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Yesterday’s Failure:Tomorrow’s Success

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Yesterday’s Failure:Tomorrow’s Success

I didn’t make the steps. I really don’t like the word failed, but that’s what I did. I failed the steps. If I had passed, I would have tracked a million of the little critters between Memorial Day and Labor Day. This is my fourth year. I have never not met my goal.   As is probably typical with people who fail in some way, I kicked myself for having had the confidence to believe I would succeed in the first place. Next, I kicked myself for having told anyone that I would be attempting it. Next, I kicked myself for not being better prepared.   By the time I took the final count of...

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Hamstrings so Tight I Could Pluck Them

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Hamstrings so Tight I Could Pluck Them

Wow, what a week. What a grueling, painful week, especially for my hips and hamstrings. But, oh, the rewards that can come from such pain. As with every other worthwhile pursuit, your health and wellness takes great effort to build but can slip through your fingers before you realize it. At least that’s the way it is for me. As late as November, I was working out an average of five days a week. My step was light. My breathing was deep. My sleep was restful. Then I thought I’d give myself a break from working so hard…just through the holiday season, you know? Then just...

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The First of One Million Steps

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The First of One Million Steps

Ah! My favorite time of year! Michigan really comes alive in late spring/early summer. What better way to enjoy it than by throwing on a pair a sneaks and hitting the trails? The outdoors brings a balance to life that is unequal to any drug, any escape, or any therapy. Mile upon mile of clean air await us, if we just take the time to spoil ourselves and take advantage of it. I say spoil as if we’re wasting time. But anyone who invests in themselves in this way (better word!) realizes not just the physical benefits of tighter buns and firmer thighs but also: clarity of thought, better...

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The Spiritual Journey of Essential Oils

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The Spiritual Journey of Essential Oils

My son calls it voodoo magic. I call it health and wellness. I’m a big fan of aromatherapy, daily employing the use of essential oils in my cleansing and skin-care regimen. I use oils in diffusers to keep my energy and concentration levels high during the day. I inhale the scents of the oils first over trying a pain medication for a headache. And I’m just barely scratching the surface. Aromatherapy has experienced a resurgence as of late. Our heightened awareness of the use and side effects of synthetics, coupled with the increased availability of information, has refueled the...

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Feeding the Multitudes — Multiplying the Dream

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Feeding the Multitudes — Multiplying the Dream

“Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world.” James 1:27 (NASB) It began innocently enough as she accompanied her fellow church members on a short-term mission trip to Ukraine. She read hunger, loneliness, and desperation in the eyes of those she met. The eyes of the children haunted her the most, boring into her spirit for weeks, even months, after her return home. The seed, the desire to help one in a significant way, germinated deep within her, growing and flowering until...

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Did I Make It?

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Did I Make It?

If you’ve been following this blog since at least Memorial Day, you know I have been on a quest for 800,000 steps. The results are in, and I achieved my goal. And then some. I kinda wish I had tried for a million because I almost made it! For this 14-week period, I recorded 963,414 steps. Can I get a woot-woot? I averaged 9,831 steps a day, and I lived to tell about it. Whew! I feel good. I feel strong. One thing I didn’t tell you about is that I also started on the Curves exercise program. I never would have thought of taking this step on my own. If your Curves is like my Curves...

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