Do you have dreams? Do you set goals for yourself? Fitness and financial? Short-term and long-term? Goals are an important part of every person's life, but setting them is just part of it. If you don't act on those goals and get them in writing, then that is just what they will stay . . . dreams.
In order to make those dreams a reality, I encourage you to write them down into achievable goals with some short-term and some long-term. If you only have long-term goals, it is easy to be discourage when you don't see results immediately and give up. Setting a weight loss goal of 50 pounds is a great long-term goal if that is what you need to lose but make your short-term goal be 10 pounds in two months as this is a very attainable goal and possibly even something that can be done healthy in less than two months so when you actually get there, you can celebrate!
I also encourage you to share your goals with one to two friends who can hold you accountable, or if you feel so inspired share on your Social Media and help others commit to their own fitness or weight loss goals. Working together to keep each other focused on our goals can be a fun and exciting part of our every day activities.
I recently finished my 90-Day Fitness Challenge and feel great! I feel healthy and in the best shape I have been in years, but completing my 90-Day Fitness Challenge doesn't mean I stop there. I have already decided my next challenge and know it will help me stay active and focus towards my health goals. Life is full of uncompleted goals just waiting to be fulfilled. What are you waiting for?
Challenge yourself . . .
Do you feel like you are in a funk? Waking up doing the same old thing? Not motivated to do anything? Then I challenge you to set a goal for yourself! It can be a short-term goal, a long-term goal, or both and make it for fitness and personal development!
Setting both short-term and long-term goals are good because it is a feeling of accomplishment when you reach that short-term goal, but you still have your long-term goal to strive for. Your goals could be as simple as cutting back on soda intake if you consumed a lot of soft drinks. You could take a walk for 15 minutes, spend some time reading a good book on personal development, or wake up each morning and do some stretches. The important thing to remember is if you aren't currently doing anything, any of these small changes can help you get motivated to doing something!
I recently completed my 30-day Fitness Challenge where I walked 300,000 steps in less than 30 days. Now I am starting my 90-day Fitness Challenge and will be walking a Half Marathon in 12 weeks. This goal I have set gets me excited for each day's challenge and what I have to do. Is it going to be tough? Sure . . . it is pushing me outside my current fitness comfort level, but I have a great walking plan that makes me excited to tackle each day head on and know I will succeed!
So, what about you? What's stopping you? I recently read a quote in a book I am reading, The Compound Effect, by Darren Hardy that said, "In essence, you make your choices, and then your choices make you." So true! Every choice you make will ultimately effect you in some way down the road. Only you can change the choices you have made. Let's get out there and make it happen! Good luck and if you need someone to help to hold you accountable, put your challenge here or message me and I'll help you stay on track.
Going hand and hand with fitness for your body is working your brain! We have so many activities in our lifestyle these days that do not help us with keeping our brain sharp, but we can make some simple changes in our life can help keep our brain active and aware well into our golden years.
Research shows that memory loss may start as early as age 45 in both men and women. Being 51, this greatly concerns me! How many times have you walked into a room to get something and forgot what you were going to get? I know this happens to me frequently, and I am working to get focused more and develop a routine to working out my brain.
In addition to taking my organic food supplements, here are some tips I found that can help you keep your brain focused and sharp:
1) Pick Up a Book. Reading is so beneficial for your brain! Whether it be for personal development or for pleasure, picking up a good book or even reading it on your table can get your brain working. My goal is to read one book for personal or spiritual development and one book for fun each month. It really doesn't matter if you read for enjoyment or personal growth, just make sure you read!!
2) Complete a Puzzle. Keeping your focus to finish a puzzle these days is challenging!! I can't remember the last time I did a puzzle, but I recently saw a good friend of mine, Taline Manassian, posting on Facebook that she completed a puzzle and it made me want to do one. If you have kiddos, this is great family bonding as well and will keep them busy on those cold weekend days when they can't get out.
3) Word of the Day. Learning new words is great to keep your brain working. There are programs you can sign up for to receive a new word each day. Merriam-Webster word of the day has such a program if you are interested in looking into this.
4) Memorize Mobile Numbers. How many phone numbers do you have memorized? I have hundreds of numbers in my cell phone, but there are only two numbers I have memorized . . . mine and my husband's! How easy it is to let technology handle all our information. What if that phone was lost or destroyed? I hope to at least commit to memory phone numbers for my family and good friends and hope you will consider joining me.
5) Video Games. While I know some of you are saying . . . NO . . . video games that actually work your motor skills and make you use your brain can be very beneficial. Take for instances Words with Friends that is essentially Scrabble online. This game helps me learn new words and create words from tiles that keep me actively using my brain. Another game that is good is Tetris which my husband just got me interested in. It keeps your motor skills working fast as well as decision-making skills to keep your brain sharp!
While these are just a couple of ideas, there are numerous other ways to keep your brain sharp and active! Just look online and you can find many activities that will keep your mind working and developing.
Are you tired of feeling tired? I heard that question just the other day and thought how appropriate. Since turning 50 in 2010, I have done a lot of thinking (maybe that is what we all do when we get to that age) about the direction of my life and where I was heading.
I know that I was trying to be better about what I was eating and doing some sort of exercising, but I wasn't really focused on accomplishing that all the time. Since my birthday in August of this year, I had committed to walking four miles a day (two in the morning and two in the afternoon). I also committed to eating smaller portions as opposed to the "biggy size" that the fast food restaurants seem to push on you every time you order something (not that I eat that much fast food anymore!). Small changes in our lifestyle can make huge differences in how we feel.
I have also recently started taking organic vitamin supplement products. While I have only been on them for two weeks, I know that I can already tell a difference between how my energy level was and how I feel now. I can't wait to see how I feel in two months! Another benefit I am already noticing is that I am sleeping better and while I am not sleeping as many hours, I find myself rested and ready for the new day.
I have to admit, I was skeptical when first hearing about the supplements, but after hearing the testimony of others and doing research on my own, I jumped onboard and I am so glad I did! If you have any interest in hearing about these whole food supplements, please contact me personally at Reynetta@reyofsunshine.com. I hope to hear from you so we can travel this health journey together!