Resolutions Are For Wimps

Happy New Year!!

We all rang in the new year last night by either watching the ball drop, partying with friends, snuggling with our kids, hanging out at church, or praying, like I did.

It’s an exciting time. Each new year, we have the opportunity to be better, live better, work harder, and achieve more.

We have the chance to change the things we didn’t like about 2012 and move into greater things in 2013.

It’s a clean slate. A fresh start.

The beginning of something wonderful… if we let it.

How do we get to that something wonderful? By making resolutions, of course!

What is a resolution anyway? Dictionary.com has one definition as “a resolve or determination” – very good definition for how the new year starts off.

We are determined to change things, lose weight, get a better job, work harder, relax more – many, MANY resolutions are made for January.

However, why is it that we tend to lose our “determination” after just a month?

We put in some time, some effort, some abilities, but when we hit a snag, we tend to throw in the towel and say “Forget it! This year is just going to be like the last.”

Why do we do that? Because in our minds and hearts, deep down, we really haven’t set a firm foundation for determination, for resolve, for standing firm. We have somehow allowed a way of giving up in our minds even before we start.

New Year’s Resolutions are for wimps because most of us give up on them before we even start. Instead of making it about the new year, let’s make it about a better life.

Some ways you can do that are…

…by making life-long goals, not just those that last a month.

…by setting your goals with measurable, attainable milestones.

…working on a 6-month goal, and break down the steps into monthly “to-do’s.”

…determining in your heart, mind, and spirit that nothing is going to keep you away from reaching your goals. Review them often to encourage yourself to continue to step toward them.

Let’s stand firm this ENTIRE year, not just for a month. Become a resolute person. Be strong. Take charge of your life. Determine to make ALL of 2013 great!

Let’s put the true definition to our resolutions this year and make it our best year yet!!

One of the best ways to reach your goals is by sharing them with others. When you have someone else asking you how it’s going, you are more likely to make it happen! Share your 2013 goals in the comments – I’d love to hear!!

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JessBio200 Resolutions Are For WimpsJessica Stone is a wife, mom to 4, and owner of her own businesses in the fitness and essential oils industries. She has 3 special needs children, one which has an undiagnosed neuro-muscular condition that limits her mobility, and her twins are currently receiving therapy for sensory defensiveness, physical mobility, fine motor skills, and speech. She enjoys sharing what she has learned through her trials, experience, research, and tools that have helped her children’s health with other parents who are looking for support, encouragement, and helpful information. Get her FREE gift to you, 30 Easy Snacks Your Kids Will Devour: Eating Healthy Never Got So Simple, to help you feed your kids quick & healthy! Connect with Jess live today on Facebook!

Resolutions Are For Wimps

Skin, Skin Everywhere and What Are We Teaching Our Kids?

I’m tired of skin. I’m tired of it showing in places where it needs to be left up to the imagination, and I’m tired of everyone making such a big deal about what everyone’s looks like.

We have become a very shallow society when even our children are thinking they need to dress a certain way or look a certain way to be “sexy.”

How do they even know what that word means at age 5 & 6?

I’m not saying I don’t think people should look their best and be sexy ~ however, we need to look at how we have defined “sexy” and see how well that lines up with reality.

I’ve always been thin. Actually, I’m one of those people that was so thin growing up that I’d hear quite often, “do you have to jump around in the shower to get wet?” (I still can hear me saying it in a whiny voice in my head!)

Then… I had kids.

THEN… I had twins.

Bodies don’t stay the same shape as they age, have kids, go through stressful circumstances… doing life!

We can’t expect our significant other to stay the same, nor ourselves. It’s just not reality. Most of the girls in magazines have had eating disorders, are on the verge of it, or just plain have a body-type that’s totally unusual.

Because I gained weight with my pregnancies and had to lose it, it gave me a new respect for people going through weight loss issues, those who work out all of the time, and those that feel so bad in their skin because of the cloud of “sexy” society has put on them.

Fortunately, through some great workout programs and eating healthy, I was able to drop back to my pre-pregnancy weight fairly quickly. Of course, I still have my “twin skin” that wouldn’t go away without surgery… but my muscle separation is getting better… which means my tummy is flatter.

Yes, I want a flat tummy. Who doesn’t?

But am I going to beat myself up because it hasn’t fully happened yet? No. I’m going to celebrate the successes I have had and continue working out and eating wisely.

If people would only realize that “sexy” is a bi-product of strong, there would be a total shift of focus. We need to work on getting healthy bodies, not just sexy ones. You can be super thin and extremely toxic and unhealthy. Ask me how I know!

Our focus needs to be health from the inside out ~ eating more veggies, adding exercise 4-5 times a week, and pushing ourselves a little bit more every day… more fresh veggies, more reps of bicep curls. Sexy will follow. Get strong first!

The use of essential oils with health amazes me. A friend of mine has lost 10 pounds in about 8 weeks just simply using grapefruit essential oil in her water and rubbing it on her core mid-section. She is also using other oils and drinking NingXia Red, a wolfberry (goji) drink with Orange, Tangerine, and Lemon essential oils, to get even healthier on the inside.

