I don’t want to be Supermom, but that flying would sure come in handy!
If you are expecting this site to show a person whose house is spotless, with homemade meals and desert made from scratch on the table every night, the laundry always caught up, my kid always acting perfect and handmade gifts given for every holiday, then you’ve landed on the wrong site.
If you are NOT like the person mentioned above and you want to come hang out with someone who isn’t a Supermom either, then you’ve come to the right place.
If you are too busy to attend a live presentation, these online presentations are perfect. You can start and stop them whenever you want. Tell us what you think! Teacher's Survival Kit with former teachers...Joanette Coogan, Katie Odom, and Professor Steve Chaney, PhD
Hear from teachers and a professor of nutrition and bio-physics at the University of North Carolina on how to stay healthy in a classroom full of germy kids, nutritional support to combat stress, and how to get the energy required to bring inspiration and enthusiasm for learning to the classroom.
If you are too busy to attend a live presentation, these online presentations are perfect. You can start and stop them whenever you want. Tell us what you think!
Linda Orso former Exec Director of Down Syndrome Association of St Louis will be sharing behavioral, dietary and nutritional ideas that have been so helpful to her daughter with Down syndrome. Her daughter, who works full time, is loved by everyone and just got married in April. 400,000 people in the United States have Down syndrome. Linda will share the particular health challenges for these children and adults and much of what she shares will apply to anyone with developmental disabilities. Click here to be connected to this free online presentation:
If you are too busy to attend a live presentation, these online presentations are perfect. You can start and stop them whenever you want. Please share with us your experiences! Raising Healthy Kids in a World of Pizza & Poptarts, features Drs. Ann White and David Dungan on children's nutrition and their own children's Shaklee stories. Plus the science of ShakleeKids and lots of stories of health and healing.
“The hardest part of raising a child is teaching them to
ride a bike. A shaky child on a bike for the first time needs both support and
freedom. The realization that this is what the child will always need can hit
If you have ever taught your child to ride a bike, then you
know exactly what this quote is saying. The day you teach your child how to
ride a bike is one of the hardest things to do because you have to give them
enough support to get them going and then know just the right time to let go.
It can be so hard to let go of them, knowing they are going
to fall sometimes and even possibly get hurt. You do everything you can to
teach them how to do it right, sharing your own experiences, giving them the
advice they need, then give them support to get them rolling, but it still all
comes down to you knowing when to let go.
Some of you may be sending your babies away to college for
the first time and others like me who are sending them to every day school for
the first time. It doesn’t matter where or how, it is still scary to let go.
We do everything we can to teach them how to do it right. We
share our own experiences and instruct them on how to stay safe, but just like
teaching them to ride a bike for the first time, we have to give them enough
support to get started and then know when it is the right time to “let go”.
We know they will fall sometimes, we know they may get hurt,
but one of the most important things we can teach our children is to fly when
we let go of them, make sure they know we will be there to support them while
they are learning to fly and be there when they fall and get hurt, to run to
them, pick them up, dust them off, nurse their wounds, then set them back on
course to try again.
Having both that support and freedom are so important for
our children and the hardest things us parents must do because they only work
when in balance. Too much of one and not enough of the other and the child will
suffer. Finding that balance as a parent is much harder than the child finding
his balance on a bike, but we keep trying till we get it right.
So if you are facing that lesson with your 18 year old or
your 5 year old, take heart, for your strength comes from God who let His own
Son go knowing he was going to fall and get hurt, but He also knew He would
raise Him back up again. His experiences have helped the rest of us to learn to
fly and to ultimately teach our own children to fly by supporting them and then
letting them go.
Happy August and I hope your summer is going well so far. Could it possibly be just a few short weeks till school starts again?! Wow, the time is flying by! We have had some cooler than normal days here, how about you all?
I am a little late in getting this newsletter out this month as we are so super busy. So here we go.
Are your feelings getting in the way of your weight loss goals? If you are an emotional eater, like I am, where you tend to turn to food for comfort when stressed, then watch this very short video where Dr. Jamie McManus shares a few helpful hints on what that is and how to help yourself -
I also wrote a funny, whimsical article on what I do when the emotions run high and you feel the cookie jar calling your name. I wrote this so everyone could know that I too have my weaknesses and that you are not alone. You can read it here and let me know if you liked the article (or not):
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Have you ever thought about owning your own business? Even just a little, but figured that it was too expensive or you were afraid of falling into a pyramid scheme? Or even worse, they might want you to sell something? Ugh! I did, too, but I ended up doing this, where I don't sell and I didn't invest a large amount of money. I just share and teach. Pretty nice.
We have decided to expand our business and not only provide health and wellness information, but also to teach others how to do what we do. I love helping others and being able to help someone achieve their financial goals is just as rewarding as helping them achieve their health goals. Whether it's a mom looking to be able to stay at home with her kids and just make enough to cover a few bills, or a couple who want to retire, but can't afford to live on social security alone, to a young person who truly wants to work for themselves. We work with them all.
