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"What's Hot about being Single anyway?

The conversation went something like this;  Me: “So you just graduated from college, congratulations!  What are going to do now?” Girl: “I’m going to Europe to work at a resort for a year.”  Me: “Wow, that’s great!  I wish I had done something like that when I was still single and could.  No worries at all, just get up and go!”  Girl: “Yeah, it’s going to be great!” Oh to be single, carefree and no ties!  That’s the life!  Single ladies, don’t humdrum around about being single thinking, “Where’s my man?”  This is one of the best times of your life if you just embrace it.  The young lady I talked to about going to Europe got it; she received her education to plan for her future but before she settled into the routine of life, she is embracing the freedom she has taking the adventure of a lifetime.

Whether it’s Europe, a trip to the beach, taking risk you’ve been afraid of taking or moving to another city for a job; the possibilities are almost endless when you are hot and single!  And just so you know, age does not appply nor does the fact you may have recently found yourself single again.  If you are single, you are hot and single!  Here are a few more hot ideas to try out while you are single.

 

  • Interview for a job in the city of your dreams.  It could be your dream job or just a job that pays so you can live in a city that you always wanted to visit.
  • Grab some girlfriends and take weekend getaway to a spa or anywhere else you want to go.  Don’t wait for the phone to ring to get invited; you do the inviting!  Road trips with friends are great memories.
  • Take a week off from work for a “stay-cation,” a week at home doing all the fun stuff in your city.  Hiking, biking, visiting the hot spot restaurants, dance clubs, whatever you think is cool.   Take a look back at Stacy’s blog, “Havin’ Fun in the Summer Time” to get your wheels turning even more.
  • Girl-friend time - Chick-flicks, poolside with snacks and drinks, mani-pedi, shopping….the list is endless.
  • Something I wish I did more often, go visit a friend who has moved away and spend a weekend with them laughing about old times and making some new great memories.  No need to wait on someone else to take a trip, plan your own!
  • Speed dating…I said it!  If I were single, I would hit the speed dating where you get a 5-minute date with several different guys and your done.  No computer trying to figure out the best match taking all kind of personal information, just 5 minutes of FACE-TO-FACE time….something that’s missed in our electronic world.  It’s fun, fast and safe because your not giving out any personal information, just talking in a safe environment where you actually SEE whom you are talking to.  What a novel idea! Plus, no cheesy pick-up lines!

It’s a risk to enjoy life while you are still single, are you up for it?  I think you are and I believe in you.  Be wise in the process though; don’t blow through your savings or milk off your parents or friends.  Be smart in the process because you never know who your going to meet along the way and you don’t want to be a financial burden to your future husband.  But be brave and go out and enjoy life now, while you are single!

 

That’s What’s HOT about being single!

Share some of your ideas about what's hot about being single.

Fostering Love through Community Service

I suspect that Mimi and Nana  were formerly two "gorgeous gals". Still physically beautiful, they  are now two energetic "grandmas"  that walk the halls of Fern Bluff Elementary in Round Rock, Texas because of a program called Foster Grandparents, a part of Texas Senior Corp. The program was founded in 1965 by President Lyndon B. Johnson. This week I chased them down and they were willing to give CW a few minutes of their time as I probed them about their lives and motivation for working with children.

CW: What made you want to be a Foster Grandparent?

Mimi, aka, Maryann Hargis: I'm a former educator, have seven grandchildren and still enjoy being with little ones.So many children don't have grandparents close by and I get  to build relationships with those kids.

Nana, also known as Palley Kramer:  Education moves fast. It's changed so much since my kids were in school. This is my opportunity to "catch up." I get to see for myself what's going on in education. I want to find out for myself if children are learning or not.

CW: What do you want to accomplish?

Mimi: Some children I work with  are considered at risk students and I want to see those kids "make it."

Nana: I want children to realize the importance of an education. Nowadays, there so much fun in learning because of tools that teachers have. I want them to enjoy their education.

Mimi: I also like getting to know the teachers and making their job easier.

CW: How do you connect with children?

