set up for success

Here are 4 steps to set yourself up for success this week!

  1. Get rid of cookies, chips, sodas and any junk food in the house. If it’s there, it’s a temptation. Set yourself up for success by eliminating food triggers.
  1. Make exercise a habit.  Taking care of your health means putting yourself first…not after the kids, work and your spouse.  FIRST!  Now, I realize that’s super tough, especially with young children that constantly need you, deadlines at work, or household chores that cannot be put off any longer.  But when you have sick days – when you have a cold or flu – you are forced to take a break.  Schedule at least three times a week when you can focus on YOU and any type of exercise you can fit into your busy schedule, whether it’s walking, swimming, biking or taking a fitness class.  The more you exercise, the less sick days you have, the more you want to eat better and the healthier you’ll be! Getting your heart rate up releases “feel good” hormones in your body, so you’ll be happier too!  Set yourself up for success by scheduling a workout at least three times a week.

  1. Find the thing you love to do and do it more often! Whether it’s painting, yoga, coffee with friends or just reading the paper – write it in your schedule this week! Research shows that when we are doing something we love, our blood pressure drops and our mood is elevated.  It might seem selfish to schedule girl-time, but weeks or months will pass and you’ll miss out on catching up with friends, creating something fabulous, or just having fun!
  1. Choose happiness. While we cannot always determine what is going to happen to us on any given day, we can reset our bad days and bad moods by changing our physiology. Set the alarm on your phone to go off mid-day, reminding you to sit up tall and put a smile on your face. Sometimes, it’s the little things that create the biggest change. We tend to slump when we are tired or rushing.  Check your body alignment at least once a day and don’t forget to smile!  My husband and I went to lunch and I put on a nice dress and of course, it started pouring!  At first I was worried that the rain would ruin my dress when I stepped out of the car, but I changed my mindset and remembered back when I was a kid. My friends and I used to run around in the rain and have so much fun! So, I changed my mindset, took a deep breath, forced a smile on my face and ran out in the rain, dodging the puddles, smiling inside that I could still play in the rain!

Set yourself up for success with these four steps.  Plan ahead and pray for rain!

 

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