Posts Tagged ‘role model’

Cooking #SundaySupper with Nan

October 6th, 2014 2 Comments Tags: , , , , , ,

I had a special date with my Mom (aka “Nan”) in her magical kitchen recently. She wanted to instil some of her culinary wisdom unto me, how great is that? Very! When you walk into her welcoming home and open the door that wonderful aroma I know so well greets me in addition to the hugs and kisses from both Nan and Pops.

On that fine day she showed me the ropes on making “Danny’s favourite” Veal Limone. Always dressed nicely, no sweats in her wardrobe, wrapped in an apron she is armed for a whipping…. of a fine dish or two! I heard she did some mentoring with my grown nephews and nieces on the secrets of her sougo and meatballs extraordinaire last week. She is on a roll!

She’s a master blaster, that’s for sure. Even though her vision is fading, her will and abilities are soaring. I have been blessed with a lifetime worth of fond food memories thanks to my Mom. Whether it was making her own dough for pizza or a cauldron of soup; her famous veal stew or eggplant parmigiana, roast beef, fast and easy chicken, calimari or butterfly shrimp, even jumbolia, she makes everything with care, love and zest. Food for the soul that’s fast and easy… for her anyways.

I’m so lucky that family meals we deemed to be important in our busy bella famiglia growing up with 4 sisters – weeknights, especially Sunday. I find when I set my dining table what unfolds with the tablecloth are magical memories from eating together. Cooking doesn’t need to be complicated like an olympic sport. Sometimes all you need to do is pull up a chair over the simplest dish, clink your glasses and linger over good conversation while breaking bread with each other.

Thanks Nan, what’ll we whip up next?

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Craving a Sound Sound-Bite….

September 5th, 2014 1 Comment Tags: , , , , ,

I’m having some cravings lately, for sound, reliable nutrition information – a REAL sound bite. Not those trivial sound bites we’re inundated with on social media that simply add to confusion of the topic of food and nutrition. This week was the diet face-off between Low Fat versus Low Carb diets, what gives?

When I sit back and mull all of this over I remind myself that nutrition is not black and white but mostly grey zone. There are many nuances that don’t lend themselves to straight “yes” and “no” or 1-sentence answers.

I can hear the groans already when I tout the moderation message, yet again. Sorry folks but I’ll bang that gong until your ears ring and it sinks in! The reality is our bodies NEED fat and carbs and the entire array of macro and micronutrients every single day with fluids and fiber to boot. We need fat, but not too much. We need carbs, but not too much. This sort of messaging albeit sound and reliable doesn’t cut it in the “sound bite” department of the editors.

Sadly, I’m not surprised that consumers become so confused sometimes to the point of exasperation morphing into anti-nutritionists in combat. Actually, I can hear them now “…just tell me what I’m supposed to do already!”

What I suggest you do is find a few reliable nutrition sources with credible degrees and credentials then tune out all of the noise. Then sink your teeth into REAL sound bites to help you on your personal health quest to get and stay on track.

Don’t forget an important rule of thumb in the process, if something sounds too good to be true, it usually is….

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Fall Back to Basics – Back to School No Brainer

August 27th, 2014 No Comments Tags: , , , , ,

Everything’s so “back to school” these days isn’t it? Everywhere you turn are advertisements, articles in magazines and newspapers, features on the radio. I don’t know but it’s all so last year and the year before and well 10 years before that, even older.

It seems all I ever read about is our society being so time starved coupled with kids who are enrolled in too many activities yet don’t know the basic life skills when they emerge from the teenage wormhole. I read for the umteenth time about “back to school lunch ideas”. Ho hum. Well do I have a lunch idea for you. Let’s get kids to prepare their OWN lunch!

My Mom has had a wondrous ability to set limits and teach my three sisters and me life skills. I remember going to the grocery store with my Mom, cooking and helping in the kitchen with my Mom and even making my own lunch. Really parents, it’s not a big deal. Calling Children’s Aid never crossed my mind all those years ago.

I think there needs to be a paradigm shift getting kids involved in household functions again, don’t you? Instead of running around driving kids to so many activities consider making time to just connect with each other and catch up.

Well parents this fall is a new chapter. Why not start a new trend getting your kids involved in the kitchen. No, you’re NOT mean by taking this step. Actually you’re short changing your kids by NOT getting them involved. Sure, Little Johnny might be able to play the trombone by the time he’s 20, but he won’t know how to make a scrambled egg or a sandwich….

