Friday, September 30, 2016

ULTIMATE DIET TIPS


ULTIMATE DIET TIPS

The ULTIMATE diet tips from famous folks - past and present - for staying fit and fabulous!

1. "Just as you balance your spending and savings, you must balance your food choices. Don't eat too much of any one thing. Balance starches with proteins, vegetables and fruits with sweets, and always balance a splurge with a save." Bethany Frankel, The Skinnygirl

2. "Eat when you are hungry, not when you are bored ... If you're not hungry enough to eat an apple, then you're not hungry." Michael Pollan, Food Rules

3. "There'll always be some weird thing about eating four grapes before you go to bed, or drinking a special tea, or buying this little bean from El Salvador. If you watch your portions and have a good attitude and you work out every day, you'll live longer, feel better and look terrific." Richard Simmons

4. "The truth has dawned that fresh vegetables are not only good for you, they are wonderfully good to eat - when lovingly prepared." Julia Child

5. "Food is not your remedy for problems. Food is not going to change your life ... If you're going to lose weight, you have to do it by changing your way of thinking about food." Jean Nidetch, founder of Weight Watchers

6. "Tap into how food makes you feel. If skipping a slice of cake is going to leave you bummed, enjoy a small serving and savor it. But if that cake makes you feel "bleh", skip it. You know yourself better than anyone, so take the time to tune in to what works for you." Joy Bauer, RDN, nutrition expert for NBC's Today show, author From Junk Food to Joy Food

7. "Don't go treat-free. This is a bad way to live. If you go to one extreme, the pendulum is just going to swing all the way back. to the other ... I like to say the 80-20 rule. Eighty percent of the time, eat the cleaner, healthier foods; 20 percent of the time, have the burger, fries, the glass of wine." Jillian Michaels

8. "The shorter the ingredient list, the better." David Katz, MD, director of Yale University Prevention Research Center

9. "Don't diet. When you diet, you are basically setting yourself up for failure.I mean, the word die is in there! You're not allowing yurself to enjoy the food you love and it will only make you want it that much more. Make smart lifestyle changes, one baby step at a time." Khloe Kardashian

10. "The more you eat, the less flavor; the less you eat, the more flavor." Chinese proverb

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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

CHANGE YOURSELF – CHANGE THE WORLD


CHANGE YOURSELF – CHANGE THE WORLD

How much stuff do you need? How much stuff actually makes you happier? We know stuff adversely affects our environment BUT, collectively, small lifestyle changes can make a HUGE impact on the environment – and your life. Are you looking for happiness and health? It turns out, what’s good for the environment is also good for you.

I began questioning a materialistic lifestyle when I read “No Impact Man, The Adventures of a Guilty Liberal Who Attempts to Save the Planet. “In 2009, New York City resident, Colin Beavan, documented his attempt to live without making any net impact on the environment- not only in this book but also a sensational documentary film. He did his best to create NO trash (which meant, NO take-out food), to cause NO carbon dioxide emissions (NO driving or flying), to pour NO toxins in the water system (NO laundry detergent), buy NO produce from distant lands (NO kiwis from New Zealand). There would be NO elevators, NO subway, NO products in packaging, NO plastics, NO air conditioning, NO TV, NO buying anything new in this lifestyle experiment. Sound extreme? It was meant to be.

 Of course, I’m not suggesting you need to go to Mr. Beavan’s extremes; HOWEVER, there are four simple things you can do to make less impact on the environment.

First and foremost, BUY LESS – instead of instantly going to buy something, make it a habit to sit with the idea for a day or two to see if you can live without it. Less Stuff = More Time. The biggest eater of time is simply “stuff”. The more stuff you own – and the fancier the stuff – the more time is spent to get it, maintain it and dispose of it properly. Voluntary Simplicity is where it is at — IF you want more time to enjoy life! 

