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The importance of sleep and hydration often are overlooked. Hello fitness friends and happy May! Happy Mothers Day Sunday. I am feeling so tired and worn out this month with work, kids, kids school. Can you relate?  This month our overall theme is the importance of...

Do you lie about your age? A lot of people do, and society has made it socially acceptable to be dishonest about it. But honestly, what’s the point? Why lie about your age? This month I’ve explained to you all the reasons why age isn’t something...

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...