Be Resolute

Have you ever wondered why resolutions fail so often? It can seem like a rather blunt question only 4 days in, but think about the resolutions you set last year. Were they all met? Were you just as passionate about them in June as you were in January? Did they hold the same weight all year long?

I was reading a statistic the other day that stated of all the New Year Resolutions, there were 2 that always seemed to make the top of the list. Can you guess them? Finances and Health.  Now, I’m sure you realize that there are MANY resolutions that can fall under both categories, but I’ll let you stick to your own for our purposes here. The exact same statistics also stated that a whopping 60% of people give up on their resolutions by March. Sixty percent! March! That’s not even a full third of the way through people! So, what’s going on here? Better yet, how do we make sure we’re in the 40%?

There are many issues with resolution setting that can either make or break our resolve. That’s what resolutions truly are right? They are tests of our human resolve to change something about our lives and press on toward a goal. Simple as that…. Here are a few ways our resolutions can head South faster than we can down our box of Valentine’s Day chocolates:

  1. We don’t write them down. You have to write it down and make it known in order for it to truly take the form of a goal.
  2. We set unrealistic expectations of ourselves and those around us.
  3. We do not think about the aspects of our life that we truly can control.
  4. We sweat the small stuff.
  5. We don’t re-evaluate.

So, those who can relate to those 5 things are in the 60%. You, however, want to fall into the minority. You want to conquer that resolution once and for all, not let it conquer you. So, what are you to do? I’m glad you asked. :)

  1. Write the thing down! Better yet, tell EVERYBODY! I’m serious here. Start a blog, a Facebook page or Twitter feed dedicated to you conquering this goal. It can be quite empowering AND it is built in accountability.
  2. Find an accountability partner. You need somebody who will slap you right off your pity party train and back to reality. You need a friend that loves you, but does not cater to you. They need to be tough and know that theirs is a truly special job. If you don’t already have that friend in your circle, broaden your circle a bit.
  3. Reverse engineer your goal to make sure it is truly attainable for you. Know what your goal is, then work your way backwards. this is where we think about what it will take to reach our goal and what we may have to give up in order to move forward. This is a VITAL step. It helps prepare you for your goal and it gives you and absolute plan of attack. This step takes you out of the “it sure would be cool if” zone and places smack in the “I’m going to DO THIS” zone.
  4. Know what aspects of your life YOU control. You cannot control emergencies or work drama. You can control what you eat, your workout, and your gossip. Yes, I said it. If you don’t want drama around you stop adding to it!
  5. Don’t sweat the small stuff. So, you had a moment of weakness and the siren call of the Dove dark chocolates was just too much to resist. So you popped in a movie and polished off the bag. Oh no wait, that was me :) . Yours may be a bit different, but here the deal: move on! You missed a workout, ate too much at dinner, sat on your butt instead of working it, worked late when you vowed not to, carried work anger home with you, snapped at the kids, misjudged a friend, forgot to put gas in the car…etc. You are HUMAN! You cannot change that no matter how hard you try. Humans make mistakes. We forget, we indulge, we get lazy. It’s just who we are. Move onward and LET GO.
  6. Re-Evaluate your goals every 6-9 weeks. You may stay on perfect track. If so, please let me know how you do it! If not, it’s OK. Know that you have the freedom to alter goals that are not working for you. In the course of 1 year life can change a lot! I mean, it takes mere seconds to get pregnant and less than a year for a baby to come into this world. Life changes! Be flexible enough to roll with it to ensure success. Be clear with the fact that you are NOT giving up on your goals, simply altering them. Know the difference.

So, what are your action steps today? Maybe you need to sit down and write out those resolutions. Perhaps it’s time to reverse engineer the crud out of them. Do the research! By the way, whatever goal you have, somebody else has already accomplished it. Ask them how they did it! Be an active participant in your own life. Start a blog. Let me know where it is and I’ll be happy to check it out! Work forward every day, never back. Soon enough, you will be in the 40% and we will welcome you with open arms. :)

LIVE OUT LOUD this year!

