Motivation Monday: My happy place

Happy Monday! I took an extend break from the blog (not really on purpose) over spring break/last week. Spring break was SO nice, but for some reason when I got back I felt super tired/lazy. WHAT?! Aren’t trips supposed to leave you feeling refreshed and awesome?! Anyway…I blame school, allergies, and….laziness I suppose. Now for a little spring break re-cap….

I went to so-cal to meet up with some old friends and see my family. It was delightful….and this was my view flying in. Heaven.

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froyooh and the most delightful acai bowl by the beach. heaven…and a little more heaven…

Since I sadly can’t be on vacay//in california 24/7, I started thinking about the little things that make a big difference for me…aka things that bring me to my happy place.

  • fresh flowers
  • pink pedicure
  • clean sheets
  • snuggles with my hubby and pup
  • candles burning
  • good workout tunes
  • fresh air//sunshine
  • clean&organized home/desk/purse
  • an intense workout
  • fresh gel mani
  • retail therapy
  • walking my dog on a sunny day

I realized that often we focus on the big trips/events/vacations to bring us to our happy place, but in reality, our quality of life could be better if we focused on a few small things more often. Here’s to finding your happy this week!

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Motivation Monday: Honesty is the best policy (especially with yourself)

I was listening to a fitness podcast this weekend and heard someone say that YOU are the easiest person you can fool. How often do we say to ourselves, “oh I’ll do xyz this weekend”, or “oh I totally eat 6 servings of fruits/veggies everyday!!!” We fool ourselves all the damn time!! Straight up LIES. This obviously applies to other areas of life too… (“He will totally change this time!!!” is pretty common…) Honesty is of course the best policy with others, but what about yourself? I think we owe it to ourselves to be honest!
Being honest with yourself comes down to accountability and taking a look at what’s really going on. Instead of saying “Why am I not seeing progress?!!!?!!”, maybe we can take a look at a the reality [aka…oh maybe because I ate 2 boxes of girl scout cookies and hamburger this weekend].

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This week make an effort to be honest with yourself. With health, fitness, or even your personal life…relationship..finances(!).whatever. Just be honest with yourself. You deserve it, and your life can only improve. Have a great week!

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It’s the little things….

Mental health is an important part of overall health…I think we all know that health encompasses SO many aspects of your life, but a lot of time the focus can be on physical health (BMI, blood pressure, what we see in the mirror….) and I am totally guilty of focusing more on the physical part too. But we need to remember to focus on whole health! That includes your mental, social, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing. Research has shown that gratitude can do wonders on mental health, and has even shown it may affect physical health. Taking note of a few things you a re grateful for daily is an easy way to help you re-focus and give you a mental little boost at the same time.

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A few things I’m grateful for lately…..

  • my sweet/supporting/hilarious hubby
  • a new haircut (it’s the little things, right?)
  • my pup
  • SPRING BREAK is NEXT WEEK
  • this warmer weather//longer days
  • school…I’m grateful for the opportunity to learn more about what I LOVE
  • the increase strength I have seen in myself the last couple of months (#gainz)

[new hair//messy home//lulu]

[my baby]

So tell me…what are YOU grateful for? Is writing down your thankful list something you do often? I would love to know…

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Motivation Monday: Consistency

Happy Monday! We had a nice laid back weekend with the pup….worked out, ate Chipotle, and froyo… aka all my favorite things 😉

I saw this quote on good old Pinterest and wanted to share….Consistency is KEY with health/fitness/diet/exercise. Give yourself a chance to be successful. It’s rough at first (I KNOW…trust me), but set short term goals…1 or 2 weeks at a time even. Yo-yo-ing for the rest of your life will NOT bring results. I didn’t start seeing consistent progress, until I regularly worked out, and was making sure I was eating enough [slash not too much;)]….and of course this applies to all areas of life.

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Trust yourself. Give yourself a chance to succeed. Have a great week!

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An Awesome App…

I’ve been looking for a reminder/goal app for a while (not the typical check list or calendar reminder) to keep me on track during the day. I finally came across Balanced in the app store, and I love it! The design is clean looking, you can have multiple goals with different time frames (i.e. once per day, 3 times per wk, etc.) And bonus..it’s free!  It’s so satisfying for me to cross things off a list, and I love having the reminder to focus on the important things!

2015/02/img_5875.jpgDo you have any favorite time management/goal/fitness apps? Let me know!!

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Motivation Monday: Beating the Winter Blues

February is here! I actually think January is my least favorite month… Something about coming off of the holiday high and back to real like…real freaking cold life. But we survived. February brings my birthday (25…sob) and valentines day, so I have some fun stuff to look forward to. This winter in Utah has been super mild, plus with the puppy, and my second semester of grad school I’m keeping busy. I wrote a post last year (here) about surviving the winter blues, but I just wanted to add a few things 🙂

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  • exercise as much as possible. those endorphins are SO great, not to mention help with working off the holiday lbs
  • freshen up your home. fresh flowers and candles have been game-changers for me. I hate the empty feeling after taking down the Christmas decorations, so organizing and changing things around really helps.
  • stock up on fresh food. I got back into meal planning in January and it helped me re-focus on eating fresh and healthy meals
  • remind yourself that we are just 7 weeks away from the first day of spring! Day dreaming about pool days and bikinis always gets me excited….

and like this post says..put something fun on the calendar! And taking a hot bath always helps too 🙂 How do you make it through the gloomy months?

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New Years Resolution Tips: the #1 question to ask yourself when setting goals

Happy New Year! I’ve written about goal setting a few times before…my first post was actually about setting SMART goals…
here are some tips for kicking the soda habit
more about resolutions here
and plenty of motivation for sticking with those goals here, here, here….)

NYresolutionsBut today I wanted to focus on one important question… WHY? It’s great to decide you want to lose weight, or to spend less, or read more, or focus on your business, but unless you figure out WHY you want to do those things, it won’t stick. I’m guilty of setting a vague resolution in the past but without asking the important question what is my motivation for sticking to it? I’ve also gone the SMART goal route and defined small steps and a timeline,etc., but again….if I don’t figure out WHY I want to do it, why would I really make it a permanent change.

Example: say you decide you want to save money…are you saving for a house? Paying off debt? Saving money to travel this year? Spending less money eating out, and cooking at home more?

What about if you want to “lose weight”…are you trying to improve your health? Run a race this year? Have a more active life with your spouse or kids or grand kids?

You want to read more? Why? For pleasure? Are you trying to learn something specific? Improve your business? Spend more time away from technology?

Do you see the benefit? There are so many worthwhile goals to set, but if you don’t figure out specifically why it applies to your life and why it’s important to you…there really isn’t any point in sticking with it all year…let alone until January 31. Here’s to a healthy and productive year!

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