Why Does Fear Hold Us Back?

Oh fear. How I loathe thee.

If I had a nickel for every time I’ve hesitated to follow my instincts for fear of someone else’s (gulp!) judgment, I’d probably be a wealthy lady indeed.

Granted, I used to struggle with fear far more until a few years ago, but still — it’s aggravating even fathoming how many good, true-to-one’s-self decisions have likely been derailed by fear. Continue reading “Why Does Fear Hold Us Back?”

Five Sanity and Confidence Boosters for Moms

As a mom, it’s easy to get so swept up in taking care of everyone else that it’s easy to lose sight of taking care of YOU!

A wise person once told me, “You’re the only person who can take care of YOU. Don’t wait for someone else to do it.” (Thank you, Dad!)

So, to all the moms out there, let’s take a moment to first and foremost recognize your amazingness.

There’s no easy manual or set path for how to juggle all the demands mommyhood places on you, and yet, somehow you make those dollars stretch, feed those mouths, bandage the booboos, feed the pets, take care of your partner, vacuum the house, and somehow make it into bed before falling asleep on your feet.

If I asked you to tell me the last time you carved out time for yourself, would you have an answer that included some time in the past 6 months?

Now, I’m not gonna suggest you take off to Tahiti for a few weeks (unless you can, in which case, YES!! DO IT!!)

I am going to encourage you to at least consider what I lovingly call my Sanity Keepers. Continue reading “Five Sanity and Confidence Boosters for Moms”

Kick That Sugar Habit to the Curb!

Sugar.

Plain ole sugar. It’s not an evil thing designed to chauffeur us to our ruin. In the purest sense, it grows as canes or beets, which are harvested, processed and end up as refined sugars.

We’re so good at committing to a workout regimen and to making positive changes in our lives. Why oh why, then, is sugar one of the habits that’s hardest to kick? Continue reading “Kick That Sugar Habit to the Curb!”

MMA Training At Home – Get Shredded In 60 Days

Have you ever seen a UFC fight? I know for some it may be a bit too violent for your liking….I get that. However, I can’t help but take notice and appreciate how STRONG they look and the mental fortitude they must have to be willing to step in a ring with another competitor and duke it out for the championship.

I mean….WOW!

You may not believe it or perhaps you’re just not aware but there are many benefits to practicing MMA. In today’s post, I want to shed some light on those benefits and share how you can begin practicing right in the comfort and privacy of your home.

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Super Delicious, Simple (and Healthy!) Chicken Chili

While winter doesn’t exactly tend to hit us all that hard where we live, I know a good deal of y’all are dealing with yet another round of snow.

Even though spring’s around the corner, I thought I’d put a little encouragement out there for makin’ it through this last stretch of bitter coldness.

When it’s frigid outside, I know my first inclination is to reach for hearty, filling, warm-me-to-my-bones food. Unfortunately, a lot of that said same food is the type that can also stick to your ribs like my mama’s good-home cooking.

Since I got some awesome feedback from the chicken casserole recipe I posted a few weeks ago, I thought this would be an opportune time to also send another hearty yet healthy recipe your way.

Want a dish that’ll please everyone and that’ll be ready in an hour with minimal prep time? Here you go! Continue reading “Super Delicious, Simple (and Healthy!) Chicken Chili”

How to Avoid the Boredom Fitness Pitfall and Keep Losing Inches

I’ve heard some variation of “I can’t run on a treadmill or workout on an elliptical because I just get so BORED!” soooo many times. Heck, I’ve been there myself! 

Maybe you can relate?

Continue reading “How to Avoid the Boredom Fitness Pitfall and Keep Losing Inches”

Is This One Thing Holding You Back From True Happiness and Total Fulfillment?

While talking with a friend recently, she was down and out. Frustrated that she had been working so hard to accomplish a specific goal, she just couldn’t understand why she wasn’t making progress.

I listened to her talk/vent for a while, giving her a chance to diffuse some frustration. As I began asking questions, something interesting happened. Her answers became more about other people than herself.

It wasn’t that she was making excuses for herself, but she was comparing herself to others and questioning why she wasn’t getting the results THEY were getting. She actually was making progress but because she was comparing herself to others and expecting to get the same results, she couldn’t even see it.

Have you ever been there? I know I have.  Continue reading “Is This One Thing Holding You Back From True Happiness and Total Fulfillment?”

Excuses Part Deux

We’ve talked about excuses, but in this next installment, I’d like to propose that we consider whether procrastination isn’t truly the biggest doozy of them all.

One of the things I know I struggle with is the tendency toward procrastination when something comes my way that I don’t know how to handle.

When the answer/next action isn’t clear, I tend to set the thing aside thinking, “I’ll come back to that,” but end up continually putting it off and feeling less and less confident about eventually tackling the thing.

At the moment, I’m fairly certain that overcoming procrastination will indeed help me be a better person, friend, partner, family member. I’m also pretty convinced that my productivity, self-worth and sanity will increase exponentially as well once that’s happened. Continue reading “Excuses Part Deux”

The Clock Is Ticking: 5 Time Management Tips

When someone says, “precious resources,” I think things like water or precious metals and gems naturally come to mind. But what about our time and energy?

When I realized that an hour is less than 5% of my day, I also realized that I no longer had a valid excuse for not carving out that time for myself. If I couldn’t give myself LESS THAN 5% of my own time… I mean, really? What am I, chopped liver?!?

With that in mind, I decided to figure out how I was spending/squandering my precious time and energy. #worksmarternotharder  Here are a few tips that have been instrumental for me in whipping my time management skills into shape: Continue reading “The Clock Is Ticking: 5 Time Management Tips”

The Law of Criticism: 4 Ways To Manage Criticism

If there were a “Most Popular” category for questions I’ve received from my clients, today’s topic would with out a doubt be at the top of the list.

Here is a recent comment from one of my super star clients about how she is being criticized:

I have been accused of being obsessed a lot lately and it was starting to get to me. I am so not skinny. Thinner than I was 11 months ago, but far from skinny.

And skinny is not my goal. A healthy body is my goal.

My fitness is my personal journey so I don’t really talk about it except with you guys because I love y’all. But when folks notice the change in my body, they ask me how I did it.

Sadly, many times that I share my healthy eating, calorie watching, water drinking, workouts with them…they think it’s too much. Therefore, I’m obsessed.

Wow. Right? Here she is doing something to better herself. People are asking her how she does it. And yet she’s being criticized for it. Continue reading “The Law of Criticism: 4 Ways To Manage Criticism”