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My New Life Plan

Published May 4, 2012 by Mary

In the past, I would often sit down and start a list of new things I was going to start doing and behaviors I was going to change. The list would look something like this:

  1. Eat healthier
  2. Exercise more
  3. Take vitamins
  4. Quit smoking…

Today, I sat down with the pen and notebook to begin yet another list, having failed to comply with all of the previous plans. Suddenly, it occurred to me that I have been going about this in the wrong way and focusing on the wrong things. My old lists were really all about what I didn’t like about my life and what I wanted to change. Although written in a “positive” format of doing “positive” things, my lists and plans were really all focused on the “negative.”

Therefore, I have created a new list. Maybe my LAST list. I am going to focus on the “positive” this time and, in time, I’m sure that all of the things I wished to accomplish through my previous “life changes” will come about very naturally as a result. I am embracing my life and loving myself instead of trying to change my life and myself. I hope you too will find it thought-provoking and inspirational.

New Life Plan

  1. Worry about money less.
  2. Listen to more music.
  3. Read more books.
  4. Complain less.
  5. Smile more.
  6. Dance!
  7. Laugh!
  8. Stop criticizing (myself included).
  9. Stop second-guessing myself.
  10. Feel and show GRATITUDE.
  11. Worry less about EVERYTHING.
  12. Enjoy and appreciate the wonderful Gift of Life.

List O’ Fears

Published October 2, 2011 by Mary

As part of my plan for changing my life and reinventing myself, I know I must overcome certain fears that I have (and that’s quite a few.) Following is a list of fears that I have that stop me from doing the things I want to do and need to do in my life. This list is by no means a comprehensive list, and I will therefore be adding items to it from time to time so check back often.

I would certainly appreciate any comments that you wish to leave giving me tips or pointers for conquering any of these fears. At some point, I am also going to be giving myself “assignments” which will, more or less, force me to face some of these fears.

  1. Driving on highways
  2. Driving at night
  3. Driving at all
  4. Parking in crowded places
  5. Going to the gas station
  6. Being rejected by prospective employers
  7. Being rejected by prospective clients
  8. Being rejected by people in general
  9. Airplanes
  10. Germs
  11. Failure

Daily Meal Log 9/29/11

Published September 29, 2011 by Mary

Today’s Meals







2 veggie burgers, cottage cheese, olives


Pepperoni slices.


3 pieces of “bargain” beef, big bowl of onions & peppers, a black plum


Pepperoni slices


Lots of water & one cup of coffee

I am going to stop eating the veggie burgers (after I finish what’s in the freezer) and maybe the cottage cheese (once I finish up what I have). Something gave me a little bit of heartburn after lunch yesterday and I think one or the other of those was the culprit. I have suffered from terrible, chronic heartburn for years but have not had ANY at all since starting my Paleo diet – until today. Also, I will never again buy or eat frozen onions & peppers – they were terrible – there is nothing like the fresh raw version!

I’ve been doing this for about 2 weeks now. Not very long, I know, but I have never felt better in my entire life. I have tons of energy, my brain fog and depression are gone, my allergies better, and (as I said above) I have not suffered any heartburn or digestive complaints. The Paleo Plan is fantastic! I have also gone down a size and lost 5 pounds. Thank you Mark Sisson, Robb Wolf, and especially, David from !

Daily Meal Log 9/22/11

Published September 22, 2011 by Mary

Today’s Meals







Some pepperoni, cottage cheese & an avocado






More pepperoni, dried beef, almonds & 2 squares of dark chocolate


Lots of water & one cup of coffee

Didn’t do very well today. I skipped breakfast & dinner and pretty much snacked all day. I think I’m probably eating too many processed meats and too many almonds. I think I need to think about changing to two protein shakes a day, a healthy lunch & one snack or something like that. I was a little busier than usual today which is why my diet was so lousy – I need to work on taking care of myself first even when there are things going on in my life. I think that should be my number one priority. In fact, I read a good article on that this afternoon which was written by Colin Barnes on his website. He makes some very good points and suggestions for taking care of oneself even when it seems natural to put your health on the back burner while taking care of “more important” things.

Starting My Version of The Paleo Diet

Published September 16, 2011 by Mary

I started on my own version of the Paleo Diet yesterday. I call it “my” version, because I’m not 100% sure about what the “official” diet is yet, as I haven’t finished reading The Primal Blueprint 21-Day Total Body Transformation: A step-by-step, gene reprogramming action plan by Mark Sisson, yet. What I’ve read and researched so far sounds really good, though. This sounds like the diet plan for me – one that I could follow for life and not just for a few months. It also sounds pretty healthy and goes with the idea of The Lost Diet that I talked about in a previous post.

