Hello there! I hope this post finds you happy, healthy and energized!
NO, I have not been on vacation, was not running with the bulls, did not cheer for the US in Brazil, nor was I partaking in any other awesome activities that prevented me from posting to Jennerate Success!
The sad fact is that I have been having technical difficulties. Being kind of non-technical, it has taken me some time to troubleshoot my issue that was preventing new blog posts from being sent to you! If you have received this post in your mailbox, I have been victorious!
What have you missed?
Explore how sugar, not fat, could be the cause of unwanted pounds and how eating a little more fat might be a good thing by checking out Chew the Fat but Ditch the Sugar.
Sugar, Sugar Everywhere so What Can I Eat? has some helpful tips on how to know when sugar has been added and how to keep added sugar out of your diet.
Summer is finally here! It is time to shed the clothes and hit the beach or pool, right? How do you feel about that?
Did you use the bad winter weather to work out and eat healthfully? Or did you hibernate and eat comfort food? If the latter is the case, no need to worry. You can do one thing today, take a baby step, to get yourself on track to reach your goal.
Do you have a goal? what is it? To lose weight? To gain strength? To cut sugar? To feel more energized? To get organized? Whatever your goal is, take a step today.
One of my goals is to rid my house of everything that we don’t use, love, or need. This weekend we donated a working television to a senior center and hauled a sofa to Goodwill (and by “we” I mean my strong husband). The sofa was in perfect condition. It has been sitting in my living room for years. But people don’t sit on the sofa sitting in my living room. So I thought it might benefit another family who need a place to sit!
It feels good to see the empty space where the sofa was. I also like knowing that someone can enjoy the hulking television and it isn’t taking up space at the dump. I also quickly gathered a few bags worth of items to donate, since I was heading to Goodwill anyway.
This only made a small dent in my goal. But taking the steps this weekend inspired me feel to start another donation bag by finding 10 more items we don’t use, need, or love. If I keep this up, the clutter might be gone by the end of the summer!
Think about your goal and take one step. Here are some tips:
- If you want to lose weight, eat a salad with one of your meals. Drink more water. Only drink water. Measure out serving sizes. Stock a healthy pantry. Get more fiber in your diet. Do one thing.
- If you want to gain strength, try some pushups, squats, walking lunges, or see how long you can hold a plank.
- If you want to increase your energy, ditch the sugar habit. Try to replace one sugary item or carbohydrate with something low in sugar. Instead of eating a bowl of cereal, eat a bowl of oatmeal (not the flavored kind) and add blueberries or whatever fruit you like. Yes, fruit has sugar but you are also benefitting from the vitamins and the fiber fruit has to offer.
- Maybe you would like cook more to save money and eat more healthfully. Find a new recipe, write out a meal plan. Check out the Beginner’s Guide to Meal Planning. Take one step in the direction of your goal.
- If you would like to get more organized, identify the most offensive area (maybe a huge pile of papers), set a timer for 15 to 30 minutes, and deal with each piece of paper until it is in it’s final resting place. Organize and clean the kitchen to lose weight. See how far you can get in the allotted amount of time.
- Is your brain too full? Get mentally organized. Write a list of everything you can think of that you have to do. Organize the list by activity, like phone calls, and then further organize it by due date. Now it is easier to make a reasonable daily to do list so you can get these things done!
Take baby steps to lasting changes. Remember to visualize your success!.
What one thing did you do?