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Fast Food – Detoxing – Cycling

Posted by The Mint on February 5, 2014

February 5, 2014

02/03/2014
H2O Challenge: Drink 8 glasses of water per day (8)
Exercise Challenge: Do at least 10 minutes of exercise per day (10 minutes)
Step Challenge: Walk 7,000 steps per day (7,357)
February Challenge: Walk 50k steps (31 miles) his month (15.53 miles so far) or 17,873 steps so far this month

02/04/2014
H2O Challenge: Drink 8 glasses of water per day ( 9)
Exercise Challenge: Do at least 10 minutes of exercise per day (16  minutes)
Step Challenge: Walk 7,000 steps per day (7,376 )
February Challenge: Walk 50k steps (31 miles) his month ( 22.66 miles so far) or   steps so far this month

Good morning,

It can be difficult sometimes when I see people losing a lot of weight, fast; it makes me want to get on the bandwagon because it is taking me a long time. I have to keep telling myself that the tortoise always wins the race in the end. It might seem like I am losing the race; however here is what I am learning about some of these fast weight-loss ideas.

Fasting – most of the weight that comes off is water. If you are going to fast, fast from Fast Food 🙂

Detox – Can spell disaster because you devoid your body of valuable nutrients and oh by the way… it is short lived and it is not backed by science

Calorie Cycling – when you eat less than your calorie range one day and above your calorie range another day (trying to trick your body into losing weight). Cycling works best on a bike! 🙂

Best way, is to stick to your calorie range (the hardest part for me) and to eat whole food packed with nutrients 🙂

So instead of trying to catch up with a Fad Diet, I am learning to celebrate my victories – especially non-scale victories. My victory for the past couple of days is my step count (over 7,000 steps) and my water intake (at least 8 glasses a day). I have been steady in both! :::patting myself on the back:::

Instead of worrying about how well others are doing, I am grateful to them for leading the way on this journey into a healthier lifestyle and for being such GREAT encouragers and supporters! Thank you!

AffirMINTion: I believe that slow and steady wins the race.

Make it a GREAT day, IF you choose to.

What are you waiting for?

Life is good!

A Mini Minty MoMINT

My mom says that walking me helps her to be healthy…. AND I LIKE IT!

Waiting for her walk

Life is Minty Fresh!

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And Now for the Rest of the Story

Posted by The Mint on February 3, 2014

February 3, 2014

02/02/2014
H2O Challenge: Drink 8 glasses of water per day (10)
Exercise Challenge: Do at least 10 minutes of exercise per day (12 minutes)
Step Challenge: Walk 7,000 steps per day (5,240)
February Challenge: Walk 50k steps (31 miles) his month (9.38 miles so far) or 10,516 steps so far this month

Good morning!

Yesterday, I told you about our family friend, Katie who actually got on Wheel of Fortune. This was a feat in itself as Katie is an introvert and she didn’t even own a TV until she decided to try out for the show. What a wonderful gift she gave to my Auntie Marion, who is a Wheel of Fortune super fan! Her goal was to have fun and to win at least $1,000.  Katie taped the show last November and could not tell anyone the outcome until after the show aired. Katie DID make both her goals and if you would like to know exactly how she did, click on this picture from their party (btw there were about 50 people in attendance

Click on the photo to read the article and to find out the rest of the story!

Wheel of Fortune Party

 

Win or lose, our family is so grateful to Katie for huge act of kindness. I think Auntie Marion is still riding high.  I too, experienced an awesome act of kindness last week with the gift of a FitBit and I am also still riding high!

AffirMINTion: I am grateful for the awesome people in my life

Make it a GREAT day, IF you choose to.

What are you waiting for?

Life is good!

