You Are Not a Tree

It’s almost the new year, and I know many of you are starting to put together your new year’s resolutions. Or as I call them, “the list of things that you say you are going to do, but never do!”

Change is scary, I know, I’ve made a lot of changes in my life over the years. Some were good, some, not so good. Some where vitally necessary to my well-being, others, I probably could have done without. But the bottom line is, change is inevitable. It’s going to happen whether you initiate it or not, and whether you’re on board or not.

Here’s the thing. If there is something in your life that you don’t like, CHANGE IT! For the love of God, YOU ARE NOT A TREE! You do not have to stay somewhere that you don’t want to be!

Hate your job? Get another one! Can’t get another one? At least work to make the one you have as good as it can be. And be grateful that you have a job; many are not that lucky!

In a bad relationship? Get out! Stop making excuses. Try fixing the relationship. Can’t fix it? Maybe it’s time to move on. Don’t be miserable and make your partner miserable. Everyone deserves to be happy…THAT INCLUDES YOU!

Your kids suck? Well, you can’t give them back, there is no SPCA for children. But why not sit and think about what the issues are. Talk to your kids. And take responsibility for your role in the issues. Turn off the TV, turn off the XBox, and have a meaningful conversation with your children.

Things don’t get better by chance, they get better by change!

Don’t like where you live? Move! YOU ARE NOT A TREE! Stop whining and complaining and DO SOMETHING!

People stay rooted to things that don’t work for them for lots of reasons. Sometimes it’s fear that keeps us stuck, sometimes, it’s pure laziness. And yes, I know that circumstances sometimes keep us from moving forward. “I’d love to quit my job, but I can’t afford to.” Yeah, I get that! And if that’s the case, then stay where you are, but stop bitching about it! Either make the decision to stay there and make it work, or make the decision to start looking for something more suitable.

So what are you going to do with all those new year’s resolutions? Are you going to have the same ones this year as you did last year? And the same ones next year as you had this year? Or are you finally going to say, “This is MY time! This time I am going to commit to the hard work it’s going to take to make significant changes in my life! This time, I am going to put myself first and make my life work for me!”

Become a change agent in your own life. Stop living by default and start living by design and please, remember this, YOU ARE NOT A TREE!

Write that down! Put a post it note on your dashboard, hang it on your bathroom mirror, write it on a slip of paper and put it in your wallet, but please remember it! If you are not happy where you are, with who you are with, and with what you have, make a change!

I plan on making a lot of changes this year! Come with me and make this your BEST YEAR YET!

And until next time, veg in, don’t veg out!

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Dear Santa

Dear Santa,

I know that everyone writes to you around Christmastime to tell you what they want you to bring. This year, I am writing to tell you what I would like you to do…

Santa, in 2014, I would like you to get healthy! Since I work as a health coach, I wanted to give you some tips to get you started.

1. I know that Christmas is a stressful time for you. With having to get to all those houses and deliver all those toys, I mean, who wouldn’t be stressed out! But I want you to make sure that you take some time to breathe and relax. Delegate some. You don’t have to do it all on your own. Have the elves help you pack the sleigh, feed the reindeer, or check your list. I mean, honestly, do you *really* need to check it twice!

2. Santa, please lay off the milk and cookies. Why not take a cue from the reindeer and grab a couple of carrot sticks and water. You need to stay hydrated while you are on the run. Make sure you keep plenty of water in the sleigh. If you feel thirsty, it’s already too late! Cookies come with lots of extra calories, and could raise your blood sugar, and all that milk could cause you digestive issues. People want you to leave presents under the tree, not a present in the toilet bowl.

3. Pace yourself. All that in and out of the sleigh, and going up and down the chimneys makes for a really great plyometric workout, but, no offense, Santa, it doesn’t look like you are getting much exercise the rest of the year. It’s great to start an exercise routine, but one should ease into it. Trying to do too much too soon could lead to injury, so go slow; okay?

4. Now Santa, let’s talk germs. It’s great that you let all the kids sit on your lap and tell you their Christmas wishes. But along with their Christmas lists, I’m sure a fair number of them are also bringing their runny noses, sneezes, and kid germs…and we all know that kid germs are among the most powerful germs on the planet! So Santa, pack some antibacterial gel in your sack. Wash your hands often. Ask an elf to keep some tissues handy for all those snotty noses. And make sure you get enough rest and stay hydrated, and eat lots of good, fresh healthy foods. All of these things will help combat the germs and keep you healthy through December 25th and beyond.

