or checked out of your own health journey.

Put YOUR blinders on and then put on YOUR oxygen mask. 

Help yourself first.

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Are You Serious?

I don't want to go all "tough love" on you in this post ... BUT the question begs to be answered.

Are you serious?

We use the saying loosely when someone makes a funny or bold announcement. 

"We're moving to Australia" ... "Are you serious?"

"We're pregnant" ... "Are you serious?"

"I love/hate the new Star Wars movies" ... "Are you serious?"

But there's nothing flippant about asking yourself this question concerning your health. And in keeping with my blog title, "Three Little Words"  please feel free to change the wording to "Am I serious?" or better yet "I Am Serious!"

If you are serious, actions will speak louder than words.

  • I will get moving today. I am serious.
  • I will plan out my meals today. I am serious.
  • I will speak positive words today. I am serious.
  • I will abide by "One serving equals ... " today. I am serious.
  • I will drink more water today. I am serious.
  • I will take care of my mind, body & soul today. I am serious.
  • I will do this for me (and my loved ones). I am serious.

Are you serious?

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Tell Your Story

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I was raised on a farm in Indiana.

I was a skinny little tomboy.

I left small town usa and went to college in downtown Chicago.

I met "Grandpa" and fell in love in February 1974 and got married in July 1977.

At this point I was still eating whatever I wanted and in a size 2 wedding dress.

Then I got pregnant 5 times and had three lovely little babies.

Life went by, and the babies grew up and I still ate whatever I wanted.

I lost weight and found it over and over again.

In the summer of 2013 I was diagnosed with breast cancer.

After the mastectomy I was prescribed 5 years of the "chemo" pill.

It's main side effect is excessive weight gain.

In September of 2017 I began the journey of "Grandmas Getting Healthy." 

In July of 2018 I will be cancer free for 5 years, and done with the meds.

But this Grandma will stay on the Getting Healthy journey. 

Wanna join me?

 

 

 

I Am Becoming

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Happy New Year.  Let's pretend that this is Jan 1 not Sept 1 (although, as a mom, I think Sep 1 will always feel like the new year.)

The holidays are over. There are just a few favorite decorations you haven't stowed away. The family is tucked in bed or their taillights are fading fast. You have a whole new grocery list, organizational items poised and ready to go. You've set your mind to new goals. 

Back to reality ~~~ It IS a fresh start today, but to make room for the new some of the old must go. Summer is over... maybe you did great with your "getting healthy" goals, maybe not so great.

More importantly who, do you want to become this fall? Where will you be by the real New Years Day?  

I have a couple of challenges for you today. 

1. Take a selfie, or better yet, have someone take your picture...I promise, you will be amazed at your progress by the end of this year. Or even by Oct 1... I'm going to take a photo of me on the first of every month this "year".  Join me. We'll have a New Year's eve party on August 31, 2018 and post all our photos! Hey that's a great idea ... maybe it will have to be a virtual party, but maybe not???

2. Repeat the three little words, "I am becoming..." to yourself all day.

Talk to yourself. Go a little bit faster or further on your walk and when you get back say to yourself:

  • I am becoming stronger. 

After a healthy dinner say to yourself:

  • I am becoming wiser.

Throw out some junk food and say to yourself:

  • I am becoming smarter.

Smile and show grace to everyone you meet and say to yourself:

  • I am becoming kinder.

Do NOT beat yourself up today. Speak only positive words and say to yourself:

  • I am becoming happier.

Make smart food choices all day (you can do this for one day and then tomorrow do the same thing) and say to yourself:

  • I am becoming healthier.

Consider today your new year. Start over. Keep going. Think before you talk (and eat) and then say to yourself:

  • I am becoming better.

Cheers to an awesome" rest of '17" and an even better "first half of '18"

 

More Than Enough

You can do this! I know you can! 

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You already have the power within you. It's called choice. Everybody has a choice to make. If the power is in the choice then it is totally up to you.

