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How happy are you?

Happiness is a warm puppy

Ever hear of a place called Sommerville, Mass? It’s a city of about 76,000 residents sandwiched between Harvard and Tufts Universities; the city is mostly blue-collar with a growing population of young professionals and academics. Sommerville used to be renowned for crime and nicknamed “Slummerville,” but that’s slowly changing.

The changes in Sommerville are due in part to the fact that the officials of this Boston suburb have decided to track people’s happiness. They want to move beyond the traditional measures of success — economic growth — to promote policies that produce more than just material well-being.

With that, they have asked their citizens on a scale from one to 10, “How happy do you feel right now?”

With this new information, city leaders are able to make decisions from a new vantage point armed with information they might not normally have.

I got to thinking and feel this is a question we should all ask ourselves and those around us. If Sommerville can make their city better armed with the “happiness needs” of their people, then why can’t we make our personal relationships and our own lives better using this same technique? It’s a question often overlooked.

How happy am I right now? I’d say about an “8.75.” What would make me happier? Basically, a smaller nose, smaller rear-end and a few more dollars in the bank. What I do with that information is for me to decide but simply asking the question has me moving.

So, How happy are you right now, on a scale from one to 10? Think about it, write it down, send it to me, or keep it to yourself but it’s a question worth asking, and answering.

P.s. Sommerville, Mass is where Marshmallow Fluff was invented. That fact has nothing to do with this post but I thought it was kinda interesting.

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Everyday’s a happy day!

Ladybugs!

Here’s a thought, let’s try to have a positive attitude today. All I’m asking is that you pay attention to your thoughts and listen to your inner dialogue.  When someone says something, or something happens, does your mind go directly to a negative place? Do you generally find something wrong with everything that crosses your path? Do you say to yourself, “I could never do that,” “It’s too much trouble” or “That wasn’t very good?”

We’ve all heard that a positive attitude helps us live longer and happier. Apparently it even helps us sleep better. It’s because if you’re positive you’re less stressed, your hormones (stress affects your hormones) are better regulated and so you’re able to sleep. Which in turn circles back to your stress level and of course, your overall health and quality of life. Another theory is; you get what you think about, if you think negative thoughts, you’ll draw negative things to you. Think good things and good things will come. I believe this without a shadow of a doubt.

Today is Sunday, we’re supposed to be having our “Indian Summer” weather here in San Francisco but we’ve only had a few days of “summer” this year. It’s easy to be mad and negative about this silly situation. This afternoon I spoke with two of my friends; one was pissed about the weather and griped my ear off about how it’s so expensive to live here and it’s not fair that the weather sucks (like SF has a say in the weather). My other friend told me about a “rainy hike” she took with her family; they playfully ran through wet leaves, jumped over fallen trees and spied a massive nest of ladybugs. Zillions and zillions of happy little ladybugs. I dare you to find something negative in such a magical site.

I am not asking you to start acting crazy and only say and think nice things. I just want you to listen to yourself. Just listen and make a note of what you hear.

Deal?


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Very interesting

I can help you with that!

Well, it’s Friday. I hope you’ve had a fruitful week. I must say I’m very disappointed that only one person responded to last Fridays post. Remember, “Put the hurt on Kelley?” I asked you to help me get out of my comfort zone and challenge me to a little friendly competition. My friend Dawn came through, but the rest of you seem a bit shy. It’s not too late. You can still play.

In my travels this week I’ve learned a few things that I’m quite impressed with. I hope you find them interesting and useful as well.

Endive — According to Dr. Oz, if you eat ½ cup of endive two times per week you can reduce the risk of getting ovarian cancer by 75%. I say, what the heck, eat up! All you have to do it put it in your salad. Super easy and either way, good for you. Click here for additional info on endive.

Muscle Pain Relief — I read this on Basic Training SF’s blog, and then did a little checking on my own. It’s true! Peppermint oil can be used externally for providing relief from pain. It’s believed that the presence of calcium antagonism in peppermint oil aids in removing pain. It also improves blood circulation, which aids in soothing sore muscles.

Basic Training says, “Dilute peppermint oil with water (or body oil) and give your back, shoulders, hamstrings, or IT band a rub down. Instant gratification.” Check out their site for other good ideas.

Write an “ignore list” — Most of us have to-do lists but they never seem to end. Cross one thing off and another few seem to appear. Real Simple Magazine suggests, in order to succeed in today’s distraction-prone world, you should ask yourself: What is not worth doing? Write down what you’re willing to disregard, emails you don’t really need to respond to, posting things on Facebook, the guilt of not doing the things on your to-do list. Make the list and get those things out of your head. Review the list from time to time just to be sure they aren’t getting your undeserved attention.