5. Spend some quality time with Mrs. Claus. It’s easy to get wrapped up in giving presents to the world, but don’t forget to nurture those relationships that make life worth living. Take Mrs. Claus on a vacation after the holidays. Take Rudolph for a walk once in a while. Take the elves out to lunch and tell them how much you appreciate their hard work. Healthy happy relationships really are an important part of your overall health. 

Well, Santa. Christmas is almost here. My Christmas wish is for you, and everyone else, to live their best, happiest, healthiest lives. My mission is to help everyone feel their very best. Santa, if you want a free, no-obligation, 50-minute health history, visit me at http://www.thecaringcoachingcenter.com. Tell everyone else too on your travels. It’s an offer that extends to everyone, not just the man in the big red suit!

Happy Holidays, Everyone! And until next time, veg in, don’t veg out!



The Least Likeliest Athlete

Yesterday, I passed my test to earn my black belt in Tae Kwon Do. During the test, I was asked a set of questions by a panel of black belts, Masters, and Grand Masters, and I told them that I am the least likeliest athlete on the planet. I’m 42 years old, have a heart condition, severe arthritis in my back and my hips, and a bum knee.

And yet, since my 40th birthday, I have run two full marathons, eight half marathons, and now, have earned my black belt in the martial arts style that I love so much. Not too shabby.

I’m pretty proud of myself, but I’m not writing this entry to brag. It is my hope that I will inspire others! If you really want to do something, you can! It may take you a little longer, it may feel a little harder, and in the end, it may not look exactly how you envisioned, but if you keep at it, you can get where you want to be!

My test didn’t look the way I had imagined it. It wasn’t as clean or as sharp as I had hoped. I flubbed up in a few areas. But after two days, 200 push ups, 500 sit ups, 8 forms, and a few hours of self defense moves and basics like kicking and punching, I reached a goal I set out to achieve four years ago.

What’s on your “bucket list?” Want to write a book? DO IT! Want to run a marathon? DO IT! Want to find a better job? DO IT! Or at least give it a try. You have nothing to lose by putting yourself out there and trying. Succeed and you’ve reached your goal! Fall short and you’ve learned from a great experience.

Now that I’ve reached this goal, I’m already thinking of what I want my next set of goals to be. Who knows where I’ll go next?

Where do you want to go?

Until next time, veg in, don’t veg out! Karen


A Collection of Smoothie Recipes

As I’m sitting here in my home office writing my blog, I’m staring out the window at the snow. It’s really coming down out there! Makes me happy to be in here nice and warm with Felix the three-legged wonder cat! It’s not the time of year that people usually think about dieting. That’s an activity normally reserved for the new year.

Knowing that this is the time of year when most people tend to overdo it, I thought I’d share some more smoothie recipes with you. You can incorporate these delicious, healthy, vitamin-packed treats into your day, especially when you’ve had one too many cookies!

Try a smoothie for breakfast (especially if you have trouble eating a substantial solid meal), replace a fast food lunch with one of these concoctions, or make one to take on the road with you on your way to the gym when you don’t have time for dinner.

And remember, it’s the holidays, if you want to indulge a little, go ahead. A LITTLE! Eat what you really want, but try not to overdo it!

Until next time,

Veg in, don’t veg out!

Creamy Blueberry Shake

1/2 cup shredded coconut

1/2 cup frozen blueberries

2 dates, pitted, or agave nectar to taste

1 cup coconut milk, or milk of your choice

1/4 cup almond butter, or nut butter of your choice

1 tsp chia seeds

Blend and enjoy!

Mango and Coconut Shake

1 cup mango chunks, fresh or frozen

1/2 cup pineapple chunks, fresh, frozen, or canned

1 1/2 cups coconut milk

1 tsp agave nectar

Blend and enjoy!

Almond Butter and Cardamom Refresher

1/4 cup almond butter

1 tsp ground cardamom

1 cup coconut milk, or milk of your choice

1/2 cup water

1 cup frozen peaches

1 tsp agave nectar, or honey

Blend and enjoy!

Blueberry, Cocoa, and Coconut Milk Shake

1 cup blueberries, fresh or frozen

2 tsp cacao powder

1 1/2 cups coconut milk, or milk of your choice

1 tsp agave nectar or honey

1/2 cup of ice

Blend and enjoy! *But a warning…this shake comes out in a lovely battleship grey color. Please do not let the look discourage you! The blueberry and the cacao powder don’t look very appetizing together, but this shake is THE BOMB! And loaded with nutrients including magnesium, and is high in antioxidants!