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Do You Know Your ‘Why’?


Good morning, Mintdom,

I am running late this morning so this will be short.  I was supposed to walk with my girlfriend this morning no matter what the weather was like (we decided last night to walk indoors if it was raining). We did not make it. My friend was up all night with a sick dog and I had a headache, and nothing seemed to help it.  It has mostly subsided this morning. My girlfriend and I will try again on Wednesday.

This morning, I was not going to write, but then I started thinking (are you smelling smoke?) and remembering ‘my why’ I write to you.

My mission is by sharing my journey towards a healthy balanced life; it will encourage and empower people to take charge of their own lives.

I want to share my entire journey – the good, the bad, and the ugly!

Here are my questions to you this morning:

Have you forgotten why you are doing what you are doing?

Do you turn to your ‘whys’ when you are ready to quit?

Do you know why you are working on today’s plan?

Can you directly relate tomorrow’s schedule to the ‘why’ of your goals?

I am asking myself these same questions. Stay tuned for more for my answers. I can tell you this; just writing these questions has helped me to focus. 

Here is my new theme song  LOL

AffirMINTion: I keep my ‘whys’ in front of me.

Make it a GREAT day, IF you choose to.

What are you waiting for?

Life is good!

A Mini Minty MoMINT

“Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out…”~ Robert Collier

My mom says that I am one of her ‘whys’ for leading a healthy lifestyle… and I like it!

Life is Minty Fresh!

I was so little





My first day with my Mom – I was little. Yesterday I went for my one-year checkup and I now weigh a whopping 8.9 pounds!  I am a big girl!

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Learn to Say No to a Balanced Life!

04/20/10 – 5,535 Steps

 Good morning Mintdom, 

Well, I did not make it to the gym last night – ug. My mind wanted to and when I got home, I planned to change and walk up to the gym. I got home later then I planned and once I was there, I just could not make myself go out again. I DID fix a very healthy dinner, and I went to bed before 10:30. That is good. This morning I am off to training so I am expecting a GREAT day today. 

It is amazing how many people I heard from yesterday that struggle with balance. I certainly am not alone that is for sure. One of the hints that I heard is to learn to say no. For instance – No, I am unable to take on that volunteer position. No, that chocolate cake will not pass my lips. Ok… well the second one must be for advanced No’ers. LOL! Actually saying no is not difficult for me as I learned a long time ago just to say, let me check my calendar before saying yes. It is amazing how many other people will fill the request. <grin>

 “Learn to say ‘no’ to the good so you can say ‘yes’ to the best.” –John C Maxwell

 “Learn to say no. It will be of more use to you than to be able to read Latin.” –Charles Haddon Spurgeon

I could not decide between the two quotes this morning so you get two for the price of one – your bargain for the day!

 AffirMINTion: I am a balance seeker!

Make it a GREAT day, IF you choose to.

 What are you waiting for?

 Life is good!

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Finding the Elusive Balance

04/15/10 – 7,076 Steps

1 hour of exercise

 04/16/10 – 6,032 Steps

 04/17/10 – 11,346 Steps!!! Whoo hooo!

1 hour of exercise

 04/18/10 – 5,360 Steps

 Good morning Mintdom,

 I am moving more and more each day! My body feels it in lots of ways. I did not realize how closed up I am until I started training. It feels good to open up a little and losing 5 pounds does not hurt either! Lol

 I have Toastmasters this morning and I am the Toastmaster. I had to pick a theme and I chose balance. I chose it because it is one of my biggest challenges. I do not believe that I am alone in this. I am trying to strike a balance between work, play, and rest. It seems that I am either working or have my mind in work mode and when it isn’t it is in play mode. Now it is difficult to put exercise in a slot. It is not rest, it certainly is not play for me because it really feels more like work, but it doesn’t have anything to do with my job. So… I need to strike a balance between work, play, (play includes family and friends) exercise, and rest. I always seem to be in one mode or another or at the most two modes at a time. My challenge is to balance them all AND eat healthy to boot! How do you balance your life? I need some help with this so any suggestions are welcome. Feel free to e-mail me or post your thoughts on

 Is this the secret or is finding balance merely science fiction?

