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Some Short and Simple Wellness Tips For You

Happy Wellness Wednesday everyone! Do things ever seem to just get away from you? That happened to me this week. I’ve been working on several things at one time, and somehow I didn’t get a post done for this week. So….. I decided to share some of the wellness tips and quotes I’ve been sharing on my Facebook page. I hope you find these helpful.

Some Wellness Tips and Quotes for You


Sometimes we need to forget about “official exercise” and just get out and have fun. There are all sorts of activities that we can have fun with and get our hearts pumping and our minds clear.

Woman doing handstand beside text: Have Some Fun! What's the best type of exercise? The kind you'll actually do. If you don't feel like going to the gym or doing an "official workout," you can try fun exercises, games or outdoor workouts. The list may include dancing, horse riding swimming, mountain biking, badminton, volleyball, basketball, and any of your favorite sports.

Sometimes we get so busy taking care of those we love, our work responsibilities, and a million other things that we forget to make our own health a priority. This Spanish Proverb really does hit the nail on the head….

Cucumbers, tomatoes, and eggplant with drops of water on them with text overlay: "A man too busy to take care of his health is like a mechanic too busy to take care of his tools." Spanish Proverb

Strength training is an important part of our overall wellness plan. We don’t have to lift heavy weights or spend endless hours working out to gain strength. You guys know my philosophy – start SMALL. You can always work your way up. When we start small and add to what we’re doing gradually, we’re much less likely to hurt ourselves and more likely to keep going.

At-home strength-training equipment with text overlay: If you aren't ready to join a gym, you can get started with strength training at home. With some basic equipment, you can start strength training in your own time and on your own terms. If you don't have any equipment yet, you can substitute with household items.

What if it’s not really a weakness, but something in your path that’s going to make you stronger? I know many of us who live with chronic illness have seen our pain and/or fatigue as a weakness from time to time, but I believe when we live with it every day and still carry on we become stronger BECAUSE of it, not in spite of it.

A section of barbed-wire fence holding on by one strand of wire, accompanied by quote: "Sometimes you don't realize your own strength until you come face to face with your greatest weakness." Susan Gale

Healthy eating can be easier than we think sometimes…. Here are some tips for a healthy plate.

Plate with salad accompanied by Tips for How to Make a Healthy Plate: Make half of your plate fruits and veggies. They’re packed with fiber and antioxidants. Eat fruits of all colors. Go fruit instead of juice, which has more fiber and fewer calories. Eat mostly whole grains. Refined grains, like white bread and white rice, have less nutrition. Whole grains have more fiber, iron and B vitamins. A palm-sized amount at each meal is probably all you need for your protein intake. Beans, nuts, fish and chicken are good lean choices.

I’m from the South, and we love our sweet tea. That sweet tea can end up using up a LOT of our daily calories though. Not drinking our calories is one of the easiest ways to reduce how many calories we get in a day. Even replacing one sweetened drink per day with a non-caloric one can help.


Drinking sugary drinks can drastically increase the numbers of calories we consume throughout the day and contribute to weight gain. 
Sugary drinks are strongly associated with increased bodyweight, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and many other health problems. Keep in mind that certain fruit juices may be almost as bad as soda in this regard, as they 
sometimes contain just as much sugar. 
Their small amounts of antioxidants do not negate
 the sugar’s harmful effects.

I love this quote! For those of us who love to cook, this is so true. Everybody who knows me knows that one of my greatest joys is feeding people, and this quote reminds me why that is….

Iron skillet containing sautéed shrimp and toast points with Quote: " Cooking is at once child's play and adult joy. And cooking done with care is an act of love." Craig Claiborne

Sometimes all we need are some short and simple wellness tips to help us stay on track or remind us to get back on track with our wellness goals.

To see more tips, quotes and questions, you can follow me at https://facebook.com/hopereclaiming. I’d love to see you there!

Did any of these resonate with you? What are you working on right now when it comes to wellness? Please share!

Blessings,

~Terri

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35 comments

  1. Between a husband that needs care and a sick pup, I am working on remembering to care for myself in the midst of it all. Making sure I take my supplements and eat what is good for me. Exercise and rest are difficult to fit in, but I’m fetching more, does that count for steps at least, lol.

    1. Thank you for sharing VJ. I know you have a full plate right now. I’m glad to hear you’re being diligent in doing those critical things to take care of yourself, and hope you’re able to get some better rest soon. And I say the fetching absolutely counts! 😁 I hope Ric is recovering well. I’m sorry to hear your pup is also sick. I hope the poor baby feels better soon. Sending hugs your way sweet friend!

  2. Wonderful blog with a nice review of the posts. Wellness is so important. I really need to work on designing my plate – more fruits and veggies. Already planning on which veggies to plant in a few months. (Daughter is growing plants from seeds for us). Enjoyed our little garden last year. Hope to do the same this year.

    1. Thanks so much Sarah! You can never get too many fruits and veggies, can you? I’m getting excited about my garden too. I just received my lettuce, spinach, and sunflower seeds last week, and I have some tomato plants ordered that they’ll ship when it’s time to plant. I hope your garden does as well this year as it did last year. Sending lots of love and hugs your way!

  3. These are such great tips! I love the idea of just getting outside and having fun. Sometimes I think we focus so much on going outside to exercise and lose focus on enjoying being outside. Playing games outside is also a great way to get exercise and you don’t even realize you’re doing it. 🙂

    1. Thanks so much Michelle! I agree with you that sometimes we focus so much on the exercise we forget to have fun. Like you said, when we just go outside to play we can get some exercise without even realizing it. Stay safe through this awful weather that’s on its way. Sending hugs!

