Thursday, December 31, 2009

A New Year Approaches For "You"

Let's Think of some fun things that you can do for you, and for me!! and No diet is not in this section of the list!

Go somewhere you don't ususally go!

wear different glasses

buy different

switch your perfume

stop apologizing

read a love story

give a little

tell a joke

renew your passion

spread the love

stop whining

fit your bra

just say no

add color
Can you think of some more fun things to add to this list??

Here are some Fun things to help you start off the new year that use
can do with your old junk!! :)

After the paper towel is empty, use it to
*Keep power cords tangle free!  Pass each one through a paper towel tube before plugging it in.  The cords will lay lie flat and won't get twisted together.  Plus, you'll always find the exact cord you need!!

*Run proof your nylons! Do your pantyhoses get  snagged in the drawer, or is it hard to find the ones your looking for?  Just stuff each pair into its own tube before placing in your drawer marking the color and type on the outside!

Coffee Grounds
Remove a Scratch- To erase a small hairline scratch from a woodeen table or floor, just dip a cotton swab into a wet coffee grounds and rub it in.  Coffee is a natural dye and mild abrasive, so the scratch will vanish. 

*Make Plants grow faster!  Coffee grounds are loaded with nitrogen and other nutrients houseplants and flower love.  Add some to the soil as fertilizer~

Banana Peels
*After you have eaten a Banana take the peel to shine your leather, the soft inside of a banana peel can clean and shine leather and vinyl, including purses,  jackets and shoes.  The oils and potassium are natural moisturizers that won't harm surfaces.  Just buff in a circular motion and then wipe clean with a cloth.
*De-scratch a CD!  Have DVDs or CD's that skip?  Rub a banana peel over them in a circular motion and then gently buff and remove any residue with a soft cloth.  Because the peel is mildly, your scratches will disappear!!

Did you know!!
Boost HDLS with a Daily Chuckle!
Laughing heartily for 30 minutes a day *by, say watching TV sitcom* can increase your levels of "GOOD" HDL cholesterol, suggests a recent study!! SO Start Laughing!

Volunteer for a Longer, Happier Life
In a Recent Study of more than 6,000 retirees, folks who regularly donated time to help others had a 14% lower-than-normal risk of dying of any cause during a four year period!! It's also proven to boost self-esteem!! Let's Get busy and Volunteer, and Lead a MORE Happy LIFE!! Find something you love and Volunteer and just see!

We are all starting off a Brand New Year!  We can all live a Better Life for ME!!  New Choices, New Ideas, New Things to do for Me!!  You just have to do them!  Start today and Make one choice for you!  Don't let the days go by!  Start you a journal and write something down that you have done for you!  It will be a wonderful fun filled journal to see on December 3lst to see what all you have done just for you this year!  Who is with me??  Comment and let me know!!!  Here's to a great year each of us!

Bible Verse for Today
Sometimes life gets a little rough, and we all need a bit of joy in our lives. We often talk about warnings that come from the Bible, how to live or not live our lives. However, sometimes we forget that the Bible tells us to enjoy life a little bit. God did not mean for us to be sad or serious all the time. He tells us to get out and have a little fun. Here are some "happy" Bible verses to add some sunshine to what an be a gloomy day:

Psalm 27:6 - "Then my head will be exalted above the enemies who surround me; at his tabernacle will I sacrifice with shouts of joy; I will sing and make music to the LORD." (NIV)


Wednesday, December 30, 2009

What Can YOGA Do for Me?

 A Very Interesting Question I think for ALL of us??
What Can Yoga Do for Me??  Well That is our Blog for today, so Let's get started!!

What can Yoga do for me?
Regular Yoga Practice can offer many health benefits:

*Back pain is reduced

*Flexibility improves

*Energy levels increase

*Breathing improves

*Stress is reduced and controlled

*Confidence and self empowerment are achieved

*Mood and emotional balance is enhanced
Yoga Exercise improves both posture and breathing, which in turn benefits the circulation of the blood and the body's intake and utilzation of oxyzen.  It will increase the rate and efficiency with which waste material is excreted from the body via kidneys, bowels, skin, liver and lungs, thereby, strengthening the immune defense system in its fight against infection, cancer and allegeries.  Certain poses, such as the corpse, the fish and the plow, aim specifically to improve bowel regularity for instance.  All inhance breathing and improve blood supply to the kidneys and liver.  Yoga also boosts the body's nervous and hormonal system, and improves both flexibility and muscle tone!!!  Can't we all use that!! I know I SURE CAN!!  I use to do Yoga and it helped me so, I am started it back!! Get you a DVD and start little by little work your way up!!  Don't wait!! Start today!
IS YOGA AN EXERCISE? Traditionally in the West Yoga is seen as a form of physical exercise to gain fitness and reduce stress. This is certainly true, however Yoga is far more than that. In yoga we harness the power of our bodies but also unite this with the power of our minds.
By becoming aware of the body and the breath and how it functions, allows us to alter the way we move and breathe and ultimately the way we use our minds.

The change takes place on the entire person and affects the physical body, the mind, the emotions and the spirit.


