So many debate over this question every day. I mean, it IS a good question. Why would you want to get up and get the party started if you aren't used to moving much. Although you may not LOVE how you feel, you are doing alright and are used to your usual tummy issues, frustration from being overweight and achy joints. It's not THAT bad.... or is it?
Have you stopped to listen to your body? Take a few minutes to stop what you are doing and think about this. Go ahead; I'll wait. No, really, stop what you are doing, close your eyes for a minute and envision what you want your future to look like. Take your time with this vision so you can clearly see what it is you want to accomplish. Where are you? Who are you with? What types of people have you surrounded yourself with? What do you look like? Are you working? What job do you have? How do you feel?
You are the best judge of how you are feeling. Most just think being exhausted during the day or having ongoing pain in their knees when they go to stand up is normal or "a part of the aging process". You have to decide if that's something you want to live with or you want it to change. YOU get to decide if you are worth the change. YOU get to decide if your body deserves for you to be treating it better. I encourage you to take a deep, soul searching look and find that the answer is yes. I will provide you with three quick steps to get you ready for a workout, but you've got to do the work and you've got to want it.
You decide. Are you worth the effort it will take? If you don't believe in yourself yet, begin the process and your mind will often catch up.
1. When you go to change, (whether it's first thing in the morning or in the evening when you change out of your professional attire) get dressed in your workout gear. If you are dressed and ready (whether you feel like working out at the time or not) it will make it much easier to begin a workout later.
2. Play your workout playlist. BLARE it out if you need to! Music energizes people and generally makes them happy and often makes them want to get moving.
3. Tell yourself you will workout for just 10 minutes. You can get through 10 minutes, right? Once you get your body moving, your mind also connects with the movement and your endorphins will start pumping. You will more than likely end up working out longer. If not, well then you at least did 10 minutes and you can be done for the day.
Hello everyone, Happy Thursday! I have something to share with you today I'm so excited about. My kids LOOOOOVE them and so do I!!It's so important to me that I can make fun, healthy snacks my munchkins enjoy! I got this recipe elsewhere, but have made some improved changes to it.
Chia seed energy bites:
1 cup of plain oats
1/2 of a 1/4 (1/8) cup of pure raw local honey
1/4 cup of all natural peanut butter
2 full Tbs of chia seeds
1/4 tsp of vanilla
Combine ingredients and stick in the refrigerator for about 20 min to harden a bit. Then roll into balls to enjoy.
Additional optional add ins:
Making tacos for the family? Use lean ground turkey or lean grass fed beef. Mix in the tomatoes and black beans (and onions if you'd like) before you add anything else to your tacos. This was dinner last night in the Johnson house!
You can use whole wheat wraps or just dump in a bowl with some shredded cheese and salsa! Voila!! Dinner is served.
I love this topic! It often feels like it takes an eternity to find confidence and actually feel confident in our every day lives. Men and women seem to spend most of their lives seeking and failing to find confidence. You don't need to be the smartest or prettiest or most athletic to carry confidence. You know one or two in your life right now, don't you? They’re not arrogant. They’re the ones who make you want to be around them.
We need to be building each other up. We have enough in our lives to tear us down if we allow it. The idea here is not to let it. We aren't ever going to be great at everything, nor should we pretend to be. Human beings aren't made for that. We all come with our own little quirks that we often find odd in ourselves, but don't even notice in others. These quirks can turn into fears and anxiety that conquers us instead of conquering "it". This can further turn into self hatred, depression, tumultuous relationships and a continuous downward spiral.
We continue to ask ourselves things such as why can't I be good at corporate presentations like Suzie is? If I was smarter, I'd be able to figure out this problem like Jack always does. Why can't I be smarter? Why can’t I be thinner? Why can't, why can't, why can't.....
Instead of the focus on the negative and the things we feel we are lacking, why not start changing up the questions we are asking ourselves.
What do those confident people have in their lives that I don't? I want that life. What am I missing? Some may feel they will have to search hard, but if you look hard enough you find plenty of answers as to what you have been blessed with. Is it your strong family relationships, your career, your health? What ARE you good at? What IS working in your life? It's a whole different ballgame when you change the angle of your thinking. If every trade and talent were just handed to you, life would be pretty boring wouldn't it?
A few things to think about that confident people usually have:
* They live their purpose and stick to their authentic self. They aren't spending time trying to figure out who everyone else wants them to be. They stand firm in who they are and are satisfied with being just that.
* They spend time alone and feel ok doing so. Know anyone who can't go to the mall by themselves or the thought of going out in public and being seen alone terrifies them? Practice spending enjoyable time on your own listening to music, going out to eat, shopping, going to a movie.
* They take nothing (or very little) personally. Who is stuck on this one? Ok, ok this can be a tough one. What's the song, "What doesn't kill you makes you stronger". I love this, actually! People tend to have more gratitude when then have worked hard for something or on something.
*It's a mindset. Act first if you need to and the confident thoughts will come second. In essence, fake it till you make it. Sometimes we need to improve the confident behavior first and the brain will begin to follow.
*Learn to laugh at yourself. I know there are busy bees out there who like to work hard on something and are very serious about what they are doing and who they are impacting. I'm with you! I'm one of them! If I can't laugh at myself when I screw up though, I'm in for a long, tough road.
We are reminded each year that we are "supposed" to make a resolution, right? Who sets out to do just that and then the thought and energy behind it just kind of fizzle away?
Who's an all or nothing kinda person? Who likes to take the bull by the horns and get the job done.... except for when something gets in the way. That's just called life some days. We set our resolutions January 1st, hit the gym, and by March 1st we are done. Sound familiar?
Some days we have two sick kids. Some months we have sick family members that we are visiting in the hospital daily. Since the end of the year is coming up, this may mean a deadline at work which keeps you there later in the evenings. You may have just had guests leave and have an entire house to clean. Maybe you are constantly caring for a neighbor. When you are stressed out your back tightens up and you don't feel like working out anyway. Any of these sound familiar? This is called LIFE.
Those that achieve Fitness and Nutrition in the end are the ones who SHOW UP every day! It's not about doing it perfectly. It's not about getting in your two hour workout every day and having your rock hard six pack. It's about life and making it work with what you have. Commit to the process of bettering yourself. Run the steps 10 minutes, dance around like crazy in your living room, take a break from your visit in the hospital and walk the halls. Just in the short time I've started this wellness business, I can see the light come into the eyes of those who know they are making a difference for themselves and feel it from the inside out. It energizes me to get people excited about their well being! It's not about what size you are, it's about how you feel and and how you treat your body(through nutrients and exercise). It's your temple. It's deserves royal treatment!
If you wanna GO up, you gotta SHOW up!!
I'm excited to get to share with you topics on all things wellness! Recipes, mental health and well being, workouts, fun fitness ideas and how your children fit into to all of it. Find me on FACEBOOK at Your Wellness Solutions, PLLC. https://www.facebook.com/YourWellnessSolutionsPLLC?ref=aymt_homepage_panel
ALL THINGS "WELLNESS"
1. Energy Psychology
2. Disordered Eating http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/eating-disorders-new-trifold/index.shtml
3. National Institute of Mental Health