Last week I discussed the root issue of not meeting your health and fitness goals due to having a negative mentality. This week, I am going to discuss the root issue of discomfort.
Here’s the thing, being unhealthy and overweight does not happen overnight. It is typically a long process of developing unhealthy habits and routines that we become comfortable and familiar with. When we start dieting and increasing our exercise, we rock this comfort boat we’ve been sitting in for far too long.
Let’s discuss the root issue of having a negative mentality. You have probably told yourself at least once that you need to be positive, stay positive, think positively or, even more likely, these words have passed your lips to be directed at someone else. Having a positive attitude has become an extremely popular phrase and key ingredient to success shared in the majority of if not every, self-help book. Knowing that we need to be positive is one thing, accomplishing it daily is another.
We have a tendency to be very positive on the outside yet very negative internally. I wonder if you put yourself down today, called yourself stupid / fat / ugly, or told yourself you couldn’t do something. If you desire to change, want more for yourself, or are looking to be more successful, you have to change your mentality first.
By Jennifer McGregor
How many times have you told yourself that you’re too busy for a healthy lifestyle? That between work, kids, and everything else on your plate, you simply don’t have time to spare?
No more excuses. No matter how busy you are, your health has to be a priority. Without health on your side, you’ll struggle to keep up with work, family, and life. You might get away with it for a few months or a few years, but bad habits always catch up with you.
I’m about to share with you the absolute BEST diet you could ever go on.
Before I tell you though, let’s discuss your previous experiences with dieting (yuck, a word I try to keep out of my vocabulary).
When was the last time you walked into a bookstore? Did you by any chance ever find yourself in the health and diet section? If you did, how quickly did you become overwhelmed with the following terms: Paleo, Keto, Military, Atkins, Alkaline, Intermittent Fasting, Whole 30, Carb Cycling, Carnivore, Vegetarian, Vegan, and Mediterranean? The number of diet books out there are innumerable and chances are, you have tried more than a few of them.
Grace and understanding, as a working parent with little sleep and a mountain of things stressing you out, you hope others give you these two things. The big question however, is are you giving them to yourself?
It can be so easy to get angry with yourself because you think you aren’t performing as well as you should be. You aren’t doing everything you can as a mom or dad, your could be better at work, you could take more work home, you do more for you spouse, do more around the house, spend more time with your pets, call your family and friends more, cook more… the list goes on and on.
You can do anything, but you can’t do everything. - David Allen
As a busy, working parent, finding time for yourself and your health can feel impossible. Back in 2016, I was a mom of a 2 year old toddler and a new baby; I was a teacher, wife, and working on my second Master’s degree. I was busy to say the least. During this time, fitness was not a priority. I wasn’t going to the gym, climbing the stairs at work was a serious struggle, and my food choices were based on convenience.As my energy levels started to plummet as well as my overall well-being, I knew I had to make a change. By this point, I knew what wasn’t going to work and wanted to find something that would. Here’s what I knew:
You may have read the title and thought, “really Court?” I know, meditation used to be an alien term for me as well that was only used and practiced by hippies and people that just had too much time on there hands. I encourage you to bare with me as I explain my journey and experience with meditation and invite you to give it a try.
As I stated, meditation was not something I was very interested in. That is, until I started reading self-help books and books that were focused on finding and creating success. Meditation kept popping up through these and what started as an eye-roll through these sections eventually turned into a raised eyebrow. I became curious. If all of these people were promoters of meditation, I might as well try it as well, right?
No, "unobnoxious" isn't a word. But it should be.
That being said, let's get to it. This week we are focusing on living in the moment and not living for the weekend or other breaks. One way to live more in the moment is to plan more fun things during the week. This includes date night.
Here's the thing, if you're like many, date night is typically cheat night and is also typically on the weekend.
This one is going out to my teachers. How many of you are reluctant to drink enough water during the day because of restroom issues? You want to drink plenty of water but you know that if you do, there is a consequence: you’ll have to pee.
How many of you see all over social media, your inbox, and the internet articles and posts by people including trainers claiming that they have the “secret” to all your fitness needs? All you have to do is pay x number of dollars and they’ll share this magical, eye-opening, life-changing “secret” with you.