When you don’t know what to do, do something. It’s the only way to make things happen. It doesn’t have to be earth shattering, but taking action will help you gain ground on your goals.
Need a start? Write down one thing you want to happen in your life (even if it’s crazy), one solution to make it happen (even if it’s crazy), then take a walk (even if it’s five minutes). You might be surprised that you write more, walk longer, or have more ideas than you thought at first.
If you go through the motions and still feel stuck, it’s ok. The idea is to just do something. Get your brain and body moving and something more can happen for you. ~trvw
Goals are fantastic because they give us something to strive toward. As we work to achieve the milestone there can be an element of fear that takes the joy away from the journey. The sooner we realize that the idea of failure is subjective, the better we can concentrate on gaining ground to our goal in a pleasant state of mind. ~trvw
If getting healthy seems overwhelming and you don’t feel like you will ever be able to do it, break it down. A tiny step is still a step. Little changes add up to big results.
For your diet, instead of overhauling your pantry simply decide to learn how to read nutrition labels. This will help with your next step of making better choices when buying food to stock your shelves at home. Make it a priority to understand those food labels.
Exercise a challenge? Start by getting up 5 minutes earlier. Do crunches and push ups for 5 minutes and go on with your day. Add minutes and exercises every day until you have a regular routine that is yielding healthy results.
You can do this. It’s all about getting into a manageable routine. Who cares if you just did 5 minutes of cardio? It’s darn better than not doing 5 minutes of cardio! A little bit can add up to a lot if you let it. ~trvw
Flu season is here. My mother and I have always been told by our doctor to get the vaccine because of our compromised immune systems. There are debates as to how much, if any, the shot helps. I hate being sick so any possible prevention is welcome. If you are unsure as to if you should get the injection here’s a link to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that might help you decide. ~trvw
Actions, and unspoken words, can scream loud and be very effective. Knowing when to use the power of action over the spoken word requires us to listen to our heart and use our intuition. An example that comes to mind is this: You’re walking along having a conversation with a co-worker. You both approach a door and they are struggling to carry everything. It’s obvious they are in need of assistance. Reach over open the door, continue the chat. Your action, and omission of vocally stating what they needed, just made a lasting impression that communicated how much you care. ~trvw
We spend a of time at work, working, “earning our keep”. The happier you are at your job, the more likely your health is to thrive overall. Finding a passion that pays the bills can be a challenge, but might also be the healthiest thing you will ever do for yourself.
When you find the work that suits you, not only will it seem like you are hardly ever “working” but you will exude positive energy that you can build upon. A tired, depressed employee lacks the desire to be innovative and merely drags through the day. A happy, respected co-worker will be eager to create and deliver above and beyond.
Whether you are a manager or subordinate, creating and operating in a nurturing environment will encourage a healthy and happy lifestyle. If your job is lacking in fulfilling your needs (yes, a healthy lifestyle is a necessity) start forming a plan to get out of there and seek, until you find, a place where you are happy to call your job “work”. ~trvw
Recently, someone said to me that they need to start their 5K training and laughed that they were being “fat and lazy” about it. This was coming from a person who has recently lost a noticeable amount of weight, is eating healthy, and a known hard worker. Now, I realize that it meant to be a joke and I’m the first to be guilty about poking fun at myself. However, if we are not careful those little voices can become big shouts that our hearts start to believe when our brains think we’re just joking.
Self talk is extremely important if we hope to be effective people in not only our own lives, but in the lives of those around us. It doesn’t have to be done in a conceited manner, nor should it be self-deprecating. People are listening and so is your heart. Make the words encouraging.
While I have been guilty of saying things about myself that I shouldn’t, one thing I have NEVER EVER let play in my head is that I am “crippled” (it pains me to type the word for demonstration purpose alone). My point is that while I fight a “crippling disease” I refuse to see myself that way. Instead, I will let such words to play over and over in my head like, “I’m a fighter”, “I can find another way”, or “all things possible…”.
It does take practice, but do say good things to yourself. Let others around you know that they are worthy of positive self speak because they hear you do it. The results will impress you. ~trvw
Planning has its purpose in life. Many tasks would simply not get finished if there was not a plan in place. However, are you letting the idea of a perfect plan prevent you from starting something? If you are wanting to start eating better, start a work out routine, or any other project – begin now! Start with one small step and you have already begun. Now, keep adding to the progress and in the time it would have taken to make another excuse, you will have already made a milestone. ~trvw
It is time for kids to load onto the school bus once again. Parents might love or hate this shift in the schedule. Either way, a shift it is. It can be a challenge to balance everything, but don’t let it rock your workout boat.
If you are established in a fitness routine then you might just need a bit of reordering as a means to keeping it going. If you have zero workout plan, now is a great time to start! Something is better than nothing – keep that in your mind when tasks take over and you feel overwhelmed. Allow yourself grace, keep doing what you can, and remember that it is only a season.
No matter if you are new to a workout or rescheduling your routine here are a few tips to gain healthy ground.
1. Start small: 10 minutes walking beats 10 minutes laying in bed while waiting for the next snooze alarm to buzz. Progress from there. If you already workout an hour but now need to drop the kids off when your running group takes off – start a new group…they will come. 😉
2. Eat well: keeping your body fueled with fresh veggies and whole food is always helpful. Pack yourself a lunch at the same time as you make your kids lunches, then you have no need to make a fast food stop. You have already made faster, healthier food for you and your kids.
3. Establish a routine: yes ballgames and homework will kink up a super-smooth schedule from time-to-time. However, keeping a general outline of study time, practice/working out, family dinner, bedtime, etc. will help add flexibly in your schedule while still managing to hit on the priorities for you and your family.
Have any tips to add? Please share! ~trvw
Now that everyone is going green, then next economical stride in the right direction for mother earth seems to be buying local. Right away it sounds like a no brain benefit for helping the community. Naturally people want jobs to come to their town and it always feels less guilty to pay more for a product because they are “buying local” – right?
After a great conversation concerning a new local cafe, I was curious about the “buy local” fad phrase. After scanning two contrary articles, I have summarized my thought process thus far to be this: it’s much like everything…do your homework! Buying local has great benefits but you can be misled as well. Globalization has great benefits, too, and might be getting a bad rap.
The comparison reminds me of the fight between modern and holistic medicine. Sometimes it’s like “green” folks should feel bad for choosing to use modern medicine. While I would love to see more research go toward natural therapies, I am very grateful for the medical advances that we have access to in our country. I am also happy that I am free to research, educate, and select the most balanced choices that help me live a great life and in turn make the world a better place for those that follow and that are here now.~trvw
Please take some time to compare and contrast the ideas about buying local by reviewing these articles: