|The Power of the Proper Snack|
I am catching a flight to San Diego in a few hours for a two day speaking seminar. I am both excited and intimidated by the session. It is being taught by Loral Langemeier, who is one of the top speakers and money coaches worldwide. She regularly shares the stage with Tony Robbins, Jack Canfield and T. Harv Ecker among others. It is going to be an intensive two days! Although I love speaking, standing in front of a room full of people and knowing you are going to immediately be critiqued is tough.
Knowing that I need to be 100% both physically and mentally for the next two days, I have packed my own snacks for the trip. I know they will have snacks there, but I also know that I can stay better focused if I eat a handful of almonds and dried cranberries rather than a cookie after lunch.
Even if I was heading out on vacation, I would take my own snacks for the airport. To give you an example, I spent $4.99 on snacks at Trader Joes that will last me four or five days. I could hardly pick up a candy bar and a soda at the airport for that. Besides, if I'm going to burn calories or cash - it's going to be on an amazing dessert at a restaurant or bakery - not at the airport bookstore.
Wish me luck for the next two days! I can use all the help I can get!
Yesterday's FFIT Fearless & Savvy Woman's Event was a success! The day is still a bit of a blurr for me as it was non-stop and action packed. I look forward to seeing more photos and video of the different events and speakers that I was not able to catch including the fitness fashion show.
One of my biggest takeaways for the day was how powerful it felt being surrounded by like-minded speakers and attendees who continuously strive to improve their health, wealth and personal happiness.
This is me giving the keynote speech.
|Be FFIT Fearless & Savvy and Bring a Friend for FREE!|
I am very proud to be a part of a brand new event that will be taking place in Foster City, CA tomorrow - July 24, 2011. The 1st Annual FFIT Fearless & Savvy Woman’s Event will be held at the Foster City Recreation Center in Foster City, CA. The conference gathers experts from across California, focusing on the health, wealth and personal happiness of women.
At the event, I will be teaching a Savvy Personal Finance Tools breakout session in addition to giving the keynote speech about what it means to be a FFIT Fearless & Savvy Woman. Other activities that will be taking place include:
In addition to speakers and exhibitors in the main room, there are two separate rooms that will house individual breakout sessions including:
The ultimate goal of the conference is for attendees to go home inspired, empowered and energized with new ideas, resources and connections. For more information about the event or to purchase a ticket, visit www.FFITFearlessSavvy.com. If you purchase your ticket today for just $15, you can bring a friend for free!
|Simple Pleasures & Savvy Produce|
I just finished eating the most delicious plum. It reminded me of how much I love summer produce like nectarines, pluots and peaches. The only thing I don't like about them is how quickly they ripen. If you buy too much, it can be hard to consume before they go bad - wasting food and money.
I fell into the habit of only buying enough summer produce for a few days and supplementing our fruit bowl with heartier items like apples. We eat the summer items first and when those are gone, the apples are still fresh and ready to enjoy. Just in case we go on a serious fruit bender, I also keep a bag of frozen mangoes from Trader Joe's in the fridge. At less than $3 per bag, they last forever and we eat them frozen with our fingers. Frozen mangoes can also a good way to kick a bad ice cream habit.
|Salted Chocolate Chip Cookie Obsession!|
One of our family's traditions is that I bake every weekend. I have always loved to bake, but started to do it more regularly in an effort to save money and calories as well as to ensure that I regularly do something I love. Let me explain.
Save Money - Knowing that I am going to bake something each weekend keeps us from feeling the need to have other treats in the house such as ice cream or store bought cookies. I can bake homemade chocolate chip cookies with ingredients I always have in the house vs. spending $3.50 each on several pints of ice cream (Paul has a significant sweet tooth).
Save Calories - Because we both know that I will be baking on the weekend, it's easier for us to forego eating store bought cookies or pastries during the rest of the week. That reduces the amount of times we have dessert to just once or twice a week.
Ensure That I Do Something I Love - Have you ever noticed that the things we most enjoy doing, we don't often do? I have friends who love to write, paint or play music, but they rarely make time to enjoy their passions. I have found myself in this same trap. Although I know how much I love spending time in the kitchen, too often I get distracted by other things. Knowing that Paul and Dante are counting on a baked treat on the weekends forces me to spend some quality time in the kitchen.
For the past three weeks I have been OBSESSED with a Salted Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe I discovered at a wonderful website called StoneSoup.com. These cookies have blown my mind! First, they are the best cookies I have ever tasted in my life. It might have something to do with the fact that there is more sugar in them than flour. They also have this crazy way of spreading to eight times their original size! One of the cookies from the batch I made on Sunday night spread out so far, it became larger than the small dinner plate I use for my meals! What I really can't get over is that they are by far, the easiest chocolate chip cookies I have ever made in my life! Unbelievably easy to make!
There is one major downfall to the cookies. One of the ways I keep from over eating treats is that I only like cookies or brownies when they are still warm. Once they cool, they just aren't as appealing. Unfortunately, these cookies are just as delicious cool as they are fresh out of the oven. I am so screwed.
Photo from StoneSoup.com
|Sunday Night Dinner|
I'm thoroughly enjoying a quiet Sunday evening at home with Paul and Dante. I made tacos for dinner and we're watching Season 2 of Castle - a birthday gift from Paul. In just a few minutes, I'll start baking dessert...
Although we have been working on creating the Living the Savvy Life Coaching Program since late February, the last two weeks have been especially intense. I actually worked a 19 hour day on Monday, the day before the launch. The hard work was definitely worth it. I am very proud of what we have done with the program and look forward to being able ot help so many more people than I can reach with my one-on-one coaching or seminars.
Today is still a bit intense. It's 6:30 am and I am leaving the house in about 30 minutes to drop marketing materials off for the FFIT Fearless & Savvy Woman's Event at a Weight Watchers meeting in Palo Alto. One of Weight Watchers' leaders will be on the weight loss panel at the event which is exciting - talk about a program that has reached out and helped people!
After dropping off the materials, I am meeting with Kevin at 8:30 am in Foster City to work on material for the Living the Savvy Life Coaching Program.
At 11:00 am I'm taking a strength training seminar at Fearless (whichI have been looking forward to for weeks) and then I'll meet with Coach Erika later today to deliver more marketing materials for next week's event.
If all goes well, I hope to be on my couch with a book in one hand and a glass of wine in the other hand by 4:00 pm where I will... just breathe!
The kick off promotion launching our new Living the Savvy Life Coaching Program went brilliantly well. I want to thank everyone who purchased a copy of Living the Savvy Life and is now trying the first month of the coaching program free of charge.
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