Anniversaries Make Us Think

Anniversaries Make Us Think

This weekend, Aaron and I celebrated our 18th wedding anniversary. At this stage of our lives ‘celebrating our anniversary’ often means carving out an hour or so for a quiet meal and a drive in between activities and this year was no different. Our son, Zak officially became an Eagle Scout today and the last few weeks, particularly the last few days have been marked by frenzied activity.

After all of the festivities ran down and we had a moment to rest, Aaron and I spent that dinner and drive talking about what we want our marriage to look like next year and in the next 18 years. I think it’s important to live intentionally – to continue to keep a finger on the pulse of all aspects of your life. In the past couple of years, we’ve allowed ourselves to ‘get too busy’ to be intentional about some things but I think we’re on the right track now and the conversation is ongoing.

Today wasn’t particularly romantic. But as we sat together, listening to our son give his acceptance speech this afternoon I knew that there was no where I’d rather be and no person I’d rather be living this life with.

Are there aspects of your life that you need to reevaluate? Take a few minutes today and do just that.

Make Your Minutes Matter!

PS – Obviously another thing that needs to change is the fact that we seldom take photos together! This is the only good shot I could find and it was a few years ago – although it’s still a favorite of mine. 🙂 So go take a picture with your honey for goodness sake!

Your Prescription

Your Prescription

I’ve never been a fan of weight-loss supplementation. I don’t know if my body just reacts to medications differently but whenever I’ve tried the latest magic pill I have felt awful.

I honestly believe that any time we attempt to skip the natural order of things – whether our intention is to get rich quick or lose weight fast –  we’re setting ourselves up for trouble. In the case of weight-loss supplements, that trouble can be things like liver failure, muscle breakdown, and kidney problems -some supplements can also exacerbate existing health issues like high blood pressure or heart disease.

According to this article in the San Diego TribuneNone of these products has been adequately studied, and any or all might be harmful”… they “are promoted as safe and effective, but they are rarely either … they are almost universally ineffective.”

The very best way look and feel our best is to take care of ourselves. Eat real food, drink plenty of water, practice moderation and move more. So instead of reaching for a pill bottle – do a Minute Movement –  you can do anything for a minute!

Make Your Minutes Matter!

Gratitude Begets Fulfillment

Gratitude Begets Fulfillment

Today I’m sharing the inspirational story of Caitliy Mannherz, who lost close to 145 lbs over the course of four years – and gained herself.

Caitlyn’s story covers her journey from a super busy childhood home, lacking the knowledge necessary for developing healthy habits, hurtful experiences that weakened her self-esteem, lifelong attempts at weight loss, and the inspiration to take charge of her own life, culminating in becoming an inspirational leader for others struggling with their health.  I love that Caitlyn’s story focuses on taking a practical, sustainable path toward health, heavily dependant on knowledge and gratitude.

“It’s gratitude that begets fulfillment, not consumption.” – Caitlyn Mannherz

AT the beginning of the article Caitlyn shares four tips for shedding weight:

  1. Eat close to the ground (real food).
  2. When you’re eating out, ask your server to help you make your meal healthier.
  3. GET MOVING!
  4. Forgive yourself and if you do ‘cheat’ savor every single bite.

Make YOUR Minutes Matter!

Miracle Grow!

Miracle Grow!

Aaron and I enjoy our little ‘urban garden’ and I love the way zucchini takes over my currently-in-progress side-yard bed, making it look SO MUCH MORE lush than it really  is all summer! I almost stumbled over the biggest zucchini I have ever seen last night as I was walking up to the house so I picked that baby and Aaron grilled it for our supper – but not before I took a photo for posterity. 

I may have said in the spring that I completely adore watching plants grow and flowers bud and it’s so fun to (literally) eat the fruits of our labor. I don’t think I’ll ever be happy without a little garden plot. What about you? What plants do you most enjoy tending to?

PS – We don’t actually use ‘Miracle Grow’, our garden is totally organic – another bonus of doing it ourselves!

 

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