Resetting Healthy Habits

By on December 4, 2017

Thanksgiving was over a week ago, but I thought I’d share a bit about the non-financial goal that I set after the holiday weekend. I bet I’m not the only one to overindulge on Thanksgiving or other holidays (please tell me I’m right)! So for the past week, I’ve been changing my eating habits. Less snacking, less sugar, fewer empty calories, more vegetables! 

Amazing view at the arboretum!

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Eliminate Choice, Change The Habit

By on October 11, 2017

Oftentimes we find ourselves able to make real and lasting change if we eliminate choice. Stop considering it optional to work out every morning, for example. Take away the choice of getting takeout food if aiming to eat healthier and more frugally. Don’t go shopping for anything but necessities. Eliminating choice is a powerful tool in our arsenal for positive change.

I’m one of those people who can’t do things in moderation (except for alcohol; half a glass of wine is plenty). I can’t eat just one cookie or watch only one episode of Fixer Upper. Nope, gimme eight cookies and marathon sessions on Netflix. Hence, for me, it’s best to take choice out or the picture when it comes to habits I desire to change. Otherwise, I take a mile when I intended to stop at an inch.  (more…)

Quick post – Get Outdoors

By on July 28, 2017

Mrs. COD and I enjoyed the outdoors before we had children….and we still do, but it’s not as easy as it once was. At times, I have longed for the days when we could go kayaking on the spur of the moment. WELL LONG NO LONGER! We’ve gone kayaking with our little guys 4 times in the last few weeks and once even by ourselves (thank you Gma COD in-law).

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Winter Workouts With Kids

By on January 10, 2017

Getting in winter workouts can be tough, especially when you’re living frugally and especially when you have young children. Daylight hours are short. Cabin fever sets in. Never fear, I’m here to give you some of my tried-and-true winter workouts that help me stay sane and happy even in the Midwestern tundra. 

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Running In Snow

By on December 22, 2016

This will be a quick post. I’m just checking in to say how deeply grateful I am for my afternoon run in the snow! Mr. COD arrived home early and the temps had warmed up to around freezing, so on went the running shoes and warm gear. What an awesome time to run in the snow in lovely DeKalb! 

I needed this snowy workout today!

A passing train breaks the silence

Snowy sunset

Whether yours is a white Christmas or not, may you enjoy your holidays and be grateful!



Limits And Why They’re Good For You

By on June 10, 2016

Limits. As we all know, they are often painted in a negative context:

“Don’t limit yourself. Many people limit themselves to what they think they can do. You can go as far as your mind lets you. What you believe, remember, you can achieve.” –-Mary Kay Ash

“There’s no limit to what you can accomplish if you set your mind to it!” –almost every single high school commencement speech every spring

“The only limit to your impact is your imagination and commitment.” –Tony Robbins

“The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today.” –Franklin D. Roosevelt

“You can’t put a limit on anything. The more you dream, the farther you get.” –Michael Phelps

photo race crowd

There is no shortage of inspirational quotes to be found about not letting limits run your life. It’s great to unleash the power of positive thinking in achieving goals. Heck, I’m working on that as I aim to build this blog and a freelance career. (more…)