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Thursday, 14 June 2018 13:52

Deal With Stress

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We all have stress in our lives. Even though most of us know what kind of things to do for it, we rarely will take the small amount of needed time to deal with it.
Friday, 08 June 2018 19:37

What Makes a Dad

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Happy Father's Day everyone! Here's a special verse honoring all dads everywhere:

Friday, 08 June 2018 18:57

Father's Day 2018

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This coming Sunday is Father's Day. Over the last few years I've written numerous blogs on Father's Day,
Have you ever even heard of cognitive behavior therapy? Are you a stress eater or an emotional eater? Did you know many of our handouts at CMWM are based on this whole concept of CBT? Have you read any of them?
We all know obesity is at a world wide high, and the focus is specifically on the risk factors common to weight gain. Belly fat is always being the biggest hot topic, especially when it comes to being a risk factor. More and more attention in particular, is given to postmenopausal women these days because many women never even had this concern before this time in life. I refer to this as the "men-o-pot." 
Monday, 21 May 2018 13:12

A Memorial Day 2018 Tribute

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Beyond just a three day holiday weekend to celebrate the beginning of summer, consider honoring, even for just a few minutes, those who have served:
A Memorial Day Tribute 
Unselfishly, you left your fathers and your mothers,
You left behind your sisters and your brothers.
Leaving your beloved children and wives,
You put on hold, your dreams-your lives. 
On foreign soil, you found yourself planted
To fight for those whose freedom you granted.
Without your sacrifice, their cause would be lost
But you carried onward, no matter the cost. 
Many horrors you had endured and seen.
Many faces had haunted your dreams.
You cheered as your enemies littered the ground;
You cried as your brothers fell all around. 
When it was over, you all came back home,
Some were left with memories to face all alone;
Some found themselves in the company of friends
As their crosses cast shadows across the land. 
Those who survived were forever scarred
Emotionally, physically, permanently marred.
Those who did not now sleep eternally
'Neath the ground they had given their lives to keep free. 
With a hand upon my heart, I feel The pride and respect; my reverence is revealed
In the tears that now stream down my upturned face
As our flag waves above you, in her glory and grace.
Freedom was the gift that you unselfishly gave
Pain and death was the price that you ultimately paid.
Every day, I give my utmost admiration
To those who had fought to defend our nation.
-Author Unknown -
 And after honoring those special soldiers for a few thoughtful moments in your day, enjoy your picnic with simple planning ahead  of time. After all, when you think about it holiday eating challenges, it 's not that big of a deal, it requires, "No special tricks, gimmicks, special pills, special potions, special equipment. All it takes is desire and will." - Richard Simmons.  Think of the desire and will our veterans had to have to serve and preserve our freedom.
Tuesday, 08 May 2018 09:57

Mother's Day 2018

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Mother's Day is Sunday May 13th. What special things do you have planned for her that won't sabatage her weight loss efforts? Here are some ideas to explore:
  • Perfume, jewelry, fresh flowers are always good, especially if they are her special favorites.
  • Give her a special subscription to a healthy cooking magazine, a low-carb cookbook, (CMWM has one of course) or even a healthy cooking class or two?
  • How about a trial membership to a local health club – or even just give mom the time to go work out or walk everyday. There's always special home exercise equipment that are available too.
  • Give mom a special yoga DVD with a stress reduction section (CMWM just happens to have one of those too!)
  • If you really have to spoil her with some food related choices at least consider some Chocolate Delites from the CMWM program. 
  • Try some of our CMWM recipes designed specifically for special occasions. How about a low carb Asparagus Quiche special breakfast served on a tray with some fresh flowers? 
  • Numerous stores carry bath salts and special aromatherapy items that are guaranteed to relax her mind, body and spirit. What mom doesnt need some down time?
  • If she really wants to go out, do NOT make it a buffet as that can be just too overwhelming. Pick a place that has tasty healthy options with moderate serving sizes. Then take her for a special romantic walk that she will enjoy, to work off any extra calories.

And, we have to have a little tribute to Mom too here:

"A mother is like a ray of sunshine
Whose heart is just pure gold.
A mother beams with happiness
That'll never grow old.
She'll stay in my heart forever
As if she were inside
We've shared so many things,
We laughed, we smiled, we cried.
I love my mother very much
and still throughout the years
We share the mother-daughter (son) love,
and always when I fear,
I know I'll always have my mother
Somewhere very near!"  -Anonymous
Friday, 27 April 2018 11:57

Cinco de Mayo - 2018

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Did you know that Cinco de Mayo is NOT Mexican Independence Day from Spain. (That happened in 1810 and is celebrated on September 16th.) In the 1960’s and 1970’s, Cinco de Mayo became more identified with the Chicano rights movement in the US, especially in California. This has become more associated with a day to celebrate Hispanic heritage.
Cinco de Mayo actually commemorates the Mexican victory over the French at the battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862 (and has been celebrated on May 5th every year since then). The Mexican army, under the command of Ignacio Zaragoza, despite the army being small and not even seemingly equipped to handle the battle, surprisingly won the battle in the town of Puebla 85 miles east of Mexico City. 
In numerous communities throughout the US the day is celebrated with numerous events like parades and events, authentic mariachi music and dancing, and of course all the spicy and delicious Mexican food favorites. (Enjoy some of these favorites, modified without compromising your diet.)
And it's become an American holiday too. Americans have been celebrating Cinco de Mayo in the West almost since the end of the Battle of Puebla. It was actually rather unheard of until the 1960’s when Mexican-American activists started making the day more known. And of course, it became a great way to celebrate pride in the Hispanic community.
Later in 2014, thanks to US commercialism, Cinco de Mayo became the biggest non-winter drinking day of the year. It's even one of the top five drinking holidays in general (as if anyone really needs an excuse to drink alcohol, right? As far as weight loss goes, drinking stops weight loss it fast.)
Any celebration of freedom is of course worth taking note of. Just don’t forget you are also free to make healthier choices any day of the year, especially if you are serious about attaining your health and weight loss. Just consider that when you are celebrating Cinco de Mayo on the the 5th of May on Saturday. (Here are more tips to help you get through this or any socializing event healthier.)
Consider this: "Responsibility for the foods we eat is the price of freedom from dieting." -Felicity Luckey
Friday, 20 April 2018 12:28

April Alcohol Awareness Month 2018

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The 2018 theme for April  Alcohol Awareness Month is "Changing Attitudes: It's not a simply a rite of passage," this is to draw attention to the many opportunities individuals, families, and communities have to educate young people on the dangers of alcohol use. 
Tuesday, 17 April 2018 11:28

A Move for More Movement

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The other day I discussed how sitting is the new smoking, meaning that leading a sedentary lifestyle has serious consequences in terms of life expectancy and aging more quickly. And now there's even more bad news.
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