Category Archives for "Healthier Habits"

Apr 23

Ep122: Are You Making Walking Too Complicated?

By Donna Doyon | Gratifying Goals , Healthier Habits , Maximizing Mindset , Podcast

Walking is a simple, magical way to improve your overall wellness, but too often people over think the activity and make it waaaayyy too complicated.

Of course, making it complicated provides the excuse to NOT get off the couch and out the door. 🙂

Yes, I understand that’s part of it, too.

But when you make an activity as simple as walking complicated, it makes me wonder what else you are making complicated.

It’s easy to do. We get bogged down in the details. We worry about doing it right. We don’t know HOW to do it right, so we go into Google search mode. And then we are forever trapped in the muddy waters of too much information, conflicting information, and weird information.

This week I talk about how simple a walking program is.

Yes, you can add bits and pieces to it to make it more effective, to collect data to show your progress, and more, but the simple truth is…

Walking is one of the simplest activities you can do.

You’ve been walking for decades.

You were walking before you could speak.

You were walking before you could control the basic bodily functions of peeing and pooping.

You were walking before you learned how to tie your shoes!

Today, and everyday, I encourage you to take a walk.

Don’t make it a big deal. Don’t over think it. Just pretend you are that toddler who was so excited and fast to move on your feet!



Show Notes:

Here’s some information on maximum and target heart rate:

From the Mayo Clinic – Exercise Intensity: How to Measure It

From Active.com – A calculator to find your target hear rate

From the American Heart Association – Know Your Target Heart Rates for Exercise, Losing Weight and Health


Did you know you can download this episode directly to your mobile device for listening on the go? On the player above, click on the download icon. Great times to listen include when walking/running/exercising or when driving to work or doing errands. Enjoy!


The music for this podcast is Drifting Upstream by Hyson.
Source: http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Hyson/Soundtrack_for_the_Weary_Vol_I/Hyson_-_Drifting_Upstream
License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0

Apr 09

Ep120: Do Something Different

By Donna Doyon | Blog , Healthier Habits , Maximizing Mindset , Podcast

Breaking the patterns of sameness is a quick and easy way to add a bit of magic to your day. Try one of the examples I offer or come up with your own ideas.

This morning I drove to the grocery store. I typically park at the distant end of the lot.

Today, because it was cold and extremely windy (and my hair was wet), I parked closer to the entrance. It felt really weird.

When I stepped into the store, I didn’t feel like I was quite ready to be there. I felt like I had arrived at a party too early. My timing was off. My steps were off.

Just as weird was leaving the store. I wasn’t even looking for my car when I was already beyond where I had parked.

Oops!

Doing something different can be super simple and yet feel somewhat challenging. Give it a try!



Did you know you can download this episode directly to your mobile device for listening on the go? On the player above, click on the download icon. Great times to listen include when walking/running/exercising or when driving to work or doing errands. Enjoy!


The music for this podcast is Drifting Upstream by Hyson.
Source: http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Hyson/Soundtrack_for_the_Weary_Vol_I/Hyson_-_Drifting_Upstream

License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0


 

Mar 05

Ep115: Surrendering to Your Journey

By Donna Doyon | Healthier Habits , Maximizing Mindset , Podcast , Surpassing Self

If you believe you have a purpose, but find yourself wandering, not sure where you are heading, or which direction you should be heading, discover the joy and magic of simply surrendering to your journey. Trust that you are exactly where you need to be.



Oracle Cards Mentioned:

Here are the three cards that guided the content of today’s episode:

Donna Doyon - Passion

from the Archangel Oracle Cards deck by Doreen Virtue

Donna Doyon - Wandering Path

from the Sacred Traveler Oracle Cards deck by Denise Linn

Donna Doyon - Love Matters

from the Nature’s Whispers Oracle Cards deck by Angela Hartfield and Josephine Wall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This crystal energizes today’s topic:

Donna Doyon - Chevron Amethyst

from the Lavish Earth Crystal Affirmation deck by Amy Woodson

And this card inspired this episode!

Donna Doyon - Surrendering to the Journey

from the Sacred Traveler Oracle Cards deck by Denise Linn


Show Notes:

Here are two services I mentioned in today’s episode:

FREE card reading: If you are interested in a card reading done via video, sign up for a FREE card reading.

