Life with pets…

Life with pets…

No human will be as excited to see you and to love you. Coming home to a loyal companion that gives you unconditional love will increase your serotonin levels. In an increasingly selfish world, we can only consider pets as our one true friend. Apart from boosting dopamine levels, they can help improve heart conditions, develop the social and emotional skills of children, and can be trained to support with seizures. An estimated 68% of US households have a pet.

 

Here are 3 benefits of having a pet:

 

1. They ensure you are physically fit:

 Almost all pets need to go out for some time to play. For example, all breeds of dogs need their daily walks to stay happy. If you are someone who lazes around sometimes, they will bark at the front door till you finally get up take them out. Walks aren’t just beneficial for our physical health but also have a very positive effect on our mental health.

 

2. Parenthood made easy:

Pets teach children empathy and increase their participation in social and physical activities, which is essential to development. They also teach children the importance of responsibility. With cleaning out the cage, grooming the pet, going for regular visits to vets, and teaching them tricks, children learn to be responsible and learn how to care of living things. They often also provide companionship to children who have learning difficulties. Children with autism or similar problems find it much easier to chat away with their pets than real people. Research from Lincoln University shows that children with autism experience fewer meltdowns in the presence of a pet.

 

3. Pets are a good influence on your life:
A study by Barkbox claimed owning a dog can make you a better person. Amongst the people surveyed, 93% of pet owners said they could name at least one way their dogs had made them into a better person. They were claimed pets made them more affectionate and patient.

Pets are beneficial to us in many ways, making it obligatory for us to take care of them like we take care of our newborns. Give them the right food, play with them, give them attention, regular visits to the doctor are all significant factors to consider/take care of when keeping a pet. Avoid keeping pets from wildlife as we should not separate animals from their natural habitat. It will not only make them upset but also cause us allergies that may be difficult to treat.

Giving Thanks

Giving Thanks

As we come upon Thanksgiving, I want to wish each and everyone one a wonderful day filled with the joy that being grateful brings….Life is truly a blessing and while there will always be good times and not so good times, please take the time to reflect.  The good times will always be intentional and self thought driven…The not so good times will always be the lessons and the work required to get to those good times.  And when you view it that way, it makes those less than stellar experiences noteworthy, enlightening and redefining…..Cherish your memories and time with family and friends as much as you cherish your toys and you will have no regrets or disappointments.

Thank you mom, for the gifts you continue to give, the lessons you continue to teach, the support you still give from above that continues to inspire me  to not only do better, but enjoy the journey as much as the destination….. Happy Thanksgiving….

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Denise’s journey to size 4

Denise’s journey to size 4

Preface:

What is the best path to being healthy? I think most of us ask this daily. Do we eat fat, do we not? All organic or does it matter? Do we want to be thin and healthy or just healthy. Do we restrict carbs? No alcohol?

My position has always been what ever direction you choose to go, it has to be sustainable. Especially as you deal with metabolism changes with age, new medical information and break throughs and your own experience of what works with YOUR body.

This is not an advertisement for Weight Watchers. Rather inspiration to do the work and find what will ultimately work for to create a healthy lifestyle. I hope you are inspired by this story as much as I am…… And just fyi…. 5 ounces of Champagne is 4 points….

My Cousin Denise’s journey and my Inspiration to healthier habits…..

A friend of mine, Danielle posted in late December about a walking challenge that she did in 2016 and wanted to know if anyone wanted to participate in it for 2017.  The walking challenge was to walk 2017 miles in the year 2017.  That works out to be 5.5 miles a day.   I read the post and thought to myself, “why not?”    I figured that I was up for the challenge since I participate every year in the First Day Hike at the Blue Hills and tackle a 5 mile hike.  That would be my kick start.  So, on January 1, I began to challenge.  I hiked 10 miles in the Blue Hills!  2017 was going to be the year to take care of me!

 

My friend Marcia asked if we could walk every day after work together and I said absolutely.  That way I would have someone else make sure I stuck with it.  While walking together on January 2nd she told me she had to cut our walk early because she had to go to WW.   I had  no idea that she had been going to WW.   At that point I thought since I was doing this walking challenge I should start to take care of myself and look into WW.  She told me she would bring me home information about WW.  We continued our walk and I asked her if I could go with her to the meeting instead of her bringing me home the information.  Why wait another week.  So off we went and that’s how my journey began.  It was time to take care of me.  Every Monday night at 5:30 I weigh in.

Since January 3rd I have lost 47 lbs.  I have gone from a size 14 to a size 4.  Never in my life have I worn a size 4.  I follow the WW guidelines and most importantly I track everything I put in my mouth.   For breakfast I have Quaker Weight Control Instant Oatmeal or a Vermont Made 100% Whole Wheat English Muffin and a banana.  Mid-morning I have a cup of mixed fruit.  Lunch consists of a garden salad with balsamic glaze drizzled over the top or a bowl of cut up fruit with ½ cup of Greek yogurt and ¼ cup of Bob’s Natural Granola.  Mid-afternoon I have ¼ cup of roasted chickpeas as a snack.  Dinner is where I experiment with different foods.  It usually consists of chicken breast, flank steak, ground turkey, chicken sausages or some type of fish.  I also stir-fry vegetables or have a salad and have some sort of starch such as brown rice.  I have given up bread with meals and in the beginning,  pretty much gave up alcohol until I began the maintenance program of WW.  I now allow myself to have beer or wine when I go out to dinner.

The key to the WW program is not to restrict yourself from having something you like, it is limiting the amount of what you put in your mouth.  I measure things and check the serving size for each item and I track it.

I have maintained my weight for 9 weeks now.  Just a few weeks ago I cleaned out my closet of all my “big” clothes and went out shopping and bought new clothes.  I had to try on everything I took off the racks to make sure I got the right size and was amazed when I thought I knew my size and had to go get a smaller size from the rack.  I have not felt this good about myself before.

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