Don’t Wake Up on the Wrong Side of 2018? What Will Be Your New Wellness Routine?

This is the time when we close out one year and begin the plans for a new one. As you review your 2017 what are the big take aways? What went well, what needs improvement and what are you going to throw away? If you have been keeping a journal it will be easy to go back and review, if not find a comfortable place to sit in the quiet and take a few minutes Read More

Surround Yourself With a Forest of Wellness Helpers

We were on a road trip to visit family down south (okay, Iowa but hey we’re in Minnesota so it’s the truth). Since it is cold, snow is on the ground and leaves are off the trees so you can see farm houses across the landscape. Now they don’t stand alone but are surrounded by mighty trees for protection from whatever gets thrown at them. In the winter the trees act as snow fences so Read More

Who Are You? A Butcher, A Baker, A Candlestick Maker?

When you think about yourself and your life what do you identify with? To put it in storybook rhyme, are you a Butcher a Baker a Candlestick Maker or a little bit of all? What list would you give if someone asked you to name five things you do every day, week or month that you identify with? Do you rise before the sun, read the paper every day, sip that first cup of coffee Read More

Wellness Begins One Small Step at a Time

When you think of improving your wellness, getting healthier, stronger, more flexible or just plain adding more fruits and vegetables to your life are you all in? Success comes from making small changes one at a time, it’s those small changes that lead to the big outcomes.  By changing your daily habits one at a time they become routine and then those routines become your new daily habits. Once you have mastered a change you Read More

Freedom to Chose Thanks

During this 4th of July holiday season take time to be thankful. Be thankful for your freedom, your life, your family and friends and your health. When you think of good health and wellness do you realize being thankful is a part of wellness? Every day, at least once a day, spend a few quiet minutes with your higher power thanking him/her for the good things in your life. It is best if you find Read More

Write Your Success Story

Here are some steps to writing your Summer Success Story:  Assess where you are. How is your life right now, what do you want to accomplish, weight loss, increased strength, energy, less stress, more time in a day? Decide what is the best use of energy right now with the time available? Commit to the plan. You won’t do it if you don’t like it. How will I act and support my choice Set SMART Read More

Wellness Begins with 2 U’s

I was inspired by the Stanley Cup Playoff games. As I watched these young men skate hard, trying to be the best they can be while remembering they are part of a larger picture, a team, and cannot be their best alone it made me think of their journey to get there. None of these athletes were born at this level of skill, they were mindful, practiced and sought out help to continue to grow Read More

80/20 Rule

The 80/20 Rule, you know, take good care of your wellness 80% of the time and you won’t have to worry the other 20%. So if you eat right and move that body most of the time you will have some wiggle room to go out for pizza, have a couple cocktails at happy hour or just hang on the couch some. Seems like a simple rule. I think I may have taken it to Read More

You Were Born Pre-Appoved

I came across an article by Sharon Jaynes who writes for Girlfriends in God, she made a great point. The name of the article was “You Have Been Pre-Approved” and it talked about receiving automatic acceptance from credit card companies and her take away was never tiring of: God telling me that I’ve been pre-approved to be His child. We all have a higher power and I respect your choice but this statement is true Read More

Mindful Plate Too

Have you been working hard to get activity into your life daily? I hope that doesn’t mean you have left out the nutrition part of the good health equation. Check that plate for 1. Portion size (if you are a bit too generous with yourself get out a smaller plate). 2. One half of the plate should be all vegetables and fruit. 3. One fourth of the plate should be grains (preferably whole grains) and Read More