Category Archives: Healthy Living

abc blogs for intentions 2018

p is for poo-poo on the planning

p is for poo-poo on the planning. not in ALL areas. especially as a teacher, my planning is a must. but i took a day off recently and it felt so good to not plan much. it was a beach day and after that, anything went. it was super relaxing, fun and peaceful.

i plan my day out almost daily. structure and rigidness is needed, especially for me; the procrastinator. but it sure feels good not to plan anything sometimes. poo-poo on the planning might mean that nothing gets done. if nothing gets done, it might be a very relaxing day. so be it.

unstructured

so this week, even though my daughter has dance six of the seven days, i'll be poo-poo on the planning at home. i will do what i feel like doing once i'm home. some days that might be cleaning. some days it might include a few episodes of chip and joanne, popcorn and a coke, even if it's not the weekend. so sue me. lol.

rebelling against routine is not the worst, and sometimes it can be the best idea ever. planning? no, thanks. panning the planning for the week. 🙂

xo

my 2016 abc blog: p is for moms being pack leaders. if you're a mom, you are a pack leader. love and nurturing and keeping our babies safe is an instinctual thing and acting like a mother wolf is the most natural thing in the world. if you're doing it, you're doing it right. find it here.

AND if you like organization, here's my book to help you with organizing your home, heart and head. it was a fun summer for me when i wrote it.

eat healthy to live healthy

n is for nutrition

i've been doing something totally unlike me for the sake of nutrition. i've been bringing a snack to work lately. that's not unusual but what's unusual for me is that it's a container of fresh, raw vegetables. i eat them straight out of the container and when i do it i feel like a barn animal because who does that?! but i'm finding ways to sneak in healthier snacks (in between the not so healthy snacks). to not lose interest in nutrition, it has to be vegetables that i like. but now i'm finding i need to change it up on occasion to prevent boredom of the same ones.

vegetables over fruit

i like vegetables more than fruit so it's an easy choice. i think i'd eat more fruit if i didn't like chocolate so much. i think my sweet tooth is OVER satisfied so when someone says fruit, i might say, nah, too sweet.

vegetables are bland when you aren't seasoning and cooking them but it's not end of all awful. if i think of them as healthy for my insides, it's no big deal to eat a container full.

i've been eating radishes, carrots, celery, broccoli and cauliflower raw. there isn't much flavor but when you talk about health, flavor isn't as important, as long as it doesn't taste bad (you know, like brussel sprouts). unless of course, you like brussel sprouts.

intentions for the week: find ways to eat nutritious foods, and in the highest context. a.k.a. minus the seasonings and fats. THEN i can have my french fries. 🙂

xo

My previous ABC blog was n for nurture. it was a longer blog but a reminder of how important nurturing is to our physical selves. find it here.

adult coloring books, you say? i made one that helps you attain a direction in your life. it interviews you as you color. check it out on amazon here.      p.s. the kindle edition isn't as fun as the paperback since you won't have the actual book.

K is for Keep it Karma

Keep it Karma

K is a hard letter and limited my choice of K words, but keep it karma is a feel-good choice. Karma to me isn't about paybacks, but about allowing karma to do its thing and remembering that we all have karma and that we continuously create it.

How I create karma is something I send out into the world, or universe, and eventually it does come back. It's not the only reason we should make sure we are doing good in our lives, but it is a good reason to make sure we are. The more good in the world creates more positive in the world. It's why watching news is something I do very rarely. The effect it has on me is negative, kind of like roller coasters. ha. Since I don't enjoy the feeling of roller coasters, I shouldn't do them. And that's the same with our actions.

Cook up some good karma today, or a really good k choice. 🙂

And yes, I know I'm late, but i feel like you have the hang of it now. See you next Monday! xo

Spring is near and I've written a book that helps you with spring cleaning your life, home and heart. You can find in on Amazon here.

My K word for my 2016 blog was Kick the Crap to the Curb. You can read it here.

Eating Healthy Food

F is for Food, of course

Food

F is for Food this week for me. I know I did E for Eating last week, so it might seem like a repeat, but food is serious business. I watch our technology in the world improve with major growth; smart phones, computers, televisions, automobiles, Alexa's in our homes, advancement in medicines and treatments. Meanwhile, I watch our food intake seemingly go backwards.

