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Coffee with Candi 3-1-2019

(Last Updated On: May 29, 2019)

Welcome to Coffee with Candi, a time for us to have a chat every week on Friday and catch up.

We’ll talk about the week…what’s been happening, the good the bad the exciting, the boring…most importantly, what have I learned about life, my family, my friends, work, health, looking my best…I’ll spill it honestly and openly with you. Always with a fresh cup of hot, black coffee in my hand. I think better with java in my paw.

What’s on my mind this week:

Candi Randolph midlife blogger

At the beginning of the year there were many bloggers who wrote about their ‘word’ for the year. You know, the one thing they were going to focus on for the remainder of 2019.

At the time, I thought it was cool, you know, but not necessarily something I would jump on board with. I have daily/weekly/monthly goals and try to stick with them, and adjust as needed.

Then, last week as I was sitting at my desk, surrounded by so many ‘to-dos’ as well as the myriad of distractions that I inevitably encounter, I realized that I was going to have ‘a word’, at least for the short term.

My word is PURPOSEFUL. The reason I selected this word to keep in the forefront of my mind every day is that I want to stay focused when I’m working with the tasks, projects and goals that I can see will provide some benefit to me personally, or to my business, going forward.

Sometimes I keep doing something because it is a habit, or perhaps a goal I had set previously, and I don’t stop to think if it is still valid, if it’s helping me achieve whatever I set out to achieve.

So now, I am thinking ‘purposeful’ before I plunge into the daily routine. I ask myself:

  • Is this task or goal still valid
  • Will it help me achieve or grow to the next level
  • Is it worth spending time on?

I don’t agonize over this stuff, or spend hours pondering each and every move I make. But I do, consciously, take a few moments before I start doing something to make sure it’s not just the routine that is moving me forward, but a goal, a skill, a result that I’m moving closer to accomplishing.

This simple thought process has enabled me to let go of some things, mainly work related, that I realized were not necessarily benefiting the growth of my business. They were not purposeful. So I let them go.

It’s taken me longer to write this down than I probably spend on being ‘purposeful’ every day, but it has really helped me focus and wanted to share these thoughts with you. Maybe it will turn up as a post soon. 🙂


Totally switching gears, but not really…the other question I’ve been pondering this week is “to weigh or not to weigh?”

I have, for years, stepped on the scale just about every day to see whether I’ve been a good or bad girl the day before. I’ve never been overweight, and actually have been quite consistent through my adult life, with a swing of about 5 to 10 pounds.

So I’ve wondering how purposeful my daily weigh-in really is. I believe that knowing what we weigh keeps us accountable and on track with our overall healthy living goals.

But, I don’t want to turn my morning ritual into a time of stress and self scolding because the scale went up by 1/2 pound. I know that as a woman in my 60’s it becomes more of a challenge every year to maintain a certain weight range. (If you haven’t noticed yet, girls, our bodies don’t want to listen to us as we age!)

So I’ve decided to give myself a break and opt for a weekly weight check instead of daily. I can keep myself in check with what I’m eating every day, so once a week it shall be. And today is not that day.

I’m always on the hunt for recipes and ideas to eat healthy and help me stay on track with my weight. Breakfast is a meal that I love, and don’t always make good choices.

So when I found this article from our friends at Eating Well, I wanted to share it with you as well as take some pointers myself.

The Best Breakfast Food for Weight Loss is the title, and there are some helpful tips as well as yummy recipes for:

  • Rasberries
  • Oatmeal
  • Yogurt
  • Peanut Butter, and
  • Eggs

Check it out by clicking on the link above.

On the same topic of breakfast, I found a wonderfully tasty, easy, low carb breakfast recipe that I tried the other day and really love it! My little bunny buddy is helping me show you what I made:

Easy Breezy Super Healthy Breakfast Egg Muffins

These are so simple to make and you can use any ingredients you want in your egg muffins. To keep it low carb, choose veggies and proteins. Mine have some baby peas, turkey, cheese, onions and peppers in them, with a bit of parmesan cheese sprinkled on top.

One recipe makes a dozen breakfast muffins, and they last up to 5 days in the frig. You can pop them in the microwave to heat up, or in the toaster oven for about 5 minutes.

By the way, if you love the darling little coffee cup necklace at the top of the post, you can find it here in my Gift Guide for Coffee Snobs. 🙂

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8 COMMENTS

  • Susan

    Love this post. Great advice. Cutest Bunny Buddy.

    Eek! Your snowy view is quite a change!

    And I did think the cup necklace was super cool…wondered what the S stood for… now I know!

    • Candi Randolph
      AUTHOR

      Yes, I have a couple of little bunny friends around the house now. Quite a different view, I know. Still getting used to that, but Spring is around the corner (I hope!). Thanks for stopping in. xo

  • Great post, Candi and I love your WOTY ‘Purposeful’. It actually ties in well with my #MakingMarchMeaningful so we are on the same wavelength even though I live on the other side of the world. Re the scales – I have a client who has been wanting to lose weight and the scales actually became a trigger for negative emotions. I advised her to have a starting weigh in but then only weigh in once a fortnight and to select an outfit that is a little tight. Each week she tries on the outfit to see how she is progressing. I remember having a personal trainer who told me to ditch the scales as we can tell by our clothes if we are gaining weight. Also building muscle can add weight but lose inches so every 6 weeks she would take my measurements. Thanks for the recipes and another enjoyable coffee catch up. xx

    • Candi Randolph
      AUTHOR

      Hi Sue, I really like the idea of selecting an outfit and try it on periodically to see the actual progress of weight loss and/or fitness toning. Great idea! Thanks as always for stopping in for coffee. xo

  • Elizabeth

    Those breakfast muffins sound wonderful. I love breakfast but I often find I don’t have the energy to make something proper and so end up with toast. Having something I can prepare and store would be wonderful – plus a great way to get some extra veg in my diet.

    • Candi Randolph
      AUTHOR

      Yes! These little breakfast muffins have so many positives! Give them a try, I’m going to make another batch this morning. 🙂

  • Lisa

    Hi Candi! You have made me think about being purposeful as well!! I am going to try to remember this when I’m in “default mode” and doing something that may not be serving me any longer!! Thanks again for great suggestions!! : )

    • Candi Randolph
      AUTHOR

      Thanks for stopping in Lisa, I am finding my ‘word’ to be very helpful!

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