Mantras I Have Known

Do I seem calmer to you? No? Well, it’s not from lack of trying.

I’ve installed a new app on my phone: Calm. It’s a meditation tool to help focus, calm, and relax the mind. Although I know how to meditate, I’m not doing it very well or consistently, so I’m currently going through the 7 Days of Calm program. It’s all good so far.

Sidenote: This company also has a great website if you just need a calming two minute break during the day. It’s called Do Nothing for 2 Minutes. If you touch your keyboard or mouse, the clock starts over. Ask me how I know that. :)

While my thoughts were drifting (calmly) along the meditative path yesterday morning, different mantras I’ve used from time to time kept popping into mind as the meditation coach did her smooth-voiced spiel.

Practice makes improvement.

I think this one came to mind just because the speaker kept reminding me that it was okay if my mind wandered, that meditation was a practice, yada-yada-yada. (Sometimes I want to tell her to hush, I just want to breathe. Which is a clear sign it’s working, I guess.)

Still, it was a good reminder to give myself a break when I don’t do something perfectly. Even when I don’t do it perfectly by my redefined version of perfection, which is “mostly right”. :)

We see it when we believe it.

which I always think of in tandem with

Something wonderful will happen.

I can’t remember most of Brian Tracy’s speech about the power of expectation, but these two phrases have stuck with me for over 20 years. I only wish I remembered to practice them every day. While I do believe that wonderful things are happening all around me, it’s difficult to remember to look for them when I’m pondering the future or reliving some past haunt.

My time is now.

When my friend Beth was struggling with Alzheimer’s, she couldn’t remember a lot of the past and knew she didn’t have an extended future (here on Earth, anyway.) All she had was Right Now, and she made the most of it. I sometimes (as in, frequently) have to remind myself that the most important time in my life is Now. The past is over, and I can’t predict the future. Other than that something wonderful will happen.

Own your choices.

After all these years (seven or eight now, I think), I realize that over the past couple of weeks, I’ve been blaming other peop–I mean, things for choices I’ve made. That needs to stop. Now. I’m in charge of me.

Because it’s the right thing to do.

The reward for doing the right thing is doing the right thing. It never ends, and I love it.

Break time is over.

I’m really feeling this one. I’ve not been far off track, but I haven’t been feeling entirely “me” lately, if you know what I mean. The morning meditation (and warmer weather, I’m sure) is definitely helping me straighten things out and focus on the here and now.

Do you meditate? What mantras have inspired you lately?



Product Review: Simple Health Global Food Scale

It’s embarrassing to admit this, but when I first started this “healthier living” endeavor, I didn’t really have a clear idea of what made up a normal serving of most foods. I couldn’t have told you what a 4-oz. serving of chicken looked like or whether or not I was eating 3 ounces of potato or 10 ounces. (Back then, I can assure you I was probably eating closer to 10. :) )

With that in mind, one of the first and most valuable tools I bought for myself was a food scale. I don’t use it all the time, but I do weigh new foods/recipes or do a “portion check” now and then. On the rare occasions I do any baking, the food scale is invaluable for measuring, especially dry ingredients.

simple health global scaleRecently I was offered an opportunity to evaluate the new-scale-on-the-block from Simple Health Global (not an affiliate link). Even though I already had a food scale, I confess I was attracted by the strawberries prettiness of this one.

After putting this scale through its paces for a few weeks, I’m happy to report that it’s a winner.

Pros:

  • lightweight but stable
  • easy to use
  • clear platform, wider (6″) than my previous scale
  • measures in pounds, grams, or ounces
  • tare function! (scale newbies: this allows you to put an empty dish on the scale and zero out its weight before putting your food in)
  • accurate (as compared to my previous scale, but I suppose they could both be equally incorrect)

Cons:

  • the indicator for ounces, pounds or grams is so teensy, tiny I had to get a magnifying glass to see them
  • the marketing photo is somewhat misleading as the scale does NOT come with fresh strawberries

Live Action Shot
simple health global in use

Oh, how my portion estimating skillz have improved! I grabbed what I thought was a half-serving of cashews and came pretty darned close. I had to eat one cashew to get it down to the intended 15 grams. :)

If you are in the market for a food scale, the Simple Global Health Food Scale is definitely one to consider. If you’re in the market for one NOW, click the image with the strawberries (or HERE) and enter TIPPYTOE for a 20% discount. (This is not an affiliate link.)

Question: If you could design the perfect food scale, what features would it it include?

Disclosure: I received a scale at no charge for evaluation, but I did not receive any compensation for my opinions. For the record, I also did not receive any strawberries.



Balance In All Things, Including Peanut Butter

I can’t let National Peanut Butter Lovers Month pass without paying homage to a dietary favorite. I was going to write a poem, but someone else already beat me to it. A wee excerpt:

Oh, sweet legume that grows beneath the earth!
Let me now proclaim your worth!
May my lips your great praise utter
Crunchy, munchy peanut butter
Creamy, dreamy peanut butter.

I do love peanut butter. In fact, let me count the ways:

ways I love peanut butter

That scratches the surface anyway. :)

Given the caloric nature of peanut butter, I don’t eat it with wild abandon. **pause for a moment of sadness** The most common way I eat it is from a measuring spoon–the half-tablespoon or teaspoon, to be precise. At around 3:00 in the afternoon, I sometimes need a “carry-over” until dinner and a little dab of peanut butter will usually do the trick. I said, usually.

Sometimes, especially on big activity days (leaf-raking, gutter-cleaning, bag-hauling, etc.) or long work/travel days, I need more than a dab of PB to fight the hangries. Or more rarely, when I’m OUT of peanut butter completely. quelle horreur! That’s when I turn to something like a PB-flavored Balance Bar to fill the gap.

peanut butter balance bar
Natural health food? No.

Low-calorie? No.

Salty/creamy delicious and satisfying? Yes. Yes. Yes.

Thanks to the nutritional “balance”, a Balance Bar curbs my hunger for a longer period. I enjoy it while I’m eating it, but it doesn’t leave me wanting more-more-more. If you know what I mean. :)

The folks at Balance Bar asked me to celebrate National Peanut Butter Lovers Month with them, and they sent me a box of Peanut Butter bars to keep the party going. (I was already a fan.) They’re in such a party mood, they offered to send one lucky US reader a box of Peanut Butter Balance Bars of your very own! All you have to do is leave me a comment sharing your very favorite way to eat peanut butter.

I’ll choose the winner by random drawing on Sunday (11/23) night and contact the lucky winner with the good news.

Please note: Balance Bar might have provided the PB Joy-in-a-Box, but opinions are expressly my own. If I didn’t truly like the product, I would say so.