Winter is here

Well, we knew it had to happen, winter has returned and with it is bitter temperatures, high winds, and blowing snow.

I personally fall into a kind of lethargy this time of year; my promises to take a walk outside every day don’t happen nearly as much because it’s just too cold.

But I think that goal setting is so important this time of year because while it feels much better to snuggle up under a blanket on the couch, if your goal is to take a walk, bundle up really well and go do it. And while you are walking, make sure to notice all of the beauty around you, the way the trees are clothed with dresses in white and glittering jewels of ice; the crunch of snow beneath your boots, and the silence that is so absolute in the winter.

Then keep that image in your mind every day before taking your walk. You can even keep a journal of the things you see, the squirrels romping in the snow, vibrant red cardinals enjoying a snack on a bird feeder, etc.

After a while, you will forget about the cold and can begin to see each walk as an adventure!

Black Friday

Black Friday is the day after Thanksgiving and for some, it is the most important shopping day before Christmas. It’s a day to get good deals on pretty much whatever you are looking for as long as you don’t mind the long lines and huge crowds.

Black Friday is also a day where you tend to regret the food choices you made on Thanksgiving. Maybe you had an extra piece of pumpkin pie because it looked too good to pass up, or maybe filling up on stuffing, mashed potatoes and turkey is more your thing.

Whatever it is you indulged in, don’t fret, there are plenty of ways to get back into a normal routine again. Eating a balanced diet is a good way to start, and getting a good exercise routine started is the next best step.

Semi-private training is an awesome way to get good exercise and be accountable for your routine. A personal trainer will work with you and 3 or 4 others to create personal routines based on your fitness level and what your weight loss needs are. They can also be very flexible with your schedule, if you need early morning or later in the evening, a personal trainer can work with you whatever time you needed. They will set up a gym routine that works best for your fitness level and move you up as you go, giving you the motivation you need every step of the way.

Don’t waste a moment

I heard on the news this morning about a van that was plowed into by a drunk driver running a stop sign, and the teenager in the van died on the scene. I couldn’t help but think of my own kids and how I would feel if something that awful happened to our family.

I realize that this is a depressing subject to think about, who wants to live as if there may not be a tomorrow? And my intent is not to project gloom and doom on anyone; my message is simple: live for today while you are planning for your future.

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Misconception can lead to the Wrong Perception

It’s amazing to me how we can have a misconception about people that gives the wrong perception of them.

For example, I have two small children and when I take them to the mall, store, wherever, I have a habit of profiling the people around me.  I’m looking for the pedophiles, shady characters that may want to snatch my kids.  Wrong of me, I know, but I’m human and I make mistakes too.  So I will see someone who’s older, wearing dirty, stained clothes, a scowl and frown upon their face and I immediately try to steer my kids in a different direction.

But they, being small and innocent, beam at the person and say a boisterous, “Hi!” I clutch their shoulders and prepare for the worst, but here’s where the wrong perception comes in.  I think that this person is going to say something nasty, but they don’t.  Instead, their face lights up, they smile and give an equally boisterous, “Hi!” back!

I can tell you I have learned more in my 6 years of being a parent than I have my whole life.  They are teaching me not to have a misconception about people because it will lead to the wrong perception of them.  Not ALL people are bad, most are good, you just have to look beyond the surface to the heart underneath.

Speaking of goals…

Ok, ok, so I have said it before and I’ll say it again, fitness is important!  It’s important to make it a goal every day, every week, every month to work it into your schedule!  No more excuses!  Yup, that’s what I tell myself every day.  I promise myself that I WILL get motivated to join a gym or aerobics class, I WILL squeeze it into my busy day, but for some reason, I haven’t yet.

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Staying Focused

I will have two children in school this fall for the first time.  I am a stay at home Mom so the thought of time to myself for the first time in 6 years is both exhilarating and a little overwhelming.  When I think about my upcoming free time, my mind is immediately flooded with all the projects I want to get done, the room cleaning and organization that needs to happen both upstairs and down, and finding time to add fitness to my schedule.

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