Soul – Angel Card Readings

I’m a Christian.  While there are some aspects of my beliefs that may contradict with others who identify as Christians, I believe in a Loving God.  I am incredibly intrigued by the teachings of Jewish, Hindu, Muslim, and other teachings.  I know everyone thinks “their” beliefs are the right ones, and I respect that, but I’m open to varying viewpoints.  I feel like they all could connect together as one but somewhere in our human-ness we separated them.  But that’s just me.  I also love the idea that my grandparents and aunts and uncles and cousins and friends and especially my dad are “up there” watching over me. I’m skeptically open-minded.  The ‘skeptical’ aspect is only exposed when I am introduced to non-traditional beliefs.  

I have a friend who does Angel Card readings.  These would fall under my definition of “non-traditional beliefs”. Similar to tarot card readings, but instead call on ‘your’ angels to help select the cards that will provide guidance and assurance for you.  All I can say is that I felt more calm and confident in my path following the reading and I felt more close to those that have passed before me.  I think of my grandmothers who were both strong, independent women.  I think of the grandfather that I knew and how he and my dad instilled a value-based integrity and work ethic in me.  I think of my aunts and cousins and friends who left some sort of an impression on me.  Someday I will find out the validity of these readings, but until then, I will enjoy the comfort they bring.

Body – The Dukan Diet

I have been a skinny girl my whole life…until my last child that is.  I never completely lost the baby weight.  It was easily disguised until I hit about…well, let’s just say “mid-30’s”.  In a confluence of circumstances, I went from a position that had me on my feet most of the day to one that required a lot of traveling, to a desk-based position.  The last two not helping in my attempts to maintain, let alone lose, weight.

We have an amazing wellness team in my company, and for months I watched as co-workers slimmed and toned.  I finally tired of complaining and decided to try the diet.  I especially liked that results happened quickly and there was a plan that extended beyond the “diet” phase.  In a nutshell there are 4 phases.

The Attack Phase – this phase lasts up to 10 days (you choose the length).  In this phase, you eat only lean meats, fish (including shellfish), poultry, eggs, and fat-free dairy products in any quantity. (There are vegetarian/vegan modifications).

The Cruise Phase – this phase lasts until you have reached your desired weight.  You follow the Attack Phase options, but every other day you can have (most) vegetables.

The Consolidation Phase – the length of this phase is 5 days for every pound lost.  You follow all the options of the Attack and Cruise phases but can add 1 serving of (most) fresh fruit/day, 2 slices of whole grain bread/day, 1.5oz of cheese/day, 1 or 2 servings of starchy foods/wk in addition to weekly “celebration” meals.

The Final Phase – this is the “rest of your life” part of the diet.  This simply requires you to follow the “Attack Phase” rules once per week for the rest of your life.

This is a somewhat oversimplified explanation of the program, so I recommend getting the book in hardcopy, Nook or Kindle format.  The only main additions are drinking lots of water each day and walking for 20 minutes every day.  I lost 25lbs in about 3 months.  Every body is different, but if you’re looking for something, I’d recommend trying this one.

Mind – “The Week”

When was the last time you fed your mind?  Not just with information you needed for your job or your family or your life, but information that would expand your “daily brain requirements”?  “Worldly” is not in the “Top 10 Adjectives Describing April” list.  While networking at social gatherings, the moment a current news event became the topic of discussion I would slowly back away from the group.  Eventually, I figured it might be easier to understand a little about what was actually going on in the world.  I didn’t even know where to begin.  There is so much “noise” out there, I didn’t really understand what the heck was going on.

While at a business conference, one of the instructors had a “recommended reading list” and on it was a magazine called “The Week”.  I subscribed and haven’t gone back since.  What I like so much about this magazine is that it is a compilation of other news articles.  This way, you can see the opposing viewpoints, and create an opinion based on the varying sides of an issue.  It covers every conceivable topic (World news, US news, Arts, Food, Travel, Obits) and it has Crossword and Sudoku puzzles!!  Check out www.theweek.com for more information.