Join Me for Java and Fireside Chat?


Here it is the Monday before Thanksgiving and all is calm, all is bright. Oh, wait, I’m getting ahead of myself, aren’t I? It has been awhile since I shared a Miscellany Monday Post but I really was hoping you and I could have a cozy chat, like old times. Oh, and if you want to go ahead and link a recent post in the comments, I would love to see what’s been happening in your neck of the woods.

#514 November 12: I was thrilled with the first appearance of snow for the season,
although it was brief and light. I’ll take it.
 The Red Maples in our yard made for wonderful snow holders! 

#515 Hubby has made these Pumpkin Scones twice and each time they disappear!
I asked him for the Link to the Recipe to share, for those who want to give them a try. They are not too sweet, and oh so scrumptious.

#516 I thought this was too cute a picture to miss!
The couple stopped to look over the Sea Wall
and their Fur Kid was not about to miss the view!
 Smart Dog!  Adorableness defined! 

#517 Of course you know who is my Top Dog, right? Banjo, gets around Rhode Island a lot. He favors Narragansett, naturally. Here he is sitting on the rocks at Pier 5. 

#518 I’ve been enjoying making Christmas Cards this month. Below you can see some of the varieties. I like to do different creations on different days. So I might make a batch of a similar theme, style and color combination. Whatever comes to my mind. I love creating randomly. My cards are pretty simple, but I enjoy the spontaneity, freedom and surprise of winging it! I never know ahead of time what will come of these “Creative Sessions”! If you are noticing the TP on my desk- I ran out of Kleenex and my allergies were bothersome. A wise woman told me once, “If it’s good enough for your behind, it’s good enough for your nose.” OK, then…moving right along.
I will share a post with all my cards coming up soon.
 SO easy and fun!

#519 Here I am at my Blogging Station.
Hubby grabbed this pic while I was being my usual goofy self. 

Look! No hands Blogging!
Yes, I’m kneeling. No, it’s not as hard to do as it seems.
Quite comfy actually.
In December, I bring you the 12 Days of (Fitting In) Fitness. That will be a commitment to Fit in Fitness twelve times during the hustle and bustle of the holidays. Simple accountability. 12 times. That equals approximately 3 times a week-however that looks is up to you. It can be 15 minutes or 50 minutes or anything in between or beyond. Get ready to plan how you can make it happen. I’m not dishing out the workouts, just getting you to think and plan ahead. What will it take for you to fit fitness in during December? 

#520 Latest book stack. See Whispers of Hope by Beth Moore? If any of you would like to get a copy and join me with working through this 10 Week Journey, I am considering starting it in January. Check it out at Amazon, or a bookstore if you get the chance. It is a 70 day prayer venture…which will be 10 weeks. Just a heads up there. Zowie. Any takers? This is a tentative thought…and a biggish commitment. Do we dare? Hmm…

*Prayers still needed for our family as we are undergoing a difficult circumstance with a loved one. 
Hanging onto God’s faithfulness during this time. Reminded of how He holds onto us when we feel ourselves sinking deeper into despair or hopelessness; when we feel ourselves losing our grip…He never loses His grip on us.
He truly is my Faith Life Preserver. 

31 Day Challenge Ends (Fresh Start for November- Invite!)

Congrats to all of you who have made it through 31 Days of Fitting in Fitness!
Congratulations, also, to all of my Blogging friends who have made it through the Nester’s #31Days! Thanks to the Nester for hosting this great challenge.

Our 31 Day Challenge is over today. I have been pondering our next phase from the beginning. The Holidays will be upon us in the blink of an eye, and our best intentions to fit in fitness will be squeezed out by festivities, fellowship and fun. I have so much more I want to share with you and yet, realistically, my desire for you and myself as well, is to keep it simple, straightforward and DONE, with regard to fitness. In other words, by “done” I mean that you are not thinking about fitting fitness in, not talking about it, not admiring the plans of others BUT actually to be living out small steps to building a new habit into your (our) life (lives)- or reviving an old habit that has died, as the case may be!   
So, instead of making a new plan for November, after a brief conversation (banter on Facebook) with Susie, I think that the best plan for November is to  DO the Fitting in Fitness Challenge  AGAIN! From the top, and for those of us who did it, we can do it better, for those who considered it but bailed halfway through – here is your FRESH NEW START!
There were a lot more topics in fitness I did not cover, so much more I wanted to share,  BUT maybe could do -going forward. I really felt led to write more on, motivation, inspiration and encouragement with regard to the topic. There were many thoughts, prompts, partial drafts and ideas I had that I felt, due to time constraints and other limitations, unable to share.
Also, honestly, this month has been a very difficult month, personally. The last two weeks of our challenge have been increasingly difficult and I fell short on the C25K routine in Week 4 (only squeezing in 1 of the 3 workouts). I missed 2 days in the last 2 weeks of The Core and More Challenge and did not bother to try to catch up and a couple of times I combined days. There, see. Not perfect. But, November we can try again. Which leads me directly to you…
Will you join me in November as do a Second Chance Fitting in Fitness Challenge?
Shall we join together and take on the Holidays by Fitting in Fitness, aiming for a little or a lot, adjusting as we need to make it doable, right in the middle of our, busy, bloggy, blustering, right NOWs? Something is better than nothing, and who doesn’t love a Do Over?

