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Tuesday Tip of the Week – Healthy Superbowl Tips

For many of my clients, the Superbowl is the first big test of their dietary resolve.

Chili, chips, dips, alcohol, and sweet treats can all add up and ruin all of the hard health and wellness work you’ve put in this year.

Fortunately, you can still enjoy the big game and stick to your diet goals, just follow a few simple tips:

  1. Make smart choices about what you eat.
    • Sure, potato chips and pepperoni pizza are delicious, but they can wreck your diet goals.  Look for tasty ways to satisfy your hunger while still staying healthy.  For example, substitute roasted vegetables for pepperoni on your pizza or choose whole grain crackers over potato chips.
    • Load up on fresh raw vegetables rather than pretzels or popcorn.
    • Replace fat laden dips with hummus, salsa, or use greek yogurt in place of sour cream in dip recipes.
    • Guacamole is another great dip option, but use it sparingly.  Remember even though it contains “healthy”  Omega-3 fatty acids it is still high in fat calories.
    • Skip extras like shredded cheese, sour cream, or barbeque sauces on you chili, nachos, or burger.
    • Try a grilled chicken breast in place of a hot dog or burger and skip the bun.
  2. Limit or avoid alcohol.
    • Alcohol not only adds nonessential calories, it can also lower your inhibitions and make you to eat more.
    • Replace alcohol with sparkling water flavored with lime or orange slices, iced tea, kombucha or a tasty mocktail.
    • If you absolutely must drink, limit your intake to no more than 1-2 drinks.
  3. Practice portion control.
    • It is okay to nibble on a few of your party favorites, but limit yourself to 2-3 special treats and if possible limit yourself to a single serving of each.  Check packaging for a serving size or use the chart below.
    • Another good trick is to eat 50% of what you normally would.  For example, if you would normally eat 4 slices of pizza, stop yourself a 2 slices or if you eat a large bowl of chili with corn bread, serve yourself a smaller bowl and cut the corn bread in half.

Following these tips may not save you total calories, but at least the calories you ingest will be healthier and serve your body better than traditional, less healthy options loaded with refined carbohydrates, saturated fats, and alcohol.

Check back on Thursday for some delicious Superbowl recipes to help you stay on track to a healthier lifestyle!

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How to Choose a Workout Buddy

A few days ago I recommended finding a buddy to workout with (Find a Buddy) to help keep you motivated, accountable, and give you support.

Who you choose as a workout buddy depends upon what type of partner you want.

Do you want someone to serve as a role-model or mentor for your fitness endeavors?      Then you may want to pick someone with a  more experience and expertise then you have.

Are you looking for someone to help push you to the next level in your fitness journey by serving as a spotter and maintaining your form?  If so, you choose a buddy with similar strength and skills as you.  Your workout buddy will expect you to be able to return the favor by spotting them and ensuring they perform exercises safely.

Perhaps you simply need someone to help keep you motivated and offer encouragement as you travel down your path to fitness.  In that case, a close friend, family member, or life coach may be all you need to reach your goals.

If you want a buddy to workout with look for someone who has similar goals and schedule.  If you want to get leaner and stronger and your partner wants to run a marathon, it is unlikely either of you will reach your goal.  It’s also essential that your workout buddy is as committed to the goal as you are.  Also, if you and your partner aren’t available at the same time then your workouts won’t workout.

Regardless of which type of workout buddy you choose make sure your partner has a positive supportive attitude.

Finding a workout buddy can keep you focused on your goals and help ensure your success.


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10 Small Steps To Improve Your Health in 2018

Every new year, many of us make health-related resolutions, such as to lose weight, stop smoking or run a marathon. While it is common to set high goals, experts say that setting smaller goals could do more for our health.

“Small steps are achievable and are easier to fit into your daily routine,” says James O. Hill, Ph.D., Director of the Center for Human Nutrition at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. “They are less overwhelming than a big, sudden change.”

Here are 10 to try:

1. Make time everyday for physical activity.  Going to the gym is great, but using the stairs at the office, walking the dog, playing tag with your kids, or doing bodyweight exercise while watching TV are fabulous ways to be active without becoming a gymrat.  Shoot for at least 20-30 minutes of physical activities each day.

2. Take more small steps. Use a pedometer to count your daily steps; then add 2,000, the equivalent of one extra mile. Keep adding steps, 1,000 to 2,000 each month or so, until you take 10,000 steps on most days.

