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From Food Frenzie to Skinny Dress Season

Ugh!  Skinny dress season. There is something entirely wrong with putting all of these parties right in the middle of the best holidays for foodies.  All of those delicious treats that we want to indulge on when we know in the back of our minds that next week we have to put on that dress.  How are you going to get into that dress if you eat this?

Here are my skinny dress season tips:
-Run every day.  At least walk.
-Drink lots of water.  Keep a bottle with you.
-Have at least a little bit of that treat you want.  Don't deprive yourself; it will only cause you to binge and over eat.
-Drink green tea.  It has lot's of health benefits including weight loss.
-Read labels and watch for sugar content.  You'd be surprised which healthy things (like Vitamin Water) are loaded with sugar.
-Stay away from fruity cocktails.  They may be yummy, but there's 2 problems.  First, they are highly addictive, and second they have way too much sugar which packs on the pounds.
-Out of sigh…


Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!!!!
Today is the first day in the season with "real" snowcover on the ground.  I don't know who is more excited; the kids, me, or my 14 1/2 year lab who thinks she is a puppy traipsing around in the snow.  Check out my back yard . . .

Yeah; snow!  That means the first snow run of the season.  I'm pumped!  I can't wait to get out there.  There is something special about getting out there and doing it when conditions aren't perfect and there are obstacles.  It's more exhilarating knowing that not only are you doing something good for yourself, but you are doing it despite adversity.  You are not going to let anything beat you or get in your way.  You will persevere!  Conquering this first thing in the morning means that you will conquer anything that comes your way.  Look out world!
What is getting in your way?
How will you persevere?

Preserve the Legacy

Preserve the legacy; any legacy.  Resist the temptation for below the line behavior on an easy mark,
someone who is no longer here to defend them self, and create the memory that they would want. 

Last night VH1 was playing Michael Jackson's rehearsals for the tour he was planning before his death.  I was 13 years old when Thriller came out.  I was glued to the TV.  I knew every time the video would be played on MTV and I would watch it as much as I could.  Me and my girlfriends would dance our silly zombie dance and giggle. We couldn't get enough of Michael.

We wore felt hats to school.  We wore one glove and tried to moonwalk.  Our bedroom walls were plastered with posters, much to our parents displeasure.  Thriller would play back to back for hours on Sunday afternoons.  We were too young to know the Jackson 5, but we loved Michael.  He was a legend.

With almost every new movie being released in 3D and the capability of having a 3D television in your own home; it is hard …

Sugared Cranberries

I have the perfect easy family activity for today; sugared cranberries.  Watch out!  They are like potato chips.  I bet you can't eat just one.

2 cups water
2 cups sugar
2 cups cranberries
sugar to coat

combine 2 cups water and 2 cups sugar in a saucepan and bring to a simmer. DO NOT BOIL!  Add the cranberries and let cool for at least 2 hours.  You can refrigerate overnight.  In batches, roll cranberries in sugar.  Place on wax paper to dry for about an hour.  While they are getting ready go for a family hike and get in those 10,000 steps.  How many different types of leaves can you find?

Super easy.  Super yummy and pretty too.

What else can you do with them?
-use them to top cakes and pies
-add thin strips of lemon peel
-add thin strips of orange peel
-mix with nuts
-use them to top a salad

The Opposite of Remarkable is Very Good

"The opposite of remarkable is very good." I  heard this the other day on the car radio.  This certainly caught my attention.  Although they may not be polar opposites they certainly are enemies at times.  Why?  Because, very good isn't  sticky.  You don't remember things that are just very good.  And, when we talk about performance, or life, settling for very good keeps you from getting to remarkable.  Very good becomes good enough and we don't push ourselves to find out what we are capable of.

The difference between very good and remarkable is that you can have one, but you have to make the other.  That requires work; it requires creativity and it makes us stretch beyond our comfort zones.  You can have a very good day or you can make a remarkable day.

Remarkable - worthy of note or attention; extraordinary It's the unexpected greatness, or the extra whatever that makes it memorable.  Remarkable has stick power and greater gratification.  When you go out for…