Could you imagine a life where your head is clear (no more “brain fog”), your eyes are bright, your teeth are white (without the use of harsh chemical whiteners), you have the endurance to race around the field with your kids playing soccer until it gets dark without getting winded in the first 10 minutes… a life of strength, health, beauty. Imagine popping out of bed every morning, ready to take on your day… and you only had 6 hours of sleep because you don’t need any more. Imagine feeling great inside with no IBS, bloating, cramping, mouth sores, or constipation. Imagine feeling good after a workout… getting your muscles stronger and stronger.

Now, imagine your kids seeing what you are doing, how you are feeling, the changes you’re making, and wanting to participate and be just like you!

Why are you putting this off? Why are you so settled into your life of mediocrity that you aren’t willing to just see a glimpse of the other side of health? Why are you so tired of being tired, yet you won’t change shoveling in that greasy burger or make time in the morning to even exercise for 10 minutes? Why haven’t you thought of yourself as special enough to get the essential oils you need and use them for optimal, vibrant health?

There is only one you. No one can replace you. No one can come close.

Your health is the one thing that’s the hardest to replace in your life. Don’t wait! Get your exercise program, your healthy foods, and your essential oils started today.

There are people in your life counting on you. They depend on you.

Why not jump on this? What’s the worst that could happen? You get healthy, strong, AND sexy?!?!

Wow. That seems like a real bummer (NOT!).

Now, get off your rear and get in gear.

I’ll help you every step of the way…

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JessBio200 Skin, Skin Everywhere and What Are We Teaching Our Kids?Jessica Stone is a wife, mom to 4, and owner of her own businesses in the fitness and essential oils industries. She has 3 special needs children, one which has an undiagnosed neuro-muscular condition that limits her mobility, and her twins are currently receiving therapy for sensory defensiveness, physical mobility, fine motor skills, and speech. She enjoys sharing what she has learned through her trials, experience, research, and tools that have helped her children’s health with other parents who are looking for support, encouragement, and helpful information. Get her FREE gift to you, 30 Easy Snacks Your Kids Will Devour: Eating Healthy Never Got So Simple, to help you feed your kids quick & healthy! Connect with Jess live today on Facebook!

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Unscrambling the Parenting Static

We hear it all the time – conflicts in what’s healthy, what’s good for us… today… what’s bad, oh wait, no, now it’s good. You know what I’m talking about. “Sugar is bad.” No, now that we have chemical sweeteners, that white, sticky, bleached stuff from a plant isn’t looking so bad. “Butter’s bad for you.” “Butter IS ok.” “Well, but you might want to get rid of it in your diet it you want to eat healthier.”

There are constant things we are bombarded with in the media, trying to tell us what’s good or bad for us and our families. It is so much information that it practically fills our heads with static while menu planning, grocery list making, and shopping. Frankly, I wonder how much the media even really knows about the truth of our foods.

Rarely do you find people in the media doing much research on foods themselves. If they did, it would be apparent that they would be able to weed through the static to come up with the one obvious channel we are supposed to be tuning into – the best foods to eat are the ones God created on this planet for us and eating them in their most natural form is the best for our bodies.

So, what do you do as a parent wanting to feed these good, wholesome food to your kids? How do you get them to like it when all they are used to are chicken nuggets, french fries, and mac & cheese?

There are two schools of thought when it comes to getting fresh fruits and veggies into your kids:

1) Hide the good foods in the meals they are used to having
One way to do this would be to, for instance, cook and puree cauliflower and hide them in your kids’ mashed potatoes. The concept is basically all about pureeing foods and hiding them in similar texture items that wouldn’t make your child suspect there is anything “healthy” hiding in it.

2) Freely, openly offer your children healthy options
In this case, you would put fresh fruits an veggies as side items, or even the main course, on their plates, explain it’s good for them, and expect them to eat it.

Which one of these would you do in your family to get good foods in your kids?

Personally, in my family, I prefer number 2. And here’s why… I would rather my kids know which foods are good for them and be able to recognize them when out at the store. I want them to know why they are good and that there are yummy ways of cooking them so they are enjoyable. Broccoli certainly doesn’t taste like french fries, and it may be green, but that doesn’t mean it’s “bad.” Actually, it’s the opposite. And I want my kids to know that. I want them to be able to choose wisely as adults and know how to cook and eat squash, spinch, lettuce, carrots, cucumbers, cauliflower, etc. I would feel like I were doing my kids a disservice if I hid their veggies all the time. But that’s me, personally.

How do you feel about it? Have you fought through the static to find a good, healthy eating plan for your family?

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Just Press Play

There are certainly days that are hard to find motivation. You find it hard to eat that spinach instead of chips. Or finding time to exercise seems extra difficult, though, you have plenty of time to watch tv. Even finding the motivation to do the hard things in life can cause us to stop in our tracks.

Getting our healthiest requires some serious decision-making and more importantly, putting action behind those decisions. It’s when we take action that leads us to productivity, which leads us to results.

You can’t expect to trim your waistline without moving your body and expending energy to burn fat. You can’t expect your body to get enough vitamins and minerals when you don’t feed it foods rich in those essentials to healthy body function. When you choose not to apply the essential oils for a great night’s rest, your good intentions won’t do much for you. Healthy vegetables don’t just jump on your kids’ plates. And unless YOU offer them, they won’t be exposed to them.