3. Eat breakfast. Breakfast eaters tend to weigh less and have better diets overall.   Try   egg white and veggie cups or a cottage cheese danish.

4. Switch three grain servings each day to whole grain. If you’re like the average American, you eat less than one whole grain serving a day.  Quinoa, slow-cooking oats, and whole grain bread are great options.

5. Have at least one green salad every day. Eating a salad (with low-fat or fat-free dressing) is filling and may help you eat less during the meal. It also counts toward your five daily cups of vegetables and fruits.

6. Trim the fat. Fat has a lot of calories, and calories count. Purchase lean meats, eat poultry without the skin, switch to lower-fat cheeses, use a nonstick pan with only a dab of oil or butter.

7. Consider calcium by including two or three daily servings of low-fat or fat-free milk or yogurt. Dairy calcium is good for bones and may also help you lose weight.

8. Downsize. The smaller the bag, bottle or bowl, the less you will eat.

9. Lose just 5 to 10 percent of your current weight. The health benefits are huge-lower blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol and triglycerides.

10. Keep track of your eating. Write down everything you eat and look for problem spots. Often, just writing things down can help you eat less.  MyFitnessPal and MyPlate both have terrific FREE food journal apps.

 

 


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The Power of “IS/ARE” statements

A few months ago, I wrote about the power of, “I AM” statements.  In that post, I suggested you use “I AM…” statements to help you powerfully manifest the life of your dreams.  In the eyes of The Universe, “I am” statements are statements of fact.  Whatever you say you are is what you are, as far as The Universe is concerned.  As a result, consciously making empowering, “I AM” statements can help shape and define your life.

The great thing about “I am” statements is you can use them to help improve your relationships with the people around you.  When you say things like, “We are…” or “They are…” you also call into existence more of the corresponding qualities.

For example, if you are talking about your coworkers and you say, “WE ARE a terrific team!”  You create an even better and more cohesive team.  Or in relation to your spouse, “He/She IS loving and supportive”, you are guaranteed to create even more love and support.

Remember, these types of statements do not need to be true NOW, they simply need to be positive beliefs you choose to manifest,

To be clear, “They are”, “He/she is”, or “We are” statements are not about changing other people.  We have no power to manifest or force change on others nor should we try.  Instead, these types of statements reframe our views or beliefs about the relationship with these individuals.  As you begin to react differently and more positively to the relationship the other person/people may also begin to react in a more positive way.  Or they may not.  Either way you will be in a better frame of mind and your inner peace and positivity are all that matter when it comes to achieving your dreams.

“Is/Are” statements are not an end all cure all.  If your boss acts like a jerk or your spouse is abusive, using “Is/Are” statements most likely will not miraculously make the situation better, but they may help you manifest a space for yourself that makes your life tolerable until you can create a plan to move on.

Now that you are aware of the power of, “IS/ARE” statements, think about some of the relationships your would like to reinforce or improve and then write down a few statements to support what you want to create.

Feel free to share your statements below to help inspire and motivate other readers.

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GET OUT!!! (of your comfort zone)

Lately, I have been seeing a lot of blogs, Instagram posts, and tweets saying, “the magic happens outside of your comfort zone.”

Being as how I am not a great believer in coincidences, I think the Universe is trying to tell me something.  Hint, hint, wink, wink, nod, Rachel…  “HELLO???!!!!!”  And it got me thinking, “How can I get out of my den of safety and shake things up a bit?”

I know I am not alone in this, most of us “play it safe” in one area of our life or another, however if we want to achieve the goals we have created for ourselves sometimes we must take a trip into the unknown territory just outside of our comfort zone.  We can find a variety of reasons (aka excuses) to stay huddled in our safe place.

Think about some of your goals.  Which ones are dancing just outside of your grasp because you won’t cross the threshold to the discomfort zone?

Here are a few examples:

  • “I want to lose weight, but…
    • I can’t give up bread, chocolate, wine…
    • I don’t have time to exercise.  
    • I never keep it off anyhow, so why bother.
  • I want to get a new job, but…
    • I don’t have the right skills.        
    • I can’t afford to go back to school.          
    • I need to make money to pay my bills, I can’t change jobs now.
  • I want to write a novel, but…
    • I don’t have time to write.  
    • I don’t know how to get it published.                
    • What if it gets panned by critics?

Do any of these sound familiar?

