Portable

My health coach recommended the Bulletproof protein bars.

You order them online. A 12-pack of bars costs $42 total.

The benefit is they have only 2 grams of sugar. They have no natural flavors in the Vanilla Shortbread bars.

They’re better than having a croissant or chocolate chip cookie when you’re hungry in the afternoon.

The Bulletproof bars are portable for snacking on the go.

Alas, I’ve found that these protein bars just like the roundup of questionable bars (Clif – Luna – Skinny Girl etc.) don’t give me energy.

As well I recommend buying the 3-set of round Cal Tiffins from Amazon.

You can use these stainless-steel containers to store and carry nuts and seeds.

They aren’t leak-proof.

One other thing I recommend from Amazon seller is the RoryTory water bottle holder.

I’ve bought Klean Kanteen water bottles to use. My small one fits in the RoryTory carrier.

Single-use plastic water bottles aren’t great for the environment.

For when you don’t want a water bottle to come in contact with other things in your tote bag the water bottle holder is great.

It comes with a strap so you can carry it around your shoulder like a pocketbook. Or just tote it in your hand.

In coming weeks I’ll return to giving recipes since it’s Greenmarket season.

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Exercise Motivation Tips

Years ago in the New York Times a star track-and-field athlete wrote an article.

She talked about how doing a shorter exercise routine that was less intense gave her better results.

After altering the intensity of my own workouts I can tell you this athlete was right:

I have the bulging biceps to prove that changing the frequency and intensity of your exercise sessions can make all the difference.

I’ve changed to lifting weights for 35 to 40 minutes with a 5 minute warm-up and 5 minute cool-down. For a total of 40 to 45 minutes each session.

You might find better luck with a different exercise plan. However so far this has worked like a charm for me.

Changing the Frequency Intensity or Time of your workouts can help.

As well I remember that sometimes you have to do what’s called a “de-load”: take it easy in the first session of a new routine.

I’m 8 years older than when I first started lifting weights.

Adapting as you go along can help you maintain an exercise habit for the long-term.

 

Choosing a Career

If you ask me choosing a career linked to your personality is the way to go.

Alas, humanitarian jobs pay very little compared to athletes and CEOs.

Often you need to have a second income source when you’re a teacher or writer.

I wrote in here before about how to figure out a better career option. Click on the career category to read more.

As well any kind of union job is not common anymore.

You need to be a detective to sleuth for up-and-coming jobs that pay well.

One woman I talked with taught herself computer imaging design. She got freelance positions to put on her resume. Then started to conduct a job search.

Scores of jobs exist today that didn’t exist 15 years ago.

A quick Google search could revel what these jobs are, their starting salary, and the working conditions.

Jobs That Didn’t Exist 15 Years Ago

This Just In – Writing Workshop News

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Ashley Smith has today given me the details about a writing workshop she’s hosting on March 1, 2019 from 9:00-11:00 a.m. in Atlanta, Ga.

I’ve read Ashley’s blog since she first started keeping it anonymously in the early 2000s.

She is based in Atlanta. I wrote the Foreword for her first book. This workshop is not to be missed if you live in the Atlanta area.

Ashley’s blog is worth reading. It will be a real treat should you be able to attend her writing workshop.

3 Tactics for Achieving Resolutions

I’ve figured out how to make it easier to achieve a resolution.

Three tactics are involved:

1.     Focus on one goal at a time.

Set aside everything else you want to do for now.

The secret to achieving goals and resolutions if you ask me is sequencing each goal in order from easier to achieve to harder to achieve.

Choose as the first goal the one you’re most likely to achieve.

This will give you confidence to tackle other goals and will boost your self-esteem.

Refrain from piling on multiple sub-goals along the way. You’re not an octopus who can reach for multiple items at the same time.

2.     Reward yourself for little victories as well as milestones.

To reinforce the positive behavior of having gone to the gym 2x/per week I bought myself a new doormat. It’s a cheap and cheerful pick-me-up.

3.     State your goals and resolutions publicly to members of your change support team.

In my life I’ve found that by globally recording my resolution in the blog I was able to force myself to go to the gym 2x/per week.

The one week I couldn’t do this was out of my control. Yet more often than not if you ask me a person does have control.

Holding yourself accountable to others is a foolproof way to actually do what you say you’re going to.

Healthful Snacks

pulse chick peas

This photo has been uploaded in a gigantic way. Apparently there’s a new way of saving photos that your iPhone has sent to your email as an attachment.

The chickpea and olive food products shown here do have salt. The Pulse version I prefer is the lemon-and-oregano chickpeas offering.

Either way these and the Gaea olive container are portable healthful snacks for on-the-go eating. I have on hand plastic-coated wire clips to use to close the Pulse container.

You can order these food items from FreshDirect online in New York City.

In the next blog entry I’ll talk about a so-called diet talked about if I remember in Glamour magazine years ago.

While I’m no fan of diets and I’m absolutely against the standard diets books poured out into the marketplace I want to talk about this “diet” because a couple of elements of it make sense to me.

After this I will return to talking about careers. This month–October–is National Disability Employment Awareness Month.

The Myth of Being a Superstar

Surf on over to my Left of the Dial blog to read an entry about the absolutely gorgeous Nike video with Colin Kaepernick. You can view the short film on YouTube.

The video is uplifting and inspiring. In one way I feel like I have a connection to Serena Williams and the others featured in the film. Like the lyrics to the Lorde song “Royals” each of us came from nothing spectacular and rose up to become winners.

When you have a diagnosis of schizophrenia or another mental health issue you’re told that you succeeded “despite having” schizophrenia.

Your achievements have most likely come via your own efforts. Yet minimizing your role in your success discounts how hard you worked.

In keeping with the Nike claim to be “The Greatest Ever” each of us needs to base our identity on who we are as a person not on what our illness is.

What if who you are is a biker, baker, or book lover?

Being defined by your symptoms locks you into what I call an identity straitjacket.

Using your illness as the barometer of your abilities is a mistake.

It’s quite the opposite: people can and do recover every day.

It can seem like it’s out of the ordinary to succeed when you have a diagnosis of schizophrenia.

Yet telling people they have succeeded or thinking people succeed despite having schizophrenia reinforces the myth that this is a rare occurrence.

I’m trying to publish an Op-Ed piece soon timed to October–Disability Employment Awareness Month.

I’ll give the link here if (I hope when) the Op-Ed piece is published online.

I’m confident when I tell you that being The Greatest You is all that counts.