Posts Tagged With: #TheHealthyHabitLady

Explore The World, Without Leaving Home

Well everybody knows I am all about healthy habits.  One healthy habit I have had since 2003 is hosting and working with high school foreign exchange students.  Yes, I have willing brought in teenagers from other countries into my home and let them live with me for anywhere between a few months to 12 months.  I have hosted kids from Russia, France, Germany, Spain, Mongolia, Taiwan, Australia, Hong Kong, Brazil, The Netherlands, Czech Republic, Ukraine and Korea.  Let me tell you, it has been wondering raising my own children to embrace cultural diversity.  They have broken bread with, traveled with and lived with people from all parts of the globe who know other languages, have different religions, practice different customs, celebrate different holidays, and so on and so forth.

You know what else is awesome?  You can participate in this amazing experience as well. My day-job is Regional Director for a non-profit organization called Face The World. This is something I am very passionate about.  I just love being a cheerleader for these kids and families and help making dreams come true, while forging lifelong relationships across the Globe.

Here are some photos of various foreign exchange students that I have had the pleasure to know.

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Right now, we are accepting Host Family applications and have limited school slots across the U.S.This is such a wonderful program and experience for your family. I would love to share this opportunity and let you know about our program. We have been able to host over a dozen students in our home and it has changed our lives for good. Please share this post and contact me for more information. Families provide a loving home and meals for the year. Students come with their own spending money and Insurance. Students are age 15-18.

Thank You for considering helping a students dream come true by opening up your heart and home and making a difference. LET’S BRING THE WORLD HOME! And remember, SHARING is a healthy habit!  Email me anytime:  hostingisfun@gmail.com

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As always, make champion choices,
The Healthy Habit Lady

 

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How Do You Like To Do It?

So I ran across this interesting post from a blog I love to follow (The Art of Manliness). No, I’m not a man, but his stuff is great, on point and universally applicable in most cases. He also has a lot of guest contributors.  I would love your opinions … weigh in … do you prefer group exercise or going it alone?  Hmmmm, or maybe just one on one with a buddy ? Do you believe in an accountability partner?  Do tell.

 

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This is a slideshow of various fitness pictures … me, my family, friends …

throughout the past couple of years, maybe 3 years or so.  I’ve lost track.  

It just shows a wide variety of activities I have done, alone and/or with people.

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yogaoutfitAs for me, my personal favorite is exercising (or just fun fitness) with my family.  My family fitness regime definitely includes my kids.  Just check out the slideshow above to see some examples.  That is not always possible, of course.  I love group exercise classes too.  I especially Body Pump and sometimes Yoga.  I would love to have a buddy or accountability partner, but I fear I do not really have one of those at the present moment.  Presently accepting applications for such, tee hee.
I will say; however, I do not mind exercising alone, at all.  Sometimes it can even be quite therapeutic.  I know a lady, in one of my fitness groups (and she’s a friend) – who does what she calls ‘angry running’.  She is going through a divorce, and when she gets irritated or frustrated, she uses that to push her and power her on the pavement or the dreadmill.  She calls the treadmill Satan’s Sidewalk which I find hilarious.
Basically, I like variety.  I do not think I would do well if I only exercised alone, at home.  I need interaction. I need people.  Not everyone is wired that way though, and that is okay. The main thing is to figure out what works for YOU, and then … ya know … DO IT.  So let me hear from you.  I love to hear your thoughts.
As always, make champion choices,
The Healthy Habit Lady
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Do You Get Heartburn?

This is information that I am sharing from a friend.  Her husband, John, is fighting Esophageal Cancer (EC).  If you are the praying kind, please pray for John and his family.

Did you know that heartburn can cause cancer?  Most people are not aware of this and assume that Esophageal Cancer is caused by smoking. In some cases, it is, but that is generally squamous cell EC. Adenocarcinoma is usually caused by heartburn. Incidence of EC has increased 600% in the past 20 years. It is one of the fastest growing cancers mostly due to our diets and obesity.

Esophageal Cancer  is considered a silent killer because by the time symptoms appear (difficulty swallowing, food getting stuck) it is too late. The five year survival rate for stage 3 or 4 with only lymph nodes involved is 21%. The five year rate for stage 4 with distant mets is 4%. However, if it is caught early, the survival rate jumps to 40% with most stage 1 and 2 patients living longer.

