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Been reading in a lot of articles lately of the importance of how you begin your morning, and how it sets your tone for the day.
Here are some tips I’ve gleamed from all of them, summed up in one blog post:
1) Are you starting by rolling out of your bed and checking either the computer or your smartphone for texts, emails, etc? If so, why are you making other people more important than your breakfast? Or getting ready for work or school? Start the day instead with something meaningful for yourself whether it be a 15 minute read of something to aid your personal development, study, meditate–do something for yourself!
2) What’s your first thoughts? Is it “Ugh, I hate mornings/work/school/Mondays”? If so, that negativity sets the tone for your entire DAY! Try to follow it up with affirmations like “Today is going to be an AWESOME day because I will make it such!” or something to that effect.
3) If you can, get up an extra 10-15 minutes early for some basic yoga, stretches, or a quick cardio workout. It’ll help get your body in gear and is far better than caffeine any day for waking you up in the morning!
It’s time for that gem polishing, and that gem is YOU!
What are your biggest strengths? What is it about yourself which you are proud of, have earned and learned, and helps you to get you what you both want and need in life? What do people compliment you the most on?
What are your biggest weaknesses? What has held you back time and time again? What are you presently struggling with? It’s not about “I can’t”, but “I am having difficulty with”. Finding out what are your biggest challenges can help you to grow and overcome them.
Many people embark on a weight loss goal, a fitness goal, a financial goal, and wind up in the same cycles over and over again–losing and gaining, losing and gaining, both in terms of weight AND money and wonder why!
It all comes down to you! If you work on improving your personal skills, you can make great strides on any goal you want. But if you don’t clean up what you need to…you’ll find that these things will have a trickle down effect.
So get going on it, make a list: what are your strong points, what are your weak points? Go get polished!
I often hear from people, “I don’t have the energy to workout”, “I’m too busy”, “I’m too stressed”, etc. They’re usually the same people who tell me they’re not flexible enough to do yoga.
Saying any of these things in my mind is like saying, “I’m too poor to want money.” It doesn’t make any sense! Yoga HELPS you gain flexibility, and working out in general will greatly enhance your energy levels and reduce your stress.
Ten minutes a day. That’s all you need. How do you spend your extra ten minutes a day? Television? Facebook? Get off the couch, get away from the computer, and get active! Better yet…get some free weights and lift while watching tv, or watch it while on an elliptical, stationary bike, or treadmill. Find ways to get active.
I feel more energy after I workout, not less! And studies have shown it to be a terrific mood enhancer.
There are some lovely quotes on this thoroughout the ages:
“Those who think they have not time for bodily exercise will sooner or later have to find time for illness.” -Edward Stanley
“Lack of activity destroys the good condition of every human being, while movement and methodical physical exercise save it and preserve it.” -Plato
“It is exercise alone that supports the spirits, and keeps the mind in vigor.” -Marcus Tullius Cicero
“Movement is a medicine for creating change in a person’s physical, emotional, and mental states.” -Carol Welch
So what are you waiting for? Get some! Decide…commit…succeed!! You only get one body in this lifetime….
When people get going on their fitness regime, however they choose to sculpt it, many come into it with the impression that they have to make drastic changes IMMEDIATELY, and if they don’t work out initially they’ve failed.
And this is often why people fail to make their fitness goals.
I promise you, I guarantee you: if you stick to a basic plan of keeping a food diary, staying active, and finding small ways to make changes into your life, you WILL see an improvement over time.
Take weight loss, for instance, since it’s such a popular fitness topic: it takes 3500 calories to burn one pound of fat. That means to lose one pound per week, you want a 500 calorie deficit daily. Well, how do you achieve this in a sane and sensible fashion? Increasing your caloric burn by 250 calories daily and eliminating 250 calories from your diet can start the wheels turning! Change your salad dressing. Use a different brand of hummus. Use a different type of BREAD. Remove half a serving of peanut butter! Take the stairs instead of the elevator or escalator! Park further away from your office and walk! Take walks during your lunch break! All of these things add up.
Naturally if you’re looking to GAIN weight, the same goes in reverse: you need the intake of calories to be GREATER than your burn rate. If you have a super fast metabolism and/or are very physically active, this can get challenging. I remember upping your calories the healthy fat by making smoothies–it’s a lot easier trying to get more food in by turning them into liquid! Don’t fall into the temptation by chugging down a ton of unhealthy food, you’ll pay for it later!
And for maintaining your weight…well, you get the picture.
Small victories are not only easier to accomplish, but the more you have of them, the better it makes you feel! And the more likely you are to succeed.
So go for it! Don’t just think big…think small..and let it add up, like pennies in a cookie jar.
To the unemployed, the financially strapped, and the opportunity seekers: I’m currently looking to expand my business team! If you’re interested in a home business venture that you can do while either with a full time job or in between jobs, this could help you with your personal goals in more ways than one.
Are you interested in helping people out with their fitness goals while getting into shape yourself? Are you someone who would love to make an income outside of your day job, to help pay for your college tuition, unemployed and struggling, or just be a nice backup plan if your current career options don’t work out?
If so…I may have a good spot for you on my fitness team! I will be interviewing people over the next few weeks. Serious, business minded people only need apply. The opportunity is in the fitness industry, but I’m looking for enthusiasm over experience. You don’t have to be in the Boston area, but you do have to be in the US.
I’m looking for people who are self-starters, motivated, and interested in trying something new. It’s a venture that takes up as little or as much time as you have, and you can do it on your own schedule. You neither need to be local to Boston where I reside, be veg*n (I have a paleo on my team), or be in the best shape of your life (I started twenty-five pounds ago!). You just need to want to help others, and along your journey and the progress YOU make can and will inspire others.
The cost to start is low, and the benefits are high. If you think you have what it takes, have an entrepreneurial spirit, and have an enthusiasm for exercise in addition to a love of helping out others with their own fitness goals, a position on my fitness team may be a great fit for you.
If you’re interested, either contact me for more information, or just sign up today! I am currently in the process of interviewing people who are interested in joining my team, and only plan to take on an additional eight people at this time.
Here’s a video of fellow fitness coaches and how they got started in their journey to health and wealth: