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4 Quick Tips to Help Reach Your Fitness Goals March 31, 2015

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Have you ever tried to test yourself- to try and see how successful you can be at sticking exclusively to your meal plan- meaning no little snacks here and there, no eating the kids’ leftover bites of granola bar, or no small taste of chocolate chip cookie your co-workers bring to work to torture you? How about skipping your workouts because your schedule is so hectic? That may mean that you will have to work out a little later or earlier than normal to fit it in your already busy day.

I have been living consciously in all of my daily moments, recognizing those triggers that tempt me into thinking that it’s ok.  In order to do that, I have incorporated the following four things into my everyday way of thinking:

1. Think before you act

The moment before I reach my hand out to break off a small, tiny piece of that deliciously warm chocolate chip cookie, I ask myself- “Why do I want this cookie?” If the sole reason for me wanting it is because it tastes good and not because it will fuel my body with the nutrients I need to live, then I need to walk away and drink some water. Period.

2. Have a clear vision

Every morning when I wake up and every night before I go to bed, I envision the body I want to see walking across the stage at my next competition. Keeping this very specific vision in the forefront of my mind, helps me to automatically conjure up that same picture in my mind when I want to have a big bag of potato chips drowned in Louisiana hot sauce. (Not only is my ideal body vision specific, but so are the visions of my ideal snacks!) Obviously, everyone’s vision will be different. Maybe yours will be to see yourself strutting confidently on the beach wearing that hot new bikini or finally being able to get into that complicated yoga pose. Whatever it is, see it clearly, then soon you will be it.

3.  Write it down

Almost every month I write down my goals on a dry erase board at home.  I do this monthly to keep my goals fresh and new, so I won’t get bored or stuck in a place where I neither see nor expect change from myself.  I also put my goals on a board to ensure that I see it everyday. We have to constantly challenge ourselves if we want to become better than we were yesterday.

4.  Don’t give in

We are always confronted with things that could potentially put our fit plan in a position of compromise.  We may be at work and have our healthy lunch packed in our lunch bag, but then we get that visit from our work friends asking if we want to join them for lunch at Taco Bell or wherever.  Although a big Nacho Supreme may sound good, is it worth breaking a commitment to ourself to stick to our meal plan and eating healthy? Those friends will understand.  Sometimes I will still go with them, but I’ll bring my own lunch with me.

Don’t get me wrong, there are times when I allow myself a snack or two, but if I want to accomplish my goals in the timeframe I want to accomplish them, I have to stick to the plan.  Your goals are important, all you have to do is believe that and do what it takes to work your way to them. You can do it!

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Quick Tip Tuesday- 5 Tips for Staying on Track January 7, 2014

We are seven days into the new year. Are you still sticking to your fitness goals?

Well, if not, here are five ways to help you stay on track:

1. Schedule your workout like any other appointment.appt bok

You wouldn’t want to miss a meeting with your boss, so why would you miss one with the most important person in your life, YOU!?!

grocery list2. Plan your daily meals ahead of time

If you create your grocery list based upon what you will be eating for the week, you will always know what meal is next and will have no need to throw a monkey wrench into your daily/weekly menu.

3.  Pack your lunchlunchbag

We are all faced with those moments throughout the day where we start craving some French fries or a big fat burrito. If you already have your meals prepped and/or with you at work, you have no excuse to go elsewhere for your meal.

4. Have an accountability partnerpartner

Usually when we have to answer to someone or know we are being watched, we tend to stay in line and do what we are supposed to do. Your accountability partner can also be your workout partner, social media community, or someone who cares about your well-being enough, so that when you are slipping or even doing well, they will call you on it.

5.  Add a weekly cheat mealburger

Sometimes being on a meal plan can make you feel like you’re going to go insane. It helps to have a cheat meal one or twice per week to give yourself a break from daily routine.  I schedule my cheat meal on the same day every week, usually it’s on a Saturday replaces meal three. Determine what works best for  you and remember not to overindulge.

I hope this helps you continue to be successful in your journey to fitness.
Keep going, you can do it!!

“Small daily improvements are the key to staggering long-term results.”- Unknown

What are some tips you’d like to share for staying on track?

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2013 Was Awesome! December 30, 2013

As 2013 comes to a close, I think back over the past twelve months on what I have accomplished- the children’s milestones, the great changes and improvements in my marriage and all of the plans I have made for 2014.

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2013 marked the beginning of my life as a fitness competitor. It is the year in which I competed in my first show and also the year that I qualified or the national Team Universe competition at my second show. I am very excited to travel to New Jersey next July to compete for the coveted pro card!

2013 is also the year in which I earned my Master’s degree and was inducted into the National Honor Society of Lambda Pi Eta. I won numerous awards in my field and celebrated them with some great friends and co-workers.

My youngest son started the first grade and is excelling in math and science. My oldest is in his last year of junior high and has shown a great interest in graphic design and video editing. He is also an honor’s violin student with plans to continue playing in high school and college.

My husband and I are living a healthier lifestyle, which means we will live a longer life together. His daily jogs and clean eating have really made a difference in his overall wellness. My consistent eating and exercise has allowed me to gain “good” weight and become a better me.

Big dreams
Both he and I have big plans for 2014. I hope to launch my fitness website in January, which would not only help motivate others who are on their fitness journey, but also support women in need through financial contributions to various nonprofit organizations.

I have been bitten by the big dreams bug and have no plans on finding the antidote. I want to take my fit life to the next level and that’s exactly what I plan to do!

“May the best of this year be the worst of next.”- Unknown

What are some of your highlights of 2013?

What are you plans for 2014?

 

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