Pictures: I take pictures of myself in bra and underwear to:
1) Keep myself moving forward and pushing toward my goals.
2) Remember what I left behind and how far I’ve come.
3) Get motivation when I’ve fallen off track .
Taking constant pictures of myself reminds me that I’m only in competition with myself.
Goals: I’m constantly setting new goals. When there’s a break in a program or a plateau in progress that’s typically when motivation is lost. If you’re constantly setting new goals you’re constantly going to be striving to reach them. New goals resurfaces the motivation or creates new motivation.
Mix it up: Motivation won’t last doing the same thing day after day for months. I do a program for 30 days then change to something else. Or take a week to try several different workouts on Beachbody on Demand to get a taste of something new, typically that steers me in the direction of what new program I’m doing next. MAKE IT FUN. Something you LOVE.
Deadlines: My life goal is to have a six pack.. sometime. But that’s not going to drive my motivation day in and day out because I don’t have a point in time where I want to have this accomplished. Setting deadlines for yourself CONSTANTLY will drive you. A vacation is an excellent deadline to lose 10 pounds, but what about after that? We fall off track often times after we’ve accomplished our weight loss goal by our initial deadline. After that we don’t have anything motivating us until we realize we’ve lost everything we’ve worked for. Don’t get healthy for one vacation, event or holiday. Get healthy for all the vacations, events and holidays 365!
Determine what you’re working so hard for: What’s your reason WHY? If you don’t have a reason why you’re putting yourself through the grueling, sweaty workouts and healthy food… well it’s not going to last.
Make sure you determine your why and see that reason every day. I have motivation hung up ALL over the house. Your bathroom mirror or your fridge is a great place to hang your why.
What keeps you motivated?! Share it with me so I can help others stay motivated too!
"See those top photos? That was me unhappy with life. Too ashamed to show my face. Every day I didn't recognize myself in the mirror and it tore me apart. Every day was a constant battle for me. I had low energy and no motivation to do anything about. A depression if you will. I would literally cry every time I had to pick out something to wear. I couldn't even keep up with my kids.
Then one day my boyfriend introduced me to Beachbody. He had the PiYo DVDs for years and told me to check it out. I started the program multiple times and quit within a week.
One day I woke up and looked in the mirror and told myself it was the day. The day I needed to change.
Not only for myself, but for my family.
Ever since that day I have dedicated my life to working out and getting in shape.
Once I began to see the results I was addicted. Addicted to the post workout high and addicted to bettering myself. Once I began eating right and working out within days I felt my body singing the hallelujah chorus.
It's now not difficult to go to the store and say is this healthy? Can I eat this? And stress out about what I can have. I can walk into the store and know exactly where to go and what to get! I have to say this journey of mine was no easy task. It's hard at the beginning. You have to truly commit yourself to a lifestyle change.
And I did it!! I am about half way to where I want to be. I am still currently working my butt off. I could NOT have made it this far without the support of my boyfriend and I want to give a special shout out to him. Along with him there have been other people who have helped me as well, and are currently helping. Thank you to my Beachbody coach. And recently thank you Kodie!
I am currently down 27 pounds thanks to their support and my hard work!
If you are stuck in the "I don't have time" phase in your life, or coming up with some kind of excuse not to workout you are truly missing out on something beautiful. I understand that life is busy! But if you keep coming up with excuses you will forever be in a constant battle with yourself.
Let today be the start of something new."
I thought about what helpful fitness blog I can post today, what tips and tricks I can come up with for you guys. I have a vague weekly outline on the category I write about each day, sometimes I follow it, sometimes I don't. Today's one of those days where I'll go unplanned, this isn't prewritten. I don't really know exactly what my mind will end up telling my fingers to type. I thought about writing a really good fitness blog to end the week, this week I've had the most eyes on my site EVER, and I wanted to keep those viewers intrigued. Oh well, Friday's have the least amount of viewers anyway. I also thought about a catchy title that would lure people (or trick people) into clicking and reading today. Then I thought about just naming it 'Reflections' because if my minds going where I think it's going, I'll probably be sharing a lot of my reflections today, but then I thought that's too sweet.. or just corny.
Fake it 'till you make it sounds like the theme in my life the last 8 months. Not to say that things aren't going well. I aspire to do so many great things with my fitness passion. I want to reach people who didn't know they needed help. I want to contact people who have been waiting for an opportunity like the one I have to share. I want to change peoples lives by giving them the tools to make health and fitness a lifestyle -- not a quick fix. I want to help eliminate the desire for detox teas, wraps, crash dieting, and help people understand that's not the way to a healthier life. I think at this point in time there are three things that irritate me about the health and fitness world: 1) When people bitch about being overweight or unhealthy but then say they just don't have time or money to invest. 2) When people bitch about being overweight or unhealthy but they "don't have the motivation" to workout each day. 3) The popularity of the quick fixes you all have heard me rant about.
I may stay home and "blog" each day, or so you all may think that's all I do, I promise I'm not sitting here sucking my thumb. But seriously, by the end of the day I'm DRAINED. I've probably spoken with a least three people that have raised my blood pressure due to one of the three responses above. For me, I believe it's important that I hear those things, because I'm learning how to respond to it, and in the long run it's helping me figure out how I can change the way those responses make me feel. At least I realize it, right?
It's my goal to help people see that those three responses have counters, and if you really did want to work on your health you wouldn't be responding or participating in one of those three irritating ways. I think the biggest growth I am starting to accomplish is pushing to help those people, instead of taking the easy route and sticking to the people that know they need help, are motivated to get healthy, and will stick with it, with or without my constant accountability check in's and reminders. Because ultimately, that's what I'm here for. It's my job to be that person that inspires you to workout each day. It's my job to make sure your ass is out of bed at 6:00 am to workout before your "busy" day starts. So for now, I'm faking the fact that it doesn't make me roll my eyes when I hear those responses. Eventually, I won't be bothered by any of those responses and I'll be an expert in convincing those people, who don't know it yet, that they need to live healthier.
*Side note, see how I said I won't be bothered, and I will be an expert? Yah, that's been my growth over the last six months. I'm done hoping something will happen, or wishing for my dreams, they're going to happen because I'm going to make damn sure I work my ass of for them, and by God's will they will happen or something else he has planned for me will happen instead. Changing the way I speak about my goals and how I think of them in my head was definitely a fake it till I make it situation. I kept saying it that way, and if I ever slipped up and said (or thought) "I hope" I would intentionally stop myself and say "No, I don't hope, know this is going to happen, this will happen, it's happening." And eventually, in practicing this, my mindset has switch to a more go getter attitude and I now fully believe that these awesome goals of mine are coming true because I faked it until it became a reality.
