Get Creative to Get Motivated…

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Have you ever told yourself (or had a friend, family member or doctor tell you) that you need to “get in shape”, “get healthy”, “lose weight”, etc.?  Do you find yourself lacking in motivation to do anything about it?

Living a healthy lifestyle is overwhelming if it is not something you are already doing.  It is easy and all too common to become highly motivated and jump in with both feet only to get overwhelmed and discouraged very quickly.  Thus making your “healthy lifestyle” venture short and painful in memory due to stress and guilt.

So here is the answer for you…are you ready?
Get Creative!

Ok I know what you are thinking…”This woman has lost her mind…That answer doesn’t help us at all!”

So here is the help that goes along with the answer.

1. First determine what it is that you enjoy doing.
Do you enjoy reading, watching television, gaming, bowling, dancing, competition?  What is something that you feel excited about doing?

2. Now take that thing that you love to do and make it into something fitness-related.
Get creative with this…think outside the box…heck, throw the damn box away (recycle it please ;))!!
I know this sounds silly and may seem near impossible, but I challenge you all to give me activities that you love to do so we can brainstorm together and find a way to make it a healthy activity that you will actually do because you enjoy it!

I will give you one example that I used with one of my clients at work.
She and her husband enjoy bowling.  Any mention of eating better or going for a walk and he (like most of us) mentally checks out and thus is not motivated to follow-through with it.  So I suggested we look for a way to make bowling healthy and a fitness-related activity.  I ended up finding an article in a Philadelphia magazine (Be Well Philly) called “I tried it: Bowling for Fitness at Sweat Fitness and Frames“.  Great article!
Obviously those of us that do not live in Philadelphia will not be able to attend this facility and participate in this program…but we CAN take the ideas and creatively apply them to our own activities.  I love the ideas presented in the article regarding doing jumping jacks and other activities to keep your heart rate up in between frames or while your partner is bowling his/her frame.  Will people look at you funny?  Probably…but who cares!  You are getting healthy and having a blast doing it (don’t tell me you won’t burn a whole lot of calories just laughing at each other and at yourself during this)!

So your challenge is to comment on this blog and give me an idea of what activity/hobby you enjoy doing that we can make into a fitness-related activity.

Ready…….
Set…..
GO!

Until next time…make today a happy and healthy day!
🙂

The Satisfaction a Checklist Provides…

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Hello, my name is Lori and I am a checklist junkie.

I love checklists.  There are few things that provide the same sense of satisfaction that checking items off of a checklist do.  It is exhilarating and motivating and helps me keep my life, my work, my kids, my home, etc. in order.

I decided to do a little research on checklists and see just what resources are available.  Here is what I found:

Real Simple has a very comprehensive collection of checklists on their website.  If you are a checklist junkie like me, you MUST check out this Link!  They also had The Best Free Apps to Simplify Your Life…can’t go wrong with simplifying things!

I found a list of 6 Fantastic To-Do Apps for Getting Organized on Mashable.  I can’t wait to try some of these apps out in addition to the ones I already use.  One of my favorites is the Cozi Family Organizer.  I love it!  My whole family can use it and sign in with their own individual email addresses but the same shared family password.  It will definitely come in handy as the kids get older and have their own calendar schedules happening.  Will keep me sane and in the know!  🙂

I came across a fellow blogger (and also a mother of 4 like me!) and she posted 100+ Ideas to Help Organize Your Home and Your Life.  Amazing list, check it out!!  I also subscribed to her blog while I was there…just saying! 🙂
Another great blog post I stumbled upon was Zone Defense: A Game Plan to Organize Your Home.  Worth checking out!

A good website to browse is Organized Home.  They have cleaning challenges, tips on how to cut clutter and get organized, recipes, ideas for household notebooks and much more! 

So now that you are on top of things and getting organized, how about the kiddos?  Here are some great resources to start early with your kids and keep them organized as well.  That will not only make life run a little more smoothly for you, but will help your child as they grow as well.

The Parenting website has a good (short and sweet) article called Keeping Kids Organized that provides some helpful tips.  A teacher for a specific school created a website for her students and their parents, but it has some great tips that anybody can use.  See her version of 10 Ways to Keep Your Children Organized.

Well looking at all of these checklists and organizing sites has my heart racing with excitement!  Time to satisfy my addiction and put together a checklist or two!

Until next time…make today amazing! 🙂

Patience is a virtue…that I don’t have!

We have all heard the saying “Patience is a virtue.”
When researching this a bit I saw the following explanation that I liked:  “Patience is a virtue because it is developed through difficulties and troubles.”

Wiki Answers also had the following explanation that I was really able to relate to:
It’s only perspective… Patience, or any reaction/behavior, without instruction or planning, unfolding into a positive event that ‘one’ can NOT imagine or make happen with physical intention is also ‘luck’.  Doing ‘nothing’ or ‘waiting for the correct moment’ can be the most difficult thing to do.  Those that do it well… have a greater sense of Peace in appearance. It only seems from another perspective to a worthy quality. The truth is Patience is an illusion… Still waters run deep, and patient people break things when no one is looking. Virtue is something one envies in another and overlooks in themselves. ~Bruce Filmore Dunn

There are more times than not that I find myself thinking about how I lack in patience…
When parenting I find I have a hard time being patient with my little ones.  It is hard feeling like a broken record and having them do exactly what you just told them (10 times) not to do!
When working on a project that I am excited about or when purchasing a car or house I find I lack patience.  I have a very hard time with the “waiting” part of the process.  I have discovered I (along with the rest of our society these days) have a need for instant gratification…I want it done now!  🙂

I just have to keep reminding myself (and you can do the same) that everything happens for a reason and will happen when it is supposed to.  Although the waiting is hard to do, it is just a part of life and we must embrace it and make the best of it…or try what I do…distract yourself!!

So until next time…”Are we there YET?!”   🙂

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Don’t Just Count Your Years, Make Your Years Count!

Yesterday was my birthday…thank you for the birthday wishes (I could sense you wishing me a happy birthday as you read this!)…and I received an email that came from a website I had subscribed to (SparkPeople).
Now I received many of these “Happy Birthday” emails from my subscriptions/memberships…you know the kind…you open the email and it says Happy Birthday!  Enjoy your special day!  And many times will include a coupon for you to use with that company (examples: I received a discount for a 2nd blizzard at Dairy Queen, a coupon for an appetizer at Texas Road House, a birthday bonus code good for 100 points from Kellogg’s, etc.).

Well this email from SparkPeople appeared the same, but actually was quite different.  There was a lot of text to it and normally I would just delete it without taking the time to read it.  I took the time to read this one and I am so glad I did!  It really was a great message and one that everybody should read and internalize whether it is their birthday or not.  So I am sharing this birthday message with all of you.  Read it…be inspired, and as always, make today fantastic!!

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