 “There is no secret to balance. You just have to feel the waves.” -Frank Herbert (American science fiction author and writer 1920-1986)

 Make it a GREAT day, IF you choose to.

 What are you waiting for?

 Life is good!

 PS I need to fit in Toastmasters, staff meeting, work, eating well (packing lunch), exercise, a healthy dinner, and bed today

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Out of a Slump and Finding Balance in Life!

01/19/10 – 6,045 Steps

Good morning Mintdom, 

Yesterday, a friend of mine poked his head in my office and gave me a little nudge to get my steps back up. It worked because I got them back up over 6,000 – not a lot over, but over none-the-less. This is one of the benefits of writing this blog. I have many people holding me accountable. I DO think that I am in a bit of a slump, but let me tell you that it is hard to be in a slump and write this blog. If I was not writing, I know that my steps would not have been over the 6,000 mark. All this shows me that it doesn’t really matter whether I FEEL like stepping it up or not, whether I FEEL like getting up and writing or not, knowing that you are out there reading spurs me on to keep it up and step it up.  Thank you.

 “To acquire balance means to achieve that happy medium between the minimum and the maximum that represents your optimum. The minimum is the least you can get by with. “The maximum is the most you`re capable of. The optimum is the amount or degree of anything.” – Nido Qubein

I think that part of my slump is that I am a little out of balance in my life. It is a little difficult, especially for a single person, to find balance because there is only one person doing it all. This weekend I plan to take some time out for self-examination, and to fill up my tanks at a day and a half retreat so stay tuned.


Two more visions from the party – awesome! 

AffirMINTion: I take time out for reflection and rest! 

Make it a GREAT day, IF you choose to.

 What are you waiting for?

 Life is good!

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Take The Minty Plunge!

8/20/09 – 6,821

Good morning, Mintdom!

Yes, I am back and I have the sore muscles to prove it.  It is amazing how quickly I lose ground.  I have to say that, I am still not in the pain that I was at the very beginning while I was walking.  It does not matter anyway, because I am not giving up – permanent period infinity! Do you remember saying that when you were a kid?  Do you remember saying jinx when you said something with someone else at the same time?  The other person could not speak until you unjinxed him/her.  I used to love getting my brother Jon!  LOL! Anyway, I am not giving up my quest to walk the 10,000 steps a day consistently and more so, to lead a healthy, balanced life.

Today, I am learning to lead my life in the way that I choose to lead it. I want to lead my life where my insides match my outsides.  I want my actions to match my beliefs even if they are corny.  I am learning to take risks, and finding that it is not as scary as I think it going to be – like taking that first dip in a swimming pool.  At first feels so cold, but once you get in all the way, once you make that plunge, it is so refreshing on a hot day!  Like this blog, I wanted to write a blog for years, but was afraid it would not be good or I would run out of things to say.  I have a few of them started out there in cyberspace.  Not until I went in ALL THE WAY, did I have a blog, and trust me, I am far from running out of things to say! LOL!

Doing this challenge and my thoughts in public gets a little intimidating; I do not want to fail, and I especially do not want to fail in public.  It is difficult to fail privately, but in public seems a lot worse.  It does not really matter now, because although I have not achieved the 10,000-step goal YET, I have improved my health, and made some new friends in the process. Then there is that old fear that, once you get to know the ‘real’ me, you will not like me that hear every now and then.  I used to give in to that fear too often. Today, I believe that giving in to that fear helped get me to an unhealthy weight, kept me in an unhealthy marriage, and made me an unhappy person and insecure person.  Since I took the plunge into the pool, I found that people DO like me when they get to know me, and I am a healthier, happier, and tanner (single ((sigh)) person!

“One’s real life is often the life that one does not lead.” –Oscar Wilde

Are you leading the life that you want to lead?  If you are not – think about taking that plunge into the pool today!  Feel free to share your thoughts here

AffirMINTion:  Today, I will take the plunge into the life I choose!

Make it a GREAT day, IF you choose to!

Life is good!