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July 29, 2021

Choose the Tastiest Cantaloupe, Every Time

I stumbled across some Tuscan-Style Extra Sweet Cantaloupes this week, and they certainly live up to their name. They are produced by Dulcinea Farms w

July 22, 2021

Mr. Corn Comes Home to Indiana

Here in Indiana, it’s corn season. The best and sweetest makes its appearance now through August. Along with the corn season came my cousin, Mr. Cor

July 15, 2021

Getting Creative with Blueberries

Welcome to blueberry season and all the deliciousness that comes with it. This fruit is very versatile, as it can be eaten fresh, frozen, added to a v

July 9, 2021

Quinoa Tabbouleh Salad

1 cup organic quinoa                                                                                2 cups...

July 7, 2021

What’s the Best Diet for You?

There are many options when it comes to eating: keto, paleo, vegan, low carb, intermittent fasting, and more. Which one is the best? I don’t endorse

July 1, 2021

A Simple Celebration Salad

Happy Independence Day and the kick-off to summer! Since there will probably be a few picnics and family gatherings happening at some point, I thought

June 24, 2021

Ever try butter on saltines?

I’d forgotten about this childhood treat until a friend of mine mentioned it. We’d gathered for an informal dinner, and the next thing I knew we w

June 17, 2021

Beware of the Buggy Bandit

This week, my client and I were enjoying a peaceful grocery shopping field trip at Whole Foods. We were in the produce department reviewing the list o

June 10, 2021

A Delicate Summer Surprise

Apricots are a hidden gem of a fruit. While the delicate little apricot is not even in the running of most popular fruits in the world, it has a speci

June 3, 2021

A Special Pasta Dish Just for You

I was fortunate to work with my friend, Chef Lynn and make this special recipe with her. She recreated it from her favorite dish at Popolano’s and l

She Ate All the Chips

I ran into JJ (initials used to protect identity) at the gym the other morning. Upon seeing her, she confessed that she recently ate an entire bag of potato chips. At one time. (It’s interesting that people feel the need to confess their food and fitness blunders when they see me.)

“What kind were they?” I asked. “I need specifics.”

To which she replied, “Mesquite BBQ, crinkle cut. They’re seasonal, and I got them at Aldi. It was a family size bag.”

“You ate the entire bag?”

“Yes.”

Her conscience was clear. She could move on.   

Turns out that JJ was emotionally satisfied after the chip incident, yet felt physically horrible. The chips caused bloating, then guilt. Ugh. She was a mess.

Does this scene resonate with you in any way? Maybe not with chips, but with cookies, ice cream, wine, candy, anything?

Here are some considerations when faced with your personal “chip” situation.

  • When you’re at the grocery, remember that whatever goes home will be eaten by someone. If that someone is you, and you tend to go into unconscious binging at times, don’t even put it in your buggy. Leave it at the store. You can always buy it another day. Oh, and beware of the story that it’s for another family member. Right.
  • Keep the mindset of abundance over deprivation. JJ could have had a handful of chips and enjoyed them immensely, then moved on to do something that brought her happiness: listen to favorite music, read scripture, eat more nutritionally sound food if truly hungry, get to the gym, phone a friend. She would have been fed emotionally, spiritually, and physically. Win.  
  • Consider who’s in control. Although we really don’t have much control over what happens in life, we usually have control over what and how much we eat. The chips had control over JJ. Do you have control over the food, or does it have control over you?

We’ve all been where JJ was, at one time or another. It offers us an opportunity to do just a little bit better in the future.

If you keep getting stuck, email me and we’ll work through it together.

Live your life of abundance, and feel great doing it.

Much love,
Carol

“See yourself living in abundance and you will attract it. It always works, it works every time, with every person.” -Bob Proctor

 

Keep it Simple

It’s that magical time of year.

According to Runner’s World, most resolutions concerning health and fitness were over and done last Sunday, January 19.

How about you? If you had any kind of New Year’s commitment to get fit, are you still in the game?

If so, congratulations! You are one of the few. You can stop reading and move on with your day.

If not, get back in the game. Today.  

Getting and keeping fit does not take discipline. This is a business that takes patience, time, and keeping it simple. This is habit.

You don’t even have to give it 100%. In yoga, all that is asked is to give 2/3 effort. Any more than that, we’re working too hard, and that’s not the point.

The point is to show up as a beginner, curious to learn about oneself during those moments on the mat. The point is to be present to the present, and breathe.

Each and every time.

Yes, it’s that simple. It’s a habit that takes time to develop. Simple does not equal easy.

Let’s look at where you are in your journey with anything, today. How are you showing up? Is it possible to be a beginner who is curious to learn? Could you give it 2/3 effort?

Of course you can! I believe in you.