A Mini Minty MoMINT

My mom says she is grateful for her friends and me….. AND I LIKE IT!
hangin

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God or a Quick Server…

Posted by The Mint on January 15, 2014

January 15,2010

01/13/2014
H2O Challenge: Drink 8 glasses of water per day (8)
Exercise Challenge: Do at least 10 minutes of exercise per day (12 minutes)
Step Challenge: Walk 6,000 steps per day (6,896)
January Challenge: Walk 50 miles this month (34.87 miles so far)

01/14/2014
H2O Challenge: Drink 8 glasses of water per day (8)
Exercise Challenge: Do at least 10 minutes of exercise per day (11 minutes)
Step Challenge: Walk 6,000 steps per day (7,576)
January Challenge: Walk 50 miles this month (38.84 miles so far)

Good morning Mintdom!

Last night I went for a quick dinner with a friend. It was a nice evening. My girlfriend left first, I paid the bill and I was just pondering whether I should finish (like one sip) my one glass of wine or leave it (how many of you have ever had to have that conversation with yourself LOL). Before I could make up my mind, the server came and snatched it up and was gone. The decision was made for me and it was a good one. Sometimes God (or a quick server) can do for me what I can’t do for myself!

“There are limits to self-indulgence, none to restraint.” – Mahatma Gandhi

Have you ever had a debate like that with yourself? If yes, who won?

AffirMINTion: I am practicing restraint

Make it a GREAT day, IF you choose to.

What are you waiting for?

Life is good!

A Mini Minty MoMINT

My mom says… she is learning the art of restraint… AND I LIKE IT!
happy face

Life is Minty Fresh!

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6,612 Baby Steps!

Posted by The Mint on January 8, 2014

January 8, 2014

01/06/2014
H2O Challenge: Drink 8 glasses of water per day (8)
Exercise Challenge: Do at least 10 minutes of exercise per day (20 minutes)
Step Challenge: Walk 6,000 steps per day (6,200)
January Challenge: Walk 50 miles this month (14.81 miles so far)

01/07/2014
H2O Challenge: Drink 8 glasses of water per day (8)
Exercise Challenge: Do at least 10 minutes of exercise per day (18 minutes)
Step Challenge: Walk 6,000 steps per day (6,612)
January Challenge: Walk 50 miles this month (17.99 miles so far)

Good morning, Mintdom!

I have made over 6,000 steps, three days in a row. I am even impressing myself! Two more days in a row and I will up it to 7,000 steps. My goal is to make 10,000 consistently. Taking baby steps seems to be working for me (sometimes I make my steps really tiny so I get more in LOL). Normally, I am much more aggressive when I start exercising; however, I also end up injuring myself and quit. Also, I am learning to fit my exercise into my lifestyle instead of adapting my lifestyle to my exercise. Every time I add something, I ask myself if I can do this every day for the rest of my life. So far, the answer has been, yes. On the down side, nothing is happening overnight. I’ve been at this for 79 days now. I am just trusting the process right now. Have you ever tried this approach? If not, maybe you should and see what happens.

“The principle is competing against yourself. It is about self-improvement, about being better than you were the day before.” ~ Steve Young~

AffirMINTion: I am taking baby steps on the path to a healthy lifestyle

Make it a GREAT day, IF you choose to.

What are you waiting for?

Life is good!

A Mini Minty MoMINT

My mom says… she takes baby steps every day… AND I LIKE IT!

Minty is improving on her sleep!
improving sleep jan 8 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Life is Minty Fresh!

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Tennis Shoes and Tiaras

Posted by The Mint on January 6, 2014

January 6,2014

1/3/2014 and 1/4/2014
I did not meet my goals, and especially 1/4

1/5/2014
H2O Challenge: Drink 8 glasses of water per day (8)
Exercise Challenge: Do at least 10 minutes of exercise per day (28 minutes)
Step Challenge: Walk 6,000 steps per day (6,096)
January Challenge: Walk 50 miles this month (11.79 miles so far)

Good morning!