 (Hatters love to collect stuff but it’s also fun to up-cycle your extras.  Learn “How to Host a Shop ‘N Swap” in the latest Red Hatter Matters online magazine, a Member benefit.  Use this link to view: https://www.redhatsociety.com/sites/all/themes/red_hat_society/pdf/RHM_2016Q3_lr.pdf)

 Second, compost your food ‘trash’.  Ben and I have a compost tumbler on our patio. Once a year, I buy a small container of red wigglers to help with the break down. We love our worms! We thank them every day for giving us beautiful nutrient dense top-soil for our garden.

 Third, Say No To Plastic Bags! If you buy something that might leak and you absolutely must use one, get only ONE!

And finally, get a Pedometer! You’ll walk more. There’s nothing magical about this. When you track your steps, you will walk more and use your vehicle less. The bottom line is: you’ll be healthier, and the air will be just a little less emission-filled.

In 2014, I took on a personal challenge to wear one little purple dress for 30-days. Yes, I had a twin-little purple dress … one to wear, one to wash. I reinvented MLPD with accessories I had in my closet. If I bought anything, it was from a thrift shop. Check out my YouTube video: MLPD-my little purple dress.  It was such a fun project that I went 150-days in my little purple dress.

Saving our planet’s precious resources is up to each and every one of us.  Live a lifestyle that supports environmental sustainability. You don’t have to be an environmental geek. You don’t even have to be a long-haired hippie or a tree-hugger. Just, start small, be consistent, conscientious and compassionate. Change yourself, and you can change the world.

Compliments of Queen Sunny of the Fit ‘N Fabulous Chapter of the Red Hat Society.
 
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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

FAITH, TRUST, HOPE, CONFIDENCE, LOVE AND ATTITUDE


FAITH, TRUST, HOPE, CONFIDENCE, LOVE AND ATTITUDE

Everything ever written about relationships stresses the primary importance of good communication. When trying to build a close connection with another person, you must find a way to effectively communicate your feelings, thoughts and ideas to her. Open exchanges of thoughts, accompanied by sincere efforts to understand each other result in excellent communication. If this kind of exchange doesn’t take place there will be a lot of space for misunderstandings to occur. Often you won’t even know if you got your point across at all, and this can be extremely frustrating. When an understanding gulf becomes obvious it becomes necessary to search for other words or illustrations in order to try again. You just won’t feel as connected as you were hoping you would.

Over the years, I have come to believe that the premier method of ensuring good communication is through using word pictures or short illustrations, employing common life experiences as examples. You can really drive home a point when you’re able to give a good illustration or example - and you are often able to do it very succinctly. When you can tell that the other person “gets it” that shared understanding is the beginning of communication. I came across the following “Six Tiny Stories” on the internet; they explain some deep concepts very well – and in very few words:

Once all villagers decided to pray for rain. On the day of prayer, all the people gathered, but only one boy came with an umbrella. That’s FAITH.

When you throw a baby in the air, she laughs, because she knows you will catch her. That’s TRUST.

Every night we go to bed, without any assurance of being alive the next morning, but still we set the alarm to wake up. That’s HOPE.

We plan big things for tomorrow in spite of zero knowledge of the future. That’s CONFIDENCE.

We see the world suffering, but still we get married and have children. That’s LOVE.

On an old man’s shirt was written a sentence, “I am not 90 years old...I am sweet 16 with 74 years’ experience. That’s ATTITUDE.

The anonymous person who wrote these little stories has managed to communicate succinctly and clearly, their definition of faith, trust, hope, confidence, love and attitude. I think anyone who reads them will “get it!”

In friendship,
Sue Ellen, Exalted Queen Mother

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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

CHANGE, EMBRACE IT OR RESIST IT?

 Achieving Balance

You can resist change or embrace it. Either way, change is not going away.
 
·        Change Happens – By noticing small changes early on you adapt to the bigger changes that are yet to come.

·        You Can Anticipate Change – Ever hear the expression “The handwriting is on the wall”?

·        You have to monitor AND adapt to change quickly.

·        You Must Change – If you don’t change, you can become extinct.