In looking at my own goals, I found a ton of excuses to stay in my cozy little safe zone.  As a result, I came up with a little game to help myself break out of my complacency and start moving in the direction of successfully reaching my goals.

The first thing I did was pick a goal where I was playing it safe:                                                           

Sell 500 copies of, Cooking with Your Canine.

Admittedly, I picked a goal that was not too scary to start out with, so “yes”, I played it safe not playing it safe.

Next, I thought of 3 actions I could take outside of my comfort zone that would help me on my quest:

  • Talk to a local store about carrying my book.                                                          
  • Send a press release to local media outlets including newspapers and news shows.                                                                                                                              
  • Ask friends and clients to help promote the book.

Finally, I acted on each action over the course of 3 days:

  • Day 1, I asked 3 friends to post a link to the book on their social media accounts.                                                                                                                            
    • One person did.  Not a great success, but success none the less.
  • Day 2, I requested a press release be written through a vendor on Fiverr.          
    • I should have the release in 1-2 days.  That’s one baby step outside the comfort zone. 
  • Day 3, I spoke with the manager of a local store about selling my book.                                                                                                                                   
    • He said, “they were not interested at this time, but to check back in the fall”.  Yep, a little bit of a failure, but I still achieved the goal of getting out of my comfort zone, so I’m calling that part of it a win!

Surprise, surprise!!!  I stepped out of my comfort zone and nothing terrible happened!!!  The overall results of this “trip” remain to be seen, but at least I proved to myself and the Universe that I am willing to make the effort to be a little uncomfortable.

Now it’s your turn.  Which of your goals are you not achieving because you are making excuses to stay safe?  Pick one and create 2-3 actions that exist outside of your comfort zone to help support the goal.  You don’t have to take big leaps of faith right away, try something as simple as making a phone call to a potential client, cutting back on your “favorite” food for a few days, or saying, “good morning” to a stranger.  Once you have thought of your actions put them on your “To Do” list right away and get them done!

For me, this game was a little scary and it will probably be scary for you as well.  That’s a good thing!!!!  It means you are committed to working outside your comfort zone and allowing the magic of life to flow to you!

Good luck!

Until next time, have a happy, healthy day!

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Stay Focused on Your Goals

Happy December!

Throughout the year, I have been sharing methods you can use to help identify and achieve your goals.  Click here to review these posts.

As we move through December and the holiday season, it can become increasingly difficult to maintain our focus on the goals we set for ourselves several months ago.  Work, family, parties, shopping, etc. can all serve as distractions that weaken our resolve or even undo the progress we have made thus far.  In addition, feelings of apathy or failure can creep in and suddenly we are thinking, “Well, I have not achieved my goal yet.  There is no point in trying now with only a few weeks left in the year.  I think I’ll give up!  Maybe next year…”  Yikes!!!!!

Despite the stress, frenzy, and interruptions to our “normal” routine this time of year brings, NOW is the time to recommit yourself to your goals. You have worked too hard all year to let your dreams fall by the wayside even for a few short weeks.

Here is what I would like to propose you do to stay on track:

  • Spend a few moments today reviewing your goals for the year.  
  • Determine which 1-2 of those goals you will have the most difficult time staying true to through December.
    • Will holiday shopping interfere with the financial goals you set for yourself?
    • Will the constant barrage of holiday parties, drinks, and cookies wreak havoc with your health and fitness goals?
    • Will extra time spent socializing and running errands block one of your personal goals?
  • Take out a 4×6 index card (or a piece of paper) and write down 3-4 things you are committed to doing to keep your focus on your goal.
  • Post the card somewhere you will see it several times a day and be reminded to stay focused.

Here is an example of the commitments I made for December.

One of my goals was to pay down my credit card debt through 2016.  I have been somewhat successful in doing so, however I LOVE to buy presents at Christmas!  LOVE, LOVE, LOVE IT!  Unfortunately this conflicts with my debt-reducing goal.  So, here are the commitments I made to my finances this month:

  1. I am committed to asking before EVERY purchase, is this a “want” or a “need”?
  2. I am committed to sticking to my monthly budget.  
    1. BTW – I budgeted a small amount of money for “wants” this month.
  3. I am committed to tracking my daily expenses and revenues.
  4. I am committed to putting a minimum of $100 into my savings account this month.

So there you have it, a simple surefire way to maintain your focus on your goals for the remainder of 2016.  Give it a try, and let me know if it works for you!

Wishing you a safe, successful holiday season!

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Be Bold, Take Action!

