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A Few Things To Remember And Take Into The New Year.

January 1, 2018

 

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First off.  I’m just me.  No expert.  But this year has been one to learn a lot from.  So I wanted to share it.  To possibly help another person.  This is why I have a blog. To share what I learn, to possibly help another.

So, I hope you take and find something in this post that will help you in the coming New Year.

 

 

 

Never Give Up On Where You Feel You Need To Be.

 

In work, in your life, in your personal life, in your health and fitness, in your nutrition, etc. Do NOT give up on moving forward to that place in your heart, mind and soul you KNOW you were meant to be, meant to reach.  That place you need to be, to be the best you, you can be.  The most authentic you, possible.  The BEST you possible.  You will feel it as a driving force, something you NEED to do, need to follow, a need to get where you want to be, where you need to be.  Where you were meant to be.  Never stop moving forward to that place.

 

 

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Be Kind To Yourself.

 

NEVER be easy on yourself that you don’t push yourself to get the job, whatever it is , done.  BUT, if you stumble or trip, be easy on that heart.  It’s working hard, it’s fighting each day.  If you are doing your best, keep doing it.   If you feel you aren’t, Then do it.  It will always be the best thing for you, To put that effort in and to do your best.  The best thing for your heart.

If you are not getting the results your hoped for, Then change it up.  Try something else, something new, but never stop trying and always be understanding to the person who is fighting each day and sincerely trying.

YOU.

 

 

 Be Kind To Others.

 

This is something that no matter what is happening, you are dealing with or going through, continue to do.  ALL good will come back to you.  ALL good.  I believe it never goes unseen or unheard.

For me that is God.  Maybe for you, it’s something else.   Kindness is never wasted or useless,  it never will be a mistake.  Be true to yourself and be you.  Give to others and be kind. Give of yourself.  You will only grow and expand as a kind and loving heart.  It’s something the world needs more of… we ALL need more of it.

It will always be something right.

 

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Be Honest

 

This is something that I have always made a point of for myself.  It’s very simple.

Honesty will always be the best route and the best and right choice.  It will always be respected.

 

 

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Have Faith

 

Keep going.  Keep trying.  Because even in your worst moment, there is another one coming up.  It will be a better one.  Only if it’s even just SLIGHTLY a better one at the moment..  It will change.  No matter what it is, or how long it might take, it will change because change is one of the constants of this life.  It is something you can count on.  Change is inevitable.

I’m not great…. at change.  But I THINK I am getting better, slowly,  at it.  Never give up.  No matter what it looks like right now, the next moment or maybe it will take 10, 000 next moments.  Yes …..it might take 10, 000 next moments……but it will come.  That corner… that turn, that better moment.  IS coming…  So, Never….Give….Up. 

You OWE this to yourself.

 

 

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That brings us up to……….. change.  Blech. lol

 

 

Change.  Try Not To Hate It.  Try To Appreciate It.

 

Oh boy.  Yep. I said that.   Why..  Because its coming no matter what you do.  It’s coming.  It can be good or bad.   I’m finding the best thing is to be it’s friend.  For your sake.  Find a way to welcome it.  Now, if it’s a bad change.  I know that will be and feel impossible.   I know.  But somewhere in that change, I have a feeling, there will be something at some point that will happen that will be good in some way.  Oh it may take a long time, maybe a REALLY long time….to see or feel …or actually find.   But something good, in some part of the change, maybe  even because of it, somewhere, will be good.

When I lost my Mom, a change no one should ever know.  It took a LONG TIME , but in the middle of it there was a tiny ray of hope that got bigger and grew…and life changed…. and I became a different person….Change.   Learn to like, live with  …or at least be better with change.  I’m still trying.  But I’m trying.   Change.

It’s not always bad.  🙂

 

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My hope and wish and prayer for everyone is to have a wonderful New Year, a year full of love, health and happiness!.  🙂

 

 

 

Thanks so much for coming to the blog!  I really appreciate it so much when you take time out of your day to read my latest or past posts.   🙂  I’m so appreciative for all the support!.  Please don’t forget to leave a comment and let me know what you think of the latest, or any post!.  Thanks!   🙂

 

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I really would like to hear it!

I know motivation for any project or idea we may have, not just a health oriented one, can be a really tough thing to find and to keep. Sometimes someone else can help!.

This is Dan Gheesling.

He is an amazing Coach, Writer, Author, Speaker, Entrepreneur and realitytv winner, as well!.

#2DanInRedShirt

Dan, was also a Teacher and high-school football coach. (He still coaches football ).

Dan now is also a coach, helping others reach their dreams and goals!. It can be really tough sometimes to find that motivation, to reach our goals, and he knows that.

Dan is such a great motivating person. He truly knows how to motivate, and most importantly, how to help you keep that motivation going!.