If we are able to make everything in the world faster, better, stronger, more logical and more sophisticated, how is it that our diets continue to get worse, more toxic, more sugary, more gluten, more chemicals and less healthy?

What would our diets look like if we were to strive for better, healthier, stronger and leaner, instead of faster, easier and more processed? And then what would WE look like with better diets.

I always have snacks (read: junk food) in the house. There's also snacks that I refuse to keep in the house because I might eat all of it in a single sitting. My daughter asked for some delicious bakery cookies a while back when we were in the grocery store. I told her no and she asked why not. I told her it was because I'd eat them. lol. But truthfully, I still could eat healthier. Even when I'm eating healthy.

It's a matter of mind frame, but so hard sometimes. So that's my F word this week in order to further motivate my choices each day.

I found F to have an abundance of choices: fun, family, food and festive. So whatever you choose, choose in the best interest of you and your week. Have fun with your family, eat good food and make each day festive!

"Eat less sugar. You're sweet enough already."  (i love that but have no idea who said it.) xo

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eat healthy to live healthy

E is to Eat (smile)

eat is such a good word! 🙂 last week, i did my d word as "done." i planned to not begin another project until the last one i began was finished. what that meant for me was that i didn't get a whole lot "done." i'd remind myself when starting a project that i wouldn't have time to finish it at that exact moment. it allowed the procrastinator in me to really shine.

 

i definitely didn't finish as much as i wanted, so now maybe i won't be as hard on myself. if i take a few turns to get something done, it's not the end of the world. i love when that happens. one more discovery that i'm okay as i am. (chortle)

 

this week's word

 

so this week i have new words for e. mine is to eat for energy. i am probably choosing that because this past friday i made my favorite soul food of peanut butter cookies fresh from the oven style. then i ate too many of course and felt sick afterwards. i think i was trying to make up for lost time with something that i love and hadn't had for awhile. omg. chill on the cookies. i won't be making them for awhile, but they were really good. i have no regrets.

 

so this week, energy please. i love salmon, walnuts, spinach and avocado's almost as much as i do peanut butter cookies. i'm adding them on to my grocery list this week. and already i'm salivating. i really love food.

 

your "e" word

 

so what is your e word going to be this week? electric? energized? euphoria? epiphany? excitement? exercise? e is a really good letter to motivate you...so many great words. so have an exciting, energized, electric epiphany this week, and enjoy!

 

"a goal should scare you a little and excite you a lot." joe vitale

 

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sleeping to dream

going to sleep with the big ideas of what you dream about during your waking hours can then lead you to waking with the intent to make those dreams happen. or even just having a more accomplished day that leads you forward towards something more.
this week i have the feel of spring cleaning creeping up on me and i want that feeling to bleed over into spring cleaning my health, my home and my heart. new years is a time we all think about the things that we want to change or improve upon, and spring time gives us the action mentality.
think of blooming colorfully, starting now. how much more beautiful will your life look one week from today, the day that spring arrives on march 20th? wouldn't it be cool to have spring cleaning done BEFORE spring even arrives? that's what i'm aiming for and even though i probably won't have it all done, i can get a lot done.
that includes down time as well because that will cleanse my mind over and over again. i started with writing a very brief but fun draft of a children's book today, enjoying dinner, a movie and then dessert with a good friend last night and lying by the pool on sunday. i'm off to a great start so far. oh, and TONS of laundry is finished so that stuff is behind me for awhile.
write down what you will go to sleep dreaming about tonight and take some needed steps tomorrow. spring is about rebirth, afterall, along with baby birds, baby animals and taking baby steps. xo

 

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Katherine did an ABC Blog Series for #BetterChoices2016 in order to make 2016 your best year. Follow her blog at www.backtobeingawoman.com and read Blogs A to Z to make your 2017 a love fest of creating a life you love. Get the blogs as soon as they are sent out by signing up for her newsletters.

