Practice Makes What?

Are you practicing your growth or are you practicing what you have already decided are your limits?

What does practice make?  Does it make perfect?  Does it make growth?  You tell me!  You have a thousand habits that you practice every single day … and whether or not they are intentional, they are there.  Might as well make them count, right?

Are limits and obstacles the same thing?  Think about that.  Only you know the answer for yourself.

Do you focus on what you CAN do or do you focus on what you CAN’T do?  Or maybe, you should focus on what you WANT to do.

Obviously I am not suggesting you injure yourself.  Be smart.  Use precautions when necessary.  Just do not blindly accept that you cannot do something simply because someone told you that you can’t or you think that you can’t.

I am about to get seriously out of my comfort zone.  I signed up for something called Camp Gladiator today.   They had a special deal for $9 for the month of September. I’ve had my eye on them a while; and several friends have raved about the trainers.  So I pulled the trigger.  If I don’t like it – no biggie.  But what if I love it?  I’ll never know unless I go.  SO… signing up and showing up are two different things, right?  Plans are awesome. Action is measurable.  Results are priceless.

What holds you back?  What are your limits?  What are your obstacles?  Where is the end of your comfort zone?  Go there, then blow past that.  I believe in you.


As always, make champion choices,
The Healthy Habit Lady



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Referrals Are Lifeblood

Referrals are lifeblood and I need your help.  

I’m calling on all of my readers and followers to spread the word.

My family and I have been hosting high school foreign exchange students from around the world since 2003. Now two of them are married and one of them even has a baby. It’s so amazing that my kids have friends, we consider family, all over the globe. We are raising our children to embrace cultural diversity – and it begins at home. By the time they are out working in the real world they will have broken bread with, worshiped with and lived with people from all different races, religions, beliefs, traditions, cultures, etc. I honestly believe this is a beautiful thing. We’ve hosted while pregnant, moving, in college, etc. It’s a rewarding experience, and if you would like to find out more about how YOU might be involved or make a difference, message me. There are several students still waiting to be matched with a loving volunteer host family for this academic school year. Spread the word please. The picture is of Marie from Germany – one of our former students who has been back to visit us twice.

Can’t host right now? That’s okay, Refer a family to me who hosts and you will receive $100 referral fee. Can’t host the whole school year? That’s okay too – just host for 3-5 weeks so we can secure their place in the program and the school spot. Sharing is caring … please like, comment and share.



Marie from Germany and Debra

High school foreign exchange students come with their own spending money, their own health insurance and they speak English.  Each and every student has been personally interviewed by our non-profit organization and passed rigorous exams in order to be qualified to come on our program.  These are cream of the crop kids that you do not want to miss out on meeting.

Open your home and heart today to welcome a teenager from another country, help Share Your America and do your part to foster world peace and understanding. Appreciating cultural diversity starts at home, with us, with me, with you.

If you are interested in hosting a high school foreign exchange student, sending me referrals or just finding out more information, please email me at: or call 210-510-8697.

As Always, Make Champion Choices,
The Healthy Habit Lady


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Just Ask…

It’s not “YOU”.  You know that, right?

I’ve been in business for myself, and/or in some sort of sales or recruiting for over 15 years now. I have cultivated friends and relationships around the world. Remember this: Whether it is a new client or a new friend, you cannot say the wrong thing to the right person ~ and you cannot say the right thing to the wrong person.

It doesn’t matter if you are trying to make a sale, recruit a volunteer host family or even get a date … the only way to mess it up is to not say anything at all.  Just Ask!

Some folks will be your people and some folks will NOT be your people. Some belong in your tribe, some do not.  It’s never personal.  Really, it’s not.  It boils down to whatever frequency people are living on. One is not better than; or less than, another. They are just different.

Now it may sound like hocus pocus hogwash hooey to you, but think of life like this.  We are all basically an energy frequency. Some vibrations match and some do not. Let’s say you are a “square peg” and you are trying to fit into a “round hole.” You can’t fit a square peg into a round hole.  That is not a match.   Such is the same if you are expending your energy into activities that do not align with your core values.

Have you ever absolutely been crushing on someone and they did not return your interest? Ever been disappointed because you thought you and someone hit it off and would be great friends, and they disappear, or blow you off?  Remember my dear – you can be the best, sweetest peach of all the peaches, but that person of interest might prefer oranges. It’s not you, it’s just not a match.  No biggie.  It’s never personal.

Sometimes your success is dependent more on courage than anything else, but maybe courage is just your level of understanding. After all  — there is no real danger in asking, but we get so scared of failing like there is some sort of danger in being rejected. Edison had to disqualify 10,000 ways it didn’t work first, before he got it right.

So what are you doing right now?  Are you spinning your wheels, making progress, falling backwards or what? What holds you back?  What makes you stagnant? What scares you half to death? If you don’t know the answers to those questions, you should. Ask yourself these things. Seriously, just ask.


