Tuesday, January 6, 2015

What's Yours?

We all have our bad habits.  Some are easier to break, while others seem to have some sort of control over us, like a monkey on our back.  Some of them can be a risk to our health like smoking or over eating, while others can be just annoying or unsanitary, like biting our nails or cracking our knuckles.  Some might say they can be all the above.  Bad habits only prove one thing... we are human.

It's never too late to try to break ourselves of whatever we consider a bad habit and WebMD has some great tips and steps on breaking those habits.  What's nice is they break it down into 3 simple steps that include 1) make it conscious, 2)  put it in writing so it really sinks in and 3) bait and switch.  So while we are making ourselves conscious of our bad habits, we can put it in writing and then find something to replace that bad habit when the urge arises.

While many, including myself, state that old habits, addictive behaviors, are hard to break, sticking to these 3 Easy Steps to Breaking Bad Habits can really be the push we need to move forward with change.

Have a terrific Tuesday!

Sunday, January 4, 2015

No Negativity Allowed

There is probably going to be only one "new year's resolution" that I have been sticking to for a while, and will continue to do so throughout 2015 and beyond.  Not allowing negativity in my life.  This goes for negative people as well.

It doesn't matter if they are family, so-called friends or co-workers.  Don't allow it, and don't engage in it.  We can love from afar and not allow their negative, non-supportive, bashing, spiteful and even vengeful comments and actions dictate, or even change the way we live our lives.

Perfect example I see daily on social media are the H.A.T.E.R.S.  (Having Attitude Toward Everyone Reaching Success)  These are those people that have to comment and issue statements about this person or that person, or even post directly on a person's post about how they are sick of seeing their workouts, food choices, calories burned, weight lost, whatever.  These people need to worry about their own issues and problems and need to ask themselves what makes these type of posts so annoying or offensive to them?

Last I checked, these are our accounts, our pages.  So for all you complaining or talking behind someone's back about their fitness and/or nutrition posts, please realize that this is what inspires them.  This is what motivates them.  These posts help them be and feel accountable for the choices and changes they are making in their lives.  So believe it when I say, if you response negatively to them, you are not being supportive and they truly don't need a negative energy like you in their life.

Seriously, what ever happened to "if you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all"?  Since when did this world fill up with keyboard cowboys that feel the need to type out some unnecessary negative comment to either 1) try to bring someone down or 2) to make themselves feel important in some way, shape or form.  Whatever the reason, it's pathetic and they don't need you in their life.  Yes, they may want you to be, but they definitely don't NEED you to be.

Anyway, treat this new year with new respect for yourself, and know that no matter how long someone has been in your life, no matter what your affiliation or connection, you are not required, nor obligated to keep ANYONE that is a non-supportive, negative presence in your life.  It's not about the past, it's about how they treat you NOW.  Don't let it break you, don't let it stop you, and definitely don't let them affect the way you look at yourself and the positive changes and choices you are making!!

You got this!!  Have a great week!

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Resolve to Change

Well folks, it's 2015.  Another year to make those new year resolutions.  Most lists are the same - lose weight, get fit, eat healthier, quit smoking, save more money, cut Starbucks down to once a week, etc., etc., yadda yadda yadda.

Problem is that making a whole lot of changes at once can be overwhelming, and this is where our failure comes in.  A lot of these resolutions are lifestyle changes, so they can take time and usually are only successful when a conscious effort is made.  Tackling these challenges do not have to happen overnight, but an ongoing journey of self improvement.  A lot of people want to blame their lack of willpower, but it truly comes down to them not wanting or not being ready for that change.  It's as simple as saying "I won't" instead of "I can't".

I can't quit smoking.... no, you are saying I won't quit smoking.

I can't budget my money.... no, you are saying I won't budget budget.

It's all about perspective, and in actuality, you are choosing not to do the very thing you want so badly to accomplish.  Slow and steady wins the race, and maybe you are just not ready, but don't beat yourself up about it.  Maybe you'll do better come February, or March.  Maybe something will trigger you to make certain changes in the spring or summer.  Maybe other issues are weighing on your mind and you cannot fathom starting something new. Least you can do is try.  Try doing it in steps, phases, or in a check off list order.  Every day is a new day to start over, reset, reboost yourself to do you very best at whatever challenges you make for yourself.

Whether you hit the ground running, or stumble and fall, just teach yourself to get back up and try again.  Remember, failure is only the result of trying, and trying is better than complaining and doing nothing.

Best of luck to all of you in this new year, and I wish you nothing but health and happiness to you and yours.

- Cheryl