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Tuning in to Your Self Talk

I just came across an article Martha Beck wrote for O Magazine called “How To Tune In to the Voice Within” about our inner voice or self talk. It’s worth reading and has some useful exercises that you can do. After all, our thoughts shape our lives and affect the relationships we’re in and the careers we choose. So what can be more important (outside of our health) than what we say to ourselves…and that does have an impact on our lives.

Favorite Fridays: What's Your Favorite FroYo Spot?

Favorite Fridays: What's Your Favorite FroYo Spot?

I have to say on a hot day, nothing sounds better than frozen yogurt topped with fruit, and chocolate unless of course Miami was an option, then I’d be soaking up the sun (with my friend SPF 30).

FroYo is perfect for an after dinner or lunch spot because it’s light, yet filling with as many toppings as you see fit!

TangySweet in Penn Quarter has always been a favorite of mine because I am obsessed with the Green Tea Tart topped with coconut, and mango. You may think that sounds odd, but trust me its delicious and quite refreshing. Additionally, TangySweet sells Red Velvet Cupcakes, which I buy occasionally and like to eat for breakfast the following morning. My all-time favorite is the Summertime cake. Nothing says rise and shine like a light and zesty lemon cake topped with whipped cream cheese and shredded coconut.

Report Ranks D.C., Maryland, Virginia On Adult Obesity Rates

Report Ranks D.C., Maryland, Virginia On Adult Obesity Rates

Washington, D.C. has the 2nd lowest rate of obese adults in the United States, trailing only Colorado, according to a report from Trust for America’s Heather and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

The report, entitled F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America's Future 2011, investigates weight issues by state, as well as in the District. 

According to the report, 12 states have obesity rates of more than 30 percent.  D.C.’s rate of obese adults, however, is a reported 21%.

Maryland ‘s adult obesity rate is 27.1 percent according to the study, while Virginia’s is 25.9 percent, which ranks them as the 26th and 30th most obese states in the country respectively.

Tigerlily Empowers: 3rd Annual Ball Benefiting Young Women with Breast Cancer

Tigerlily Empowers:  3rd Annual Ball Benefiting Young Women with Breast Cancer

On Friday June 24th, the Tigerlily Foundation hosted its 3rd Annual EmPOWER Ball to raise awareness about young women with breast cancer. The Mistress of Ceremonies was ABC 7 News reporter Natasha Barrett with the featured keynote speaker address presented by Fox News correspondent Jennifer Griffin who was the receipient of the Transformation Award. The Tigerlily Foundation also honored the recipients of the 2011 Inspire and KM Warrior Awards, Dr. Michael Schultz and the family of Michelle Bynum, respectively. Evening presenters included Natasha Barrett, Surae Chinn, Reporter, WUSA 9 and Tony Perkins, Fox 5 Morning News.

Hit the Trail

Hit the Trail

What would you expect a four-and-three-quarter-year-old to say at the end of a four-and-a-half-mile hike that she just finished using her own two feet? “What a wonderful day,” Sofi announced when we walked past the old Tavern (that I was wishing was still a tavern) at Great Falls National Park.

Bridal Expo Grants Wishes for Brides-to-Be and Terminal Breast Cancer Patients

Bridal Expo Grants Wishes for Brides-to-Be and Terminal Breast Cancer Patients

 

Dupont Hotel held a bridal wedding expo for a cause last Friday night to help those battling breast cancer. Brides Against Breast Cancer attracted brides-to-be across the region to find designer gowns at huge discounts.

“The dressing room is a mad house,” said Brides Against Breast Cancer volunteer who helped with the flow of things and the ‘go back rack’ on Friday evening.

Some gowns were as low as $199 and all of the proceeds benefited the ‘Making Memories Breast Cancer Foundation.’ This group grants wishes for those battling stage 4 breast cancer.

“All of the gowns are discounted 35-75% off and all of the proceeds go towards granting wishes for terminal breast cancer patients,” said Brittney Wolf, the PR & Project Coordinator of Making Memories, Breast Cancer Foundation.

A Dose of Nature

 

Wow.  I just got back from working out outside…talk about something nourishing for the mind and soul.  Now that the weather is consistently warmer it has been wonderful to work out in the fresh air and amongst nature. 

Walking, running, stretching is a great way to clear the mind…just what the doctor ordered.  My schedule has been extremely busy and although I am good at balancing work and life, the life piece has recently kicked in between a long distance elderly mother, the kids, and the everyday stresses of life.  So what’s the best medicine…exercising out in nature is top on my list!  Natural endorphins are released into your body when you exercise and you feel better…mentally and physically.

So here’s what you can do if you’re feeling stressed and you want to clear your head: