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Why Are You Still Standing There?

11 Jan


Today I am so happy I want to cry for joy. I can’t really tell you why just yet (no, Mom, I’m not pregnant) but I did want to share some words of encouragement with you. I’m filled with so much joy that it just doesn’t seem fair not to share it.

Be brave. Be strong. Life is too short to see the glass half empty. Make your moments count and if you know you should do something but you’re nervous … just go and do it. I mean it. Right now. Decide that you can no longer stand around wondering “What if?” anymore. Change can be scary but the reward is worth the risk.

Did you get that?

The reward is worth the risk.

So, go out there today and be extraordinary.

You never know who you’ll meet or what you’ll accomplish until you jump out of the nest.

Spread your wings and fly. Before you know it, you’ll be soaring, wondering why you were ever on the ground in the first place.

~ Kate


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The Trouble with Spouses (aka When His Isn’t Hers)

10 Jan

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Despite the fact that one of the main reasons I started eating Paleo was because of my husband’s heath issues, Daniel just isn’t getting into the whole “Paleo thing” as much as I’d hoped or as quickly as I thought he would. And sometimes, that really poses a challenge for us. I’ve been thinking about it lately so I thought I’d share some thoughts on this topic and you can chime in as to whether you relate, can share some tips or maybe this post will simply let you know that you’re not alone in the “his and hers” diet dilemma.

Don’t get me wrong … Maybe you’re a guy eating Paleo and your wife just isn’t into it. Or maybe you’re a parent whose having a hard time getting your entire family to eat Paleo (I don’t envy you if that’s the case.) What I’m saying is, I sometimes catch myself admiring those couples that are both into eating healthy together and you should count your blessings if you fall into that category. For the rest of us, not being on the same page dietarily poses some unique challenges.

For example:

  • How often do you eat out?
  • Do you make separate meals?
  • How can you customize meals so that you both enjoy them?
  • Where can you eat out that you both will like?

You can’t really find Paleo-friendly options at a greasy spoon and eating solo just doesn’t sound as romantic, ya know? Daniel is a steak and potatoes guy. He keeps it simple and when he finds something he likes, he rarely deviates from it (much to my chagrin when it comes to sweet potatoes.)

I’m still learning how to be creative in this arena. Breakfast is no biggie for us because we leave the house at different times and lunch is OK too. Dinner is the meal that creates the ever-reoccurring challenge for us. Not just because I’m eating Paleo and he’s not right now but also because he loves eating-out. We both used to go to restaurants all the time and that’s a challenge for us now.

Right now, I’m focusing on finding Paleo-friendly options that he likes. It involves a lot more cooking and time. We also have a quick list in our heads of places that are suitable for my diet and his tastes (Panera, Chipotle, Aladdin’s, steak houses, 5 Guys Burgers and Fries)

One of the ideas that he had that I love is to create a physical menu of places that are OK for me to eat out with him. That way, when I’m really hungry, I can avoid a food crisis and with a quick-reference guide.

How about you? Are you and your spouse on the same diet page? What challenges do you face when it comes to meal planning?

~ Kate

Hit the Ground Running: Tips for Achieving Your Food and Fitness Goals

3 Jan

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Since it’s the new year, many of us have set goals or made resolutions to eat healthier, quit a bad habit, drink less and/or workout more.
Whether you’re starting a workout routine for the first time, running a half marathon, starting the Whole30,  eating clean or Paleo my hope is that these tips will help you get a head-start to be healthier and happier in 2013.
  1. Make a plan. What are your goals? Make sure that they are realistic for where you are right now and then write them down and put them somewhere you can easily and regularly refer back to them. Add dates to each goal and create smaller, milestone goals with dates to help you know where you are in achieving your goals.
  2. Tell the world. I’ve found it really helps me to achieve my goals (see 30 Day Challenges) to tell as many people as possible.  Announcing your goals can increase the likelihood that you’ll accomplish them. So share it on your Facebook status, tell your friends, family and coworkers.
  3. Eliminate temptation. What is the greatest challenge you face in accomplishing your goals? What could get in the way? This may mean that you skip on some social events to avoid eating out initially. Drinks after work may have to go until you get control. Be relentless. Don’t worry about what others think. This is your body, your mind and your life. Take charge of it!
  4. Team up. As you go around telling others about your goal, notice if others have goals similar to yours and offer to help encourage each other. You can also join a Facebook group and find local support groups or online communities to help strengthen your resolve. I did Weight Watchers years ago and there was tremendous value in the weekly “check-ins” for me.
  5. Keep you eye on the prize. You know that plan you made earlier? Look at it daily or even hourly if you need to. Use sticky notes, markers or iPhone reminders as necessary. Get a little crazy for the sake of accomplishing your goals. Don’t forget the big picture. The temporary pleasure of a cookie or skipping a workout isn’t worth a missed goal. You only have one life and you recognized that change was needed. Stay strong and use your support group. You’re stronger than you give yourself credit.
Looking for more detailed resources? Read some of my past posts about getting on the right track after the holidays by clicking here.

What are some of your “live better” goals for 2013?

Do you have any tried and true tips you’d add to this list?

~ Kate