In December, I am considering a 12 Days of Fitness something- stay tuned for more on that one. Meantime I will be working on our January Fitness Challenge- which I thought I would originally do ast the end of October’s Challenge, but as you now know, am opting out of that plan. 

As for me, I am skipping the Optional Pre/Post Test and will just jump in fresh tomorrow with a new month of Fitting in Fitness:

 Come what may, 
come what might- 
if you are still not in, 
now is the time to make it right! 
Let’s Do it! 
Grab the Scribd Document here or e-mail ( me for the Fitting in Fitness Packet. 
Let me know if you have any questions and I will see you for the Sunday Post, for sharing conclusions, thoughts  from the 31 Day Journey. 
Thank you for dropping in, offering words of encouragement and for your participation (however frequent or infrequent). May God bless you with health and wellness all of the days of your life…and secure you in His grace and truth forever.

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Fitting In Healthy Eating: Guest Post by Nancy Parlette, M.S. (Inspiring Women Series)

I am honored to have Nutrition Educator Nancy Parlette bless us today with some basic nutritional information to help guide our food choices. I appreciate Nancy’s balanced and realistic approach to healthy eating. I also want to extend a hearty thank you to Toni from Lakeside Lessons for connecting us! Please welcome our guest today- Nancy Parlette.

Since Dawn has a “fitting in fitness” theme, I thought, with my Nutrition degree, I ought to talk about how we can fit in healthy eating!  Let’s make it simple, the best way to get healthy is to eat foods that have the most nutrients per calorie. We can divide them up into the 3 macro-nutrient groups and you will see how EASY it can be!

Macro-nutrients are the nutrients that give us energy or calories.  These are carbohydrates, proteins, and fats.  We need a balance of all three. The confusing part is that there are good and bad food choices within each group.
1.   Carbohydrates –  Most people think of grains when they hear “carbs”, however fruit and vegetables are carbs too.  We should be eating 3 or more servings of fruit a day.  Begin adding in 1 piece a day and workup to more.  How about vegetables?  They are by far the winners when it comes to nutrient content!  They have tons of vitamins and minerals and, like fruits, lots of antioxidants to protect our cells from free radical damage.  Get 5+ servings a day and you will feel great!  Have a big salad every day filled with 1 cup of leafy greens and 1 cup of different color fresh veggies.  I tell my clients to EAT THE RAINBOW of fruits and vegetables every day because each color has different nutrients.
What about grains?  If you are a child or an adult looking to gain weight then add in 4 or more servings of whole grains to your diet.  For the rest of us, a few servings a day is fine.  Chips, crackers, desserts, white bread, white rice, white pasta do NOT count as healthy grains!  I’m talking about Brown rice, oats, whole wheat flour, millet, quinoa, etc.  Ditch the refined and processed stuff! 
2.      Proteins – Most women need about 50 grams of protein a day and men about 65 grams.  We gals tend not to get enough. This does not mean I want you to start eating pork hot dogs and beef burgers!  Those are the unhealthy proteins! Try some wild caught salmon, organic free range chicken or turkey, and occasionally some grass fed beef. We don’t want animals filled with growth hormones and antibiotics.  That goes for dairy too.  Plants such as Beans, peas, lentils, quinoa, nuts and seeds are the best because they have protein AND fiber and lots of vitamins and minerals.  Plus they DON’T have the saturated fats.
3.      Fats – Yes there are good fats!  We need them for our brain, hormones, skin, etc. Try adding avocado, olives, or raw unsalted nuts or seeds onto your salad.  Avoid the rich sauces, fatty meats, and trans-fats in hydrogenated oils. 
If we stick to eating REAL food made in nature we will be well on our way to vibrant health! Don’t forget that water is our best beverage!  


