Life, Motivational

The Wait Is Almost Over

Summer – the dream of children and the nightmare of parents.

8 whole weeks (give or take a couple of weeks) – 2 whole months – of listening to “I’m bored!” “I have nothing to do!” “I don’t wanna do that!!!” (That last one is when the child is given a task to do b/c he is “bored” with “nothing to do.”)

If you’re in this boat with me, take heart dear Parent! The school year is just around the corner.

Now, don’t get me wrong…..I have loved having my son home with me. I love all the morning and bedtime snuggles (and random snuggles in between) and all his random kisses, BUT…

Momma needs a break. The constant “Where are you going? I wanna go, too!” “Why didn’t you take me with you?” (He’s called me from the house when I’d sneak off and leave him with his father for male bonding time.)

He’s my only child. So naturally, I don’t want to quite cut the apron strings just yet – though I know I need to in order for him to grow up in more of a male fashion. I want him to grow to be an independent person who fends for himself.

So, it’s about this time every summer that I’m like a kid in the backseat of the car on a long road trip – asking every 5 seconds “Are we there yet??”

My answer to myself: “Almost. A little over 2 weeks – you can make it.”

Are you there yet? Leave your answer in the comment section below.

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Life, Motivational, Nutrition, Wellness

Diet vs. Lifestyle

Diet.An ugly 4 letter word.

An ugly 4 letter word.

A rollercoaster of emotions and reactions for such a small word.

But it seems that everybody that we know – aunts, uncles, cousins, best friends, etc. – is on a “diet.” Then there are all types of diets like low carb, keto, and paleo…just to name a few. Not to mention the famed “Grapefruit Diet” and it’s vegetable counterpart the “Cabbage Soup Diet.”

We are constantly being bombarded by advertisements for different products claiming to be the “miracle product” to “cure obesity.” In reality, they are over-processed, chemically-laden food-like products that essentially starve your body into submission.

Let’s face it…..

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I have an assignment for you. It’s really simple and will take only a couple of minutes.

I want you to sit there and count how many diet plans you have been on in the last 6 months…in the last year…in the last 2 years.

You don’t have to tell me if you don’t want to. (If you choose to, please know that I will not judge you at all!!)

Have an idea of the number? Great. Now, think about what happened each time your diet plan ended. Were your results maintainable? Did you “crash and burn”? Did you gain the weight you had lost….and then some?

You’re not alone.

According to the website Fitness for Weight Loss, over 100 million Americans are on some kind of diet. Within 5 years of beginning a diet plan, almost 95% of dieters regain the weight they had lost.

And I’ve been one of “those people” – not happy with the health/state of my body and desperate to change that. I have tried a lot of different things over the years only to have minimal success in losing weight…..and I probably succeeded in hurting my body in the process.

 

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The Diet Cycle

 

 

Let’s switch gears for a few minutes.

I want you to visualise your world without obsessive calorie/macro counting. A world where you’re free to eat 4 slices of pizza at a birthday party or 2 big brownies for a special treat. A world where no food guilt exists.

How would you feel in such a world? Would “Heaven” be a good description?

Do you believe that world is within reach?

No? Let me help you.

That world is called “Lifestyle.” You are no longer dieting and can still enjoy your favorite foods like pizza, brownies, and hamburgers.

The key to living a healthy lifestyle is to eat whole, nutritious foods 95% of the time while still indulging yourself 5% of the time.

 

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Here’s an example:

You’ve just started your journey towards better health. You have been doing exceptionally well – your willpower is like steel.  You are now on Day 3 and are being tempted by the thoughts of a nice, juicy cheeseburger with all the fixin’s and fries smothered in cheese and bacon.

You have a choice – eat that meal today OR save that meal for a Friday night date with your Significant Other. Either way, it’s a win-win because you get to have that meal.

If you were on a diet, chances are you wouldn’t be “allowed” that meal…or you’d “spend” all you had in points/macros/calories for the day to enjoy the meal. If you chose to eat the meal on Day 3, you may feel like you cheated and that you might as well give up.

At least, that has been my experience.

With eating nutritiously as a lifestyle, there are no guilt trips associated with foods. To top it off, the more plant-based you can get your eating, the healthier you can potentially become.