Just like we teach our kids their ABC’s, we also need to teach them how to make a lunch, and oh, not one you order at the drive thru….

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Go Team…. Team Darko’s Best Tournament Yet!

August 25th, 2014 No Comments Tags: , , , , ,

Another year has come and gone. That special nephew of mine who’s part of Team Darko organized an even bigger and more successful fund raiser golf event in memory of their fave fab university friend Darko. They pulled up again in their party bus but it was all business as they raised more funds for the Miracle Network.

Mother Nature was threatening rain but lost her battle as the sun peered through the clouds and the butterflies fluttered about while everyone finished the final 9 holes. More teams than ever signed up, played and donated for such a worthy cause.

Can I be more proud of these twenty somethings who seem like they can run this event with their eyes closed and their hearts wide open? I don’t think so! It warmed my heart to see so many people take part from near and far. It was terrific to see these kids form families of their own as they grow in number as the circle of life turns. With these types taking charge our future is bright as they lead our society as our new “We Generation”.

Thanks Team Darko for inspiring me, yet again, this fine summer’s weekend. I salute you all. And remember “No giving up EVER!” DD

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Who’s Retiring Anyways?

August 11th, 2014 2 Comments Tags: , , , ,

Someone I know is conspiring
That they might consider retiring
Has worked a long time
Many achievements have shined
Inspiring many behind him

He believes that anything’s possible
Stays the course, and is always unstoppable
Has made a huge mark
Is a remarkable spark
To all that are all around him

Has a way to make you get better
His approach is always unfettered
Helps you rise to new heights
Using all of your might
Never taking the credit because of him

Has learned to have his priorities straight
Which for me is absolutely great
Work/life balance is fine
Our life together is so divine
Special times just being with him

This person I know can’t retire!
Just shift gears of his inner bonfire
Not able to slow down
Always runs fully wound
Boundless energy with more ahead of him

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World Cup or Stein!

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

World cup
Play tough
Suck it up
Need some luck

Yellow card
Play hard
Ref jarred
On guard

Head shot
Make it pop
Gotta stop!
Believe it or not

Long game
No shame
Who’s to blame?
Too tame

To and fro
Watch them go
Goetze he
Stole the show

Game’s done!
Germans won!
How fun!
Undone!

Get off the duff
Move that stuff
No guff
Enough’s enough!

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Genie Out of a Bottle

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

Genie Bouchard is my inspiration for this fine Monday motivation. I’m sure she’s yours too! The Wimbledon fortnight was topped off with Genie in the ladies final, Vasek Pospisil winning the men’s doubles final, while Milos Raonic was in the men’s semi’s. How uncharacteristically, unapologetically Canadian with the red and white splattered on the various draw sheets. You see, I grew up playing competitive tennis (a different brand of course) so my household’s interest was piqued this fine weekend.

I loved the display of confidence, finesse, strength and determination sprinkled with polite classiness out on centre court. There is more that goes into 1 match than you can ever imagine. The hours of practice, training, commitment, family support and mental workouts to reach that point and continue to rise like a sphinx from clay dust is astounding. It got me thinking about each and every one of us. Most not professional athletes (or even close) but each with a little bit of Genie bottled up inside of us ready to splurt out, hmmmmmm.

Even though I retired my racket some time ago, my exercise routine has morphed over the decades. I did my best way back when but my frame was no longer able to endure that side-to-side, up-and-back play so I have subbed in an activity repertoire that fits my age, lifestyle, helps my flexibility, strength and fitness which I commit to each and every season of the year. In my ebook Skinny on Slim, The Little Black Dress of Diet Books I talk about building a love affair with activity and exercise, that I speak of first hand. How’s your relationship with your routine shaping up this summer?

Our bodies were meant to move. So if you’ve been a winning spectator lately watching more soccer, tennis, football, baseball and the like than getting outside to play yourself, unleash your inner Genie and make a pact to get and keep moving today and every day.

And to Genie, Milos and Vasek, thanks for being such fabulous role models and inspirations to us all. You’re world-class winners in my book, eh!

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Fitness Grade Tanking? Go Outside and Play!

May 30th, 2014 No Comments Tags: , , , , , ,

This Friday’s “f” word is about fitness, or shall I divulge, a lack thereof….good grief. Yet another report card has been released on how poorly Canadian kids are doing in the fitness department. To spare you the gory details the results aren’t good, yet again. There has been a cultural shift to driving kids everywhere and sign the little beggars up for organized sports, leaving them lagging yet again on the everyday fitness front, what gives?