Try a little experiment now.
 Come into tadasana  (Tadasana - Mountain Pose Tadasana - Begin by bringing awareness to the Surface Of The Feet.The foundation of a tree is its roots therefore bring awareness to the feet first in this yoga pose. The same force should be present in both feet. Pelvic adjustments must be made to achieve this. Evenly distribute the weight over the feet. Always try to get more of the surface area of both feet and toes to touch down on the mat or floor.The toes should be used to stabilize the body from forward motions. Sometimes the weight can fall on the outside or inside of the feet. Try to have the weight centered.)
– yoga’s basic standing pose. Close your eyes. Now try to be completely still. Completely, totally, motionless. No movement. No change. Resist any change. Is it possible? Did you find yourself holding your breath? There is no way to stay perfectly still, in tadasana or in life. Every moment is always unfolding, and all you can do is follow it and perhaps try to guide it.

       Come into tadasana again, and close your eyes. Notice how the breath moves you in tadasana. Can you feel yourself getting taller on the inhale, more grounded on the exhale? Or perhaps you feel yourself expanding on the inhale, and drawing in to your core on the exhale. Whatever you feel, whatever you notice, do it intentionally. Ride the natural change and do it on purpose.
     Yoga teaches us that everything changes – everything is always in the process of renewing, unfolding, and evolving. This is good news. It means that we don’t need to provide the energy for change in our own lives. Change is not an uphill battle – it doesn’t need to be a struggle. Everything is already always changing. We simply need to learn how to direct change and allow change to happen. Instead, most of us are struggling to prevent change – we cling to our habits and our ways of viewing the world. We may not even be doing this consciously. But if we sincerely invite change, there’s nothing that can stop it.


Yoga is realitvely new  alternative therapy to the West, but it has been practiced in India for over 5,000 years!  It must be good!
Here are some of the most useful poses and the ailments they can help

Corpse, Mountain, Complete, Breath, Fish, Shoulder, Stand

Corpse, Plough, Locust, Knee to Chest, Tadasana

Corpse, Fish, Plow, Twist, Knee to Chest, Posterior, Uddiyana, Yoga Mudra

Corpse, Locust, Mountain, Plow, Twist, Cobra, Uddiyana

Corpse, Mountain, Locust, Cobra, Posterior Stretch

Period Problems
Plow, Fish, Shoulder Stand, Cobra, Posterior Stretch

Exhaustion and Lethargy
Mountain, Shoulder Stand, Corpse, Posterior Stretch

Shoulder Stand, Locust, Posterior Stretch, Plow, Bow, Sun Salutation, Cobra

Fish, Shoulder Stand, Plow

Prostand Gland
Kneeling Pose

Yoga Mudra, Shoulder Stand, Plow, Corpse

Eye Strain
Neck and Eye Exercises

Knee to Chest

Corpse, Neck and Eye Exercise, Should Roll

Twist, Mountain, Shoulder Stand, Knee in Chest

Twist, Mountain, Shoulder Stand, Knee in Chest

Sexual Problems
Plow, Shoulder Stand, Twist, Complete Breath, Uddiyana

Shoulder Stand, Corpse

Skin Disorders
Sun Salutation

Sore Throat

Varicose Veins
Shoulder Stand

Yoga Mudra, Shoulder Stand

Here is a Link to Most of the Above Poses

Hatha yoga is usually practised to maintain a healthy body, but it also promotes relaxation and is a great way to control stress. It can lower the risk of heart attack and other stress-related health issues. You will move between poses in a slow manner, with some practitioners pausing to do the "dead man's posture" several times during a session. Each time you do this you will notice subtle changes in the way your body feels.

When you get to the end of a session you will lie on your back in the dead man's posture and let yourself drift into a deep meditation as you sense all the energetic changes that have occurred in your body. On a more profound level Hatha yoga purifies the physical body as a means to purify the mind. While this is an admirable and lofty goal, you should in no way feel overwhelmed by the enormity of such a task.

Just begin your Hatha Yoga practise with the idea of improving your health and relaxing your body and mind. These goals can be accomplished by anyone even during your very first yoga class. Then, once you get the hang of this, feel free to move on to purifying the mind at your own pace! Enjoy your hatha yoga practice!

Practing Yoga, can change your life, I have found anyone that didn't try yoga, that didn't like it!! So give it a try and see how much better you feel!!  Start slow and work up, let your body respond to the breathing and stretching, give it all it needs with the uniqueness of Yoga. 

Bible Verse for Today
Proverbs 4:22

For they are life to those who find them, And health to all their whole body.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Better Choices Benefit Me

As I start this new year I want to pick better choices that will benefit me for a better life.  Thought I would search out some things that would benefit me and share them with you.

1.  More water!  I get in habits of drinking alot and then stopping, so I am going to try to stay in my good habit of drinking my water fullfillment everyday, our bodies need water everyday!!
2.  A Multivitamin-"Do I really need to take a multi-vitamin supplement?" The answer, after countless medical and scientific research studies, involving thousands of people, hundreds of doctors and almost a hundred years of study, is -- YES. Yes, you do need and want to take a multi-vitamin supplement. So if you are not already taking a one a day multi-vitamin supplement, then you need to start doing so immediately. It can and will make a positive difference in your life.
3.  Walking or Some Kind of Exercise Everyday- You do not have to exercise vigorously to reap health benefits. You can still stay healthy if you do moderate-intensity physical activity for at least 30 minutes per day, 5 days a week.  The 30 minutes can be broken down into 10 min segment throughout the day. 