Sometimes we need fresh new ideas and ways to reach our goals, another voice, another opinion.

dan-blog-coaching

You can check out the testimonials on Dan’s site from those who Dan has already helped reach their goals! Hear them tell their stories and give their opinion, of Dan as a personal Coach. Hear their personal stories on how Dan helped them reach their goals and how he can help you as well.

Dan’s latest book is about Leadership.

“Clean Your Own Mirror” (which he bases his lectures on). You can see this book… and all of Dan’s books on his website!. Read and get all the information about the presentations that Dan has given to Colleges and Universities all about how to put the lessons in his new book, on how to be a better leader, to work in your life. You can also SEE him at work, in videos right on his website!. 

Watching Dan give his presentations, you can see and feel the energy Dan brings to his work, and hear why, wherever Dan gives a presentation, everyone speaks so highly of him.

(Links to reach Dan Gheesling are below)

You can get all the information needed on Dan right here:

 

http://www.DanGheesling.com/speaking

http://www.DanGheesling.com

or you can tweet him at: https://twitter.com/DanGheesling

 

You can find me, at the following places !

https://twitter.com/ColleenFKelly

https://www.facebook.com/ColleenFKelly

http://instagram.com/colleenfkelly

My other blog as well!!

https://reachformorenow.wordpress.com/

Click the link above to see my other blog as well! Reach For More.

 

 

 

 

 

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How To Say “No thank you”…. To ALL The Holiday Food!.

December 19, 2017

 

 

 

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Saying “No thank you” is O – KAY.

 

I want this to be tattooed, engraved and burned into every person’s mind, heart and soul who is struggling through the holiday season with friends, parties and family get -together’s to go too.  Heck!,  want you to remember this no matter what time of the year it is!.

It’s not easy out there, is it?   Nope.   

I know.   I’ve been through it.    

I go through it. 

It’s tough enough with all those cookies, chocolates, cakes, candies all the usual Holiday fare..

Then…. you have Grandma who you LOVE, and she made your favorite pecan pie that she KNOWS, you love.

How do you say “no”….. to GRANDMA..

 

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The How

 

I know you feel you uncomfortable.  I know you don’t want to hurt anyone’s feeling’s. Especially, Grandma’s.

But, hear this ….Please.   FEEL this…PLEASE

You get up everyday and work hard.  You try hard everyday.  If you have lost weight, you have WORKED So HARD for that.  If you’re in the process of trying to lose weight,  you’re working so hard for that.   You have a right to say   “No, thank you”  to anyone… and EVERYONE.

Yes,  even Grandma.

How?  You don’t want to hurt others feelings or feel like a party pooper, right?  I get it.  I have felt ALL that too.

(Little secret, once in a while,  I feel that way, still.)

BUT.

I have worked HARD.  I STILL work hard.  I have a right to feel good about that and not feel bad because I choose to eat healthy ….and eat healthy even through it’s the holiday season.    So when Grandma or your friends or family ask “Why aren’t you eating pie?.”  Remember how hard you have worked …(work) everyday…TOSS those shoulders back and say:

 

“You know,  I  have decided I’m going to eat healthy through this holiday season.  It makes me feel good and it means a lot to me that I stay on this road and I keep that promise to myself.  I just feel better about me and I’ve worked so hard that I don’t want to cheat on my diet, for anything!.  I really feel good about it and I appreciate it so much…. when people understand.  It just means so much to me.”

 

Just say this.  If you want to change some of it..  Do it!  Whatever works for you!.  But……

 

SAY IT.

 

You have earned the right and if they respect and love you they will hear it.  If they don’t, if these happen to be friends or family who are stubborn and possibly don’t understand AT ALL……Repeat it.  Repeat it as often as it takes.

Look, this stuff will never be easy.  I have come to understand this.  But I have also learned this.  MOST people (family and friends), will see you make consistently healthy choices, and at some point get it.

My Dad.  I love him.  He is a sweetheart.  To this day, NINE YEARS after I losing weight and have continuing to eat healthy… everyday,  STILL will ask if I would like a cookie etc. or want to try something. lol  What do I say?  Well, I smile first because I know if he thinks for a second he knows I won’t do it.  He knows. lol  Then I say, “No thanks Dad.” and keep moving.

Usually he will catch himself and go  “Oh, yea”…laugh and say …”you won’t eat that. lol ”  After a while, people WILL start to get it.

 

So don’t worry.  They will survive your “No Thank you.”  Truly.

 

You have to decide to do this for you.   That’s all there is to it.  It may not be easy at first, or all the time, but like I said…You have to take that stand, and stick to it.  Think about all the hard work you do.  How hard you try .  How far you have come and how far you can go.

You can do it.  Trust me.

 

Now, go forth and have a wonderful Holiday season and……

SAY IT.  FOR YOU!.  

