Get Ready For The New Year: 9 Inspiring Quotes to Let Go and Move Forward

Hello Friends!

Happy Sunday!

I realized the other day that my son only has a few days left until his winter break. I couldn’t believe it! Time has really flown by these past few weeks!

I mentioned last week that this month, I wanted to revisit some of my favorite posts from this year. Because we only have a little over two weeks left of 2017, I thought this week was perfect for sharing a post from July.

— 9 Inspiring Quotes to Let Go and Move Forward —

Let’s get rid of everything and anything that no longer serves us.. including social media (go through and unfollow anyone that doesn’t inspire you) .. and let’s start 2018 fresh and ready to accomplish our goals!

The root of all sufferingisattachment.

 

“Let go…
How would your life be different if you learned to let go of things that have already let go of you? From relationships long gone, to old grudges, to regrets, to all the ‘could’ve’ and ‘should’ve,’ to the dead friendships you still hang on to..
Free yourself from the burden of a past you cannot change.”
-Dr. Steve Maraboli

 

One of the happiest moments in lifeis when youfind the courage to let go of what you cannot change.

“Letting go means to come to the realization that some people are a part of your history, but not a part of your destiny.”
-Dr. Steve Maraboli

 

When you forgive,you heal.When you let go,you grow.

 

“Anything I can not transform into something marvelous, I let go.”
-Anaïs Nin

 

Anythingthat costs you your peaceis too expensive.Let it go.

 

“If you can’t do anything about it then let it go. Don’t be a prisoner to things you can’t change.”
-Tony Gaskins

 

Let goorbe dragged.

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Get Up and Move : 5 Reasons to Workout Today!

Hello Friends!

Happy Sunday!

The holiday season is officially upon us! We have four weeks until the end of 2017…

What?

Isn’t that crazy?

This month, I want to re-visit some of my favorite posts throughout the past year. As the title suggests, today I am sharing 5 reasons to workout today. And these reasons apply throughout the rest of the week.

Ready?

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Most people will never be motivated 100% of the time. The truth is that we get busy in our lives. There seem to be 20 million things that need to get done, and oftentimes, working out gets pushed to the back of the list. Sometimes an illness prevents us from getting our exercise in and once you’ve had a week or two of rest days, it can be difficult to find that energy and motivation to get that workout done.

These are just two examples of why it can be a challenge to fit exercise into our schedules. There are many more and the vast majority of them, in my experience, are simply excuses to not put in the work. The mind is a wonderful thing that can either push us toward success, or sabotage any effort you might put forth. Attitude and mindset are everything!

I could go on and on about this topic, it’s one of my favorites. However, the whole point of this post today is to get you up and moving. It really doesn’t matter what you do, just get up and move your body.

5. Working out boosts your immune system and can help prevent you from catching a cold!

Winter is here!  Flu season is upon us. People coughing, sneezing, blowing their nose… No one enjoys being sick. Go workout and help your immune system do its job.

4. Working out helps alleviate anxiety and stress.

The holiday season is in full swing. There are work obligations, holiday parties, and family obligations — That means possibly dealing with your least favorite relatives for at least five hours. In addition, ads for Christmas are all over the place. What gifts are you going to get for everyone? Are you sending out Christmas cards? Are you baking delicious sweet treats? Don’t you want to spend a ton of money on decorations? All of this creates a lot of anxiety and stress. Channel all of that energy into a workout. I recommend HIIT, cardio, or yoga to help with this.

3. Enjoy dessert guilt-free.

Speaking of sweet treats… Candy, cookies, cake, pie, cupcakes, brownies.. you name it, it’s all out and it’s all calling to you. (okay, maybe just me.) I’m all for indulging and enjoying life. Everything in moderation. When you’ve gotten in your workout, and you are consistent, there’s no guilt when you are enjoying that cookie. 