**Note: I do not advocate one particular eating style (carnivore vs herbivore vs omnivore.**

Personally, I love the freedom I have from eating nutritiously as a lifestyle. I no longer feel guilty for eating “off plan” and can explore different diets. (I use this in the context that a diet is what a person eats…e.g. plant-based.)

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Post your comments below. I would love to know what you think about this topic. 🙂

 

Life, Motivational

Back in the Saddle

*gasp* She lives!!It has been quite some time since I’ve written!

It has been quite some time since I’ve written! I won’t bother with any excuses or reasons – no matter how valid – for why I’ve been noticeably MIA.

So, here’s a quick rundown of what I’ve been up to lately.

May saw the end of school, my brother’s wedding, Mother’s Day, as well as Memorial Day. June was packed with corrective eye surgery (I no longer need glasses to see distance though I’ve discovered I will need reading glasses sooner than I originally thought…but I can live with that!), Cub Scout Day Camp (check out the pictures here), and Vacation Bible School at my church (you can see a glimpse of what we did by clicking this link.)

July has started off well with celebrating the birthday of America and with my getting my first ever tattoo!!

Yep.

A tattoo.

Not just any tattoo. It’s a picture of a “weed”….depending on who you talk to.

It’s not just any “weed.” It’s a thistle. A flowering thistle.

 

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The flower of Scotland. The home of my ancestors.

 

I had it placed on a very sensitive part of the body – my wrist. It’s there to serve as a reminder that I’m stronger than my inner “demons” and that I’m never alone, even in my darkest hours.

I look forward to beginning a new – or finishing an old(?) – series with you.

If there is a topic you would like for me to talk about, please let me know! I will try to accommodate as many as possible.

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Life, Motivational

My Weekly Planning

You’ve heard the saying “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” Let me tell you, it is so very true!

I can tell the difference between the two: the week that I don’t plan is total chaos; the week that I plan runs more smoothly. (Notice I didn’t say perfectly, b/c life just isn’t perfect!)

Planning doesn’t have to take a ton of your time each week. Personally, I don’t feel the need to spend hours decorating my planning pages. However, if you believe this will encourage you to use your planner more, then be my guest! This is your planner. Either way, the point is that you use it!

I like to sit down on Sunday afternoon with a cup of hot tea and plan my week. Why Sunday? Well, 2 reasons: (1) it’s a more relaxed day for me, and (2) my week starts on Monday. Find what works for you, though, and go for it!

I’m going to walk you through my weekly planning process, which takes – at most – 30 minutes.

Let’s go!!

 

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In preparing to plan, I make myself a cup of hot tea. While that is brewing, I will gather my materials: planner, pen, correction tape, and any appointment cards I may have. Then I head to my favorite place: my couch.

That’s when the real magic happens.

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This is not my personal planner. It’s an example of what mine looks like.

I look at my week and divvy up all the things I need to accomplish that week to the appropriate days. For me, it’s household chores, Cub Scouts activities, my workouts, blog posts, YouTube videos, and business tasks.

Here are my weekly tasks, broken down into a daily schedule:

  • Monday: clean the bathrooms, 1 load of laundry, go to the gym (leg day #1), write blog post, business-related tasks as needed, get WT from school, homework, cook supper, go back to the gym for class, get ready for bed/lights out
  • Tuesday: dust, 1 load of laundry, go to gym (upper body #1), start tweaking blog post, script YouTube video for filming, business-related tasks as needed, get WT from school, homework, cook supper, Cub Scouts meeting
  • Wednesday: laundry, no gym (unless I go strictly for a cardio session), continue tweaking blog post, edit video script, business-related tasks as needed, get WT from school, homework, church
  • Thursday: clean the kitchen, 1 load of laundry, go to the gym (leg day #2), finish tweaking blog post and schedule, film YouTube video, business-related tasks as needed, get WT from school, homework, cook supper, go back to gym for class, Scout leadership meeting as needed, menu plan, get ready for bed/lights out
  • Friday: clean the floors, 1 load of laundry, clean fridge in preparation for grocery shopping, go to the gym (upper body #2), check blog to make sure it uploaded correctly then share to social media, business-related tasks as needed, edit YouTube video, lunch with parents, get WT from school, cook supper, go back to the gym for class, get ready for bed
  • Saturday: grocery shopping, chore catch up day, previously scheduled Cub Scout activity (if any)
  • Sunday: church, cook supper, weekly planning