Mimi: I tell them stories of my own grandchildren and sometimes I'll walk in and they ask,"How's Wyatt?"

Nana: I do my best to encourage, encourage, encourage.

CW: What have you learned since you became a Foster Grandparent?

Nana: I'm also being educated mentally, socially and I'm learning new things about math. My life has been awakened. It's disappointing to see a child that is uninterested in  school but I'm learning about the children's emotional ups and downs.

Mimi: I can make a difference. I've started working with a recent immigrant from Asia. Imagine what it's like to come into a new country and culture and I'm the person she trusts and talks to here in school. I'm the one she's most connected with.

More than anything I want kids to know,"Be natural, be honest, be truthful."

Palley Kramer

Foster grandparents must meet certain requirements, including a criminal background check.To learn more about the history of national service, go to http://www.nationalservice.gov/about/role_impact/history_timeline.asp

Waiting for it

Just recently my daughter had her two front teeth fall out, and thank God they did! It was pretty traumatic for the both of us, because these weren't your typical loose teeth, these suckers where stubborn! As her new front teeth started to came in, her old front teeth were pushed straight out, so every time she would close her mouth you could see them sticking out. They were really loose and ready to fall, but still held on for dear life! It was when I learned that kids at school started to make fun of her, that I felt I had to do something to speed up the process. So I asked her if she would let me try to pull them out, and she said "NO WAY! I will just wait until they fall out by themselves." I couldn't believe she didn't even want to try, especially since kids at school were being so mean about it.  It was really neat to see her choose between waiting, or taking easier route. Who knows what could have happened if she took the easy way and risk doing some damage. Well, her teeth eventually fell out and amazingly right before school pictures. How awesome is that! She was such an example for me. Her success story made me realize that it's not always pleasant to wait for things to happen at the right moment, but just think of the damage we can do to ourselves, physically, mentally, and spiritually, if we don't wait. What may usually seem like a "good idea" is not always a "God idea". We have our integrity and self value at risk when making desperate decisions and taking the easy way out can lead to painful regrets. Yes, God restores painful regrets, but why not spare yourself that. As difficult as it is to have to wait for that something or someone to happen to you, be encouraged that we never have to wait alone. God knows the timing of everything and he is NEVER late. He sees and knows your every thought and in his time he will give you the desires of your heart....plus a bag of chips!

Helen

You Can Fight

You Can Fight! You have the power to fight against cancer, but how? According to the American Cancer Society by getting sufficient physical activity and eating healthy foods in moderation, an individual’s risk of developing cancer can be greatly reduced.  Although, studies have shown the benefit, 38% of adults do not engage in any physical activity and only 1 in 8 participates in vigorous exercise for the recommended 5 times a week. Why are Americans not exercising even though the benefits are clear in every day news?   I remember my grandmother once asked me, “Why is there so much news about exercise?  We did not have to do this when we were young.”  Even though she did participate in physical exercise with her work and daily tasks, she did not realize the benefits she was receiving. 

In today’s world, we do not have to move if we do not want to. Everything is convenient including the fastest food (although not the most healthy).  We have the luxury of modern technology and the luxury of “jobs” being done with little physical effort; therefore, we have to schedule our time to exercise.

The American Cancer Society states that obesity and physical inactivity may account for 25 to 30% of several major cancers, including colon, post-menopausal breast, endometrial, kidney and cancer of the esophagus. So what are we to do? The following exercise guidelines have become the standard recommendations as reported by the American College of Sports Medicine and American Heart Association.

  • Do moderately intense cardio 30 minutes a day, five days a week                                                   Or Do vigorously intense cardio 20 minutes a day, 3 days a week                                                 and Do eight to 10 strength-training exercises, eight to 12 repetitions of each exercise twice a week.

Moderate-intensity physical activity means working hard enough to raise your heart rate and break a sweat, yet still being able to carry on a conversation. If your goal is currently to lose weight or maintain weight loss, 60 to 90 minutes of physical activity may be necessary.

