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I Quit Drinking Soda

Stop trashing your body and the planet.

I quit drinking soda and you can too!

Those tricky makers of these sugary drinks sure know how to hook us and keep us hooked. How else can they keep selling their products?

Did you know that one 12 ounce soda has over 9 teaspoons of sugar? Nine!! Just imagine putting nine teaspoons of sugar in a glass of tea. Yuck! Sure, it can help get you going in the morning, or help keep you going until your next break (and your next soda). But the consequences of ingesting that much sugar at one sitting is, well frankly, keeping you from living a spectacular life – the life of your dreams. If it hasn’t already made you sick, if you don’t already have to live with dis-ease, no worries. There’s a disease waiting for you in the next can/bottle/glass.

The good news is that you can quit!

The answer is here. I Quit Drinking Soda is a program designed to give you all of the information, support, and accountability you need to conquer that beast once and for all.

It is a self-paced online program inside of a private Facebook group. There are some worksheets (yes, you have to do some homework), helpful articles and videos, support from me as your wellness guide, support from other members who are walking in your same shoes, and accountability.

There are also a couple of bonuses. One is a daily diary template. Living mindfully is a gozillion times better than living reactively, unprepared, or unaware. A second bonus is inclusion in another Facebook group focused on the effects of sugar in your body. This group is founded by my teacher at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, Joshua Rosenthal.

In addition to all of the above, I will be “live” inside the group once a week to answer any questions, or address concerns. And to celebrate your wins!! I will also be hosting a weekly video conference to provide more support and education.

All of this is included in a one time membership fee of $97. You will have lifetime access to the group, with all of the worksheets, videos, etc.

To join, click on the menu at the top and go to “shop”. You will find the button to pay the fee. Upon notification from PayPal, I will add you to the group (look for the invitation in your notifications) and you will be on your way to living your best life! Woo hoo!!

If you have any questions, you can comment below, or go to the contact page and send me an email.

I can be found on Facebook at SH Wellness and on Instagram at Suzanne.horrocks. I look forward to serving you! Thanks.

**I have created a Facebook page specially for the program called I Quit Drinking Soda. Go over there and “like” it too. Thanks!

I’m comfortable, thanks.

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Have you heard the saying “growth is outside of your comfort zone”?

Maybe you don’t even want to grow. Perhaps your life is the BEST, MOST FABULOUS life you could ever imagine. If so, congratulations! I would wager that the majority of us couldn’t/wouldn’t say that with complete honesty and sincerity.

Stepping outside of your comfort zone is growth. It is expansion. The box you are in gets bigger. The walls retreat a little. You get more space to move about the cabin. It feels good, yes?

What does stepping outside your comfort zone mean?

Picture this. It’s comfortable to sit there in you slippers, comfy pants that don’t bind, right by the heater, with your favorite beverage within reach. That is comfortable. That’s your comfort zone.

Outside of your comfort zone though, it’s hard walking down the basement steps. It hurts your knees and your hips. Your pants are too tight. And you don’t like to look at your reflection in the mirror. This is outside of your comfort zone. This is uncomfortable.

However, to get rid of the creaky knees and clackey hips, to be comfortable in your skin – and clothes, to love and honor your reflection, you will have to get uncomfortable on purpose.

You have to hmmm…… maybe exercise? That means sweating. That means feeling like you can’t breathe. That means your thighs are on fire. All of that is purposeful uncomfortableness. And all of that begins to lessen the pain of walking down the basement steps. The sweating, burning, gasping for air is – WAY – very very very uncomfortable. But it will end soon. Your endorphins will flood your brain. And you will feel great. Your comfort zone will reach a new high.

And your uncomfortable zone shrank.

For one, you learned that you are going to keep breathing. You learned that your thighs are still there. They didn’t burn up. The sweat will dry. Basically, you didn’t die.

For two, your clothes start fitting better. It will get easier to walk down the steps. And when you look in the mirror, you can congratulate the reflection for being so strong.

