Easy Way to Cut Calories From Holiday Parties & Everyday

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The holidays are in full swing, we still have New Year’s Eve and Dia de Reyes (Three Wise Men Day) parties coming up. It is fun to indulge in our favorite meals and drinks during the holidays, but after a month of parties and dinners, all those calories can add up. An easy way to cut a few calories from Continue reading

Listening To Your Body: Sometimes We Need to Slow Down & Rest

 

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Luckily, I have had a pretty good pregnancy (thus far)! I didn’t have any morning sickness or nausea, my legs haven’t gotten swollen, I don’t have preeclampsia or gestational diabetes, and I have been able to continue exercising regularly. Even though Continue reading

Easy & Quick Ravioli Meal

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Lately, I have been cooking more for my hubby. He is a meat and potatoes kind of guy, he is German after all. I have learned to make lots of meals from scratch, but sometimes I like to mix it up on the menu and seek out healthy options of prepared raw meals which I can cook at home. On some weeks, like this Thanksgiving week, Continue reading

Enjoying Local Resorts: My Day at La Costa Resort & Spa

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My hubby had purchased a golf four-some at La Costa Resort & Spa at a charity event we attended and after several months he fit time on the course into his schedule. He asked me if I wanted to join him, but Continue reading

Easy Low-Calorie Chocolate Healthy Dessert

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Everyday, I try to eat some type of fruit. Mostly papaya or tropical fruits. Now that I am pregnant, I have increased the amount of fruit I eat so I can add some extra nutrients. I don’t always have time to chop up fresh fruit and always feel bad if Continue reading

The Power of Appreciation & How to Practice Gratitude

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We all have tough days, some things that worry us may seem petty or small later on when we put it in perspective, but in the moment they can bring our mood down. Sometimes bad things do happen and we cannot control them, such as an illness, accident, or losing our job. I try to practice the Power of Appreciation everyday and it has helped me through some serious tough times and moments of Continue reading

Quick Remedy For Sore Feet

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Heels are a staple in my closet. I love wearing them, and my feet have gotten pretty good about standing and walking in them for hours. For certain speaking engagements and when I host events, I will stand on my feet for up to six or eight hours. It can take a toll on my feet. I have a handful of Continue reading

Become What You Believe: 21 Day Free Meditation Experience – Oprah & Deepak

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In the past, I have written about how I have learned to meditate and how helpful it has been for me. I haven’t shared much about a very difficult and emotional experience I had last summer, but I will share that Continue reading

Best Way to Take 5 Minutes or Less in the Shower

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Have you ever wondered how long you spend in the shower everyday? The majority of 18-to-34-year-old Americans spend more than 10 minutes showering. The time goes down for people aged 55 and above (source: Huffington Post). There are days when I only have five minutes to take a shower, less Continue reading

Dedícate Un Día a Tí Misma en Celebrando Latinas – Yo Lo Haré

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¿Alguna vez has visto información o un anuncio de una conferencia de mujeres y te dices “sería bonito ir a esa conferencia, suena interesante, debería de ir”? ¡Pero no vas! No vas porque quizás la conferencia sea en otra ciudad o porque estas ocupada con tus hijos, marido, o deberes del hogar. O piensas que quizás sea muy caro el boleto. Pues, ahora tienes una oportunidad que no puedes perder Continue reading

An Easy Way To Make Time to Relax = Me Time

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Life can be hectic! We have lots of responsibilities, we take care of our family, work,  school, that list of things to do, social commitments, the list goes on and on. These things may cause us stress. It is important to also have some down time. To make time to simply relax. You can relax with Continue reading

Healthy Snacks for Summer Days

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Two of my favorite fruits are grapes and cherries. Apart from being tasty and having lots of vitamins, they are convenient to eat because they don’t require chopping or peeling. They are also easy to eat, not requiring utensils and can easily be taken on-the-go as a snack. During summer, I Continue reading

Can’t Sleep, Try Enjoying Rest

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On many nights, when I am finally laying in bed and ready to go to sleep, I  have a challenging time turning off my thoughts. Once I lay down under the covers, I have a sense of relief, an “ah, finally in bed” moment. Then, I find myself tossing and turning, with lots of thoughts crossing my mind. My mind starts to create these Continue reading

Easy Way To Remember To Take Your Vitamins

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Vegetables and fruits are a regular staple of my daily meals, but I still don’t get enough nutrients. They say many of us don’t get enough nutrients everyday. For many years, I have been taking vitamins and as the years pass (and I get older), I have added a few more supplements to my daily dose. Sometimes I am good Continue reading

Manifesting True Success: 21 Day Meditation Experience – Oprah & Deepak, Starts Today


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During the summer, I started meditating and find it helps me relax, reflect, feel centered, and sleep better. I wrote about how I became interested in meditation and the free 21 Day Meditation Experience – Expanding Your Happiness offered by Oprah Winfrey & Deepak Chopra. I did that guided meditation every night. It also helped me learn how to meditate on my own. I would meditate for ten minutes every morning. It was hard to stay focused at first, but as time passed and I practiced it more often, it became easier.