 

 

 

Thanks so much for coming to the blog!  I really appreciate it so much when you take time out of your day to read my latest or past posts.   🙂  I’m so appreciative for all the support!.  Please don’t forget to leave a comment and let me know what you think of the latest, or any post!.  Thanks!   🙂

 

comment blog

 

I really would like to hear it!

I know motivation for any project or idea we may have, not just a health oriented one, can be a really tough thing to find and to keep. Sometimes someone else can help!.

This is Dan Gheesling.

He is an amazing Coach, Writer, Author, Speaker, Entrepreneur and realitytv winner, as well!.

#2DanInRedShirt

Dan, was also a Teacher and high-school football coach. (He still coaches football ).

Dan now is also a coach, helping others reach their dreams and goals!. It can be really tough sometimes to find that motivation, to reach our goals, and he knows that.

Dan is such a great motivating person. He truly knows how to motivate, and most importantly, how to help you keep that motivation going!.

Sometimes we need fresh new ideas and ways to reach our goals, another voice, another opinion.

dan-blog-coaching

You can check out the testimonials on Dan’s site from those who Dan has already helped reach their goals! Hear them tell their stories and give their opinion, of Dan as a personal Coach. Hear their personal stories on how Dan helped them reach their goals and how he can help you as well.

Dan’s latest book is about Leadership.

“Clean Your Own Mirror” (which he bases his lectures on). You can see this book… and all of Dan’s books on his website!. Read and get all the information about the presentations that Dan has given to Colleges and Universities all about how to put the lessons in his new book, on how to be a better leader, to work in your life. You can also SEE him at work, in videos right on his website!. 

Watching Dan give his presentations, you can see and feel the energy Dan brings to his work, and hear why, wherever Dan gives a presentation, everyone speaks so highly of him.

(Links to reach Dan Gheesling are below)

You can get all the information needed on Dan right here:

 

http://www.DanGheesling.com/speaking

http://www.DanGheesling.com

or you can tweet him at: https://twitter.com/DanGheesling

 

You can find me, at the following places !

https://twitter.com/ColleenFKelly

https://www.facebook.com/ColleenFKelly

http://instagram.com/colleenfkelly

My other blog as well!!

https://reachformorenow.wordpress.com/

Click the link above to see my other blog as well! Reach For More.

 

 

 

 

Spice Up Your Workout! –Take A 30 Day Challenge!

November 9, 2017

 

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#2blog 579 (1) to be finished brwn eyes         I’ve always loved going to the gym and you’ll never have a problem getting me to go.

But sometimes if we can’t get there, it’s not because we don’t WANT to go.  Sometimes there are things that pop up that can keep us from getting there, or keep us from being able to workout.

 

This has been my problem.

 

My right knee became a little sore.

It was suggested I “not go crazy at the gym”  ……. and……. “take it easy.”

(One of the worst thing you can say to me… when it comes to the gym).

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But I have learned to listen  (well, doing my best) when it comes to people who know more then me about fitness and what is healthy and safe ….and smart.

One day a friend invited me to do a FB challenge with her.  It was for burpee’s.   Now a burpee is a tough thing to do.  No one really “likes” them.    (Do they? , lol)   Though you can like what they DO….. for you  lol.

I was feeling kind of stuck and shut down at the gym not being able to do the amount I wanted to at the gym… and it was not much at all.  I walked a little…I did the machines for the upper body, I did not go crazy because so many exercises that I always did ended up being connected to using my knee.    So when she asked me to do this challenge I thought “OK, why not!.”   The fact this was something new made it interesting and I needed something new to get me out of the funk I felt I was in.

 

Now, a burpee.  I hadn’t done them in a long while.  I hadn’t done them much in the past either..  I had to google it lol.    When I did well, it certainly involved using my legs.  But as the group leader explained there were modified versions.   I chose one and then actually modified it a bit more.  Making it LESS stress on the knee.  You might ask why do this if you had to modify it so much why do it, right?  I might say that too.  But I wanted to stick around and give this a shot.

The group consisted of people who were asked by a friend and asked to ask their friends to join as well.  Just a way to get others who like to exercise, like yourself,  involved.    I was skeptical.  I thought, “Oh, someone is probably selling something”.  Which is fine.  I just couldn’t really afford to purchase anything right now.  But they were great and never pushy or insistent.   They simply left a pinned post on top of the group Facebook page, and if you wanted to, you could ask about it ….or not.  They were really great about it.

Everyone was supposed to check in everyday and post that they did their 30 burpees and that was it.  At the end of the 30 days if you had posted each day there was a prize you could possibly win.  Noting huge, but it was nice. Incentive for everyone!.   I honestly didn’t care about purchasing anything or even winning anything.  I was there for the challenge.

(They may not ALL offer something.  This one did though).