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"A" is for accepting your present existence
"B" is for be you
"C" is for create
"D" is for do
"E" is for eating and exercising
"F" is for free to choose
"G" is for grit
"H" is for higher
"I" is for intelligence preservation
"J" is for just dance
"K" is for kick crap to the curb
"L" is for look for the lesson
"M" is for Making Memories Last
"A" - "M" to Better Choices
"N" is for Nurture
"O" is for optimum
"P" is for moms are pack leader
"Q" is for quiet your mind
"R" is for reorganizing 
"S" is for simplifying
"T" is for being your own teacher
"U" is for utilizing 5 tools we already own
"V" is for visualize your day
"W" is for walking

"X" is for eXpecting good things

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We are all in this Together

we are all in this together. planet earth humans are all one species, and we are all just trying to do the same thing...enjoy our lives.

how simple would everything be if egos dissipated? probably super simple. it makes me wonder about the 7 new planets that nasa has discovered and what life on their planets would be like, and if they already have life, how do they exist...do they have religion and politics? or are they just starting out with farmlands and indians. they say the conditions are right for there to be water on some of the planets. it's a start.

it makes me wonder where we went wrong. somebody somewhere had a hard time sharing.

in preschool, sharing is a valuable skill that they learn as they go. we teach a lot of things in preschool including letters and numbers, sight words and writing and reading and songs. they come together everyday and learn how to get along with each other through the course of their day.

there may be struggles that they face, but as a teacher you watch them grow, not in the course of one day, but you know you'll see so much growth in social skills and connections made through the course of the school year.

learning the same social skills over and over...share, take turns, be nice, be kind, say something nice instead, apologize to your friend, hug your friends' hurt. and they do, too.

some days they may feel it's a huge hurdle, but in a matter of weeks or months you see the habits form and the connections deepen.

then they become like siblings that both love and argue, and you know that they have become a cohesive little bunch of Littles that have made it through, that now come to school everyday to enjoy their day and their friends.

they are all in this together, and they may not stay friends forever, but they will miss one another and the little family that they have been for 9 months. but i'll miss them more, because we are all together, and then we're not.

meanwhile, we're in this together, sink or swim. maybe it all begins with the water. sinking or swimming together with the tide, offering support and flotation to each other when needed.

and being in the water, no one's worried about whose land is whose. it's just a matter of swimming together.

if you reach out for a hand, you won't care what color it is or who it belongs to. you'll just hold on to it until you're good. and they'd do the same.

mystery planets......make room.    xo Katherine

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It’s in the Journey that We become Strong

It's in the Journey that We Become Strong

I think I'd like it better if the new president was sworn in on the first of the year as we welcome our own new beginnings on January 1st. Bring it on all at once and start fresh and new, whether it's challenging, too much to take on, or something we are ready for. We could then embrace it all at once, feeling the weight of the year ahead at once instead of intermittently.

But maybe it's too close to the holidays and no one wants the contradiction of emotions happening yet. There are so many contradicting emotions from any election, but this one especially so. It might be best to keep the holiday festiveness going for a few more weeks since so many of us love that time of year.

I've had enough of politics lately so my news channel will stay off for awhile, but I still visit my social media pages often and I love the fact that there's a gathering of women coming together for rights that should already be ours.

It's never been more agreed upon by women and many men that we deserve equality. You won't see any broken windows or looting, either, because that's just how we roll.

When women come together for a purpose, we are hoping that when we turn back around and go home that the seeds we planted were for growth, not for spoilage.

The March is happening in order to lift women up to where we belong; where we often don't even place ourselves because we're so busy making sure that everyone else is okay and that everyone else has what they need, as we balance all of the different hats that we wear.

Whether we are happy or sad to see this new president take office, I'm saddened to see how many women are speaking negatively of his wife. This is a woman we should all be supporting and praying for, but the opposite is happening on many social media posts and news outlets.

When I watched her during inauguration day, what I saw was a beautiful woman who is going to go through a lot of personal growth for the next four years, and a woman who already has her own challenges because of who she is married to. No matter who she is right now, or who we might think she is,  she'll come out on the opposite side completely changed. I wish for her to be strong enough to handle it.

We can't pick and choose which women we support and which ones we tear down.

We all have our moments of moaning about others, and if we do that in private, to good friends and family that is trusted, we get to blow off our steam.

