April Resolution {Make Time A Priority}…

April 1st.  I love the first day of a new month.  3 months are in the books for 2013.  🙂

My dear friend Sally commented on my recap post of my March goals.  She mentioned that 2013 seemed to be slipping away and flying by.  I agree with her and always feel the same way.  Where did the time go?  

“If you do not take control of your schedule, it will take control you.  The key is not to prioritize what is on your schedule but to schedule your priorities.”

This was a great quote from my February “To Read” book: Life On the Wire.

Also from the book, “Starting small is easier than starting big.  And starting now is better than waiting.”  

I encourage you to start now.  Commit to a goal — just one goal — for the month of April.  See it through for the next 30 days.  Reevaluate at the end of the month.  How did that commitment make you feel?

I’m a big believer that small is better than never and always easier to commit to than perfect.  If you wait for perfect, then you will wait forever.

New month and new goal.  As I’ve said before, I continue to improve upon my previous month’s goals.  I just add another goal to the mix; I build upon my foundation.  My January goals feel like habit.  February is getting better.  March still requires focus and discipline.

April is the month I resolve to make time a priority.

April Resolutions

I will value my “yes” and my “no”.  I will not die a slow death from a thousand opportunities.   Before answering or committing to anything, I will stop, think, breathe.  Focus.  Streamline. Enjoy.

  • Take better care of myself
    • Continue to drink water, exercise 3 days a week, and eat more fruits and veggies.
  • Get up earlier
    • My wake up time for the month of April is 7am, and it started today.
    • I love my mornings!
  • Read a new book
The Circle Maker Book

Source: Amazon

I worked with Laura Vanderkam, author of 168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think, on a time makeover.  More to come on that, but tracking how I spend my hours and days is an eye opening experience   When I feel that my life is out of control with too many “yes”s, I plan to track my time.  I move forward you first need to know where you are.

How do you make time a priority?

Until next time…

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Resolution {Take Better Care of Myself}…

So January is in full swing!  Three days into it and I’m already feeling the resolutions fall off the wagon.  Why?  Because life happens.  We are busy people.  Busyness takes over and we forget about those promises we made to ourselves .. just 3 days ago.

I’m glad I resolved to work on one thing per month instead of everything at once. 😉

Here is my attempt to quantify and specify how I plan to achieve my January resolution of   taking better care of myself.

Drink more water.  

I don’t drink soda or tea very often.  I understand the negative side effects that soda, diet or not, can have on your body so I generally stay away.  I love a good glass of sweet tea, but I rarely make any.  All that to say, I do realize that water is super important to how we feel and our internal health.

My trick to drinking more water?   Infuse with cucumbers and lemon.  Always have a glass by the computer.

I infuse my water in a mason jar.  When the day starts, I simply add a straw and 3 cups are down in no time!  🙂

If I’m short on infused water, then I just add a straw to a bottle of water and it too is gone in no time.  Something about the straw I guess. 🙂

Eat more fruits & veggies.

I’m pretty good with the veggies part.  I love a good salad.  I love avocados with my eggs.  For some reason I’m really bad about eating fruit.  I love sugar, so I’m not exactly sure why this is.

Trick to getting in more fruits and veggies?  Add a piece of fruit to breakfast and lunch.  Eat a crunchy snack while at the desk working.  Edammae is my new favorite find thanks to the Steamfresh bags!  {Thanks Katy for introducing me to it!}  Carrots are an option too.

I’m digging these flavored greek yogurts as well.  I prefer to add my own fruit and honey to plain nonfat greek yogurt.  I’ll get there. 🙂

Workout

Workout (minimum 3 days/week)

Anything that I enjoy doing that works up a sweat will count as a workout.  The workouts don’t have to be perfect.  They don’t have to work every single muscle group.  I just need to get my heart rate up to rev that metabolism! 🙂

Since my resolution is to “take better care of myself” and not “lose weight”, I don’t feel nearly as bad about cutting myself some slack on what each workout should look like.

Don’t skip meals.

If I workout in the morning, then there is no doubt that I will get in all 3 meals plus snacks for the day.  BUT if I go from bed, to coffee, to office then it is likely that I will skip breakfast and barely eat lunch.  Awful awful habit!  Must change!