Everyone would post and be so positive and supportive of everyone else, it was such a great little community of people punching each other in the arm!.  Everyday you would have everyone’s FB post on your timeline, (If you didn’t want that, you could always set it not to have that)    I liked it though.    It was a shot in the arm, seeing and reading everyone’s posts or little anecdotes, videos, or stories about how they did that day. Sometimes people saying how they didn’t feel so motivated that day but pushed through because someone else had said something that made them try harder!..

 

So I did the 30 Day Challenge and stayed around for the next one too!.  A LOT of people stuck around.  I’m on my third challenge now.   I love them.  I may not be great at each one, but I love the support, the feeling of accomplishment and seeing myself get stronger and better at each one.

So, if you are feeling stuck, or possibly bored with your gym routine, try a Challenge!.

Check out Facebook  You will find any number of them you can join or even start your own!   I HIGHLY recommend trying it!  

 

 

 

 

Thanks so much for coming to the blog!  I really do appreciate it so much when you take time out of your day to read my latest or past posts.   🙂  I truly am appreciative for all the support!. Hey, don’t forget to leave a comment and let me know what you think of the post!.

 

comment blog

 

I really would like to hear it!

I know motivation for any project or idea we may have, not just a health oriented one, can be a really tough thing to find and to keep. Sometimes someone else can help!.

This is Dan Gheesling.

He is an amazing Coach, Writer, Author, Speaker, Entrepreneur and realitytv winner, as well!.

#2DanInRedShirt

Dan, was also a Teacher and high-school football coach. (He still coaches football ).

Dan now is also a coach, helping others reach their dreams and goals!. It can be really tough sometimes to find that motivation, to reach our goals, and he knows that.

Dan is such a great motivating person. He truly knows how to motivate, and most importantly, how to help you keep that motivation going!.

Sometimes we need fresh new ideas and ways to reach our goals, another voice, another opinion.

dan-blog-coaching

You can check out the testimonials on Dan’s site from those who Dan has already helped reach their goals! Hear them tell their stories and give their opinion, of Dan as a personal Coach. Hear their personal stories on how Dan helped them reach their goals and how he can help you as well.

Dan’s latest book is about Leadership.

“Clean Your Own Mirror” (which he bases his lectures on). You can see this book… and all of Dan’s books on his website!. Read and get all the information about the presentations that Dan has given to Colleges and Universities all about how to put the lessons in his new book, on how to be a better leader, to work in your life. You can also SEE him at work, in videos right on his website!. 

Watching Dan give his presentations, you can see and feel the energy Dan brings to his work, and hear why, wherever Dan gives a presentation, everyone speaks so highly of him.

(Links to reach Dan Gheesling are below)

You can get all the information needed on Dan right here:

 

http://www.DanGheesling.com/speaking

http://www.DanGheesling.com

or you can tweet him at: https://twitter.com/DanGheesling

 

You can find me, at the following places !

https://twitter.com/ColleenFKelly

https://www.facebook.com/ColleenFKelly

http://instagram.com/colleenfkelly

My other blog as well!!

https://reachformorenow.wordpress.com/

Click the link above to see my other blog as well! Reach For More.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Super Easy Apple/Cinnamon Infused Water Recipe!

December 17, 2016

 

 

#2blog 579 (1) to be finished brwn eyes       I recently tried this from the local grocery store.  I thought to myself,  “I could give this a  try at home!” I kept the bottles and though I have never done this, I thought it might be fun.  🙂

If you’ve never tried to make infused water, it’s super easy and quick to make….AND it wasn’t expensive, and it does taste great!.

 

First you need a bottle. Or of course a pitcher.  I used the bottle I got from the supermarket. I just washed it out, and saved it. I knew I loved the flavor, but wanted to start small to try it myself.

 

#1.  Apple

(any kind of your choosing. I used an organic Fuji.  I know organic can cost a little more but I try to get organic when it comes to certain things.  Apples are one.  After researching a while back for a blog post about pesticides, trust me, apples is one fruit to try to buy organic.

 

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2.  Cinnamon Sticks:  Now, you’ll find cinnamon sticks in the baking isle of the grocery store.  They might be a little tough to find.  The are whole as you can see here below.

 

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#3.   A Pitcher Or Container Of Some Kind.

I used the plastic water bottle the water I bought, came in. I wasn’t sure how mine would come out and I wanted to use the bottle because I actually found them really nice!.

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I waited 24 hours to finish this post because I wanted to be able to say how long it took for it to start to taste like apples and cinnamon.  I would say a full 24 hours and you will taste both fruits.  To make it even better, I think next time I will use a sweeter apple.  This is GOOD , though I would like more apple flavor.  I thought that about the one I purchased as well.  it was So GOOD. that I am writing this post about it! ….But I can improve on it with a sweeter apple I think.  🙂

 

I hope you give this a shot.  It’s really easy and lots of fun.  I have some more ideas I will be trying as well!.  I may post them down the road if I think readers might like to see them! 🙂

 

 

 

 

Thanks so much for coming to the blog!  I really do appreciate it so much when you take time out of your day to read my latest or past posts.   🙂  I truly am appreciative for all the support!. Hey, don’t forget to leave a comment and let me know what you think of the post!.