  • You have more than enough knowledge.
  • You have more than enough wisdom.
  • You have more than enough skills.
  • You have more than enough recipes.
  • You have more than enough support.
  • You have more than enough will-power.
  • You have more than enough resources.
  • You have more than enough time.

It's your choice. It's all about choices. Make up your mind.... sometimes it's a choice you'll have to make day by day, hour by hour, and even minute by minute. 

So repeat these three little words to yourself today. 

More than enough.

Choose to start (over) today.

 

If you have more than enough ... consider donating to help the Texas hurricane victims. 

www.redcross.org

 

 

 

 

Happy New You

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I love maps and photos, so when I stumbled upon this picture on Dr Henry Cloud's website ... I immediately searched free iStock photos and voila!  

Just wanted you to know I didn't steal the photo from Dr. Henry Cloud's website but I did steal the following story. Read full story here but the last paragraph is key, and I quote, 

The thing to remember about sequential nature of life is that the passing of time is not a choice. Three years would take too long, she said. Well, too long is coming, period. You don’t have a say in that. But you do have a say in what your life will look like when too long gets here. 

  • What do you want?
  • When do you want it?
  • How will you go about getting it?

Do you want help? You may join right now, but we are premiering a new closed fb group (people who are not in the group cannot see your posts) on Sept 1where we hold each other accountable, offer fresh ideas and motivation, interact with each other ... kinda like a virtual weight watchers meeting.  Use it for your map to get to where you want to go. Check it out and click join.  You may also add other members. 

Join "Let's Get Healthy" here 

Happy New Year

 

 

 

What's Your Why?

Maybe this 3-word title should read, "What's My Why?" Because I can't really write a blog post on "What's Your Why?" now, can I? This is key to everything.

So here is my "Why." I am getting healthy because of my "why". I write a blog because of my "why" I wake up and get out of bed each morning because of my "why". 

When I was a young girl, I read a book and listened to a record called "Buzz Bee".  Buzz and his friends were the worker bees.  They went to work each day collecting the honey and bringing it into the hive. But they always wondered about what it would be like to be the Queen Bee, instead of a worker.  So they sorta went on a bee strike. In the end, they were only happy when they were doing what they were designed to do. Work.  I can still hear the storyteller's voice as she spoke the ending conversation between Buzz and his cousin bee as they ended their strike and went back to work, 

 "You know what, Buzz?", we're HAPPY!

I believe we were designed to be happy and that is my "Why" for 'getting healthy'. 

I want to be happy in my own skin. I want to be happy in the everyday. I want to be a positive influence to everyone I meet. I want to enjoy each and every sunset each and every day, whether it be from small town, usa or from the Grand Teton Mountains. I want to be happy playing outside with my grandkids or recuperating in a hospital room. 

I must align my actions and open my heart to my"Why".

  • Will speaking positive words make me happy?
  • Will helping someone else make me happy?
  • Will a long walk make me happy?
  • Will connecting or reconnecting with someone on a deeper level make me happy? 
  • Will having that 2nd or 3rd piece of pizza make me happy?  
  • Will buying more stuff make me happy?
  • Will downsizing make me happy?
  • Will a trip around the world make me happy?
  • Will becoming Queen Bee make me happy? 

Wha't your why?

Set The Stage

We are setting the stage to host a party at my childhood home. 

Just as with any event, there is work to be done. 

We, almost by accident, secured my mom and dad's favorite gospel group to come and sing a private concert for them. We've carved out a corner of the shed for the stage, and because we've hosted events here before we have some pretty fun props to decorate. 

The invitations went out, the cow print paper plates and red handkerchief napkins are ordered.

The stage is set.

Is our stage set? Are we ready to host our own "getting healthy" production?

What's in our frig? How about our pantry? More importantly, what do we say to our self every morning? At the end of the day, do our daily actions and words haunt or comfort? Who controls us? Who do we try to control?

As grandmas and grandpas, we're coming upon, or we are well into the third act. Time is running short. The shadows lengthen fast. 

