Mindful Monday: Mindfully Eat All That Easter Candy

Happy Monday!  I hope everyone had a blessed Easter, especially with all this social distancing.  I had to work at my nursing job, and of course, they gifted us all candy.  Plus, I bought some peanut butter eggs for my family to share.  Chocolate is high in phosphorus and potassium, not to mention fat.  It is irresistible and delicious.  But, are you really enjoying it, or just eating it to eat it?  Mindful eating will help you enjoy and appreciate food and may help you lose weight.  By eating less, and thoroughly enjoying it, in a slow and controlled manner, is a great skill to learn.

So, today’s Mindful Monday exercise is to only eat one item of chocolate candy or any candy.  Follow the steps below to mindfully enjoy that one piece of candy.

1-  Pick your piece.  This is a big decision so choose wisely.

2-  Smell the candy with the wrapper on.  Then slowly remove the candy and smell it again.  Note what it smells like.  Savor the smell, enjoying the aroma.    If the smell is unpleasant then you really shouldn’t eat it.

3-  Feel the candy with your hands.  Note what it feels like and enjoy the feeling of the candy.

4-  Look closely at the candy.  It should be appealing to your eyes.  If it is not don’t eat it, you probably really don’t want it.

5-  You can’t hear the candy, most likely, but you can notice how it sounds when unwrapping the candy.  Take note of the sounds, compare it to other familiar sounds.

6-  Finally the most important step, taste the candy.  Take a small bite, as long as it is not hard candy.  Notice how it tastes.  Roll it around on your tongue savoring all the delicious flavors.  Then take more small bites.  Don’t put the whole thing in your mouth, unless it is hard candy and can not be nibbled.  Thoroughly enjoy the piece of candy.

You may do this twice a day, once in the morning and once in the evening. See if you get different results each time.  Try enjoying your candy by candlelight, our outside in the fresh air, maybe in a bubble bath.   Do not do it if you are going to sleep.

Enjoy!

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Move Your Goals on Monday, Merry Monday, and National Pet Day

Did you make any goals last week?  How did you do?  Here are my results for goals set last Monday.  I did not complete 2 of them:  Go to the library to test my laptop compatibility with their equipment, and no cheating on my meal plan.  That last one is a stinker.

Goals for this week:

9500 steps per day, for 7 days.

Aerobics at least 5 days a week for 30 minutes, and 2 days of weight training.

Stick to my meal plans at least 5 days, allow 2 days to cheat.

I probably will not have time for the library goal until next week.   So, I will postpone that one.

I finished the Guided Imagery class, and it was so much fun.  I will be making that part of my plans offered within the next week.  I have one voice recording, ready for Better Sleep, for anyone who signs up for the Better Sleep monthly group session.  It will be available for purchase, after that session has ended, or if no one signs up.  I will provide views of my certificates to anyone who purchases a plan, and has a need to see it.  I will be changing the monthly group session, to a monthly support group for Chronic Illness.  The Better Sleep topic is all ready, so I will keep that one for the month of September.  When I update the Guided Imagery plan, I will update the monthly group session plan, also.

We are watching the tropics for a possible system approaching this weekend.  This may knock me out of electricity, and we may have to even possibly evacuate.  At this point it looks like a Tropical Storm, not a Hurricane, but they can be problematic in their own right.

Continue to work on the Herbalism class.  This is such a cool, and complicated class.

Keep the pool clean.  That is a given.

Next Tuesday, my daughter starts back to homeschooling.  So, this week I have to be sure all lesson plans are ready to go.  I can’t really avoid this goal, lol.

Monitor BP every day, alternating arms each day.

Did you know today is National Pet Day?  I love my pets.  They bring us so much joy, and sometimes stress, like when a hurricane is coming.  On my Health Buddy Melissa Facebook page, I will be inviting people to share pics of their pets for National Pet Day.  Why not head over there, and share pics of your pet?  That is the Merry Monday topic, for this week.  Come have some fun!  If you want to sign up for the Better Sleep, group sessions, please use the contact form below to message me.  You still have plenty of time to join.  The first session begins Wed Sept 4th.

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Move Your Goals Monday

What goals are you working on for this week?  I try to set at least 5 goals, per week, other than the basics of everyday life.  I have quite a few weekly goals for this week.

9500 steps per day for 7 days.  Last week I missed 2 days.

Exercise at least 30 minutes 5 days a week.  I have been consistently doing this, it can soon be considered a habit.

Discuss recent labs with kidney doctor and make sure it is OK to keep doing what I am doing.  On this goal, I will most likely be increasing my protein from 45 grams per day to 65 based on my most recent labs.  I think I need to increase fluids, also for these hot sweaty months.

Continue Guided Imagery class.

Continue advertising my group session for September, Better Sleep.  You may want to consider joining that group session.  All 5 spots are still open. It is an easy, and affordable way to get to know me as a Health Coach.

Go to the local library to test my AKF Kidney Coach presentation, to make sure it works with their equipment.  If it does I will set up the first class for September.  If it doesn’t I have some more work to prepare for that.

Stick to my eating plan, no cheating, or at least no cheating more than one time per week.

I have a bunch of crafting, and cleaning goals, but they kind of aren’t as important.

Keep the pool clean.  This one is hard right now because we are getting so much rain every day.

What are your goals for this week?  Leave me a comment.  If you would like to learn more about working with me as your Health Coach, you can use the contact form below, or read about my updated available plans, here.

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