1.helps manage weight

2.reduces body fat

3.increase lean muscles tissues

4.increase physical fitness

5.helps to build and maintain healthy bones

6.lower the risk of heart disease, diabetes and stroke.

7.Relieves stress, helps you to relax and sleep better
4. Pray MORE and read my Bible more!  For me, relying on God more, helps me to have more faith in him and know that giving it all to him, and taking it off me, is what it is all about!
1 Thessalonians 5:17  Pray without ceasing
This is just a few things I want to change this year!!

Low Vitamin D??  I am!!!!!!!
Here a few things that has lots of Vitamin D in it.
You need to get a mininum of 1,000 IU a day through supplements and food.
Salmon (sockeye), cooked, 3 ounces 794 199

Mackerel, cooked, 3 ounces 388 97

Tuna fish, canned in water, drained, 3 ounces 154 39

Milk, nonfat, reduced fat, and whole, vitamin D-fortified, 1 cup 115-124 29-31

Orange juice fortified with vitamin D, 1 cup (check product labels, as amount of added vitamin D varies) 100 25

Yogurt, fortified with 20% of the DV for vitamin D, 6 ounces (more heavily fortified yogurts provide more of the DV) 80 20

Margarine, fortified, 1 tablespoon 60 15

Sardines, canned in oil, drained, 2 sardines 46 12

Liver, beef, cooked, 3.5 ounces 46 12

Ready-to-eat cereal, fortified with 10% of the DV for vitamin D, 0.75-1 cup (more heavily fortified cereals might provide more of the DV) 40 10

Egg, 1 whole (vitamin D is found in yolk) 25 6

Cheese, Swiss, 1 ounce 6 2
Make sure you get your vitamin D and eat plenty of the Vitamin D enriched foods!  It is very important for your health and bones!

POWER FOOD:  Cinnamon
This spice may benefit your cholestestrol levels, blood sugar, and so much more!!
Here's something that may come as a surprise: that cinnamon you've been stirring into your oatmeal, cookie dough, toast is probably cassia, a close relative to Ceylon, or true cinammon.  Health benefits warming qualities, both varieties of cinammon have long served as an appetite stimulant and as a remedy for abdominal pain and gas.  So start sprinkling that cinnamon everywhere, use those sticks in all your dishes, get the benefits of cinnamon!!  A true powerfood!
Enjoy Life and think Positive Thoughts, reach out for Life and don't let it slip through your hands, we only have one life that God has given us!! Let's make the most of it NOW!!

Bible Verse for Today=Proverbs 17:22 - "A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones."

Monday, December 28, 2009

Healthy & Positive Living Flash

Well a New Year is almost upon us and I am not making any new years resolutions other than to Live a Better Life for ME!!!  That is one BIG lumped together resolution to do better for me, no matter what I do.

The evidence can be found in a couple of recent studies. One evaluated 309 people who were having heart surgery and found that people with a positive outlook were 50 percent less likely to return to the hospital in the six months following surgery. Another, from the Women's Health Initiative, followed 97,000 post-menopausal women for more than eight years and found that those who scored highest in optimism had a significantly lower chance of developing heart disease.

How Optimism Contributes to Good Health

Just as positive thinking and good emotional health contribute to wellness, negative thinking can have adverse effects on health, such as weakening your immune system and preventing you from doing the things you need to do to take good care of yourself.

"When you are optimistic, people are attracted to you. This leads to healthier relationships, more success, and decreased emotional stress. And of course, we know that emotional stress can lead to physical illness,"

"Positive thinking reduces inflammation, which is a byproduct of stress. It is important to reduce inflammation because it stands at the root cause of disease and plays havoc with your thinking," adds Debbie Mandel, MA, author of Addicted to Stress and a nationally recognized stress management expert.

Positive Thinking: Tips for Maintaining Optimism

"To maintain positive thinking you need to pay attention to basic needs such as getting enough rest, proper nutrition, exercise, stress reduction, and heath care. It means keeping your life in balance," advises Ritvo. Here are some tips for keeping a positive outlook:
Let it out. Keeping feelings of sadness, anger, or guilt bottled up inside is unhealthy and can undermine positive thinking. Talk to a friend or loved one. Get your feelings out in the open where you can deal with them.Replace negative thinking with positive thinking. "People who are optimistic are able to reframe negatives into positives. Practicing this kind of positive spin will eventually make it automatic. Since there are no absolute truths, consider your life story. Do you want it to be a positive one or a tragic one?" asks Mandel.Learn to deal with stress. Some stress is inevitable. Learn to handle it in a positive way. "Exercise sheds stress, releases endorphins, helps you focus, creates personal empowerment, and boosts the immune system," advises Mandel. Having a good social support system, accepting change, and keeping life in perspective are other ways people can deal with stress and maintain positive thinking.Be a survivor. Life is both magic and tragic. We all have to face loss, failure, and disappointment sometimes. People who are optimistic find a way to recover. They develop resilience. "Life is a series of recoveries. When you understand this premise, you believe that you will get through your obstacles and emerge stronger with experience and empowerment to navigate the next challenge," says Mandel.Create time for fun. Positive thinking and joy go together. "Instead of an endless to-do list, pursue a creative hobby to fill any loss or grief you are experiencing. Activate your sense of fun.

