Has the following scenario ever happened to you?
You tell your children that it’s important for them to eat fruits and vegetables everyday. Said children grumble (maybe even throw in an eye-roll) and begrudgingly eat the vegetables on the plate.
Then those same children go to school and have a lesson on fruits and vegetables. They come home with a food portion guideline and are excited to tell you the benefits of eating the 5-9 servings a day that we all need.
Cue your grumble (eye-roll)...
What happened here? You gave the same information to your children and yet when they heard it from their teacher, suddenly it’s the greatest advice on the face of the earth.
It happens to all of us. Sometimes we need to hear the same information from a different source in order for it to sink in.
Before my columns head in a different direction, I sought the advice from friends via Facebook to find out what they do to resist temptation and make healthy choices. I thought it would be beneficial to hear from someone else. Here are some of their responses:
Kris - We (my husband and I) always try to buy one meal when we’re out to eat and then just split it. It’s always plenty of food and then we’re not so full.
Ashley - I always say five minutes of satisfaction isn’t worth the after effect. Being a runner, I always think about what food is doing or going to do to my muscles, to fuel my runs, etc.
Charity - I become obsessed with turning my favorite recipes into lighter, healthier versions so I don’t feel deprived.
Jessica - Water. Water is key for me. When I crave that red velvet cupcake from Costco, I drink a big glass of ice cold water and it seems to help.
Jean - A ‘bit’ of chocolate every evening.
Connie - Mouth + duct tape.
Hopefully one (or more) of their responses resonated with you in some way. There are many ways to resist the temptation of a poor choice. Take a moment to step back and think about the long-term effect. Or if you’re really desperate...there’s always duct tape!
For the first season of the Arlington Farmers' Market, I created a website for it. Now that the first season is over, I'm doing what I should have done in the first place...put it as a page at the Get To It Life Coaching website. The reasons are simple. First, it makes it easier to maintain one website instead of two. Secondly, since I'm running the market as a part of my life coaching business, it made sense for them to be in the same home. This is definitely an example of working smarter not harder. :)
So, under the 'More' tab on the menu choices at the top, you will find Arlington Farmer's Market. Right now it's rather bare, but over the next week I will be transferring all the information from that website over to this one. The transition will be complete on September 1, and the Arlington Farmers' Market website will cease to exist.
However, the Arlington Farmers' Market will still have its own Facebook page. I thought it was important to be able to provide information about the market only that would not directly apply to the life coaching page. Feel free to check back often to witness the changes taking place.
This was Pastor Rebecca Hjelle's message yesterday at the Blair First United Methodist Church, and I couldn't agree with her more. We get a fresh start each and every day. We just have to take advantage of it. Here are my top 10 ways to take advantage of the new day:
1. Go for a walk or a run.
2. Enjoy the beauty of the sunrise.
3. Take the time to connect with the people in your life.
4. Make healthy choices for your body, mind, and soul.
6. Take it one step at a time. Your goals won't be met in a day.
7. Reach out when you need help or reach out to help others.
8. Be present.
9. Love your life!
10. Do something spontaneous.
I'm a lover of life, an eternal optimist, and I have an intense desire to add value through simple living and positive vibes.