Wednesday, August 31, 2016
Are you All Talk and NO Action?
We have all had at least one person in our lives that
always complains but, never does anything about it. If Honestly, we are probably all guilty of it in some way, shape, or form
as well. How many times have you heard or even said something like,
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“I am so overweight and out of shape. I need to do something.”
“I should really eat better and workout.” “If only I had the
time to workout.”
“I’m so tired of my clothes not fitting.”“I wish I looked like I did years ago.”“That’s it. Tomorrow I am going to start exercising
and eat better.”We could go on and
on with the examples. Why do we do this? Why do we just talk about it and never actually do something about it? The reasons/excuses
are endless. One would bet though that the majority of the time, it is because people are lazy and/or don’t make it
a true priority. If someone truly thought that eating healthy and exercising were important to their quality of life, they
would make the time and put in the effort. What can we do to change? There are many things you can do, but let’s take
a look at a few.· Decide. Make the decision that this is it and mean it. Get up off your behind and go take a walk.
Do 25 jumping jacks, push ups, squats. Yes. Right now! Get up and do some sort of activity that can be deemed exercise. This
is you taking a stand. You are not putting up with your own excuses any longer and you are taking action this instant. Don’t
wait any longer, you have been doing that for far too long!· Write them down. Write all of
those things you have been saying you should or need to do down. Congratulations, you have now set some goals! Writing them
down starts the process and provides some sense of commitment.Map them out. Map out how you are going to accomplish your goals. Take a look
at what you want to accomplish and if it is too large to accomplish in a short period of time, break it up. For example. If
you want or need to lose 25 pounds, that is going to be really difficult to do in 30 days. So, let’s break it down and
set a goal to lose 10 pounds in month 1, 10 more pounds in month 2 and 5 in month 3. When we break down our larger goals into
smaller more manageable ones, it makes it a little easier to accomplish them and stick with it. Once you have broken them
down if necessary, you then need to write down what you are going to do to accomplish those goals. As an example, for losing
weight, you should write down what you are going to adjust/do with your diet as well as exercise. Lay it all out so you have
clear direction on what to do. If you are unsure, seek out a professional that can assist in making your goals more manageable
as well as mapping out what you need to do to accomplish them. · Reward yourself. Here is the tricky part! A lot of people reward themselves with garbage food. As much
as you want that cake or pie or whatever it is that is calling your name, it’s not worth it! Instead of making food
your reward, find something else. Maybe it’s a new outfit or a new bathing suit. Heck, it could be a vacation. Whatever
you can do within your budget to keep yourself motivated. If you stick with things, you’re going to need new clothes
anyways!In the end, you and you alone have to make the decision. It all
starts there. No matter what your doctor is saying, no matter how much you say you want things to be different, no matter
how much support you will have, none of it matters if you don’t make the decision to change and take action immediately.
Your future is as bright as you want it to be, but you have to want it bad enough. So, take a picture of yourself. That was
the old you. Say bye to the old you that was all talk and no action and don’t look back! Go on, get moving. Your healthier
self is impatiently waiting.
Monday, August 1, 2016
August is National Family Fun month
August is National
Family Fun Month! Treasure hunts are a great way to get your children engaged, entertained and away from their various screens.
Even though it’s relatively easy to find shortcuts online, set-up for these types of activities can be labor-intensive.
Follow the steps below to create a terrific treasure hunt for your kids. Treasure Hunt· Know your audience. The age and gender of the children you are preparing the hunt
for definitely make a difference. As a general rule of thumb, kids will stay engaged for a set of clues equal to their age
times two (for a 10-year-old, 20 clues is probably the longest you want to make your hunt). · Choose a location. For kids under
eight, you want to hide the clues in areas that are incredibly familiar to them, like their home or backyard. The more unfamiliar
the location, the easier the clues should be. For kids 9-12, you can host the hunt at a school or park, somewhere they’ve
frequently visited. For teens, you can get cooperation from area businesses, or from vendors at a fair or farmer’s market.
· Pick your theme. Team
competitions are usually incredibly fun for teens, but absolutely stressful for young children. Again, know your audience
and pick a theme that will keep them excited.· Start making clues! Take pictures, write short rhymes, or look online for riddles.
Use “invisible ink” (white crayon clues on white paper can be “decoded” with a highlighter), make
video clues, or have hunters call cooperating family members with a “password.” Just make sure your clues are
age appropriate – younger children will give up or become distracted if the clues get too tricky. · Decide how to present the first clue,
and where to hide the treasure. Have fun, be creative, and take lots of pictures. Happy hunting!
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