Could we eat healthier? 

Can we plan and shop wiser? 

Should we speak kinder words? 

Do we carry regrets from Act I and II? 

Will we love bigger?

Time to set the stage. 

The End.

 

In The Know

"It's not what you know, it's what you do with what you know."

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You can get a bicycle for your birthday, along with a manual, but until you actually get on the bike and start peddling, you'll never learn to ride a bike.

You can read tons of books on photography, but if you don't go out and take pictures, you'll never become a photographer.

You can attend writer's conferences until the keynote speaker knows you by name, but if you don't start writing something you'll never become a writer.

You can watch self-help videos and learn all about the psychology of your personality traits, but until you practice changing a bad habit, it will remain, just that.

You can meditate day and night and believe in all kinds of voodoo, chakras, and crystals, but until you make peace with yourself, you'll never be AT peace.

You can learn everything there is to know about Fat Cells 101, but changing what goes into your body is the only way to achieve health.

You can read the bible front to back, but until you pursue a relationship with the author, you'll never know the true meaning of grace and forgiveness.

"Be doers of the word, and not hearers only."  ~ James 1:22

 

 

 

Are You Stuck?

Windmills are made for one thing only: a mill to harness the wind that converts the energy of the wind into rotational energy by means of vanes called sails or blades.

We have a decorative windmill in our flower garden that has a broken blade. Sometimes, when the wind is strong, it will still capture the other sails and try to get our rusty garden ornament to do what it was designed to do. Turn.  So we stuck an iron shepherds hook alongside the windmill and now it doesn't turn at all. It's stuck.

What is holding you back?  What is causing you to be stuck? 

I know life can get in the way of living. Some of us suffer greatly when one of our sails is broken. Don't jam yourself further. Don't stick an iron shepherds hook in your mind and heart to hold you still.  Fix it. Move forward, gain momentum, and set a new course for yourself. 

One day I took a photo of our garden windmill and now this artwork hangs in my den.

 

Get unstuck.

You were designed to turn, dance, sing, capture the wind in our sails, and fly. 

 

Rev It Up

Remember the old children's story about the little engine that could? His motto, as he climbed the last hill to the station; "I think I can, I think I can, I think I can."  And he did. 

Our tag line at GGH is:

Grandmas Getting Healthy

 "For the love of mind, body, and soul!"

And if you wanna rev it up, besides today's three little words, here  are three phrases to act upon. 

  1. Start talking to yourself. 

  2. Energize yourself.

  3. Take care of yourself.

Mind, body, & soul.

1. Start talking to yourself. (MIND) Be like the little engine that could. What your mind thinks will overflow into your actions. When I first ordered my 30 day shake/cleanse package, I wasn't sure I could or would carry thru. But I told myself, I CAN do this. And I did.  You can't go by what I say, tho.  Kinda reminds me of another old children's story, "The Little Red Hen." Nobody would help her go thru all the steps to making the bread.  So she just took it all in stride and did it herself.   I'm not here to push products on you, I'm here to be an example.  A product of the product. You're going to have to see for yourself.

2. Energize yourself. (BODY) Add protein, to your snacks. This prevents sugar highs and lows. Here's a list of snacks that I use besides my product protein shakes, fiber bars, slim cakes, and chocolate bars.

  • apple with peanut butter
  • hard boiled egg with a 1/2 c. of applesauce
  • handful of almonds
  • celery with peanut butter
  • turn cucumber slices into crackers~ spread with cheese or hummus
  • turkey and cheese wrapped
  • turn leaf lettuce into  bread for your favorite sandwhich
  • fresh fruit with a dollop of greek yogurt
  • cottage cheese with cinnamon 

Try snacking this way for a day or two, really give it chance (no chips, etc) and check your energy levels after day two or three.