2. Exercise improves your focus and concentration.

It’s Sunday. For most of you that means that tomorrow starts a brand new work week. Prepare yourself for a productive week by getting in a workout. It will help you feel amazing and set you up for success. Also, thinking ahead this week, even if you are super busy, take 10 minutes on a lunch break to get up and walk around. This is refreshing and allows you to be more productive and efficient when you return.

1. Working out helps you look and feel your best!

Confidence. Plain and simple. When you are active and move your body, you release those endorphins. You feel good. Not only that, but when you consistently show up for yourself and exercise, you help your body in a variety of ways. All of that makes you feel good about yourself and you project that confidence. And when you take of yourself, you are better able to help others and enjoy life.

There you go! Now log off and move your body!

 

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Inspiration to Get You Moving

Hello Friends!

Happy Sunday!

Did you enjoy your holiday?

I’ve been indulging in way too many delicious fried foods and sugary sweets. It’s all fun and games until you realize that Christmas is less than a month away.. haha!

In all seriousness, this is why it is so beneficial to adopt healthy habits year round. Staying consistent with your fitness routine and eating healthy most of the time allows you to indulge in your favorite foods without having to worry, feel guilty, or beat yourself up.

Life is short and I think we should enjoy every moment we can, not spend our precious time in a negative mindset.

As we wind down from the long weekend, it’s important to prep ourselves for a successful week. If you feel off the wagon a little bit, no worries. Make a plan, get back up, and accomplish your goals.

We have four weeks until Christmas, five until the new year. That’s plenty of time to get back to your routine, switch it up, or develop some new habits that will align with your goals.

Today I am sharing a little inspiration to help us all get out of our food coma and back into our fitness mindsets. Let’s go!

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Pain is a gift.Instead of avoiding it,learn to embrace it.

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Don't expect different results,If your habits arethe same.

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I'm busy.I'm tired.I can't.It's cold.It's hot.I don't have time.

Have a fabulous week friends!

How To Deal With People

Hello Friends!

Happy Sunday!

Thanksgiving is this week in the U.S.

Thursday evening, after the turkey (or ham) and pumpkin pie have been gobbled up, naps taken, football played (and watched), the official start of Christmas shopping begins.

Black Friday in particular is always a mad house. People get up super early to score deals on gifts for their family and friends, as well as treasures for themselves.

With the holiday season in full swing, I thought I would repost this gem from last year. It was around this time that I encountered some rudeness and was inspired to write this post. I’m proud to say that I held my tongue and remained the better person by not responding in the heat of the moment. As I reiterate below, sometimes the best response is silence.

Manners are important.

Being polite is important.

Treating people with respect is important.

These are universal truths and you’ll find that you get a lot further in life by using your manners.

I think this is something we all can keep in mind this holiday season, and beyond.

Without further ado…

How To Deal With People

-Simple, straightforward, and to the point –

In all situations, in all encounters, with strangers, people who work in customer service, rude members of your family, etc..

Be polite.

Be kind.

Remember your manners.

When in doubt, remain silent.

“Be kind to unkind people. They need it the most.” -Buddha

This will save you a lot of future headache.

Is it easy? Is it instantly satisfying?

No. Not at all.

In fact, it could probably be one of the hardest things you will ever do – it is one of the most challenging skills to master.

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And it just might kill you… Constantly deflecting rudeness, personal criticism, just plain meanness….Always striving to be gracious and kind, no matter the circumstance.

But you will be a better person for it. It’s the right thing to do; other polite, well mannered people will respect you; and in my opinion, it is a true mark of being an adult.

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When people are rude to you,they reveal who they are,not who you are.Don't take it personally.

 

There is never an excuse for being rude.

Never.

Always be polite.

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Inspiration to Fire Up Your Week

Hello Friends!

Happy Sunday!

It’s cold.

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I’m ready for winter to be over.. and it isn’t even officially winter yet… haha!

Good thing I have plenty of coffee.

