Nearly 2 years ago I stepped out of my comfort zone and started blogging. My goal hasIf-you-dont-like-how been to offer timely thoughts and information on the topics of health, which could be digested in a minute or less. These past couple of weeks I have been working on entering the world of Pinterest; another step out of my comfort zone.  If you go to a Pinterest account of a friend you will see pictures–it’s all about pictures–of various topics of interest to them organized in “boards,” such as Christmas ideas, decorating ideas, gardens, recipes, or fun for kids. The idea is to put pictures of things of interest to you and if others like them, they may “pin” them to their boards and “follow” them on Pinterest. Like-minded people follow others with similar interests. Recently Pinterest opened their activity to businesses.

As you might guess, my goal in opening a Pinterest account for my business is to share in a visual way healthy topics and products, thus offering you a visual health education for your needs and what has helped others to live a healthier life. This has been lots of fun to figure out and pull together and I would be pleased if you would “follow me.”  Just click the link “Follow me on Pinterest” which is on the right sidebar, or I hope the link in the highlighted word works too. Along with physical health, I have also included  a board on spiritual health (life just doesn’t work without this) and emotional health. Of course, I appreciate your suggestions and input! Be patient since I’m still learning how to use this system, but there are so many cool things that I can show you with pictures and a few words. Sometimes it’s really hard to believe how much technology has changed our way of communicating. Just remember, I still love having you at my kitchen table for a cup of tea or coffee. . . anytime! I’ll light the candle!

Belly Fat

You may be wondering, women, if your belly fat is dangerous even though you are not overweight. Dr. Stephen Chaney speaks to the issue of a waist over 35 inches:

You’ve probably already heard about the dangers of abdominal obesity (otherwise known as “belly fat”). You’ve probably heard that it increases your risk of diabetes, heart disease, stroke and cancer. But did you know that it could literally be killing you – even if you are at ideal body weight?

A group of scientists at the National Institutes of Health recently analyzed data collected from 44,000 women in the Nurses’ Health Study over a 16-year period and asked if abdominal obesity affected their death rates from heart disease and cancer(Zhang et al, Circulation, 117: 1658-1667, 2008).

The answer was a clear-cut yes!

The study showed that women with a waist circumference of 35 inches were twice as likely to die from heart disease and cancer than women with a waist circumference of 28 inches – even if they were at ideal body weight.

But you might be asking “How can they be at ideal body weight and still have abdominal obesity?” There is a natural tendency to lose muscle mass as we age. When we add in the inactivity associated with the American lifestyle that loss of muscle mass is
accelerated and the muscle is replaced with fat.

Thus, it is actually possible in today’s world to have both normal weight and abdominal obesity – and that is not a good thing! Of course, the women who were both overweight and had abdominal obesity were even more likely to die from heart disease or cancer.

So it is not just about not looking good in your bathing suit – abdominal obesity is a killer!
However, the good news is that you can do something about abdominal obesity.

A combination of exercise, a healthy diet and the “180 Turnaround Plan” is a proven way of getting rid of that unsightly belly fat forever.             by Dr. Stephen Chaney

Are you ready, even before the holidays, to work on your belly fat? I am and I’m looking for others to join me. We can get started right now! Buy 3 months, get the 4th FREE.

“Shaklee Will Never Work”

Master Coordinator Rick Seymour posted these top 11 predictions on Facebook recently. Sometimes it is difficult to open our minds to something new and different. So read all the way to the end and find out if your mind is open to investigating more about Shaklee.

11 “[The telephone] is a great invention but who would want to use it?”
— U.S President Rutherford Hayes (1872)
10 “There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home.”
— Founder of Digital Equipment Corporation (1977)
9 “Everyone acquainted with the subject will recognize [the light bulb] as a conspicuous failure.”
— Chairman of the American Lighthouse Board (1880)
8 “Fooling around with alternating current is just a waste of time. Nobody will use it, ever.”
— Thomas Edison (1889)
7 “The wireless music box has no imaginable commercial value.”
— internal memo to the President of RCA (1921)
6 “Who the  **** wants to hear actors talk?”
— one of the Warner Brothers (1927)
5 “Flight by machines heavier than air is unpractical and insignificant.”
— Canadian astronomer (1902)
4 “Television won’t last because people will soon get tired of staring at a plywood box every night.”
— Producer for 20th Century Fox (1946)
3 “We don’t think we’d do well in the cell phone business.”
— Steve Jobs (2003)
2 “But what is this [microchip] good for?”
— IBM Engineer (1968)

1. “Shaklee will never work – you can’t be successful in a business like that.” – Said by 99% of the aerospace engineers I worked with in 1984 right before I became semi-retired with a 6-figure income from Shaklee. Rick Seymour

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Questions About Supplements and More?