3. Take care of yourself. (SOUL) Start out your day with 10 minutes of reading, meditating, praying, and/or journaling. Get some soul food in you. You were created in the image of God ... you were born to shine. You have a passion deep inside you... find out what it is and move in that direction. You are here for a reason, let's keep working at a healthy mind, body, and soul. Even if nobody else sings along.

You can do this. I know you can, I know you can, I know you can.

 

 

 

Let's Be Real

“Change the way you look at things and the things you look at will change.” —Wayne Dyer

I'll be honest here, I've been struggling.  Maybe longer than I thought. 

I let my mood dictate my day. I let others dictate my mood. I sweep things under the rug. I let my circumstances control the outcome. I work harder at other people's problems than they do. I procrastinate. I feel sorry for myself. I argue. I waiver. I sit on the fence. I worry. I repeat the past.

All of the above are physical distractions, mental garbage, and emotional hamster wheels. 

So today I challenge myself to:

  • Limit distractions
  • Take out the garbage 
  • Change the hamster wheel into a long walk
  • Not worry about what others think
  • Turn an emotional page
  • Let other people's chips fall where they may
  • Stay focused on Grandma
  • Don't look back, I'm not going that way

A river cuts through rock, not because of it's power ...

                                                                                                                 ... because of it's persistence.

Make A 180

Am I stretching three little words with this title? So be it.

I have a theory that we are all too busy and we all have way too much stuff. 

Stuff can suffocate us. It can overwhelm us and derail us. 

Two challenges for you today. 

1. Stop buying stuff.

I've found a couple of websites and books which have helped me do some major house cleaning and decluttering.

Becoming Minimalist

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Present Over Perfect

Simplify Magazine

2. Stop eating added sugar. 

True confessions here. When our kids came to visit in Florida, someone (who shall remain nameless) bought a giant bag of peanut m & m's.  From Christmas thru spring break, I had cut desserts out of my life.  My after dinner drug of choice was fresh fruit with a dollop of greek yogurt.  

The first time I stuck my hand in the m & m bag, I must admit they tasted pretty good. On our trip home from Florida, a few handfuls of m & m's, while driving still helped take the edge off. But last night when I mindlessly helped grandpa finish off the 4 or 5th giant bag acquired since spring break ... those m & m's left a bad taste in my mouth.

Make a 180 with me.

For 30 days, don't buy any stuff, junk, tchotchkes, or clothes, that will eventually end up on a garage sale or at the goodwill. {I did put an Amazon link to Present Over Perfect, so if you do buy the book, read it and pass it along to a friend}

Cut out added sugar for 30 days. You'll be amazed at how good an apple with some natural peanut butter tastes.

Turn around. Turn all the way around and start heading in the opposite direction.

Leap Of Faith

Every choice is a leap of faith. 

Spiritually speaking ... you can't really see God, but you can choose to believe there is one.

Emotionally speaking ... you can't really see love, but you can choose to fall in or out of it.

Physically speaking ... you can't really see the wind, but you can choose to enjoy the waves.

Intellectually speaking ... you can't really see a seed grow, but you can choose to plant them.

Relationally speaking ... you can't really see a bond, but you can choose to form one.

Nutritiously speaking ... you can't really see digestion, but you can choose to eat healthy.

Let's jump.

I'm not actually asking you to go ski-diving here, where you must take that leap of faith and put total trust into a silky thin parachute and it's pull cord.

Let's jump.

I'm not even asking you to spend thousands of dollars or special diets, fad foods, or completely change your way of life. 

Let's jump. I'm not even asking you to commit to a 30-day plan. I'm asking you to take a leap of faith.

Let's jump, or even just stick your toes in the water. I AM asking you to:

I do believe you will never regret jumping.

Take the leap of faith.  

"Sometimes your only mode of transportation is a leap of faith." ~ Margaret Shepard

 

 

Today's The Day

Well, doggone it anyway, I wanted to get this up on May 1. 

