#6 What I've Learned About Intermittent Fasting (the hard way)

Hey, friends! This post is near and dear to my heart. To me, it represents the beginning of a new way of life, a new mindset, a new purpose. This gateway into my health and wellness journey marks the beginning of me saying "yes!" to being open-minded, to resurrecting a profound passion for learning, and to stepping out of my very rigid, but comfortable square box. "Can't teach an old dog new tricks?" I beg to differ. I hope you are as impacted as I was. Here we go... Question: Have you ever heard of intermittent fasting? Stay with me here. This could change your life.  Well, a few years back, I had never heard of intermittent fasting and when I did, it sounded very weird and unsafe. However, like with most new things, I didn't know what I didn't know. The fact is, for many people, intermittent fasting is safe, effective, and can be life-changing when done properly. Key words here are "when done properly". Disclaimer: I am not a medical professi

#5 In the Beginning

This blog is a way to express emotions and thoughts that are sometimes hard for me to verbalize face-to-face. I know it's time to write when something is tugging at my heart. I have been feeling that tug for a while now. I'm having a hard time moving forward on this one though. I have so much I want to say, yet I can't quite figure out what direction to take this. I have rewritten and edited this post multiple times now trying to capture my thoughts and what I pray will be a meaningful message for you. I hope this all ends up making sense and you get something out of it. So, here we go... As I've shared, I wasn't feeling so great a few years ago. I believed I was feeling exactly the way I was supposed to feel at my stage of life. I wasn't facing any major health crisis, but I now know I was heading in that direction. It was inevitable. My low energy and physical symptoms were my body's way of telling me I needed to make some changes. For whatever reason, I s

#4 That "Something"

Hey, friend. Can we talk? What in your life brings you joy? Is there something that you love to do? What gives you a sense of purpose?  Maybe it's your family and/or friends, your job, a hobby. Maybe it's multiple somethings. If you're like me, that "something" has changed over the years. Honestly, there have been times in my life when it just wasn't there at all. I didn't have a clue what would bring me joy or what I was searching for. And then, let's face it, there are times when life gets so busy, so chaotic, that we just do what we have to do to get from one day to the next. I get it. I also know, that having that something sure makes a difference. Life seems brighter. More joyful. More purposeful. I wonder how many folks feel as if that something is not within their reach, or that they don't deserve it. Some of us might feel that it just doesn't really matter once we reach a certain stage of life. Sadly, we are not always encouraged to pur

#3 Ready, Set, Go!

Our youngest grandson recently found a passion for running. He's pretty darn fast too. He is constantly challenging us to go out to the backyard and race. We have learned the drill. Go to the fence on the one side of the yard, get in starting position, and he then yells, "ready, set, go!" And we're off. Sometimes we need a push, a command, to get ready, get set, and get goin'! That might come as encouragement or guidance or a gnawing thought that won't go away. Sometimes we have to hit bottom to be motivated enough to make the necessary changes. So today, friend, I ask if you are ready to join the race to improve your health. If so, let's get ready, get set, and go! Get Ready Determine your starting line. Your starting line. Do not compare your circumstances or your goals to someone else's. Doing so would be self-defeating. No matter where you are physically, emotionally, or spiritually, making just one positive change today qualifies you for a positio

#2 The Roller Coaster Ride

I did something yesterday. Something very much out of my comfort zone. There have been a few times in my life where I felt led to pursue something, even though I didn't really know what the heck I was doing. It wasn't just a gentle, one-time nudge nor did I hear a voice blasting from the heavens, but something was pulling me into unknown territory. It was like I was buckled in a roller coaster car, and I couldn't get off. As funny as it may sound, I didn't really want to get off, even though I was scared to death. I knew it was going to be a crazy ride, but I also knew I was supposed to be on that car. The last couple of years have been quite the ride. I certainly didn't have a clue of the destination, but that roller coaster kept taking me from one point to the next. Somehow, I stayed on, remaining safe and sound. I embraced each new turn and all the highs and lows, not knowing where it was leading me. But it felt right. Things are now coming together. Things are n

#1 It's Gonna Take Some Pruning

A little beauty caught my eye recently with her cascading green foliage and vibrant blooms. I knew she would be the perfect addition to our patio, so I made the purchase and brought her home. I proudly hung her from a garden hook, strategically placed beside our patio where she stole the show. She was beautiful. I loved sitting in my chair and staring at her. I felt happy and a sense of calm. But sadly, she started to show signs of a struggle. Her blooms started to drop, and her leaves started to shrivel. She was no longer the full, colorful plant she once was. Even though I would give her a daily dose of water, the Texas sun and strong winds proved to be too much. These powerful forces were breaking her down. Her needs were not being met. She just couldn't keep up. With each passing day, hope for survival was fading as quickly as her blossoms. When I looked at her, instead of joy, I felt sadness. It was decision time. Do I just sit by and watch her decline? Do I give up and throw