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Strike a Prose! Celebrating 800 Blog Posts

February 28th, 2014 2 Comments Tags: , , , , , , ,

How interesting it is to be celebrating my 800th blog post as the Winter Olympics just came to a close, hmmmmm? I suppose my prose writing is my own personal olympic sport of sorts since starting this Through Thick and Thin Blog in 2010. I ruminated over that notion for months feeling a passion to write well up inside of me like a bread dough rising! I worried about running out of topics to write about, what people would think, if I could keep it up and more. Sometimes second guessing yourself is an olympic sport in itself, isn’t it? Finally I got out of my own way and just started, clickity clickity click on my keyboard almost four years later.

I describe myself as more of a tortoise than a hare, “slow and steady wins the race”, my own race. Idea by idea, post by post and now I have an ebook Skinny On Slim The Little Black Dress of Diet Books that was just featured in the Canadian Health and Lifestyle Magazine that originated from an array of posts.

What’s your passion? Do you like to write and keep putting off getting started? Strike a prose! There’s a lot to write about: Take a walk! Bend and stretch! Jog a mile! Cook up a storm! Eat together! Be healthier! Overcome fear! Whatever it is, take the first step. Like anything in life you need to break it down in to manageable steps and work it out. Just jump in and START. Your life with be richer and your self esteem will surely soar when you do.

If there’s something you’d like me to write about, drop me a line!

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Orange is the New Black – Citrus Smoothie

February 26th, 2014 1 Comment Tags: , , , ,

I recently read that orange is the new black, hmmmmm. Funny when I was at the grocery store the other day I had a hankering for citrus – oranges, lemons, limes, grapefruits. My food processor called out to me to try yet another smoothie recipe so I obliged and am glad I did!

Ingredients

1 peeled, cut up orange
1 lemon, quartered
1 cup plain Greek style yoghurt

Instructions
Add peeled orange pieces to your food processor or blender. Toss in small pieces of the orange and lemon rind to punch up the taste. Squeeze the lemon quarters into the food processor after the seeds have been removed. Spoon in the yoghurt put the lid on tight and blend thoroughly until smooth. Add juice to adjust the thickness to your liking and a dash of sweetener if it’s too tart for your tastebuds.

Commentary
I will certainly try this again with other citrus fruits to see which combination is most satisfying. I’ll add some springs of mint leaves too. My favourite flavour of yoghurt is Oikos key-lime and I will definitely give that a try as my yoghurt base.

This combination was a refreshing and tasty treat on this fine weekend sweetened by mother nature herself. I put the rest of the mixture in individual containers to enjoy during the week as work piles up as a perfect grab and go snack. It’ll be a perfect pick-me-up when I need it, without an additional jolt of caffeine.

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Keep the Flame Alive

February 24th, 2014 No Comments Tags: , , , , ,

Well it’s life back to normal
The Games are a wrap
After that men’s hockey game
I had me a nap

Got to thinking about what
This all means in my life
Triple flips and double sow cows
Being active doesn’t need to create strife

The lycra and spandex
Never looked this darn good! (mainly on Olympians!)
Treating body as temple
Is something we should

For we mere earth mortals
Making a goal is a start
To move our bodies, as it was meant
I so very smart

Start a “movement movement”
Rise up off the couch
Oh ye young and old
Finding 30-60 minutes, isn’t that much

You’ll feel better and toned
Energetic and shvelt
Your hourglass figure
Might warrant a belt!

Keep that flame alive everyday
Whether it’s gleaming or dim
And do yourself a favour
Read Skinny on Slim!

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Medalling About the Olympics

February 21st, 2014 No Comments Tags: , , , ,

I love that song “Silver and Gold” although out of season, these are currently in season in a different way with the Olympics in full gear – silver, gold and bronze. Striving to win requires a winning attitude with no holds barred. Each day you train is one less day your competitor can surpass you…maybe. It was stellar to witness a few golden moments recently in bob sled, curling and hockey!

Olympians go for gusto. They are certainly not fair-weather participants. They push through barriers we mere mortals can barely fathom to improve their time, pass their competitor or land that jump without wavering.

Winter is a perfect time of year to take it up a notch to rethink your goals to get in shape for when spring is sprung! If your get up and go got up and went, time to find it and get in gear, don’t you think? Why just watch sports when you can add some new moves to your repertoire and get active!

Consider jumpstarting your heart if you’ve been in a slump lately. Plan on extending your efforts to all of the seasons of the year, taking each day as it comes. As long as I’m able to move one foot in front of the other, I am committed to continue my movement movement. How about you?

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Olympic Motivation

February 19th, 2014 No Comments Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , ,

I’ve been doing more pondering about the various aspects of the Olympics and how they bring meaning to our lives. Take the flame for instance. It’s a perfect symbol of motivation as it travels over hills and dales, oceans and seas, towering snowcapped mountains and cavernous valleys four years to the host city. Each day that flame is lit represents that internal glow in our own lives to be better, go further, get stronger.

I chuckled when I did my mat routine recently with weights and flexibility exercises contrast to those buff speed skaters in mind. I bent and stretched to just touch my toes and lifted those 10 pound weights tightening my core, cause I too can do just a little bit better.

I won’t be joining an iron man or olympic team any time soon because tortoises don’t qualify. I will however be more mindful of how I can do my body right one baby step at a time. Maybe I’ll take a stroll at lunch on a workday; perhaps I’ll forgo food offerings that aim to sweeten my work setting; how about getting down on my mat an extra day or two in the week to tighten my core or make my lunch with the seasonal fare adorning my fridge.

More olympic food for thought as I strive to be a little healthier today than yesterday.

