Sunday, October 31, 2010

Gourmet roasted pumpkin seeds - -

Yum yum pumpkin seeds.  A very fond memory from my youth that I now get to share with my kids.  Gourmet roasted pumpkin seeds - -


More from Brian Tracy. . . when Brian spoke to my group this week he said that there are 5 essential A's


When you read through the list did you relate to how all of these things are important to you? It is important to feel accepted. It is important to feel the approval of ourselves and others. It is important to say "thank you" and show appreciation. Is there anyone out there you have been meaning to say "thank you" to, but haven't yet?

Here is a moving video on appreciation . . .

Simple Truths - We Hope You Enjoyed the movie!

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Meeting Brian Tracy

I had the fantastically unique opportunity this week to have dinner with Brian Tracy and then hear him speak the next day.  He is an extremely intelligent man who is an expert on what it takes to be successful.  For decades he has spoken to many people, over 5 million as a matter of fact, on how to get what whatever it is they want.
Here are a couple great things that he had to say to us:

"Successful people think about what they want and what they need to do to get it".  Not very profound.  Not even a new idea, but what really really gets me is that if it is that easy why don't more people do it?  Here's why.  It is easier to be sucked in by the negative forces that pull us all down.  These forces of evil get in the way of us being successful.  Blame and entitlement are two of the strongest of these forces.  When we resist the pull and look to do the hard work on ourselves we can rise above and move ourselves to the next level.

"If you do what successful people do you can become successful".  I see this one at work every day.  It baffles me why we don't observe the differences between ourselves and those who are doing better than us and work to emulate them.  Those same evil forces pull us down.  Envy, jealousy, self deception all get in the way.  We even start to make up stories about them to make ourselves feel better when what we need to do is appreciate them and ask them for help. 

Resist the temptation to be pulled down.  It's not easy to do, but it is the difference between being where you are now and becoming more successful.  Fight the evil pull of negativity and pull yourself above.  Rise to success.  What are the things you want?

Thursday, October 28, 2010

50 MPH

Running in 50 MPH winds is like running in the swimming pool with the water over your head.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Day Off Oxymoron

Ah, a day off.
Is that the biggest oxymoron in a working mom's life? Day off.  Funny, how much we look forward to them even though on most days off our chore list is so extensive there is no time for relaxing.
Here's one way I make time out for myself on my days off.  I schedule the time I want to spend working on household items and then I plan at what time I am going to do them.  Then, I stick strictly to the plan.  This way I make sure that there is time for me. 
Moms/ dads how do you make sure to leave time for yourself on your days off?

Monday, October 25, 2010

Get Fat by Cutting Calories

 If you are trying to lose weight it is important to know your BMR (Basal Metabolic Rate).  This is how many calories your body will burn at complete rest.  If you consume less than this amount your body will actually go into survival mode and store fat.  So, your calorie cutting may actually make you gain weight instead of lose weight.  Here is a link to a BMR calculator

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Sunday Run

Sweet old school tunes.  The crunching of leaves under my feet.  Steps and breaths in tandem with my husband. No words spoken. None needed. What an awesome Sunday run.  Did anyone else get out and do it today?

Gossip Kills Possibility

Gossip Kills Possibility   This link provides a good lesson for business and for life. 

Gossip kills productivity by wasting time, hurts relationships by breaking trust, and brings down moral because it is never positive.

Time.  No one has enough of it right? I could only do this if I had more time.  I would only begin to do that if I had more time.  If you look back at yesterday how much time could you have set aside to do these things if you didn't break in the hallway to talk about coworkers, if you didn't let a 2 minute phone conversation stray to idle chit chat, if you didn't read useless emails that you received.  You probably would have found a good 30 minutes in your day or more.
Relationships.  When we  allow ourselves to be part of conversations about those who are not present not only is there the possibility of damaging that relationship if they were to find out, but how good can the relationship be with the people you are gossiping with?  If they know that you talk about people behind their backs then they will assume that you talk about them when they are not present too. 
Moral.  This week I had someone pop into my office for a few questions.  After about a minute of legitimate business she began to dump on about every person we work with.  Not only was the conversation exhausting to follow, it left me feeling really bummed out.  I wonder how many others she took out of their game that day.  I wonder what she said about me in the next office.  Hmmm.  Next time, I will know better and will immediately put an end to it.

Why I Run

Why I run #101 - the Blarney Stones at Detroit Beer Company

Friday, October 22, 2010

The Marathon

To describe the agony of a marathon to someone who's never run it is like trying to explain color to someone who was born blind.
Jerome Drayton

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Breakfast of Champions

Do not skip breakfast.  We all have heard it, but do we all do it?  Make the time in the morning even if it is just something small.  It will give you energy and wake up your metabolism to burn more calories throughout the day.

