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Sid’s Sense- King & Queen and Silver Bullets

Know who you can count on and who can count on you.

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I grew up in a traditional home with a father who worked long hours as an attorney and a mother who stayed home. I was lucky. It was a loving, peaceful home. Today I’ll share specific lessons I learned from my father about relationships. I’ll be elaborating on many of these in my we belong posts in the future.

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Sid’s Sense- The Top Dog

Leaders are born and made.

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Sid was born a leader. No doubt in my mind. Some people naturally have less fear when the gun goes off. The best leaders have that sixth sense, an intuition.

The best advantage of being the child of a great leader is witnessing the actions and behaviors that come from that intuition. Over time I began to predict what he would do–this is a sign I was developing the intuition myself. Some Dads take their kids bowling or fishing. My Dad took me to meet judges in their chambers:).

So here’s what I learned about leadership. Read more

WAKE UP, AMERICA! A New Series about FOOD

A Double Whammy: Food Revolution & Food for Thought

This tool can save your life if used wisely.

Ignorance is not bliss when it comes to our body’s fuel: FOOD.

While writing this blog and running Photo-Graphics Co., Inc., I always have pots simmering on my back burners about ready to boil. Think of me as your personal life espresso machine. I run tons of information through me, learn from those who know their stuff, and then serve you up a cup of concentrated, super rich wisdom:).

As your self-appointed “filter,” I’ll make sure you get information that could change, extend, or even save your life. I want to fuel your passion to live a FIT life—after all, that’s what FITskitz.com is all about.

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Sid’s Sense- Money Matters

Make it, save it, and spend it wisely.

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My grandfather, Sid’s father, had Alzheimer’s. My father barely attended law school because of his ill father. He was an only child and his mother needed help. After he died, my father and grandmother needed a way to make money so my grandmother used her skills in the kitchen to run a restaurant and later own a boarding house for boys. As many people do, Sid learned about money by not having any.

As you know, schools would rather teach us about “x’s” and “y’s” than “dollars” and “cents.” In my home, we talked and learned about money. Here are a few money lessons that most impacted my life. Read more

ABsolutely Core Crazed- Part VI

Core Lore & Skitz Core Secrets

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If you have been following this series, then you have a lot to keep you busy for awhile working toward those ripped abs! More importantly, you will be making the trunk of your body stable and strong. Strong arms and legs are great but without a strong center structure from which those limbs sprout from, you are inviting injury and fatigue.

As I said in Part I, if you work your core for no other reason than to prevent back problems, that’s a good enough reason.

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Sid’s Sense- The Story of Susanella

Determination is contagious. Make your impossible dream possible.

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New Oxford American Dictionary:
an impossible dream: unattainable, unachievable, unobtainable, unwinnable, hopeless, impractical, implausible, far-fetched, outrageous, preposterous, ridiculous, absurd, impracticable, unworkable, futile.

Not your ordinary wedding video

The year was 1985. The year I got married. Camcorders just came out on the market. Not the kind of camcorders you and I are familiar with now. Think of the largest, heaviest hand held camcorder you’ve ever seen. Now think of a VCR machine.  Now strap both around your neck and you’ll have a better feel of what a “camcorder” was in 1985.

With the help of a close buddy and a long time radio host in Kansas City, my father was the “executive producer” of a video for my wedding reception. My husband and I appeared at the beginning and end of the video without a clue of what was in the middle. Read more

Under the Covers: Mud, Sweat and Tears by Bear Grylls

Welcome to Under the Covers, an on-going series of book reviews to enrich the way we think, move, eat and connect.

In my Under the Covers book series, I will rate each book based on its “Life Wisdom” value (from 1 to 5 wise owls). I will review books that inspire, motivate and teach life lessons. Some of our greatest wisdom comes from those whose journeys may be quite different from our own.

 

When we escape into their world, we can learn from their trials, tactics, and courage. Through their wisdom, we add to our own. Read more

ABsolutely Core Crazed- Part V

Planks reveal the truth about your core strength.

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You wouldn’t think that an exercise where you stay perfectly still could make so many body parts stronger.  There are many versions of the plank, many I will illustrate here. In a nutshell, you straighten your body like a board and hold it there.

This simple exercise works your entire core, back, quads, ankles, arms, shoulders, butt, and brain.  A stationary pose that looks so easy can be downright torturous!  It’s a hoot to see big, strong guys drop to their knees in agony when I challenge them in a plank contest.  I haven’t lost one yet!

If you promise to try these plank variations to improve your core strength, I’ll share a few of my secrets to holding a plank longer in my final post of this series next week.  Then make sure and write me when you challenge Hercules at the gym and win!

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Sid’s Sense- The Escalator: Hitting the Wall

Persistence is not always about head banging and spinning your wheels.

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Don’t forget the down escalator.  

No question persistence is vital to a successful outcome in a negotiation. The relentless pursuit of a goal.

Frequently when we fire ourselves up to fight our own battles we end up hitting a brick wall.  We get discouraged and give up.  The closer we are to reaching the goal when we hit the wall, the more likely we are to feel defeated.

Next time you’re banging your head against the wall, remember “The Escalator.”  Picture yourself in a department store with both up and down escalators, usually close to each other.

Persistence sometimes requires you to use both. Read more

ABsolutely Core Crazed- Part IV

Stability balls and stand up abs challenge the entire body.

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There is no end to the usefulness of a stability ball.  This is one fitness device that has stood the test of time and for good reason.  My favorite uses are for stretching and core work.  So let’s get rolling! Read more