If you do decide to try this recipe, Let me know how it comes out and what you maybe added or did differently!🙂

comment blog

 

I really would like to hear it!

I know motivation for any project or idea we may have, not just a health oriented one, can be a really tough thing to find and to keep. Sometimes someone else can help!.

This is Dan Gheesling.

He is an amazing Coach, Writer, Author, Speaker, Entrepreneur and realitytv winner, as well!.

#2DanInRedShirt

Dan, was also a Teacher and high-school football coach. (He still coaches football ).

Dan now is also a coach, helping others reach their dreams and goals!. It can be really tough sometimes to find that motivation, to reach our goals, and he knows that.

Dan is such a great motivating person. He truly knows how to motivate, and most importantly, how to help you keep that motivation going!.

Sometimes we need fresh new ideas and ways to reach our goals, another voice, another opinion.

dan-blog-coaching

You can check out the testimonials on Dan’s site from those who Dan has already helped reach their goals! Hear them tell their stories and give their opinion, of Dan as a personal Coach. Hear their personal stories on how Dan helped them reach their goals and how he can help you as well.

Dan’s latest book is about Leadership.

“Clean Your Own Mirror” (which he bases his lectures on). You can see this book… and all of Dan’s books on his website!. Read and get all the information about the presentations that Dan has given to Colleges and Universities all about how to put the lessons in his new book, on how to be a better leader, to work in your life. You can also SEE him at work, in videos right on his website!. 

Watching Dan give his presentations, you can see and feel the energy Dan brings to his work, and hear why, wherever Dan gives a presentation, everyone speaks so highly of him.

(Links to reach Dan Gheesling are below)

You can get all the information needed on Dan right here:

 

http://www.DanGheesling.com/speaking

http://www.DanGheesling.com

or you can tweet him at: https://twitter.com/DanGheesling

 

You can find me, at the following places !

https://twitter.com/ColleenFKelly

https://www.facebook.com/ColleenFKelly

http://instagram.com/colleenfkelly

My other blog as well!!

https://reachformorenow.wordpress.com/

Click the link above to see my other blog as well! Reach For More

 

 

 

 

Healthy And Super Easy Homemade Almond Butter Recipe!

March 21, 2016

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Almond butter is one of the easiest things you will EVER make in your life and trust me, one of the most delicious!.

When I got interested in making it, I really just wanted to make it pure.  No spices.  I really just wanted to stick to that pure almond butter taste, for the first try anyway, though I did really like the taste of the one I had just bought, which had a little molasses in it.  The sugar content was very low, only 3 grams and it had such a good flavor I decided to go with that. Besides it was such a slight taste it would still be that pure flavor, for me anyway.

Some recipes said to add oil if necessary, I didn’t want to do that really.  Though when I was making it, I was so excited to do it, got impatient and added 2 TBLS. along the way.  Later when I checked on a recipe, because it was taking so long to get to that consistency I knew to be almond butter, I looked up another recipe for more information,  and for a little advice.

I then saw one that said:

“If you think it isn’t working because it’s taking so long, keep going!.  It can take about 20 mins. of processing.”

I have a feeling they were right.   It just takes a bit of time for it to get to that thin, shiny consistency.  But I think it will without oil.  I can’t say exactly how long it took in total time the processor was on.  I pulsed it and had it on and off scraping the sides and adding the oil and molasses. So if you would rather not add the oil, give it some time, or just add a little and see how it goes from there.

 

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This recipe made one full jar 16 oz. plus about 1/2 cup extra.

 

My Recipe For Homemade Almond Butter

 

Ingredients

 

3 cups of raw almonds

 

2 TBLS. Oil      ( I used a canola oil)    I think this will be optional

 

Molasses        (I used about 1/3 of a cup in all )     I went by taste.

 

Kosher salt     I used about  1  TSP.     I went by taste.

(I used kosher salt, I use it at home, because it’s one of the lowest in sodium)

 

Directions:

Roast the almonds in a 350 degree oven for 15 to 20 minutes.  I used a regular cookie sheet, and parchment paper.  After they cool a bit, put them in a processor.   I used the metal dough blade to do it.  Mine looks like this.  I have my Mom’s processor which is slightly older, so yours might look a little different.

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 Toasting these nuts made the whole kitchen smell amazing! .

 

Once in the processor,  turn it on,  and let them go for a few minutes. After a few minutes, stop it and scrape down the sides.  Once the nuts are totally chopped you can start to add your salt, oil  (if desired),  and molasses, (or any spices you may choose, if any). 
Then turn it back on… and from here it’s just going to take time.  Remember, it WILL take about 15 – 20 mins. I would continue to turn it on and off and check.