Michelle

GOAL!!!!!!

Quick! Grab a pen and paper, we’re going to start tackling this New Year RIGHT NOW.

Don’t want to? Tough, suck it up and so it anyways. This CAN be YOUR year, but you have to do the work…..

Why do some people seem to just get it? There are people who walk around accomplishing one goal after another like it’s nothing. HOW DO THEY DO IT?

HABITS

Your habits (all the little things you do) will ultimately decide if you reach your goals or not.

So let’s start today and I’ll make it short and sweet (of which I am neither!). Do you have your paper? Good, let’s go!

Divide your paper into 2 columns. Left column is GOAL, right column is SACRIFICE

Don’t be frightened, I’m not asking you to kill anything! Well, other than your bad habits.

Here’s what you do:

Write your goal in the left hand column and BE SPECIFIC! “Lose weight” is not specific. “Make more money”, not going to cut it here.

In the right hand column write the sacrifice that must be made.

Let’s have an example shall we?

GOAL:                                                                                                                                                        SACRIFICE:

Lose 50 pounds in 1 year (DOABLE PEOPLE!)                                                                                  Cut 500 calories per day from my diet/add in 30-60 minutes of exercise DAILY

Make $5000 more than I did last year                                                                                                  Consider working longer OR consider a home based business that utilizes my talents

Fitness Competition                                                                                                                                  Invest in a trainer and nutritionist, plan all meals and workouts ahead

 

And so on….

You got it? Then go get it!!!! Even better, put YOUR goals and sacrifices in the comments section below. THINK BIG PEOPLE!

I’ll share mine before the first :)

 

A Christmas Gift from me to you

OK, so I have a few tricks up my sleeve to avoid the sluggish feeling that can come with overindulgence. Let’s face it, even if we stay within our calorie budget we can feel icky if it’s foods our body may not be used to. Anybody else get headaches with too much sugar? Maybe you feel a little more irritated than normal because of more processed foods sneaking in? Whatever the cause, I have a quick solution for you :)

Quick Holiday Detox

This works best over the course of 2-3 days, but even if you can only get the morning schedule down you will notice a difference :)

As soon as you rise: Drink 6 oz warm water with fresh lemon and about 1 tablespoon local honey

It is IMPERATIVE that you avoid sugar like the plague!

Breakfast: Green Detox Smoothie

In a blender:

6-8 oz pure water

1 celery stalk

1 handful spinach

1 handful romaine

1/2 pear

1/2 tart apple

1/2 banana

1 kiwi, skinned

Juice of 1 lemon

Small handful of parsley (optional, but it HELPS!)

This makes a pretty big glass and the taste of the fruit severely over powers everything else, so you’re good to go.

If you’re still hungry, feel free to have 1/3 cup oats cooked in 2/3 cup water and either egg whites or fat-free Greek yogurt.

Lunch: Large plate of salad greens, 3-5 oz salmon, cucumber, cherry tomatoes, all drizzled with 1-2 teaspoons olive oil and the juice of 1 lemon.

Snack: Raw veggies (baby carrots, snap peas, celery, cucumber, etc). You can have a small serving of hummus OR some non fat Greek yogurt if needed.

Dinner: Large serving of salad, 3 oz grilled chicken breast, assorted veggies, drizzled with 1-2 teaspoons olive oil and juice of 1 lemon.

If you are hungry before bed, consider another small portion of your green drink, some hot tea, or a nutritional shake such as SHAKEOLOGY.

The calorie count here hovers around 1200 (eat a LOT of veggies!) which can be pretty low. Try to avoid dairy and gluten (I’m NOT promoting diets that cut them out, but have found eliminating them on short-term basis can aid in better digestion and assimilation of nutrients).

If you plan to stay to the plan, do NOT exceed 3 days straight and make sure you are drinking a minimum of 1 gallon of water per day.

Have FUN! and Merry CHRISTmas!

Michelle

 

GOALS!

GOALS Part 2

Get your pen and paper ready! Today we start to break down your goals so YOU can learn how to tackle and crush any goal you set.