Laughter is your inner treadmill and it breaks negativity instantly

Positive thinking and optimism really do contribute to a longer, healthier life. Avoid the false sense of optimism offered by drugs and alcohol. These solutions to stress only cause more problems in the long run. A recently released study followed over 6,000 students who attended the University of North Carolina in the 1960s. Of the 476 students who died during the next 40 years, those students who scored lowest in optimism had a 42 percent higher rate of death than those who were the most optimistic.

Positive thinking provides its own rewards, so take responsibility for your thoughts. As the great William Shakespeare once wrote,

"There is nothing either good or bad,
but thinking makes it so."

 I have found several interesting things for better healthy living that
I thought you might enjoy!

**Fresh Benefits- After Olive oil has been stored for six months its antioxidants are 40% less effective at fighting cell damaging free radicals, so buy small bottles, and store in a cool place!!!
**Buger Bummer-To live 'till the cows come home, designate beef-free days.  Women who eat less than 4 oz. red meat weekly survive longer than those who eat more.  Saturated fats and high cooking temps-which prouduce cancer causing compounds- may be to blame.  Go Fish~~


Aged To Perfection
Sure when you're counting candles on a cake, age is nothing but a number.  But when it comes to putting food on your plate, how old or *young* those eats are and how long they take to grow can affect how many nutrients you'll net.
  Pick your food at it's prime.

Get it Early                                        Wait it Out
Seafood                                                Grapes
Broccoli                                              Banana
Onions                                               Tomatoes

Look for the positive in every situation.

Bible Verse For Today-
Holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience.

1 Timothy 3:9

Friday, December 18, 2009

True Love begins With Acceptance Of Yourself

True Love Begins With The Acceptance of Yourself

How many of us look in the mirror and DO NOT like what we see!!  I know I haven't in a few years, Weight has always been an issue for me, always!!! and since I have been so much medicine that has worsens my weight and swelling problems it makes me just want to cry when I look in the mirror.  But since I having starting just feeling alittle better and doing this blog everyday I have decided that I am going to LOVE ME Because I want to Living Better for me!!  Maybe I will lose weight in the process when I get my act together in my head.  But I have got to do things for me, LOVE ME, ACCEPT ME!!  Nothing else matters, if you don't love you, then nothing else in this world matters, because you can't be what you need to be for everyone else.  So lets try this together, one day at a time!  Comment, email me, give me your thoughts, ideas, tips, I want to hear from all you, share my blog with your friends!!  Lets Make every Live a Better Life for ME!

This was from an ABC Report- Very Interesting
When it comes to our bodies, everyone is their own worst critic. Perhaps you’ve spent countless hours scrutinizing the length of your nose or the width of your hips. Or maybe it’s a mole on your back or the size of your feet that drives you crazy. We’re all quite good at pointing out and obsessing over our own “flaws,” but most of us have a much harder time when it comes to accepting what we were born with.

In fact, an ABC News article reported that 35 percent of women have negative thoughts about their body up to five times a day. And another report, published in the journal Psychosomatics, found that 75 percent of U.S. students are concerned with the appearance of parts of their body (and another 30 percent say they are “preoccupied” with this concern).
Not surprisingly, the study also found that having low “body-esteem” was linked to low self-esteem and symptoms of depression, anxiety and obsessive-compulsive behavior. So, accepting and, even more so, feeling good about your body is essential to feeling good about yourself and leading a happy, fulfilling life.
Just imagine: Instead of loathing each new line on your face, embracing them for the memories that made them. Instead of longing to be unrealistically thin, changing your lifestyle to support your health, and savoring every bodily curve it creates. And instead of faulting yourself for your grey hair, your large nose or your gangly arms, priding yourself on the fact that these are the things that make you unique.

***Now imagine the great rewards you’ll reap for loving yourself. Research has proven that a negative body image is draining. Among adolescents, it’s even been found to contribute to:
 Depression and anxiety
• Suicidal thoughts and behaviors
• Dissociation (blocking out emotions as a coping mechanism)
• Sexual preoccupation and distress
• Post-traumatic stress disorder
A positive body image, meanwhile, will boost your self-esteem, your sense of well-being and peace, and even your very happiness, so you’ve got nothing to lose.
How to Stop Being Ashamed and Start Loving Your Body
In their place, you’ll feel an open sense of freedom that you may not have felt before, and with that freedom from the negative you’ll start embracing the positive aspects of your body and accepting yourself fully. When you use The Sedona Method, you will no longer feel shame about your body (or any aspect of yourself). You will feel only a natural sense of warmth, peace and joy.

***The following tips will also help you to start loving your body, and, when used with the Method, make an excellent positive routine you can implement in your life today:
• Exercise and eat a healthy diet. Getting into good physical shape will improve your body shape, too!
• Get plenty of sleep each night (there’s a reason it’s called “beauty sleep”).
• Pamper yourself with a long bath, a special outing or a spa day “just because.”
• Say only loving things to yourself. Ban “I hate my thighs,” or “My behind is too big” from your vocabulary (and your mind).
• Don’t compare your body to others. Your body is one of a kind!
• Write a list of things you love about your body. Keep it somewhere handy and refer to it often.
• Give thanks for your health, your life and your abilities.
I think all the above tips will help us to improve to love ourselves!!  Stop hating this beautiful woman that God created, HE created YOU, the way he wanted to for a reason!!  Embrace IT!  LOVE yourself, You are ONE of a Kind A Special Creation From GOD!

