5 Tips For A Healthy July 4th

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Have a happy and healthy 4th of July with these tips:
  1. Don’t go on an empty stomach! Eat an apple, nuts, smoothie or healthy snack before you go.
  2. Make healthy choices. Fill up on fruit, vegetables, and salads first. Skip the heavy dips and chips! Avoid dishes that you don’t know how they were made or include unhealthy fats and artificial ingredients. For more tips, download the #iGoPinkChallenge Guide – click here.
  3. Eat slowly. Use small plates, take your time eating, and drink water before and during your meal.
  4. Bring your own dish. Share healthy recipes with family and friends, and make sure you have options for you to enjoy – like our Watermelon Tomato Salad.
  5. Be social. Instead of hanging around the food table, mingle with family and friends. Enjoy the company you are with and have a wonderful time at the celebration!

Get more healthy tips and learn what healthy foods to fill up on in our FREE #iGoPinkChallenge Guide – Download Here

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Breast Cancer Help – Ways To Support Someone With Breast Cancer

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How are you supposed to know, instantly, how to be supportive to a woman going through something this terrifying? Here are some ways.

Join Breast Cancer Charities as we P-R-E-S-S Forward in the fight against breast cancer! Visit us here www.thebreastcancercharities.org/what-we-do

Tough Mom

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Wow. We don’t know about you, but this video made us tear up! Mom’s are amazing. This mother’s day, take a moment to honor your mother!

This Mother’s Day we want to celebrate mom’s who have fought the battle of breast cancer.  If you need some options for ways to honor your mother, consider making a donation in her honor.

Fundraising Websites – Crowdrise

Motivational Monday: BEGIN.

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Every Decision

Motivational Monday: Work for your DREAMS

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Dreams don't work

Motivational Monday

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Inspirational Story: Escaping The Storm

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Multi-colored storm front.

Escaping The Storm

Earlier this summer when Dean and Brenda Rummel were traveling from Colorado to their home north of Kendallville, Indiana, they took a new route to avoid Chicago’s traffic and potholes.

Dean is a real estate agent and Brenda is principal of Prairie Heights Middle School. Their motorcycle trips have taken them to every state except Alaska and Hawaii. However, on this trip, their motorcycle broke down in the middle of nowhere — but really they were in just the right place.

The breakdown led to numerous new friendships. Terry and Pat Svetlecich brought them back home in their motor home and pulled the motorcycle on a trailer. They even dropped the bike off at a Honda shop.

“That’s just me,” Terry told the Morris newspaper. “Isn’t that what you’re supposed to do?”

In return, the Rummels insisted their new friends stay the night in Indiana and made them a home-cooked meal.

The Morris, Illinois, newspaper wrote about the Rummels’ experience because Brenda sent a thank you note to the community. People who read her letter to the editor asked the newspaper to tell the rest of the story.

I found out about the story through a random Google e-mail alert.
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I called Dean and Brenda and told them I had read about them online in the Morris newspaper. They had not seen the article. Then Dean shared with me another story from the same remarkable journey.

The day before their breakdown they were whizzing through Iowa on I-80. Surprisingly, the low fuel light went on. Dean knew he shouldn’t be low on fuel, but he also knew he couldn’t ignore it. There weren’t many places to get fuel so he got off at the nearest exit and found a gas station.

When he “filled up” he found out the tank would only take about three gallons. It confirmed what he thought and the gas level was not low.

A shove on his shoulder made him turn around. It was a woman who seemed to have come out of nowhere.

“There’s a storm coming. Power lines will come down. High winds,” she said. “Get off the road.”

Dean and Brenda were startled. The sky at the gas station was clear. There was no storm in sight. They did not understand the woman’s concern and they decided to continue on I-80 to their destination 100 miles away.

The woman’s tone was urgent.

“Folks, get off the road,” she repeated. “Get off the road! There’s a bad storm coming!”

The woman’s persistence and her urgent tone made Dean change his mind and head for Iowa City, 12 miles away.

As they sped toward Iowa City, storm clouds suddenly popped up. They increased their speed, racing toward Iowa City. With every passing moment the sky became more threatening. They found a hotel and quickly checked in.

The minute they shut the door behind them, the storm struck with fury. Raging winds threw tree limbs across the road. The storm was so strong that the electricity went out for 2-1/2 hours.

