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Back to Day One – Here I Go Again!

Posted by The Mint on March 2, 2010

03/01/10 – 4,248 Steps

Day 1 of Intentional Exercise

Good morning Mintdom,

I am back at day one, and only 20 days to go to remake my habit. I am going on a business trip and will need to figure out how to get my exercise in each morning. My plan is to bring bands with me and at least do some floor exercises, if I do not make it to the gym there. In any case, I know my steps will be up because I do a lot of walking when I go to these things. That reminds me – I need to get a pair of good walking shoes so my foot will not suffer. The group that I go with is very physically fit, which is a good thing. They are good examples to aspire to. Anyway, I am already formulating my plan!

 “Before everything else, getting ready is the secret of success.” –Henry Ford

Speaking of preparedness, I was so not prepared for all the love I received yesterday in the form of birthday wishes via a special dinner with my family, telephone, an in-person visit, e-mail, Facebook and Spark People. I have never felt so loved – what a gift you are! While I was looking for a quote this morning about being prepared and planning, I came upon this quote; it made me laugh. My small token of gratitude is this little bit of humor to start your day.

 “Your first job is to prepare the soil. The best tool for this is your neighbor’s motorized garden tiller. If your neighbor does not own a garden tiller, suggest that he buy one.” –Dave Barry

AffirMINTion: I am prepared to take on each day!

Make it a GREAT day, IF you choose to.

What are you waiting for?

Life is good!


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Gratitude and the Mint

Posted by The Mint on November 17, 2009

11/16/09 – 7,919 steps

Food Journal – No


Good morning Mintdom,


I am going to love my new office – that is for sure!  It is easier to get my step count up there.  ha ha – it is all about the steps!  In addition, the gym in my office opened this week – yes, there is a gym there – free!  A friend of mine and I are thinking about getting together at that gym after work one day a week, and inviting others to join us.  lol I know, I am always thinking of new ways to get in shape – no matter who I have to drag along with me.  LOL!!  I am a little obsessed with this health thing!


“Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation.” -Brian Tracy


Sometimes I focus too much on achieving and attaining, that I forget to just BE, and enjoy what I have around me right now.  That is why that little tea I went to this weekend was so important; it slowed me down a little, at least enough to look around and appreciate my life as it is right now.  Therefore, I want to say this, I am grateful for my life and the ability to enjoy it.  I am grateful for all of you.  Thank you for all that you do, for the examples that you are, and for all the love and support that you give.  I appreciate each one of you.


AffirMINTion: I grateful for who I am and what I have right now


Make it a GREAT day, IF you choose to.


Life is good!


PS  Someone started this on Facebook, but I think I will start it here.  Each day I will post one thing that I am grateful for.  Feel free to post what you are grateful for on


Today, I am grateful for my new office.


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Mintdom – Back and Not Forgotten – I Hope!

Posted by The Mint on October 18, 2009

10/13/09 – 8,192  (whoo hoo!!)

Food Journal – No

10/14/09 – 8,461

Food Journal – No

10/15/09 – 12,517 (double whoo hoo!!)

Food Journal – No

10/16/09 – 8,035

Food Journal – No

10/17/09 – 5,467 (sigh)

Food Journal – No

Happy Weekend Edition, Mintdom!

Even though I have not posted since October 12, I HAVE been keeping track this week while I was away.  I love that my steps were in the 8,000, but my body (especially my left knee) is screaming at me! I have been icing my knee since yesterday, and after it calms down, I am going to try the elliptical machine.  I am also doing some of the knee exercises that I found on Spark People (  I know that I NEED to be diligent in this and I am comMINTing to myself to do so.

“Never Quit. “Don’t ever, ever quit. Recognize that stopping now, regrouping to try a new approach isn’t quitting. If you quit you’ll regret it forever.” -Rudy Ruettiger

Check out Rudy’s story here

I spent this week with an awesome group of leaders in the real estate world, helping to put on a retreat.  We held team building exercises from the beginning to the end, both indoors, and outdoors in the rain – talking about never quitting!  It was wonderful to watch individuals (and even competitors in the real estate world) come together as a team!  We held the retreat at Nemacolin, in Farmington, PA, not far from Pittsburgh.  If you ever get a chance to go, go; it is fabulous!

One of the team building exercises was for each market center (there were nine) to put on a musical skit.  Here is an example of one of the market centers.  You can find others by going to and search KW Rocks ALC Retreat.  You can also find them on Facebook.  They are a hoot!

Although the retreat was work for me and my body is screaming at me, I loved every minute of it!  The group that I was working with is not only energetic, smart, capable, dependable, and upbeat, but they are also ALWAYS upbeat, and positive. We are very blessed with that same kind of leader, and one that thanks you with time at the spa!

