Weight Loss Motivation Tips

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◼️Create goals but make them manageable. Don’t set a goal that’s likely far in the future and don’t set one that’s to easy either. You’ll find that your goals may change over time, so make them small and short term.

◼️Imagine a fitter, healthier you. Imagine yourself fitting into those skinny jeans, or crossing that finish line. Focusing on actually accomplishing your goals will keep negativity at bay and allow you to push forward. Practice visualization for just 10 minutes a day simply by closing your eyes and picturing yourself getting healthier and slimmer, keying in on how you look and feel, and imagining a more confident, energized, and proud version of yourself.

◼️Always grocery shop with a list, and stick to the list!

◼️If you are going to indulge, remember the “rule of one”. One scoop, one piece, one bit, etc…

◼️Prep ahead. If you know you’re doing something that’s burning a lot of calories. Have a Shakeology available, or veggies & hummus. Healthy, low calorie, good nutrient snacks for when you feel like your energy’s been zapped and you get hangry!

◼️Create a vision board. It helps you to not lose sight of your goals during times you’re feeling low or struggling.

◼️Make a celebration as clothes get too big on you, donate them. This will make you feel good about your accomplishment and good about helping others from the sowing the seeds of your accomplishment!

◼️Do it for YOU. Don’t do it for your boyfriend, or your husband. Don’t do it to get that guy to notice you. You think that’s a real personal motivator, but it’s not. You have to do it for yourself. Because YOU want change, because YOU want better health.

◼️Don’t see rewards in the form of food or desert. Your rewards shouldn’t be food focused, ever. Let rewards be a new top, one size lower. Or go get your hair done, or a mani pedi. Massages are an awesome reward for working your body hard!

 

Just Let It Go

In my own personal quest to downsize and get rid of junk I started a list for myself but thought I’d share with my fellow bloggers!

  1. Take-out menus. Why keep these? You can look the menu up online.
  2. Packets from everywhere, fast food places, pizza delivery, Chinese delivery, etc…
  3. Duplicates of most kitchen spoons, tongs, etc…
  4. Candles that are near the bottom, face it, you won’t light it again.
  5. Broken magnets, you’ll never fix them.
  6. Speaking of magnets, get rid of the ad campaigns.
  7. Plastic cups you collect from places you visited. Like the zoo…
  8. Napkins that are laying around from fast food ventures.
  9. Excess mugs
  10. Any small appliances you haven’t used in a year
  11. Magazines you hoard
  12. Old water bottles
  13. The Tupperware that has no lids
  14. The sock that has no mate after the second laundry attempt to find and it’s still lost
  15. Lids that have no bottom
  16. The lone earring that has no match
  17. Old receipts
  18. Old ticket stubs
  19. Old cell phone accessories
  20. All those manuals you can just find online if you really need them
  21. Holey socks, holey shirts, holey pants…unless designed to be holey
  22. Old hair elastic ties
  23. Old bras – be kind to yourself and invest in new ones
  24. Old fragrances you never use
  25. Old makeup you never use
  26. Expired coupons
  27. Scratched non-stick cookware (it’s bad for you)
  28. Spare whatevers you haven’t used, ever
  29. Take the old ink cartridges to be recycled…finally
  30. Old cell phones
  31. Old computer parts
  32. Those shirts from races you never wear, make a quilt with them, or donate them!
  33. Those puzzles that have missing pieces, still…
  34. Pens with barely any ink
  35. Old eye ware
  36. Old product boxes
  37. Plastic hangers from the store
  38. Ugly undergarments and undergarments that don’t fit
  39. Books you’ve never read or will never read again
  40. Old spices – Spices don’t actually spoil but they lose their potency.  A good rule of thumb is 1-2 years for seasoning; 1-3 for herbs and ground spices; and up to 4 years for whole spices.
  41. Old nail polish
  42. Clothes that are more than 2 sizes too small or 2 sizes too big
  43. Little shampoo and conditioner bottles from a hotel you went to years ago
  44. Samples you will never use
  45. Old planners and calendars
  46. Expired medications and sunscreens
  47. Key chains you don’t ever use
  48. Clothes you haven’t worn in over a year
  49. Old bills (get a shredder)
  50. Old paint
  51. Half of the 30 coffee cups you own
  52. Expired food
  53. Old keys
  54. Phone Books
  55. Remotes to things you no longer own
  56. Cords to things you no longer own
  57. Rusted anything

