Self-Care Tug of War

One of the things that factors into my personal definition of “living intentionally & fearlessly everyday” is making time for self-care.  But sometimes determining what forms of self-care are best can be very difficult.  When more than one thing feels “out of balance” or if there is more than one aspect of your life that […]

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Vacation & Physical Therapy: Where there’s a will, there’s a way!

Vacations are intended for relaxation. While that’s typically really good for mental & emotional recuperation, vacations can wreak havoc on your physical health goals. At least, if you don’t plan ahead. We recently took a vacation & despite planning ahead, I still found myself having to improvise in order to stick with my physical therapy routine. The experience did teach me a valuable lesson though: if it’s important enough, you can make it happen.

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Type A Accomplishments: Occasionally Bittersweet

Being a very goal-oriented person can be a double-edged sword. Especially if you aren’t in tune with the people around you. You can accomplish a lot. But, if you’re not careful, those accomplishments can come at a cost to your relationships. One of the biggest challenges for Type A people is to find balance between the need for accomplishment and relationships in their lives.

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Hobby: Preventing myself from eating everything in the house

Habits & hobbies can be detrimental & difficult to overcome when making a change. But, finding new hobbies can help fill the time of a previous bad habit. Sometimes those new hobbies can also come with the added bonus of a positive impact beyond the time spent on the hobby. When I started looking for new things to focus on, I managed to find a few new & fun hobbies that help me make better choices…. especially around the holidays when there’s SO much food everywhere.

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What you don’t know is holding you back

One extremely crucial aspect of making a lifestyle change or creating a new habit is taking an honest look at where you stand with regard to your knowledge & skill in order to make the change. And people will say “but that’s why I’m trying to create the new habit.” But really, if you consider the magnitude of what you’re trying to accomplish, it’s rarely just “one” habit. And if you continue with the mindset that it should “just” be one habit or one change, you neglect to acquire key knowledge & skill-sets that you’ll need in order to be successful.

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How to love a healthy lifestyle when you really hate it

It is so easy, delicious, and immediately rewarding to eat that cookie someone offered us or keep hanging out on the couch binge watching that show on Netflix. How do we convince ourselves that we really love that healthy lifestyle we’re always saying we want when our brain is saying “Just give in! It’s just one cookie!” or “We’ll exercise tomorrow.”

We are often our own worst enemies when it comes to making a personal change, such as losing weight. We’re so often putting ourselves at a serious disadvantage. Just by telling ourselves how hard things are or how much we hate them, we’re making things so much more difficult than they need to be. So how do we love that healthy lifestyle when our brain keeps telling us how much we should hate it?

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