I am excited to be home in my real life, and to regroup with a fresh outlook and approach to my health (trying the elliptical machine, and some new recipes), and mostly to be back with you!

AffirMINTion:  I love trying to ways to reach my goals!

Make it a GREAT day, IF you choose to

Life is good!

PS  I cannot stop without posting these two items.  One is a poem from an unknown author, and the other are the lyrics to the song ‘The Climb’ I hope you enjoy and are as inspired as I am with these words!!

“When things go wrong as they sometimes will;
When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill;
When the funds are low, and the debts are high
And you want to smile, but have to sigh;
When care is pressing you down a bit-
Rest if you must, but do not quit.
Success is failure turned inside out;
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt;
And you can never tell how close you are
It may be near when it seems so far;
So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit-
It’s when things go wrong that you must not quit.”

~ Unknown

The Climb

By Jessi Alexander and Jon Mabe

(from the movie Hanna Montana sung by Miley Cyrus)

Miley Cyrus – The Climb Ringtone

I can almost see it,
That dream I’m dreamin’
But theres a voice inside my head sayin’
You’ll never reach it

Every step I’m taking
Every move I make feels
Lost with no direction
My faith is shaking

But I gotta keep tryin’
Gotta keep my head held high
Theres always gonna be another mountain
I’m always gonna wanna make it move
Always gonna be a up-hill battle
Sometimes i’m gonna have to lose
Ain’t about how fast I get there
Ain’t about whats waiting on the other side
Its the climb

The struggles I’m facing
The chances I’m taking
Sometimes might knock me down
But, No, I’m not breaking
I may not know it
But these are the moments that
I’m gonna remember Most, yeah
Just gotta keep goin’

And, I, I got to be Strong
Just Keep pushing, on
‘Cause theres always gonna be another mountain
I’m always gonna wanna make it move
Always gonna be a up-hill battle
Sometimes i’m gonna have to lose
Ain’t about how fast I get there
Ain’t about whats waiting on the other side
Its The Climb


Theres always gonna be another mountain
I’m always gonna wanna make it move
Always gonna be a up-hill battle
somebody’s gonna have to lose
Ain’t about how fast I get there
Ain’t about whats waiting on the other side
Its the climb

Keep on movin’
Keep climbin’
Keep the faith baby
Its all about
Its all about
The climb
Keep the faith, keep the faith woah

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Winning Locker Room!

Posted by The Mint on October 2, 2009

10/1/09 – 5,049

Food Journal – Yes

11-Knee Exercises – No

Good morning Mintdom,

If it takes 21 days to make a habit – I think it only takes 2 days to break it!  When I was going to the gym and or walking every morning, I swear I had more time!  I know that it does not make sense.  I have the same amount of time in my day, but since I started adding the knee exercises to my program, I do not have enough hours in my day to do them!

“Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein”  -H. Jackson Brown

OK (rolling eyes) last night I came upon this quote – darn it.  Jeepers – do you mean that I have the same amount of time in my day as ALL those people?  Well, that is certainly humbling for me.  This quote tells me that I DO have enough time in my day; I am just not prioritizing the knee exercises.  It means that I have NO EXCUSE for not doing them and that I need to be vigilante about getting my exercise in.  In addition, I guess it means that I need to do another 21-day sprint – on Facebook, and now I can add the Spark People site. Starting Saturday, October 3, 2009 (I need to put a date on it) I will do the 11 exercises for 21 days in a row – stay tuned!  The famous coach and speaker, Lou Holtz said, “Excuses come from the losing locker room.” I want to be in the winning locker room – do you?  What important things are you putting off because you do not have the ‘time’ to do them?  Think about it.  Are you making excuses?  Let us all stay in the winning locker room!

AffirMINTion1:  I prioritize my time for the important things in my life

AffirMINTion2:  I do what it takes to be in the winning locker room

Here is a tip:  If you can relate to the AffirMINTions that you see, or find them helpful, write them down on a 3×5 card and keep them with you.  Repeat throughout the day.

Make it a GREAT day, IF you choose to.

Life is good!

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Out of The Mint Zone

Posted by The Mint on September 16, 2009

09/15/09 – 4,223

Food Journal – Yes

Good morning Mintdom!

I feel much better this morning and this will be the last day of no intentional walking / exercise in the morning. Today, I am committing to at least 5,000 steps.  I know that I can do it if I focus.  I need to focus on my health and my business today.  I mentioned this before but I write down four things that are vital for me to do each day (most days).  It is a good way to stay focused, and gives me four things to put over on my 10 accomplishMINTs page! I know, I know another journal LOL but trust me it works.  Have you tried it yet?  I thought I would share mine with you today; here are my four vitals for today.

