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Do You Make New Year’s Resolutions?

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I think it is funny that some people are so opinionated about New Year’s Resolutions.  They are absolutely against them and will either tear into a rant or they make them every year.  There are very few people sitting in the middle.  

 

According to Google, a resolution is simply;

  •  a firm decision to do or not to do something.

“she kept her resolution not to see Anne anymore”

  •  the action of solving a problem, dispute, or contentious matter.

“the peaceful resolution of all disputes”

Why are so many people so upset about that?  After all, it’s just a decision, isn’t it?  

Maybe it’s not the resolution part, perhaps is the New Year’s part.  

Again, according to Google, a new year is;

  • New Year is the time at which a new calendar year begins and the calendar's year count increments by one. Many cultures celebrate the event in some manner and the 1st day of January is often marked as a national holiday.

I don’t know about you, but this seems pretty harmless.

I know, it’s the fact that these two things are put together like peanut butter and jam, and salt and pepper.

Ok, Google, what do you say this time?

  • A New Year's resolution is a tradition, most common in the Western Hemisphere but also found in the Eastern Hemisphere, in which a person resolves to change an undesired trait or behavior, to accomplish a personal goal or otherwise improve their life.

I still don’t get it.  It still seems harmless.  It still doesn’t warrant the extremes, in my opinion.  The Babylonians started making them 4000 years ago. Yes, I know “where are they now?” ok, they are gone, were conquered, but they managed to survive for 300 years, not too shabby.  

Maybe it has to do with making a goal and planning to stick with it.  After all most people don’t set goals at any time.  As a matter of fact, cue Google;

  • According to the best research, less than 3 percent of Americans have written goals, and less than 1 percent review and rewrite their goals on a daily basis.

Woah!!!

I really had no idea that the goal of making goals, was so small.  I think I finally get it.  People don’t want other people to make goals because if they make a goal and actually succeed, then the other people will look bad.

Yup, that seems to fit the bill.  Unfortunately, people are generally jealous creatures.  They would love to truly be happy for you when you succeed, but unfortunately, they are not.  If you actually become “more” than them, most people will actually have a very negative reaction.

Sad but true.  We try to pretend that we are not jealous, but then we offer our friend who is trying hard to lose weight, a dessert.  When our co-worker gets a new car, we won’t even talk about it.  When your friend gets a promotion or a new job, we criticize them for not spending enough time with us.  

We have talked about this before.  

The Root of Failure is Comparison

Are They Your Cheerleaders or Secret Haters?

If you have actually chosen to make some new goals, resolutions, plans for change, I am here to say: good for you.  You are unique and are planning a break out year.  I think that is great.  Just be cautious who you choose to share your goals with.  The numbers don’t lie, most people don’t make goals and so they don’t know how to be supportive when you are crushing yours and making this your best year yet.

We are here for you.  We are kicking it up this year ourselves.  Check out our Facebook page for some upcoming changes that are going to make 2018 or most powerful year yet.

So, here’s to New Year’s Resolutions!!  Make them and crush them!  Call them whatever works for you, but just do it.

 

Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

Why Stress Messes With Your Poop

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Poop is a subject that either leads to uncontrollable fits of the giggles or old people conversations and about color, texture, and frequency.  

Either way, what the heck?

We all have stress.  We all poop.  Why is talking about the correlation such a funny topic?  I don’t know, it just is.  What we don’t do is try to understand how important handling our own personal waste is.  And this is just one more thing that goes to show you how toxic stress is on our bodies.

It is just poop.  But, learning what our waste says about how healthy our tummies are is important.  So get the giggles out, don’t turn this into your grandpa’s Sunday dinner conversation either, learn how to manage your stress and it will help your ‘movement.’

 

Why Stress Messes With Your Poop

Are You Struggling With Motivation?

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People struggle with motivation all the time.  Motivation actually changes daily and even hourly or can even change in a flash.  You get yourself all set to do something and then one little text, email, even a song, smell can totally change your direction.  Sometimes for the good, sometimes for the bad.

Have you ever had that happen?

Of course you have.  We all have.  But what you do with that is the big issue.  Generally we can talk ourselves into positive motivation.  Negative motivation seems to have its own engine and speeds up as it rolls.  Sometimes moving so fast that you become completely derailed from the plan.  Guess what?  This makes you human.

Sometimes we think we are the only people out there struggling with ‘whatever’.  That is totally not true.  As much as we would like to think we are unique, we are not as unique as we would like to think.  Our situation may be unique, but, we all deal with a lot of the same things.

Something that I have learned when I have studied motivation is that we all have slightly different ways get and stay motivated.  There are really only a few different types of things that motivate us, there is always a twist that makes ours unique, but generally, a few types.

One big motivation I have come to realize is that in general, people move away from pain more than they move toward something great.

Think about that, think about yourself, does this apply to you?  I be it does.  Maybe not all the time, but most times it is true.

Why?

Well, in my opinion, I think it’s because we have all experienced pain. We know what it feels like to lose something or someone.  We know what hurt feels like.  Both emotionally and physically.  We can relate on a personal basis without much imagination needed.  But when we look to moving toward something, we really don’t know what it will be like.  We know what we are ready to move away from.  What we want to avoid, but we really can’t imagine what the good at the end of the tunnel really looks like.  We can try to imagine.  We can form a hope of what it will be like.  We can see what others in that ‘good place’ look like.  But, again, it is just our imagination, hopes and dreams of what it will be like for us.

This kind of sucks doesn’t it.  Well, yes it does.  Sorry!

We lose motivation because we lose the vision of what it will look like when we reach our goal.  The road to our goal is not straightforward, so we tend to get lost, a little distracted and then sometimes even move our goal.  We are working toward something that can at times feel like a fantasy.  We sometimes work so long toward that goal, that we forget what we are really working toward.

So what do we do with this?  

  1. We pull up our sassy pants, and get right back at it.  The goal is still there.  It hasn’t moved.  We still want ‘that’ thing.  We just got a little lost.
  2. Revisit the pain point you are travelling from.  Sometimes we need to look at why we started on this journey to get us moving in the right direction.
  3. Set up a new plan to achieve our goal.  If you have strayed away from the path, maybe its because your plan was not realistic.
  4. Refocus on what it is you really want.  Make sure what you are working toward is really what you want.
  5. Find an accountability partner to keep you moving in the right direction.
  6. Plan little celebrations as you hit smaller achievable goals.  Rewarding yourself along your journey goes a long way to keep you motivated.

Motivation is a really difficult thing to keep positive all the time, so do what you can.  Realize that you are worth the work.  You can do it.  We believe in you!

 

Desire is the key to motivation, but it's determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal – a commitment to excellence – that will enable you to attain the success you seek.- Mario Andretti

 

Diet or Exercise: Which is Better for Weight Loss?

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I don’t even know why people debate this subject.  Well, actually I do,

people always seems to look for the easy way to do things.  

It isn’t really about work smarter than harder, it is that in order for a person to lose weight, they are going to have to make changes in their world and in general, people don’t like to do that.

I get it, change is hard.  So?  What is wrong with hard?  Why is it that we complain and look for the easy way out if the solution we are looking for is hard?

It’s because we are humans.  That is it.  It is human nature and if you want to do it any other way, you truly are different and you should give yourself a pat on the back.

The end result of this study shouldn’t be shocking, it takes both diet and exercise to get the best results.  So, pull up your leggings, fill your water bottle, get your music going, purge your junk food cupboard, and do what it takes to get the results that you really want.

 

Read the article and see for yourself, why it takes both diet plus exercise and then just do it.

 

Diet or Exercise?