Nancy Parlette is a speaker, life coach and author with Healthy Living Strategies, LLC where they ENERGIZE YOU FOR LIVING!  Her goal is to get people excited about living, confident in their purpose and overflowing with vibrant health so they can live it out fully! Nancy has a BA in Sociology and a MS in Human Nutrition.  She is a certified Natural Health Counselor and Digestive Health Specialist. Nancy has a strong Christian faith which she shares as she mentors and coaches her clients. 

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Confessions from the Couch (and Your Upcoming Week)


Well, my Dahlings, look how far we have come together! We are going into Week 4 of our Fitting in Fitness Challenge and let me tell you, I am feeling my inner child continue to rebel. I have to tell the truth, I skipped yesterday, because I knew today was off and I figured I would fit my fitness in, on my off day. Currently, it is 6:25 PM Sunday, and I have been glued to this seat at Panera, for the past couple hours writing and enjoying some sweet alone time; Which in reality means, that when I get home, I will be getting acquainted with my wall for Wall Sits followed by Lunges and I can already feel my hip objecting and my inner child saying but it’s dark, i.e. REST time. However, my Inner Coach will crack the whip and that is all there is to it…suck it up time. So, the take home is… I prefer my exercise in the daylight hours. The objections and excuses get OH, SO much louder when it is approaching the Couching Hour. You say, Coach, I say Couch…I know, sad but true. I just think the voice of my inner lazy child has gotten more action the past few years than my inner athletic child. As a matter of fact I think my inner lazy child snuffed out the inner athlete child. But anyhoo…I am here for you and pushing through. Getting it done. Setting no records, taking no hostages.

Which reminds me of a story I think you might enjoy this week, about my Pilates Mat training for certification and how I had to “practice” on my husband. Oh, precious memories, I tell you! Or about my Cardio Ball class and how I practiced that on my hubby as well…Or about… Oh never mind, my Hubby is a good sport with all of my experimental endeavors, I have to say.

How are you battling the Lazies? How are you doing with the challenge? WHAT?
You still haven’t started? OK, NOW is the time. RIGHT now. Jump in, no looking back- you’ve got this.

Are you Fitting Fitness in to your days? Can I do anything to help you start-besides show up at your front door in my Camouflage?

This upcoming week (Day 21 is on last weeks schedule FYI):

Be Gentle With Me Option

Get Moving
Day 22
20 Minute Walking
Wall Sit (Max Hold)
Day 23
25 Minutes Walking
Quadruped (Max Hold)
Day 24
30 Minutes Walking
Plank (Max Hold)
Day 25
20 Minutes Walking
Wall Sit (Max Hold)
Day 26
25 Minutes Walking
Bridge (Max Hold)
Day 27
 30 Minutes Walking
Plank (Max Hold)
Day 28

Core and More Challenge

Week 4
Day 22
Plank, Pushup
4 x 30-60  sec hold x 8-25
Day 23
Wall Sit, Lunge
4 x 30-60  sec hold x 8- 25
Day 24
Day 25
Wall Sit, Plank, Superman
4 x Hold as long as can each
Day 26
 Sit Up, Pushup, Lunge
4 x as many as  can do
Day 27
Day 28
Lunge, Plank, Pushup
1-3 x 25/60sec/25

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The Road Ahead

Yesterday is gone.
Tomorrow will be here soon enough.
Today is your chance 
explore a new path.
The road to better health, 
is one that is paved by choice.
One moment at a time.
Every morning is an opportunity
to start fresh.
Breathe deep,
look toward the dawn 
of a new day.
Look away from yesterday.

Leave behind what is not useful 
to you for this day;
 These are attitudes which will hold you back
on your journey.
The only thing you need for the road ahead 
is a smile of anticipation. 
All else will be provided, 
at the proper time. 
Step lively, firmly and confidently.
Your destiny awaits you

Tuesdays I link up with a poem for dVerse Poets Pub

All month in October the focus is Fitness which includes Body, Mind, Spirit and Soul!
We must take care of the whole of our being- Avoiding extremes- which is human tendency, but seeking balance in all. Wherever we are along the journey.

Linking with My Daily Walk in His Grace

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