In July we had a coach conference called Summit where 25,000 coaches went to Nashville. The top ranked coaches got special seating and we all walked around with name tags that had our rank pinned to the lanyard. So, I've only been doing this for 8 months, which isn't meant as an excuse, I know I can be further along, but my rank wasn't anything special at this conference. I gawked at the girls who were ranked 5 star diamond (high rank) and envisioned myself there in less than a year. I totally faked it at this conference, and I'm continuing to pretend that I am the CEO of this huge business and I'm ranked 15 star. I was walking around Nashville like I was a 2 star diamond, like I was important, like I was confident but not cocky, like I had a lot to learn but I was already pretty successful. I even found a diamond rank tag that a poor soul had dropped on the ground and I proceeded to stick it on my lanyard and pretend it was mine, and that way my rank. Some may think this is lying, but really I was just tricking myself into this mindset of my business IS important, I AM successful, this IS going to work, I AM going to achieve the rank I desire.. & that is faking it until I make it.
Fake it till I make it means telling people I'm crushing it, which to them probably means I'm making tons of excess money, rocking the shit out of this at home business and living their dream life -- when in reality I'm getting there, it's just a slow steady incline, I haven't reached the top like my mind has. It's almost like my brain is at the top of this mountain shouting down at me like "hey, look at me up here, I'm a millionaire, living the life of my dreams, traveling, building orphanages in Africa, having beautiful babies, and speaking on stage at all these events, happily married blah blah blah," and I just smile at my mind and keep climbing.
I keep faking that everything in this business is pineapples and abs (my version of rainbows and butterflies) when in reality I have all this growth that I'm realizing needs to happen in myself, all these trainings that need to be done daily, all these people, coaches and clients, that need attention daily, people that need my help growing within themselves and I'm over here with dark circles, a long to-do list, and I haven't brushed my hair in three weeks.
Hard work. It takes hustle. It takes grind. It takes consistency. It takes patients.. and it doesn't over night, and it certainly doesn't happen for everyone because not everyone has what it takes. Not everyone can fake it till they make it.
I'm starting this new thing, where I don't use the word maybe, just like I hope or I wish. Like when you get invited to an event on Facebook and you can either say Going, Maybe, or Not going -- when people respond "maybe" I'm like pfft, how rude! It's like when you say not going, your obligated to post or message that person telling them that you're busy that day, but when you say maybe, you're not obligated to say anything and you're not committed, you just want an out if something better comes along. I'm focusing on committing to the things that I say I'm going to do. If I say I'm going to bible study, because I really truly do want to come, and then the time comes and I'm just so tired and would rather not change my clothes and shower, I'm still going. I made a commitment, I'm no longer making up excuses and being that person that says maybe. So anyway, this is going to get me somewhere, I don't know where, but it'll better me and my ability to make commitments.
If you've even read this rant this far, you are committed to my blogs. WOW, to think someone is really that intrigued by me, or interested in my life enough to read this, is incredibly flattering. The last thing I've been reflecting on is my relationship with God. I have the ability to stress myself the F out about money. It use to be me stressing about what other people thought of me and the unknown of the future. But now I'm able to hold a pineapple in a bikini and take a "candid" photo of myself and post it all over the internet, not giving a Sh** whose making fun of me. Anyway, back to the money. My biggest stressor. My biggest reason to lose sleep. My day to day thought process. How am I going to pay rent? How will I be able to go to this coaching event? I need to buy groceries, how much will it cost me? But the biggest realization I've made lately, the thing that I think I've finally settled on as a sigh of relief, is some how the money always comes. HE always provides. What is the point in stressing out about money when time and time again it has come just at the right time, in the right amounts and I always get by? What's the point? He provides food for the birds that fly free in the sky, he will provide for me. Money is the root of all evil. Don't let it take over your emotions and your thought process.
Work hard, pray hard, and fake it till you make it.
If you've just begun your health and fitness journey your likely really in tune with your body. And by "in tune" I mean, you're noticing every little change, or lack of change, that's happening with your improved quality of life. Your energy levels are changing, you feel soreness/fatigue, maybe you're not losing the weight/inches so you think..
Maybe I need more fiber? I think I'm low on iron... How much protein should I be consuming I don't think I'm getting enough? I need to start taking vitamins I think my bodies lacking something.
All of which I have asked myself as the biggest hypochondriac on this planet. (Okay maybe not THE biggest, but I'm up there.)
Now this would be a really good time for me to sell you on Shakeology, that WILL help all of these things, but not the point of this blog, I'll leave that research up to you.
So what most of you are probably lacking, (lacking meaning not consuming any of this or not consuming nearly enough), isn't protein, fiber, vegetables, fruit, carbs, certainly not caffeine (I probably drink enough of that for everyone), so what is it...? Can you guess?
H20. Water is actually the most important macronutrient.
"So.. I know I should know this, but remind me what a macronutrient is again..."
Macronutrients are chemical elements or substances that are required in large amounts for optimal health and quality of life. Macronutrients include carbs, protein, fats, fiber and water.
So how much should you be consuming?
According to Exercise and Sport Nutrition, ages 9-70 should be consuming 2.1L-3.7L/day.
To make this comparable:
3.7 liters = .977 gallons
125 oz = 1 gallon.
16-8 oz cups = 1 gallon
So now I present to you... tomorrow's Water Jug CHALLENGE.
Everyone who participates in this challenge by posting a picture with their water jug and tagging me in it on Facebook or Instagram gets an EXTRA submission to the August GIVEAWAY of portion control containers, the FIXATE Cook book, and a customized nutrition plan.
"Man oh man! The 21 day fix extreme...where do I even begin??
To say that one small box delivered to my door changed my life would be the biggest understatement of the century.
I began the program about 2.5 months after the birth of my first child. I was an overweight new mom with a demanding newborn that consumed all my time. I ate junk all day long and lived like a hermit, getting little to no exercise.
After a harsh reality check, I found myself in desperate need of a health and fitness routine that would fit into my lifestyle. Basically, I needed a fast, convenient, effective workout that I could do while keeping my newborn within eyesight. A friend of mine recommended I try the 21 day fix extreme. 30 minute workouts that I could do from home, paired with a kick ass nutrition plan that took the guess work out of meal planning. Sounded easy enough right?
Almost too perfect if you ask me. So I decided to give it a go. I started the program March 1st of this year and have never looked back. In just the first 21 days I had lost a little over 7.5 pounds and 3% body fat.
