What gap am I talking about? You know it. The gap that exists between where we are and where we want to be...or think we should be. Feeling we should be somewhere other than where we are. Or have something we don't currently have...like the "perfect" body, a better job, the right relationship, a baby, a business, a house...the list goes on.
Case in point - I have been divorced for six years now and have had a couple relationships of note since that time. However, this is one of the few summers where I've been flying solo and surprisingly
Do you know how to bounce back from an indulgence? Or does one small slip usually cause a change reaction that derails your entire day?
No matter how committed and motivated you are to follow a healthy diet, once in a while it’s absolutely natural and normal to eat something that you normally wouldn’t. The issue really doesn’t come from succumbing to indulgence once—what’s problematic is the domino effect that one slip can trigger. That’s why learning how to course correct your day and get back on track is such an important skill that everyone needs to learn and practice.
You probably already know that physical activity is key to good health, but are you actually integrating movement into your daily routine?
Today you’re going to learn seven simple ways to get in more exercise – none of which involve a fancy gym, a trainer breathing down your neck, or heavy-duty weights.
One of the biggest pitfalls related to exercise is feeling like you need to commit to an intense two-hour routine. When you fail to do this, you do nothing instead of moving your body for even five minutes.
Do you know how to set little goals to help you achieve your big-scale goals?
Sometimes it’s easy to jump on the ‘goal-train' and that’s great! Setting goals is motivating and so important for moving forward and living life to the fullest.
Not every goal has to be a big bucket list item. There are all sorts of goals in life, big and small. Some goals are more helpful than others, while some might actually overwhelm and hinder you because they’re just too broad or too far outside of your current lifestyle. Those big goals need little goals to help you get there.
The daily grind of modern life can be exhausting: working full-time, going to appointments, running errands, squeezing in grocery shopping, preparing nourishing meals, finding time to exercise…the demands might seem endless.
When’s the last time you spent an afternoon doing absolutely nothing?
When was the last time that you felt really good? Maybe you felt love for a partner, a child, a pet, a family member, or a new romantic interest. Or maybe you had the time to eat well and exercise, or you achieved a desired result at work, you enjoyed a terrific vacation, or you had a really great day for no particular.
Wouldn’t it be nice if those good feelings could become your baseline?
How do you really feel about your body?
There are so many statistics about women and body image. The numbers generally show that about 80% of women who are unhappy with their appearance in some way. What!? That’s staggering! What has happened to us as a society?
Why do so many of us have such body image problems and what can we do about it? We need to change. We need to learn to accept and ourselves at any size. We need to strive towards fitness from the perspective of health, not because we’re berating ourselves about our appearances.
To one degree or another, we’ve all experienced toxic relationships. You may be stuck in one (or more) now. Toxic relationships are exhausting, or worse! They can take a lot of different forms. The overall indicators are feelings that the energy is being sucked out of you, and sensations of being trapped or stuck. They make you feel heavy. Often there’s a lot of drama. There could be elements of emotional control, or even psychological abuse, maybe from manipulation, or from being drawn into mind games.
It seems like there’s another social media platform popping up every day – Periscope, Peach, Yik Yak, Kik – and many more. Yikes!
All this social media can be overwhelming. It might be time to take a break from all your technological crutches (yes, that means email too) to give your brain a breather and refocus on the real-life priorities that really matter to you.
“Time is what we want most, but what we use worst.”
Do you feel like there’s never enough time? Do you have trouble making time for self-care, healthy meal planning, and exercise because it feels like time is always running out?
Time is not unlimited. It’s really a commodity. There is a lot that can be shifted in your life based on the way that you view and value time. A few switches in your thinking can go a long way to create more balance and time-management in your life.
Where do you fall on your list of priorities? Taking care of ourselves certainly isn’t always easy. Mainly because it takes time, and so many of us just don’t make the time to do it. It could be that you aren’t even in the top 5 of your existing priority list. We, particularly women, have a habit of putting ourselves in last. Our children, partner, work, volunteer and social obligations all seem to come in before us. So how do we overcome the time and priority hurdle?
We’ve all been there. We’re working away at our desk; happily ticking boxes off our to-do lists, when suddenly it hits us - Must. Have. Chocolate. Without warning, our previously-composed day goes out the window, and our thoughts are nearly completely consumed by the vending machine down the hall. We’re better than this, we think to ourselves, we can ignore this! But once a craving hits, our willpower army is seemingly disarmed, and we so often see no option but to give in.
Here’s the thing about new year’s resolutions. At this time of year, people set some great goals with really good intentions. They make the resolutions as a form of motivation, in the hopes of achieving those aspirations. Popular resolutions, of course, often have to do with eating more healthfully and losing weight.
The problem is that when the new year hits, people aren’t actually ready and committed to making the real, permanent changes to their overall habits and lifestyles. They aren’t prepared.
What if some people actually eat more sugar because they are physically more receptive to the taste? Research from the Monell Center is examining exactly that – varying degrees of sensitivity to sweet taste. They are discovering that some people who have a ‘sweet tooth’ might actually be driven to eat more sugary foods because of a different oral sensation to sweetness.
Stephanie is a Holistic Health Coach who specializes in helping busy women honor themselves, their family, and their future by showing them how to streamline their life, eat better, create more energy, and make better decisions in order to decrease stress.