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Do you have an internal dialogue? Many of us do. Some of us have the type of internal dialogue that doesn’t typically get in the way of our actions, outlooks, and goals. However, sometimes your internal dialogue can affect your overall being. Internal dialogue gives...

Welcome back, fellow fitness friends! April’s overall theme is aging. This is something that I know we can all relate to. Time stops for no one and despite staying in the present as much as possible, aging is inevitable. My opinion is age is only...

  As you grow older, do you find yourself thinking, “I’m slowing down now that I’m approaching my 50s?” Don’t worry - this is normal. We can’t help the side effects of aging. However, we CAN do everything in our power to fight those side effects...

Thinking about achieving your goals is easy. However, you will never achieve them unless you hold yourself accountable for your actions. This is the hard part. Sometimes life gets in the way of achieving your goals, or you don’t know what steps you need to take in order to achieve them. Other times, you just don’t have the motivation to get up and do what you need to do in order to move one step closer to your accomplishments. So how do you achieve your goals if holding yourself accountable is a challenge? What can you do to make the process easier for yourself? That’s where I come in! Here are three quick tips I use to help keep myself accountable when achieving my goals:
Can you believe it’s already March?! This month’s overall theme revolves around routine, accountability, and time management. Let’s begin with what these terms actually mean. Routine is defined as a sequence of actions regularly followed. Accountability is responsibility. Time management is the ability to use one’s time effectively or productively. So now that we know how to define these terms, we can ask ourselves these questions: How does having a routine help you achieve a goal? Why is accountability so important? How does it help you achieve your goals? How do you personally create a routine for yourself and hold yourself accountable? There are so many variables that go into achieving your goals. But these terms and questions are a great starting point because they are all connected. When you have a routine, the process becomes a fixed part of your daily life. The things you do become second nature, which makes achieving your goals that much easier.
Building in Time For Yourself Life can get busy sometimes. Between your work, social, and family lives, there is often little time left in your schedule for yourself. But building in time for yourself is important, for so many reasons! When you carve out time in your schedule for yourself, you’re giving yourself time to relax, reflect, and recharge. This time also encourages productivity, creativity, and helps increase your mental strength. When you don’t build in time for yourself, you aren’t giving yourself the love and care that you deserve. As you build in time for yourself, be sure to make it non-negotiable. You are worthy and important! It’s so easy to say that you’re building in time for yourself - actually carrying out that statement is the hard part. This is especially true for parents.
As we continue to explore the idea of loving yourself, this week’s focus is on how we talk to ourselves. Do you ever find yourself being negative towards yourself? Have you ever found yourself thinking, “I can never do anything right!” or, “I will never be able to reach my goals?” This is negative self-talk. Essentially, negative self-talk is an inner dialogue that is harmful on all fronts. Unlike self-reflection, it isn’t constructive, and individuals often do not feel motivated to make changes based on these mental statements. It is important to understand that the two are very different, and how to steer that negative self-talk into something more constructive and loving. The best way to demolish negative self-talk is to be aware of what it is, when it's happening, and how to put a positive spin on those thoughts. So we’ve defined negative self-talk and given examples of it. What do we do to be more aware of when it’s being practiced at the moment? And how do we prevent it from happening in the future? Well for one, now that it’s been defined, it will be easier to point out to yourself in the future. Next time you find yourself practicing negative self-talk, tell yourself that’s exactly what it is, and put those thoughts into perspective. Are you truly worthless, or do you just feel worthless at the moment? Why do you feel that way? What can you do to rid yourself of those feelings?

This month we’ve talked about all the reasons why you should love yourself and put yourself first. Now it’s time to put everything you’ve learned into practice! How are you going to do this? Well, that’s simple. This week, you’re going to participate in the Love Yourself Challenge. I...

Happy February! This month’s theme is love - specifically, how to love yourself first. So what does it mean to truly love yourself? Truly loving yourself means that you give yourself permission to work on yourself, for yourself. This includes allowing yourself to be imperfect because frankly, perfect just doesn’t exist. Even the people we deem to be perfect just aren’t. Everyone has their downfalls, and we’re all mean to ourselves sometimes. But why are we mean to ourselves? Could being nice to ourselves be egotistical? The answer is NO! It is okay to put yourself first sometimes. In fact, it's important to prioritize your needs. So, the next time you have an appointment with yourself? Don’t break it. You may feel selfish or guilty, but it is essential that you put yourself first sometimes, because that is a huge part of loving yourself.
Hello and Happy New Year! January is the month of change and fresh starts. As always, the new year ushers in new goals and resolutions. Many people often find themselves at the gym or on a new workout regimine, striving to reach their personal fitness goals. However, as time marches on, the motivation established on January 1st slowly depletes. Before you know it, all the motivation you once had is gone, you’re back to your usual habits, and your goals are not achieved. It’s easy to establish your personal goals and resolutions for the new year. The difficult part is staying motivated long term. The key to keeping that long-term motivation is finding the what behind the why. What aspect of your life is the fuel behind your reasoning to make a change? Many people’s resolutions often consist of “surface whys.” When asked why they want to improve their physical health, they often give reasons such as “I want to lose weight,” “I want to fit into my new swimsuit,” “so I don’t have a heart attack,” or, “for my spouse/kids.” These are all completely valid reasons to want to improve your physical health! But in order to maintain long-term motivation, you have to want to do it for yourself. You have to truly look within yourself, acknowledge what you can’t do, and think about why that is upsetting. Why is it worth making a change over?