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Living Well

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What is the vision that your resolution supports? For many, January 1st is when people in many Western countries reflect on their lives and make “resolutions” for the next year. For most, January 2nd is the first of many days in that year where the new resolutions are not kept. That is because too often your resolution lives alone in the world, only slightly tied to a vision of your future, and rarely revisited. In mental health and medical fields, when you seek the assistance of a pro, the pro will write a “treatment plan”, usually with your input, with specific and measurable goals to be re-examined regularly…and I suppose that’s what a New Year’s Resolution is. But like yearly employee reviews, yearly resolutions are too far apart to be much help. What I suggest instead is regular “Vision” days. I’m agnostic as to which planning system you use (I have yet to find one I fully like, so I’ll let you know if I create one), but whether pen and paper or electronic or some combination of the two, the basic calendar + appointment + to-do list just doesn’t do the trick. And these Vision days should be at least once every three months. Reviewing once a

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Living WellNoodlingsOf mind & body

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My husband and I have an ongoing argument on the nature of gift giving. He thinks gifts should be a surprise, and I think that surprise is far less important than giving people something they really, really want. This year for Christmas, he totally got it right. He got me a Fitbit HR Charge. Well, I’d asked for the gray band, and they only had purple, but I can live with that. Yes, I know. Body positivity and all that jazz. I don’t mind being overweight in and of itself. What I mind is how uncomfortable my body feels, the bloating in my belly and skin issues where it folds. I’m also ultra paranoid about diabetes, since it runs in my family. So I wanted something that would accurately record my activity level, so I could have some idea (with the help of linking it to My Fitness Pal for the food diary) of where I’m gaining the weight. Also, bonus, I can see how active my friends are (and judging from my friends, how uncommon it is to actually reach 10,000 steps per day). Print PDF

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Living WellSpending Less

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#168716585 / gettyimages.com When my youngest son comes home and sees this recipe cooking in the crock pot, he literally squeals and jumps up and down. A little odd for a teenager, but I’ll take it. Fair warning, I cook this a little differently every time I make it, so, this will be more of a guideline than a recipe. All of the mandatory items in the recipe can be purchased at Aldi, and this recipe is also great for using leftover mashed and/or baked potatoes. The recipe is loosely based on the soup at a steakhouse I worked at over twenty years ago in Las Cruces, New Mexico. In southern New Mexico, potatoes are often a part of traditional “Mexican” (probably “New Mexican” with strong Apache and Navajo influences), so yes, this really is a traditional dish, made in a modern way. Basic ingredients (One Up ingredients in parentheses for when you have more or less time and/or money). I have never tried to make a gluten or lactose free version of this recipe, and would appreciate any reports of attempts. 2 cans (10.5 oz) Cream of Chicken soup, any brand 3 cans (10.5 oz) Cream of Potato soup, any brand (or

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