After not meeting any of my goals for two days, I am back and it feels GREAT! Actually Friday, 1/3 was close with some of them. Friday was the night of our office Best Year Ever Party. Lots of glitz and glamour! Since the holidays I have been wearing tennis shoes all the time because I have a tracker on one that counts my steps and my activity. I debated and debated and in the end, I wore my black tennis shoes with the hot pink soles. To off set the shoes, I also wore a tiara. My mom used to tell me that you had to suffer for beauty. While my pride suffers every time I wear tennis shoes; it shoes how serious I am about staying on the right path AND I was probably the most comfortable person in the room! Even though I did not make my step goal that night, I am not giving up!

“The man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd.” – James Crook

AffirMINTion: I am willing to step out of my comfort zone.

Make it a GREAT day, IF you choose to.

What are you waiting for?

Life is good!

A Mini Minty MoMINT

My mom says…. it is haircut time… AND I LIKE IT!
haircut due

Life is Minty Fresh!

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January Challenges!

Posted by The Mint on January 3, 2014

January 3, 2014

1/2/2014
H2O Challenge: Drink 8 glasses of water per day (7)
Exercise Challenge: Do at least 10 minutes of exercise per day (23 minutes)
Step Challenge: Walk 6,000 steps per day (6,180)
January Challenge: Walk 50 miles this month (5.6 miles so far)

Good morning Mintdom,

I am so excited to be in a new year; it is even better than a Monday – talking about a clean slate! Now let me see if I can muddy the waters a little. I have set up some challenges for myself in order to stay on the path to a healthy lifestyle. To some of you, these are a piece of cake and no challenge to you at all. To me and to some of you, these are difficult challenges – doable ones, however, doable ones.

 “Accept the challenges so that you may feel the exhilaration of victory.” – General George S. Patton

 Are you ready to take on the New Year? Do you want to feel the exhilaration of victory? Try setting up your own challenge. Please feel free to share your ideas here.

AffirMINTion: I already love the year 2014 and I look forward to the sweet taste of victory!

Make it a GREAT day, IF you choose to.

What are you waiting for?

Life is good!

 A Mini Mint MoMINT

 My mom says… we can conquer what we put our minds to… AND I LIKE IT!

 Life is Minty Fresh!
Step it UP!

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Happy New Year – 2014!

Posted by The Mint on January 1, 2014

January 1, 2014

Happy New Year Mintdom!

I am so excited for the New Year. I know that 2014 is going to be a GREAT year – maybe one of the BEST years EVER! For the second year in a row, I have a word for the year. My 2014 word is Legacy. I want to leave a good legacy for my family, friends and community. My focus for the year in everything that I do in my spiritual, family, financial, business and personal life will have to do with my legacy. Now that theme should keep me on the straight and narrow. LOL

One of these goals is to have a Clean House – Mintdom Clean. I do not mean that I am just going to clean my house. I mean that I am cleaning and organizing my life. I want to have a clean house emotionally, physically, mentally, spiritually and have my house and car clean too! Of course, my ultimate goal in my life is to lead a healthy lifestyle and I will be posting progress reports often. I am never giving up on this goal.

Lastly, one of my goals for the year is to complete writing my first book. I am very excited about it. I have some good plans to get me unstuck. I will let you all know. . I should have a very busy year this year!

Of course, I would be remiss in not sharing my exciting news that my oldest daughter is expecting a little girl in March! My youngest daughter and I will be heading to North Carolina as soon as we hear that she is in labor. Whoo hoo!

Thank you all for being in my life and for all the love and encouragement that you guys so generously give to me. I am grateful to each one of you. I hope this year bring you and yours much good health, happiness and success.

AffirMINTion: I love a Mintdom Clean House and I will have one in 2014!

Make it a GREAT day, IF you choose to.

What are you waiting for?

Life is good!

 A Mini Minty MoMINT

My mom says…. We are back… AND I LIKE IT!
We're Back!!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Life is Minty Fresh!

