Pimento Cheese, Not Your Grandma's Spread

Pimento cheese is one of those foods that has been so corrupted by the food industry that it has become synonymous with other crappy foods like Spam.  I'm not even certain what store bought pimento cheese might contain, nor do I want to find out.  It's a shame because pimento cheese can be a delightful treat, even if it does Read the full post…

Plum Good BBQ Sandwiches

In a few days it will officially be fall but the temperatures are still warm enough for me to continue swimming for a few more days.  The breeze was a little cool but that didn't stop me from swimming several laps this morning and I felt great afterwards!  Have you exercised lately?  With fall's cooler temperatures and fewer insects, you Read the full post…

Shingles Vacine and Treatment

A friend of mine was recently diagnosed with shingles so I felt I should discuss this nasty virus once again.  If you ever had chicken pox, you are at risk for getting shingles and believe me, you don't want it.  Shingles is a painful rash with blisters that scab over and may take 4 weeks or more to heal.  The Read the full post…

Vegetarian Tacos are muy delicioso!

There are times when I think I could easily become a vegetarian, especially when I try a new dish that is as good as the vegetarian tacos I had at Local Lime restaurant in Little Rock and the tofu fried rice at Sai Tai here in Jonesboro.  My husband and I celebrated our 23rd anniversary this past weekend by spending Read the full post…

Midyear Health Check

Summer is winding down , the year is more than half way over and our January resolutions are long forgotten.  It's time for a health reality check.  First of all, how is your health lately?  If you have enjoyed good health, are you thankful?  Take some time to appreciate how wonderful it feels to be healthy, for your family to Read the full post…

Vacation Lessons For A Healthier Life

  I'm back from a lovely beach vacation and I wish I was still there with all my heart.  Wouldn't it be nice if our every day life was as nice as a vacation?  If we could relax, eat well, sleep and exercise just enough without having to worry about bills, work, illnesses and school, our lives would be perfect.  But Read the full post…

Be Willing To Suffer

[ Post by Lisa Tedder ][ Post on January 29, 2013 ][ In Uncategorized ]

I came across an article the other day that made a huge impression on me and I can’t get the thought off my mind.  In order to succeed at anything in life, you must be willing to suffer in some way.  You must be willing to be uncomfortable, put your self out there, experience true pain, or loose everything.  Most of us avoid pain and suffering at all costs and I’m not just referring to physical pain but also to emotional or mental distress.  We are willing to settle for the status quo even though we aren’t truly happy or have been longing for something else because it is easier to be comfortable with what is than to overcome our fear of the unknown.


Think of someone you admire.  An athlete who has achieved greatness in spite of the odds, a business that started in someone’s basement or your neighbor who went back to school to get a better job.  Now think of that one thing you’ve been dreaming about; loosing weight, applying for that dream job, learning to ride a horse.  What is the difference between you and your hero?  The ability to face fear and to endure whatever discomfort, inconvenience or suffering necessary to reach a goal is the only thing that separates the successful from the rest of the herd.  The overachievers aren’t necessarily smarter than the rest of us.  They do work harder, longer and suffer failure, embarrassment or pain to get what they want.  They keep trying even if they do fail first.


Right after reading the article, I finally reached out to someone about writing an article for a local magazine.  I had been putting this off for sometime as this person intimidates me because she works long hours and can be hard to reach.  I decided a text would be more convenient for her to respond to and guess what?  I was right, I got a quick response and I will interview her soon.  The article is due February 15 to a magazine.  I got past my discomfort and had a small success.


Now I know the next magazine on my list will be harder to get an acceptance from but I’m determined to try.  What do I have to loose?  My picture won’t be published in the paper with FOOL stamped across my face.  My friends and family won’t laugh or call me stupid for trying.  I’m ready to suffer to achieve my goals.


What are your dreams or goals?  Are you willing to suffer to achieve them?  If you made a New Year’s resolution to exercise more and eat healthier in 2013, how are you doing?  Exercise makes you uncomfortable, even sore and cooking rather than relying on prepared foods is trouble.  But aren’t you worth it?  Give up the notion that the things you want should just fall in your lap.  Be prepared to work hard and even face some setbacks.  Set some smaller goals in order to reach the bigger prize.  More importantly, let your children learn from your example and teach them to work hard and yes, even fail at times.  They will be stronger for it.


A riding instructor used to say to me when I was struggling to learn something new and my horse was less than co-operative, “Do what it takes to get what you want.”.  I often think of that saying of his but not nearly enough.  So be tough, work hard, get what you want.



Upadated on January 29, 2013

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