As always, make champion choices,
The Healthy Habit Lady



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Well, yes I go by ‘The Healthy Habit Lady‘ in this thing called a blog ~  but I do have a real name, and it is Debra.  I think most of you know that.  I was challenged to do a blog post and call it Debraology with all these silly questions, so my readers get to know me better. Well, I think I’m pretty transparent and forthcoming with information, but regardless, here it goes.  It’s long, so get comfy.


What is your salad dressing of choice? that would require me eating salad and I do not
What is your favorite sit-down restaurant? Texas Roadhouse
What food could you eat every day for two weeks and not get sick of? Cheerios
What are your pizza toppings of choice? I do not eat pizza either
What is the most disgusting food you’ve ever tried? spoiled milk
Favorite Wine?  Red (I think) … just getting started in that


How many televisions are in your house? 4
What color cell phone do you have? gold
iPhone or Android?  iPhone 6+
Mac or PC? Both but I prefer PC


Are you right-handed or left-handed? right
Have you ever had anything surgically removed from your body? yes
Have you ever broken a bone?  yes
Have you ever been knocked unconscious? never
Eye color?  Green – some say Hazel
Blood Type?  B+


If it were possible, would you want to know the day you were going to die? not a chance
If you could change your name, what would you change it to? Goddess
Would you drink an entire bottle of hot sauce for $1,000? not even for a million
Church of your choice?  Episcopal presently but has many others in the past
Dream job that you’ll probably never do?  Radio DJ / announcer
Do you drive over the speed limit?  I plead the 5th


Season? Autumn
Holiday? My Birthday
Day of the week? Sunday
Number? 13
Flower?  Purple Iris
Candy?  Werther’s
Cabin in the woods or The Ritz Carlton?  Cabin, hands down


Missing someone? yes
Mood? Optimistic
What are you listening to? a dog snore
Watching? two cats chase each other
How many pairs of flip flops do you own? none – I don’t like them
Will you leave the house without makeup on?  Yes, of course
The last lie you told yourself?  I’m not sick


First place you went this morning? the bathroom 🙂
What’s the last movie you saw? Star Wars
Do you smile often? Yes and without effort
Do you always answer your phone? no
It is four in the morning and you get a text, who is it? daughter
If you could change your eye color what would it be? I wouldn’t
What flavor do you add to your drink at Sonic? I don’t
What’s on your wish list for your birthday? that I get another one
Can you do push ups? if it is absolutely necessary
Can you do a chin up? not likely
Does the future make you more nervous or excited? always excited
Ever been in a car wreck? yes
Do you have an accent? I don’t think so – but give me some more time in TX
What is the last song to make you cry? Butterfly Kisses
Have you ever felt like you hit rock bottom? No
Name 3 things you bought yesterday? fuel, ginger snap cookies and milk
Current hate/dislike right now? political ads
Someone who changed your life? Jesus
How did you bring in the new year? in Wisconsin
What song represents you? Hats by Amy Grant
Would you go back in time if you were given the chance? no way – I live in the present
Do you cry at movies?  Not usually
Who is the last person you talked to on the phone? my dad
Are most of the friends in your life new or old? great mix of both
Do you like pulpy orange juice? nope
What is something your friends make fun of you for? not eating pizza
Have you ever ridden on an elephant? not yet
When is the last time you ate a grilled cheese sandwich? last week
What song(s) do you want played at your funeral? “More Than You’ll Ever Know” by Watermark, “Father’s Eyes” by Amy Grant or “Thank You” by Ray Boltz
What is the most fun thing you did this week? State Park in Mineral Wells
What was the first thing you thought of when you woke up? Praise God for another day



As always, make champion choices,
The Healthy Habit Lady


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Do You Plan to Fail?


Do you plan it or wing it?   One of my amazing sisters (in-law) says ‘failure to plan is planning to fail’ … or something like that.  I think she rocks at the whole planning thing, even with three kids.  I kinda stink at this.  Truly, I do.

So I dare to ask you this question: Do you prepare your food in advance? If by chance, you do, then you probably know  this:  It is far easier to reach your nutrition goals when you plan your diet.  If you don’t, that’s fine too, but it means you surely have to plan well for the week that lurks ahead.

When you do not plan in advance, you are far more likely to snatch unhealthy meals, hit up the fast food drive-thru or gulp vending machine snacks ‘on the go’.  Sound familiar? It’s okay, you don’t have to raise your hand.

So many people, busy hard working people, choose those easy options at lunch or breakfast, instead of devouring the good stuff, that nutritious fuel, that will help them reach their goals.   Not to mention, the financial benefit.  I assure you it is usually more cost effective to plan and prepare your own meals as opposed to Starbucks for breakfast and Burger King for lunch. (or Dominoes for dinner, just sayin’)

So, start prepping some of your meals during the weekend when you have more time, it’ll take out the guesswork of what to eat … and benefit you in a huge way.  Try it, I dare you.

As always, make champion choices,
The Healthy Habit Lady


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