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3 Things to Stay Positive

Last week I encouraged you to make a list of 10 positive things that occurred in your day prior to going to bed each night in order to focus your pre-sleep mind on happy peaceful thoughts, read Think Positive, Sleep Positive for a review.

That exercise is a great way to prepare your mind for restful sleep and help you wake up the next morning in a positive frame of mind. It is also a terrific exercise for promoting a positive mindset throughout your day. Let’s face it, no matter how good your intentions are to maintain a positive outlook during your day, sometimes things come up that knock you off of your game: unexpected traffic, a difficult client, an argument with your spouse, or even missing your morning coffee. When this happens it is essential that you get back into a positive mindset as quickly as possible to prevent the rest of your day from spiraling downward into frustration, anger, or an inability to think clearly and solve problems.

No matter where you are in your mindset right now, take a few moments to do the following activity:

If you are in a good mood, this exercise can reinforce and stimulate more positive thoughts. If you are feeling irritated, overwhelmed, or stressed it can serve as a reset for your day, getting you back on track to positive thoughts and positive results.

If you have let yourself get too far into the negative thought process it may be difficult to think of anything good that day, but remember you’re not looking for bright shiny miracles, you are simply looking for a few good things. For example:

  • You woke up on time
  • Traffic was lighter than usual
  • You heard your favorite song on the radio
  • The barista made your latte perfectly
  • A stranger smiled and said, “Good morning”
  • A coworker complimented your work on a project
  • You had a good idea
  • I try to do it at least once a day to keep myself on track and moving forward. I find it helps boost my creativity and productivity.
  • Taking a few minutes during your day to list the good things that have happened will reduce your stress levels, spark new ideas, heighten productivity, and help you flow through your day with ease. It is a small investment of time that yields tremendous returns!

    Give it a try. I guarantee you will be glad you did.

    Until next time, have a happy healthy day!


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    Think Positive, Sleep Positive

    How many times has this happened to you, you get settled into to bed hoping for a good nights’ sleep only to lie awake thinking of your “to do” list, problems, and worries? “Monkey mind”, as it is often called, can wreck a nights’ sleep.

    Luckily, there is a way to stop monkey mind before it starts. Before bed, take a few moments to list the good things that you experienced during your day. Making this list allows you to focus your mind on positive thoughts. Focusing on the positive redirects your monkey mind away from your sleep stealing thoughts and puts you in a more relaxed state of mind. These peaceful happy thoughts can lead to better more restful sleep. In addition, focusing on the positive before bedtime ensures you wake up with a more positive mindset the following morning leading to a better more productive day.

    Tonight before going to bed:

    Your list could include things like:

    • Traffic was lighter than normal
    • Your kids did the dishes without being told
    • Your work meeting was productive
    • You received a compliment about your beautiful smile
    • You heard your favorite song on the radio
    • You achieved a personal best at the gym
    • The sun was shining
    • You saw someone do something kind for another person

    Or anything else you can think of that makes you feel good today.

    Give it a try for the next week and see how you feel.

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    Take a Few Minutes to Relax this Summer

    Summertime is full of fun activities: picnics, pool parties, days at the beach, and family vacations give us the opportunity to get outside, enjoy nature and spend time with love ones. But summer fun can also lead to stress. Make sure you take 10-15 minutes every day to sit back and relax without distractions. Try this quick meditation to chill out and get your “me-time” fix:


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    Road Trippin’ Nutrition

    Summer is here and that means, vacation time! If your summer vacation involves a road trip, you may be tempted to leave your good nutrition habits at home. But, with a little bit of preplanning you can have room in the car for your luggage and your nutritional goals.

    Here are a few tips to help you stay on track on the road.