Have you watched Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution? One episode I saw astounded me. The children he spoke to in a classroom couldn’t tell him what a tomato, potato, etc., was based on him holding them up for the kids to view! That’s crazy and shows just how much our society has gotten away from real, whole foods, the very things that our bodies need and crave to support our body systems.

Have you ever purchased a fitness program but never unwrapped it, let alone stuck it in your DVD player? No matter how hard you wish, think about, or hope, it doesn’t benefit you by sitting in the box on your shelf. It takes the act of pressing play to even have the opportunity to get anything beneficial from it.

Life gives us plenty of opportunities to choose the easy way out. But what does that lead to? You don’t have to look far to see that in most cases, the majority is overweight, unhappy, broke, and fed up.

Solutions to your problems and needs are right in front of you. It’s our responsibility to take action on them. You just need to press play!

One way I’ve been pressing play recently is doing some exercises for my muscle separation that I got when pregnant with the twins. However, I have found out that most people who have a lower abdominal “pooch” has muscle separation. It can even be caused by gaining too much weight, so guys can get it, too.

I have done some research on how to repair the separation, and in most cases, doctors tell you it’s only corrected through surgery. However, I have found some exercises I’ve been doing for almost a month that are WORKING! I’m losing inches and people are noticing without me even telling them!! And you won’t believe how fast and easy they are to do!

I thought maybe you could benefit by some of the information I share in this video (sorry you can’t see my face in some portions… I was limited on space). To make a difference in your life, just press play!

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JessBio200 Just Press PlayJessica Stone is a wife, mom to 4, and owner of her own businesses in the fitness and essential oils industries. She has 3 special needs children, one which has an undiagnosed neuro-muscular condition that limits her mobility, and her twins are currently receiving therapy for sensory defensiveness, physical mobility, fine motor skills, and speech. She enjoys sharing what she has learned through her trials, experience, research, and tools that have helped her children’s health with other parents who are looking for support, encouragement, and helpful information. Get her FREE gift to you, 30 Easy Snacks Your Kids Will Devour: Eating Healthy Never Got So Simple, to help you feed your kids quick & healthy! Connect with Jess live today on Facebook!

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This 1 Thing May Be Leading You Directly Into Disease

The #1 search on the internet is related to illnesses. When asked, most people are concerned first about their health before any other area of their lives. And in this age of the S.A.D. (Standard American Diet) lifestyle, they should be.

One of the major things affecting the rate of disease in this country and around the world is our food. We have gone so far beyond our roots, what our ancestors ate, and natural foods out of the ground, that we are now feeling it through sickness and disease.

Did you know the foods you eat can either produce an environment condusive to healing or illness?

Of course, there are several things at play here, like the nutritional content of the foods, which vitamins and minerals are in them, and if they are synthetically added or naturally derived. However, today we are discussing how what you put into your mouth alters your pH balance.

Disease thrives in an acidic environment. Unfortunately, most of the foods in the Standard American Diet, as it is today, breeds acidic environments. Processed foods, meats, grains, dairy, and sugar all raise your level of acidity. Chemicals, drugs, herbicides, and pesticides are also acid-producing. However, certain fruits and more vegetables, like dark greens, change your body to be more alkaline. Did you know most other countries eat their meat as a side item, yet, here in the U.S., we eat it as our main dish, putting some of the most taxing digestive processes into play. And on top of that, you are creating an atmosphere for disease to take root and flourish.

This is not to say you must always eat alkaline foods. However, most people eat too much from the acidic foods and therefore, cause problems in their bodies. It’s about choosing more healthy foods and including them in your meals more often!

Some alkalizing vegetables & fruits:
~ broccoli
~ carrot
~ cauliflower
~ collard greens
~ eggplant
~ garlic
~ green beans
~ peas
~ kale
~ lettuce
~ mushrooms
~ tomatoes
~ avocado
~ apple
~ apricot
~ grapes
~ lemon
~ orange
~ peach

Here is a more robust list of which foods are acid-producing and which are more alkalizing.

By eating more of the right things, you change your system inside to make it harder for disease to spread or even exist!

How can you make changes to your family’s food choices that can help lead to life and health rather than disease and destruction?

“As I see it, every day you do one of two things: build health or produce disease in yourself.” ~ Adele Davis

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JessBio200 This 1 Thing May Be Leading You Directly Into DiseaseJessica Stone is a wife, mom to 4, and owner of her own businesses in the fitness and essential oils industries. She has 3 special needs children, one which has an undiagnosed neuro-muscular condition that limits her mobility, and her twins are currently receiving therapy for sensory defensiveness, physical mobility, fine motor skills, and speech. She enjoys sharing what she has learned through her trials, experience, research, and tools that have helped her children’s health with other parents who are looking for support, encouragement, and helpful information. Get her FREE gift to you, 30 Easy Snacks Your Kids Will Devour: Eating Healthy Never Got So Simple, to help you feed your kids quick & healthy! Connect with Jess live today on Facebook!

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