I struggled with weight loss all of my life. When I was teenager, I was 30 pounds heavier than I am now. I know what it’s like to wake up in the morning and feel ashamed that I couldn’t fit into my clothes. I wore baggy tops so no one could see that I squeezed myself into my jeans. In total, I’ve gained and lost over 100 pounds in my life. 10 pounds here, 20 pounds there… It’s been a real roller-coaster ride. Finally, I have it figured out!
Many of us make a New Year’s resolution to be happier and healthier. Sadly, however, most of us never reach our goals. Why? How can we stack the odds in our favor?
The University of Scranton determined that only 77% of people who make resolutions are still going strong a week into the new year. And after six months, the percentage drops to forty. Bad habits sneak back into our lives within days of having grandiose ideas about how the next twelve months will be different.
A goal without a plan is just a wish.―Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Do you feel you’re always rushing to get everything done and yet you never do? Although you know the holidays are fast approaching, do you still end up scrambling at the last minute to buy gifts? Though I know darn well when I have to travel days or weeks in advance, I often find myself hurrying at the last minute to do the laundry, pay the bills, clean the house, and pack. Usually, I overpack and still forget something. Sound familiar?
Part of the reason I wrote my book, “4 Minutes a Day, Rock ‘n Roll Your Way to HAPPY” is to learn these lessons myself. So try this with me, won’t you?
It’s the season for celebrating, spending time with loved ones and counting our blessings. I am thankful for my health, family and friends, and for the wonderful testimonials about my new book, “4 Minutes a Day, “Rock ’n Roll Your Way to Happy”. Actually, I’m blown away. The response has exceeded my expectations and confirmed that writing the book, putting my deepest thoughts on paper for the world to read, has been worthwhile. Changing people’s lives is my business, and although it took losing my health and home to do it, I’m thankful to have the opportunity to share my passion for healthy living with others.
With your help, the book ranked number thirty on amazon.com in the Happiness category on the day it launched! Here is what people have said about the book:
As we approach the holiday season, it’s important for us to maintain our health so that we can visit friends and relatives without that dreaded cough or cold. That means putting yourself first and making daily exercise and healthy eating a priory now. I’m all for having indulgences on occasion, like apple or pumpkin pie, but then it’s important to burn off those calories because they will catch up with you.
Each year the average person gains a few pounds over the holiday season. Let’s make sure that we don’t this season by doing a few simple things:
This week I launched my book, “4 Minutes a Day, Rock ’n Roll Your Way to HAPPY” on Amazon.com. It was a risky venture for me to put my heart and soul, my inner-most thoughts and ideas on paper for the world to read, but I am glad I took the gamble that it would be well received. My goal has always been to help others be happier and healthier by telling my story and sharing the tips and tricks to get in shape that I’ve learned throughout my thirty-three years as a fitness instructor. But it hasn’t been without conflict.
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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Smile. It will either warm their hearts or piss them off. Either way you win! —Author Unknown
When 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?
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!