Emergency Aid Training (USA)

With tragic events like the one in Las Vegas Nevada, or in times of natural disasters like the hurricanes we’ve seen this year, any help civilians can give could save lives. I was looking this info up for myself, but thought I would just share these resources with all of you as well!

There are tons of basic first aid classes offered by the American Red Cross along with STOP THE BLEED, a national awareness campaign and a call to action.

I myself have been thinking about taking some emergency classes through the Red Cross. http://www.redcross.org/ux/take-a-class

Please click the link below to find out what you can do if you were in a life or death situation and how YOU could help in times of need. Something a small as a belt or tampon could save a person’s life.
https://www.dhs.gov/stopthebleed

 

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Hurricane Preparedness

So much is happening not only in the US with disasters, but all over the world. Hurricanes, Wild Fires, Floods, etc… I haven’t felt much like blogging with all that’s happening here in the states. This is just the very beginning of hurricane season and already Hurricane Harvey has left a wake of destruction and insurmountable loss. These lists were created for disasters here in the United States, but dangerous natural disasters happen all over the globe so I don’t think list items change too many things from country to country, other than of course, emergency response numbers, radio stations, etc…

As the Eastern coastline, Puerto Rico, Florida, and all the gorgeous islands hunker down, evacuate and prepare for Hurricane Irma’s arrival I just wanted to put this out there. And just a note to remember that things like tornado’s and tsunami’s give little to no warning. But you can be prepared for those natural disasters that do give warning. Please evacuate if you can and don’t leave your furbabies behind! Don’t be stubborn, if you can get inland, get inland.’

Be safe!

XOXO

 

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being healthy AND productive

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Me & My Big Ideas 18 Month BIG Happy Planner

Schedule Your Day

When I first started working from home I was so scattered I really didn’t have a plan and things just never got done, it was like a loop of best laid plans. And I’d find I would be trying to squeeze in workouts and outdoor activities and I still wan’t getting anything accomplished.

Then I found myself never having an off time or an off day. I would get up and work through the day into too late a dinner and then back at it. One of the biggest mental and physical shifts I needed to make in working from home was to make sure to make time for everything else. AND to  schedule what I needed to accomplish for the day in my work life and off time. There needed to be a healthy balance.

I love what I do now and it’s so easy to get involved all day and evening talking with people and immersing myself in my work day but I also love my workouts, my off time with my hubby and friends and getting outside a whole lot!

It’s critical to create structure to my day; even a loose outline can help with staying on track and prioritize work. First and foremost, I’m learning to set clear start and finish times for the workday.I’m still working a few times in the day and evening but I’m learning that even when I divide my time doing some day hours and some evening time, I need a clear defined, shut it down time. Working from home may have different and assorted hours than a normal 9 to 5, but it still needs to have its own set but flexible schedule or your lose sight of the rest of your life.

So make sure you set a time for eating, breaks, phone calls, etc… Set blocks of time to accomplish tasks.

I get sluggish in the afternoon, always have no matter how I adjust my nutrition. So afternoon I need to be up and moving.  So not a good time to be sitting working. So afternoons I do very little pc/phone time. Schedule your day according to your own ebb and flow of energy. After all you’re the boss and can tweak it how you want it!

And at the end of your workday, shut down your pc, laptop, tablet, whatever you use. Even if you plan to go back to it for off hours fun. Shut it down for a bit, phone too. This will help your head know that the work day or time is done and your brain and body can relax and go into a more casual mode.

 

 

Prep meals and snacks (for the week/the day)

I prep hubby and I’s meals for the week. I do meal plans and do as much make ahead prep as I can. This helps us both stay on track nutritionally and lets our focus be on spending time together during off hours while still eating healthy and not running out to get fast food. Something we did a lot before I started meal planning.