·        Enjoy Change!  Be ready to change quickly and enjoy it again & again.  Always, ask yourself: Is this the end or is it a new beginning?

 
YES, change will happen, so might as well embrace it!!

How can you achieve the balance necessary to keep a level head and a healthy attitude amidst all this change? Learn how to effectively handle the stresses of change. After all, the better you are at handling stress, the better off you will be. 

 Here’s what I do to keep a level head and a healthy attitude amidst all this change. I walk. I walk 10,000 steps every single day, rain or shine. By walking consistently and mindfully, you can achieve the mental, emotional and physical well-being for coping with life’s stresses.

 I prefer to walk outside and commune with Nature. BUT, what if you can’t walk outside? No problem. Did you know there are walking DVDs? DVDs by Leslie Sansone are my Plan B when I can’t get outside. Leslie Sansone is my go-to gal when the weather is not cooperating.

 Walking is a stress buster. Walking improves your immune system. Walking can lower your high blood pressure. Walking releases endorphins – those natural feel good hormones. Walking is anti-aging. Walking improves your circulation so that your skin glows. Walking is FREE!

AND, what if you don’t have time to walk for an hour? You can break it up … walk 20 minutes three times during your day. If you walk 20 minutes after each meal, you’ll be helping your body digest your food.
 
I challenge you to stop making excuses and start moving. You’ll be glad you did. Remember, a Fit Hatter is a Healthy, Happy Hatter.
 

Complements of Red Hat Society’s Queen Sunny Mathews, Fabulous Fitness Facilitator of the Fit ‘n Fabulous Virtual Online Group.  Click here to learn more about this group.  

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Thursday, September 8, 2016

RHS Virtual Wild West Steampunk Party

 
RHS Virtual Wild West Steampunk Party
Thursday, September 15, 2016
9AM PDT to 5PM PDT



9AM PDT: Welcome to the Party! We’re glad to see you are in your formal attire today. Allow us to take your coat. Hats will (of course) remain on our heads. As we get ready to board the time machine, we want to know who’s here! What kind of party would we be hosting if we didn’t let everyone get to know one another? Please share who are you, why have you joined us today and if you are an RHS Member (yet)? If you are new to RHS, we want to be the first to welcome you to the party! We’ll use the COMMENT section of this particular post to share our answers.

10AM PDT: Hop aboard the time machine! Our destination? An alternate 19th century where America’s Wild West meets the British Victorian era in a little retro futuristic town known as Red Hollow. As we step out of the time machine into this new and foreign land, let’s share what we see! If you are new to a virtual party, all you need to do is find an image online that conveys what you are seeing in front of you and share it in the COMMENT section of the post. If you are hosting a LIVE party and want to post those photos of what you see before you, please do! Need a little education? Take a look at Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steampunk
 
11AM PDT: Steampunk Artifact Contest (PRIZE TO BE AWARDED FOR Most Creative! Entries will be taken within this hour’s post until 4PM PDT) All guests are invited to create a uniquely designed steampunk inspired artifact for consideration in this hour’s post. Create your accessory, snap a picture of yourself with your piece and post it (and an explanation of what it is) within the COMMENT section of this post ONLY. Anyone who posts their accessory OUTSIDE OF THIS POST will not be considered for the prize. That placement automatically enters you in the contest to win a prize at the end of our party! Need some inspiration in what to create for submission? Check out these google images: https://www.google.com/search…

12PM PDT: Red Hollow’s Victorian Luncheon- Step into Red Hollow’s Victorian Parlour for a luncheon like you’ve never experienced before. Don’t worry, we serve the finest of teas throughout history.

1PM PDT: Steampunk Fashion Show- Allow us to introduce you to Red Hollow’s world famous fashion designer, Baroness C. Roan Charley. She has joined us today to offer her critiques and style tips on our Steampunk fashions. We want to see what you are wearing at today’s event. Whether you be wearing a virtual outfit that you “borrowed” from the internet or you are dressed in your own steampunk attire, each attendee is welcome to join this virtual fashion show. In the COMMENT section of this post, share photos of what you are wearing.