You, my friend, have just stretched your comfort zone because you stepped outside of comfort and got seriously uncomfortable. (Believe me, your next workout will be ever so slightly easier too.)

You just experienced growth and expansion. You just stepped closer to you BEST, MOST FABULOUS life. Keep going Sis!

 

 

 

 

Trash duty

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I accepted a challenge last weekend to pick up five pieces of trash that day. I accepted because it’s easy and very good for the planet, as well as good exercise bending down to pick it up. I needed to go for my daily walk anyway, so it was a no-brainer to accept the challenge.

We prepared for our walk, shoes on, house keys, mileage tracker, etc. This time we also brought two plastic bags from the grocery store. (I know I should bring my own bag. That’s a habit I’m trying to develop. Meanwhile, I have way tooooo many of those things.)

The street in front of our house is about 100 feet away from our front door, so we start there with our trash pickup. Within the length of our property line, I had picked up fifteen pieces of trash. Far exceeding the five I had promised to do.

The bag was only about half full, so we turned the corner to get some more trash. Because frankly we were astonished with how much trash was just thrown out. Within ten minutes both my friend Charlie and I had filled up both of our bags.

At this point, I was thinking, well, I came out to get some exercise and to walk. But there is so much trash that I feel like I should spend my time picking it up. It was a dilemma I hadn’t faced before.

We decided to do both – pick up trash and get our walk in. We went back to the house (we hadn’t made it around a second corner yet. We weren’t far from home.) We threw our two original bags in our trash can and went inside for more. We brought three bags with us.

By the time we had walked two blocks, we had two bags filled. We threw those in the local quick shop’s bin because it was probably mostly crappy junk purchased from their store anyway.

We held onto the third bag for a little bit because we were out to get some walking exercise but the trash we were passing became almost like some sort of ghost calling us. It wasn’t too long and we started filling the third bag.

Mind you, we had already filled and properly disposed of four full bags at this point.

The fifth and final bag of garbage was 90% single use plastic beverage bottles!

So, I have two points about this endeavor.

  1. Combining trash pick up and exercising works but it feels like I’m not doing an effective job at either of them. So exercise or pick up trash. Also in some areas it may take you a while to pick up five pieces, but in my little town it took less than two minutes. Houston, we have a problem!
  2. The second point is that the vast majority of the trash was junk food and sugary beverages. When did we get so indoctrinated to purchase crap from the gas station? When did we start feeling like we had to have that thing with all the sugar just because it’s there? Has advertising and marketing done such a good job that we aren’t even conscious of our habits anymore?

There’s a soapbox with my name on it. But seriously, what is wrong with us today? Can we begin to answer that question?

 

 

Will you make One Good Choice Today?

Why would you do such a thing? Well, living by design – choosing the wise option, the healthy option, the loving option, is living your life with purpose, not by default.

Making a choice that will enhance your physical well being, your mental stability, or your spirit, will prolong your life. Or at least give you more joy while you are here, right?

That’s why I’m hosting a seven day free online event called One Good Choice Today.

For one week, we will make the wise choice and post it in our Facebook group, on Instagram, or you can email me directly.

Choose to park farther away from the door.

Take the stairs.

Drink a glass of water.

Drink another glass of water.

Comment below if you are interested in learning more. We can hook up on social media or via email.

Mindful living is a better way to live, dontcha think?

This is easy. It’s simple. It’s free. It’s online.

Comment below if you would like to join.

The official event will begin on September 9th and conclude on September 15th.

When you join, you will receive an email with a list of suggestions and a link to join the Facebook group.

Do you have a friend or an accountability buddy that interested in living well? Bring them along! Everyone is welcome.

Comment below and we can hook up via email or social media.

Thanks! Cheers!

Gratitude – July 31, 2019

Thank you Goddesses. Thank you Goddess of Abundance. Thank you Goddess of Wisdom. Thank you Goddess of Harmony. Thank you Goddess of Trust and Truth.