Working at home I still want to eat right and prepping my meals makes eating a nutritious lunch and snack easy. If your blood sugar gets low through the day, concentration will dwindle and you’ll be less productive. Keep away from sugary drinks, bread products and baked goods. Refined carbs and sugar will for sure give you a quick boost, but after the insulin spike hits, it’s gonna drop quick and you will feel more sluggish than you did before. Things like fruits, nuts (good healthy fats), veggies and a bit of protein will help keep you alter and productive steadily through the day. And don’t forget to start the day with a healthy breakfast of protein and healthy fats, and even some fruit or veggies. You can add a carb, but make sure it’s a healthy one like; sweet potato, yams, beans or lentils. The healthy carbs in the morning will help you get started for the day and the healthy fats in the afternoon like nuts, hummus, and avocado are great for brain function!

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Schedule daily workouts into your calendar/to do list

Schedule your fitness just like you schedule your work day, birthdays, anniversaries and vacations. Daily workouts should be a part of living every single day. 

 

 

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Enjoy a break or even two, but…

Working from home gives me the luxury of taking breaks when I want, however long I want. And breaks are necessary for your brain. It’s a moment for your head to stop working and take a breather. Breaks allow you to come back mentally rested and ready to tackle the tasks at hand. But I’m still at work so just like at a normal 9-5 I make sure to take a break, but because I can also schedule my day around when I’m most energized I tend to just work in smaller blocks of time through the day and my breaks are productive, like working out, meal prepping, etc…

 

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Sit down to eat outside your work area

So many who work from home eat lunch right there at the pc. This can lead to mindless eating. Schedule the time to step away from your work area, or work area of the day and sit with your lunch and mindfully eat, don’t rush it. Enjoy your lunch and the mental break from your workload.

 

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Step away

You know step counters were created for a reason. Those with desk jobs were not walking around enough. They were sitting at their desks all day long then heading home to sit down to dinner, sit down to do homework with the kids and to finally sit down in the tub or with your spouse to relax for the day.

I make it a point to #takeitoutside. Breaks, workouts and even just taking the laptop out on the balcony to do my work. Scenery and nature allows your mind to relax which will help creatively with your productivity.

Make a point to leave the house — without your car — at least once a day. Bike to meet a friend for lunch, take your dog or kids to hang out at the park, or replace a coffee break in your kitchen with a walk to the nearest coffee shop. A quick walk may even help boost your creativity. 

 

Water

I know when I sit at my pc and get wrapped up in my work day I’ll bring an 8oz glass of water to the desk, drink it and there it sits never to be refilled. Some people are water drinkers by nature and they don’t need to remind themselves. I on the other hand forget to drink, anything through the day. My hubby can pour me a cup of coffee that I ask for and will sit and get cold. So for my work day and life, I decided to go big or go home with my water. Here’s my big 

 

 

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Take mindfulness breaks

Look away from that pc once in a while. Even when your using a tablet, laptop or your phone you need moments to visually step away. This is as good for your eyes as for your brain. My pc is right in front of windows so I glance out at the trees once in a while. It’s a small mental shift that’s like a mini break. 

 

Follow these 6 essential guidelines to make the most of office feng shui from:
  • Clear clutter and organize.
  • Make sure your desk is in the proper place.
  • Use appropriate artwork and imagery.
  • Balance and harmonize the space.
  • Choose suitable feng shui office colors.
  • Incorporate stress relievers.

 

In conclusion…

I love working from home. I love being my own boss and having to motivate myself, having the flexibility of scheduling and being able to set my own pace of the day. I love having healthy living for myself and others being my focus of the day. And what goes along with that is making sure my work day is productive and healthy. I’ve had to learn how to organize my day and prioritize tasks. When you run your own biz it’s rewarding and fun, but it’s also disciplined and focused too. It matters so much more because mine, my business, my lifestyle. I design the life I want to live.