My confidence was slowly beginning to surface again and my energy levels were higher than ever! I was eating better than I ever had before, and the happiness that came with it noticeably filled my everyday life. I was beginning to notice myself not only becoming a better mom, but a better wife and friend because of it.
To some this may sound dramatic, but that's because it is. The dramatic changes that came about from this one decision ultimately have shaped me into the person I am today: A confident person that lives everyday with passion and purpose instead of excuse and regret.
After completing the first 21 days I went on to do round 2, and am now currently doing 22 minute hard corps. My fitness journey is just getting started and I can't wait to see all the places it takes me. My experience has been the farthest thing from easy, but it is by far the best thing I've ever done for myself."
Tip 5: Determine what's a necessity, a need, a want, and a luxury.
Okay, I was aiming for $30, so I hit $40.83 this week. But my power crunch bars were $9.00 for 7. These are definitely NOT a necessity -- aka I can live without them. However, they do help curb food cravings, do add to my protein intake for the day, and are written into my food plan. So does that make them a need? They certainly are a want and a luxury. Decide what you can live without. What's going to put you over budget that you don't NEED. Another example, I love the mix of sunflower seeds, pecans, and dried cranberries in the bulk section. It's about $3.80 for a weeks worth. It's a luxury though, so I skipped it this time to stay under budget.
Things that would qualify as necessities are veggies, 1-2 types of fruit (It's easy to turn fruit into a luxury though, so don't go crazy with mangos and pineapples), basic protein sources like chicken, cod, turkey, (sorry but steak is a luxury not a need), bread (whole wheat, skip the dinner rolls or Texas toast = luxury).
Things that would qualify as a need are basic items on your meal plan that add nutritional value or keep you from eating poor alternatives. Things such as almond butter (or just almonds), multigrain flat bread, rice cakes, or I would argue protein bars or granola bars (or a protein shake).
Want's I would count as turkey bacon or breakfast sausage. They are good alternatives to unhealthy options but don't have a lot of nutritional value (+ turkey bacon has like no protein which I just found out and was largely disappointed in). Other want's would be Almond milk for smoothies or almond milk + cereal. Even if it's healthified it's still a want and add's $$ to your budget.
Luxury items are a little more obvious. Ice cream, crackers, mangos, grapes, granola etc. Things that rack up the cost quick and are not going to make you starve or miss out on a food group.
So.. did you catch the total?
$40.83 for one human being eating a 2,000 calorie diet in one week.
-No, I didn't need $9 worth of power crunch bars. So subtract $9 if you think this is a luxury.
-Yes, I drink Shakeology daily as a snack with water and the fruit I bought, so add $4 a day to my total if it's killing you.
-AND the ground turkey rang up as $7.98 when it was posted at $2.97 for the sale price.
-No, I didn't secretly use coupons or my rewards -- both of which the teller asked if I wanted to. To be fair I spent the extra $.
So your actual subtotal, (everything above considered + Shakeology) would be: $54.82 per week
Other ways to save: If you coupon, power to you, I might take this up as another hobby. Maybe write a blog about your couponing and share it with me? I've found that there are never coupons for healthy options, maybe you know something I don't?
Jillian Micheal's says:
Swear off fad diets
"You know the kind, says Jillian: "Everyone's like: 'Give up carbs!' 'Give up fat!' 'Wait, no, now I'm taking pills!' None of them are manageable long-term—and they wreak havoc with your metabolism! Because you're either starving yourself or you're cutting out a major food group. Then you go back into weight-gain mode, but it's even worse, because your body has adjusted to all that crazy fad crap." -- We've all seen my similar rants on the topic.
Tony Horton says:
"When it comes to losing weight or exercising, it's important to check in with yourself and evaluate your goals. "It's all about purpose, purpose, purpose," Horton says. "If your goals are focused on how you look and how other people perceive you, chances are you're going to fail. It might work temporarily, but then you'll go back to where you were, and you'll need a new purpose.
Be honest with yourself: Are you trying to lose weight for a family wedding coming up in two weeks? You may be able to lose five pounds fast, but you might not be able to keep it off permanently. On the other hand, if you're trying to get fit for the long haul, it'll be much easier to make gradual lifestyle changes that will allow you to realize your goals—for good."
Gunnar Peterson says:
"I am a big believer in taking responsibility for your actions. I tell my kids every day to "own it"—"it" being whatever they've said or done. At some point in your life, you are in charge. You call the shots. You decide to eat or not eat. Is lack of will power a disease? Is lack of self-discipline a disease? I would love to eat my body weight in chocolate chip cookies, french fries, and peanut butter, but I don't. I choose not to. That's on me, just like it's on me if I choose to do it."
Shaun T says:
Are you not losing weight?
Ask yourself these questions: Are you pressing pause? Are you taking breaks? Are you getting full range of motion through every exercise? Is you're eating clean eating 1 time of day, or eating 5 times a day?
And then get rid of the body image and recognize whether you're getting physically strong and more capable at performing exercises.
Be patient, the weight will come off.
Harley Pasternak says:
Move at Least 10K Steps a Day
"That is a minimum," said Harley. "For a lot of people, this is a real, simple thing to start with. I don't [tell clients] you need to start eating tofu, become gluten intolerant, whatever — just start moving. Be a little more active."
He mentioned that one good choice leads to another, and starting with simple movement goals can build into something even bigger. It works, too. We interviewed a woman who lost 10 dress sizes bystarting with a goal of 10,000 steps per day on her Fitbit.
"All of the sudden, you start being conscious of other behaviors. You grab that scone in the morning and you realize, wait, 'I just got off the subway two stops earlier so I could walk a little bit; I'm gonna undo that and then some by making this food choice. Let me be a little more conscious about it. I'm gonna have half the scone, or instead of the scone I'm gonna have the apple.' It all starts with steps."
Autumn Calabrese says:
Need healthy cooking ideas?
Check out my new cooking show on Beachbody on Demand! My bother is a professional chef and my son is our taste tester! 21 Day Fix approved of course!
I was put on this earth to help you.
God paved my path to a degree in Exercise Science and Health.
He brought certain people into my life to introduce me to Beachbody coaching.
He has provided me with all the tools, the knowledge necessary, the heart, the passion, the drive to help people. I figured out I was meant to serve others. The path to figuring out who I was meant to serve was certainly an experience. What I thought I was meant for, really wasn't where I've ended up. I certainly may still be destined to end up in Africa. But for now, I'll stay here because America needs help too.