Thank you for this delicious and beautiful bowl of mango and strawberries. It’s a feast for the eyes as much as a feast for my tummy.

Thank you Universe for my opportunity to go to school for health coaching. I learned so much and my life is so much better now.

Thank you Family! Thank you Jes! I love you and it’s comforting to know you love me too.

Thank you Mother Nature for this gorgeous day! The temperature is great. The sky is amazing.

Thank you healers and your helpers. Thank you teachers and students. I add students because without us there would be no need to teachers, right?

Thank you leaders and followers. Thank you dreamers. Thank you hippies and peace freaks.

Thank you musicians. Thank you artists. Thank you storytellers, written and spoken.

This is an abundant Universe. Thank you Goddesses!!

Gratitude – July 29, 2019

Thank you Goddesses! Thank you Goddess of Abundance! Thank you sooooooo much.

Thank you for teaching me to stop and ask “What is this teaching me?” Thank you Goddess of Wisdom! What a difference that makes. I will try to describe what happened this morning. It feels like a miracle.

We live in a fixer upper house. It’s paid for so no mortgage payment, no rent. My previous self used to look at this as the best I can do. Like this is all that I can afford. This is my lot in life. This is as nice a house as I deserve to live in.

We have a back room that has eleven leaks in the roof. Yep, 11. It doesn’t take much rain either. Last night while we slept it apparently rained pretty hard. We didn’t have our buckets set up. This morning we woke up to a very wet floor. It’s only in one room, mind you. And we don’t use that room for much anyway. So it’s really not that big of a deal.

Anyway, as I was having my morning cuppa coffee, I was pondering this state of affairs. And instead of reacting in my usual bratty way (waaaaa poor me, the places I’m forced to live……), I posed the question – what am I supposed to learn from this.

The answer was – this is a fixer upper and you really dig doing projects like this. Seriously, this is your jam. This is your dream life. Well, not exactly my dream life, but I do really dig projects like this.

While I’m still striving to support myself financially, I’m already living part of my dream life. I can’t go buy a new-to-me car right now. My wardrobe is pretty thin. But, I get to ponder life over coffee for as long as I want to every morning. Every morning.

I don’t have to set an alarm. I get to write blog posts like this! I don’t have to write this post either. I’m choosing to write it. I get to choose how to spend my day.

That’s living the dream. Thank you Goddesses. I’m humbled and grateful.

Thank you Goddess of Abundance. Thank you Goddess of Wisdom. Thank you Goddess of Harmony. Thank you Goddess of Trust and Truth. Thank you all un-named Goddesses and Gods. Thank you Inner Goddess. Thank you Inner Child. Thank you Inner Wild One.

My heart is full. Thank you.

 

Gratitude – July 20, 2019

Thank you Goddesses!

Today I am grateful that I am home, in my own home. I’m grateful that I have places to put my things – i.e. bathroom stuff, essential oils on the kitchen window seal, a desk – lots of things to be grateful for.

Thank you Goddess of Abundance! Thank you Goddess of Wisdom! Thank you Goddess of Harmony! Thank you Goddess of Trust and Truth!

Thank you for all of the teachers and their helpers! Thank you for all of the artists! Thank you for the internet and our access to friends across the globe.

Thank you friends and family!

Thank you Charlie! Thank you for liking my cooking and sharing meals.

Thank you Goddess of Abundance for all of my opportunities! Thank you for how far I have come in the last couple of years.

Thank you for changing my mindset, my outlook on life, my view point. Thank you for encouragement and understanding.

Thank you for collaboration over competition.

Thank you healers and helpers. May I be one.

Happy Birthday Pat!!

 

Gratitude – July 19, 2019

Thank you Goddesses. I am on an amazing learning adventure. You know how I like to learn and you keep giving me new stuff. Thank you!!

