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What do you want?

That may have sounded snide or rude, but I certainly didn’t mean for it to be rude.

What I mean is…have you thought about it lately? What do you want? What are your goals? Why do you want to be healthy? Thinking about your WHY is very helpful in keeping your motivation. Making that your North Star can help you when you stray. When you don’t feel like working out. Or when you don’t feel like eating a healthier lunch.

So think about it for a minute.

Why do you want to be healthy and fit?

My hubby and me in Ireland

Is it to set a good example for your kids?
Is it so you can be around to see your grandkids grow up?
Maybe you just want to feel better?
Or perhaps you want to fit back in those old jeans?

Now that your reason. Write it down. Put it everywhere. Your bathroom mirror, your smart phone, your screen saver. Tell your significant other, your coworkers. The more people you tell and the more places you put it, the more likely it is that you’ll stay focused more often. Tell yourself every day why you want this. You may just find yourself making more and more decisions in line with that.

For me, my reason for wanting to be healthy is because I want to be able to enjoy my family and my friends and to continue to be able to travel and enjoy myself. I want to look and feel good and not having any physical or health problem stand in my way. That’s what keeps me going when I don’t feel like it. Now that the habit of working out and eating well is engrained in my life, I really do enjoy it and look forward to it. But some days, I still don’t wanna…for some reason. And that’s when I revisit my WHY.

So tell me, why do YOU want to be healthy and fit?  Share below, please!

Some of my whys:

With my hubby and his parents, enjoying the NC State Fair

My mom and me celebrating New Year Eve

Team Penguin! Wonderful friends, Amy, Troy, My hubby & me about to run a fun 5k

Besties: Christina and Kathy and me, celebrating a great friend's birthday

My wonderful hubby, me, and our baby enjoying the beach in fall

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Weekly Challenge #3

Do you have goals?

Well how do you keep them in mind? Do you plan tasks that will help you accomplish those goals or are they sort of just arbitrarily hanging out there?
Your challenge this week is to really LIST and organize your goals.
So take 10 minutes. Really sit and think about, say your top 10 goals. Make them wild and crazy. You don’t have to show them to anyone…just really be creative and think “What would be the most AMAZING things I’d like to achieve?”
Write them all down, and then on a separate sheet of paper, start brainstorming how they are connected. So maybe one of your goals was to quit work. And another goal was to start your own business. And another was to take more vacations. Take those and order them in the way in which they would need to occur. So if one would lead to another, for instance. So maybe you have to start your own business before you could quit work. Then your business would have to succeed for you to take more vacations, right?
Now decide which one is the one that LEADS to all the rest. Chalene Johnson calls this your “Push” goal. In the example above, the push goal would probably be to start your own business. Because it makes the rest happen. Highlight that one. Put stars around it. Circle it. That’s the one that is the KEY for the rest to happen. Now write that one everyone. Save it in your phone. Make it your screensaver.
And start ACTING toward it TODAY. Tiny, baby steps each day. Do something every day that will help you reach that goal eventually. Even if it’s just that you’ll research one element of something that you’ll need to know. Or perhaps it’s one little phone call that you’ll need to get the ball rolling. Just do something to move you toward your goal.
I’d definitely recommend you pick up Chalene Johnson’s book, “Push: 30 Days to Turbocharged Habits, a Bangin’ Body, and the Life you Deserve!” She has a very specific, fabulous system to really dive into this and get your life organized and working toward your goals. Why wait, right?
Now, you don’t HAVE to share your push goal with anyone. But I think you SHOULD. People can help you. And when you say it out loud, you are much more willing to work toward it. Sooooo, don’t be shy, tell us what your BIG GOAL is, below!!

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Weekly Challenge #1

All right, it’s a new year, I’ll try a new THING!

How about a weekly challenge?

Are you up for it?

I think it’ll be a mixture of things, anything from a food challenge, to a fitness challenge, to a personal challenge. What do you think?

So, it’s the first week of 2012. Woo hoo! Happy new year! Let’s try to make ourselves even better than we already are.

