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Monday, 02 July 2018 10:46

4th of July - 2018

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What does the 4th of July mean to you? This coming week is the Anniversary of the day our founding fathers declared our country's independence. It is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. The Continental Congress declared that the thirteen American colonies as a new nation, the United States of America, and were no longer part of the British Empire. Celebrate this great holiday thinking of all those who made this nation free, and with this same spirit why not make this the year you declare your own independence day in areas you need to personally be free. What actions do you still need to take to have a healthier and fit body? What changes do you still need to make?
Are you embracing the changes you need to make to be successful in regard to diet and exercise? Or, are you internally fighting them and feeling generally negative about them? When you fight change that is the best for you, you are denying your own personal freedom.
Many people simply fear change even when it's in their best interest. But in reality, in order to really experience life at its fullest, and to be successful at whatever you are trying to change, this fear has to be overcome and dealt with. Only then can we be truly free. Joan Borysenko, Ph.D,  author of Saying Yes to Change: Essential  Wisdom for Your Journey, puts it this way. "Like the acorn that has to die in order to be reborn as an oak tree, we are all in the midst of being transformed."
So why is  change so challenging besides just that fear element? Change means separation from what we are generally comfortable with on a day to day basis. We dislike being out of our own personal comfort zone so to speak. And when losing weight, we certainly know there are numerous changes we have to deal with constantly. Then there's the issue regarding the unknowns that frequently come with these changes. Many of us are so unsure of not knowing what's coming next!
But the reward IS definitely there for us when we continue to persevere. We become empowered, strengthened and literally transformed both physically and emotionally, and even spiritually, and this is what brings you unsurpassed personal freedom. 
I encourage you this 4th of July, first to celebrate all the freedoms we currently enjoy in this great country, but then to continue to pursue your own freedom to be the best you can be by fully accepting change in your own life.  
"May we think of freedom, not as to right to do as we please, but as the opportunity to do what is right." – Peter Marshall

We are almost past the middle of the year. How have you done with your New Year's Resolution from last January?

Tuesday, 19 June 2018 09:23

Exercise Doubles as a Stress Reducer!

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Most people are aware that exercise has numerous benefits. And exercise helps diffuse stress. Who doesn't need help with that? Now the big question, exactly what kind of exercise works the best for stress?
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
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