Keeping my Eyes on the Prize

Bend and Stretch with Maria Lauren

Staying motivated helps us to stick to positive activities. Reminding ourselves of our vision sometimes takes a gentle but strategic reinforcement from a team.

A healthy workforce is encouraged at Kaiser Permanente where I am proud to be a lifestyle educator…

“Our goal is to support and inspire ourselves and each other to be our best in mind, body and spirit. Because when we thrive, so do our members, our communities and our organizations.”

The views at Kaiser Permanente can be applied to all areas of our lives…

“Communication is the glue that holds us together. Is communication at meetings open, direct and respectful? Are decisions based on consensus? While all changes do not lead to improvement, all improvement requires change.”

I embrace the following Kaiser Permanente quotes/suggestions! I recommend that you apply these tips into your lifestyle too…

Exercise is medicine: It’s official. Physical activity is one of the best things for your health. Even small amounts of activity reduce stress, improve your sleep and lower the risk of disease. People who exercise live longer than those who don’t and they have lower rates of ailments such as heart disease and dementia. Also, kids get better test scores the more fit they are!”

Plan on health: A healthy lifestyle requires some planning, but once healthy choices become a habit, living healthfully will feel easier.”

At Kaiser Permanente, I enjoy teaching certified classes in Pilates, Yoga, Tai Chi, Muscle Conditioning, Dance and fitness for patients with physical challenges.

At the conclusion of every fitness class, I lead my participants in a big belly laugh while we ‘shake the blues away’ to lift our spirits!

Practice humor: Modern science is beginning to confirm that laughter is enjoyable and promotes good health. A robust laugh gives the muscles of your face, diaphragm and abdomen a good workout. Your heart rate temporarily rises and oxygen surges throughout your bloodstream. Smiling and laughing generates endorphins, powerful feel-good hormones. A good laugh can burn up as many calories per hour as brisk walking. And hearty laughter may even lower blood sugar.”

“Living optimistically, with pleasure, zest and commitment enriches if not lengthens life.” – David S. Sobel, MD

I was raised on a vegetarian diet. Raw nuts and seeds were the foods that supplied most of my protein but I ate some diary and eggs too. There was no white sugar or white flour in our home and our family of eleven people thrived. Growing up with healthy values was a blessing that helped me to survive the rigors of touring as an entertainer in my early career.

Go meatless: Going without meat one day per week can make you and the planet healthier. Reducing our meat intake could be a strategy for reducing global warming. Estimates indicate a 20 percent reduction in meat consumption would save as much energy as if everyone drove a hybrid vehicle instead of a standard sedan. Try some new meat-free recipes using high protein ingredients. Use bean or tofu – which is made from soybeans – or try quinoa, a nutty-tasting high protein grain. There may be significant health benefits to eating a vegetarian diet, such as lower rates of heart disease and colorectal cancer.”

In the past years, I’ve added some fish to my diet and continue to exercise daily. Most importantly, I’ve found that feeding my mind and spirit with positive thoughts contributes to my well-being. The words of the Bible have guided me out of many stressful situations and into the peace of knowing that a Higher Power is in charge.

“Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.” – James 1: 12

Wishing you many blessings,

Maria Lauren – yourpowerfullife  (AKA: Maria Elena Alberici – Riccio)


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This is a blog about LIFE: Living, Inspiration, Fitness, Entertainment…. It is produced in my own time and solely reflects my personal opinions. Statements on this site do not represent the views or policies of my employer, past or present, or any other organization with which I may be affiliated. All content is copyrighted.

4 thoughts on “Keeping my Eyes on the Prize

  1. Maria …i like your thoughts and picturing you directing your classes to laugh at the end was enough to give me a good hee-haw too !!

    I’m so proud of how you help others in a healthy way at Kaiser Permanente.

    I just wanted to add that I appreciate the motivation of others when I lack confidence in seeking any of my goals. I believe that’s where God steps in to direct my path and helps me to find the strength to move forward. They are sent to inspire me with their insight and encouragement.

    Growing up we were taught …”All for one and one for all”…”We are no stronger than our weakest link.””United we stand and divided we fall.”
    “There is strength in numbers…”…etc…

    I think It’s just plain boring when we do what we do without the joy of believing that we’re helping others in a positive way. Sharing my personal triumphs and achievements is the prize to me.

    • Darlene, thank you for your inspiring words. Today, I was feeling overwhelmed so I needed to hear your positive feedback. Thanks!
      Dad, was wise when he said, “United we stand and divided we fall.” We all take turns lifting each other up.
      Your loving sis, Maria

  2. I like your reminder about the benefits of laughing. I want to go on the ‘laugh’ fitness regime.

    Your loving sis, Linda

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