I'll do my part in trying to combat the obesity epidemic we are facing in the states. Did you know that 74% of us are overweight or obese? That number is absurd.
I'm not saying I think I'm going to change America.. but if I didn't try and help the few people each month that will listen to me, I wouldn't be helping that number decrease at all. A fellow coach posted yesterday:
"We are casting a positive ripple effect in this world(ocean). One drop - ONE LIFE at a time you ARE making waves!" Kyla Swann.
There's no better way to put this.
If you want to help decrease that number.
If you want to be an example for this world.
If you want to change your life.
If you want to lose the weight. Join the healthy and active lifestyle. If you want to begin this journey as a client or as a coach and team member don't wait. Without you, that number won't decrease any faster.
Oh, you're telling me nothing's worked so far?
Ohh, you don't see the progress that was promised to you?
Ohhh, you've tried everything?
You're overweight/out of shape because you can't stop eating the garbage.
You're overweight/out of shape because you're not making health your priority.
You're overweight/out of shape because you haven't WORKED for it.
Top 10 responses I hear regularly:
1) I just don't have enough time right now to workout.
*AKA my health is not my priority
2) Meal planning and meal prepping is just too complicated and I don't have time.
*AKA I'm too lazy OR I'd rather watch Netflix and relax on Sunday's OR I don't actually want to eat healthy, I prefer the food trucks at lunch.
3) I've tried _____ program and it just didn't work out for me.
*AKA I got lazy OR it got hard and I quit
4) I just can't stay motivated.
*AKA I can't find a reason to make healthy choices
5) I've tried so many programs and nothing works.
*AKA I've been trying all sorts of quick fixes
6) I just don't know where to start.
*AKA I tell myself "next Monday"
7) Working out just isn't fun/I hate cardio.
*AKA I've never tried Country Heat ;)
8) I don't know what to do at the gym.
*AKA the gym terrifies me & I need an at home workout program where no one can see me and I don't have to get ready or leave my house.
9) I have other health issues that prevents me from losing weight.
*AKA I'm using all the excuses I can OR the weight I've put on has likely put me at risk for disease
AND LADIES AND GENTLEMEN MY ALL TIME FAVORITE AND MOST COMMON:
10) I just can't afford it right now......
*AKA my health is, again, NOT my priority
If you want something, you've got to work for it. NEWS FLASH.
"We need our bodies more than they need us, pay attention to it! The better our bodies feel the happier and more productive they are." -Jen Sincero
She says it a little nicer than I do ;) Losing weight is HARD. I'm not denying that it isn't. I'm also not claiming that I know what it feels like to workout at 20-100 pounds overweight. If you'd like, I can certainly find you a mentor/coach that know what it's like to lose 100+ pounds, maybe you'll relate more. But I am confident I can provide you with the tools, accountability and education to get the transformation you've always wanted...
But the difference between you and the guy that's lost the weight you're still carrying is:
He worked his ass off.
He found his own motivation.
He made time.
He sacrificed $140 to loose 20-100+pounds (WOA, I'd say that's more than worth it! He purchased life changing tools and saved his life for $140)
He got his mind right and threw his excuses out the window.
He found a program that was fun for him or he pushed through the hard work of one that wasn't.
He sought out support of a solid motivator.
HE PUT IN THE TIME. HE PUT IN THE MONEY. HE PUT IN THE HARD WORK & HE FOUND RESULTS.
Nothing is going to be free in this life. It's either going to cost time, money or energy. Do you want to spend your money on junk food? Do you want to waste your time watching Netflix? Do you want to spend your energy on storing fat?
WORK. Because nothing else matters...
The community I have been so lucky to be apart of has brought me to a new found level of happiness, positivity, motivation and has taught me what a 'Go Getter' attitude is all about. I've had my fitness transformation time and time again. I have gone through series of too skinny, extra weight, to -- too muscular or not strong enough and back, round and round again. Like many, it depended upon the season. Now that I have got my fitness on a track that is progressive but consistent, I have found transformations within myself.
I want to introduce you to PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT. I have never heard of this phrase before 8 months ago; or if I had I casually dismissed it, I don't even think it had a place in my subconscious. No matter what you think about personal development, what you think it means or how much you think you don't need it or it wont help you -- hear me out.
-Are you happy as a clam, experiencing all the ventures you have ever dreamt?
-But do you still have fears?
-Are you living with the man of your dreams and loving your job?
-But have you deep belly laughed in a while?
-Are you working a job you hate?
-Are you spending hours upon hours a day watching netflix?
-Are you feeling unmotivated or tired all the time?
-Do you worry what other people think?
-Are you enjoying life every day?
-Do you wake up excited for the day every day?
-Are you sleeping okay at night?
-Do you think your dreams are far fetched? Too far out of reach?
Many of you would check yes on at least one of these, I know I would. Life throws curve balls. Sometimes it doesn't even through a fast one your way; sometimes it's slow, grueling and feels like an 11 inning game. If you checked any of these, heck, if you're a breathing human you can benefit from personal development.
-Could you be happier? Not just content, but truly more happy?
-Could you be more successful? In reaching your goals, financially, emotionally, physically?
-Could you be in better shape?
-Could you waste less time? Can you be more productive?
-Could you care less about what others think?
-Could you benefit from a little more fire and motivation?
-Could you use more positivity in your life? Could you kick some of those negative thoughts to the curb?
-Could you treat yourself better? Could you have more positive self talk?
PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT. What does this mean? I'm going to try and be creative and come up with my own definition, then I'll google it and paste it after my own..
Personal development (Verb): The act of physically, mentally, and emotionally seeking to improve yourself to accomplish a more successful, fulfilling, motivated life. Seeking to increase your standard of living through changing your mental state in order to act on set goals and dreams.
Here's the google:
Personal development is a lifelong process. It's a way for people to assess their skills and qualities, consider their aims in life and set goals in order to realize and maximize their potential.