 

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It filled a 16.oz jar with about 1.2 cup on the side as well.  (you can see the little white ramekin in the picture I used to hold the rest of the almond butter the jar would not hold. )

Everyone really loved it.  I’m going to make more this weekend! 🙂

I hope you try this recipe.  It’s so incredibly easy and simple, takes really all in all, little time!.   The only downside might be that all nuts are expensive today. But I figured it out and it cost about $2.00 more to make it than buying a jar in the store. I paid $8.00 for the jar I had. I thought, for the amount of fun I had doing this, planning it, and sharing it on instagram   https://www.instagram.com/p/BCv5WpgCmSw/?taken-by=colleenfkelly   and on Facebook,and most of all, I have almond butter that has no preservatives or additives in it and is homemade, that extra $2.00 was really worth it.    🙂

It tasted even better the next day!.

 

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 Thanks so much for coming to the blog!  I really do appreciate it so much when you take time out of your day to read my latest or past posts.   🙂  I truly am appreciative for all the support!. Hey, don’t forget to leave a comment and let me know what you think of the post!.

If you do decide to try this recipe, Let me know how it comes out and what you maybe added or did differently! 🙂

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I really would like to hear it!

I know motivation for any project or idea we may have, not just a health oriented one, can be a really tough thing to find and to keep. Sometimes someone else can help!.

This is Dan Gheesling.

He is an amazing Coach, Writer, Author, Speaker, Entrepreneur and realitytv winner, as well!.

#2DanInRedShirt

Dan, was also a Teacher and high-school football coach. (He still coaches football ).

Dan now is also a coach, helping others reach their dreams and goals!. It can be really tough sometimes to find that motivation, to reach our goals, and he knows that.

Dan is such a great motivating force. He truly knows how to motivate, and most importantly, how to help you keep that motivation going!.

Sometimes we need fresh new ideas and ways to reach our goals, another voice, another opinion.

dan-blog-coaching

You can check out the testimonials on Dan’s site from those who Dan has already helped reach their goals! Hear them tell their stories and give their opinion, of Dan as a personal Coach. Hear their personal stories on how Dan helped them reach their goals and how he can help you as well.

Dan’s latest book is about Leadership.

“Clean Your Own Mirror” (which he bases his lectures on). You can see this book… and all of Dan’s books on his website!. Read and get all the information about the presentations that Dan gives to Colleges and Universities all about how to put the lessons in his new book, on how to be a better leader, to work in your life. You can also SEE him at work, in videos right on his website!. 

Watching Dan give his presentations, you can see and feel the energy Dan brings to his work, and hear why, wherever Dan gives a presentation, everyone speaks so highly of him.

(Links to reach Dan Gheesling are below)

You can get all the information needed on Dan right here:

 

http://www.DanGheesling.com/speaking

http://www.DanGheesling.com

or you can tweet him at: https://twitter.com/DanGheesling

 

You can find me, at the following places !

https://twitter.com/ColleenFKelly

https://www.facebook.com/ColleenFKelly

http://instagram.com/colleenfkelly

My other blog as well!!

Click the link to see my other blog as well! “Reach For More

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Healthy, Low-Cal, No-Bake Easy To Make Energy Balls!

March 1, 2016

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I’ve been hearing and reading so much about energy balls lately and I really wanted to try them.

I tried a recipe from Dr Oz.   I liked them so much!.  The only problem I had with his, was calories.  His came out to be about 150 calories. To me that seemed way too much for a little energy ball.  I figure, it’s all in what your ingredients are and your amounts.

I decided to come up with my own recipe.  I’ve made them 3 times so far.  I plan on making more next weekend.  I wanted to share my recipe with everyone.  They came out great, and I can’t wait to try more variations, and they really are pretty good.  🙂  A couple of them can do the trick.  They are filling enough, and make a great healthy snack. Especially after working out.

 

The recipe is pretty simple, and takes about 45 mins. to 1 hour, from start to finish.

When I made it the first time I made one single batch.  (It made about 15 -20 energy balls) When I make them now I double the recipe.  Much like a cookie recipe, as my Mom taught me, you most likely need to double it because the a lot recipes don’t make exactly the amount it says it will.  Doubled, the recipe will make  about 30 – 35 energy balls.

 

Healthy and Really Simple, Energy Ball Recipe!

 

(It made about 15 -20 energy balls)

2  1/2  Cups of oatmeal   (uncooked dry, 1 minute oats)

1 level scoop of whey protein

1/2 cup ground chia and flax seed. (Hodgson Mill brand is what I used.  A mix of both and already ground!)

2 Tsp. cinnamon

1/4 Tsp. ground ginger

2 Tsp. vanilla

1/4 Cup of finely chopped, 66%  Bakers Chocolate

1/4 to 1/3  Cup almond butter  (then the rest Smucker’s creamy natural peanut butter making  1/2 cup, combined)

3/4 cup light vanilla soy milk

(1/3 Cup of toasted walnuts chopped very fine, for rolling.)