Thank you Goddess of Abundance for the abundance of captivating topics. Thank you for all of my blessings too. I have an abundance of those.

Thank you Goddess of Harmony. There is peace in our house and it’s lovely.

Thank you Goddess of Wisdom. Thank you for my age and my wisdom. I may have been just as wise when I was younger, but now it is a more conscious wisdom. It feels more conscious anyway. Deliberate. Thoughtful.

Thank you Goddess of Trust and Truth. Thank you for holding steady and giving me a point to return to when things get fuzzy.

Thank you past lives, past personalities, past experiences. I’m learning that they have indeed helped create the person writing this – I am a creation. It feels funny to write that. It’s one thing to hear someone say “you are a creation.” It’s quite another to believe that I am a creation. How humbling. Thank you!

Thank you for reading this.

You can quit smoking. I know you can.

How do I know you can quit smoking? Because I did. A year and a half ago.

I smoked cigarettes since I was 14. I’m pushing 60 now. It was a huge part of my life.

It took a dear friend to really keep me in a pretty uncomfortable conversation. She just wouldn’t let me worm my way out of my reasons why I kept smoking. Until it felt like some stupid huge boulder that I was never going to move. And if I stayed standing on that ridiculous boulder, well, my future was shit.

Why do you smoke? What does it do for you? It feels good. Does it? Does it feel good to cough? Do your lungs hurt sometimes? Well, yes, but smoking is awesome! What is awesome about it? It gives me something to do. What about the money? How much does it cost? Yep, it’s a lot of money. What could you do with that money? I don’t know.

There’s a good one. What could you do with that money? I don’t know. Of course I didn’t know. Because I had been coming up with cigarette money for 40 years. Forty years is a long damn time. Changing that doesn’t happen overnight.

What in the freaking hell would I “do” if I didn’t smoke? Thankfully quitting is a process so I didn’t have to figure that out right away. That’s something I can figure out as I go. What would I do instead? What happens at the end of a meal? Do you just sit there? It’s funny now. It wasn’t at all funny then. And yes, you can just sit there. Or you can get up and wash the dishes, go brush your hair, relax and chat with your kids/spouse/dog. There’s a lot of stuff you can “do” at the end of a meal. Believe me. There is. You will find it.

How did I quit? I used nicotine patches and gum plus still smoked. One day I just said “I’m going to see how long I can go without one.” One and a half years later, I still haven’t had one. I didn’t put pressure on myself. I just said I was going to see how long I could go. My inner voice was cool with it because I accepted the idea that I could smoke whenever I wanted and I was going to see every minute smoke free as a success. I wasn’t going to see smoking as a failure. Do you see how that is turned around? I celebrated success – focused on success. Failure wasn’t an issue.

Why am I telling you this? Because I have an aid that can help you. If you are ready to try – again – to quit. I have created an aid made from all natural ingredients. Not addictive nor harmful. There are no side effects except for letting go of cigarettes.

How many times have you quit? Or tried to?

 

Gratitude – July 9, 2019

Thank you Goddess of Abundance. Thank you Goddess of Wisdom. Thank you Goddess of Harmony. Thank you Goddess of Trust and Truth.

Thank you Natasha for being in tune and for being my friend.

Thank you Goddess of Harmony for peace in my house.

Thank you doTERRA for giving me a promising future. Thank you for your gifts of the Earth. Thank you for your research, your science, and your desire to help the world live healthier and happier.

Thank you health and wellness industry for upping people’s awareness.

Thank you Rhiannon and my other friends and co-workers. You make the job pleasurable.

Thank you Institute of Integrative Nutrition for helping me heal – and for helping me learn how to take better care of myself.

Thank you Universe for all of my blessings! Thank you Father Sky and Mother Earth! Thank you Mother Nature!

Thank you Goddesses!! Thank you Goddess of Abundance. Thank you Goddess of Wisdom. Thank you Goddess of Harmony. Thank you Goddess of Trust and Truth.