Let's talk about your weekends, do they end being fun, exciting, doing things you want to do, travels, shopping, watching movies, having friends over, whatever your heart desires, or DO THEY end up doing NOTHING, or house work all weekend?????  We we need to change!!  We have to Fix this, we need to have some fun on the weekend too!  I think if you are a busy person, you need to make a calendar and put in when you are doing that laundry and mopping, etc, so it will get done.  Then plan some fun!  Plan a movie out, or what ever, going out with the kids and building a snowman or sledding.  Whatever season it maybe, get some fun it with who or whatever area of fun, but don't leave it out!!  It truly has been along time since I have done anything fun, my health has just been so bad I haven't felt like it but things are getting better for me and I have been having lunches out with friends, fun!!  Planning some things now!  SO you to get into planning so some fun stuff! too ok!  Lets not let our lifes pass us by and we say wow where did it go and we didn't have any fun!!!

Bible Verse For Today
Proverbs 15:1 A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.

Have a Blessed Friday!!  Thanks so much for taking to time to come to my blog, I pray that each of you will get something from it as I do in writing it each day!  Love you and God Bless Lisa

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Think Beyond what you do to how it affects others!

Think Beyond! not just for the moment, I know most of the time, I am only in the moment, do you think beyond and how it will affect you and how others around you.  Living a better life for Me, will have to be long term so I am going to have think beyond!!

Here are some wonderful Tips I found that I think makes wonderful since to living a better life for me!
1.Take a 10-30 minute walk every day. And while you walk, smile. It is the ultimate anti-depressant.
2.Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day. Buy a lock if you have to.
3.Buy a DVR and tape your late night shows and get more sleep.
4.When you wake up in the morning complete the following statement, ‘My
purpose is to __________ today.’  A VERY GOOD ONE TO HAVE ON YOUR MIRROR!!!!!
5.Live with the 3 E’s — Energy, Enthusiasm, and Empathy.
6.Play more games and read more books than you did the year before.
7.Make time to practice meditation, yoga, tai chi, and prayer. They
provide us with daily fuel for our busy lives.
8.Spend time with people over the age of 70 and under the age of 6.
9.Dream more while you are awake.
10.Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less food that is manufactured in plants.
11.Drink green tea and plenty of water.. Eat blueberries, wild Alaskan salmon, broccoli, almonds & walnuts.
12.Try to make at least three people smile each day.
13.Clear clutter from your house, your car, your desk and let new and flowing energy into your life.
14.Don’t waste your precious energy on gossip, issues of
 the past, negative thoughts or things you cannot control. Instead invest your energy in the positive present moment.
15.Realize that life is a school and you are here to learn. Problems are simply part of the curriculum that appear and fade away like algebra class but the lessons you learn will last a lifetime.
16.Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner
17.Smile and laugh more. It will keep the energy flowing.
18.Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.
19.Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.
20.Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
21.You don’t have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.
22.Make peace with your past so it won’t spoil the present.
23.Don’t compare your life to others’. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
24.No one is in charge of your happiness except you.
25.Frame every so-called disaster with these words: ‘In five years, will
this matter?’
26.Forgive everyone for everything. God won't forgive you, if you don't forgive!
27.What other people think of you is none of your business.
28.GOD heals everything, in his way!
29.However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
30.Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your family will. Stay in touch.
31.Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful or joyful.
32.Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
33.The best is yet to come.
34.No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
35.Do the right thing!
36.Call your friends and family often. (Or email them to death!!!) Hey I’m thinking
of ya!!!
37.Each night before you go to bed complete the following statements: I am thankful for __________. Today I accomplished _________.

38.Remember that you are too blessed to be stressed.
39.Enjoy the ride. Remember this is not Disney World and you certainly don’t want a fast pass. You only have one ride through life so make the most of it and enjoy the ride

Have a Blessed Day I am of to finish my Christmas shopping, less stress this holiday season for me!

Bible Verse for today
Today's Verse

"The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel" - which means, "God with us."
Matthew 1:23 NIV

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Positive thinking is a mental attitude that generates happiness, success and favorable outcomes in every situation or action you do. The thoughts get registered in your subconscious mind and you start taking action to create favorable change.
A positive outlook can help you to cope better with stressful situations and can change your life for the better.
Why think positively?

Ever wondered why some people find learning an enjoyable and exciting experience? Why are some people disinterested and find it an unpleasant experience while others use it merely as a road to fetch a good job? The difference between these people lies in their attitude and their approach towards life. Your mindset plays a huge role in every aspect of your life.
Your mind can control your body for better or for worse. A negative mindset can mar your life while a positive mindset can make your life happy and peaceful. The choice is yours!

You cannot change your thoughts and attitude overnight. Positive thinking takes practice.
Persistence would make your mind to think positively and ignore negative thoughts. Benefits of positive thinking
Decreases stress.
Helps you cope better in stressful situations.
Strengthens your Immune System and reduces the risk of certain diseases.

