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Exercise for the Feeling!

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move itAs you might imagine, sneaking in some mother/daughter talk time with a high school senior who dances until 10pm is no easy task. So I texted Dina yesterday: “Tomorrow is Dina’s Picks on the blog.  Tell me, when you’ve had AN AWESOME WORKOUT, what is it about the workout that makes it awesome?”
 
Her response: “Feeling accomplished.”
 
I know I'm biased, but that was brilliant!
 
Notice what Dina did not say. She didn’t say she lost a pound, burned calories or looked more fit.
 
I don’t know about you, but exercising because it’s the “right” thing to do… or because the doctor said so… or to squeeze into that certain outfit is not enough to make me want to lace up and move everyday. And honestly, these reasons can get really old really fast! Not to mention, they’d also make me lose interest within the first few days!
 
But feeling accomplished… now that’s something I enjoy. It has nothing to do with any one or any thing. It’s absolutely real and totally authentic. I can feel it inside me.
 
Dina nailed it again… Exercise for the feeling!

What feeling do YOU get after a great workout? 
 



Royals, Giants & Kids

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don't do itAs a Yankee fan, I didn’t even realize the World Series is about to begin… that is until I heard this morning that radio stations in San Francisco have announced they will not be playing Lorde’s song “Royals” because its title is the name of San Francisco Giants’ opponent, the Kansas City Royals.
 
I have to agree with the people on Good Morning America who thought it was pretty funny since part of the chorus is:
 
“… And we'll never be royals (royals).
It don't run in our blood,
That kind of luxe just ain't for us.
We crave a different kind of buzz.”
 
Hmmm... these words could actually become a motto for the Giants, rather than words to avoid hearing for however long it takes one team to win four games.
 
Oh well, this has nothing to do with my Yankees. For me, the 2014 baseball season ended with Derek Jeter’s storybook finish. But it does remind me of parenting and how I used to tell my kids:
 
Don’t say that word. (So they’d say it.)
You better not say that word. (So they’d say it again.)
I’m warning you, I’m going to get mad if you say that word.
(So they’d say it three times… and louder!)
 
Kids really get a kick out of rattling our cages. And San Fran’s rattling their OWN batting cages!
 
Hey San Francisco, take it from one Mom who’s made her share of blunders… if you ignore what doesn’t work for you, it’s more likely to go away.
 
Remember, putting the name of that song on social media gives the other team more air time… and like telling kids what NOT to do, it potentially adds to our own frustration!
 
 



Proof ANY Kid Can Eat Healthy

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When it comes to eating, this third kid of mine is the polar opposite of me when I was her age. Not only does she like healthy food… she actually prefers it.



Whatever it Takes

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Over twenty years ago, I bought my husband a sign to hang in his office. The sign read: “Do whatever it takes” and it was perfect for his wall since those were the exact words we spoke to our sales staff regarding any sales opportunities that came up.



Same THRiVE, Same Spin, New Twist!

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Greetings friends! It seems like forever since my last blog post and I’m excited to finally let you in on what’s been going on.



In the Summertime...

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It’s finally here! The glorious weather of Summer is upon us and as promised, here are some of my favorite summer activities.



Just Keep Growing

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As someone who is new to homeownership, I’m very curious as to how my fiancé and I can landscape our property to make it even more like “home.” I’ve always appreciated the beauty flowers can bring, the lushness of green plants, and the delicious taste of home-grown vegetables, however I have no experience with getting from point A to point B when it comes to having my own garden.



Everyone Needs a Maria

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Last night was one of those nights I could do over and over again… dinner with my dear friend Maria. We ate at Copper Top and both ordered the same salmon entrée. Our non-stop gabbing went on for more than two and a half hours. No gossip… just chit-chat about our lives, our families and our dreams.



What Else Gives SO MUCH and Costs So Little?

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I must admit that I am not the most diligent when it comes to staying hydrated. I often “forget” to drink water during the day and I constantly leave forgotten, half-full glasses around the house that I just didn’t get around to finishing.



Every Day's A Vacation

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Today’s the first day back from spring break for lots of us here in Central New York… and as the onslaught of “take me back to Florida” texts continue pouring in from my seventeen-year-old, I can’t help but wonder what it would be like if every day was a vacation day?



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