The Leadership Lessons of Ants

We have all watched ants at some point in our life.  Busy, busy little creatures all working together.  Of course leave it to Harvard to find a leadership lesson in their actions.  If you don't have time to read the entire blog then at least skip right to the 5 highlighted points. The Leadership Lessons of Ants

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Run Fast

In order to run fast you have to run fast.  I repeated this in my mind on my casual 10k run today.  Sounds easy, but it is hard to do.  You have to push your training to improve your time in an event.  Train slow - race slow.  Train fast - race fast.

You Become What You Think

Many people have written books on the power of our thoughts.  I just came across it again while reading a Brian Tracy book, 21 Great Ways to Become a Sales Superstar, "You become what you think about the most".  If it were that simple then you would think that more people would think positive thoughts all of the time.  The problem is that you can't see it as easily looking forward as you can looking back. 

All of the success in my life followed me thinking about those things.  I saw myself married to my awesome husband.  I saw myself as the first female Operations Manager for my company.  I saw myself finishing my first marathon.  You have to envision yourself getting or doing what you want in order to get the result you are looking for.  If you want to run you can run.  Just envision yourself as a runner.  If you want to get to the next level at work then envision yourself doing that job.  Be careful.  If you think about how badly your job stinks then you will go nowhere.  When you look back you will find that you are in life where you  thought about being.

"Man imposes his own limitations, don't set any"
-Anthony Bailey

Monday, October 18, 2010

Lessons about teamwork from geese

There are many good lessons in this inspiring video.  One of my favorites is "If we honk we need to make sure it is positive and encouraging".  Pulling Together Store Landing
Lessons About Teamwork From Geese

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Yummy Brussels Sprouts Everyone Will Eat

Most people hate brussels sprouts.  I get it.  I am sure that it is because they have only had them steamed or worse yet boiled.  Here is a recipe I am sure will change everyone's mind. . .

1 container fresh brussels sprouts
olive oil
red pepper flakes
orange peel shards (thin strips)

Clean the brussels sprouts.  If you have very large ones then slice them in half, otherwise keep them whole.  Put in a roasting pan.  Sprinkle with: about 3-4 Tbsp olive oil,  1/2 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp pepper, red pepper flakes (use 1/4-1/2 tsp depending on how spicy you like things).  Roast at 350-400 degrees for approximately 30 minutes.  You want the brussels sprouts to begin to carmelize (turn dark brown in some spots).

If you think these are good then you must try Michael Symon's fried brussels sprouts at Roast in Detroit. - wow!!!

Marathon Time

Good luck to everyone running in the Detroit and Columbus Marathons today.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Spiced Red-Pepper Hummus

Tailgating this weekend? Here's a dip that won't go straight to the hips from Spiced Red-Pepper Hummus


What a great month!  Perfect running weather, a wedding and a baby (both not mine).

Friday, October 15, 2010

Rock CF

Looking for a race?  Here is a 1/2 marathon in March in beautiful Grosse Ile. Rock CF is a race dedicated to improving the quality of life for people with Cystic Fibrosis.  The founder of the race is a remarkable woman who was diagnosed with CF when she was a toddler.  Her parents were told that she wasn't going to live to be an adult, but at 28 years old she has found that running makes her quality of life better.

Five months is plenty of time to train for a 1/2 from any starting point.  If you are not running now or are only running short distances use the first 4-8 weeks to build up to 5k.  There are many training schedules out there for this distance.  My favorite is from Hal Higdon

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

How to Be a Speed Reader

October 1st I started an awesome new position with my company. Trying to show support and guide me in my new role everyone had a recommended book for me to read and several of them even dropped off a copy. The pile was intimidating. Although I love to read and I am sure that they all contain valuable information (after all they came from the CEO, the President and so on - people whose success I would like to model) I thought that it would be impossible to get through them. HBR to the rescue. Here are some great tips on how to pull out the information that you can use and breeze through books quickly. How to Be a Speed Reader

Will Run For Wine

What get's you going?

Monday, October 11, 2010

Happy Monday

Happy Monday everyone!!!  Start off the morning by writing down 5 things that you are grateful for.  This will put some positive energy into your Monday and all week long you can peak at your list when you need a pick me up.  What else do you do when your spirits need lifting?

