Inspiration

The Next Greatest Social Media App

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If you haven’t already heard about Periscope, it’s not too late to join the fun! Periscope is a live-streaming video chat with anyone who has the guts enough to broadcast live – like me.  It is a great opportunity to communicate with people who want to hear your message, get breaking news, or just see beautiful places all over the world.  I’m addicted!  Teachers share their ideas for education via Periscope. Scientists and astronauts share live videos about cutting-edge developments in their fields.  And of course, celebrities get in on the fun showing what it’s like to live in their shoes: Where they eat, work and play.  Fitness enthusiasts show live workout videos (I did an archery circuit training workout!).

There are ‘Scopes about how to clean out closets, how to decorate, how to play instruments, travel and everything and anything in between.  Periscope can be used for business too.  There are entertaining ‘Scopes and motivational ‘Scopes.  Mine focus on healthy living, parenting, and how to be the best you can be.

Periscope is the one and only place you can ask someone a question and potentially get an immediate answer.  I say potentially, because the ‘Scoper doesn’t always interact with viewers.  I do, and I love to see the same people tuning in day after day.  On one Periscope I did, one of the viewers had just lost her sister.  My followers and I prayed for her at that moment.  You just never know what will happen.  But everyone ‘Scopes differently.  Some people don’t interact as much, and that’s cool too.  I always ask where the viewers are from — it’s so cool to see people from all over the U.S. joining in.

What you need to know:

*Download the Periscope app.

*You must have a good cell signal to view ‘Scopes and to broadcast.

*Find people you want to watch and click the Follow button.  You will be notified via Twitter when that person goes live.  (I also send out a Tweet 5-15 minutes before my broadcasts so you’re not surprised).

*During the broadcast, you can send Hearts by tapping anywhere on the screen. While hearts are based on popularity, it also shows the broadcaster that what they’re saying resonates with you.  It gives them encouragement to continue and keep talking.  Sometimes I like to see hearts because that lets me know that my broadcast can be seen and heard.  I’ve had a couple of ‘scopes that cut out because of a bad cell signal. So, tap away!

*You can share live broadcasts with others by swiping right on iOS and up on Android and tapping Share.

Once a broadcast is done, it is only available for 24 hours.  After that, it disappears, along with that stray sock in our dryers. Periscopes can be saved to your camera roll, and one other website called Katch.me.

*Check out all my previous scopes at www.Katch.me/ShemaneNugent.

Hope to see YOU on Periscope!

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Fitness, Health

Which Workout Is Right For You?

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As a fitness professional for more than 30 years, I have seen a lot of exercise programs come and go. More have gone than stayed. It can be difficult to determine which new trend is best for you and your lifestyle.

In the 1980’s I started teaching high impact aerobics where a good class was measured by the number of people who dropped out — or the number of people who could not keep up.  Aerobics instructors in the ‘80s would typically do can cans for a minimum of 10 minutes straight. For those of you who don’t know, that’s jumping on one leg doing a knee lift, jumping again and doing a kick. That was a trend that didn’t stick around.

In the 1990s, I owned my own aerobics studio and taught everything from step, to slide, to Spinning, and trained with the creator of that program, Johnny G.  I was teaching what is now called Soul Cycle decades ago. It was fabulous and I got really familiar with a bike seat, but how much can you do on an indoor bicycle?

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Happiness, Inspiration, Mindset

Smile More

Smile. It will either warm their hearts or piss them off. Either way you win! —Author Unknown

guitar_pic_whitebackgroundWhen I was working at a radio station in Detroit as the traffic reporter, a coworker seemed to snarl at me whenever we crossed paths. One day, I finally asked her if I’d done anything to upset her. “I just have a problem with people who walk around smiling for no reason,” she said.

Well, I have good reason to smile. I’m truly grateful for my blessings and choose to be happy more than I’m sad. It’s what I want out of life. Wouldn’t the world be a better place if we all walked around smiling and content?

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Health, Nutrition, Wellness

5 Steps to Stop Sugar Addiction

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Let food be thy medicine; thy medicine shall be thy food. —Hippocrates

Calling sugar the devil might be a little drastic, but the graphic above gets your attention, doesn’t it? Sugar lurks in many foods and is labeled as sucrose, fructose, and other natural-sounding ingredients, but it contributes to weight gain, diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity and many health problems.  Sadly, my friends, sugar is the new tobacco.  It can even be more addictive than cocaine.