(The chocolate is optional, as are the walnuts for rolling.)

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Instructions:

Put all the dry ingredients together in a big bowl.  Mix until well combined.  Then add the chocolate, and mix well again.

Add the peanut butter/almond butter mixture and then vanilla soy milk.  Mix with a large spoon.

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As it becomes more moist you should be able to pinch the mixture and it should stick together, and then you can form it into 1 inch round balls.

As you make the balls, roll them in the walnuts.  (They may not stick perfectly, you can use a little pressure when rolling.  If you add a bit more milk the mixture will be more sticky and the nuts will stick better.  I added just a touch more milk the second time,  just a little, to keep the calories what I wanted them to be.

When you are finished making them just put them into an air tight type container.

I would say they should last up to 2 weeks in the fridge.  🙂

Calories: Approx. 100 calories per energy ball.

 

I hope you try them!.  Everyone in my family has really liked them!.

 

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Thanks for coming to the blog!  I really do appreciate it so much when you take time out of your day to read my latest or past posts.   🙂  I truly am appreciative for all the support!. Hey, don’t forget to leave a comment and let me know what you think of the post!.

comment blog

 

I really would like to hear it!

I know motivation for any project or idea we may have, not just a health oriented one, can be a really tough thing to find and to keep. Sometimes someone else can help!.

This is Dan Gheesling.

He is an amazing Coach, Writer, Author, Speaker, Entrepreneur and realitytv winner, as well!.

#2DanInRedShirt

Dan, was also a Teacher and high-school football coach. (He still coaches football ).

Dan now is also a coach, helping others reach their dreams and goals!. It can be really tough sometimes to find that motivation, to reach our goals, and he knows that.

Dan is such a great motivating force. He truly knows how to motivate, and most importantly, how to help you keep that motivation going!.

Sometimes we need fresh new ideas and ways to reach our goals, another voice, another opinion.

dan-blog-coaching

You can check out the testimonials on Dan’s site from those who Dan has already helped reach their goals! Hear them tell their stories and give their opinion, of Dan as a personal Coach. Hear their personal stories on how Dan helped them reach their goals and how he can help you as well.

Dan’s latest book is about Leadership.

“Clean Your Own Mirror” (which he bases his lectures on). You can see this book… and all of Dan’s books on his website!. Read and get all the information about the presentations that Dan gives to Colleges and Universities all about how to put the lessons in his new book, on how to be a better leader, to work in your life. You can also SEE him at work, in videos right on his website!. 

Watching Dan give his presentations, you can see and feel the energy Dan brings to his work, and hear why, wherever Dan gives a presentation, everyone speaks so highly of him.

(Links to reach Dan Gheesling are below)

You can get all the information needed on Dan right here:

 

http://www.DanGheesling.com/speaking

http://www.DanGheesling.com

or you can tweet him at: https://twitter.com/DanGheesling

 

You can find me, at the following places !

https://twitter.com/ColleenFKelly

https://www.facebook.com/ColleenFKelly

http://instagram.com/colleenfkelly

My other blog as well!!

Click the link to see my other blog as well! “Reach For More

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3 Things That Have Boosted My Workouts!

February 16, 2016

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Motivation

That has to be one of THE biggest questions, one of the biggest problems we have when it comes our in health and fitness.  I think we all deal with it, at least from time to time.  I mean, there are so many things going on in daily life that can either take our energy… or even keep us from getting TO…. that workout.  I wanted to put a few of the things that have been really making a difference lately, for me, together, hoping maybe it can help others too!.

 

Changing Your Routine.   

I’m one to stay with the same routine. I’m not great with change.  Keeping it fresh and giving your body new challenges is the best thing for your workout. That’s what it’s all about.  Building on your abilities for the best and most successful results. Like I said, I can get in a groove, and stick with it.

WRONG .

I have always worked with weights and machines as well as my favorite.  Cardio.  🙂

I wanted to make a change, step up working more with machines and doing more core exercises.  I always have, but wanted to change up how and when and much I do them.  So far I love it.  I have been doing more with machines and really enjoy it so much.   I FEEL different, my body feels stronger and I’m starting to really see a difference as well!.

Another REAL payoff right now,  is the added excitement of getting there to the gym and working out differently.   That fresh new workout!.

 

Keeping Your Music Fresh

This one is HUGE.  When I started working out years ago.  The first gym I went to, had TV’s across the ceiling and you could have headphones.  I didn’t know that. lol

Really,  I had no idea. (hey, I had never been to a gym in my life lol) .

I used to workout without anythingNothing.

When I got my first ipod…(mind blown)..  The difference it made was amazing.  All those songs that drive you, make you want to fight harder, keep you moving and motivate you.  Oh my gosh!.  It gives me such fight and energy while working out.