  4. I have been ‘Spring’ cleaning, in our coolest Summer we have ever had which has given me lots of unofficial exercise. And believe it or not I really enjoy cleaning!
    Then I go out into my flourishing Summer garden & enjoy a cuppa without sugar 😉 you’re most welcome to join me Terri!
    Blessings,
    Jennifer

    1. Wow, that sounds wonderful Jennifer! I don’t necessarily love cleaning, but I do love having a sparkling clean house. It sounds like you have the perfect weather for your Spring cleaning. You know I’ll be popping by later for tea time. Blessings to you sweet friend!

  5. I loved those suggestions that you posted Terri. I immediately connected with the first one right away. More often than not, I really feel that exercising can be a real chore. There are days where I even dread doing them. I never thought of doing exercises that could be fun. I always thought of hiking, playing basketball, volleyball, and any outdoor thing as more of a recreational activity. You’re actually getting exercise while doing it. That’s awesome!

    1. I’m glad you liked the tips Mark, and I’m glad you’re able to see your recreational activities in a bit of a different light. When we were kids out playing, exercise was just effortless – we were just out having fun. When we become adults, it seems like we start to think exercise has to be work in order to do us any good. I’m sure on your beautiful island you can find plenty of places to ‘go out and play.’ Blessings to you my friend!

    1. Thanks so much Caz! I’m glad you liked them. Like you, I love short and simple. I’m one of those “just the facts” type of people, especially when I’m trying to learn something. I’m always like, “just tell me what I need to know.”😁 Of course, the ‘stories’ are where we get to know people, so I love those too…. Sending lots of love and hugs your way!

  6. Terri, this is an awesome post! I love that you reminded us all that the best kind of exercise is the kind we actually do and enjoy doing! It’s true, we become too focused on a goal (like weight loss, toning, etc) and forget to actually have fun! I love your idea of just doing something we love, like dancing, or hiking (my favorite) and simply living in the moment, feeling the joy of the experience. Too often I become so focused on the ‘must do’ stuff that I lose the joy!

    Your tip about not drinking calories is a BIG one. Millions upon millions of dollars have been spent on making those sugary drinks as addictive as possible. There’s a reason they are hard to put down! I used to be addicted to Barq’s root beer. Removing that one thing from my life made an impact greater than almost anything else I’d done. Excess sugar is brutal to our bodies and minds.

    Brilliant stuff, Terri. Thank you for sharing these foundational tips for good health. We overcomplicate so much. It’s nice to read something that is short and simple, easy to understand, yet highly effective! Love to you & yours! ♥

    1. Thank you so much Holly! It’s so good to see you back. I hope you’re doing as well as possible sweet friend. I’ve missed you. I’m glad you found these tips helpful. Sometimes we just need a quick reminder of the the things that really, deep down, we already know. We really can be our own worst enemies when it comes to exercise – we convince ourselves that it has to be hard or unpleasant in order for it to “count.” And those sugary drinks! Cutting back or getting rid of them can make such a huge difference, as you’ve experienced. Thanks for sharing your experience with us. Sending lots of love and hugs your way!

  7. I know I need to do better all around, especially exercise! It’s just too cold outside for my taste right now! The wind is too nippy! 🥶 We are blessed to have a “fruit stand,” which is a local produce store where we can get fresh from the garden fruits and veggies, even milk from a local dairy farm!

    1. Ooh…. I know what you mean about the cold Renee! I went out for a short walk a couple of days ago, but I’ve mostly had to stick to indoor exercise lately. Right now, we have snow/sleet/ice everywhere, so I’m not even sticking my nose outside.😁 That’s wonderful that you have a produce stand so close by. It’s so nice to be able to get that locally-grown food, isn’t it? Thank so much for sharing sweet friend. Blessings to you!

  8. What a beautiful healing site you have, Terri! I’ve just started using my 5lb hand weights twice a week on top of practicing yoga and going for long walks…I’ve recently replaced the odd pasta dish with spiralized zucchini or beet noodles and just this week, we created a healthy Nourish Bowl with quinoa as a base…I’m feeling stronger and yes, these small steps do add up quickly.

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words Kimberlee! It’s great that you’ve experienced how those small steps can add up. I really like the spiralized zucchini noodles. We eat lots of those in the summer when the ones we grow are abundant. I haven’t tried the beets. I really WANT to like beets, but they taste like dirt to me.😁 Thanks so much for stopping by and for your lovely comment. Blessings to you!

  9. A great message with regards to exercise and nutrition. Do what you love and you’ll stick with it. I installed my own home gym years ago, Most of the equipment was second hand and in great shape. There are deals to be had, as lots of exercise equipment goes unused.

    1. Thanks so much Mark! I’m glad you were able to find some good deals on your home workout equipment. You’re so right about exercise equipment going unused. You can find lots of great equipment that’s barely been used at second-hand stores. It may not be quite as easy right now as so many people have been equipping their home gyms during the pandemic. Hope you’re staying safe and well my friend. Blessings to you!

      1. True about the home gyms being equipped right now, but once the pandemic is over, watch for deals. 🙂 Wishing you and yours a healthy and safe 2021!

      2. True about the home gyms being equiped right now. Once the pandemic is over, watch for the deals! I wish you and yours all the best in 2021!

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