Archive for October, 2013
When I decided to move to Boston in 2005, I told my friends “Some day I will run the Boston Marathon.” That day has been set- 4/21/2014.
As a young kid, the Girl Scouts were a large part of my life. In addition to selling cookies, earning badges and spending time with friends, the seeds were planted for self-confidence, courage, character, leadership and more. These seeds are now strongly rooted and that is why I am running the 2014 Boston Marathon, thanks to the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts.
The motto Boston Strong holds true in every sense. With only a few hours before first pitch, the Red Sox could win their 3rd World Series in ten years this evening. Big Papi and crew have exemplified what can happen when collapse happens, just one year later. By running the 2014 Marathon, I will join tens of thousands of others showing the world what can happen when we are Boston Strong.
I recently wrote a post about dreams and visions. It was my dream to run Boston. For the month of November, I am turning that dream into a vision as I plan my fundraising strategy and training schedule. Rather than inundate this blog with all things marathon related, I have also set up a new blog which will follow my journey from now through April 21, 2014. If you would like to follow that journey, check out Hopkinton to Boston.
I encourage you to think about your dreams and visions. This is a great time of year to recap the last 10 months and begin to look forward to 2014.
Saturday afternoon we attended a kids Halloween party our friends were hosting. This is clearly one of their favorite holidays based on their front lawn decor.
Not long after we arrived, I was offered some grasshoppers and bamboo worms. Really, you want me to try these? Sure, I’ll try just about anything once.
Some could say this was a “trick or treat” of sorts. I will admit that the grasshopper was dry and crunchy, not a whole lot of flavor. The bamboo worm was a little softer in texture and had much more flavor, BBQ in fact. While I would not choose to try these delicacies on a regular basis, it was a great experience. I’ve never had a real opportunity whether through world travels or otherwise to try such foods.
There are people from all over the world that eat insects like this as a source of protein. More than 1,400 species of insect have been confirmed as safe to eat. That seems like a low number, considering that there are approximately 900,000 known insect species worldwide. But it doesn’t mean the rest are poisonous or even unpalatable. There just hasn’t been a concerted effort to test the bugs that aren’t already part of a traditional diet somewhere in the world. In 2008, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization hosted a conference in Chiang Mai to discuss the benefits of eating insects, especially during humanitarian crises. They concluded that insects are easily accessible, can be seasoned to taste, and are so full of nutrition they could serve as a vital food source to combat hunger in drought prone regions.
The next time you are at your friend’s party and not sure if it’s a trick or treat, take the treat.
When we call someone a dreamer, it is rarely a compliment. We generally mean someone who is unfocused or lost in their own thoughts, and we expect that they are unlikely to do anything of value or to make any meaningful impact. However, when we call someone a visionary, it is an entirely different matter. They are someone we see as ahead of their time, bold and adventurous. We expect them to do great things. The difference is they make things happen here in the real world.
Rather than waiting until December 31st to create your vision for 2014, do it NOW. This can revolve around health/wellness, finances, career changes, personal relationships, anything you want to change in your life. What is the hold up?
Writing your vision down allows you to have a reference point for the times you are distracted, discouraged, or unmotivated. It is literally like a track record. There are going to be many times that you will have to revisit your vision and change things as your life endeavors change.
To create a vision of where you stand presently and where you want to be is a very powerful tool in helping to achieve anything. I have used this tool with many clients to help me have a better understanding of their thought process without putting them on the spot.
Below are questions related to health/wellness. Again, these questions can be structured to work in all areas of life. I encourage you to take some time and fill this out, really letting some of the questions/answers sink in. As you write your vision down, be detailed. The more honest you are with the answers, the better understanding you have of what you want, who you want to be.
- Describe your vision of who you want to be and what health-promoting, life-giving behaviors you want to do consistently.
- Paint a picture-what does your vision look like? What would you look, feel, and act like at your ideal? What kind of person do you want to be when it comes to your health?
- How large is the gap between where you are today and your vision, realistic time frame?
- What strengths can you draw on to help you realize your vision? What lessons from your life’s successes can be applied?
- What are some significant challenges you anticipate? What concerns you most?
- By brainstorming, what are strategies that can help you achieve your vision?
- What people, resources, and environments can you find support?
- On a scale of 0-10, with 10 being highly confident and 0 being no confidence, how confident are you that you can close the gap and realize your goal?
