Posts made in September, 2013

LIVE BIG Retreat Day One

Trent and I were invited to attend a seminar called Live BIG. Trent met Gerald Rogers a few years back in a mastermind group. They met up again after we came to Utah and he mentioned his event and the date and Trent told him it was our 12th anniversary weekend. Gerald then said that this event would be a great thing for the two of us to share together. It was 3 of the most fun, inspiring, intense and transformational days I have ever experienced. I learned so much about myself and how to break through my limiting patterns, to stand more in my power and to create what I want in my life. It was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done but the most exhilarating one too. We walked into a room filled with about 70 strangers on the first day and came away on the 3rd day the best of friends. We broke down our walls and we were all real and honest with eachother. Our first exercise was to walk around and meet as many people as we could but do it in a attitude of like we didn’t want to be there. Very awkward and very hard not to laugh or smile. The second exercise was that we had to meet them as though we had to “make the sell” or “seal the deal”. This go round was a little harder for me to break down my comfort level and meet as many people I could in a small amount of time. I was nervous about the last exercise in which we had to greet them as though they were our long lost friends! Are you kidding me?? I have to hug these people and jump up and down and I just met them! Really?? Oh man that was super hard for me. I don’t look for physical touch its at the bottom of my list especially to strangers. Oh man sooo hard! But I did it and after about 5 people I said “what the heck just do it” nobody will ever see me again anyway. Oh boy was I wrong in that thought now we are all planning our next party because we became such close friends! So what does it mean to LIVE BIG? Do what you want, when you want, and with whom you want! We wrote down our goal for each of area of our life: HEALTH – to eat a wholesome natural food diet and to have energy throughout the day to keep up with my kids. RELATIONSHIPS – to speak and interact and communicate my feelings to a person and feel confident in what I say to them. SPIRITUAL – ask for divine help each day. FINANCIAL – live within my budget and use my cash envelope system and save so that later I can live like no one else. One statement to sum that all up: “Love who I am, Love who I will be and Believe, so I can do my part to give my heart!” We all need to look at the person who we need to connect with and picture them as God sees them. If we can’t see the greatness in ourselves how do we reciprocate to others? The one thing that will determine who you are is your own SELF PERCEPTION. You can never outperform it. COMFORT ZONE Is there a new possibility of my self perception? YES!!!! You just need to redefine the pets motets of the box or lose it all together. Then reprogram your mind with...

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September Cooking Class

We were able to do a cooking class from our Healthy Lifestyles class by Trish at her house. It was perfect to visually see her work in the kitchen and make it look so effortlessly. She gave us all copies of the recipes she made and tips. What I came away from this class was: To have snack time with my kids. Use Chia seeds instead of eggs. Make what I can in bulk. For bread crumbs use gluten free bread like Prairie Spelt bread 1 slice is 1/4 cup if you can and have the kids break up the bread and then food process them. For breadcrumbs assign a child to do the shaker job. Put cottage cheese in spaghetti sauce for extra protein. Rice and beans job for...

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Lifestyle Modification Strategies

I meet Trish my nutrition coach this week and she gave me a copy of their vision of Lyceum and how it’s a lifestyle change that they try to get their clients to grasp. Here is their tips and strategies to making a more healthy lifestyle: Set Realistic goals *Set both weight loss and lifestyle modification/behavior change goals *Create goals that are specific, measure able, attainable, realistic and time sensitive *Place an emphasis on behavior rather than weight *Set daily goals such as adherence to your exercise and nutrition plans Modify Environmental Cues *Environmental cues encourage excess calorie intake and low levels of physical activity *Become aware of environment cues that trigger food intake and physical activity *Focus on modifying cues over which you have control. For example you may need to: Clean up your immediate environments at home and work. Give away or stop purchasing high calorie , low nutrition foods. Keep food out of view. Increase Self-efficacy *Success breeds success. Set reasonable goals that can be achieved on a daily basis *Find a role model and remind yourself “If they can do it, so can I” *Identify a support or accountability partner to work with *Celebrate success daily Manage Stress and Negative Moods *Brainstorm and identify different things or activities that make you feel better (good music, books, friends, etc) *Recognize that regular physical activity can reduce feelings of depression, stress and anxiety, and improve mood and energy levels. Identify enjoyable physical activities and tune into the positive effects of exercise. *Identify various relaxation techniques Setup a System for Self-monitoring and Problem-Solving *Record the behaviors that you are trying to change, specifically food intake and physical activity *Observe thoughts and feelings, both helpful and unhelpful, that precede eating and exercise behaviors *Self-monitoring will: Increase your self-awareness and provide a “mirror” of your behavior. Give you information to provide to us on a weekly basis. Let you measure success and challenges and give you information necessary to brainstorm ways to eliminate negative behavior. Serve as a form of positive reinforcement. Restructure Your Thinking *Develop a mindful awareness of automatic thoughts, or self-talk, and consciously change counterproductive thoughts *Learn to replace negative thoughts with more positive and realistic ones *Learn to observe your own thinking, not accept immediate thoughts as “reality” and restructure thoughts in ways that are believable as well as...

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Tepee

Finally stapled together the tepee with the help of my little sister. It was a lot of scrap fabric as well as some bed sheets. Overall it turned out and the kids love...

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Book Trunk

I’ve had this trunk for quite some time now and only used it as a design piece but found another use for it recently. You see Trent has a lot of books and they don’t all fit on my one big bookshelf in the office/library so he stores them by his end table next to the bed. It looks hideous and I’ve been going back and forth about what to do about this problem because it’s not a pretty site. I looked over at the trunk on day that was placed in our bedroom but in the sitting area next to the wall and it hit me that I should place the books inside it and then move the trunk to the foot of my bed. I love when things come together even if it takes awhile to think of a...

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