 

Then I take the daily tasks and apply time frames to them. Let’s take a look at Monday:

  • 6 a.m. – RISE AND SHINE! Get WT started for school, have a cup of coffee, watch a couple (hundred….b/c let’s be real – I’m procrastinating here!) of YouTube videos
  • 8 a.m. – write blog post
  • 9 a.m. – gym
  • 11 a.m. – work with Daddy on rental property
  • 3 p.m. – Pink Lady related tasks, get in carline for WT
  • 4 p.m. – get WT from school, go to gym
  • 4:30 p.m. – class starts (lasts 1 hr)
  • 6 p.m. – cook supper, help WT with homework
  • 7 p.m. – send WT upstairs to get ready for bed (bath, brush teeth, jammies)
  • 8 p.m. – WT lights out, my nighttime routine begins
  • 10 p.m. – adult lights out

 

In a perfect world, this is exactly how each Monday would function. I don’t live in a perfect world. There are several Mondays (and other days, to be honest!) that I have gotten up with my husband and son, had my morning coffee, and have gone right back to bed….if I even got up in the first place!

And I don’t always get my tasks done for that day.

But I try not to let that get to me. Take each day as it is.

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That’s how I plan my week. To get the planner pictured in the post, click here to customize your personal planner. This is the second year I’ve used this planner. (Not sponsored. I truly love this planner!)

What’s your favorite way to plan your week? Leave a comment below!

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Life, Motivational

How to Set a SMART Goal

Let’s say you are wanting to start your own business. Be your own boss. Work hours that you want to work so that you can spend more time with your family.

That’s awesome!

You start doing your research and find a market that is suitable for the type of business you’re looking to start. You are super pumped! You start learning everything you can about your corner of the market.

Then reality hits….there is just so. much. information. You start to feel overwhelmed.

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This is the perfect time for you to stop spinning your wheels, so to speak, and start making SMART goals.

“SMART goals? What’s that about?”

SMART is an acronym for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Time-bound. It will help you to achieve what you hope to accomplish.

How do you do this? Let me tell you…

Specific

Your goal must be specific. If you leave your goal too broad, you will feel overwhelmed and less likely to accomplish it. Ask yourself these questions: What do I want to accomplish? Why is this goal important? Who is involved? Where is it located? Which resources or limits are involved?

Example: I will sell handmade Whoozits on Etsy.

Measurable

Your goal must be measurable. You need to keep track of how you’re doing with your goal: How much? How many? How will I know when it’s accomplished?

Example: I will be ready to take my first Etsy order within four weeks, and I will aim to sell a minimum of five Whoozits per week.

Attainable

Your goal must be attainable. You need to make them realistic and achievable. The idea is for your goal to stretch your abilities while remaining possible. Questions to ask yourself: How can I accomplish this goal? How realistic is the goal, based on other constraints?

*Expert Tip: Be mindful when setting your goal. Don’t set it in such a way that gives power to someone else.

Example:  I will get set up on Etsy first. Then, I will build an inventory of 30 handmade Whoozits to sell. Finally, I will promote my business and build customer relationships through word of mouth, referrals and local networking

Relevant

Your goal must be relevant. Does your goal matter to you? Your goal is relevant if it can answer these questions with a “Yes!”

  • Does this seem worthwhile?
  • Is this the right time?
  • Does this match our other efforts/needs?
  • Am I the right person to reach this goal?
  • Is it applicable in the current socio-economic environment?

Example: Selling handmade Whoozits will allow me to benefit financially from my favorite hobby.

Time-bound

Your goal must be time-bound. Create deadlines for when you want to have achieved your goal. These will range from daily (short-term) to yearly (long-term). To help you determine your deadlines, ask yourself “When? What can I do 6 months from now? What can I do 6 weeks from now? What can I do today?”

Example: My Etsy store will be up and running within four weeks, and I will have an inventory of 30 Whoozits to sell within six weeks.

In closing…

Using SMART – Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Time-bound – when setting your goals is effective for achieving your goals. It helps you to “declutter” your mind, providing clarity of thought.

Taking our original goal, “Starting a business,” I showed you how to make it SMART – “Within a month, I am going to get set up to sell handmade Whoozits on Etsy, which will allow me to benefit financially from my favorite hobby” – by breaking it down into more manageable steps during the planning process.

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