Walk with Me: A Holistic Fitness Experience – Click to learn about my Walk with Me membership experience.

Here is the book I mentioned:

The One Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results by Gary Keller with Jay Papasan. Check it out from your local library or favorite bookseller.


Did you know you can download this episode directly to your mobile device for listening on the go? Great times to listen include when walking/running/exercising or when driving to work or doing errands. Enjoy!


The music for this podcast is Drifting Upstream by Hyson.
Source: http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Hyson/Soundtrack_for_the_Weary_Vol_I/Hyson_-_Drifting_Upstream
License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0


 

Feb 26

Ep114: What’s the Focus of Your Daily Affirmations?

By Donna Doyon | Blog , Gratifying Goals , Healthier Habits , Maximizing Mindset , Podcast , Surpassing Self

Every day, throughout the day, you make statements to and about yourself.

Are these statements serving your growth and well being or are they keeping you in a state of negative reality?

Learn how changing your words, can change your outcome.

Now if your first thought is, “Daily affirmations are stupid. I don’t believe they can change anything about my life.”

I invite you to consider “what if…”

Remember the mindset work we’ve been doing?

A fixed mindset says “Nothing can or will change.” And if you are satisfied with your life as it is, you’re right, you don’t need to change anything.

But…

If you are not satisfied… a growth mindset invites you to become curious. To play. To experiment.

So ask yourself, “What if writing out positive daily affirmations actually works? What if by changing what I am thinking, I can change how I am feeling? What if by changing how I am feeling, I can change what I am doing? What if by changing what I am doing, I can change the direction of my life?”

That WHAT IF question is powerful!

Are you willing to give it a try? Even if you feel silly, out of your element, or even stupid for doing it?

A growth mindset says, “Sure. I’ll give it a try. You can’t win the lottery if you never buy a ticket.”

Join me in my FREE Facebook group Start Today and Continue Tomorrow and share your experience with positive daily affirmations.



Did you know you can download this episode directly to your mobile device? The image below shows you where the download arrow is on the audio player.


The music for this podcast is Drifting Upstream by Hyson.
Source: http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Hyson/Soundtrack_for_the_Weary_Vol_I/Hyson_-_Drifting_Upstream

License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0


 

Feb 19

Ep113: Finding Peace in the Quiet

By Donna Doyon | Blog , Healthier Habits , Maximizing Mindset , Podcast , Surpassing Self

“All I want is some peace and quiet!”

We claim to want it, but yet we don’t allow it into our lives.

In fact, most of us never even extend the invitation.

This week I talk about meditation and how it continues to help me find my way.

Join the discussion in my Facebook group: Start Today and Continue Tomorrow



Show Notes:

My book Glow: Renew Your Spirit & Release Your Inner Beauty is available on Amazon.

Glow - a collection of short, wisdom-filled stories

Glow – a collection of short, wisdom-filled stories


Karen Creamer, Metaphysical Nurse, recently shared tips on meditation on her Facebook page.

These are the cards drawn from the Magical Times Empowerment Cards by Jody Bergsma

Donna Doyon - Meditation Guides - Magical Times oracle deckJody Bergsma - Magical Times Empowerment Cards

Did you know you can download this episode directly to your mobile device so you can listen to it while you are on-the-go?


The music for this podcast is Drifting Upstream by Hyson.
Source: http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Hyson/Soundtrack_for_the_Weary_Vol_I/Hyson_-_Drifting_Upstream
License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0


Jan 08

Ep107: Choosing One Word as a Lens to Your World

By Donna Doyon | Gratifying Goals , Healthier Habits , Maximizing Mindset , Podcast , Surpassing Self

What’s your “One Word”?

Have people in your world been talking about “One Word”?

They sure have been in mine.

They’ve been talking about it for weeks.

I didn’t know it was a “thing” until last year when a new friend told me about it.

I had created themed years before, but hadn’t refined the practice to a single word.

The practice is the same: Use your word/theme as a lens or filter for everything that happens in your life. You look for experiences where the word/theme develops and challenges you to become a better version of yourself.

You think you are headed in one direction and the Universe will take you in directions you never imagined!

It’s really pretty cool. 🙂

And that’s what this week’s episode is all about. Let me know what you think and if you will pick “One Word” for 2019.



