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My Favorite Health & Fitness Things

With all the fitness and health trends out there, I thought I would share some of my favorite things with you. So, here they are:

EXERCISE:

  1.  HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training): fast, “fun”, effective
  2. Exercise Bands: so versatile and a game changer for exercises. Also, easy to take with you anywhere
  3. TRX Suspension Trainer: another versatile and portable piece of equipment. But, learn how to use it properly from an expert before getting one!
  4. Exercise with Friends: turning happy hours into workout sessions can lead to a healthier friendship. Go for a walk/run, find a workout class to join, grab coffee and explore your neighborhood, bike rides, etc.
  5. Finding Workouts You LIKE: and ideally will stick with. From yoga to zumba to HIIT and crossfit there is a plethora of workouts available. Find what you like and DO IT. Even if that’s walking with a friend

NUTRITION: (and even my kids and husband like all of these!)

  1. Chicken Crust Pizza: just try it! Easy, high protein, delicious, PIZZA
  2. Flourless Chocolate Chip Chickpea Blondies: yum, that’s all
  3. Organic Edamame Spaghetti: found at Costco. Spaghetti has never been tastier or healthier! I pair with shrimp and pesto
  4. Protein, Veggies & Whole Grains: it’s so simple and what I eat for almost every meal. A lean protein of choice, veggies galore, and occasionally some quinoa or brown rice or farro.
  5. Meal Planning & Prepping: makes life so much easier!

OTHER

  1. Self-Care: taking care of yourself makes you a better YOU which reflects in how you treat and care for others. Find what self-care works for you
  2. Investing in YOU: Investing in your health is important and worth every penny. Even though I’m a trainer/health coach I workout with a trainer once per week and I am seeing a nutritionist to help with some gut issues. We can’t do it alone!
  3. Goal Setting: whenever you are feeling unexcited about life, set a goal! It gives you purpose, power, feeling of worth, and excitement. Shameless plug – see below for my Goal Setting Workshop happening Monday.
  4. Positive Thinking: you can actually reduce stress by eliminating negative self-talk and adding in positive thinking.
  5. Podcasts: I’m in love. I learn, I get lost in them, I enjoy them while I workout, there are endless topics. My faves: This American Life, TED Radio Hour, Radiolab, Stuff You Should Know.
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8 Steps to a Successful Resolution

How are your New Year’s resolutions going? I TRULY hope they are going well, I mean it is only January 5th. But, according to a commonly cited statistic only 8% of people actually keep their resolutions. No wonder we “repeat” our resolutions year after year. That percentage will NOT move us to the next grade! Today I wanted to share some tactics, tips, and advice on how to create a resolution (or goal) and set yourself up for success. It’s not enough to just state, “I want to lose 30lbs this year” we need to dig deeper. So, here are some steps to take

Step 1: Create SMART Goals (specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, time-bound).
ex. I will  spend less time on devices when with my kids. My SMART goal is:
“I will designate specific times during the day to check social media/email (6-8am; nap time; after 8pm) AND will only be on it during those times to do designated work (after 8pm I can mindlessly scroll). I will put a note with these times on my computer and phone and will keep devices out of reach.”

*notice my goal is an “I WILL” statement. write yours this way as well

Step 2: Add a WHY to the Goal – the why is our motivation and what will help keep us on track. My Why for the above goal is, “I want to set a good example for my children; I want to be intentionally present while I’m with them; I don’t want to miss out on these potential memories; and I find I can keep the house a little tidier when I don’t waste time on social media all day.”

Step 3: Write a Contract – Print out your SMART goals (I WILL statements) and your Why; sign it; and hang it somewhere you will see it everyday (bathroom mirror). This way you can check in daily to make sure you are on track. 

Step 4: Find an Accountability Partner: You may need to find a few people to keep you  accountable. First, you want someone with similar goals to work parallel to you. Second, you want a person who will be supportive, but will also be honest and let you know when you are slacking. Third, find someone to act as a mentor; someone who has accomplished the goal (can even be someone online via a blog, video, etc.). Fourth, find a community associated w/ that goal; the sense of belonging is comfortable, safe, and motivating.

Step 5: Believe in Yourself – you need to believe it’s possible for it to actually be possible. On the contract from Step 3 write motivating statements such as: “I can do this,” “I WILL do this,” “I deserve this,” “My family deserves this,” “I BELIEVE in myself.”

Step 6: Choose Goals that Fit Your Life – we all have different capabilities and realities. Just because Jane down the street; who doesn’t work or have kids, hired a trainer for 3hrs everyday, had a personal chef, and went on a weight loss retreat for a month; lost 50lbs last year that’s likely not your reality. Be practical about your goal and plan for how to accomplish it. Take small steps and build upon that.

Step 7: Create a Habit – practice your goals and stay consistent. This will soon turn the actions into a habit and will not just be something you do, but will be a part of who you are. If you slip on a goal, don’t let that be the be-all and end-all. Just jump right back into it. We ALL slip at times. It’s not a matter of how many times you slip, it’s how many times you are willing to get back up!

Step 8: Reward Yourself – while building that habit, be sure to reward yourself for every little success. This will help keep you motivated to continue with the goal until it does become habit and you no longer have to think about it. Have a goal to work out consistently? Why not treat yourself with a chocolate square after each workout (once it’s habit you won’t need the chocolate to motivate you). Or, pamper yourself after a week of great workouts (massage, hair, nails, new clothes, etc.)

So, what are your resolutions / goals this year?