Let’s say you made a commitment to eat healthier. That’s pretty broad, and frankly, I’m not there 100% of the time. So, whatever it is that causes you to stumble, could you practice going for 2/3?

Cut back on the sugar or chips. Exercise 2/3 of the days you had originally intended. Drink a little more water than you did last year. Get 15 minutes more sleep in a night. You get the idea.  

Keep it simple, go for 2/3, and practice until it becomes a habit. This is the way to stay in your game.

Send me an email. I’m happy to help you set simpler rules to your game—one that you can win.

Much love,
Carol

“The very heart of yoga practice is ‘abyhasa’ – steady effort in the direction you want to go.” –Sally Kempton

Success is Showing Up

How many times do you schedule your workouts for the week, and one day, you simply don’t want to show up? (Ok, that was me yesterday.)

Your heart isn’t in it, yet you muster up the courage to do what you’ve committed to do—for you. Because. (I did it, or I couldn’t write this.)

Or, you decide to cut back on the sugary treats, unless of course they are amazing, and you eat the mediocre cookie. The “former” you would have eaten at least 3 in one sitting, and not have even given it a second thought.  

And then there’s the time when you meant to skip the late night snack, and you ate it anyway. You had a piece of fruit instead of another small meal.

Success is showing up. Success is doing just a little bit better than you did in the past. Maybe it doesn’t happen exactly the way you would like, however you’re making strides toward your health and happiness goals.

You are successful! You are showing up powerfully in your life.

I sense that some of you are allowing perfectionism to write a story of failure. Let it go. You and I are not perfect at anything, and we never will be. Sorry if I’m the first one to break this news to you.

Here’s a beautiful success story from one of my client couples. They had a wonderful holiday with family, and kept their eating in check—enjoying their favorite foods in moderation, with no feelings of deprivation. YES!

And then…when their family went home, clear across the country, (taking the grandchild too), they understandably felt sad. Their emotional button switched on, and they fell away from their newer eating habits. They hit the “Pause” button of life. They were miserable on several levels. It happens.

After only FOUR days, they got back into their healthier, happier, habits. Not only did they recover quickly, this rebound has pushed them into the next level of fitness. I see this as massive success. They saw it as failure.

See the difference? It’s all in perspective. I’m very proud of their progress.

In their life before Coach Carol, they would have allowed their emotions to control their eating for far longer than 4 days.

Friends, this attitude shows up in every area of your life. Choose to show up and live powerfully, even when you don’t feel like it, or it’s a bit scary. 

If you’re stuck and don’t know what plan of action to take next, I’m here to help. Email me, and together we’ll figure out how you can rebound to the next level.

To your success,
Coach Carol

“The willingness to show up changes us, It makes us a little braver each time.”― Brené Brown, “Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead”

 

When the Body Breaks

Sometimes, in spite of our best efforts, our bodies don’t cooperate.

I have friends with replaced hips, knees, and shoulders. Others have asthma, osteoporosis, arthritis, diabetes, cancer, and more. They are facing a myriad of challenges and emotions.

It’s frustrating when things just don’t go as planned and the body breaks.

We do the best that we know to do, and it’s not enough.

I recently had this happen to me on an extremely minor scale. The day before Thanksgiving, I began experiencing pain in my left hand. I hadn’t consciously done anything that would have caused harm—or so I thought.  

Perhaps I pulled something out of whack doing my strength training class, since I had been fine before that, and not so afterward. OUCH! So, I exercise because it’s a good thing to do, and this is the result.

It was a challenge to cook and slice and dice.

There was a slight knot and some swelling. I used ice, then heat, and did some stretching exercises that I found on Dr. Google.

I was annoyed. This was an inconvenience in my life, especially when making Thanksgiving dinner.

When I tried to do the same strength training class a few days later, I discovered the move that caused the problem. I continued to do other classes that wouldn’t make the injury worse, however I was mad that I couldn’t do what I was used to doing.

I needed a break. Sometimes we don’t take the break we need until we’re forced to do so. We push ourselves until we get the flu, need the new joint, or can’t slice and dice.

Since what we resist persists, I had to lighten up my anger at my injured hand. I overworked it, and it was yelling at me the only way it knew how. I had to change my attitude to one of gratitude. 

After five weeks, I’m back with my friends, doing a class I really enjoy. I’m very grateful. It was something I had taken for granted.

Aging gracefully is tricky. Like Roseanne Roseannadanna used to say, “It’s always something.”

If you’re frustrated with your body and have the desire to change your attitude, I’m here to support you. Send me an email. We’ll work on it together.

Much love,
Carol

“The secret to living well and longer is: eat half, walk double, laugh triple and love without measure.”—Tibetan Proverb