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Focusing On Consistency

If getting active and staying healthy were easy, everyone would do it…but we don’t. I come home after a long day of moving around the clinic followed by taking care of the kennels, I destress by sitting in chair, unable to summon the energy to take a walk or hit the gym. Sure, everyone says to “make time for what’s important to you,” but oversimplification doesn’t make the struggle easier.

When you lead a busy a life, finding time to stay healthy is running-shoestough. Exercising every day may also seem a bit daunting, but because the time commitment is so small it’ll be a lot easier than you think.  It is true that all we need is 20 minutes of exercise per day to be healthy.  A daily routine also coyoga-23824_960_720mes with the benefit of starting a good habit, and that will make it easier to continue your exercise routine as time goes on.

This is my week for starting over, 20 minutes of walking or yoga every day. How about you, can you find 20 minutes a day to exercise?
~ ConnieKayA ~
A Southern Girl sharing her passion for living an abundantly blessed life,

Comparison Is Not Always Bad

I have over the years fought the urge to compare myself to others. There was a time in my life when I survived on 600 calories a day, because I thought I was fat and unattractive.  During my time in the Army Nurse Reserves I would often compare myself to other nurses during PT and push myself to be better.

Comparing ourselves to others is not always bad, especially when it comes to health. Overtime research has proven that there are certain values, limits, ratios that will keep us healthy.

One action step that can help you recognize what you need to focus on is to: Compare Yourself with Recommended Benchmarks – Compare health status with benchmarks for things like Body Mass Index (BMI), physical activity, fruit and vegetable consumption, calories consumed, blood pressure, heart rate, cholesterol values, or hours of rest.

Comparing yourself to standard benchmarks will give you an indication of whether or not your health is where it should be. While a good, balanced diet and exercise certainly helps you stay fit and healthy, so many things are at work in your body simultaneously, it is always a good idea to keep your eye on these important markers that can alert you to some health problems early enough to address them.

When is the last time you did a little comparison?  What is keeping you from making the comparisons?

~ Connie Kay A ~

Recognizing the need to change

During the month of October I will be sharing 31 actions steps to better health. The first action step towards a healthier you, is recognizing the need to change or modify an unhealthy behavior, or add a healthy behavior.  31
Making better choices takes work and an awareness that the every choice has an impact on our health. The vast knowledge we have to prevent cancer, heart disease, and other chronic diseases is staggering and overwhelming.  But, you cannot afford to ignore what is good for you.

What I learned from my research influences my countless daily decisiono-more-excuses-picture-quotens.  Every bite of food either increases or decreases my odds of spending a few more years with my family. Half an hour of exercise in the morning makes for better interactions all day.  A restful night of sleep gives me energy to tackle the next day.  I am more engaged and in-charge of my life when I recognize the choices and actions that lead to a healthier life.

So how about you, do you recognize an opportunity exist for you to have a healthier life?

31 Actions For a Healthier Life

Today is the first day of October and I  am starting a new challenge. I will be participating in the “Write 31 Days Challenge.
take-the-31-dday-challengeThis year I will be sharing with you 31 Actions for a healthier life.
I have three goals for this challenge:
1.  Complete the challenge – Write something daily to help you live a healthier life.
2. Spend the month of October focusing on a healthier lifestyle.
3. Challenge my readers to incorporate 1 or all of the 31 Actions for a life a healthier life.

31I would love to hear how you focus on living a healthy lifestyle. Please visit my site each day and let me know about your healthy lifestyle.

~ Connie Kay A ~
A Southern Girl sharing her passion for living an abundantly blessed life

  1. Recognize the need to change 
  2. Comparison is not always bad
  3. Focusing on Consistency
  4. How to Have Time for A Workout
  5. Spiritual Health Is Important

Everyday is a New Day

Welcome to ConnieKay A, where every day is a new day. My husband (aka the Big Man) says that every minute is a new beginning with me.  I generally have at least three projects going at one time, and another one or two in the planning phase.

Today I am going to talk about how we use Cozi a digital family organizer. I have received no compensation for my thoughts, this is just me sharing what I think about the product.

To help keep us both stay on the same plan we have recently started using the simple digital family organizer, Cozi.  Cozi is easily downloaded to the phone of each family member.cozi_2

Cozi,  helps coordinate and communicate everyone’s schedules and activities, track grocery lists, manage to do lists, plan ahead for dinner, and keep the whole family on the same page.

For us the grocery list has proven to be a prefect match for our shopping habits.  In the past we kept a paper list in the kitchen. Often one of us would stop at the grocery store and not have the list.  We would return home without essentials that we needed.  Now, we keep a running list in Cozi.  After making the weekly menu, I simply add what we need to Cozi and whoever gets to the grocery store has the list at their fingertips.  We also keep our weekly menu in Cozi, this allows the Big Man to know what is going to be on the table for dinner and what we are going to share for lunch (we try to have lunch together Monday – Friday).

Between running my own family practice and a free health clinic, operating our boarding kennel, coordinating care of my dad, writing a weekly column for the local humane society, helping out with my husbands re-election campaign (he is currently a quorum court justice) and keeping our fourteen old rescue dogs healthy and safe, my to-do list is always a mile long and often my husband has no clue what I have on my plate.

Cozi cozi_1allows me to add task to the to-do-list that I can delegate to others.  I can create a personal to do list, a Big Man to-do list, or a list of task for our staff to complete.

The calendar is also a valuable addition for our family.  Our grandsons play baseball and football. Their parents have access to our calendar so they can add the boys’ events. This helps us coordinate our weekly activities, so that we can arrange our schedules to include the boys’ events.

In our very busy world, where every day can be a new beginning using Cozi had helped us become more efficient and better connected as a family team.

If you are looking digital organizer, I suggest Cozi. Cozi is truly a simple digital management solution for busy families.  I would love to hear about the tools you use to simplify your life.
~ Connie Kay A ~

 

 

Hello world!

Welcome to ConnieKayA, my little corner of the digital world.   I am 50-something wife, mother, Nana, vegetarian, nurse practitioner, teacher, & volunteer clinic administrator. I live in the small community of Blytheville, AR. located in the far Northeast corner of the State. My husband and I own and operate Bed and Biscuit Boarding.

I share a home with my husband of 22 years and our 14 four-legged rescue children. Collectively we have five adult near-perfect children, five perfect grandboys and 7 awesome granddogs.  We are also blessed to have my father living with us as he struggles to live with dementia. 

I love learning.  My goal is to learn something new every day. This little space is for others to come and learn from my adverntures, struggles, and blessings. 

I like to challenge myself physically by calling myself a runner.  I love to practice yoga, knit, and scrapbook. I am teaching myself to quilt.  On long weekends, when time allows us, we trout fish at Mammoth Springs, AR.  

I can honestly say, I am living a blessed life in Northeast, Arkansas.
~ Connie ~