    1. Pack a cooler – Between luggage, golf clubs, beach umbrellas, and the floaty unicorn, space in the car can be limited, but leaving space in the front seat for a small cooler let’s you pack quick and healthy snacks that are easy to eat in the car. Pack snack size bags of bell pepper slices, carrot sticks, broccoli, blueberries, apple slices, raw nuts, or any other healthy finger foods. Protein bars or shakes, beef/chicken jerky, or freeze dried soy beans are great ways to add protein. Don’t forget to include a few bottles of water as well. Packing a cooler not only keeps your nutrition on point, but you will save time and money by not stopping to eat at less than healthy roadside establishments. For some inspiration, check out my Road Trippin’ Trail Mix recipe.
    2. Make smart convenience store choices – Eventually you are going to have to stop for gas. Fuel station convenience stores are full of snack options, unfortunately most of them are loaded with fat, sugar, and preservatives, but with a small amount of effort you can find healthy and tasty options. Most stores have refrigerated sections where you can find protein shakes, yogurt, fruit bowls, and my favorite, string cheese! If you simply MUST have some “junk food” opt for baked chips/cheese puffs, pretzels, or plain popcorn. Avoid the pitfalls of sugary drinks by choosing bottled water (I like sparkling water for variety) or unsweetened tea/coffee.
    3. Eat out smart – Healthy snacks are only going to get you so far down the road. You are going to have to stop somewhere to eat a real meal. Whether it’s a fast food joint or a roadside cafe, look for the best possible option when it comes to your nutritional goals. Most places have a few different salad options, even if a “salad” consists of lettuce, 2 tomato wedges, a slice of cucumber, and shredded cheese, add some protein and your good to go. If possible pass up the greasy burger and go for a grilled chicken sandwich instead. While you’re at it, only eat 1/2 of the bun or skip it altogether. It’s best to live without the fries, but it is vacation so if you must, order a small size and share it with your car-mate.
    4. Make a list of healthy options – Before you leave for your trip, make a list of potential snacks and meals. Having a list of healthy options handy when you go into the convenience store makes it easier to avoid the temptation of hot dogs and Twinkies. Also, do some research to find out what restaurants are on your route and what their menus offer. Make an effort to schedule your meal breaks at the restaurants with the healthiest options.

    Your nutritional goals don’t have to stay at home when you go on vacation. With a little planning, you can make sure you have room for healthy habits and the unicorn floaty.

    Wherever you roam, have fun, be safe, and have a happy, healthy trip!


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    A Little Change is Good

    We all know what we SHOULD do to be healthy, fit, and at our best: we should eat 5-7 servings of fresh fruit and vegetables every day, we should get at least 30 minutes of physical activity daily, we should not smoke, we should avoid processed foods/trans fats/alcohol/sugar…

    But, let’s face it most of us have a vice or 2 (or more), that keep us from reaching the peak of our health and wellness. While many of these vices seem pretty harmless while we are doing them they can pose long term threats to our health. Yep, that burger and fries you ate this weekend will come back to haunt you in your 70s (or sooner). That is why it is important to get a handle on our bad habits as well as create new good habits.

    Slowly and mindfully is a great way to eat less, but it’s impact is limited if your “healthy routine” still consists of fast-food, beer, and 15 hour video game marathons.

    This week I am offering you a challenge. Pick one of your bad habits, just one, and over the next week take steps to change it.

    For example,

    • If you are a coach potato, make it your goal to go for a walk around your neighborhood every day this week. You can even start with 10 minutes if that is all you can handle.
    • If you never eat vegetables, start adding 1-2 servings of veggies to one of your meals daily.
    • If you are a smoker, cut the number of cigarettes/vapes you have by 5-10% this week.
    • If your an overeater, make a conscious effort to cut back on your portion sizes by 15-20% at each meal.
    • If you can’t make it through the day without 3-4 cups of coffee, replace 1 of them with a decaf.
    • If you regularly wake up Sunday morning with a raging hangover, cut back a drink or 2 the next Saturday.

    The point isn’t to completely stop your bad habit in one fell swoop, but rather to slowly ween yourself off of the bad habit and slip gently into a better one. Changing habits takes time and patience. Be kind to yourself and pat yourself on the back for each little bit of progress you make.

    The first few days of this may be rough and you may even feel a tad bit icky, but I promise as the week progresses you will start to feel better.

    Give it a try. What do you have to lose except your bad habits.


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    On Your Mark, Get Set, It’s Monday

    You can write down goals like:

    I am going to go to the gym 3x this week.

    I am going to eat vegetables with each meal.

    I am going to spend 10 minutes mediating every day.

    OR

    They can be things you want to manifest, such as:

    I am receiving $1500 unexpected income this week.

    I am going to get hired at my dream job.

    I am going to receive a cup of coffee from a stranger.

    For example,

    I am so proud of myself for going to the gym 3x this week. I feel strong and confident. I am thrilled that got hired at my dream job. I am excited to be starting in 2 weeks.

    You get the idea.

    Spend a few moments truly feeling the emotions behind your desires. Then put the list away until Saturday.