What I am not doing?

I’m not keeping a food journal.  I tried this over and over.  I really stink at it.  I’m either all in or not in at all.

Trying to lose weight.  Could I stand to lose a few l.b.s?  Sure.  But I’m not focused on the scale or the outward appearance.  I want to feel better and stack the odds in my favor by taking care of myself.

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Will you help keep me on track?  Will you be my accountability partner? 🙂

New Years Resolutions…

It is that time of year again.  The holidays end.  The glitter ornaments and garland are put away.  The alarm clock goes off on January 1st.  You wake up saying, “Must make self better.”

“Better” can include all sorts of things.  Healthier.  Happier.  More organized.  More mindful.  More money.

Whatever it is that you decide to resolve and work towards this year, realize that you don’t … and shouldn’t … do it all at once.

Cut yourself some slack right now.  Before you even make the resolution, give yourself a break.  If you don’t, then you know what will happen.  The resolutions will be soon forgotten.

 My recommendation?  Tackle something different each month. 

January … Eat more fruits and veggies.  February … Enroll in a foreign language class.  March … Workout 3 days a week.

But be sure to keep adding to the prior month’s goals.

Stay tuned … I will be posting about my New Year’s Resolutions tomorrow and a game plan for others.  🙂

Until next time and Happy New Year’s Eve…

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Why I love yoga…

I ♥ yoga for so many reasons.

Its a great workout.  I feel great afterwards. Refreshed and relaxed – yet sweaty enough to feel like I got a workout.

With that said — I thought I would share some of the benefits of doing yoga.

  • Sunnier outlook on life.
    • Become a “Happy Yogi”.
  • Aches erased.
    • Posing improves posture and strengthens back muscles.
  • Better (and longer) sleep.
    • Yoga helps you relax.  Pure & simple!
  • Increase your body confidence.
    • During yoga, you tune into your body.  How it feels & what it can do.
  • Top to bottom toning.
  • Namaste the stress away!

Why do you love yoga?  Or any other workout for that matter! 😉

Until next time…

Life’s Handbook…

My mom emailed me a list titled “Life’s Handbook”.  I thoroughly enjoyed it and wanted to share {a condensed version}. 🙂

Health:

1.       Drink plenty of water.

2.       Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a beggar.

3.       Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less food that is manufactured in plants & has to be killed, bled, cured, aged, smoked, fried, or frozen

4.       Live with the 3 E’s — Energy, Enthusiasm and Empathy.

5.       Make time to pray.

6.       Play more games. Feed the birds. Plant flowers or vegetables- even in a pot.

7.       Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day.

8.       Sleep for 7 hours.

Personality: 

9.    Don’t compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about. Each person has their place in the scheme of life.

10.    Don’t have negative thoughts of things you cannot control. Instead invest your energy in the positive present moment – do what you can to make the world around you better.

11.    Don’t overdo. Keep your limits. Physically, spiritually, financially or emotionally.

12.    Don’t take yourself too seriously.  No one else does.

13.    Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.

14.    Forget issues of the past. Don’t remind your partner with his/her mistakes of the past.  Don’t blame your parents for every problem you have. That will ruin your present. We choose actions & reactions when we become adults.

Happiness

15.    Make peace with your past so it won’t spoil the present. Yesterday is gone and you have a limited number of tomorrows.

16.    No one is in charge of your happiness except you. It’s your choice to feel happy or miserable, anger or joy, frustration or acceptance, jealousy or peace, shame or pride.

17.    Realize that life is a school and you are here to learn. Problems are simply part of the curriculum that appear and fade away like algebra class but the lessons you learn will last a lifetime.

18.    You don’t have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.

Society:

19.    Each day give something good to others.

20.    Spend time with people over the age of 70 and under the age of 6

21.    What other people think of you is none of your business.

Life:

22.    Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful or joyful.

23.    God heals everything.

24.    However good or bad a situation is, it will change.

25.    No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.

26.    The best is yet to come.

27.    When you awake alive in the morning, thank God for it.

Until next time…