3 Ways to Blast Past That Plateau

There are few more frustrating things than watching/feeling your hard-earned progress grind to an unexpected or just quiet stop.

After sending 700+ calories to their doom (WOOHOO!!!) the other day, I was suddenly thinking about times when working out regularly hasn’t come so easily.

As with anything in life, I think it’s natural for there to be an ebb and flow.

I mean, really — how many times can you walk or run that same route without starting to check out a la boredom or itch to do something different?

For anyone out there who has hit a plateau or just feels burned out, I thought I’d share 3 ways to crush that plateau or boredom streak and get back on track. Continue reading “3 Ways to Blast Past That Plateau”

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?

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Want to Kiss Your Day Job Goodbye and Work From Home? Here’s How I Did It.

I used to work a day job. I would slide out of bed every morning like a limp noodle with bed head that would make a rooster jealous.

I would shuffle my way to the coffee pot (or more accurately, to a 2-liter of Dr. Pepper) slumped over and getting ready for yet ANOTHER day of building someone else’s dream.

GREAT! That’s exactly what we all WANT to do with our lives, right? Continue reading “Want to Kiss Your Day Job Goodbye and Work From Home? Here’s How I Did It.”

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?”

Busy Butterflies – Finding Inner Peace In A Crazy World

When I hear the word “meditation,” I think of sitting uncomfortably while my thoughts swarm around in my head unbidden, like a rabble of fanciful butterflies.

Don’t get me wrong, I love butterflies but when I’m trying to slow my thoughts and focus? Not so much.

Is it so surprising, then, that the typical form of meditation is one areas of mental wellbeing that I have not exactly explored? I think not.

However, I am the first person who will admit that your mental wellbeing and physical wellbeing are equally important and probably pretty inextricably linked. Continue reading “Busy Butterflies — Finding Inner Peace In A Crazy World”

Warriors, Bottlers and Turtles

If you’ve been following me for any length of time, I think you’ve probably gleaned that I am an optimist. I always have this idea that things are going to work out, and MOST of the time I can find positives in situations that others would perceive as inherently negative.

When it comes to dealing with very personal painful experiences though, I tend to lose my optimistic view. It’s as if I’ve taken off my prescription glasses; my vision becomes fuzzy, I can’t make sense of things and I stumble all over the place.

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Do You Want to Improve Yourself?

When I ask you that, I’m not asking about getting your six-pack to show, feeling less exhausted all the time, or being a better writer/firefighter/senator.

No. I’m asking: Do you want to be better, think better, live with more purpose?

If you’re completely content with where you are in life right now and you don’t feel the need to grow any further, this post is not for you. You don’t need to read any further.

However, if you’re anything like me, and you feel that hunger to keep growing as a person, and to keep striving to reach your full potential, this one’s for you.

Before I share some awesome things with you about learning to do just that, I want to take a moment to share a story with you.

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