UP the stakes…

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I am so happy. Not just happy as in “ha, ha”, but happy as in “life is amazingly wonderful, even when it is not!”.

Simply stated: I am fucking happy!

That doesn’t change the fact that my clothes feel tight and that my waistline should be smaller. Therefore, I propose the following: I get fit and healthy. You do the same.

I hold my end of the bargain and post progress updates on a daily basis. You? You don’t have to do anything, unless you want to.

Someone once told me that the road ahead was tough and unpredictable, but that, together, we would make it more pleasant and manageable for sure.

Do you want to do this with me?

I’m down. Are you?

Beso, abrazo, y apapacho <3

A new beginning

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It has been a while since I visited this site.

I wish I had a very valid reason for not doing so, but the truth is: I don’t have one. I have been glorifying ‘busy’, and allowing myself to get fat and unhealthy.

If you think that writing that phrase was easy, think again.

It wasn’t.

I am a former ‘model’, I used to stop traffic, ever so effortlessly, without even knowing I was doing so.

One day, I was riding in the back of a cab when the driver got stopped by a cop in a motorcycle, for no apparent reason. After speaking with the cop outside the cab, the driver informed me that the cop had stopped us because he wanted to enjoy the sight of me a while longer. Flattering as it could have been, I found the whole incident intriguing.

Having had my moments and knowing what I know now, I am absolutely certain that even though I had ‘it’, I never truly owned ‘it’.

Today, I am 41 years old. I am 5’10″ and weigh almost 180 lbs.

I sit here, writing these words, feeling like a complete and total hypocrite. This website is “Healthy and Happy Today”, right?

Well, at least the ‘Happy’ part is true.

I made a conscious decision a while back that I would never be unhappy, no matter what. Life is way too short to be otherwise. I met the man for me. We built a home together. We have a wonderfully healthy relationship, and we are in it for the long run.

Meanwhile, my exercise regime suffered. Between wanting to come home to my loved one, and being unable to find a convenient gym,  I trusted that my fabulous metabolism would take care of the rest.

But, it didn’t.

And, here I am. Pouring my heart out to you. You, whom I don’t even know.

That last statement makes this place as safe as it is vulnerable, for I am about to share my ‘journey to health’ with you.

Yes, YOU.

That is, if you choose to keep on reading.

And, even better: if you choose to share your own ‘journey to health’ with me.

Here’s my challenge: I will post my progress on a daily basis. By keeping this public diary, I will keep myself accountable. I will share my memories, ongoing story, setbacks, and tips.

As of today, nobody is following (let alone joining) this adventure, so I will treat these posts as if they were journal posts. I pledge to be truthful, honest, and kind to myself.

Here’s to new beginnings!am_fix

 

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angemclane:

This entry is wonderful, and I cannot wait to go on my Sleep-cation! :)

Originally posted on The Still Spot:

Hello my fellow human Beings:

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines SLEEP as:

“the natural periodic suspension of consciousness during which the powers of the body are restored”

Ahhhh, yes, that is what we all want each night, just some time for the powers of our bodies to be restored. This rest period is especially desired and needed when we are sick, tired, overworked, anxious, overwhelmed, and physically and mentally exhausted.

We all lead busy, active lives (even if it’s more mentally active than physically active). Our senses are continually bombarded by stimuli a countless number of times each day. So at the end of the day, we look forward to that needed break from the hustle and bustle of fully conscious wakefulness.

Sleep helps us naturally restore our bodies’ energy, heal our ailments, and provide rest for our active minds.

However, these benefits of sleep will only happen if we properly…

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Healthy and Happy Strategies 2.0

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Love your TempleRest

- A good night’s sleep
Just today, my dear colleague, Catherine Baldi from ARC Painting mentioned during our networking meeting that her secret to success is a good night sleep. People laughed in agreement. It goes unsaid, but, it is a fact of facts that sleep is beyond beneficial. Even without fully grasping what sleep does for us, we are fully aware that going without sleep for too long makes us feel like poopie-poop, and that getting a joyful night’s sleep will surely make us feel ready like royalty!

And, while I tend to be a night owl, I revere a good night sleep. Get informed and sleep on

- A good mattress
When it comes to getting a good night’s sleep, there’s no question — your mattress matters. But with so many choices — traditional coil, air, latex, and memory foam mattresses being some of the top contenders — buying a new one can be a nightmare… Get informed!