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Hello Mintdom :)

Posted by The Mint on April 5, 2013

April 5, 2013

Good morning, Mintdom

I do not normally play April Fools tricks; however, this year I decided to try it and honestly, I almost think that the joke was on me, as many of my awesome readers thought that I was serious because did not scroll down to the bottom of the post to see this:

april fools 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

The joke might be on me because I might have lost some of my readers. The good news is that I found out very early in the day how much Mintdom meant to many of you and even more so, I felt the love of many of my friends and family members. I am grateful to say the least. It is truly a gift to know feel that love – thank you sincerely.

On a sadder note, a little over a week ago, the world lost a wonderful, larger than life person, much too soon and way too young. This evening and tomorrow, his family and friends will gather to celebrate his life and mourn his death at age 64. We will certainly miss your ready smile and hearty laugh, Captain.

“Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal.”

~From a headstone in Ireland~

 

AffirMINTion: I treasure memories of family and friends

Make it a GREAT day, IF you choose to.

What are you waiting for? (We never know how much time any of us have)

Life is good!

A Mini Minty MoMINT

 My mom says… memories are precious… and I LIKE IT!

 Life is Minty Fresh!

happiness march 12 2013

 

xoxo

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A Fine Line

Posted by The Mint on February 18, 2013

February 18, 2013

Good morning Mintdom

Having routines in life is a good thing. Routines help you stick to that exercise program. Routines help you stay disciplined. Routines give you momentum. You have to step out of your routine in order to be spontaneous. While I do believe that routines are good, there is a fine line between holding on to a routine for security and being afraid to step out of your routine and your comfort zone.

I cannot say that I am ever board, but on occasion, I do feel stuck.  When I am feeling that way, a good thing for me to do is to examine my life, my days and my routine. If I am honest with myself, I may feel stuck because I am clinging to a routine and afraid to step out of my comfort zone.  Anyone that knows me knows that I hate missing anything and self-examination works well for me.

Are your routines good for you or are you using them as a way to stay in your comfort zone; it is a fine line.

AffirMINTion: I love my quiet time each morning.

Make it a GREAT day, IF you choose to.

What are you waiting for?

Life is good!

“Don’t be afraid to expand yourself, to step out of your comfort zone. That is where the joy and the adventure lie.”  

~ Herbie Hancock ~

A Mint Minty MoMINT

 My mom says… life is an adventure with me…. And I LIKE it!

 Life is Minty Fresh!

Can We Go?

 

xoxo

 

 

 

Can we go on an adventure now?

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Appreciate Life, Love and MoMINTS

Posted by The Mint on February 11, 2013

February 11, 2013

Good morning Mintdom!

Last night I received an e-mail about an amazing man. His name is Ben Witter billed as the Tiger Woods of Trick Shots! His trick shots are incredible; however, the best thing about him is that he is inspiring! You can judge for yourself though. Click on this link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YZCtbRDlwzU to be inspired! Ben Witter sure knows how to make lemonade out of lemons.

On a personal note and sort of on the same subject, I have a friend whose husband is dealing with a serious cancer. Their attitude astounds me. Although I imagine that, my friend has had her moMINTS; she comes to the office and is cheerful and upbeat yet does not avoid the subject. I admire her so much and this is a good reminder for me to cherish my loved ones and life in general.

I am so grateful to all of you that read my posts. I know some of you very well and some not as well as I would like. I DO appreciate you and value ALL of your responses. To my family and friends: I love you more than I can put into words. Thank you for all of your love.

Today, make sure you tell someone how much you love and value him or her

AffirMINTion: I let my loved ones know how much I love them.

Make it a GREAT day, IF you choose to.

What are you waiting for?

Life is good!

A Mini Minty MoMINT

My mom says… life is precious even ordinary moMINTS… and I LIKE IT!

Life is Minty Fresh!

happiness

xoxo

Minty is on the sofa with her pig’s ear watching the Grammys with me – I just love her and we are happy.

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