2PM PDT: Red Hollow’s government representative, Lord S. Farrell Earle, has joined us for an afternoon of trivia fun. A time traveler himself, Lord Earle is best known for the time he spent with Jules Verne and H. G. Wells offering them insider insight into both the future and the past. He thought he would share with us some Steampunk trivia to see how much we know on the subject. The attendee with the most correct answers will win a prize! At 5pm today, we’ll be awarding our winner! How to play: In the COMMENT section of THIS post ONLY, Ruby RedHat will be asking questions on behalf of Lord Earle. Anyone who answers questions OUTSIDE OF THIS POST will not be considered for the prize. You are invited to give it your best answer, but be quick! Some of these attendees are trivia buffs! Ruby will share who the winner is within the COMMENT section. Once the correct answer is given, she’ll ask the next question within the thread.

3PM PDT: Red Hollow’s World Famous Steampunk Carousel- Stroll with Lord Earle to the town’s amusement park and take a ride on the carousel. Listen to the familiar fairground organ as it plays the tunes of old. Are you riding a horse or a sea creature? Show us what animal or sea creature you’ve chosen. Use the COMMENT section below to post your image you’ve “borrowed” from the internet.

 4PM PDT: There are plenty of Steampunk inspired games to play. Some that come to mind are “Battle Croquet” and “Fling-A-Familiar,” but this afternoon, we’ll play the ultimate of Steampunk games that just so happens to be right up a Hatter’s alley! Help us build the world’s tallest hatstack. Simply put, it’s our virtual hats stacked one on top of the other within our post. How to play: Find your favorite Steampunk inspired hat on the internet or take a picture of your own and add the photo to the COMMENT section of this post. The virtual record for the most virtual hats creating a hatstack is 150. Can we beat the record within the hour? Find as many hats as you want and keep adding them until the end of the hour.

5PM PDT: Last Call to board our time machine bound for September 15, 2016. Who’s coming along? Who has found their new life’s journey? But, before we close the door on our time machine, We’ll end our time together by announcing the winners of today’s adventure in the COMMENT section of this post. The categories are:

1. Most Creative Steampunk inspired artifact
2. Most correct answers during the trivia hour
3. Person who posts the most hats in the hatstack
 
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Tuesday, September 6, 2016

RED HAT HUBBY



The Red Hat Society’s little friend and mascot Ruby RedHat has been helping Hatquarters by making a few Membership renewal reminder calls.  Bless her heart, we appreciate everything she does.

During one of the calls, a darling husband picked up the call, correctly pressed the right number and was connected to one of our fabulous Member Services Representatives.

After hearing what the call was all about, this wonderful man offered to renew his wife's Membership as a gift and asked for it to be a surprise. Don't husbands do the most amazing things!
Membership in the Red Hat Society is a perfect gift to give easily anytime.  So easy a husband can do it! (Wink!)
 
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Thursday, September 1, 2016

Guest Blogger - HATalk e-magazine

Hello,


I wanted to tell you about a special event that will be taking place this October in London, England.



As well as being Editor of HATalk e-magazine, I am also one of the organisers of London Hat Week and one of my favourite parts of London Hat Week each year is the London Hat Walk. Last year, we were thrilled to have a number of Red Hatters join us. Check out these photos…



I would love to see even more of you there this year to help us to spread the joy of hat wearing and have a great day out in Central London. The walk will take place on Sunday, October 9th from 1:00pm-2:00pm. To find out more, go to www.londonhatweek.com.

Becky Weaver, HATalk Editor
























Not a member of the Red Hat Society? There's only one, join the fun!

You are invited to join your Red (and Pink) Hat Sisters for an experience of a lifetime, where joy, laughter and the electricity of fun and friendship reign supreme in the city that never sleeps!  Let this serve as your official invitation to the Red Hat Society's 2017 Hats in the City 
International Convention in New York, New York.