Most people wonder:  what supplements to take, if I need them at all, what are synthetic supplements doing to my body, how to keep my children healthier through the winter, can I build up my immune system, which sports drinks are safe, is there a way to lose and then keep the weight off, which green cleaners work and are really toxic free, and how will I ever find safe skin care products that make me look younger or heal my damaged skin.

Many people also wonder: how will I pay for private school tuition or college for my kids, will I be able to take a vacation with my family, will I ever get out of debt, or have I saved enough for retirement.

Do you know people with these concerns? Are you one of them? There is one place where you can find the answers. You may do this in the privacy of your own home. If you want to fill in a short questionnaire about what you learn, I would be happy to reward you (6/$25) for your education. Just check out this site for answers to your questions and concerns.

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Are You Willing to Make Your Weaknesses Relevant?

Even if you don’t have a Shaklee business, this article from Shaklee Master Coordinator Rick Seymour will benefit any of us with weaknesses at work or home. Sometimes it is our weaknesses that sabotage our growth personally or in our businesses. Rick shares insights on the value of “Making Your Weaknesses Relevant.”

One on the most misunderstood statements today is this: “Focus on your strengths and make your weaknesses irrelevant.” Every time I hear or read it, I cringe and think, “What if your weaknesses are relevant?” Have you ever heard people make excuses for poor performance? Then they followed it by an explanation like this: “That’s just the way I am; it’s part of my DNA.” Or, “That is one of my weak points.” Or, “I’m just not good at that.” Then they blow it off like it’s acceptable. How much respect would you have for someone who is always late and says, “I’m sorry, but it’s awfully hard for me to be on time.”

How successful would a tennis player be who is exceptional at every part of his game, but can’t serve? Or, think about the young father who is a dedicated dad but has a real problem with his temper. How do you think his relationship would be with his wife and children if he thought, “I’m so good at everything else, I‘m just not going to worry about my temper? They will have to accept me the way I am”? For most of us, our weaknesses are relevant and the worst thing we can do is to ignore them or discount their importance. Author Nathaniel S. Summers said, “The strength of a person is often weighed by how they deal with their weaknesses.”

I am an extreme introvert but, because I consciously work on it, few people would ever know if I did not tell them. I realized if I were going to be successful, I would have to push myself outside my comfort zone and work on my people skills and make them a strength. How do you feel about your weaknesses? Are you intentional about working on them or have you fallen into the trap of thinking they don’t matter? Do you think or say, “That’s just the way I am. I can’t help it. Don’t expect me to change”? If people that knew you well made a list of your greatest weaknesses, what would be on the list? As you consider the things they would discuss, how many of those things could you improve tomorrow, if you were intentional? If your spouse or significant other were to make a list of the things you do that bug him or her, what would be put on the list? As you think of the most likely answers, how hard would it be to stop doing those things, if you really tried?

What many people don’t realize is that their weaknesses are holding them back from enjoying more meaningful relationships, advancing their careers, improving their self-images and confidence, and living happier lives. I am a firm believer that when you do the little things that you know you should do, without excuses, you feel better about yourself and the person you are becoming. When you blow them off or discount them, your subconscious knows the truth. When you repeatedly fail to do the things you know you should do, it’s impossible to feel good about yourself. The fact is that 95% of the weaknesses I see holding people back are things they could change today, by simply being intentional.

My Three Challenges For You
1. Change Your Attitude. Never again allow yourself to think or believe that weaknesses are irrelevant. You can change weaknesses into strengths. 2. Acknowledge your weaknesses. The first step towards improving your weaknesses is to openly acknowledge them. 3. Be Intentional. Choose one weakness and start today to work on it at home, at work, and in your social circles.

Thanks, Rick, for these insights and steps to grow! What 3 weaknesses will you start working on? Ask me, if you want to know mine–I’d be happy to share!