Improves your self-esteem and confidence.
Brings inner peace, happiness and a sense of well-being.
Motivates you to accomplish your goals.
Helps you have greater inner strength and energy.
Helps you live longer.

Listen to your inner voice
Listening to your inner voice or instincts is one of the most common ways to develop positive thinking. Whenever any negative thoughts enter your mind, try to replace it with a constructive one. For example, “I won’t be able to do it” will be put forward as “I will do it”. Practice this regularly and you will soon be able to master your mind.
Learn to meditate
Meditation calms your mind and relaxes your body Meditation gives you inner strength, peace of mind, relaxation and a sense of bliss, which will help you to think positively.

Always see the brighter side of life
Try to believe that everything happens for a reason and embrace the concept that something good will come out of every situation that momentarily seems bad. Always look on the bright side of life and it will work wonders for you.
Learn to communicate effectively
Not saying the things you feel can give a sense of frustration, anxiety and anger, thus giving way to negative thoughts. Hence, communication is an important aspect of positive thinking.
Believe in yourself
Believe in yourself and your capabilities to become more confident. Make a positive commitment to yourself and to the people around you. Praise yourself and be enthusiastic.

Tips to positive thinking

•Be optimistic and expect favorable outcomes in every situation.

•Cultivate the habit of reading inspiring books.

•Find reasons to smile more often. It’s a great stress buster.

•Try to use positive words, e.g. “I can”, “it will be done”, “it is possible” while thinking and talking.

•Engage yourself in enjoyable recreational activities.

•Interact with people who have a positive outlook in life.


Positive thinking needs consistent effort as you are creating a new habit. On the other hand, negative thoughts can rip your focus from your goal. There is no greater joy than living a healthy and positive life. So take charge of your mind and think positive. Remember, you are what you think
Helpful Tips for this Holiday Season in Speed Cleaning for all those Visitors

Help Make Your House Noticeably Clean

1. Act like a guest. Grab a notepad and a pen. Stand at the front door and trace the steps your guests might take through your house. Write down which rooms you encounter. This will give you an idea of exactly what areas you need to focus on.  "Your guests will have unlimited time to look around in your bathrooms," says Linda Cobb, Queen of Clean, best-selling author and television personality. "Walk in, sit down, look up, look down and around … and then clean! Be sure you have extra toilet paper and disposable hand towels during cold and flu season."

2. Gather up throw rugs and take them outside for a good shake. Then air them on a clothesline or railing for several hours.

3.Switch from tablecloths to place mats, and arrange a bowl of fruit or a vase of fresh flowers in the middle of the kitchen table. The mats are easier to keep clean — plus, if your table looks set, it’s a less likely landing pad for mail and other clutter.

4. Steam your microwave clean. Save time; work less. “Pour 2 cups of water into a microwave-safe bowl, and cook on high for 5 minutes. The steam generated will soften any cooked-on food splatters. Then, wipe down the interior with a damp sponge,” says Bredenberg.

5.  Declutter.Look through your house at a high level. Are there disorderly corners in your family room? Stacks of papers in your kitchen? Go through these items and either put things in their proper place or throw them out. Cobb recommends carrying a laundry basket throughout the house to collect things that are out of place. "Then, walk through your house and put them back where they belong. You'll be amazed at how fast and easy this is, and how neat the house will appear," she says.
6.  Focus on the scent.  After your house is clean, add touches of freshness by hiding Gain® dryer sheets all over your house. Try placing them between the couch cushions, behind bookshelves and in drawers.

This was a Recipe Contest Winner

 Cherry Merry Christmas Truffles

Photo by: Katy Stovall

The perfect Christmas candy, made with cream cheese, chocolate, candied cherries and chopped pecans.

Ingredients8 ounce package cream cheese, softened

4 cups confectioners's sugar

4 squares unsweetened chocolate, melted

1/4 cup coarsely chopped candied cherries

1 cup finely chopped pecans

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In medium bowl blend cream cheese, sugar and chocolate until smooth and stir in cherries. Form into 1" rolls, wrap in waxed paper, and chill at least 2 hours. Cut into 1" pieces and form into balls. Roll balls into chopped pecans and store in refrigerator. Place in paper candy cups to serve.

Notes: The truffles are the easiest candy to make that I know, and keep indefinitely in the refrigerator, so they can be made well in advance of the holidays. Delicious and easy to make. What a combination!!!  Number of Servings: 24


Have a happy and positive day! Many Blessings to you!
Bible Verse for today is
"A man that hath friends must show himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother."

Prov 18:24 New King James Version


Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Reconnect with your LIFE! Think about you for awhile!

If you can start exploring possibilities, you will start surpassing all known boundaries. - Amitt Parikh

Reconnecting with ME, that seems so simply, but yet it is not!! 
This ME thing is so new, I have had a really good lst week at doing things for me, having lunches with my sister, and a long lost friend!!  Getting out and doing christmas shopping, doing this blog, taking time to do things just for me!


Power Food :  Green Tea
This antioxidant brew is for more than sipping!