- What is the first step for you toward this vision?
I understand that some of these questions are extremely personal and thought-provoking. Allow yourself the opportunity to sit and think about them. If you are looking to make changes and need help or support, I am available.
A dream is your creative vision for your life in the future. You must break out of your current comfort zone and become comfortable with the unfamiliar and the unknown. -Denis Waitley
It’s one of the many pearls of wisdom passed down through the ages by our well-intentioned but unscientific mothers.
History believes that in 1574, dictionary writer John Withals wrote “Fasting is a great remedie of feuer.” The rationale behind “feed a cold, starve a fever” may have been that eating food and drinking tonic helped the body generate warmth during a cold, while laying off the calories helped temper the inner heat during a fever.
Although a few small-scale studies have suggested that “feed a cold, starve a fever” loosely represents sound medical advice, Duke medical experts caution against putting too much faith in the adage.
“I think it was always pretty much dismissed as folklore,” says Denise Snyder, a nutrition scientist and clinical trials manager at the Duke University School of Nursing. “If you break it out and really think about it, there is some immune response if you eat less during a fever. But as a nutritionist, I certainly wouldn’t tell people to starve themselves.” “Colds usually last longer than fevers,” Snyder says. “You need to be consuming food so you can fight it off — especially fruit and vegetable juices and warm broths.”
‘Tis the cold and flu season. Here are a few tips to help keep illness at bay-
- Frequently wash your hands, especially after shaking someone else’s
- Avoid touching your face
- Get plenty of sleep/rest
- Eat lots of fruits and veggies to build your immune system
- Exercise daily
- Keep your distance from those displaying symptoms of a cold of flu
Here’s to a healthy fall!
Today marks the 25th National Coming Out Day. Whether it’s for the first time ever or for the first time today, coming out and living openly as a lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender person or a supportive ally is an act of bravery and authenticity.
Fear of discrimination causes many LGBT people to avoid seeking health care and, when they do get treatment, studies have shown that LGBT people are often not treated with the respect that all patients deserve. One of the keys to good healthcare is being open with your healthcare provider. Doctors, nurses, physician assistants, psychotherapists and other professionals treating you need to know about your sexual orientation and gender identity to give the best care possible. Yet surveys consistently show that many lesbian, gay and bisexual patients aren’t open about their sexual orientation with healthcare providers, and transgender patients often face unique challenges finding competent care.
Tips for Finding and Being Open with Healthcare Providers:
- Ask for referrals. Ask friends or local LGBT centers for the names of LGBT-friendly healthcare providers. You can also check the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association’s Healthcare Provider Directory.
- Inquire by phone. When you call to make an appointment, ask if the practice has any LGBT patients. If you’re nervous about asking, remember you don’t have to give your name during that initial call.
- Bring a friend. If you’re uneasy about being open with your healthcare provider, consider asking a trusted friend to come with you.
- Bring it up when you feel most comfortable. Ask your doctor for a few minutes to chat while you’re still fully clothed – maybe even before you’re in the exam room.
- Know what to ask. Learn about the specific healthcare issues facing LGBT people.
No matter how you identify yourself, it is extremely important to take charge of your own health. Below are a list of resources:
“Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one’s definition of your life; define yourself.”- Harvey Feinstein
I can’t believe we are almost a week into the new month, and I haven’t posted my goal for October. However, I have been putting it into practice; journaling.
In the last few years, I have been a much more active writer. There are many reasons I journal, including stress reduction, story telling, and much more. Below is a short exert from a piece I wrote a few days ago:
I was once told “you can take the girl out of the small town but you can never take the small town out of the girl.” That statement was never more apparent than today. I flew home to take part in my sister’s birthday celebration this weekend. And today included much of what I love about growing up in small town Wisconsin. It included: an early morning yoga class with an old friend, food prep for tomorrow’s party, a trail walk with my sister, a surprise lunch with my niece at her school, running errands, a cat-nap, time with my niece and nephew after school, attending an old family friend’s art show and dinner with mom and dad. There is something special about coming home and getting back in touch with the roots that grow so strong. It is hard to believe that I have been out of the house sixteen years. So much has changed, yet even more remains the same.
Know yourself and
Easier problem solving:
It’s flexible and easy:
Enhances intuition and
Captures your life story:
I encourage you to sit down with pen and paper and just see where it leads you.