The music for this podcast is Drifting Upstream by Hyson.
Source: http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Hyson/Soundtrack_for_the_Weary_Vol_I/Hyson_-_Drifting_Upstream
License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0

Jan 01

Ep106: Experience the Power of Non-Negotiables in Your Life and Business

By Donna Doyon | Gratifying Goals , Healthier Habits , Maximizing Mindset , Podcast , Surpassing Self

Making and taking time for the activities and relationships that are most important to you is key to your health and happiness. Too often we let less important activities consume our time or we spend too much time making things perfect when “good enough” will do.

Continuing somewhat with the theme of “healthy boundaries,” this week I share thoughts on identifying activities as “non-negotiable,” to ensure that they get the proper attention that they deserve.



Show Notes:

Previous podcast episodes that I mentioned were:

Episode 15: Do You Focus on Important or Not Important Activities?

Ep104: How Healthy Boundaries will Free Your Time, Energy, and Spirit

Ep105: The Risks and Benefits of Setting Healthy Boundaries


The music for this podcast is Drifting Upstream by Hyson.

Source: http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Hyson/Soundtrack_for_the_Weary_Vol_I/Hyson_-_Drifting_Upstream

License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0

Dec 25

Ep105: The Risks and Benefits of Setting Healthy Boundaries

By Donna Doyon | Blog , Gratifying Goals , Healthier Habits , Maximizing Mindset , Podcast , Surpassing Self

Last week, I talked about what personal boundaries are, why we need them, and how to know when your boundaries are being threatened or violated.

This week, in Part 2, I talk about the risks and benefits of enforcing your personal boundaries. Because let’s face it… there is a price.

If there wasn’t, it wouldn’t be a problem.

So your challenge is deciding which, if any, boundaries you are willing to defend and what you can expect when you do!

Hint: It can be magical! 🙂



Show Notes:

This podcast series was inspired by life experience and the book, Boundaries: When to say yes, how to say no, to take control of your life by Drs Henry Cloud and John Townsend. From the Boundaries Books website, you can download the 10 Laws of Boundaries for free AND/OR take their free quiz to determine if you have boundary issues.

In January we will be further exploring the topic of boundaries in my membership program Walk with Me.

 


The music for this podcast is Drifting Upstream by Hyson.
Source: http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Hyson/Soundtrack_for_the_Weary_Vol_I/Hyson_-_Drifting_Upstream

License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0


 

Dec 18

Ep104: How Healthy Boundaries will Free Your Time, Energy, and Spirit

By Donna Doyon | Healthier Habits , Maximizing Mindset , Podcast , Surpassing Self

A boundary is a dividing line that separates two things.

An example is a property line. You own on what’s on one side of the line, your neighbor owns what is on the other side of that line. It is a clear distinction that allows you both to know who is responsible for what.

Personal boundaries do the same thing. They separate you from everyone else. They allow you to accept responsibility ONLY for the things YOU are responsible for. And they allow you to let other people take care of their own responsibilities.

This is Part 1 of 2 in a series about personal boundaries.

This week, we cover:

  • What they are
  • Why they matter
  • How to recognize when yours are being violated

Next week, Part 2 will cover some potential risks and the benefits associated with enforcing your personal boundaries.



Show Notes:

This podcast series was inspired by life experience and the book, Boundaries: When to say yes, how to say no, to take control of your life by Drs Henry Cloud and John Townsend. From the Boundaries Books website, you can download the 10 Laws of Boundaries for free AND/OR take their free quiz to determine if you have boundary issues.

In January we will be further exploring the topic of boundaries in my membership program Walk with Me.


The music for this podcast is Drifting Upstream by Hyson.
Source: http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Hyson/Soundtrack_for_the_Weary_Vol_I/Hyson_-_Drifting_Upstream
License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0


 

Oct 16

Ep095: Climbing Your Ladder to Success

By Donna Doyon | Blog , Healthier Habits , Maximizing Mindset , Podcast

If you ever feel like you are making the same choices, the same mistakes over and over again, instead of feeling like a failure, consider that you are climbing your ladder to success.



The music for this podcast is Drifting Upstream by Hyson.

Source: http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Hyson/Soundtrack_for_the_Weary_Vol_I/Hyson_-_Drifting_Upstream

License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

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