Think of green teas as the unplugged variety: though it's derived from the same plant as black and oolaong, green tea undergoes no fermentation, so it's closets to straight from the tree state.  Less processing results in a fresh, grassy-flavored drink that relatively low in caffeine- it has about 50 mg per cup compared to 175mg per a cup of coffee--loaded with cancer fighting antioxidants.  It may also help your heart by reducing levels of LDL "BAD" cholesterold and relaxing  the arteries to improve blood flow.  It also helps on cutting down on visits to the dentists, green tea might help to stave off gum disease and tooth decay, and help with bad breath.  Some studies have shown that Green tea boosts the metabolism.

It is best to buy the loose leaf teas with whole or large pieces of leaves, rather than tea bags, which tends to contains dust, left over from higher grade teas.  Tea Bags often have a harsher flavor also.  Look for handpicked label, as these teas most likely contain the prime pluck of the plant.  Store in a dark airtight container.  When brewing green tea, use near boiling water; boiling water may take away the healthy compounds.  Seperate the steeped leaves from the tea as soon as it's brewed to your taste typically 3 to 5 minutes.  A longer steep releases more, resulting a bitter flavor. 

Green Tea Apple Spice Drink
4 Cups Water
 2 Tbsp. Honey
1/2 tsp. Nutmeg
1/2 Tsp. Cinnamon
1 Granny Smith Apple Seeded, coarsely chopped, plus slices for serving
4 stripes orange zest, from 1/2 orange
1/3 cup loose green tea

Combine water, honey nutmeny, cinnamon, apple, and orange zest in a medium pot, bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer 2 minutes.  Cover remove from heat, and let steep 15 minutes, strain thru a fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth pressing all the juice thru the apples, let steep one minute.  Strain out the tea, reheat if necessary, and serve.  Garnish with apple slices.  Serves 4 to 6

I want to start my yoga/ mediation about for ME!! It does my body so good!

I found this and thought I would share it with you
Mediation for Beginners
1.  sit in a chair and allow your body to settle.
2.  Slowly scan your body from head to toe, noticing where you feeling tight.
3. Bring your attention to your breathing, inhaling and exhaling through your nose but never forcing your breath.  Keep your mouth softly closed, your jaw relaxed.
4. Become more and more sensititive to your breath, in tune with where your body moves * and doesn't move* on the inhale and exhale*.
5.  Allow your awareness of your breath to bring ease to your entire body.  Imagine your body moving toward the earth, fully supported.
6.  Continue, observing your breath moving in and out of your body.
7.  At the end of of 15 minutes, breath deeply three times, allowing the inhale to move down to your toes and the exhale to move up and out of the topes of your shoulders.  Pause and then open your eyes.

The more times you do this, you will be able to do it with out looking and reading it and will be so relaxing to your mind, body and soul!  Do it for you for awhile and just see~~

Bible Verse for Today
Job 7:7

Remember, O God, that my life is but a breath;
my eyes will never see happiness again.

I hope you all have a happy and blessed day for you!! Share you comments with me I love to hear from you!  Lisa

Monday, December 14, 2009

Treat Happiness as a Method In Your Life


Best News of all may be that postive emotions don't start and end with just happiness.  A whole range of constructive emotions can help, including gratitude, serenity, inspiration, awe, and love! So that should give you more to be positive and make you more happy about!
We spend so much time crowding our minds with to do's, calendar events, and everything little thing, we forget about us!!  We need to engage more of ME with enthusisthisum as we do everything else!  Give well being for us your full attention---get in the habit of taking thoughtful action on your own behalf.  Let's see what happens when WE commit to looking health straight forward in the eye for ME!  Life itself has away of changing us!

Recycle Glass Jars- Instead of tossing that spaghetti sauce or jam jar into the trash, give it a new life.  Keep your bathroom counter clutter free by popping cotton swabs, balls, combs, toothbrushes, bathsalts, makeup brushes into different-sized jars!!

Martha Stewart

I am going to have a Reflexology session in a few days, and then I have a book I am wanting to learn the techiniques!! Does any of my followers know it, it seems to be very intense on helping to restore your body to it's nature flow.  It says it is a hands on approach to your health and well being!  That sounds wonderful to me!

"Reflexology funtions in two ways: as a diagnostic tool and as a method of treatment.  A refexology treatment can be used for the correction and prevention of ill heath."

So as soon as I get mine done I will let you know and if you have had this done please share with us!!
Try Smiling

Finally, try smiling. It's actually a lot easier than frowning. It's true. Researcher and scientists have found that you actually use fewer muscles to smile than you do when you frown. Try smiling more and you'll actually start to feel better. Take some time to laugh at yourself and at things you find funny. Be a kid every once in a while - don't take things too seriously - after all having fun frees the soul and eases the mind. Do things you enjoy and you'll start creating a positive lifestyle.
These are just some of the things you could do to start living a positive lifestyle and attract more positive energy into your life. Once you start doing some of the things I just outlined life will start to move at a more positive, fluid pace - and there won't be as many bumps along the road. When you work with the Creating Power system you'll learn how to live a positive lifestyle. With Creating Power you'll train your mind to send the right messages to your subconscious so that you get results and start enjoying the life you want. The Creating Power system teaches you this and much more.
With Creating Power you take charge of your life, learn to believe in yourself and more while creating the success and happiness you want and deserve. Creating Power teaches you how to eliminate the negative thoughts and take control of your mind in the very first week -- you'll be amazed at how much power you have in less than 7-days! You'll be on your way to creating a positive thinking pattern that lasts a lifetime.

