Sunday, January 25, 2015

Mindset & Attitude

I posted this picture yesterday on Facebook but felt like it was worth blogging about because I think this statement has so much truth. 

You have the power to choose how you feel. For the longest time, I let other people control how I felt. I focused on how they spoke to me or treated me and it really bothered me. Why are they snapping at me? What did I do?  I always approached the matter like "treat others how you want to be treated" because to me that was common sense and I assumed that people did the same. Wrong. People will treat you how they feel like treating you and it's not your fault. Ever. Only recently have I focused on the truth of the matter - how they treat me is a reflection on them not on me. And Secondly, I have no power to change someone else so why waste the energy? The only power I have is to change my own attitude, which brings me to my next point...

You can focus on the bad or you can focus on the good. It's a choice. I can dwell on how something went wrong that day for hours on end but unless I take a lesson from it, it does me absolutely no good. The trick is to control how long you let the problem digest in your system. Take what you can from it, and then let it go. Not just pretend to let it go, but really let it go. Tomorrow is a new day which brings new opportunities for things to go right.

Taking control of your attitude and your mindset can be a really difficult thing to do but I believe it's so worth it! I have not mastered it by any means but I am always trying to move in that direction. 

Do you have any tips or tricks for keeping your attitude and mindset in the right spot? Please share! 

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Life Balance

So, I took a career assessment test today for fun. I never know how accurate those tests are really but I find them fun and I lose 5 min of my day, so what?! ;) Sometimes the results are way out there but occasionally I have found that if I answer the questions honestly, some of the results do make sense to me.

Like this one from today for example: 

You are a listener.
Your strong work ethic, devotion and perception are valuable traits. And your commonsense perspective and down-to-earth approach to problems will be greatly appreciated in a variety of fields.
"Choose a career that allows you to use your accuracy and service-minded nature to get daily results"

I can easily see how this applies to my personality. Now where is the test to find out exactly what I should be doing with my life...hmm

I've been thinking a lot lately about the concept of life balance. I know that I used to have that (although in the moment I did always feel like I did) and how I somehow lost it. It was like one day I woke up in a size bigger pants, sluggish, not consistently working out and wondering, "what the heck happened?" I think a lot of it was going through a major change in my life. I got my first real full time job in a field that I was not prepared for in any way. I was stressed out. I was tired a lot. I chose convenience over health. I was working 45-50 hours per week (which I still do some days) and let's just be honest, sometimes it's hard work to achieve that balance.

There is no real excuse to not take care of myself and sometimes its hard to face your own faults but I think it's best to just own up to it and feel happy knowing that I am not stuck. I am not helpless. I am relentlessly taking control back. I am moving forward and not looking back.

You have to decide what matters to you most in life and non-apologetically go for it. Life is way too short to not be living how you want to live your life. I am starting to write out my plans moving forward and I am excited to feel motivated again! Be prepared to see a lot more accountability posts. and a lot of rants/tangents :)

How do you get yourself back on track?

Do you have trouble balancing life/work/school/family/boyfriend?

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Run or Dye & Stay Accountable

Have you ever wanted people to throw gobs of dye at you while you are running a 5k? Then you must sign up for a Run Or Dye event!

I did one with my friend Evelyn and it was crazy fun. I never thought I'd actually enjoy getting paint thrown at me.
But clearly I had a good time.
I think running with friends always makes everything better anyway. 

Would I do one again? Definitely. I was really grateful to have someone else drive us home though. I don't think I would have liked to drive home with all of that dye on me.

Accountability is one of the hardest yet most important facets of sticking to a workout or diet plan. Someone e-mailed me recently asking me if I had any tips or tricks for staying accountable so here's a few tips:

1. Write down your goals, don't just think them 
Putting goals on paper makes them more real than if they are just ideas in your head. Once you have the goal(s) written, write down the steps you'll need to get there. Focus on achieving one step at a time.

2. Have an accountability partner 
Maybe your hubby or one of your best girlfriends. Knowing that someone is going to check in on you may help you stay on track. A strong support system is such a blessing! If you have one, don't ever lose sight of that. 

3. Plan and prepare
Make an effort to be proactive about your goals. Set out your gym clothes the night before. Prep your meals for the week on Sundays. Throw out the junk food in your house. Write down your workouts ahead of time. There are so many ways that you can do a few little extra things that take MINUTES to help keep you on track!

3. Use your phone
We may so much money for these darn things, might as well use them to help us stay accountable as well! There are so many fitness/diet apps out there now and many of them are free! Maybe you could make it a goal to record your meals for a week using your phone.

4. Surround yourself with positive 
Keep the attitude around you positive whether it be with positive people, music, motivational books, inspirational Facebook pages, anything that will keep you in a positive mindset. Good mood = much more likely to stick to your goals. Bad mood = greater chance you'll throw in the towel

**If you aren't that open or don't feel as though you have someone close enough to open up with, e-mail me. I would absolutely love to help you reach your goals. 

Anything I missed?
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