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This week I’m sharing a few quotes that will (hopefully) inspire you to have an amazing week!

Let’s dive in!

Don't get mad.Don't get even.Do better.Much better.Rise above.Become so engulfed in your own successthat you forgetWhen life puts you in tough situations,don't say,-why me--Say,-try me.-Being realisticisthe most commonly traveled roadto mediocrity.I love to see a young girlgo out and grab the world by the lapels.Life's a bitch.You've got to go out and kick ass.If my mindcan conceive it,andmy heartcan believe it,thenI can achieve it.Success at anythingwill always come down to this-Focus and Effort,andwe control both.

Well doneis betterthanwell said.A man is as young as his spinal column.

Have a fantastic week friends!

11 Inspiring Quotes for an Amazing Week

Hello friends!

Happy Sunday!

With only eight weeks left in the year, now is the perfect time to set intentions and attack our goals with vigor.

Today I am sharing some quotes that will (hopefully) inspire you to take action and have a productive, amazing week!

Let’s jump in!

Iron rusts from disuse;water loses its purity from stagnation...Even so does inactionsap the vigor of the mind.If the plan doesn't work,change the planbut never lose sight of the goal.Develop self-discipline.Do what needs to be done, even if you don't want to do it.Get comfortable with uncomfortable.A little progress each dayadds up to big results

If running is difficult, run more.

If anyone tells youthat a certain personspeaks ill of you,do not make excuses about what is saidbut answer,-He was ignorant of my other faults,else he would not have mentionedthese alone.-.jpg

You have a unique giftto offer this world.Be true to yourself.Be kind to yourself.Read and learnabout everything that interests you.And keep awayfrom people who bring you down..jpg

If we are irritated by every rub,how will we be polished-

A good life is when you assume nothingDo moreNeed lessSmile oftenDream bigLaugh a lotandRealize how blessed you are.Acceptthen act.Whatever the present moment contains,accept itas if you had chosen it...This will miraculouslytransform your whole life.

 

Have an amazing week, friends!

Bouncing Back From An Injury

Hello Friends!

Happy Sunday!

The final three days of October. Can you believe it?

It’s definitely starting to feel like winter here in Ohio.

Cold. Very, very cold.

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Bring back 70 degrees please. haha!

Recently I had to take a step back from my normal workout routine. I woke up one morning and felt an ache in my shoulder. Not a you-worked-hard, muscle ache, but a you did-something-wrong ache. I’ve pin-pointed it down to the exact move that exasperated my muscles to a point where I became injured — lateral raises.

It’s incredibly frustrating to start a new fitness challenge, get in the zone, start to see and feel progress, and then have to take a step back.

But it happens. And your body forces you to stop and listen, whether it’s in the form of an injury or getting sick.

As for me, I paused my current routine and drastically cut back. Every other day, every two days, I did a workout — lower body and abs along with modified yoga and some Feldenkrais method mixed in. This past week, I’ve incorporated cardio, but toned it down to accomodate my injury.

Note: if you are sick or injured, you should always, always consult your doctor. 

As of yesterday, my shoulder is feeling better. This morning I’m feeling pretty good. But I think it’s important to ease back in. So today, I thought I would share a little fitness inspiration to help ease back into your normal routine, or maybe you are starting a new goal before the holiday season truly kicks in.. There are three weeks until Thanksgiving and eight until Christmas. Now is the time to get started and begin seeing progress. Why wait until January 1? Every morning is a fresh start and every day is a good day to work on your health and your fitness. These are the quotes and phrases that are inspiring me. Feel free to share what is inspiring you in the comments! I love hearing your ideas!

You can't go backand change the beginning,butyou can start where you areandchange the ending.

 

Trust the wait.Embrace the uncertainty.Enjoy the beauty of becoming.When nothing is certain, anything is possible.

 

Never regret a day in your life-good days give happiness,bad days give experience,worst days give lessons,andbest days give memories.

