Top 5 Tips for Staying on Track

In the New Year we can get all excited about starting new habits, feeling happier, making choices that help us…

And we can easily fall off track. So, whether you made a New Year’s Resolution or just have a goal you’re reaching toward, here are my top five tips for staying on track.

1. Clear the Clutter

When reaching toward a goal – no matter what it is – you have to go about it systematically. Otherwise, you’ll probably find yourself back at square one pretty quickly. The first thing to do in any habit change or goal is to clear out the clutter. This gives you space for moving into the new thing. You can’t bring in a brand new couch if the old one is still there. It won’t work.

Clearing the clutter could mean removing physical stuff, clearing time on your calendar, removing old thought patterns, or even ridding yourself of destructive relationships. What do you need to let go of in order to move forward?

2.Make a Plan

You’ve probably have heard me say the quote by Benjamin Franklin that says,

“If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail.”

This is soooo true when we have goals of any kind – whether that’s to get healthier, lose weight, go to church more, or simply wear socks that match. Whatever it is it takes a plan to be successful.

3. Tell Someone Your Goal and Plan

Telling someone automatically gives you a sense of accountability. And when you tell someone it takes it out of your head and makes it real. This is really happening. I’m going to do this.

4. Get Accountability

Having someone hold you accountable can mean the difference between staying on track and possibly not even getting started. Or if you do get started, it’s a lot harder to follow through.

Accountability can come in the form of you and a friend working on a goal together, a loved one checking in on you regularly, or even a coach to guide you and cheer you on every step of the way.

5. Celebrate Your Successes

It’s so important to acknowledge the hard work you’re doing along the way. Even the small things! This comforts your brain that good things are happening even though changes are taking place (and changes usually freak our brains out). So, celebrate!

Maybe treat yourself to a spa treatment, go for a walk in the woods, call a friend, take a bubble bath, get a puppy! Whatever feels like celebration to you!

There are so many other tips I could give you to help you stay on track! If you want to know more, let me know!

Top Ways to Stay on Track During the Holidays

It’s so easy to “fall off the wagon” during the holidays. There are so many temptations, so much yummy food, so many fun opportunities…

So, how can we stay on track and still have fun and enjoy ourselves?

First, I might invite for us (me included) to change our perspective about “falling off the wagon.” It doesn’t have to be all or nothing. I don’t have to commit to avoid sweets 100% of the time and neither do you. What if we allowed ourselves to eat whatever we wanted 20% of the time? And then the other 80% we did our best to “stay on the wagon?” What would that feel like?

Let me break this down for you. If you ate as healthy as you can 80% of the time that means 17 of your meals a week would be “on the wagon.” Then, 4 of your meals each week you could eat whatever you wanted. And that’s not necessarily “off the wagon,” but rather chosen indulgences.

How does that feel?

For me, I like that a whole lot better than beating myself up for having pie 3 times in one day (maybe those are three of my four indulgences)!

God didn’t design us to be deprived all the time! He did design us to have self-control however. Choose and enjoy those indulgences!

So, here are a few tips to help you stay on track with this 80/20 lifestyle:

  1. Make a plan! This may be the most important tip ever! Benjamin Franklin said,

“If you fail to plan you are planning to fail.”

So, make a plan of what meals will be your indulgences and which ones you’re going to choose healthier options.

2. Get enough sleep. When we’re tired we are less able to follow through with good intentions. We just run through the nearest drive through or takeout because we’re too exhausted to cook. (Sound familiar, anyone? I know I’m guilty!)

3. Exercise. It’s a kind of fuel for your body. Plus, it will keep you focused and motivated to keep fueling your body with nourishing foods. Nobody wants to undo the hard work we’ve already done.

4. Take some time for yourself. When we allow ourselves time to rest, relax, and be rejuvenated then we will feel better and we’ll be more able to show up as our best self (and be able to resist the pie if that’s not an indulgence we chose).

5. Contribute to family and friend gatherings. Or, volunteer to be the host! Make or take a healthy dish or two to share with everyone. That way you’ll be able to control at least something that you’re eating.

I’d love to hear what you think about this perspective change and these tips! Comment below and let me know your thoughts and if there’s something you would add!

Need a Healthy Holiday Meal Plan?

So, I know we just had Thanksgiving!  But are you already thinking about food for Christmas dinner and parties and friends, and…?

Well, maybe you are and maybe you aren’t.  But either way, Christmas is going to be here before we know it!  And I want to help you be prepared to have a healthy holiday!

Well, part of cultivating health during the holidays requires more than well wishes.  It takes planning and cooperation!  (I recently taught a workshop on this topic and two sisters attended.  They said it was most helpful that they were there together!  They could plan and prepare with the things they learned from the workshop in mind!)  So, get your family and friends in on the planning.  The planning might even be the most important part!  The execution will just be following the plan!  Easy peasy!

So, what are some healthy options for a bountiful holiday meal?  I’m so glad you asked!  I have created an entire day of healthy recipes to take part of the stress of the holidays off of you!  Want a copy?

All you need to do is send me an email requesting a copy!  (And I’ll add you to my email list so you won’t miss out on any other amazingness!)

Here’s a sneak preview into what you’ll receive:

Recipes for Breakfast, Appetizers, Snacks, Lunch, Dinner, and Desserts!

One of my favorite is the Raw Chocolate Pomegranate Bark!  Hope you enjoy!!!

Is Fall the Season for Personal Change?

I’ve been reading many articles recently about people seeing fall as a second New Years. With school back in the routine, the weather beginning to shift, and the days growing shorter change is all around us.

Perhaps, it could be a time for personal renewal. A time for recommitting to goals or setting some new ones.

The 12 Week Year by Brian Moran states that goals that are set for a 12 week time frame have a higher success rate than goals set for an entire year. With about 12 weeks left in the year, maybe this is just the right time to step into a new or renewed goal.

So, what could that look like?

Maybe you want to lose some weight, take better care of yourself, eat healthier, get rid of some pain, do something good for your community, grow closer to Jesus….

Whatever your little heart desires!

So, how do you get started?

Well, start by choosing a goal. You want it to be reasonable, measurable, and achievable. And make sure to tell people about your goal. Don’t just keep it to yourself.

Then, decide why you want that goal. What’s the why underneath your why? That means dig deep to uncover what is the driving force behind this desire.

After that, MAKE. A. PLAN.

If you fail to plan, you plan to fail. Eek! Choose small steps that will help you reach your goal by the end of the time frame.  Then, put that plan in place! Work your plan!  Sounds simple enough right?  Well, what happens if I fall off track or lose momentum or willpower?

Great question! Return your mind to your why! Why did you decide to step into this goal? Why did you decide to do the hard work? This is where the why underneath your why is super powerful! Take a deep breath (or 100) and decide to step back into the game, step back into the plan. And pray!  Ask God to help you stick with it!

“So I say to you:  Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.”  Luke 11:9 (NIV)

Change doesn’t happen because it’s easy. There will always be hard choices, hard work, and dedication to make it to the end. But it’s not impossible! Especially if you commit your plan to God. He will order your steps to help you be successful.

“Put God in charge of your work, then what you’ve planned will take place.”  Proverbs 16:3 (MSG)

Need help in putting all this in place? Need help setting yourself up for inevitable success? I’m here for you! Let me know how I can help! And then, go get those goals!

Happy Fall New Year!!