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Inspiration, Mindset

Being Mindful

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When you bring up the topic of being mindful, you can instantly tell who is open to a discussion that might be considered new-agey. To me, being mindful is about living in the moment and slowing down. When you are 100% engaged in an activity and immerse all of your senses in whatever it is that you are doing, the quality of that experience is heightened.

To teach is to learn, and that is what I do here on these blogs, on this website, and all other social media activities. (I just started Periscope!). I write, talk and teach about topics I need to work on – from fitness to spirituality. We are all constantly learning and evolving.  I am NOT the same person I was ten, twenty, or thirty years ago. And the more I evolve, the more I realize I not only need to stop and smell the roses — I want to!

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Inspiration, Mindset

Fear and Obstacles

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Many of us would like to change certain things in our lives, but when it comes to making tough decisions, we freeze and run the other way.  Why? When we should be our own best friends and cheerleaders we often sabotage our confidence with obstacles like negative self-talk. How can we rise above our fears and obstacles to live a life we’ve always dreamed?

We all march to the beat of our own internal drummer, which is what makes each one of us unique.  With outside influences from the media to the people around us, it can be difficult to trust the God-spirit within us to be authentically ourselves. We are constantly interacting with people who either approve or disapprove of who and what we are.

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Health, Wellness

Get Good Sleep

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I love sleep. My life has the tendency to fall apart when I’m awake, you know? —Ernest Hemingway

Getting enough sleep is an important part of being healthy. Adequate sleep makes you look and feel better. It helps boost your metabolism and immune function, and helps your memory. The older I get, the more I appreciate a successful slumber. But getting good, restful sleep can often be difficult.

You probably won’t function at your best if you don’t get enough quality sleep. “Losing four hours of sleep is comparable to drinking a six-pack of beer,” says Tom Rath, Author of the New York Times bestselling book, Eat Move Sleep.

Here are some things you can do to improve your sleep:

  1. Try organic bedding, mattresses, and even pillows.
  2. Unplug any electrical appliances, including alarm clocks, and put them seven feet from your bed, or even move them to another area.
  3. Avoid cell phone and computer use at least two hours before bedtime.
  4. Stop caffeinated drinks at least eight hours before bedtime.
  5. Take a few minutes to meditate, relax, and stretch before you jump into bed.
  6. Make sure your bed and pillows are clean and comfortable.

When we don’t sleep well, we’re worthless and tired the next day. Taking prescription drugs to stay awake or go to sleep adds more chemicals to your body and can contribute to lethargy the next day. Sometimes we overthink problems causing our brain to be on a constantly repeating soundtrack. Create a bedtime routine that includes all of the things listed above and sleep well!

Happiness, Wisdom

Carte Blanche & 87

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I celebrated another birthday this week. This makes fifty-three so far and I ain’t done yet!  On the actual anniversary of my birth, one of the gifts my husband “gave” me was that I had carte blanche – we could do whatever I wanted. I got control of the channel changer AND the thermostat!  Hallelujah!

Carte blanche means the unconditional power to do as we please, or the permission to do something the way we want to, i.e., having control of the channel changer. Many of us typically put the needs and desires of others before our own. Now, there are times in our lives when situations demand our immediate and diligent attention.  New parents have to be on strict schedules of changing diapers and feeding. Those who have school-aged children have the challenge of juggling work and family. Taking care of ill or elderly friends can be overwhelming time consuming. And in relationships, compromise is crucial. At times, we just don’t have carte blanche.

How did this all start?

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Fitness, Health, Nutrition

3 Ways to Stay Motivated After Indulging

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Many of us have gallant plans to thwart overindulgent eating on holidays, but sadly, some of us have a difficult time passing up the cakes, cookies and chips. (My hand is up!) After all, what’s a Fourth of July celebration without s’mores or Thanksgiving without apple pie? Most of us give up at least a day of exercise in lieu of holidays too. So, how do you reset your psyche to get back on track to healthier living after the party is over?

Here are three quick and easy steps to get motivated:

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Health, Nutrition

Go Green

juicing characterVegetables are a must on a diet. I suggest carrot cake, zucchini bread, and pumpkin pie. —Jim Davis

I have a confession to make: I didn’t always eat healthy. There were times when I was thirty pounds heavier than I am today. Though we had fancy dinners with crystal and china every Sunday after church, we were often served Hamburger Helper, chicken pot pies, and frozen dinners. During junior high and high school, I would frequently have a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, a bag of chips, and two Hostess cupcakes. I was involved in many sports and sometimes called “healthy” or “big-boned.” Growing up, my nickname was Shelly. Occasionally, kids called me “Shelly with the big, fat belly.” I prayed I would be as skinny as the models on magazine covers.

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