My Kingdom for a Genie in a Bottle!

Most Americans are familiar with the 1960s TV show "I Dream of Jeannie." Jeannie could grant wishes, make items or people appear or disappear, and, in general, alter circumstances when needed. Jeannie had a good heart and used her magic to help make things better. Invariably something would go wrong and Jeannie, with help from Tony... Continue Reading →

I Love GIRL POWER!

June begins Hay Season at the family farm here in upstate New York. For the past two weeks, we've worked hard to unload as much first-cutting hay as possible before our foreman, Sam's brother Dan, and his family leave to visit Krystal's parents in Alaska. The picture above was taken right after our hay crew unloaded... Continue Reading →

My Supermodel Wife

by Sam I married my best friend when we were in our early twenties even though the wife criteria my teenage mind had prioritized may not have included friendship. Though my written list of attributes for my future wife has been mercifully lost for years, I am sure that some of the top priorities were... Continue Reading →

5 Essential Steps to REBOOT Your Brain

STOP * PRAY * BREATHE * THINK * APPLAUD Many of us deal daily with the challenges and heartbreak of emotional eating and the constant need to get our health habits back on track. We’re also constantly bombarded with negative, unhealthy messages about our value as human beings. Like an old long-playing record that never... Continue Reading →

Key Chains and T-shirts

Checking out at the grocery store one day, the woman behind me observed my t-shirt and asked, “Do you live in Phoenix, or do you just have the t-shirt?” Honestly, I don’t think much about what’s on my t-shirt after I put it on in the morning. It took me a minute to understand what... Continue Reading →

Lean On Me: Healthy Living REBOOT

Why Lean On Me? “We all need somebody to lean on.” I loved Bill Withers’ song as a teenager and it still resonates today. My desire is for this blog to be a safe and uplifting place that will help you find your way to the healthy lifestyle that works best for you. Welcome to... Continue Reading →

Diet FREEDOM!!!!

Sick to Death of Diets I’ve been at this exercise-eat-right-lose weight-gain-it-back game for 37 years. I’ve followed lots of diets and “eating plans” trying to find the one that will finally transform me into a supermodel!!! Not really. What I REALLY want is for this not to be such a struggle! When someone comes up... Continue Reading →

“What is your secret?”

My husband, Sam, came home one day and said he'd overheard a conversation in which a woman who had lost a noticeable amount of weight was asked, "What is your secret?" I was shocked by her answer! I've been asked this question before, but I've always been hesitant to answer honestly. People expect you to... Continue Reading →

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