Tuesday, January 25

Bangle Times Two...and FIT TIP (#121)

I am smitten...
with my vintage bangles!
They are petite and therefore hinged, for easy **on/off** maneuvering.

I found the black one at one of my favorite local shops.
It was a steal of a deal. And I wear black a lot.

A few months later I came across the cream bakelite beauty while visiting one of my favorite spots **with Mr. R** in Texas.

It was love at first sight and the proprietor insisted I try it on.
It was NOT a steal of a deal. Mr. R surprised me with it.
Sweet and sweet!

Same trip, different shopand Mr. R insisted I also needed these.
**I have a mild obsession with animal print**

FIT TIP (#121): Staying Social
What are friends for? Longevity, it seems.
Harvard University studies show that staying social:
---slows memory loss
---reduces stress
---cuts risk of disease by
lowering blood pressure and cholesterol.

Words for the Week
"What counts in making a happy relationship is not how compatible you are, but how you deal with incompatibility."

Saturday, January 22

Slowing Down, Taking Notice

Just returned from walking my dog.
Milo is small. Hanging with him slows me down...
which is good. I notice things that I might not otherwise.
Take today, for instance...

the FOR SALE sign at Corvette Man's house is gone. **that was fast**
His belongings are being packed up as I type.
Leaving the neighborhood. Good luck to you, Corvette Man.
Your beautiful, bright car...I mean smile, will be missed.

I'm not even a "car" person. But, it is a thing of shiny, red beauty.

Sunday, January 16

Opportunity, Oatmeal and...FIT TIP (#120)

About 6 weeks ago I was presented with an amazing opportunity.
I accepted.
I have since stepped out of my **working girl** comfort zone. Way out.
Now I am seriously considering turning one of the guest rooms
**the very one I was considering turning into a fitness room**
into a home office.
I adore this memo/bulletin board...

...and these accessories.

Simply love this light fixture & chair.

Ahhh...rug love! And, I already have this desk.

Or I could just do this with the closet. **and still bring in the fitness equipment**

FIT TIP (#120): The Heart-Smart Whole Grain
An easy way to significantly lower your cholesterol is to eat whole-grain oatmeal daily. The fiber in oatmeal forms a gel that slows down your body's absorption of cholesterol.

Remember...choose one that's low in sugar (one gram per serving), such as Quaker Weight Control Instant Oatmeal.

Also...to satisfy your sweet tooth, top the oatmeal with a handful of antioxidant-heavy blueberries.

Bonus...people who eat oatmeal for breakfast tend to stay full all morning and consume less at lunch, due in part to the protein and fiber.

Words for the Week
peace. it does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble or hard work. it means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart.

Monday, January 10

New Baby, New Word...and FIT TIP (#119)

My second son has a second son!Holden was born on January 3rd, Gavin's 2nd birthday!
Love you, Rachel & Jordan and your two precious chunk-a-lunks!

My word for


1. done with intention or on purpose; intended.
2. of or pertaining to intention or purpose.



I like that the opposite of the word I am choosing to focus on in this new year is ACCIDENTAL.

I do not want to live life accidentally.
For example, I do not want to accidentally eat 500 too many calories a day. If I eat 500 extra calories, it will be an intentional choice. Considered. Planned.

Now, with that being said, I do believe in spontaneity...you know what they say about it being the spice of life, etc. I believe in spice! I just don't believe in living spontaneously day to day. You know, BALANCE. **as in my 2010 word**

Welcome 2011. I look forward to you!

FIT TIP (#119): Spray Calories Away
Avoid a heavy hand with cooking oil. Use a sprayer like Misto (misto.com) or an olive or canola oil spray from Pam. A two-second spritz is roughly one-half teaspoon of oil...100 calories fewer than the 3 teaspoons that could end up in your frying pan.

Words for the Week

Sunday, January 2

I've Been Asked...and FIT TIP (#118)

Recently I've been asked...
**I know what some of you are thinking, wink wink**
three things by people who read my blog.

Just in case you may be interested, I've decided to share the questions and answers. **in no particular order**

Question #1: What is my word for 2011?
Answer #1: BALANCE was my word for 2009 and I loved it so much that I wanted to keep it for 2010, and so I did. I focused on BALANCE **for two years** in various areas of my life...and it did make a difference. Thank you, BALANCE!
I am choosing a new word for 2011. I have it narrowed down to 2, and when I decide **in the next few days** I will share. I like the idea of putting it "out there"...silly, huh?

Question #2: How come I don't share recipes anymore?
Answer #2: Bottom line, I don't cook that much these days. Does that sound pitiful? Because it's not!
"Someone" feeds me...almost daily. Sometimes we eat out **okay, we eat out a lot** and sometimes we eat in, BUT he cooks way more than I do. How amazing is that? Very!

Question #3: I just decided to save this one for another day, another post. It's loaded...and personal, and my palms just became sweaty.
Answer #3: Soon.

FIT TIP (#118): Instant Benefits
Within minutes of launching into your workout, changes in the body are seen. Your heart rate increases, and blood is delivered to your muscles. You start burning calories for fuel. And you get an almost immediate mood boost.

Words for the Week
"Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you've imagined." -Thoreau