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About The Healthy Habit Lady

Aiming for a long, healthy, happy life ... one habit at a time. I used to weigh 325 pounds. I used to wear size 5X shirts. I used to get winded walking the block or up stairs. Now I don't. Join me in my adventures of fitness, photography, travel, poetry and beyond.


What was the last lie you told? Who did you tell a lie? Was it yourself? IF so, stop doing that. I’ve always told my kids never lie to your doctor or your mama. We could probably add lawyer to the list. Like how on Earth is your doctor going to help you or heal you if you are providing false information? So please do not lie to your doctor; but definitely do not lie to yourself.

Here’s the thing …. do you even know if you’re lying? Maybe it’s a false illusion. Maybe it is a wish you are turning into a reality. Maybe it’s denial. At any rate; it is very difficult to grow, change or evolve and improve if you are working with bad data. Self awareness is a beautiful thing. What are you good at? What are you bad at? Where do you struggle? Where do you thrive? What frustrates the heck out of you? What elates you? Do you even know? IF not, figure that crap out.

Before I could change my lifestyle and get healthy; and lose weight, I had to get down and dirty 100% real with myself. I had to call myself out on my own bullshit. It is very difficult to lose weight if you do not know why you’re fat. You may lose it temporarily, but if you do not get to the core of the problem, the weight will return with avengance. Name your demons, one by one. Celebrate your wins, regardless how small.

As always, make champion choices
The Healthy Habit Lady

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Bumps and Interruptions

Once upon a time; I read a book called “7 Habits of Highly Effective Families”! So, In this book, Stephen Covey compares a successful family to an airplane pilot with a flight plan. For the pilot, the flight plan identifies the destination and outlines the path to getting there. But during the course of the flight … things like wind, rain, turbulence, air traffic, human error and other factors act upon that plane. Throughout the trip, there are slight deviations from the flight plan. But barring anything too major, the plane will arrive at its destination because the pilot is constantly adjusting to get back on course and get BACK to the flight plan. He used a statistic saying pilots are off their flight plan like 90 – 99% of the time, due to bumps and interruptions etc. – but the reason they arrive at the correct destination is because they are constantly working to adjust for such and get back to the PLAN. 

I believe that this principle can be used towards your fitness and wellness plans as well. We need to make sure we have a unique “flight plan” that reflects our values and principles … and one that that enables us to successfully handle bumps and interruptions and thus reach our desired “destination.”  Because let’s face it … no plan is perfect and there will ALWAYS be obstacles, bumps and interruptions, right?

I always say ‘A Goal Without A Plan Is Just A Wish’ ! I even got an artist friend of mine to paint it on a wooden sign so I can hang it in my house. I love this daily reminder to constantly adjust my course to stay on PLAN and reach my DESTINATION. 

SO do tell; how do YOU stay on course?

As always, make champion choices,
The Healthy Habit Lady

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By: Debra Sue Higginbotham

Curiosities, perplexing.

Dead cat,
not withstanding.
Questions … sought.

Riddle me this.
Tease me that.

Perceptions, entangle.
The same
is never
the same.

So curious,
so reaching.
No intimidation;
when seeking.

Random inquiry.
Often mysterious.
Strange or taboo …
makes you curious.

Tell me what
— you see.
Show me ~ what you know.
Engaging curiosity
because …
Knowing this;
and learning that…
has never really,
a cat.

As always, make champion choices,
The Healthy Habit Lady


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A Pan Sheet Dinner

Hey Hey Butter Beans …
I will make this one short and sweet.  This here is one of my favorite blogs, all about clean eating and cutting out processed food – but without costing a glorious fortune!  This is a recipe for a sheet pan dinner … my kind of thing because it’s EASY !
As always, make champion choices,
The Healthy Habit Lady
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Decade Challenge?


Transformation Tuesday + The Decade Challenge
1st pic: 1999 … 2nd pic: 2009 … 3rd pic: 2019
If I can lose over 170 pounds and keep it off for over 5 years; I am reasonably certain you can do the thing that it is you are trying to do for yourself. At any rate; whether you think you can or think you can’t … you are indeed correct. Carry on.
As always, make champion choices,
The Healthy Habit Lady
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