Well, Oprah & Deepak are offering it again, for FREE! This time it is Manifesting True Success – 21 Day Meditation Experience. I registered on-line, it is easy and did I mention it is free? Well, it is FREE! You can listen to the guided meditation in the comfort of your home or use the APP to listen to it on your mobile device from any location.

I am going to start it tonight. What worked for me last time was to find (make) the time at night, to meditate just before I went to sleep. I used my iPad to sign-in to the site, put on my earphones, an eye mask, turned off the bedroom light, and placed the IPad next to me (I closed the iPad cover to avoid the bright light). It was very relaxing and I am looking forward to getting into meditation zen this time as well! In addition to the meditation time, there is a positive audio messages shared by Oprah & Deepak in the opening of each meditation session. Each session is about 20 minutes and there is a theme for each day. The meditations include relaxing nature music which soothes my mind after a busy day! I feel like I am at a spa….but I am at home, meditating!

You can still sign up – for FREE here! Each meditation theme stays posted in the site for five days. You can sign-in to do the daily meditations at a time in your day that is convenient for you. I have really enjoyed learning how to meditate!

Hope you sign up and enjoy it as much as I do! You deserve to dedicate 20 minutes in your day to your well-being! This meditation practice brings me peace every night and is the best way to end my day in relaxation!

Do you meditate? Are you going to sign up for this free guided meditation?


Namaste friends (& hugs too),

Paola

PS – You can read about the Expanding Your Happiness Meditation Experience I did in August here. Did you know that Deepak has a location here (in Carlsbad)? It is called The Chopra Center, you can find more information here.

Getting Out of Our Comfort Zone

My hubby and I have been married for more than three years, it has gone by fast! Luckily, we have a good marriage and get along very well, he is my best friend and the love of my life. We both have busy schedules, but always try to find time to do things together. When we first got married, we went to the gym together. I’d get up at 4am to go to the gym with him, he’d workout with a trainer while I exercised on the treadmill and machines. We also played tennis and racquetball in the evenings, and every once in a while go for rides on our bicycles. Occasionally, my hubby played golf and I would accompany him. I’d walk the course (to get some exercise), watch him, sometimes drive the cart, then we’d have lunch or dinner together. We’ve been to some beautiful golf courses!

My hubby wanted me to start playing golf with him and even though that sport has never been of my interest, I agreed to learn. I hadn’t taken an interest in golf for multiple reasons: it takes many hours to play 9 or 18 holes, you spend the day in the sun (I already spend lots of hours in the sun due to work related events and try to avoid being out in the sun all day to reduce sun damage to my skin), it takes lots of hours or practice to get good at the sport and it may require lessons, you don’t burn as many calories or get a cardio workout as you do with other sports, and it is expensive. Having said all that, when my husband asked me to learn, I chose to learn because I knew it would be a way to spend time together doing something he enjoys. Don’t take me wrong, I think golf is an amazing sport that requires skill and discipline, and you get to play on beautiful courses!

We bought all the necessary golf items and clothing, even a hat for me! We went to hit balls a few times, but I never played on a course with him because I am not really good and we didn’t want to slow down other people playing with him or behind us.

Fast forward about two years and our schedules got hectic, my hubby had knee survey and got tennis elbow. He was unable exercise at the gym, play tennis, racquetball, or golf.  His knee is recuperating and his elbow is doing better. He doesn’t like going for walks and hasn’t wanted to ride the bicycle, so we have tried to find other ways for him to exercise. I have been exercising with friends and started going to the gym in the evenings, but have reduced the time I spend at the gym because we no longer go together.

Recently, my comadre Marissa started to learn to play golf and her husband plays regularly. They invited us to join them for a day on the golf course. She is still learning and I told her I wasn’t very good. But, we didn’t care! We wanted to practice and have fun on the golf course with our husbands. We played late on a Sunday afternoon, we were the last foursome out and  had the entire course to ourselves. That was good since  we would have definitely slowed down the golfers behind us or just let them go ahead of us. Our husbands were understanding and giving us tips. We played 9 holes, had fun, lots of laughs, and enjoyed time with friends!

I went out of my comfort zone and played golf – played it very badly, but at least I gave it a try and had fun. By each hole Marissa and I were getting progressively better and by the end weren’t doing that bad. It made me want to get out on the putting green and go to a golf field to hit some balls to practice, learn, and improve my game.

My husband’s knee was hurting after we played golf that day, but he said he’d go golfing with me again soon. I’ll be back out on the golf course and get better every time 🙂

Getting out of our comfort zone and trying new things can be a good experience! We have nothing to lose, don’t avoid doing something just because you aren’t good at it or are embarrassed others will see you, practice and in time, you’ll get better! For all you know, you can open up an interest or passion in you which you weren’t aware existed! Just have fun with it!

When was the last time you tried a new sport? When was the last time you did something outside of your comfort zone?

Hugs,

Paola

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The golf course is beautiful and the weather was perfect that afternoon!

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With my comadre Marissa, we’ve been friends since college!

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I hit a lucky shot, more than a hundred yards & made it onto the putting  green, close to the hole (you can see hole about 12 feet to the right of my ball & about 5 feet in front of the orange ball). That was exciting!