Then we get to remember that they aren't much different than us and that they have their limitations, their challenges, and their own issues, too. We have to turn our frustrations back into support.

We can't rise up while bringing others down, and that's what we want for ourselves and other women; to rise up and to be strong and to feel loved.

I have nine preschool students in my class and at the end of the day, they all just want to be loved, and they thrive when they are. Everyone we meet, they all want that, too, and we should give it to them, who ever they are.

There's enough anger in the world. We have to douse it with love. And we can't do that if we're running around doubting the buoyancy of our lives and our world.

Floating, crawling, walking, running or flying; it's our choice. Flying is a smoother ride, though, and while we do it, we can lift up anyone else we see along our journey. Lift them up and help them make their wings stronger, because we can only get better together.

There should be marching, too, but women know how to use light-hearted steps better than anyone.

Nurture your journey as well as those you meet along the way. Strength in numbers. We already have the numbers, so now we can be the strength.

Women rock - in a million different ways. Opening our eyes to seeing each others' strengths won't hurt us, and it will help them. We need strength and faith and other women at our sides while we walk our journey.

"A strong woman has faith that she is strong enough for the journey, but a woman of strength has faith that it is in the journey that she will become strong."
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xo Katherine

Katherine A. Rayne is a writer, mom and preschool teacher. Her published works are on Amazon.com, written to support women on their journey.

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“Z” is for Zillions of Choices

“Z” is for Zillions of Choices 

I was just on the couch recovering from a dinner of carbs made up mostly of flour by-products. A hamburger (the bun), macaroni and cheese and corn casserole. The only green during the meal was the shade of my face after eating so much flour. How can these foods possibly be comfort foods when together they make me sluggish and sleepy?

Sitting there numb on the couch, I knew I had one last blog to put together before the New Year begins. I peeled myself off of the couch, splashed cold water onto my face after washing it, put peppermint lotion on my feet and covered them with warm cotton socks and then placed myself here with you in front of my PC. I can sleep later.

So “Z” is a fun letter, and I love the number zillion, because it’s great to exaggerate with. However today I’m not exaggerating with it. You know how we do the same things over and over every day? Most of our routine has to be repeated daily; showers, cooking, eating, laundry, washing dishes and so much more, so it’s super important to mix up the rest of the day by inserting fun stuff, interesting stuff and brainy stuff.

Boredom for me is getting harder and harder to come by because of the internet, smart phones, smart TV’s, tablets and now I have a new friend named Alexa-Echo who is super cool.

What did I use to fill my time with before they entered my life? These devices are like Pac-Men eating up my time, but they really do make me smile. (Alexa, tell me a joke. How does Frosty the Snowman travel? On an icicle!) lol.

The New Year makes me think about how I’m going to fill my year to my advantage and to my benefit. No resolutions for me anymore, but what would I like to change this year? Or what could I do better? And what variety of things can I be doing? What’s something beautiful that I can add to my life this year?

With the zillion choices of things to do, I need to be teaching myself something, for one.

Maybe I can learn how to play the drums (after checking out a few zillion videos on the internet on the how-to of drum playing) and I can read some really intriguing books that I keep putting off.

I’ve been reading Eckhart Tolle’s A New Earth for the last few months, but I just read a post (on social media today) where someone suggested reading ten pages a day of a book your into. If your book is 300 pages, you could finish it in one month. Here I am at two or three months and not finished yet.

Breaking things down into smaller tasks makes something feel more do-able.

Whether you break tasks down into smaller sections or not, putting interesting things on your horizon that you want to take on for the year or month or week, gets you looking forward to making the time to do it. Instead of watching my day unfold on repeat every day, throwing some dog bones out there in front of me gives me the incentive to rock more than just my to-do’s.

Think about all of the choices that you are partitioning yourself from by not brainstorming about all of the wonderful things you could be doing. So right now, pull out a paper and pen or a new window on your computer to take notes and then write this sentence:

Wouldn’t it be cool if…

Then write down at least ten things that you’d like to do in 2017, whether it’s simple things or larger than life things.

1.

2.

3.

etc.

