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When it comes to quitting smoking, it's a common New Year's Resolution, and commonly a broken one. Dish-y author Michelle shares her personal journey and offers some advice for rethinking this worthy goal to help you find your magic answer. 0

Rethinking Resolutions: Quitting Smoking

Quitting smoking is a New Year’s resolution I broke nearly every year after I started the habit. For me, the struggle to succeed at quitting smoking was an ongoing battle for about 12 years. I failed countless attempts to give up the bad habit. I’d last anywhere from 30 minutes to 6 months. (It was especially painful psychologically when I’d give in after a run that lasted several months.) I tried methods ranging from cold turkey to expensive prescription medications. I’m going to start by saying that I do not have a magic answer for how to succeed at quitting...

Losing weight is a common New Year's Resolution, but chronic failure can undermine one's sense of self worth. It's time to start rethinking resolutions. 0

Rethinking Resolutions: Losing Weight

Losing weight is probably the New Year’s Resolution I hear most frequently. In fact, I’m pretty sure that losing weight has become a permanent objective for many people in the American culture. It’s like it never quite goes away. I’ll be the first to admit that I’m no different. Although my thinking about losing weight has changed since I was in my twenties, I’d still like to cut a few extra pounds out of my life. Since it’s such a common resolution, losing weight is also a goal that we tend to fail at more often. From my perspective, it’s...

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Rethinking Resolutions for the New Year

It’s time to start rethinking resolutions. At Dish-y, we encourage the feel good factor. We do what we can to inspire positivity. If you haven’t already, check out our previous post and get a positivity fix before making next year’s goals. I think it’s important to start rethinking resolutions. That’s because I believe typical resolutions are more likely to set us up for disappointing failure than fulfilling success. (And failure tends to make us feel bad/worse/worst. This is the opposite of the feel good factor.) Here are three ways that I believe typical resolutions set us up for failure: Many resolutions...

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Do This Before Making New Year’s Resolutions

Before making New Year’s Resolutions this time around, I’d like to suggest a little exercise in reflecting on the positive side of life. I have always enjoyed making New Year’s Resolutions, but it’s occurred to me that the way most of us go about setting goals at the beginning of a new year can be more self-defeating than anything. I think the reason that many typical New Year’s Resolutions set us up for failure is that we focus so much on things that we think need to be fixed. Sometimes they are things that really do need to be fixed, but...

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Take Your Stress and Shove It

In 2011, I learned a very important lesson. And as it turned out, it was very timely for me, too. It was the Christmas Eve service at Grace Church—and it happened to be my very first year as a mother. In true form, our senior pastor used a rather provocative example to illustrate a spiritual concept—the concept of what it means to truly trust God. He explained that Mary, as a new mother to baby Jesus, had to trust God’s plan for her child. She knew from the very beginning that her baby boy was eventually going to suffer and...

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The Silver Lining for Renee Larr

Renee Larr, my co-editor at Dish-y.com, has been one of my best friends for more than half my lifetime. It was a little over a year ago that my dear friend suggested to me that we work together to start a blog. We share similar interests surrounding food, entertaining, and the like. We thought we could turn some of our experience into advice, inspiration, and encouragement for women going through life’s transitions like getting married and having babies. Writing a blog struck us both as a refreshing idea, particularly since we were each facing some personal struggles and needed a...

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What dish-y means to me

That’s so dish-y. OK, so what exactly does that mean? Dish-y can describe a lot of things. It’s a certain kind of awesome quality. When something strikes me as being dish-y, it usually has a great ‘feel good’ factor. It’s the kind of thing that makes me stop, enjoy the moment and forget about anything that ails me. And in some lucky cases, it lasts more than just a moment. I think we all strive to attain as much of that feel good factor as we can get. It’s human nature. Maybe it sounds a little selfish from a simple...

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Replace Soda with Flavored Mineral Water

Did you grow up drinking soda and find you still have a weakness for it? Maybe you’re looking for a good way to replace soda, but haven’t found anything that truly gives the same satisfaction. Whether you have a chronic soda habit or an “every-now-and-then” weakness, it’s worth it to either cut it out or make a switch to something that can actually help you improve your health. I cut the majority of my soda intake years ago in an effort to get rid of unnecessary calories. My weight was starting to creep up as I got older, and soda...

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Easing your daylight savings time adjustment

For those of us lucky enough, the springtime switch to daylight savings time is looming around the corner. On March 9, 2014 at 2am, the clocks spring forward an hour. That happens to be Rob’s birthday this year. So, happy birthday hubs, you’re losing an hour of sleep. And sorry, 9am church service, we might be a bit groggy. If you are as excited as we are about the whole deal, then you’re probably looking for a few ways to ease your daylight savings time adjustment. Getting up in the morning is enough of a struggle, so essentially losing an...