I have been practicing personal development through Audible. I highly encourage everyone to find their medium and practice it for 30 minutes a day. I listen on my phone while I take Zoe on her morning walks. I can't tell you how much my mindset has shifted. There's a weird feeling in my heart, a drive in my gut that I've never felt before. It's a feeling I can't describe but can sort of explain as "WHY THE HELL NOT ME?!" It's kind of like the feeling of eustress, like my gut is telling me to get up, work my ass off, stay productive because it's going to be worth it. WOW, my gut is talking to me now... I must be crazy. But wait. Not only is my gut now talking to me, but my mind has shifted to mock the feeling my gut is giving me. "I AM GOOD ENOUGH. I CAN DO THIS. WHY THE HELL NOT ME?!" Self doubt is the biggest barrier you can build yourself. No, you know what, you're not going to reach your dreams because you don't think you can reach your dreams. Since you don't think you can reach your dreams you wont work for them. You wont work for them because you're not motivated by the success you are aiming to accomplish because you don't even believe yourself that its accomplishable. Building a brick wall in the way of your own path is self destructive. It's not setting yourself up for failure, it's setting yourself up to stay stationary. If you're not moving forward you're staying where you're at. And you're staying where you're at because you've build this huge brick wall that you can't get around unless you create a new path or bust through it with a mind set that tells you YOU CAN. YOU ARE CAPABLE.
If you want a taste of whatever the hell I'm on. If you want to try this drug.. here's my prescription:
The 10X Rule by: Grant Cardone
#Girlboss by: Sophia Amoruso
Miracle Morning by: Hal Elrod
You are a badass by: Jen Sincero
The Go-Giver: Bob Burg
Relentless: From Good to Great to Unstoppable
The Energy Bus: Jon Gordon
Today Matters; John C. Maxwell
ANYTHING GARY VAYNERCHUCK
ANYTHING TONY ROBBINS
I don't know what's worse, living with the irreversible disease of 'Sweet Tooth' or literally living with someone who NEVER craves sweets.
*Now that I think about it, it might actually be worse if we were to both have 'Sweet Tooth'.. guess we'll never know!
Since my significant other never craves sweets, it's almost like there's a part of me he will never understand. He's dating a girl that use to eat a whole pint of Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream for dinner and who thought it was worth it to have ice cream and suffer (when I found out I was lactose intolerant), than not to have ice cream at all..
For some people the hardest part of living a healthy and active life is the active part; workouts are perceived as grueling. For others it's eating healthy; broccoli and spinach make them gag. But for me, the hardest part is not opening the freezer when I walk down the desserts isle at the grocery store. Ask Tanner, I walk down that isle EVERY time we're at HEB... just to look.
But what's life without your favorite tasty treats?! Maybe you LOVE pizza, fries and burgers. Ice cream, donuts, brownies and pies. There is NO REASON to give all of that up. We need to treat ourselves, we need to live life. So today I'm going to share with you how I weaned myself off of my daily ice cream meal, how often I reward myself and what I do for alternatives.
When the day came that I got incredibly frustrated with my lack of progress I made the decision that I need to be 100% in this, because it was worth it to me. I needed to cut out the daily desserts because it was keeping me from accomplishing my goals.
So I decided to cut out sweets until Saturday's. Boy did I look forward to Saturday's. For the first month it actually worked. Having a designated day for my treat actually felt like I was earning it. It felt like a reward. It tasted like a prize.
After a month of Saturday *indulgement* (yes, I made that word up), I picked two dates on the months calendar. I can't remember exactly which month this was, but if a birthday, holiday, wedding or some celebratory event was going on, that was a designated date for a treat. So for two months about every 2 weeks I got to reward myself with a tasty treat.
After one month of eating treats each Saturday, two months of eating treats every 2 weeks, I was now going on month 4 and knocked it down to 1 day. 1 day of 30 days in a month I got to look forward to a tasty treat. You may be thinking, that's CRAZY. For a girl that ate ice cream every single night to now restrict herself to 1 day every 30, that had to be hard! But believe it or not, it actually wasn't hard once month 4 rolled around. I weaned myself off of it by slowly cutting down the number of times I allowed myself treats. I didn't just go cold turkey because it wouldn't change the cravings or desire. But since I went month by month and weaned myself off, by month 4 I hardly craved sweets anymore!
Now, I couldn't have done it without my alternatives. These are what I find as permanent replacements now.
1) Halo Top Ice Cream: 5 grams of sugar per 1/4 container (FYI I don't eat the whole container). This is SO MUCH BETTER compared to Ben and Jerry's which is around 25 g of sugar per 1/4. Halo Top also has 5 g of protein per 1/4 container which is not comparable to any other ice cream out there.
The other night Tanner tried Arctic Zero which is probably healthier than Halo Top in terms of the amount of calories, (it has equal amount of sugar but less protein). However, it tasted like shit *lets be honest. I have tried all the soy's, coconut, yogurt, ice cream alternatives out there as I was exploring the alternatives to satisfy my sweet tooth while trying not to upset my stomach. Nothing has matched the creamy texture of ice cream *& I do mean, chocolaty, milky, cream and sugar ice cream. Everything else tastes like ICE and disregards the cream.
That is until I found Halo Top. Creamy and delicious + a much healthier option.
P.s We took this picture before we even tried each other's ice cream. *before we knew Arctic Zero tastes like shit.
Chocolate or Caramel Rice Cakes: Commonly known as styrofoam cakes. But have you ever tried the chocolate? Low sugar, moderate carbs, low calories!
Dark Chocolate Squares: The health benefits of dark chocolate are scientifically proven and the satisfying of cravings of many people impacted by 'Sweet Tooth' disease is taste bud approved.
Chocolate Shakeology desserts: Chocolate Shakeology with a banana blended in a smoothie is my late night treat, that I DO NOT feel guilty about. Healthy, nutritious and delicious! The most incredible thing about it? You're not limited to smoothies! You can make frozen peanut butter treats like my friend Jade does, or you can bake a cake and brownies!
1) Wake up at the sound of your first alarm. Pressing snooze will set the tone for your day. Do you want your day to be determined by ACTION or snoozing?
2) Go on a brief walk before breakfast.
3)Do a half hour workout or stretch before getting ready.
4) Listen to a personal development audio book while getting ready.
((My recent favs are The 10X Rule, #Girlboss, Miracle Morning, and my current one You Are a Badass!))
5)Write down you list of to-do’s for the day. I like to call them my list of accomplishments because I know I’m going to get them all done, I feel accomplished when I do, and it keeps my motivated all day long.
((Side note: Am I the only one that gets that awesome feeling scratching something off the to-do list? Like, sometimes I put stuff on the to-do list I've already done just to feel more accomplished))
6) List your to-do’s in a priority order. This way, things that aren’t high priority can roll over to tomorrow if you run out of time.
7) Limit distractions. Have your list in front of you where ever you go. If it’s not on the list, don’t waste your time.
8) Stick to a routine 7 days a week. Don’t let the weekends ruin you. You're allowed to work on the weekends. While everyone's relaxing, you GRIND. Sure you can sit down and watch a movie with a glass of wine and your lover. But that doesn't mean you have to waste the rest of your day binge watching Prison Break or soaking up the cancer (aka tanning) #wearsunscreen.