One thing though.  We are always changing and as we do, the way we feel about things will change.   It’s really important, I’ve found, at least for me (and I think it will be for you too) to change up your playlist.. as you change.

I have songs that I still love on my Ipod  from when I started, but I have of course added new along the way..  As we change, our workout changes and we have to adjust things to get the most out of our workout and ourselves. Music helps me in my workout, SO MUCH.

If you have trouble finding new songs, which I do from time to time, ask what your friends are listening to, Google the top 20 workout tunes, if you need a little help.

(This is a favorite of mine from my workout list on my IPOD!!)

 

 

 Getting Motivation From Others/Paying Attention To Your Surroundings

This is one I  discovered working out at the gym.  Most gyms today have TV’s on their treadmills, ellipticals etc.    I don’t use the TV’s really but one day on the elliptical, the tv had something silly on it, and I reached up to turned it, I kept flipping the channel and came to one of the sports channels.  It was mens track.   I left it there and as I was watching these men run around the track, listening to my music, I felt even more determined and full of “fight.”

To watch people run at speeds I would love to run at, was breathtaking and so motivating for me I wanted to just run with them!.  Oh my gosh, what a motivating moment for me!!.  I just wanted to fly around that track with them!.  Watching people run has always inspired me.  I sometimes watch other sports as well!.  It’s a great motivator to watch others excel.

 

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Then I took a look around the gym.  Seeing others working out, reaching, fighting, working so hard, I thought, it really is so helpful to have others working , in a sense right beside you trying to reach the same goal.  Being in the best shape you can and feeling good about yourself.

Pay attention to your surroundings.  Whether it’s at the gym or just running through the park, whatever you are doing, or wherever you are working out, seeing others doing the same thing, watching them reach for that goal, striving, fighting, can be so inspiring and motivating for your own workout too!.

Always keep your eye out for things that can help you in your fitness goals.

 

 

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No matter how your workout is going.  Keep it going.  If you have something that helps you, share it with others.   It will come back to you.

Never give up.  Always keep pushing forward towards your goal. Keep going.   If you get stuck, re evaluate your routine and the way you are eating, your calories.  What you are eating, how you are working out…keep your eye on all you do. If something isn’t working, make a change.   Never rest on your last workout.   Keep moving forward!.

 

 

Next Post!!!  —

My Own Recipe:  Next Week —Delicious Healthy Energy Balls!!!  

 

 

 

Hey, thanks for coming to the blog!  I appreciate it so much when you take time out of your day to read my latest or past posts.  I truly am appreciative for all the support!.  Hey, don’t forget to leave a comment and let me know what you think of the post!.

 

comment blog

 

I really would like to hear it!

 

 

 

 

 

I know motivation for any project or idea we may have, not just a health oriented one,  can be a really tough thing to find and to keep.  Sometimes someone else can help!.

 

This is Dan Gheesling. 

He is an amazing  Coach, Writer, Author, Speaker, Entrepreneur and realitytv winner, as well!. 

#2DanInRedShirt

 

 

 

 

Dan, was also a Teacher and high-school football coach.  (He still coaches football ).

Dan now is also a coach, helping others reach their dreams and goals!.  It can be really tough  sometimes to find that motivation, to reach our goals, and he  knows that.

 Dan is such a great motivating force.  He truly knows how to motivate, and most importantly,  how to help you keep that motivation  going!. 

 Sometimes we need fresh new ideas and ways to reach our goals, another voice, another opinion.

 

 

dan-blog-coaching

 

You can check out the testimonials on Dan’s site from those who Dan has already helped reach their goals!   Hear them tell their stories  and give their opinion, of Dan as a personal Coach.   Hear their personal stories on how Dan helped them reach their goals and how he  can help you as well.

Dan’s latest book is about Leadership.

“Clean Your Own Mirror” (which he bases his lectures on).  You can see this book…  and all of Dan’s books on his website!.   Read and get all the information about the presentations that Dan gives to Colleges and Universities all about how to put the lessons in his new book, on how to be a better leader,   to work in your life.   You can also SEE him at work, in videos right on his website!.   Watching Dan give his presentations, you can see and feel the energy Dan brings to his work, and hear why,  wherever Dan gives a presentation, everyone speaks so highly of him.

 

 (Links to reach Dan Gheesling are below)

 You can get all the information needed on Dan right here:

 

http://www.DanGheesling.com/hire-coach  

 

http://www.DanGheesling.com/speaking

 

 http://www.DanGheesling.com

 

or you can tweet him at:    https://twitter.com/DanGheesling

 

 

 You can find me,  at the following places !

 

https://twitter.com/ColleenFKelly

 

https://www.facebook.com/ColleenFKelly

 

http://instagram.com/colleenfkelly

  

My other blog as well!!

 

Click the link to see my other blog as well! “Reach For More”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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