 Exercise, along with regular exams can help fight cancer early on, but what about cancer survivors? In over nine studies by the British Journal of Sports Medicine, exercise was proven to decrease the risk of death in cancer survivors. I was amazed to learn that in the same studies, 3 hours a week of moderate-intensity exercise was associated with a 50%-53% lower risk of death in breast cancers survivors. Of course living longer can be an incentive to exercise, but we want a higher quality of life as we live.  A national survey of more than 9,000 cancer survivors found that those who met the recommended guidelines for physical activity was associated with a higher healthy related quality of life, including less pain and fewer difficulties with daily task.

You Can Fight!

You have the power to fight against cancer, but how? According to the American Cancer Society by getting sufficient physical activity and eating healthy foods in moderation, an individual’s risk of developing cancer can be greatly reduced.  Although, studies have shown the benefit, 38% of adults do not engage in any physical activity and only 1 in 8 participates in vigorous exercise for the recommended 5 times a week. Why are Americans not exercising even though the benefits are clear in every day news?   I remember my grandmother once asked me, “Why is there so much news about exercise?  We did not have to do this when we were young.”  Even though she did participate in physical exercise with her work and daily tasks, she did not realize the benefits she was receiving. 

In today’s world, we do not have to move if we do not want to. Everything is convenient including the fastest food (although not the most healthy).  We have the luxury of modern technology and the luxury of “jobs” being done with little physical effort; therefore, we have to schedule our time to exercise.

The American Cancer Society states that obesity and physical inactivity may account for 25 to 30% of several major cancers, including colon, post-menopausal breast, endometrial, kidney and cancer of the esophagus. So what are we to do? The following exercise guidelines have become the standard recommendations as reported by the American College of Sports Medicine and American Heart Association.

  • Do moderately intense cardio 30 minutes a day, five days a week                                                   Or Do vigorously intense cardio 20 minutes a day, 3 days a week                                                 and Do eight to 10 strength-training exercises, eight to 12 repetitions of each exercise twice a week.

Moderate-intensity physical activity means working hard enough to raise your heart rate and break a sweat, yet still being able to carry on a conversation. If your goal is currently to lose weight or maintain weight loss, 60 to 90 minutes of physical activity may be necessary.

 Exercise, along with regular exams can help fight cancer early on, but what about cancer survivors? In over nine studies by the British Journal of Sports Medicine, exercise was proven to decrease the risk of death in cancer survivors. I was amazed to learn that in the same studies, 3 hours a week of moderate-intensity exercise was associated with a 50%-53% lower risk of death in breast cancers survivors. Of course living longer can be an incentive to exercise, but we want a higher quality of life as we live.  A national survey of more than 9,000 cancer survivors found that those who met the recommended guidelines for physical activity was associated with a higher healthy related quality of life, including less pain and fewer difficulties with daily task.

As a Wellness Coach, I believe 100% that every woman has the potential to exercise by incorporating a few simple steps in their life to make healthy living a lifestyle and not a crash course that leads to failure. Of course, there are risk factors that we can not control, but regular exercise and eating a balanced diet is something we can control to lower our risk of cancer. It is not just about living, but living the best we can with the body God has given us.

I Corinthians 6:19 says:  “Do you know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you whom you have from God and you are not your own.”

Let us do our part to fight what we know and can control.  You have a Power that no one else has.

To learn more about having a personal fitness plan and be ft for life, call me for a free consultation as your Wellness Coach at 409-550-7606 or email me at crystal@crystalclearchange.com.

Balancing Our Weight

Developing Healthy Habits! In a recent report by our Surgeon General, Regina Benjamin, she shares her goals to decrease our nation’s rate of Obesity both in adults and children by developing healthy habits. Today, two out three American adults are overweight or obese, and another 5.9% are now considered extremely obsess.  Excess weight increases the risk for heart disease, stroke, diabetes, several cancers, gallbladder disease and more. Her focus is to encourage Americans to choose more nutritious food, increase daily physical active and manage stress, which can keep people form developing healthy habits. She states that the causes of obesity are consuming too many calories, not getting enough physical activity, genes, metabolism, behavior, environment and cultures.