We all have passions and hobbies waiting in the wings for when we “have more time.” Well, guess what? You have 365 days being served up on a platter heading your way. Fill those days with things that you love, things that make you happy and that will fill your heart and your lungs up. Dive in. And I highly recommend leaving the flour where it belongs, in the garden. You need your energy, in order to plant a garden or something like it.

Make 2017 beautiful, you guys. You deserve it.

xo Katherine

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 Katherine is doing an ABC Blog Series for #BetterChoices2016 in order to make 2016 your best year yet. Follow her blog at www.backtobeingawoman.com or get the blogs as soon as they are sent out by signing up for her newsletters.

Find previous ABC Blogs here.

"A" is for accepting your present existence
"B" is for be you
"C" is for create
"D" is for do
"E" is for eating and exercising
"F" is for free to choose
"G" is for grit
"H" is for higher
"I" is for intelligence preservation
"J" is for just dance
"K" is for kick crap to the curb
"L" is for look for the lesson
"M" is for Making Memories Last
"A" through "M" summary to Better Choices
"N" is for Nurture
"O" is for optimum
"P" is for moms are pack leader
"Q" is for quiet your mind
"R" is for reorganizing 
"S" is for simplifying
"T" is for being your own teacher
"U" is for utilizing 5 tools we already own
"V" is for visualize your day
"W" is for walking

"X" is for eXpect good things

"Y" is for saying yes, sometimes

"Z" is for a zillion choices

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Lost in Thoughts Adult Coloring Book An Adult Coloring Book that interviews you with each illustration.
Back to Being a Woman (Without Changing the Man) Turn relationships into Elationships.
#Living Simply #Living Elegantly Your Life Journal Get your head and home in sync.
There's a Light at the End of the Tunnel. You A compilation of some of my earlier blogs that all women can relate to.
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“W” is for Walking

"W" is for Walking / ABC Blog Series of #BetterChoices2016

As a single-mom I have plenty to stress about, but I still don’t feel like I have a stressful life. There are stressful moments and episodes, but somehow my life is not a stressful one and I couldn’t tell you why not. I can guess that it’s because of my habits; when I start to get a bit frenzied, I slow my pace down. When I start to feel tired, I sleep or rest, and when I begin to feel overwhelmed, I deduct less important duties from my schedule. I also remind myself that I have gotten through all of the other stressful times in my life, and this one will be no different so I know that just pushing through it will get me to the other side.

There’s a huge difference in the way that I think during stressful times after I’ve finished my walk.

Walking calms me and my worrisome brain. It’s something that I will always make time for, no matter how short on time I am because it puts me back in that place that helps me handle my life better. I’m calmer, happier and more peaceful after a walk.

 

There’s countless articles on how good walking is for you and how it’s a great exercise and even helps get your heart rate up at the right pace, but nothing gauges how good it is for you more than the effect it has on your mind-frame after a 30 – 40 minute fast-paced walk.

When I start out on my walk I might be tense and anxious but by the end of my walk after I’ve listened to countless songs or just the quiet, everything is beautiful to me; the day, the sky, the trees, and then I feel renewed. It costs nothing and it's priceless to me. I have a membership at a gym to use the equipment, and on occasion I join other work-out regimens, but walking is what soothes. I think I even gain back some of my youth with each walk.

I wish I could do it every day like I used to, but as a single mom there isn’t always time, so I squeeze it in at some of the most unimaginable times because I’m always looking for that brief interlude of time, and I always have a set of clothes and shoes in the car “just in case.”

So “W” was an easy one for me.

Walking propels me back into my life full-force and enables me to take on more.

Think about what habit you have that works for you in the sense of bringing you back to life, and do more of it, especially if it's walking.

xo Katherine

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"A" is for accepting your present existence
"B" is for be you
"C" is for create
"D" is for do
"E" is for eating and exercising
"F" is for free to choose
"G" is for grit
"H" is for higher
"I" is for intelligence preservation
"J" is for just dance
"K" is for kick crap to the curb
"L" is for look for the lesson
"M" is for Making Memories Last
"A" - "M" to Better Choices
"N" is for Nurture
"O" is for optimum
"P" is for moms are pack leader
"Q" is for quiet your mind
"R" is for reorganizing 
"S" is for simplifying
"T" is for being your own teacher

"U" is for utilizing

"V" is for visualizing your day