- A good pillow
Awww… Fluffy, firm, snuggly, safe… ?|Ugh… Who knew all these factors would come into play when choosing a pillow?

Well, they do. Learn a bit, and sleep cozy!

- Melatonin
This one might be a bit controversial and scandalous… However, it has done wonders for my sleep quality and for my dreams :)
Seriously, 3mg. slow-release melatonin has worked wonders for me (personally)
Learn more about it, decide for yourself.
And, remember, consult your physician. These are merely my thoughts and experiences. Be responsible. Do your own research.
If you are reading this, I love you. Hugs!
 And, if you are not reading this, I love you too. This Universe is in dire need of LOVE.
May we ride the positive waves…

Healthy and Happy Strategies 1.3

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Emotional Health:

- Love Thy Surroundings, Thy Place, Thy wardrobe.
Sumptuousness, luxury,  debaucherbleh…
What am I talking about? Hell if I know…
Hee, hee…
Wait, wait! I do know. I’m talking about loving our surroundings, our clothing, our visual environment.
This does not mean complete and total transformation of the above. It means: rehabilitation, resuscitation, purging, reincarnation, rebirth, discover and re-discover. Re-purpose… It means: Do, whatever you need to do, in order to transform, and fall in love with, your surroundings :)
Maybe a quick and cheap coat of paint? Sustainable, of course ;)
How about donating stuff you no longer need?
Maybe organizing… BIG or small time?
Or, re-designing, stat!
Or is it cleaning… deeply?
Let’s get personal… What if the outside is not in alignment with the inside? Does your appearance need refreshing? Is your wardrobe outdated?
Your outside should always be aligned with your spirit.  If you are shy and demure, shouldn’t your clothes hint so? If you are progressive and edgy, shouldn’t your appearance scream so?
Maybe a combination of it all?
This is the time to truly enjoy your environment, whatever it takes…
For your surroundings dictate your mood, and your mood dictates your day…
Am I wrong?
Hmmmnah! I didn’t think so!
If you are reading this, a big “Thank you!”
You, are cool :)
XXOO
~Angie

Healthy and Happy Strategies 1.2

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Emotional Health:

- Love What You Do for a Living
Did you know that most (Western) people spend more time at work than they do at their home/personal life (not counting sleep)?
Yup. It’s a fact.
Since that is true, then: how is one’s psyche affected when one loathes one’s environment and co-workers? Let us be less severe… What if we spend the core of our day doing things we dislike alongside people we do not care for?
Hmmm…
Food for thought.
I’d rather earn little doing something I love, than earn lots doing something I hate.
Money is but energy.
Money means nothing if happiness is not present.
Happiness is everything.
Money follows.
If you do what fulfills you, what makes you happy and thrive; money is merely a byproduct.
A byproduct of happiness and talent.
A means, not a way.
“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”
Confucius
Mark these words, for they will transform your life.

Healthy and Happy Strategies 1.1

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Emotional Health:

- Love the One(s) you live with
“And if you can’t be with the one you love, honey
Love the one you’re with…”
–Crosby Stills Nash
I have a bit of trouble with these lyrics… They feel unsettling, while they are settling. Yes, they are positive, in a way. They also reek of: “Oh well…”
I truly and wholeheartedly believe that you should be with the one you love… And loves you back.
Reciprocity. Oh, reciprocity. The magic. That magical moment when you know that what you feel is accepted, received, and returned, full-force. AMAZING.
MAGICAL.
To say: “Oh, I can’t be with the one I love, so I will love the one that is here”, is a disservice to both parties. There are billions of people in the world, and the concept of the “One”, is way over and underrated all at once… There are -not one- but hundreds of potentially suitable partners for each and every one of us at any given time. It is important to remember that we are all constantly growing, evolving… changing. And in the midst of change, we might encounter a “One” that is diving into that very wave, that very second… Oh, the uncertainties, the fun, the mystery!
Fear… always latent and ominous… Fuck it!
If it ain’t wrong, A-okay.
If it ain’t right, fix it!
Don’t prolong a sure-death, and definitely, don’t live through a nightmare!
If you don’t love the one you’re with: GO! MOVE! FLY!
While it may be hard to start over, it will be exciting, and fulfilling!
It is better to be completely alone, than to feel lonely while surrounded by one, or many.
Mark my words, for they are real and true.