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Laura's Lessons

"The best way to prepare for life is to begin to live."
— Elbert Hubbar

Saturday, October 9, 2010

MSU Fight Song Nov 7th 2009

Buyer Beware

Yikes!   Just when you think that you are doing something good for yourself you find out that your afternoon healthy snack has more sugar than a  pack of Pop Tarts.  That's what happened to me when I opted for Vitamin Water out of the vending machine at work. ( I would have enjoyed the Pop Tarts much more.)

When looking for healthy alternatives in addition to checking out the calories and the fat grams make sure to look at the sugar content.  We all know that soda is on the do not drink list if you are trying to slim down.  The sugar content of most soft drinks is around 38 grams.  Did you know that most flavored yogurt has 71% of the sugar that is found in soda?  The problem with sugar is that if you don't burn it off it turns into fat.  Not cool.  Neither is all of the marketing around 100 calorie snack packs, healthy drinks, and snack bars that are loaded with sugar.   The best alternative, stick to fruits and vegetables.  You won't have to read a label and you won't be tricked.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Communication is so important in everything we do. When we get our message through we are much more likely to get what we want and get it sooner with less frustration. Check out this Harvard Review blog on the topic . . .

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Reward Yourself

I find that a great source of motivation is knowing that there is a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.  A prize to work towards.  Whether your goal is to run for 1 mile, lose 4 pounds, or top your sales figures plan a reward for yourself: a milkshake, a movie, a champagne toast.  The size of the prize should mirror the size of the goal.  I had a friend who's husband promised her a diamond ring for finishing her second marathon. You bet she finished and qualified for Boston. How do you reward yourself when you hit a goal?

Monday, October 4, 2010

Tone of the leader tone of the team.  When you are the boss people look to you to see how to act.  If you are grumpy they will be more inclined to be so too.  If you are upbeat and make work fun so will your followers. You can't ever let your guard down even when things are tough.  How employees feel about their direct supervisor is tied to how they feel about the company they work for.  Bad boss = bad company to work for.  Good boss = good company to work for.  This goes for when you are at home too.  Your kids are picking up on how you act and react to everything.  I'll never forget the sting when my daughter said "mommy I am impatient like you."  Ouch!  If you want positive happy kids it starts with you. Here's a great link to a Harvard Business blog  Who has a really bad boss or good boss out there and how does/did it make you feel about work?

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Impressive Meals can be Easy -Roast Cornish Hens

Here's a super easy dinner that will make you look like a super star. 

Roast Cornish Hens Stuffed with Wild Rice
2 Cornish Hens (if frozen they take 1 day to thaw)
2 boxes Wild Rice
7 Cups Chicken Stock (5 for rice 2 for gravy)
    Fresh Sage - minced (do not substitute dry sage)
    Chopped Green Onion (1/2 cup)

Cook wild rice according to the directions, substituting chicken stock for water (optional).  Make sure all gizzards are removed from inside the hens.  Put 1/2 of the rice in a bowl and stir in the green onion.  Use this rice to stuff the hens and reserve the remaining rice.  You may not be able to get very much in these tiny birds. Rub the outside of the hens with butter and then season.  Cook uncovered on a rack in a roasting pan at 350 degrees for 1 hour and 15 minutes.  Let stand for 15 minutes.  Cut in half to serve.  Serves 4.

Bring 2 cups of chicken stock to a boil.  Reduce heat.  Mix 1/4 cup flour with enough water to dissolve and then add to the stock.  Season and simmer on low heat.  If you have any drippings from the hens then add it to the gravy.

Sunday is run day

Mother nature is shining on runners today.  It is a beautiful day for a run.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Mmmm donuts

"I run so my goals in life will continue to get bigger instead of my belly."
- Bill Kirby

5K Walk-to-Run Training Plan

Do you want to do a 5k, but don't know where to start . . . here is a 12 week plan that is easy breezy
5K Walk-to-Run Training Plan

Friday, October 1, 2010

New month New attitude

It's October 1st. Time to refresh and refocus.  I am off for a run . . .

American Girl® Clothing: Black Cat Costume for Dolls + Charm

Happy October!!!  Yes, American Girl dolls are crazy expensive, but remember this, our little girls won't be little as long as we'd like them to be. For me, I write it off as working mom guilt and I am actually a little disappointed that my daughter is 12 and has outgrown her dolls.
There is everything imaginable for these dolls; back to school clothes, tea party sets, and right now they are featuring Halloween costumes. American Girl® Clothing: Black Cat Costume for Dolls + Charm
If you think that it is outrageous then check out my friends blog about Suri Cruise and her $6000 costume

6 Keys to Staying Hydrated

                                  Hydrate                                                                   Nutrate                  ...