 

What if I fall-Oh, but my darling,what if you fly-

 

Time is non-refundable.Use it with intention.

 

I wish tacos gave you abs.

Hahahahahaha! Right?

And my favorite this week:

Movement is life.Without movement life is unthinkable.

 

Don’t forget, my 30 day gratitude challenge starts Wednesday! ICYMI: The Miracle of Gratitude

Have you made your Gratitude Tree yet? Today is a perfect day to get it ready!

 

The Miracle of Gratitude

Hello friends! Happy Sunday!

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Gratitude is a powerful practice that can have a positive effect on your overall happiness and well being. When you focus on what you have and begin to truly appreciate everything in your life, your perspective will shift. This has a ripple effect. Soon, your attitude is transformed and you have a better outlook on life.

When life is good, it is easy to express gratitude. It comes naturally for most. Receiving a gift or winning a prize floods you with feelings of happiness and joy, maybe you get excited, and you feel appreciative and grateful. The challenge lies in practicing gratitude when life presents obstacles or times get tough. When a loved one is sick, you lose your job, or your life gets completely turned upside down in some other way, it’s easy and absolutely normal to feel anger, sadness, depression – any number of negative emotions. It is in the darkest times that gratitude has the most power.

Gratitude is a choice. It takes practice and conscious effort – every single day.

Practicing gratitude sometimes takes a lot of inner strength. But it is extremely powerful.

“Gratitude, like faith, is a muscle. The more you use it, the stronger it grows, and the more power you have to use it on your behalf. If you do not practice gratefulness, its benefaction will go unnoticed, and your capacity to draw on its gifts will be diminished. To be grateful is to find blessings in everything. This is the most powerful attitude to adopt, for there are blessings in everything.”
-Alan Cohen

You can’t always control your circumstances. But you can control how you react to them.

“Life is 10% of what happens to you, 90% of how you react to it.” – Charles R. Swindoll

Now is the perfect time to start incorporating gratitude into your daily life. When you practice gratitude, you change your mindset. You shift your focus to the good in your life. Your attitude changes and you begin to feel happier.

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.” -Melanie Beattie

I’m very excited to announce the second annual 30 Day Gratitude Challenge. I hosted this last year on my official Facebook page, but this year I thought I would post it right here on the blog. It starts on Tuesday November 1.

Each day, I will post a prompt that will get you thinking about, and practicing gratitude. By the end of the month, you will have created a good habit, improved your daily mood, and quite possibly, will have transformed your life!

Don’t worry. This will not be time consuming. Each day will take approximately 5-10 minutes max. You don’t have to be at home to participate — That’s the beauty of gratitude: You can take it with you anywhere you go!

Gratitude doesn’t have to be a big to-do. You do not have to be religious. There are really no rules.

 

I’d love for you to join me on this journey! And.. why not invite a few friends or your family to join you? Share this post with everyone across your social media so that others can join us!

I also have a fun tradition I’d like to share with you.

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Every year, my son and I create a Gratitude Tree. We go outside, collect some sturdy branches, and gather them in an antique teapot to create our tree. We start each November morning by writing down what we are grateful for that day and hang it up on the tree. Click here to learn how to make your own Gratitude Tree for your family this year!

I wanted to share this with you now so you can collect your branches while the weather is still decently warm. 🙂

For more on Practical Gratitude, please visit my article:

4 Tips to Bring Gratitude Into Your Daily Life

Be sure to subscribe and follow the blog so you don’t miss out on any of the gratitude prompts. Leave a comment below and let me know you’re in for the challenge!

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Have a wonderful week friends!

 

Get Motivated: 3 Simple Tips to Get You Back on Your A Game

Hello friends! Happy Sunday!

Fall is in full swing. The leaves are changing color and falling to the ground, school is in session, everyone is busier than ever, and the weather, with its up and downs, is leaving many people not feeling their best. Allergies, colds, the flu.. general aches, fatigue.. I think we’re all experiencing this on some level.

