Cupcakes Sprinkled with Accountability

Where I work, clients love to bring us baked goods. Instead of extending gratitude with other gestures, it is not unusual for me to arrive at work greeted with smiles by clients and cupcakes! Some days, it's cheesecakes, others cookies. Today it was assorted scones and muffins.

Where I work, clients love to bring us baked goods. Instead of extending gratitude with other gestures, it is not unusual for me to arrive at work greeted with smiles by clients and cupcakes! Some days, it's cheesecakes, others cookies. Today it was assorted scones and muffins.

I don't even need an ingredient list to know that they would not be good for me. You see, it's not that one bite will kill me, but it's the powerful effect that the single solitary bite has on me. It's NEVER just one bite...so, this is my roadblock for the day. We will always have temptations that come our way in many forms and flavors! I thought yet again of my friend Amy and now of all of you... my fellow sisters that are reading this...I didn't even have one bite (or crumb) in honoring you!


This is where accountability is KEY! No one is an island...we must all rally around each other and share in the hope that we have! Strength can be found in numbers, so build a team of support around you. Rally people from all walks of life...where you work, neighborhoods and even around the globe!  If you are reading this and feel like you don't have someone that is in your life that you can recruit to be by your side on this journey, know that I'm there by your side. I know how many of you are struggling, and even in reading these blogs find strength to leap over your obstacles! Together, we will STAY healthy or GET healthy...whatever place you may currently find yourself, we need to meet each other there. Start recruiting as many people around you to have as accountability partners. The commitment to health is one thing you want to find contagious and I hope you do "catch" from me!

4 Steps to Shedding Your Pandemic Pounds

Forgive yourself, and start walking toward a healthier you.

For those of you who have put on the Pandemic Pounds or added several new COVID Curves, you are not alone. Alarmingly, the American Psychological Association has recently published that almost half of all adults in their survey now have a larger physique. In fact, 42% of people reported gaining roughly 15 pounds (the average published was surprisingly 29 pounds but that included outliers) over the past year. Interestingly, 20% of adults in this survey lost about 12 pounds (I am surely not in this group). Clearly, there is a relationship between stress and weight change. In addition, one in four adults disclosed an increase in alcohol consumption, and 67% of participants distressingly revealed that they have new sleeping patterns.

This past year has brought about what has been called the 'new normal.' Social isolation and inactivity due to quarantining and remote working have sadly contributed to the decline in many people's mental and physical health, as demonstrated by the widespread changes in people's weight, alcohol consumption, and sleeping patterns. Gym closures, frequent ordering of unhealthy takeout, and increased time at home cooking and devouring comfort foods have had a perceptible impact. In addition, many people have delayed routine medical care and screening tests over fear of contracting Covid-19 during these visits. Unfortunately, the 'new normal' has now placed too many people at risk for serious health consequences, including heart attacks and strokes.

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