9) Find your energy. I'm sitting here after a FULL night sleep and my eyelids are drooping. To get through my day I'm eventually going to get up and make a pot of coffee. Yes, I drink my coffee black -- no you don't have to. If coffee is one of your luxury items with your fav creamer, why in the world would you give that up? I do enjoy a warm peppermint mocha around Christmas and I wouldn't be a basic white girl without loving pumpkin spice latte (TWO MORE MONTHS!!). But I've decided to opt out of all the extra sugar in my daily diet, that coffee creamer dumps in. Plus I have come to like coffee black. As often as I said I would never drink that poison as a kid.. I have become my grandma (hey grandma!!). If you love your coffee creamer I do suggest getting a low sugar variety and NOT going to Starbucks and ordering a double shot of iced caramel macchiato with an extra pump of caramel.. SUGAR COMA.
10) Reward yourself at the end of each day with something that will motivate you. An episode of your favorite show, a glass of wine (not every night), a piece of dark chocolate, something healthy and rewarding that will help you crush your daily accomplishment list!
We were all put on this earth for a purpose. We all have a passion and a reason to get out of bed in the morning; some of us haven’t found it yet, or some of us are just not living it. Have you thought about your passion recently? Have you pursued your passion in the last week or are you just working your 9-5 hoping some day you can do what you truly love?
I understand, you have to make a living. I get it, you have to provide for your family. Okay, I know, you’d be broke if you didn’t have the job you hate. But when did you make the decision you were going to live the one life you were given sitting behind a desk or working for someone you hate?
When did you decide, “Hey, I know! I’m going to work 9-5, 8 hours per day, 40 hours per week, 2,087 hours per year doing something I hate just so I can make money and survive?”
When did you make the decision to submit yourself to a job that doesn’t make you happy, stresses you out, takes away your free time, or doesn’t allow you to live out your purpose in life?
Have you woken up for 7 consecutive days with excitement, motivation and joy to head to work? A better question would be, have you ever woken up like that?
Are you alive, or are you living?
I know, I’m only 23 years old, I don’t have a family to support, a ton of bills to pay and I just finished school. But I’ve worked since the day I turned 16. I’ve supported myself through school. I’ve had enough experience to understand what it’s like to work a job that doesn’t relect my purpose in life.
I’ve had jobs that have held me back. That have turned me into a cranky, unhappy person just striving to pay bills.
When you find your passion. When you live out your purpose. Work won’t feel like work. You wont be “just getting by” you’ll actually be living. Once you start living out your purpose and working a job you’re actually passionate about, money won’t be an issue. It’s likely that pursing your purpose will actually give you more financial freedom. You see, doing what you love wont feel like work and others will notice that. If you’re passionate about your job, more people will be inclined to invest in you. People will flock to you and your positive energy. People will want a piece of what you have.
Think about you’re favorite pass time. What is your all time favorite hobby?
Is it fishing? Crafting, or simply playing video games?
This activity is something you may crave doing on your days off or wish you had more time to dedicate to it.
What if you could make your favorite hobby your career?
Now imagine your passion. It can be ANYTHING and it’s certainly different for all of us.
Maybe your passion is caring for your kids. Being an amazing mother and wife could be your purpose.
Is it helping the poor? Improving others quality of life?
Is your passion traveling and exploring the world?
Maybe you’ve never considered what your passion is… or maybe you’ve never considered how you could make your passion your job.
Reality check, you limit your own abilities. Your mind is limiting what you’re capable of pursing. Think outside the box and create a life by your design.
If you love traveling, figure out a way to create a travel blog and get paid ads or have people subscribe to your blog to pay for your travels. Collect souvenirs from different places and sell them online!
If you love staying at home and caring for your kids, start an at home business sharing crafts, games or recipes you make with your kids.
If you love playing video games create a virtual world where people sponsor you. I know this exists, there's a girl whose making thousands a day just playing Mind Craft or whatever...
If you love crafting, create a business profile on Etsy and start promoting your crafts through social media marketing.
The amazing thing about the world today is that we can do anything we set our minds to. We can be successful in our passion, we just have to work for it.
For me, fitness and health is my passion. Inspiring and motiving other people to live healthier and happier lives is my passion. Online fitness coaching has given me the ability to use my passion for health and fitness, my real life experience and personal fitness and nutrition practices as an example and inspiration to others. Yes, I’m terrified I’m not going to be successful or be able to pay rent. But, I also know that working a job that will give me a sinking feeling when I wake up in the morning, or feel like a waste of time, is not an option for me. I’m not going to live my life just to make money. I’m going to support myself from my passion because that’s a decision I’ve made.
What does it mean: When you’re muscles are sore it doesn’t necessarily mean you’re out of shape or that you’re weak. Even the biggest body builders or most fit triathlon runners experience muscle soreness. To experience muscle growth and strength you have to break apart muscle fibers and rebuild them, this is what causes muscle soreness.
When does it happen: When you tear apart muscle fibers with heavy weight or doing exercises your body isn’t accustomed to, your muscles literally tear a part and rebuild to be more efficient at performing those exercises the next time.
How long does it last: Muscle soreness can occur immediately after an exercise and last 2-3 days. Typically you will feel the most sore the day after performing an exercise your body isn’t accustomed to.
What can you do:
*I try and keep the science as simplistic as possible. If you want further details I can provide more information straight from the resources I have access to.
The truth to “dieting” when aiming for weight loss, is people tend to make it more complicated than it needs to be. If you’re transforming your life from sedentary to active, and changing poor eating habits to healthy, you’re going to experience weight loss.
Someone living a sedentary lifestyle is expending 200-300 calories per day and consuming 2000 calories with a poor diet. A poor diet consists of 0 servings of fruits and vegetables, high amount of carbohydrates, maybe 70% carbs and 30% fat.
The resting metabolic rate may be somewhere around 1100 kcals, (this is the number of calories your body burns just functioning each day.)
So if a sedentary person who consumes 2,000 calories per day, burns around 300 cals with daily activities, and 1,100 for body function. This person has a surplus by the end of the day of 900 calories that they consumed but didn’t burn. This means they consumed 900 calories worth of food that their body has stored.
If they go to bed each night with 900 extra calories for 7 days, that’s 6,300 calories per week that your body doesn’t need.
This is how people become overweight and obese.