These are the times when people typically start to fall off the wagon. Life gets crazy, unexpected situations arise, we fall out of balance.

So this week, I wanted to share the three things I always do to motivate myself and get back on my A game. Let’s jump in!

 

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1. Find Your Why.

When it comes to health and fitness goals, this is huge. You have to dig deep and be honest with yourself. Why are you doing this? But it isn’t just about exercise and eating right. Identifying your why applies to many different areas of your life and any goal that you set for yourself. Doing this creates the right mindset, which will help lead you to success. Motivation doesn’t last. Anyone can be motivated for a period of time, but eventually that energy fizzles out. Having a clear, concise reason for whatever you are trying to achieve will carry you through those times when you are unmotivated. You can return to that reason, remember why you are doing what you are doing, realign your focus, and get back to work.

 

2. Give Yourself A Push.

Sometimes we need a spark of inspiration to get us going, to help us realign that focus. In these instances, I like to seek out inspiration and tips. I’ve mentioned it numerous times, I love Pinterest. It’s such a great resource, you can find just about anything on there. You might create a vision board for each goal you have, to make you laugh when you’re feeling blue, or to organize your life (that’s the next step!) I also love YouTube as a source of inspiration and humor. I subscribe to a few YouTubers who make me laugh, but I’ve also recently been interested in the self-help, life coaching section of YouTube. I absolutely love Tracy Hensel. I came across one of her videos last week and I was hooked! I like to pull YouTube up on my laptop when I’m doing my household tasks.  I get to laugh or learn new tips while I get my chores done. Win-Win! Another great source of inspiration is your local library. Pick out some inspiring books to read, whether you choose a hard copy or an ebook.

 

3. Get Organized.

This is my favorite tip and the one that always helps me feel the most empowered. It’s easy to get overwhelmed and frazzled when there are piles of clutter around, or when you know you have a bunch of tasks to complete, but you don’t know where to start. Being organized is one of the keys to success. The first step is to create a To-Do List. I love writing my list down on paper, but you could use your computer or your phone. Whatever works best for you. Write everything down that you need to accomplish. Once you physically see it on your list, it automatically starts to feel more manageable. Be sure to add any household tasks to your list. Clear the clutter around you in your home, in your office, in your car, wherever you are each day. Then tackle your list, one thing at a time. It is helpful to tackle the big things, or the tasks you dread the most, first. Get it done, cross it off, and move on to the next thing.

 

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Well, I hope these tips were helpful to you. These are the three things I do when I feel like I’ve fallen off and lost my balance. They always help me realign my focus and get back on my A game. 🙂 Let me know what tips you have for finding motivation in the comments below.

And if you have suggestions for what you’d like to see in upcoming inspiration posts or for anything else, please let me know! You can find me across my social media, which I will link below.

Have a wonderful week, friends!

 

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One Man’s Tale To Weight Loss, Weight Gain And The Barrier Determining Long Term Success

Check out this article from Doctor Jonathan – All About Healthy Choices

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All About Healthy Choices

12521214053_d8b0285e8d_bCROPPED500How many times have you read stories where people stated, “until I saw myself in that picture, I never realized how serious my weight problem was”?

fat-doctorHow many times have you heard doctors say, “you’re in remarkably good health” even though you know in reality you’re overweight, sedentary, depressed and likely taking multiple prescription medications? If your doctor resembles the picture above, do you think his opinion may lack credibility even though you want to believe him?

The following is a story many of you will relate to:

A 57 year old man (we’ll call him Mr. Smith) weighing 377 pounds was driving to work when he began to experience right arm numbness. He wasn’t overly concerned because a month earlier he had his annual physical exam that revealed NORMAL blood pressure and NORMAL cholesterol findings. Mr. Smith interpreted these two values as a “clean bill of health.”…

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