I wish the powers that be could give my Mom – that wooden spoon wielding Mother warrior, the official role of Chief Limit-Setting Officer of all the land. Her piercing decry “GO OUTSIDE AND PLAY!” still rings in my ears from when I was young. As I write this, I’m yearning to get outside to get the cobwebs out after a long day of clickity clicking on my computer keys.

All of my school days included two walks to and from school – one in the morning and back for lunch, then back and forth again, a mile each way, neither uphill! My bicycle riding skills were on the wobbly side, but my legs worked pretty well. I never froze with the cold or melted with the rain and I live to tell the tale. Nor did I need a water bottle and snack. Just there and back again twice, like Bilbo Baggins.

Mom put tight limits on the boob-tube watching too, so I have fond memories of watching The Flintstones after lunch and Get Smart before dinner. In the evenings we went out to play when homework was done then back inside when the street lights came on. It was like clockwork.

We did get signed up for lessons for swimming, skating, tennis and the like but that filled other leisure time gaps.

Now north of 50 I have established a love affair with my activity as I explain in my ebook, Skinny on Slim, the Little Black Dress of Diet Books. It’s certainly not extreme, but more on the stealthy side where I sneak it in here and there, rarely missing a day. The bottom line is I do it and I enjoy it. No I don’t feel the burn, yet I do feel the yearn if I miss it!

I think my Mom’d be up for the job of Chief Limit-Setting Officer of all the land. She’s certainly a role model as a Mother of 4 way back when, all of us who continue to get out for our daily walks – doing our personal march of the penguins to today….
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Motivation Monday – Helen Made it to Slim Town

May 26th, 2014 No Comments Tags: , , , ,

I must say I have been floored by the generous spirit of people who have reviewed my ebook Skinny on Slim, The Little Black Dress of Diet Books as I aim to reach 30 reviews per book site. A most sincere thank you and a new plea to those of you still getting around to it. Please keep them coming!

I was rendered altogether speechless by a message by Helen and her review on Amazon and iTunes. You see, Helen is a colleague of the rock that I roll with. I recently learned that Helen lost 40 pounds after reading my ebook so I dropped her a line. Her words are still sinking in:

Hi Fran

Sorry this is slow in coming I was travelling the last weeks but you have been flagged in my in box!

Yes I am the big 40 … and yes (my colleague) is correct but he may have under estimated my enthusiasm! Your book is fantastic! I read it last June and decided I could follow your advice, setting the goal of dropping 40 pounds by my 40th birthday this April … I hit the goal by Christmas and maintained it ever since. …. I am going to think about the goal for 41 …. but have not decided what it is yet. :-)

Your book is so great, so easy and so relatable I hope everyone reads it. I am sorry you actually had to ask for help. I should have written the review long before! I have actually gone to the site to do so several times but really did not have the words to explain why it’s so great! There are so many books available that aim to motivate people and help them plan but your book really makes it make sense and makes it so manageable! It really is so incredible in my whole life I don’t think I have ever lost weight. I have had various ranges of consumption and activity but my weight/body has been either constant or increasing… I finally see evidence that I have control!

Thank you Fran I hope this book really takes off. It just makes so much sense!!!!

Kind regards,
Helen

I love hearing people’s weight loss success stories from Fat City to Slim Town. Helen is a new successful weight loser putting in the effort to be a Slimtownite. If you have a story to share about how Skinny on Slim made a difference for you, please drop me a line. It’ll be a great way to help motivate others, whether it’s Monday or any day!

If you keep floundering in the diet arena, maybe you need to approach this from a fresh new perspective. What are you waiting for? You’ll find a wealth of healthy and stealthy tips and tricks meaningful to you in YOUR life. Check it out!

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Mom, Our Chief Beyond Belief!

May 7th, 2014 2 Comments Tags: , , , , , ,

Thought I’d get a jump start posting my message for my Mom for Mother’s Day and let this stand through to the weekend. Don’t forget to spoil yours, they certainly all deserve a medal, especially mine!

Chief silent soldier
Always there as a character molder

Chief Rock of Gibraltar
Good deed doer, can never falt her

Chief cheer leader
Our own dream believer

Chief wardrobe matcher
Our personal outfit dispatcher!

Chief ego booster
And our confidence juicer

Chief limit setter
Because of this we’re better

Chief chef extraordinaire
Everything made with loving care

Chief loving home creator
My Super Mom, no one is braver!

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