Now consider someone consuming the same amount of calories, 2000 per day. These calories consist of 3 servings of fruits and vegetables, 60% carbohydrates, 20% fat, and 10% protein. This individual burns 450 calories per day with her workout, and 300 with her daily activities and her resting metabolic rate is also 1100. The math comes out to around 1,750 calories per day that this person expends with an additional 250 left over. Because this person is exercising, the body will use this 250 for recovery and muscle growth.
The more fit this individual gets the more calories she will burn throughout her day and the more muscle her body grows the more efficient she will become at burning calories.
The more calories your body burns throughout the day, the more days your body goes without having to handle 900+ extra calories, the more weight loss you will experience.
Each person is consuming the same amount of calories as the one likely to be obese.
The second person is on a nutrition plan (not “diet” plan) that balances out her MACROS.
She is on a workout plan that has her burning 450 calories in just 30 minutes.
You see, you don’t have to go hungry to experience weight loss or a lifestyle transformation. You don’t have to restrict your body of food groups or deprive yourself calories. If you’re overweight or obese you’re likely consuming too many calories from fat and consuming more carbohydrates than you’re burning off.
If you get on a nutrient dense food plan that helps you balance your proteins, carbs and fats (Macros), and an exercise program that burns 400-500 calories per day, you will start to see weight loss without decreasing your calories.
I recommend starting with this. After a month or two of focusing on swapping unhealthy to healthy we can talk about decreasing your calories by 500-1000 per day to continue seeing weight loss. But a huge reason people don’t succeed at lifestyle changes and losing weight, is because they do too much all at once and make themselves crazy by going hungry, restricting their body of food groups, and starting a new workout program all at once.
If you’re looking for a program that does just this, myself and 40 other women start today. Why wait, you can start today too..
I love working with women and hearing about how the dress fits or how they lost 10 pounds. But you know what I love hearing even more?
“I don’t see a transformation or a physical change, I’ve been working so hard on my nutrition and exercising every day. Why isn’t it paying off?”
I love hearing this at least once after every round of my program because it gives me the opportunity to help these people realize the transformation their body is experiencing on the inside. When people say things like this to me I get excited because I get to talk to them about their confidence and how happier they have become.
Inside transformation: Do you have more energy? Do you still feel bloated all the time? Are your bowl movements functioning better (I know gross right?).
It’s weird though, that your insides can start to feel cleansed. A lot of us don’t have the ability to check in with our “insides” and understand how we’re feeling until we’ve started improving what we’re feeding our insides. As you start to eat healthier your body starts to dispose of the plaque and toxins that has build up, and the fat that has been stored from eating unhealthy. When you start to live healthier your body starts being capable of functioning more efficiently because it starts to get rid of all the fat surrounding your organs. Your body is returning to normal function instead of needing to focus on the vital organs and overwork to compete with all the fat.
This transformation provides you with more energy, normal bowl movements, clearer skin, silkier hair, longer nails.
If you just pay attention to something other than the inches lost off your waist or the numbers on the scale you will see more clearly how your body is transforming.
I’m not sure that people realize where their fat is being stored. There is subcutaneous fat which is what we can pinch directly under our skin. But more importantly there is visceral fat. This is the fat that is stored around our organs.
When people don't see the inches coming off their waist, I think they often forget about the fat decreasing around their vital organs. More important right?
Emotional transformation: Emotional transformations can certainly be an outcome of what’s happening to your body on the inside. You can feel more energized and motivated merely because your body is more capable of providing you with more energy. But there is also something that goes on in your brain when you workout and eat healthy. You’re probably thinking, “Yah when I workout my brain is wondering why the hell I’m doing this and begging me to quit…” but just wait, because after you workout your brain releases endorphins that actually make you feel happier. The effect of this will cause you to be more motivated throughout your day and the added bonus of feeling like you did something good for your body will make you more confident too!
Eating healthier actually effects your hormones also, in turn potentially making you less moody.. potentially.
So the next time you wonder why you haven’t seen the physical transformation you have been working so hard for, check in with the rest of your body. Notice your skin, how you’re FEELING physically and emotionally. That, to me, is the most rewarding transformation and I love helping people realize what they are doing to their body is paying off!
No wrap, teatox, or cream is going to make you lose 20 pounds in a week, tone your butt, or get rid of your cellulite. YOU GUYS, lets start being smart about health and fitness. Think about it scientifically, or if you don't understand the science behind it LOOK IT UP! Pick up a damn book and feed your mind with scientifically proven information!
I'm not here to degrade Itworks, juice cleansing or creams, okay, I guess I kind of am. Because IT DOESN'T work, and if you truly believe that a wrap will help you tone your stomach or you will maintain the weight you lose during a cleanse without working out, you will face the hard truth in less than 2-3 weeks.
It's about treating your body right. You have to live in the body you're feeding. You may have a beautiful mind, soul, heart, etc. but if you're visceral organs are surrounded by fat your insides are NOT beautiful. Yes, you're right, it's not what you look like on the outside. We're not all going to have six pack abs, be stick thin or muscular. ITS ABOUT BEING HEALTHY. Being healthy from THE INSDIE OUT. You may be a beautiful person, but if you're feeding your body shit, it will show on the outside and on the inside your vital organs will be dying surrounded by fat, plaque and gunk!
Eat your veggies, workout, exercise your mind. I'm not saying it's easy...
Hard work will pay off, do it the natural way because wasting your money on wraps and creams or starving yourself to lose 20 pounds in a week will set you further and further behind and will make your body hate you. To lose 20 pounds in a week is STARVING yourself. Losing 20 pounds in a week means your body is in catabolic mode, clinging to all the fats that it can, your body is shutting down and focusing on SURVIVAL.
As indicated by the American College of Sports Medicine, in order to lose weight you should:
Overweight and obesity is a serious disease, lets stop FOOLING people that need the most help by telling them wraps, teas and detoxes will help them get healthy again. If you stand by this, you're adding to the epidemic and you could potentially be helping these individuals kill them selves. Someone who is obese could be seconds away from a heart attack, could be battling diabetes, be hypertensive, have metabolic syndrome, and so much more... Do you really want to promote something like a wrap or a tea when you know it wont help them?
Let's be real. Itworks, wraps, teas, and butt plumper's is not only a scam and adding to the issue of obesity, but it's killing people. People that need to be saved are falling for this BULLSHIT and when it doesn't work they start thinking they're just stuck and they don't trust the good guys to sell them something that will work.
If you need help losing weight the right way, if you're ready for a lifestyle INTERVENTION and you want to make this a maintainable weight loss to help your future, to help you live longer, to decrease your risk for disease, email me.
