Monthly Archives: December 2012

Six Weeks (Happy New Year!)

HooHaa 52 - Resolution (Week 24)

weight loss is the #1 new year resolution

Six Weeks? It is the average lifespan of a New Year’s Resolution.

I can feel the buzz all around me…the gym getting more crowded, people vowing to never eat sweets again and the latest diet books are front & center at the bookstore.

The definition of a New Year’s resolution is a commitment that a person makes to one or more personal goals, projects, or the reforming of a habit. Marking the New Year, as a new beginning, makes it easier for people to commit to their lifestyle changes which they plan to do for the following year. These resolutions are easy to make when you have been eating, drinking, skipping workouts and generally feel like crap after 2 months of holiday celebrations. We have all said something like….”I will not drink for a month and I’m going to workout everyday for 2 hours.” Yea, sure?!  Then guess what, It’s Super Bowl Sunday and you treat yourself for being such a puritan for the past 4 weeks…”you deserve,  just one drink with a few chips & guacamole” And then it all begins again until the following January. Sound somewhat familiar?

Weight loss, exercising & smoking cessation are at the top of the resolution lists. Along with getting organized, meditating, new jobs and improved finances. Just look at these things..most of them evolve over a lifetime but yet we think there is something magic about January , that is going to whip us right into shape. I do believe you can be thinner, happier and healthier in the New Year, if you truly want to be. But it will require preparation, perspiration and work! No magic pills!

So this year, Resolve to NOT resolve. Do NOT fall for the latest diet or extreme fitness program. These are proven to not work. Just get right back on track with your healthy lifestyle. I ask people to think back to last summer, what was that ONE thing you wanted to work on & change? Pick that as your goal for the new year and let it slowly unfold into your  lifestyle in 2013. Why this one thing? Because, it has most likely been on your resolution list more times than you can count. And with the low success rates of New Year’s resolutions…it too was lost. Keep it simple and focused and you may be surprised how many other things fall into place as you live your life actively in body, mind & spirit.

With this in mind, I send to you and yours my very best wishes for a healthy, happy and sweaty 2013!

Kim Juarez & The LOLA Family

** We hope that LOLA has in someway touched your life. As you ring in 2013 with friends and family, please keep the LOLA Project in mind. We have just 26 days to go…we need your help.  I will be ringing in the New year committed to working towards a healthier generation for my kids and yours. Will you join me? Please help us bring jobs and health to women and children this year. Click link to donate and read more about the LOLA project.

http://www.indiegogo.com/LOLAproject/x/1830891

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The Dash

Today,  I attended the funeral of my best friends brother. A life taken too young and so sad. But I left there with a gift. A wonderful reminder to live life to the fullest….because it is life that happens in between “the dates.”

I want to share with you this poem, The Dash by Sam Ellis, that I received today at the service. To many it may be familiar but to me it was new. On the approach to 2013, I think it is a perfect thought for a new year.        Please read, enjoy and share with your loved ones.

 

The Dash

I read of a man who stood to speak at the funeral of a friend.

He referred to the dates on his tombstome,  from the beginning to the end.

He noted that first came the date of birth and spoke the following date with tears.

But he said what mattered most of all was the dash between those years.

For that dash represents all the time that he spent alive on earth.

And now only those who loved him know what that little line was worth.

For it matters not how much we own, the cars, the house, the cash.

What matters is how we live and love and how we spend our dash.

So think about this long and hard. Are there things you’d like to change?

For you never know how much time is left that can still be arranged.

If we could just slow down enough, to consider what’s true and real.

And always try to understand, the way other people feel.

Be less quick to anger, and show appreciation more, and love people in our lives like we’ve never loved before.

If we treat each other with respect and more often with a smile.

Remembering that this little dash might only last awhile.

So when your Eulogy is being read, with your life’s actions to rehash.

Would you be proud of the things they say about how you spent your dash?

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The Gift that Gives: The LOLA Project

Christmas in the post-War United States

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

     The Gift that Gives: The LOLA Project
I know it’s a busy time of year!
As a working mom with 4 kids, there are just not enough hours in the day, especially with Christmas just days away.
I want to take a moment to say thank you for another great year at LOLA! My LOLA dream was just beginning in 2006 and now in our 6th year, we are dedicated to working hard changing lives of women and children everyday.
You have all been a part of this journey, thank  you for your ongoing support.I am excited to share with you The LOLA Project.
Our LOLA franchise campaign has been years in the making and now we are ready to begin. Your contribution to our project will be a gift that gives this year, next year & in the years to come by protecting and promoting the health of women & our children.

The LOLA Project was launched on Indiegogo. 

Indiegogo is a crowdfunding website (like Kickstarter) that allows people to donate money, from $1 on up, to specific projects. 

It’s a virtual “passing of the hat” for small businesses, like LOLA, to get their projects off the ground. These projects have a short time to reach their goal, we have only 36 days left. Make your contribution soon & give a feel good gift. 
 
*To contribute & read more about the project:
We hope that LOLA has in some way touched your life.
Please consider this unique and meaningful gift this holiday season, in honor of yourself, your child or your friend. It is the gift that keeps giving!
As you take time to celebrate the holiday with friends and family, please keep theLOLA Project in mind. I’m going to ring in the New Year committed to working towards a healthier generation for my kids and yours. Will you join me?
                                                                                             Happy Holidays!
                                                                               Kim Juarez & the LOLA family
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