Bible Verse for Today=
I will be glad and rejoice in thee: I will sing praise to thy name, O thou most High. Psalms 9:2

Have a Happy and Blessed day!!  I am going to have lunch with a very wonderful friend that I haven't seen in 28 years! I am so excited to get to be with her!!  Thanks for taking the time to read my blog, Love ya! Lisa

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Only You Can Decide The Path Worth Taking

Only YOU Can Decide Your Path!
A good life comes from making choices that help honor what your heart values most!
Sometimes we need to let go of once-valued roles in order to realign with greater purpose for a BETTER ME!!


Think Positive!
Here are a few Things to help you start a fresh outlook!

*Simple Pleasures-This year, start a journal, record atleast 4 or 5 things that you are grateful for each day.  I believe you and I will notice a huge difference in our attitude.  I believe even on days when things go wrong, this will help us to realize we have more to be thankful for than we realize!!  Remember to let go of the NEGATIVES!!

*Mind Games-When we think positive thoughts, our mind, body and everything blends better!  So when we wake up every morning "say with a smile, "Today is going to be a great day, and all is right in my world!"  We will be surprised at how powerful thoughts in repetition can make our lifes better.   What we believe truly becomes our reality!

*Big Picture-Ok Make a 3x5 card in my purse with the biggest dream written on it, laminate it if you can!  When I feel less than positive, I read the goals on it and tell myself, one day I will fullfill this goal!  Taking that moment to see the big picture reinforces that if I believed in myself to achieve something truly big and wonderful then I can easily deal with the smaller hurdles in my daily life~~ 

Power Foods- Apricots Whether Fresh or dried, this delicate stone fruit has antioxidant potential-with a captial A!!

The perfect potassium packed snack!  They are nutrient rich, packed with vitamins, minerals, and fiber!  Amazing how dried apricots 766 mg of potassium, that is more than bananas, prunes and most everything else!  This is definately a POWER FOOD!
Try them today! You will love them!  We all need potassium, believe I know that is what I have been having so much trouble with!!

The Abc's of SLIM
Ready to ditch some pounds I sure am! Start with the right volcabulary!
(Taken From Women's Health Total Fitness Guide)

A-is for ALCOHOL hmm...   You booze you lose; A daily serve of booze may be better for keeping weight off than abstaining.  Alcohol may increase leptin, a hormone that curbs your appetite for sweets.  This is for you to decide!!
Red Wine - Heart Health benefits?

What's in Red Wine that are good for heart?
Red wine is a particularly rich source of antioxidants flavonoid phenolics, so many studies to uncover a cause for red wine's effects have focused on its phenolic constituents, particularly resveratrol and the flavonoids. Resveratrol, found in grape skins and seeds, increases HDL cholesterol and prevent blood clotting. Flavonoids, on the other hand, exhibit antioxidant properties helping prevent blood clots and plaques formation in arteries.
Red Wine - Heart Health benefits?

Written by Gloria Tsang, RD
 Does red wine protect against heart disease? Maybe. Many studies investigated the benefits of red wine suggested that moderate amount of red wine (one drink a day for women and two drinks a day for men) lowers the risk of heart attack for people in middle age by ~ 30 to 50 percent. It is also suggested that alcohol such as red wine may prevent additional heart attacks if you have already suffered from one. Other studies also indicated that red wine can raise HDL cholesterol (the Good cholesterol) and prevent LDL cholesterol (the Bad cholesterol) from forming. Red wine may help prevent blood clots and reduce the blood vessel damage caused by fat deposits. Indeed, studies showed that people from the Mediterranean region who regularly drank red wine have lower risks of heart disease

Should I start drinking more red wine now?

The answer is that is up to you. Studies showed that alcohol drinking may increase triglycerides (another Bad blood lipids) and result in weight gain due to its empty calories. Other studies also suggested that alcohol consumption is associated with cancer risk. Read Alcohol and Cancer. The American Heart Association cautions people NOT to start drinking if they do not already drink alcohol. If you already drink alcohol, do so in moderation. AHA recommends one to two drinks per day for men and one drink per day for women. (A drink is one 12 oz. beer, 4 oz. of wine, 1.5 oz. of 80-proof spirits, or 1 oz. of 100-proof spirits.)
She said that when going for health, think red because of the tannins from the grape's skin. The tannins give the wine its color.

"There's said to be a lot of antioxidant properties in the tannins. Therefore, drinking a moderate amount of red wine is documented to be beneficial to a woman's health. What you want to do is stick to the deep red wines. A rose may not have as many antioxidants as a dark red wine -- a cabernet or a pinot noir," Berrocosa said.

Yellow is one of the three primary colors. It stimulates thoughts of sunlight, joy, happiness, optimism, intelligence, summer and hope.

Bible Verse for Today-
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice.

—Philippians 4:4

May God Bless you and Keep you.  I pray for all that follow my blog, I hope you can live a better life for you!  YOU matter, don't YOU forget that!  We together will make a difference, please comment about anything, if you have questions, you can also email me at  Thanks so much for reading my blog! Lisa