1.  Coffee with two business owners who are dear friends

2.  Complete brochure and power site for client

3.  Food Journal

4.  Planning committee meeting/dinner for KW retreat

“Do a little more each day than you think you possible can.” –Lowell Thomas

“It’s never crowded along the extra mile.” –Wayne Dyer

Jeepers – sometimes I think I read too much!  I came across these two quotes this morning, and I realize that I have one more thing that I need to do before I go to bed tonight.

5.  Write the agenda for Communications Committee for meeting on Thursday.

I know that if I want to be successful in any area, I need to keep my goals in front of me, I need to push myself, I need to remain focused, and go that extra mile.  I think that means I am probably going to be out of my Mint (comfort) zone a lot.  One last thing that I learned along this journey is that success comes with sacrifice, and that is why “it’s never crowded along the extra mile.”  I am willing to “do a little more each day…” are you?  Share your thoughts by visiting, and do not forget to take the poll while you are there.

Thanks for your patience these couple of weeks, and for the nice notes and calls.  You all are the BEST!

AffirMINTion:  I am willing to pay the price for my success.

Make it a GREAT day, IF you choose to.

Life is good!


Do you want a fabulous date idea?  Go the extra mile and try grape picking!

(Fabbioli Vineyards, Leesburg, Virginia)

PS  Follow FabbioliWines on Twitter and

become a fan of Fabbioli Cellars on Facebook

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One Minty Step at a Time!

Posted by The Mint on August 30, 2009

08/29/09 – 3,300

Good morning Mintdom!

No amount of commas (looks like a bigger number with a comma) or font size will make that number look bigger or better.  No excuses – it is what it is. AND I did not go to the pool yesterday either.  I had a low-step day in addition to a low movement day.  I am also not going to say, this is all a process, even though it is a process, because to me, that sounds like an excuse.  It is what it is. The GOOD NEWS is that I actually KNOW that I had a low step day yesterday!  There is more good news too; I am not kicking myself about it. You know when I am kicking myself with one foot it is very difficult to take a step!  I woke up this morning and I am ready to tackle my goal again.

“It is not enough to take steps which may someday lead to a goal; each step must be itself a goal and a step likewise.” -Goethe

This quote fits right in with me right now.  Each step in itself is a goal, and when I put enough of those together, WOW, I will be at the 10,000 mark and beyond.  Just think though, even the 3,300 steps looks good when I think that I accomplished 3,300 goals in just one day!  If that does not boost my self-esteem, nothing will!  It can boost yours too.  Now that I said that, I need to go back and revise my 10 accomplishments* that I wrote last night. LOL!

I have decided that I need to step up my health goal so I hired a VERY strict health coach to hold me accountable, my sister Nancy.  LOL!  I am just kidding, sort of.  I am cracking myself up.  Seriously, Nancy is such an inspiration to me when it comes to as she calls it, “self-mastery” and I could not think of a better person to help me.  If that is not enough, I am including all of you too, to help hold me accountable.  Yikes – I think I might be going off the deep end here!  Starting on Monday, August 31, and for 7 days I am going to keep a food journal, and write down EVERYTHING that I eat and drink.  That means starting Tuesday morning, there will be a new statistic at the top of the page.  It will say Food Journal – yes or no, depending if I kept it or not.  My goal is also to stay away from white food (white flour, rice, sugar).  It should look like this:

09/01/09 – step #

Food Journal – Yes (I kept the journal)

White Food – Yes (I stayed away from white food)

I think that if I eat white food, I will tell you what it was.  It is timely that I am starting September 1.  September is a memorable month.  My sister Becky’s birthday is the first.  My daughter, Kelly is turning 30 on the fourth (yikes!); My son Michael is turning 32 on the fourteenth; and my Mom’s birthday is on the 30th, but I will not tell you how old she is; although, you would be shocked because she looks a lot younger then she is!

Thank you in advance for helping me achieve my goals, and for accompanying me on this journey. Now, I am going to take advantage of the weatherman’s error ** and go to the pool for an hour.

AffirMINTion: I accomplish my goals, one-step at a time.

* Each night (honestly, most nights) before I go to bed, I write down the three things that I HAVE to do the next day, and my 10 accomplishments from the day.  They do not have to be big things even.  It could be things as I made my bed, I worked on my budget, I read an article that I wanted to read, or I leveled up on a Facebook game!

** Visit for the BEST weather website

Make it a GREAT day, IF you choose to.

Life is good!

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