Today is the first of November.  The end of the year is nearly upon us.

During the year I have be encouraging you to write down your goals for 2016-2017 and to take action to achieve them.  Check out the Achievements 2016-2017 page for more information.

So the question I have for you today is:

HAVE YOU ACHIEVED THE GOALS YOU SET FOR YOURSELF FOR 2016?

Like most of us,  you have achieved some of the aspirations on your list.  However, there are probably 2-3 things left you have not done and my guess is that at least one of them is a BIG goal!  There is one goal that you have just not gotten to.  Maybe you have been putting off taking action, been afraid of what would happen if you took steps in the direction of your goal, or just hoped and wished it would come true.  So far, no luck!

The good news is, it is not too late!

You still have a few weeks left to make that dream a reality!  But, you are going to have to take a bold action to do it.  There is no more time to dip your toes in the water.  If you want to reach your goal now is the time to jump in with both feet!

Take some time today to think about 4-5 bold moves you can make to reach your goal by the end of the year (or at least be well on your way).

  • If your goal was to lose weight this year, a bold action could be to hire a personal trainer or nutritionist.
  • If your goal was to get a new job, your bold move could be to start a job search and go on a few interviews.
  • If your goal was to take a vacation, be bold and call a travel agent and book that trip!
  • If your goal was to advance your education, research your schooling options and start a class.

We all have responsibilities we must meet, like caring for our families, paying bills, etc., so I am not suggesting you quit your job, leave your family in the lurch, or stop taking care of your obligations.  You may even want to write down some extreme actions as one of your bold moves (just the thought can be fun and empowering).  What I am suggesting, however, is that you take some action outside of your comfort zone, perhaps an action that you have been avoiding.  Make that phone call, join that club, get out an meet new people/network, hire the trainer, take a class, run the marathon.  Do something you would ordinarily not do.

Here’s and example from my list of goals:

My goal: To sell 500+ copies of my book, Cooking with Your Canine, in 2016.

My bold move: I have written a press release to submit to local new stations in an effort to promote the book.  The first edition is currently for sale and the 2nd edition will be done with the editing process in a few weeks and be ready to self publish and sell as an ebook.
          And you better believe you will all know about it when it is released!!!!!!

For me, the idea of reaching out to the public in such a way is quite frightening and intimidating!  It is a truly bold action for me to take and I know it is what I must do if I want to reach my goal.

So, what bold action are you going to take to ensure you achieve your dreams this year?  Declare it in the comment section below as a sign to the Universe you are committed to achieving your goal!

Good Luck and Have Fun!

And, if you need help thinking of a bold move or are unsure of how to take action, fill out the contact form below for a complimentary 15 minute consultation!


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Thank You Thursday

This week I would like to combine “Thank You Thursday” with your quest to achieve your goals in 2016-2017.  If you have not been following along with our Goal Achievement Quest refer to the Achievements 2016-2017 page of this blog to catch up.

The best and fastest way to manifest your dreams is to feel the feelings of already having achieved them.  Because gratitude is sure to be one of the emotions you will feel once you have reached your goal, expressing gratitude in advance is a terrific way to get into this feeling space.

For example, here is my list:

  • I am so grateful that I was able to purchase a Jeep Wrangler XL by 12/1/16.
  • I am excited and grateful that I sold >500 copies of Cooking with Your Canine in 2016.
  • Thank you to the 1000+ followers of my health and wellness blog.  I appreciate your comments, contributions, and support!
  • I am thankful that I had the ability to donate $1000 to childrens’ charities in 2016
  • Thank you Universe, for my 5 amazing new friends.
  • I am grateful I had the opportunity to  take 4, 3-4 day vacations this year!
  • I am so happy and grateful I had the chance to take an African Safari!  It was an incredible adventure.
  • I am thankful I took the time to spend a minimum of 15 minutes per day meditating or doing a guided meditation.  I feel more relaxed and focused.
  • I am grateful I finished my yoga certification classes.
  • Thank you, Rachel, for improving your flexibility by spending at least 15 minutes every day stretching or doing yoga.

Take some time today to write out the achievements you listed in prior exercises or any new goals you wish to achieve and add an expression of gratitude.  As you write out your achievements allow yourself to FEEL gratitude for the successful achievement of each and every one.  You may even wish to take several days or weeks to focus on writing out an achievement and immersing yourself in grateful thoughts and feelings.

Make a powerful declaration by adding your affirmations in the comment section below.

 

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