Stay the Course

Today,  as I was trying to do 10 things at once because I had a day off and wanted to accomplish everything, I realize how easy it is to fall off course and accomplish nothing! No matter if it’s with your diet, household chores, your business, or any other part of your life… many people have a tendency to let things send them off on a detour.

Sometimes, it may be because we try to get too many things accomplished at once. We are, as a society, multitask oriented.  We even raise our children to be involved in multiple activities which often times conflict with each other and our schedules!

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Sometimes, we get distracted by something we discover.  For instance, today I was cleaning out the guest bedroom and happened upon some old business cards… I got to wondering where are these people today? What did I do? I got right on social media  and started to search for them. Before I knew it, 15 minutes had gone by and I hadn’t found anything out about them and was now 15 minutes behind in my schedule to get the room cleaned up and get my daughter from school on time!

Other times we get off course with things such as a diet or exercise. We tell ourselves there’s a great show on TV and missing one day of walking won’t really matter!  Or boy that piece of chocolate cake looks really good, one piece won’t really matter.   And you know what?   Missing just one won’t really matter except often one time or one piece turns into many more   I speak from experience, I have lost the same 6 pounds each month for the last six months!

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Many things in life  that are truly important  require persistence and effort.  They require a commitment!    To help you stay on course in your life no matter what it is you’re trying to accomplish, Try these helpful tips:

  1. Remember the WHY, that got you started doing what you are doing.  What was it that made you decide that this was important for you to do? Focus on that.
  2. Each day before you go to bed take five minutes and write down a plan for the three most important things you need to get done the next day.
  3. Set aside a specific time to get those things done and do not let distractions get in the way. If that means locking yourself in the bathroom to get away from the dog and the kids, then do it!

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Heart Healthy Walking Challenge

So, with February being the month we pay homage to our ❤️, we thought it would be a great time to put up our first challenge!

According to the CDC, heart disease is the leading cause of death in both men and women. We want to help fight against this statistic by challenging you to walk every day in February!

According to several healthcare professionals we’ve spoken with, you should aim to walk 10,000 steps a day to reduce your risk of heart disease and get more fit. Unfortunately, most of us don’t even take more than 4,000 steps a day. (I only average about 5,500 a day) We think we can do better than this!

BEFORE STARTING ANY NEW EXERCISE ROUTINE, PLEASE CHECK WITH YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER.

  1. Once you are cleared for this challenge, get a step tracker. I use the free tracker in my phone and the free app MyFitnessPal to keep track of my calories and steps. Tess uses her FitBit. There are many other options in the market place though so pick what works best for you.
  2. Use a tape measure to record your waist, hip, and thigh measurements. (Keep it somewhere safe)
  3. On February 1st, 2016, start walking every day with your tracker. Walk with a purpose, like you have somewhere important to be. 10,000 steps is about 5 miles or 9 kilometers. You don’t have to do all of it at one time. I usually do mine in 20 minute bursts.  
  4. Let us know how you are doing each day by taking a picture of your tracker and sending to us. Also, add your daily total in a comment for this post. We will be adding ours too.
  5. At the end of February, we will award a small sampler prize pack to the top people in the following categories:
    • Most Steps overall
    • Most improved step count
    • Most inches lost (yep, break out those tape measures again!)

REMEMBER TO DRINK TO STAY HYDRATED. APPROXIMATELY HALF YOUR BODYWEIGHT IN OUNCES. EXAMPLE: I weigh 176lbs so I should drink about 88oz of water each day.

      Have fun!