    If you recall your list during the week, take a minute or two to focus on the emotions of achieving your desire.

    If you accomplish/receive before Saturday say, “Thank You”.

    Otherwise, just go along in your week, be as happy and productive as you can.

    On Saturday, take the list out and see how you did.

    Leave your comments below to inspire others.

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    Have a happy, healthy day!!!


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    Do Something that Makes You Happy

    Take a walk, play with your kids, pet your cat, sing, dance, read a book, watch a movie, write a poem, meditate, or cook a nice dinner for yourself.

    Whatever it is, spend at least 10 minutes today doing something that brings you joy!

    No guilt, no judgement, just have fun!!!!


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    Meet Your True Self – A Meditation

    Ask a child what they want to be when they “grow up” and they are likely to give you a pretty detailed description of what career they want, what they want to have, and things they want to do. Children are blessed with the knowledge of who they are truly meant to be in this life. Children are in touch with their “True Self”.

    I can remember, as a child, having a very specific dream/plan for what my adult life was going to be like. While it is a little too much to go into here, suffice it to say most of my plans have yet to come to fruition. Sadly, as I grew up I began to listen to the voices that told me:

    • “You’re not smart enough to be…”
    • You’re not pretty enough.”
    • You’re too short.”
    • “Why would you want to go there?”
    • “That’s a silly dream. You need to give it up.”
    • “That is NOT what adults do!”
    • Blah, blah, blah……

    Unfortunately, that is how it goes for many of us. We give up the dreams of childhood for the logic and responsibility of adulthood. <insert sad face here>

    But what if you could get back in touch with some of those dreams and find a path to get back to your “True Self”?

    Today’s guided meditation, is intended to help you reconnect with your true self and your best life. This mediation can help guide you down the path to a more fulfilling career, improved relationships, better health, more happiness, and possibly even that unicorn you always wanted. Ok, maybe not the unicorn…

    As with any meditation, this is a tool to help you focus your thoughts on the positive. It is in no way intended to be the sole method you use to improve your current situation (that’s a fancy way of saying, if you’re sick seek medical attention and if you need money keep going to work, etc.)

    So, find a safe comfy place to sit back, relax and take some time for yourself:

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    Have a happy healthy day and don’t forget to LIKE us on Facebook.


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    Love Yourself, Reach Your Goals

    What goals did you set for yourself this year? Do you want to: run a marathon, lose 20 pounds, get a new job, find your soulmate, pay off your credit cards, or buy a new home?

    No matter what your goals are for 2019, you cannot expect to achieve them if you don’t believe you deserve them. Believing you deserve to make your goal a reality is a crucial step in reaching that goal and yet, I often find when working with clients it is missing from the goal setting equation!

    Believing you deserve to have, be, or do anything you want is about loving yourself enough to allow yourself to have, be, or do whatever it is you are wanting.

    If you do not love yourself, you will never have the power to press forward with your goal when the road gets rocky and challenges emerge. Instead, you will start to doubt yourself and your abilities and start believing the naysayers and negative Nancy’s’.

    See if this sounds familiar:

    “What was I thinking? I’ll never be able to lose weight. I don’t have the willpower.”

    OR

    ” Mom was right. Men don’t make passes at girls who wear glasses.”

    If you want to finally get on track to achieving your goals and stay on track you MUST start loving and believing in yourself!

    Here is a little exercise to get you started:

    • Find a mirror. Any mirror will work, it can be the mirror in your bathroom, a hand mirror, or the visor mirror in your car. If you can’t find a mirror “selfie mode”on your phone will work.
    • Look at yourself in the mirror. Look directly into your own eyes. For some of you, this may be uncomfortable. Take a breath and power through. You CAN do this.
    • While looking into your eyes, state out loud at least 10 things you LOVE about yourself. They can be anything; physical attributes, habits, behaviors, attitudes, accomplishments…

    “I love my soft silky hair.”

    “I love that I am a hard worker.”

    “I love that I am intelligent.”

    “I love that I finished my work project ahead of schedule and got compliments from my boss.”

    Be creative! Have fun! Enjoy the process. Allow yourself to feel good.

    Do this exercise every day for a month and take notice of how your life starts to shift and your goals get closer to reality. You will be glad you did!

    Let us know how the exercise worked for you, LIKE, us on Facebook and leave a message!

    Until next time, have a happy healthy day!