I worked out today because I was...
But I worked out today because it releases my anxiety. I worked out because it takes my mind to a different world. It relaxes my body and for 25 minutes today it made me forget how busy I am. I worked out today because I ate pizza. Yes, I ate pizza today.. OKAY I was practically force fed but still, I'm human I don't eat egg whites and spinach 24/7.
I needed to burn off that pizza, but I was also sitting all day. Even if I had eaten healthy all day long, I still had been sitting at a computer all day long and my body needed to expend energy.
If I didn't work out today, if I didn't work out all week, and I sit at a desk all day, (like most Americans) I would likely experience weight gain, chronic back soreness, and be at risk for diseases such as depression, severe anxiety, coronary artery disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and others associated with a sedentary lifestyle.
I worked out today because I knew I would get that feeling of accomplishment when I finished. I knew I'd be more relaxed. I worked out today because I was stressed out and annoyed that my technology wasn't working. I knew that I would feel relaxed and happier for the rest of my evening. I worked out because afterward, I was able to get back to work and focus even better..
Why'd you work out today?
You don’t have the time
All you need minimum is 20-30 minutes a day. Depending on your fitness goals and the intensity that may just be enough! But you also have to make time, deterimine your goals and see how much time you’ll need to allow to accomplish them. Using time as an excuse is like saying you don’t have time to take care of your body. The body you live in, work in, wear down, you don’t have time to treat it how it needs to be treated? Sorry but that’s just a pathetic excuse and a recipe for disease.
You can’t afford a program or gym membership
Neither can I! Gym memberships are like $25-50 a month, no thank you! Program fees are a one time payment and you get to keep it for a life time. The program I’ve been doing each month cost me $140, one time payment, that’s only about 3 months for a gym membership. I put $140 on a credit card and had it paid off in 2 weeks! It’s like having a personal trainer, for a lifetime, in my own home!
You can’t stay motivated
You’re only doing yourself a favor with living a healthy lifestyle. So you have to find your own motivate and put it somewhere you will see it every single day. I set my lock screen on my phone as my motivation and change it weekly. I post motivation on the fridge or on my bathroom mirror. I set goals for my self and I squash them each and every day!
You have kids
Even better of a reason to have a healthy lifestyle! Teach them how important it is, have them workout with you! A workout doesn’t have to be a huge time commitment and it doesn’t have to be a car ride away. Get a few hand weights and a resistance band and workout in your living room.
Your body is the way it is, you were born with it
False, a lot of people think their ability to hold on to fat is a genetic disposition. And sometimes that may be the case. But often times research shows it’s environmentally caused. If your parents were taught as kids a certain diet from their parents and they passed it down to you, the entire down line of generations has this learned behavior of poor eating habits. Give me 2 months and I’ll prove to you obesity is not an excuse you can blame on genetics.
You travel too often
Well lucky you! I’d love to have this problem. I travel a decent amount and I just pack my workout DVD’s with me! I take my lap top anywhere I go anyway so I just pop them in and I’m good to workout wherever whenever! It’s like carrying around my own personal trainer where ever I go, for free! The programs I do you can also stream from an ipad, kindle, iphone or anything with internet really..
The gym makes you uncomfortable
That’s okay! Skip the gym! Go for a long walk or a hike. I’m all about the at home workout programs. I can workout in whatever I want, looking how ever I want, and I don’t have to worry about someone observing the exercises I’m doing or how I look doing them! Many people don’t know that the recommended amount of weekly exercise is 150 minutes of moderate exercise. That could be a brisk 20 minute walk every day or a 30 minute moderate intensity workout 5 days a week! Change up your routine and walk to work/school or the store instead of driving.
You’re too tire at the end of the day
Then do your workout at the beginning of the day! Or during your lunch break. You maybe tired at the end of the day because your body is drained and fatigued because your not fueling and expending energy the way it needs you to. If you’re exhausted at the end of every day maybe you need to re evaluate what you’re eating, remember carbs are your friend! Email me and I’ll help you learn how!
You have injuries or health issues
Guess what, those injuries or health issues are more than most likely an outcome of poor diet and exercise. Being sedentary puts you at risk for cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, hypertension, metabolic diseases and premature death. Do you want to be another statistic in causes of obesity or do you want to be healthy?
In the past 12 months I have traveled to Texas three times, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, New York, New Mexico twice, Arizona, Utah, Idaho, Washington, California, Nashville Tennessee, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida while finishing my degree in Exercise Science and Health and creating A.M.P.I FIT.
There are three reasons I have been able to do so much the past year:
1) My supportive family that has taught me I can do whatever my heart desires and if it's meant to be God will provide the way.
2) My amazing boyfriend who believes in me more than I believe in myself.
3) And Beachbody Coaching. I have not only been able to support my travels with my A.M.P.I FIT Beachbody business, but I've also been able to work while on the the road, in planes, trains, and buses.
I've always been set on traveling my life away. I just never knew how I would a) find the money, and b) get the time off my 9-5 job. I am in awe that I finally get to mend my passion for health and fitness together with traveling. I get to support myself and live free to go anywhere in the world I desire while still running my business. I don't think there's a circumstance I could have dreamt up, better than this <3
If you're curious how I'm making this happen, message me! I'd love to see if A.M.P.I FIT would compliment your life too!
What are your dreams? Do you have ambitions? Things in life you'd like to accomplish or have?
We all have dreams. But do you think about your dreams every day? Do you see your dreams every day? Do you wake up to go after your dreams everyday?
This is a new thing I'm trying, I'm constantly thinking about my dreams. Daily, I use my future goals as motivation to work harder. But wouldn't it be so much easier, mindless almost, to see your dreams up on your wall every day. To have them in your peripheral vision every second of the day? Like... why didn't I think of this?!
In my opinion, it seems impossible to forget your dreams, to not work toward them; It seems impossible to give up, if you see your dreams everyday.
So today I thought about my goals. Career goals, travel goals, material goals, financial goals, goals regarding the change I hope to help other people make. I decided with all of those goals, I'm going to make a DREAM BOARD.
Step 1: I googled those goals. I picked a picture that represented those goals and I got them printed at Walgreens.
Step 2: I cut a square out of a card board box.
Step 3: I arranged the printed images on said cardboard box.
Step 4: I put a date on my 4 biggest goals in sharpie.
Step 5: I stuck a thumb tack in each picture and hung the cardboard box on my wall, right beside my work space.
Now, when I'm sitting at my computer, my goals are LITERALLY in my peripheral vision...
Who else has dreams their going to crush?