Escaping the storm’s fury seemed like a miracle.

Looking back, Dean believes the woman who warned them and then disappeared must have been an angel.

~ Grace Housholder ~

Inspirational Quotes for Difficult times

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Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” – Thomas Edison

Tough times never last, but tough people do.” – Robert Schuller

Arise awake and stop not till the goal is reached.” – Swami Vivekananda

I walk slowly, but I never walk backward.” – Abraham Lincoln

When the going gets tough, the tough get going.” – Joseph Kennedy

Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It is a very mean and nasty place and it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t how hard you hit; it’s about how hard you can get hit, and keep moving forward. How much you can take, and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done. Now, if you know what you’re worth, then go out and get what you’re worth. But you gotta be willing to take the hit, and not pointing fingers saying you ain’t where you are because of him, or her, or anybody. Cowards do that and that ain’t you. You’re better than that!”
Movie Quote from ‘Rocky Balboa’

Breast Cancer Awareness Is More Than Wearing Pink

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Published: Wednesday, October 6, 2010 at 5:41 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, October 6, 2010 at 5:41 p.m.

There are only a few things in this world that turn your blood cold and cause your heart to fall into your stomach.

One of these things is finding out you or a loved one has a life-threatening disease. This happened to me about a year and a half ago when I was told my 77-year-old mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. It is one of those things that changes you forever and you never quite look at the world in the same way.

Fortunately, it was caught early enough that she made a full recovery, but only after watching her suffer through radical surgery and months of debilitating treatment. It is something I wish no one would ever have to witness or go through themselves. My mother is one of the strongest people I know who refused to let this evil control her life. Even through the nausea and weakness, she would always put on a smile and pull herself together to spoil her grandkids and try to ease the worry that the family lived with constantly.

Though she lost her hair and suffered other physical torments, she soldiered on and beat the odds that were stacked against her. She is an inspiration and a true representation of how determination and faith can overcome anything put before you. It is also a testament on how getting regular checkups can prevent getting into a situation that unfortunately cannot be fixed.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and it is a wonderful opportunity to inform and educate all people about the issues surrounding this horrible illness. You will see everyone from professional football players to musicians showing their support for research and education for breast cancer by wearing pink. On Oct. 2, 3,000 women participated in the 18th annual Women’s Only 5K Walk/Run for Breast Cancer in Greensboro to raise money for a mammography scholarship fund that will benefit low-income women and those who are uninsured.

Although struggling with being treated for breast cancer, Susan G. Komen was more concerned about how other people were dealing with breast cancer in there own lives and what could be done to ease their suffering. At her death, Susan’s sister, Nancy Brinker, started the Susan G. Komen Foundation in 1982 as a promise to her sister to end breast cancer forever. It is now the global leader of the breast cancer movement, having invested nearly $1.5 billion since inception.

But wearing pink and raising money for research will not be enough to eradicate this disease. Each person must do their individual part by talking about the issue, explaining what to look for and having regular preventative examinations. If you find a lump or feel something just isn’t right, don’t dismiss it. Take action on the side of being cautious.

If there is nothing wrong then you are out nothing, but catching it early can make the difference between life and death. Do it for your loved ones, if nothing else. And don’t think of it as just a women’s disease. Although it makes up less than 1 percent of all cases, men have also died from breast cancer. To me, that is 1 percent too many.

I am one of the fortunate people who succeeded in the fight with cancer in my family, but just the thought of losing my mother still shakes me to my soul. It is a thought no one should ever have to have. I hope everyone will take action by making a donation, participating in a fundraising event, giving items to the cancer center or simply just volunteering your time.

My mother wears a pink bracelet on her wrist with the message: Hope, Strength, Faith and Courage. She says it has helped her many times while dealing with all the treatments and the horrible side effects. I will follow her lead and keep that message close to my heart. I hope for the best, I will be strong when dealing with the unpleasant reality, I have faith that God will protect those who are fighting for their lives and I will have the courage to speak out about the need to find a cure for this disease.

No one should ever have this horrible, disfiguring monster disrupt his or her lives ever again. And although I don’t say it enough, I love you Mom and I am inspired by you.

Sharon Myers is a married mother of two. She is a graduate of Lexington Senior High and received her bachelor’s degree in journalism from East Carolina University.