So if there is someone you know looking for a second job to help make ends meet, or a mom looking to work at home, or anyone looking to start their own business, have them contact us and we can set up a time to show them what we do to see if it would be a fit for them. There is no obligation and no pressure. You can also watch a short video on what is involved and see for yourself:
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Have you ever been doing good on your healthy eating only to have a stressful situation crop up and you find yourself with your nose buried in the feedbag?
Yep, me too.
In fact just yesterday after an exceptionally stressful day I found ice cream in the freezer. It’s not every day we have some and this just happened to be my favorite flavor. Imagine that.
I was saving it for the weekend for my free day that I allow myself to indulge in anything I want. I don’t binge eat on that day, I just allow myself a special treat and I refuse to feel guilty about it.
Well, I didn’t make it to that day and I ate enough for about 3 days worth of indulging. Aren’t I efficient?
I didn’t even bother to get a bowl. Why dirty a dish when I can just eat it straight from the carton. And I did. Ugh!!
You’ve done that, too? Whew! It sure is nice to know I’m not the only one!
It seems like whenever we get rolling, something always manages to happen to us that cause us to slip back into our old habits.
We try so hard to take those three steps forward only to end up slipping on the banana peel and slide two steps back. OK, so it wasn’t a banana peel, it was an ice cream slick.
So what’s a stressed out girl (or guy) to do?
We can’t escape stress and we can’t escape our feelings, but we can control how we react to both.
If you often turn to food like me, when those times hit and they will, believe me, then we need a battle plan.
We need to write the alternatives down (our battle plan) and hang them everywhere we look – the refrigerator, the bathroom mirror, the TV, our car sun visor, even tape the battle plan right to the top of the carton of ice cream!
Writing things down that you can turn to instead of food when you need comforting or a boost in confidence will be your lifeline when life throws at your head cupcakes with stones inside of them.
What are the alternatives to ice cream, cookies and potato chips you ask?
Let’s look at some of these alternatives and please add your own. We may be the same when it comes to our reactions, but everyone is different when it comes to solutions.
So here are just a few lifelines to grab on to when you find yourself drowning in that carton of ice cream:
·Have a buddy to call. When you decide to make the commitment to lose weight and get healthier, many studies show making yourself accountable to someone you respect is extremely beneficial in reaching your goal. Find a friend who has the same goals as you do, lock arms and vow to stick together through thick and thin. (pun intended)
We feel the guilt if we have a check in and there is no progress to report to them. A good friend will also talk you off the cookie binge cliff that we all find ourselves on from time to time.
And don’t worry about abusing your friend, I’m sure she will be calling you next week stressed out, in tears and she can’t seem to get the oreo cookie wrapper open. Then it will be your turn to talk her down off of that binge eating ledge.
Write down what you eat. Gasp! You ask, “Do I really need to?” Yes, you do! Study after study has shown those who keep a food log lose more weight than those who don’t.
It’s not hard, just write down what you ate and for what meal – breakfast, snack, etc. Write the times down to see if you notice a pattern. And no cheating! Write everything you eat down. You will be surprised at how much you are shoving in each day.
Have an exercise you LIKE to do. I promote doing structured exercises – cardio, weightlifting, etc on a regular basis for health and weight loss. But when you are stressed, this NOT the time to do something you have to push yourself to do.
I am not a big fan of structured exercise. Yes, I do structured workouts, but sometimes it is a struggle to get motivated to do them. I sometimes have to dig real deep to do them. I ALWAYS feel great afterwards and I am really happy that I did it, but there are days….
Guess what, everyone feels that way at times. Even the fit Hollywood stars with personal trainers will tell you they need pushing to get to the gym now and then.
So when stress hits you and you feel the sting of the brick wall in your face, don’t turn to an exercise you dread, turn to something you love.
Go for a walk with the dog, your kids, your neighbor’s kids, your friend, whoever. Grab them and go.
Take your phone and call someone and talk while you walk.
Take your favorite tunes, ones that get you pumped and feeling strong.
Walk outside. Nature has an amazing ability to heal mind and soul. Walk to a creek and sit on a rock and breathe deep. Get lost (on the park trail) for just a little while and really soak in the beauty around you.
You can also garden. Like to pull weeds? Come to my house, I have plenty to share.
Go to an animal shelter and play with puppies or kittens. Sit on the floor and have them climb all over you. I dare you not to smile and forget your troubles for a while. You might even take one home with you. Pets have been proven to make people happier and healthier. Have a fat dog? Then you aren’t walking enough.
Refinish furniture; paint/sketch; make crafts; clean (again come to my house if you need to do more)
Do anything that gets you up off of the pity party floor, out of the refrigerator and into life.
Distract yourself, do something with your hands and drink a lot of water.
Find what inspires you. Find your passion and turn to it for comfort instead of food.
What is your passion? What do you like to do?
Make time to figure this out if you don’t know yet and make it a priority. Then write it down, post it everywhere and turn to it when you feel weak.
So come on, stand up, brush the cookie crumbs off your shirt and hall your heavier than it should be butt back up and back onto the healthy wagon. It’s coming around the bend again and we all have our hands out ready to help pull you back on.
I just ask you to lend me a hand when I fall off the wagon and bounce on the hard ground littered with cupcake crumbs and ice cream scoops.