That being said, anyone with regular heartburn should get an endoscopy. It’s a minimally invasive procedure and could save your life. John has had heartburn since he was a child. He had scar tissue removed when he was 12. He’s been on antacids his entire life and still got EC. SO,  just because you think you’re controlling it doesn’t mean you’re in the clear. Annual monitoring via endoscopy is the only way to catch it early enough. John has a tumor in his esophagus that has paralyzed his vocal cords and blocked his ability to eat, but it doesn’t show on a CT because it’s still within the esophagus.

April is EC awareness month.  As we get closer to April, if anyone local to me wants posters or pamphlets for their office or anywhere else, I can give you the link to get them for free. Feel free to email me anytime HERE.    Please help us spread awareness.  Feel free to visit and share this link: https://salgi.org/.

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As always, make champion choices,
The Healthy Habit Lady

 

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Core Values

What are your core values? Do you even know? Pick FIVE things that are super duper important to you. It doesn’t matter what they are – there is no right or wrong answer. Some people list things like God, Family, Financial Security, Education, Civil Rights, The Environment, Animal Welfare, Holistic Living, Status, Politics, Power … those are just examples … it can be anything that is intrinsically important to your every day life here on Earth. Be brutally honest about this. If you do not know what your top 5 core values are, pick at least 3 … but five is the goal.  Think about it, pray about it if you’re inclined to do so, but don’t take too long.  Usually the first things that pops into the brilliant head of yours are pretty close to the answers you seek.

NOW … once you figure out what these ever elusive core values actually are … align your daily activities with them. Align your finances with them.  Align your attention and your effort to line up with those established core values. If you are not spending your time, energy and money on the things that are important to you at your core, then you are spinning your wheels and wasting your time. I’m not asking that you necessarily share these with me, unless you just want to for accountability.  However, I do highly encourage you to share them with SOMEONE, especially your spouse or life partner, if you have one. Heck, maybe they need to do this too.

Being in balance is an awesome thing, beautiful in fact.  Yet knowledge is key.  You cannot balance your to-do list and core values if you have no clue what they even are in the first place.

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As always, make champion choices,
The Healthy Habit Lady

 

 

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Advice From a Farmer

farmeradviceBack in 2013, I posted a meme on my ‘fan’ page back about an old farmer and his advice. Much to my surprise it has been shared over 32,000 times and has nearly 1,000 comments, and it still gets traction, present day, in 2017.  This blows my mind.  You never know what will go viral and what people will appreciate.  This leads me to the conclusion that I must put this wise and sage advice into a blog post. So here we go.

Old Farmer’s Advice:

  • Your fences need to be horse-high, pig-tight and bull-strong.
  • Keep skunks and bankers at a distance.
  • Life is simpler when you plow around the stump.
  • A bumble bee is considerably faster than a John Deere tractor.
  • Words that soak into your ears are whispered… not yelled.
  • Meanness don’t jes’ happen overnight.
  • Forgive your enemies; it messes up their heads.
  • Do not corner something that you know is meaner than you.
  • It don’t take a very big person to carry a grudge.
  • You cannot unsay a cruel word.
  • Every path has a few puddles.
  • When you wallow with pigs, expect to get dirty.
  • The best sermons are lived, not preached.
  • Most of the stuff people worry about ain’t never gonna happen anyway.
  • Don’t judge folks by their relatives.
  • Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.
  • Live a good, honorable life… Then when you get older and think back, you’ll enjoy it a second time.
  • Don’t interfere with somethin’ that ain’t bothering you none.
  • Timing has a lot to do with the outcome of a Rain dance.
  • If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop diggin’.
  • Sometimes you get, and sometimes you get got.
  • The biggest troublemaker you’ll probably ever have to deal with, watches you from the mirror every mornin’.
  • Always drink upstream from the herd.
  • Good judgment comes from experience, and a lotta that comes from bad judgment.
  • Lettin’ the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier than puttin’ it back in.
  • If you get to thinkin’ you’re a person of some influence, try orderin’ somebody else’s dog around.
  • Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply.  Speak kindly. Leave the rest to God.
  • Don’t pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight, he’ll just kill you.

Which one is your favorite?  What would you add?  Now my biggest question is which tractor picture is better, the old man or me? Can I get so lucky as to have this blog post go viral like that meme did? At any rate; you can take the girl out of the country but you can’t take the country out of the girl.  Yes, people, I was raised in a hay field (for the most part).

As always, make champion choices,
The Healthy Habit Lady

 

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