So your challenge for this week: DECLUTTER

* I challenge you to go into one room of your house. With two trash bags. One marked DONATE, and one not marked. That one will be for trash. Go through all the drawers, cabinets, shelves in that room before this time next week. You can do a couple of shelves in one night and then break until tomorrow. But your goal is to FILL BOTH BAGS! I know you can do it. Be real with yourself. Which items have you not touched in the last year? Which items do you hate? Which items have you forgotten you had? Chances are you can DO without them.  If something’s broken, worn out, or useless, put it in the trash bag. If it’s useful, but just not for YOU anymore, put it in the donate bag and then TAKE it to be donated the moment it’s full. Don’t let it sit around!

When you declutter your home you’re decluttering your life. So let’s have a fresh start for the year and get one whole room clear of all clutter. One more rule. As you declutter, remember to also clean, wipe, dump any random bits, dust, grody-ness as you go. May as well be clean as well as clutter free since you’re already touching it all! 🙂

Would love to hear how it goes and if you ACCEPT my challenge this week. Comment below and let us know what room you’ll be doing, or if you are choosing to declutter something else.

If you’re unable to comment please let me know via email! fithappy@yahoo.com

Now OFF you go! And don’t worry. I’m doing it WITH you!

~To Your Health~

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A word about positivity

There are tons of books out there about the power of positive thinking. There’s a reason why it’s so popular in some groups. I thoroughly recommend reading (or listening to the audiobook) some of these. The one I’m reading right now is “Think and Grow Rich” By Napoleon Hill. It’s eye-opening. And for those of you who know me personally, you can probably tell that my positivity has increased. I’m truly happy every day. I BELIEVE my day will be good, and it is. I BELIEVE I can help someone, and I do. Imagine the possibilities!

Just think – what successful person do you know that has a negative aura? When was the last time you heard the CEO of Starbucks say, “I’m just not sure I can do this?”. Never! Successful people are organized, they have positive self-talk, they are energetic. And if you’re surrounded by negative people, people who bring you down, wallow in it, and they take up all of your energy, you may need to rethink your circle. I’m not saying go and de-friend anyone. Just make a mental note…and give them less of your energy. Start your positive self-talk today. It’s contagious too, so you may even help those sad, down people you know!

If you’d like more book recommendations, I’m happy to give them! Also, I REALLY encourage you to sign up for Chalene Johnson’s FREE 30 day challenge. It’s SO enlightening, and helped me to change my way of thinking about myself and my goals, and it got my organized and MOVING toward my goals actively. Do you have something more you want to achieve? Her program is here: http://www.30daypush.com/ – Try it, you won’t be sorry!

And finally, I have to say, part of being mentally positive and centered includes being physically energetic and happy. If you’re ready to start a fitness program, contact me! I can help you find the right program for you, your schedule, your goals, AND I can be your coach throughout it to help you with accountability, motivation, and someone to share your successes with. Email me here, or directly to my inbox @ fithappy@yahoo.com and we can chat.

Surround yourself with people who want to see you succeed!

~To your health~

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Motivation?

What’s your motivation?

Sometimes you may not feel like getting your workout in. Or maybe you don’t feel like eating healthy anymore. When these times come, it’s important to remember your motivation.

Do you want to be healthy for your kids?

Do you want to be healthy so you feel better?

Do you want to be healthy so you’re around for your friends?

Do you want to like what you see when you look in the mirror?

Maybe fit back into some old clothes?

Perhaps it’s just because you want to be a motivator for others?

Determine your motivation. Write it down. Put it everywhere. Make it your screen saver on  your computer. Put it on your wallpaper on your phone. Put a post it note on your steering wheel. Remind yourself always about your WHY.

And while we’re all allowed those days where we just don’t feel like it, make sure it’s not happening all the time. If it is, reset yourself. Reingage. Jump back in and you’ll be SO glad you did. Once you start seeing results, sometimes that’s all the motivator you’ll need.

So next time you’re just not feeling it, look at your “WHY”. Tell yourself even a quick 10 minute workout is better than none. Press play and you’ll be glad you did. Have you ever met someone who regretted getting a good workout in? Thanks to Chalene Johnson for reminding me of that. 🙂

So GO PRESS PLAY!

~To your health~

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