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Weight Watcher Smart Points

February 6, 2018 · by mark mcnamara · No Comments

“The acorn must become the oak tree. Then the oak tree can become a piano – but you can’t go from acorn to piano.” – Christy Marsden
I admit … I love the above quote. More often than not, when your working toward a goal you’re evolving and growing. But sometimes we don’t even start because of our need to see the ending before we begin. “Who you become in…

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Improve Decision-Making Skills

January 6, 2018 · by mark mcnamara · No Comments

“My decision-making skills closely resemble that of a squirrel crossing the street!”  – Unknown
How do you make a decision? From the second you wake everyday you’re faced with making one decision after the next. It’s no wonder that by 1 p.m. our decision-making capabilities may be spent. For years I struggled with that exact predicament. (I discovered last week while babysitting my 3-year-old…

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Healthy Holiday Tips

December 6, 2017 · by mark mcnamara · No Comments

“Don’t get your tinsel in a tangle.”
Every year I convince myself that this will be the year when I’m on top of the holidays. And then life happens and I find myself once again having a hard time keeping up with work, Freddy (our Elf on a Shelf), fighting with my seven-year-old who refuses to wear snow pants to school (such a struggle every morning…

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Food Alternatives

November 16, 2017 · by mark mcnamara · No Comments

“I’m looking for a moisturizer that hides the fact I’ve been exhausted since 2010!” – Unknown
In a recent conversation with a friend she mentioned how she was out with a group of Europeans and asked them their thoughts on Americans. They responded with, “Americans are exhausted!” Interesting. Not sure I can argue that? It seems that so many of us are in a state of constant motion… either…

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Healthy Food Swaps

October 16, 2017 · by mark mcnamara · No Comments

“Midlife can teach you a lot about yourself, if you’re finally willing to listen. ” – Susie Rosenstein
I think I’m in the early stages of a mini midlife crisis. It’s nothing serious (ha – I hope!) but as I approach another birthday in my forties I’m starting to recognize things: my need for more self-reflection, the fact that I have more questions about life than answers, wondering…

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5 Stress Killers

August 16, 2017 · by mark mcnamara · No Comments

“It’s astounding how much one’s stress level goes down with the simple act of switching from skinny jeans to yoga pants.” – Unknown
STRESS. Everyone has it in their lives (to a certain degree) but how it’s managed is often the difference between health and sickness. I honestly did not realize how powerful stress and its effects on the body could be until recently. I’ve spent some…

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Foods to Keep You Cool

June 16, 2017 · by mark mcnamara · No Comments

“It’s a sure sign of summer if the chair gets up when you do.”
– Walter Winchell
With the temps heating up I thought it was worthy to share suggestions on which foods will cool you down this summer.

According to traditional Chinese medicine, there exist “warming foods” and “cooling foods.” It’s said that cooling foods help to clear heat and toxins from the body, whereas warming foods increase…

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National Salad Month

May 16, 2017 · by mark mcnamara · No Comments

“You are what you eat – so don’t be fast, cheap, easy or fake!” – Unknown
This is the time of year that makes me a bit crazy. I was on top of things at the beginning of the school year – not so much now. My teens ride the bus and everyday is a struggle to get them up and out the door – and I drive my two elementary kiddos and…

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Tips to Increase Your Energy

March 16, 2017 · by mark mcnamara · No Comments

“The higher your energy level, the more efficient your body. The more efficient your body, the better you feel and the more you will use your talent to produce outstanding results.” — Anthony Robbins
Over the past month I’ve had conversations with individuals at very different stages in life — an expectant mother with a toddler who could care less if she sleeps, a young woman starting her own business, a…

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Make it YOUR Year!

January 6, 2017 · by mark mcnamara · No Comments

“Today I no longer need to change the world around me, I just need to change the way I see it.”
I love the new year for the fact that it’s a metaphorical reset button. It provides a promise of hope that this could be the year to finally do that thing or make that change – whatever it may be.

Recently, I was reminded of an article that I…

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