This can seem like too many factors to even worry or attempt to control, but I encourage you to look at that list and see what factors you can control.  The truth is that balancing our weight can be difficult. Genetics and environmental factors make it more challenging for some than others, but there are things that each of us can do.  So many times I have people asking me, “will this work?”  They are looking for the answer to quick weight loss with little effort.  My response is always with a question.  “Can you do it for the rest of your life”.  Americans spend billions of dollars a year on diets and products promising weight loss, only to fail along the way. If you are implementing a weight loss plan that you can not do for the rest of your life, it simply won’t work.

So how do we balance our weight? Incorporate healthy behaviors that you can do for a life time by focusing on small changes one at a time.

In a recent study by the National Weight Control Registry, individuals who lost at least 30 lb and kept it off for more than 1 year had common behaviors. They monitor their weight and food intake, maintain a low-calorie and low-fat diet, eat breakfast almost every day (see blog on Time Matters), perform 1 hour of physical activity daily and limit television time to 10 hours per week (another initiative by the Surgeon General).  It seems like a lot of changes and things to do at one time, but with weight loss and weight management there is not a magic pill or special formula, we have to change one behavior at a time.

Weight Loss Tip:

Take just one week to write down everything you eat.    Most people totally underestimate what and how many calories they are eating.  Write down every bite even those small pieces of candy that may not seem that much. (ex: 4 peppermints = 100 calories).  You may learn something about yourself including events or situations that trigger you to eat when you are really not hungry.

To learn more about developing healthy habits that will last a life time with your own personal Wellness coach go to www.crystalclearchange.com and for more information or to receive a free consultation contact me at crystal@crystalclearchange.com or 409-550-7606.

Motivation to Change

Motivation to exercise and eat right! Why don’t we have it? How do we get it? Change in our routine may be necessary from time to time.  Have you ever thought if I have to get on that treadmill one more time or hear that instructor tell me what to do with her bubbly smile, I will scream?  If you are not willing to try something new, you will eventually quit all together.

Sometimes we get stuck in a rut doing the same things over and over and then wonder why nothing is working and why we have lost our motivation.  We want to be healthier, stronger, have consistency in our habits and of course, see results, but we are not always willing to change a behavior.  So we lose our motivation to keep going because we are bored and begin to think nothing is working.

Another reason we may lose our motivation is that we are holding to the same thing that motivated us in the past and then wonder why it is not working.  It may be time to think of a new motivation.  For example:   20 years ago, the only reason I exercised was for my appearance.  Today, I do still care about how I look  (lets all be honest), but if I tried to use my looks as my ONLY motivation to eat right and exercise, I would probably quit on those days I could care less how I look.   My motivation to live healthy is to set a good example for my children, to have a higher quality of life and most of all .... be the best I can be physically and mentally for myself and my family.

To have results in our health, fitness and life, we need to be willing to make changes even if they are small.  I once had someone say to me, you may not be able to do what you want to do, but WHAT CAN YOU DO. Here is a little tip, try logging your exercise and food for one week to see if you are really eating what you think you are or exercising hard enough.  Are your eating healthy food but your portions are way too big, are there hidden calories that you never thought of, or are you sabotaging your workouts by ending it with a 300 calorie drink? Once we identify behaviors that may need to change, and connect with our motivation, we can then begin to have consistent behaviors that bring us results.

Our health is a lot like our spiritual growth.  We pray for something new, but all we do is pray when God may be calling us to step outside of comfort zone, take a risk, or be open to new opportunities.  What worked in the past may not be working any longer.  We are not open to new things because we know that is not what would work for us.  It did not work in the past so why would it now. I have a new favorite verse Isaiah 42 :9

Behold, the former things have come to pass.  Now I declare new things: before they spring forth I proclaim them to you.

How about this quote, which for me personally, can be kind of painful-

“If you want to change attitudes, start with a change in behavior.”

William Glasser

Forget about what may have worked in the past, think about something new.

What is your new behavior and motivation?

To learn more about how to be fit for life by creating a  plan just for you with your personal Wellness Coach, contact me crystal@crystalclearchange.com or 409-550-7606