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In the Mood for that Olympic Attitude

February 17th, 2014 No Comments Tags: , , , , ,

There’s nothing I don’t love about the olympics. Even though I am a self proclaimed tortoise I get pumped watching real athletes perform their craft. Further, faster, stronger, better are all goals we can all relate to and strive for in our own lives.

I can’t stand being sunk in couch potato-dom with a bad attitude. No matter your walk of life we can all do just a little bit better, especially where our eating and activity are concerned.

Truth be told I took a tumble in my driveway on the ice last week. After seeing a number of skiers plummet jaw first into the snow I bravely got up and brushed myself off, trying to ignore the thumping pain of my elbow and hip. A little ouchie, in comparison yet working on adopting the Olympic spirit.

So watch these sports mavens perform in all of their splendour. Bring on the gold, silver and bronze for all to see. Those who place last are still winners in my books! Let them inspire you to light the fire within to improve…. just for today.

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Oh My Family Valentine!

February 14th, 2014 No Comments Tags: , , ,

Oh my family Valentine
Hanging tight through rain and shine
What we’ve got is mighty fine
Oh my family Valentine!

Showing love in different ways
Through what we do and what we say
Being there, oh come what may
I think we’re going to be ok

Having our priorities straight
Showing support when things aren’t great
Tough love’s there and values won’t break
Finding peace as the escape

Feeling joy as our kids grow
It’s their time now, we need to let go
Time to thrive and realize they know
To live life boldly, just watch it unfold

More time to listen, put advise aside
It’s time to watch them take life’s ride
Sometimes it breaks you up inside
Things have changed, so watch the tide

Oh my family Valentine
Let’s clink our glasses and share some wine
What we have is so divine
Oh my family Valentine!

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Your Own Olympic-Style Moves

February 12th, 2014 No Comments Tags: , , , , , , ,

Alpine Ski?
Walk the dog with me!

Bobsled?
Try a toboggan instead!

Skeleton?
Build an igloo, everyone!

Ice Dance?
Or turn up the tunes and prance!

Hockey?
Find a friend and play!

Freestyle Ski?
Go outside with the family!

Speed Skate?
Or slow down at the rink with your date!

Luge?
Build a snowman that’s huge!

Ski Jump?
Shovel after a snow dump!

Biathlon?
Make a fort, that’s fun!

Figure Skate?
Or mall walk if the cold you hate!

Snowboard?
Do something you can afford!

Cross Country Ski?
Do 30 minutes a day of any activity!

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True Grit

February 10th, 2014 No Comments Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,

I love watching the Olympics. It’s so entertaining to see these mega athletes compete in their sport to go harder, faster, stronger, higher, longer, better. I sometimes feel sheepish, sitting like a lump in my easy chair watching these muscle clad athenas ski, skate, jump, dance, sled their way to victory, shooting for the stars. In my mind they are all winners, every last one, whether you’re from Jamaica bobsledding or from Thailand doing a ski jump. Truth be told someone from my very neighbourhood, Phil Brown is participating in the Giant Slalom for Canada, imagine? How exciting!

There may only be a few short minutes of glory on the screen. But it took four years-plus of gruelling training to make it to Sochi. Just think about what’s involved: the will, to motivation, to commitment, diligence, to breaking down barriers and reaching new personal bests, striving, sweating, hurting, believing, working, doing and achieving.

How many challenges has this bunch punched through to get to the Olympics? Think about all of the Mondays, the weekend days, the PMS’ing days, the holidays, the days with a sore muscle or a boo boo – none that holds them back. There are no excuses this group makes, no whining, no complaining, no moaning, no groaning, no long faces, no “poor me”, no asking “why?” only “why not?!”

For me watching the Olympics is like a metaphor of life, when you have a goal and you take the many steps to achieve it. I take the time to look in the mirror and evaluate my own plan. My conscience hurts sometimes when I want to skip a day of my meagre daily walk when that kid from my neighbourhood is gunning for a slalom medal at the olympics. Ah ya, I think I can squeeze it in, after all.

As I have said many times here and in Skinny on Slim The Little Black Dress of Diet Books that our bodies were meant move. So find at least 30 minutes each day to saunter, mosey, walk, shimmy, dance, shovel, sweep, play, run, ride, slide, climb, jog, skate, ski, toboggan and more. Create your own love affair with moving by doing activities you enjoy and your body will surely smile back at you in many ways.

Go Phil!

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Life is Your Own Olympics

February 7th, 2014 No Comments Tags: , , , , , ,

Life is your own olympics
Try to do some isometrics
Hold in your gut
Tighten up that butt
Create your own bag of tricks
Life is your own olympics

Rewarding yourself is like a medal
What you do doesn’t need to be so dull
Do something fun
Dance ’til you’re undone!
You’ll feel better, time will tell
Rewarding yourself is like a medal

Make some healthy and stealthy moves
In time you’ll see your lovely curves
Pump some iron
Feel the burn
Get out and move those hooves!
Make some healthy and stealthy moves

Divorce your couch and easy chair
Strike a pose if you dare!
Shake that thang
The bell has rang
Get up, stay up, move more I swear!
Divorce your couch and easy chair

It doesn’t have to be complicated
No money spent, make a date for it
30 minutes a day
You’ll feel better I say!
You’ll wonder why you waited
It doesn’t have to be complicated

Make a sport out of simply moving more
Saunter, shimmy, walk, hit it and say “fore”
Spin, dance, shovel or sweep
You will surely feel complete
Stronger, faster, livelier will be in store
Make a sport out of simply moving more

You don’t need to do an olympic sport
Play against yourself with a personal best of sorts
Do it everyday
Go outside and play
In a park, a field, the road, your yard or court
You don’t need to do an olympic sport

Create a love affair with your routine
Exercise doesn’t need be extreme
A mall walk
Won’t be a shock
It’ll take longer for you to run out of steam
Create a love affair with your routine

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