The Difference between “Nowhere” and “Now Here!”
By Carolyn Allen

Author’s note:  With all the hubbub of sharing my miracle tea, I completely missed the first anniversary of this column!  Since the end of March a year ago, Meridian has published 57 articles with my name on them.  As tell everyone who asks how I could possibly have so much to say and write about, I reply, “I’m just a little word processor for Heavenly Father.  These articles write themselves just before the deadline.”  As an expression of gratitude to my Heavenly Father and to you, my dear friends and readers, as well as the editors here that provide the delightful privilege and experience of writing for such an amazing publication, I have some little printable anniversary gifts that might help you on your journey to a healthy weight.  CLICK HERE.

Now that the Miracle Tea is for sale at the Meridian Marketplace, I will only mention it here from time to time.  So many of you have ordered and are having awesome results!   When you need us, we’re in the “Health and Wellness” category, or just remember “” where I will continue to post LDS testimonials.   FYI, I’ve included more tea stories (including information for helping colicky babies) at the same page with the anniversary gifts. How I would have appreciated an all-natural solution years ago with one of our own babies who kept us all awake and in tears for several months with his painful, gassy tummy).  CLICK HERE

Today’s Quote:  “The difference between “nowhere” and “now here” is just a little space.

“It’s a good thing there are no chocolate chip cookies here tonight!” said my husband recently at the end of a long day. “I’d be eating ’em all!”

“You wouldn’t have been able to,” I replied. “If they’d been here I would have eaten every one of them by now before you even had the chance.” 

It had been that kind of day, and by nature I am one to start munching and scrounging in corners and children’s rooms for sweets when the day’s stresses start to add up.  I have such a terrible time stopping that one cookie or sweet usually means many more than just the first.  A good friend with similar challenges coined the phrase “one is too many, and the whole box is just not enough” for people like us! 

That night, since there really were no cookies, we peeled and enjoyed a couple of oranges.  At that moment, but especially the next morning when the scale reflected happy choices throughout the week – I was happy!  Not only was my weigh-in good, but that clean feeling in both my mouth and body just can’t be beat. 

I had created an empty space in my cupboards where there used to be a lot of cookies for no special reason.   Well, there’s still a lot of room for improvement, but there’s no denying that a little space, just a little space can make a big difference in what we eat – or don’t

Here are 16  little spaces that help take us from being at a big fat “nowhere” with our health goals to a healthy, trim “now here”!

  1. A space of time for exercise – even a 10-15-minute brisk walk makes a difference in mood and calories burned;
  2. A space in the car glove compartment or your purse for a water bottle or package of raisins or fruit to prevent hunger attacks and binges;
  3. A space of thought at a restaurant before you order;
  4. A space on the bathroom mirror for a motivating  picture of yourself or a great quote;
  5. A space in your morning for quick prayer or meditation of gratitude for your body and your stewardship to care for it wisely;
  6. A space in your fridge right up front for ready-to snack veggies;
  7. A space at your front door for sneakers to make a quick walk easier;
  8. A space under the couch to hide hand weights and a stretch cord for short strength-training sessions during the commercials;
  9. A space of forgiveness for those around us who really don’t understand how hard it is to lose and maintain weight loss;
  10. A space in your wallet to collect coins and money  you used to  spend at  the vending machine or drive-thru on junk food.  Add them up to buy something fun – like a smaller belt.
  11. A space on the kitchen counter for some flowers or something cute instead of a cookie jar;
  12. A space on the refrigerator door or a special calendar where you write in your weekly weight.  (Ten years ago when I was losing my weight, I did this faithfully, but in small numbers so I was the only one to even notice it.)
  13. A space on top of the refrigerator for a 5-pound bag of flour for each 5 pounds you lose.  It’s very motivating to see them add up.  Or, create a space in your food storage cupboard for a one-pound can of vegetables for each pound lost.  Once again, watch them add up.
  14. A little space in the front of your closet for your skinny jeans.  Look at them often and try them on regularly as a measuring tool.
  15. A little space of time the next time you go grocery shopping.  Pick up a 25-pound bag of dog food and walk around with it for a few minutes as a reminder of the actual load 25 pounds is on your knees and joints.
  16. A little space of gratitude to say “thanks” to your body for how it serves you, even when literally overloaded and overcrowded with extra fat.  It’s a fact that our hearts are actually forced to work overtime when we are overweight.  As Richard Simmons (God bless his funny way of putting it all into perspective) says, “How would you feel if ten extra people came to live in your house and used up all your toothpaste and toilet paper? Lousy – and that’s just how the heart feels when there’s just too much to take care of.”

Don’t you just love the comfortable little spaces in our clothes that happen as pounds and inches slowly melt away? That lovely wiggle room is the result of bravely creating little spaces for healthy thoughts and brave actions. 

Today’s Empowerment:  “My burning desire to reach a healthy weight allows me to see and create little spaces of time for action and little spaces of time for positive thoughts.”

Today’s Journal Prompt and Discussion Starters: 

Discuss and memorize D&C 64: 33-34: Wherefore, be not weary in well-doing, for ye are laying the foundation of a great work. And out of small things proceedeth that which is great.  Behold, the Lord requireth the heart and a willing mind; and the willing and obedient shall eat the good of the land of Zion in these last days.

Today’s Recipe:  Quick and Easy Tomato Soup
(Serves 4 at 96 Calories)
This is so light and lovely.  It’s also delicious dressed up with a bit of whole wheat cooked pasta, chopped chicken, or some spinach leaves for a “florentine” soup.

    1  tsp. olive oil
    2 medium onions, diced
    2 medium celery stalks, diced
    2 garlic cloves, minced
    1/4 cup tomato paste
    1 tsp. all-purpose flour
    3 cups low sodium chicken broth
    1 1/4 cups canned crushed tomatoes
    1 Tbs. minced, fresh oregano (or 1/2 tsp. dried)
    Dash of freshly ground black pepper

  1. Place a large nonstick saucepan over medium heat for 30 seconds, add oil and heat for 30 seconds more.  Add onions, celery and garlic.
  2. Cook, stirring frequently, about 5 minutes until vegetables are softened.
  3. Add tomato paste and flour.  Cook, stirring constantly, 1 minute. Stir in broth and tomatoes.  Continue cooking and stirring until soup comes to a boil.  Stir in oregano and pepper.
  4. Divide among 4 bowls and serve.

(3 g Dietary Fiber; 96 Calories; 3 g Fat; 14 g Carb; 5 g Protein)