Posts tagged #Encouragement

SWEETS and my 3 secret to getting my cravings under control.

Ok heres the deal, I have a serious issue with sweets. I just can’t get enough, I cant stop. When we were in Florida I ate a whole key lime pie from Dolly’s. A whole pie. 

I have to do something about it. I have to get this whole sugar craving thing under control. You hear me? I know my mom does (I do blame this issue on genes, her genes. My grandfather was Italian and ALL about the sweets, all about food really, but those Melchionne’s sure love their sweets)

I have to break this mold so I did some research. I don't want to cut sweets out. I don't want to go on a diet. I just need to manage the issue. 

I narrowed it down to my three favorite tips to help me with my little issue:

1) GUM: Thats right guys, a little water and some gum have been my go to. When we road trip I always make sure I have a packet of gum with us. I would rather chew a few pieces than down a bag of Doritos between rest stops. It gives my mouth something to do and distracts me from my need to consume cookies. Great for around the office or on long drives. 

2) FRUIT: Again when that craving hits or 4:00PM or 9 at night just before bed and I have to have something sweet, I have been reaching for an apple, banana or some sugar snap peas (so good). Packed with fiber and some nutrients (to to mention natural sugar) they are far less processed than a snickers bar they have been a delightful substitute to candy candy candy. 

3) EAT REGULARLY: With my work schedule sometimes I go hours with out eating and then gorge myself on a whole pizza and brownie the size of my palm. This is so bad for you!!! Eating smaller meals more regularly has been proven to be more effective in hunger cravings. Try four smaller meals throughout the day with some light (maybe fruit or mixed nuts) snacking through out the day. 

So if you're anything like me, I hope this will help you with those mid-winter-oh-Ill-bake-some-brownies blues or those cravings for sweet that you just can't seem to get a handle on.

(Check out more helpful hints from this awesome source, Web MD : )

Just one word.

Happy New Year! I hope you all had a safe and enjoyable holiday season, I sure did. I have been privileged to have spend it in sunny Southwest Florida with family. Happily, I am still here, soaking up every bit of sunshine, running outside, and enjoying morning coffee on the patio.


Many have asked as per the usual conversation circling the New Year, "what is my resolution?" This year I have forgone the traditional resolution and decided to replace it with one word. A concept I am sure many of you have heard or have even done yourself. I am hoping this will help me to see a resolution through next December for once in my life. I jotted down some tips to help your resolution stick this year!

My word is "word," ironically enough. I love this choice because it means a few different things for me:

  • How am I using my words? Am I building people up or am I using them to tear down?
  • What words are coming out of my mouth. How are they glorifying God?

You see the thing is you don't have to have that same yearly Anderson Cooper goal of "go to the gym more." Don't plan to give up sugar or stop drinking soda (or pop), these goals are almost not even worth making. If you're going to make a resolution to last a year, make it something worth your while.

Take it one day at a time.

This year I want to be healthier. Make small goals. What might that mean? Eating healthier, working out more? Do those things as you can, one day, one week at a time. 

Write it down.

Think it out, hey, even change it if you want. Keep it somewhere close to you, somewhere you will see it on a regular day. Get it stamped onto a necklace or a bracelet (buy that here), but keep it close to your heart and reflect on why you chose that world.

Own it.

And lastly: Own it. This is your resolution, your goal, your intentions and that should be no more important to any one else, but yourself. It's your resolution, meaning it doesn't have rules or parameters. No one can tell you that you're doing it wrong.

So there ya have it! Welcome to 2017, guys, I think it's going to be a good year! Let us know what your resolution is.

Posted on January 1, 2017 and filed under Encouragement.