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Every month I’m going to choose a book on either personal development, health or wealth. Some books may cover two or more areas.

This month’s book is: The 4-Hour Workweek By: Tim Ferriss.

I believe this book will be beneficial for those wanting to escape the 9-5 rat race and those who are not for the work hard then retire broke life.

Join the discussion & read along.

Grab your copy here: http://amzn.to/2evK7Tm via @amazon

Our discussion will be held in the comments section below. Our goal is to read at least 10 pages per day or 1 chapter per day and talk about our takeaways and possible implementation plans. I’ll check in once a week.

Enjoy and let’s get started!

Dionna Dawson

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My Plank Challenge

Today’s the start of my plank challenge. The challenge is for 28 days. It starts light and increases slightly every day or so. Today’s time is 20 secs. Tomorrow is a REST day. Sun. and Mon.’s times are 20 and 30 sec., respectively. I’ll check in Mon. afternoon to see how you’re doing and give updates.

If you’re not familiar with planks, this video should help clear things up a bit. https://youtu.be/EyCMdSX2WCA

I feel at 18 weeks (4-1/2 months) pregnant, planks may be the safest and most effective way to support and build my core. If you didn’t know, I’m considered high risk because I’m slightly older than other child bearing women and my previous deliveries were by Cesarean (all three)! I’m hoping to avoid another C-section so I want to do what I can to strengthen all parts involved. 🙂

Check the comments section below for updates.

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When’s the Last Time You Took a Bath?

I was listening to my mentor the other day and she explained how HER mentor had to encourage her to slow down a bit.

You know, sometimes we get so involved in helping others and doing what we do, that we forget to take time and care for ourselves. The question she was asked and I’m asking you today is, “When’s the last time you took a bath?!”

Don’t get me wrong. This is NOT a hygiene question. Basically, I’m asking, “When’s the last time you took some time to relax and DO YOU?” Bath time is considered a ‘luxury’ and/or waste of time to some people, but history shows bathing is very necessary and healing.

The following bath formula is one I like to use on a weekly basis. I’d love to bathe daily, but like some of you, I get so busy with LIFE!

Let’s resolve together to give ourselves, at least, one day (That’s Saturday for Me.) to recoup from the stressors of life. It will prove beneficial to our focus and performance for the upcoming work week. ENJOY! 😉

 

 

Dionna’s Simple Detoxifying and Relaxing Bath Formula

(An About.com & Healthy Living adaptation)

 

This simple soak does wonders for the skin, relaxes muscles, draws toxins from the body, and contains a natural sedative to help your nervous system relax and unwind. It is also a natural emollient and exfoliant–and it reduces swelling.

 

Ingredients:

2 cups              Powdered Milk (goat, cow or buttermilk)

1 cup               Epsom Salt

1 cup               Sea Salt

½ cup              Baking Soda

½ ounce           Lavender Essential Oil

2 Tbsp             Sweet Almond Oil

 

Directions:

  1. Measure out the milk and salts.
  2. Mix everything together well, making sure to break up any clumps.
  3. Add the Lavender Essential Oil or any essential oil blend you like.
  4. Mix everything together well.
  5. Scoop the mixture into jars or other air-tight containers.
  6. Add ½ cup or so to briskly running bath water.
  7. Add 1-2 Tablespoons Sweet Almond Oil or oil of choice (more if very dry skin/less if oily).
  8. Relax and soak about 15-20 minutes.

 

FYI: Although the salts and essential oil are optional, I use everything listed above for optimal health benefits.

*According to David Fisher, from About.com, Cleopatra, and other sophisticated ladies have bathed in milk for centuries. The lactic acid in milk is an alpha-hydroxy acid, which helps cleanse the skin and release dead skin cells.

*Dr. Heather of Healthy Living says minerals & salts make the bath water feel silky and leave your skin cleansed and soft.

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Starting With a Clean Slate

We’re told that living in today’s society and environment, we are exposed to numerous toxins and it’s necessary to detox. The challenge is where do we start and is it safe or easy? Well, I find that detoxing is not only necessary, it’s beneficial and not hard at all. In fact, the detox I just finished proved to be gentle on my system, as well as, very effective. Detoxing, in my opinion, gives you a clean slate to build your healthy lifestyle on.

 

April 30, 2017, was the last day of a 30-Day Detox Challenge I was on. It was definitely a challenge and well worth it. The idea was to turn my body into a fat-burning machine instead of a sugar-burning machine. This would be accomplished by following a Ketogenic Diet protocol and incorporating certain supplements to assist in the process.

 

During the month, I found that my weight loss was minimal (7lbs), but am encouraged to know I’m headed in the right direction. What I have noticed is that my trips to the bathroom are more frequent and productive. This has proven to me that my waste management system is getting back on track.

 

I feel the changes I’ve made, sticking to an 8-hour “feeding window” and eating good fats with minimal carbs, is something I can continue throughout my life. I find that eating this way left me with no desire to eat outside that time frame. I believe once I add in a consistent workout routine, the weight will drop at alarming rates and come closer to ideal weight management. I’m sure I’ll repeat this challenge in the near future. I encourage you to join me.

 

Get started with a clean slate!

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Your Emotional State Is Key

In my devotion time today, we talked about anger and how we can handle or diffuse a given situation.

I’m sure you can imagine with a name like ‘the lover and fighter’, I have to have a great deal of emotion I’m working with. Honestly, it used to be that way. I wasn’t an extremist, but I was very expressive. LOL!

I truly believe there’s a time and place for everything. Sometimes unconditional love is in order and sometime you have to put up your dukes and fight. Figuratively and literally!

This doesn’t make you crazy. It makes you human.

I’m glad to say I have found my happy medium and have been in that place for a number of years now. My friend even noticed I’m calmer.

How did I do it?

Well, we know stress is inevitable and in certain cases, it’s necessary. I just knew with a medical condition, added stress is not your friend. So, I took a conscious and deliberate approach to manage my health.

That and having loving and supportive family and friends has made all the difference.

How do you handle your emotions?

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