Okey-dokey, that’s it for me till Monday. Do something to talk about this weekend!


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Labor Day extended….

Hi All! I hope you had a wonderful long, Labor Day weekend. It’s time now to get back to business and start working on a survival plan to get us through the rapidly approaching Holiday Season (Or cookie eating season as I refer to it).

But before we do that I’m going to be taking a few extra days off to recharge my batteries and work up a solid approach.

While all classes will be in session this week, blog posts will not be updated until next Monday 9/12. Until then I ask you all to consider your fall fitness goals and look into signing yourself up for an event to keep you motivated.

While I’m away, remember to eat your five colors a day, stay hydrated, stretch and get at least 30 minutes of exercise five days a week. Oh…and learn something new while you’re at it.

See you soon…


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Move and learn this month

Yes, you can teach an old dog new tricks!

Gwad, it’s already September! Soon it’ll be cookie-eating season, the rain will be back and because of all those cookies and our fear of melting in the cold wet air our fancy holiday attire might not fit. Ugh….what ever will we do?

Well, you can be sure I’ll come up with some ideas to keep us looking svelte, your task is to take my advice.

As you know, September is the month students return to school. With that, I suggest we follow tradition and learn something new ourselves. At least get some culture as we exercise and make an effort to learn, and experience something new.

Here are a few ways you can move, learn and experience all at the same time:

Parking Day — Ever hear of it? PARK(ing) Day is an annual, worldwide event that invites citizens everywhere to transform metered parking spots into temporary parks for the public good. The idea is to promote the need for more open space within our cities. It’s creative, green and inspiring, get a map and go for a walk or cycle to check ‘em out. Parking day is Friday, September 16th.

Presidio Habitats — If you’re in The Bay Area you need to check out the Presidio Habitats walk. It goes away at the end of September so this is your last chance. What is it? – It’s an art exhibition celebrating the wild Presidio. 25 pieces of sculpture are scattered around the Presidio mixed in with the plants and wild life. It’s very cool and a great way to get some exercise along with a little culture and history mixed in. Get a map and go!

Look up — Generally as we walk around we see only what’s at eye level. When was the last time you stopped and looked up? We’re missing the best parts of old buildings by not looking up. The top of a building is like the decoration on the top of a cake. An Architects’ signature is the top of his building. The next time you’re walking around, make an effort to look up, not just once but often. You’ll be amazed at all the beauty up there.

That should get you started. I hope you get the idea, move and learn is your challenge. Have at it!

Happy 3-day weekend!


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What motivates you?

What motivated him to do this?

I’m motivated by fear. I sign up for tough fitness challenges because the fear of pain and failure motivates me to get off my ass and train. When I look in the mirror and see my hiney sliding down the backs of my legs, the fear of a pancake butt motivates me to do the dreaded step-ups (although it seems gravity moves faster than the rate at which I can do enough step-ups).

It’s pretty basic or me. It’s about my selfish, personal fears. Nothing more.

I need your help — Tell me what motivates you. Acceptance? Health/fitness? A smaller pant size? A person? An event? Use a fake name if you like but help a gal out. I need inspiration. If you can’t say what motivates you then tell me about something that inspires you.

Thanks in advance for your assistance.

Kisses…


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Learn from Aunt Kelley

Banana Slugger

This is going to be a short lesson today because I can’t really type. It’s a long story but basically I burned the top of my hand really badly (second degree style). Then, I went hunting for Banana Slugs with my nephew and let a couple of slugs crawl on my charred hand, getting really dirty and slimy. The next day I went swimming in the kinda gunky Russian River and, lo and behold I woke up this morning with a hand so swollen it’s close to twice the size of the other one. Not a pretty sight as you can imagine.  With that, I’ve spent much of today freaking out in one way or another while watching doctors marvel at the mess I made of myself.

Anyway, looking back at the events of the last few days it seems pretty clear where I went wrong, but at the time I was having too much fun to worry about something that “might happen.” The lesson for today is don’t be a dumbass like me, be respectful of your body when you wound it. You can really mess yourself up. Take my word for it, or if you like I’ll send you a photo of my oozing elephant hand (that may never be the same again because of my stupidity).

Have a good weekend! I’ll be back Monday with something more chipper (unless my hand explodes).