So, basically, what I’m doing is this: I’m cutting out all the pastas, potatoes, starchy beans, cereals, chips, crackers, sweets and most dairy. I will be eating (mostly) lean meats, fish, eggs, nuts, fruits, veggies, cottage cheese, yogurt & protein shakes. Honestly, after only two days of following this plan, I already feel better. I feel more energetic and less “heavy” feeling.

What I ate yesterday: No breakfast. I had broccoli-slaw, chicken breast, and a plum for lunch. For a late afternoon snack I had some pepperoni and a square of dark chocolate. Dinner consisted of some beef jerky and a pear.

What I ate today: No breakfast. I had a handful of walnuts & pecans as a mid-morning snack. For lunch, I had some more broccoli-slaw, dried beef, cottage cheese and an avocado. Once again, I had some pepperoni and a square of dark chocolate as a late afternoon snack. Dinner consisted of some more dried beef, avocado & cottage cheese with the addition of two plums and a few raspberries.

I drank lots of water and one cup of coffee on both of these days (which is typical for me, anyway.)

What makes these two days of healthy eating really special for me, is that my diet for the past several years has consisted mostly of the worst junk food you could imagine: McDonald’s burgers & fries, cheese steaks, pizza, fried chicken, potato chips, cupcakes, cookies, ice cream, candy bars. Seriously. No wonder I feel so much better today.

I Think I’m Going to Try “The Lost Diet”

Published August 7, 2011 by Mary

I’m pretty sure that I’m making this up myself here as I have not read this anywhere else, but if someone else has already “invented” this diet, then I apologize.

I have recently been catching up with the tv series Lost on Netflix because I stopped watching the show after the second season. As I’m watching the show I am checking out the natural island diet of the castaways: fruit, vegetables & fish, and thinking to myself, “wow, that sounds like a really healthy diet!”

So, I am going to try it out. I need to lose some weight and wouldn’t mind feeling a tad healthier and more energetic in the process. I’ll let you know how it works out. As a side point, I should also save a lot of money on this diet too.

Smoking Bans are Bad for Your Health

Published September 19, 2010 by Mary

Smoking Bans are Bad for Your Health

Cigarettes are bad for you. We all know this. We all hear this pronouncement every day every where. But what they are not telling you is that although cigarettes might cause cancer, heart disease, and a host of other deadly diseases at some future point in your life – there are more immediate threats posed by smoking. These more immediate threats have only come about in more recent years ever since cigarettes started getting banned everywhere you go and smokers are forced out into the dangerous elements in order to have their nicotine fix.

Below is a list of immediate dangers to your health caused by the ban on smoking:

  • Pneumonia. As smokers have been forced outside in all kinds of weather, they now face an increased risk of contracting pneumonia.
  • Skin Cancer. We all know that direct exposure to the sun’s rays causes skin cancer. Smokers, unable to stay inside to smoke during the blistering hot days of summer are now being exposed to the harmful rays of the sun on an unprecedented scale.
  • Hypothermia. We’ve all seen them all huddled together in the ice cold wind and snow in wintertime trying to stay warm. In areas where smokers are few, more and more isolated smokers are forced out into blizzard conditions alone, facing an increased risk of hypothermia. And, if the hypothermia doesn’t get you, the pneumonia will (see #1 above.)
  • Drive-by-Shootings. Office workers, forced to stand outside to smoke in crime-ridden neighborhoods are increasingly becoming the victims of drive-by-shootings as they are innocently caught in the crossfire.
  • West Nile Disease & The Bird Flu. Instead of being allowed to enjoy a smoke in the safety and comfort of enclosed and protected areas, smokers are now exposed to all kinds of diseases which are spread by insects and other forms of wildlife.
  • Malnutrition & Starvation. As the cost of buying cigarettes skyrockets, many smokers and their families are now exposed to the very real risk of malnutrition or even starving to death right here in the richest country in the world. Being forced to choose between food and cigarettes during these difficult economic times is managing to take food right off the tables of tens of thousands of formerly well-fed Americans.
  • Recession and Depression. While political and economic pundits are searching for reasons for the recent economic crisis in America, the real answer is staring us all in the face – huddled outside doorways and on street corners all across the land. As the cost of smoking goes up and up and up, millions of Americans who would have previously been spending money in restaurants, shopping malls and online or investing money in the stock market or savings are instead spending all of their income on cigarettes.

So, you see that the issue of smoking being bad for your health is a lot more complicated than it is usually presented to us by the health care community, politicians, and the media. The next time you see a group of people smoking or a lone smoker in a doorway somewhere, think about the negative consequences of trying to “save” their lives or even your own through harsh anti-smoking legislation.

Remember: Smoking bans & high tobacco taxes are harmful to all of us – smokers & non-smokers alike – and should be avoided at all costs.



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