Today will have to do. It's all good, tho, because today IS the day. It's all we got. There are so many quotes, songs, and meme's about yesterday and tomorrow ... one of my favorites is the song, "Gone Like Yesterday" 

Today's The Day. Don't waste it or wile it away. Make a "To Do" list and do something. Just for today (I know we can all do this for a day) think thru every food choice. You will pay the consequences of every decision. 

  • Live it
  • Smile
  • Be nice
  • Stay positive
  • Start over
  • Say I'm sorry
  • Speak up
  • Go for it
  • Give it all you got
  • Stop and smell the flowers

So let these three words resonate with you today, all day.

Mark it down and remember, May 3, 2017 ... the day you decided to _____________________

Today's the day.

Back To Basics

For the longest time (may still be) "The War" with Kevin Costner and Elijah Wood was my daughter's favorite movie.  I watched it with her too many times to count.  I'm sure you've seen it by now so I hope I'm not a spoiler.  When Kevin Costner (Elijah Wood's dad) passes away after living dirt poor following the war, Elijah's mom and sister get the house their dad had bid on in a silent auction.  It's run down as heck and needs a ton of work, but Elijah sees it thru the lens his dad taught him ~ "As long as we have hope, there’s always a chance." When they take possession of the house, he says, "Lipstick and rouge, Mom," it just needs lipstick and rouge!!! only time he refers to her as Mom instead of Ma, a slight movement toward adulthood and, of course, the adoption of his father’s exact words.

It's amazing what going back to basics can do for your health, your home, your outlook on life. Really, do we have anything to complain about.

  • Start collecting moments instead of things
  • Take EVERYTHING out of one room and only put back what you absolutely love.
  • Clean and paint
  • Put on some rouge and lipstick
  • Scale back on the Starbucks, who actually needs a Unicorn Frappacino for almost $5
  • Put it away or give it away
  • Downsize
  • Minimalize
  • Fast and cleanse
  • Make a two week menu for dinner 
  • Get healthy and stay healthy

We just went 'fixer upper' on a trailer that sorta fell into our laps.  It took about $150 in paint supplies, and buckets of hope and hard work. 

It was a no brainer for us, and we're pooped but we feel like a million bucks. We understand a mobile home park in Florida is not the end all of retirement, but Grandpa and I attacked the project, went back to basics, and high fived ourselves after a week of rouge and lipstick with these results. 

Come visit!

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May Day, May Day!!!! It's back to basics for me tomorrow. 

Encourage One Another

This will be a short one, because Grandpa and I are flippin' a trailer (not actually turning a trailer on it's side, but as in: buying a fixer upper for cheap and selling for profit ... hopefully soon)  We're cleaning and painting to beat the band (why is it hard for me to write without using cliches?) Maybe it really isn't a cliche, because I feel like I'm out in front of a huge marching band and they are fast approaching. 

If you know anyone that would like to winter/vacation in Florida, we have a

Trailer For Sale Or Rent 🎵 🎶 🎶🎵... more later.

I encourage you today to encourage someone else.

  • Build up someone who seems a bit down
  • Give out a compliment
  • Smile and be nice to a stranger
  • Make a call to just talk
  • Write a letter to an old friend
  • Ask someone about their children
  • Help an elderly person cross the street, load their groceries, or hold the door
  • E-mail, text, or facetime with a grandchild
  • Be an encourager, not a discourager

If you look for them, the opportunities to encourage someone will fall into your lap! Another cliche, But seriously, look around and go to work. 

I'd also like to encourage you to let me know how this blog can be more helpful to you. Leave me a comment, pass this website on to a friend. Like us at  Grandmas Getting Healthy Facebook page. Follow along on Instagram and Pinterest

And lastly, I would encourage you to stick with your health goals. make a plan, read some archives, take the leap, and start the program. You can order anything from a canister of shakes (14 meals) to a complete 30-day program with a money back guarantee. You order the products and I become your coach.
"Put me in, I can throw strikes" ~ Little Big League

It's almost May, and you know what that means ... one last cliche for the day:  summer's just around the corner.