I Can Do This: Getting Over the Hump

I CAN DO THIS!

We all have the greatest intentions to lose weight, to exercise more, to eat better, to quit smoking, etc. But actually doing it and sticking with it is downright hard. Others seem to succeed, why can’t I? When it comes down to it, I just can’t say no to that bowl of ice cream. I have the best intentions every night, but I just can’t get out of bed in the morning to exercise. I have had times of success in the past, why is it so hard for me to succeed right now? Why can’t I move forward in this one area of my life?

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Over the past month I have gained 5 pounds. I ask myself how in the world have I gained 5 pounds? Unfortunately/fortunately I track my weight, exercise and calorie intake, so I can look at my logs to see how it happened. I gained it 1 pound at a time, eating too much food. With summer here I have enjoyed more ice cream than normal, and I have rationalized it because I have been exercising a lot. I could rationalize it even more my saying that those 5 pounds are from the muscle I have gained. On days that I have not felt well, physically or emotionally, I have decided “I NEED” the ice cream. I have allowed my thoughts and feelings to take the driver seat. But the fact is, I am back up 5 pounds and I don’t want to be here, so I have to take control and make a change.

I have done it before, and I can do it again. Here is what has worked for me in the past, and what I am going to put into place again.

  • Remove the temptation: If something is too tempting to resist, remove it from your home and your life.
  • Replace it with a better alternative: Many people are using the smokeless cigarettes to help them quit smoking. Find better snacks to eat. Find exercise that is fun.
  • Be realistic about your time: If you are not a morning person, you are setting yourself up for failure if you plan to get up early to exercise. If you know that evenings are a time when you like a snack, set aside some calories (if you are counting calories) to allow for that snack. When we “WIN” at something it motivates us, so let’s set ourselves up to win!
  • Plan ahead: If I am at a family function: I cannot even look at the dessert table or it is all over. Know what you need to do to succeed in a situation and do not waiver. If I am going to a restaurant, I go on-line to look at their menu. I decide what is going to work for me, and I do not even look at the menu when I get to the restaurant.
  • Find what motivates you and use it to your advantage: I love rewards, so I have set a realistic goal to lose my 5 pounds by the end of August, and will reward myself when I meet my goal.
  • Realize so many of our battles are in our mind: We do have the authority to make right decisions for ourselves. Everything is a choice.

Join me as I change my thoughts from “I NEED” to “I CAN DO THIS!” and let’s get back on track!

Are you willing to take authority of your thoughts and your environment to accomplish the goals that are important to you?

-Coach Jen

Living Simpler in Complicated Times

The Desire for a Slower Pace

I have thought often that I would like to live in some period of the past, a simpler time. TV and Movies do such a great job of romanticizing those periods to make them look lovely.

I know the reality is that life has had it’s challenges at every stage of our world’s history, but I do know that life seems to be busier and more is expected of us then ever before. So it’s time to hop into our DeLorean Time Machine and jump back in time when life was simpler.

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I was fortunate to be raised in a great home, with a great family, in a small rural town in Illinois. My dad worked hard at his day job to provide for my mom, me and my six siblings. My mom stayed at home and took care of us kids and all that it takes to keep a household of nine running smooth. We spent important times together at every meal, doing chores and having fun. I remember meal times where me, my Dad, Mom and sister Angie would start giggling about something and could not stop for quite some time. I have great memories of times with my family. Life was about people, life was about working hard, life was full of joy and it all came down to a great gift we gave each other, time.

As I grew older, I bought into the notion of “that was then, this is now”. Life simply is not that way any more. But somehow, I still long for it. Why couldn’t I have that peace and joy now? I started to read about others who were longing for the same thing and starting to emerge victorious. They were describing the life I remembered with a slower pace, with more focus on friends and family and less focus on the stuff that makes us really busy.

My husband and I started to question everything we did and why we did it. We started to cut back in many different areas of our life. We started to challenge the notion that we are supposed to be running around with our heads cut off. Today, we ARE living a slower paced life that is filled with people, work, love, peace, passion, joy and a lot of fun.

I can’t help but think that there are many of you out there that long for the same thing. Here are some of the resources I have come across and things I have learned that I hope will benefit you as well.

  • Go through the process of creating a Life Plan. We only have 24 hours each day and we want to fill it with the BEST things. Many times our day is filled with decent, even a bunch of good things, but why settle for that? Let’s fill our days and lives with the BEST things. The Life Planning process helps us identify what the BEST things are in life so we can not only start to add those to our lives, but start to remove other less necessary things.
  • Identify anchors and start to remove them. We all have anchors, things that hold us down and hold us back. In the book Minimalism, the authors have an exercise that helped me evaluate my anchors and determine how to start removing them. I identified some unhealthy relationships and unhealthy habits that were taking up a lot of my time and energy and holding me back.
  • Make the necessary changes to live the life YOU want. This will be different for everyone. My husband and I have found that life works much better for us and simpler if I work from home Part Time with Lead Thru Example, and prioritize running and taking care of our household. When both of us worked full-time outside of the home we ate horribly, restaurants most of the time. I would go grocery shopping grabbing unhealthy convenient foods because I had no time to cook. I would grab the token fruit or vegetable to calm my guilt, but it would go bad before I ever had the chance to eat it. I would go shopping at one place, not caring about the price because I did not have the time to even think about going to more than one place. Our time at home was filled with catching up on yard work, laundry, mail, bills, and collapsing in front of the TV to try to have a little bit of down time. Does that sound familiar? Well…it does not need to be that way, but only you can choose to change it.

Are you willing to take time to plan your life, remove unnecessary things, stop settling for less, and make the changes necessary to live your BEST life?

-Coach Jen

I Want CONTROL!

I Want Control

I think we can all say that we like control in our lives. Control at work, control of the future, control of our finances, control of our kids, the list goes on and on. But control is not something we often have. Things change, people move on, our dreams don’t become reality, your HVAC unit has to be replaced and it’s more money out-of-pocket that you were not expecting (I can speak from experience on that one). So what is within our control?

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My husband and I were not able to have children. This was a real blow for me because I had always dreamed of staying home, being a homemaker and raising our kids. We discussed adoption, which is a wonderful way to go, but simply did not feel it was the direction we were supposed to take in life. It was a heartbreaking time, but as time went on we both knew we had to adjust and move on. That chapter of our life became final in 2012 when I had a hysterectomy, but with it behind us we ask ourselves, what do we have that is within our control and what can we do about it? We began to dream again, of things we had never thought of before and they are now starting to become a reality.

Where ever you are in life, I encourage you to take time to think about what is within your control. What do you want your life to look like? What do you want you body to look like? Finances? Spirituality? Work? Family? We do have so many things within our control to change. So, just as we plan a vacation or a menu for an upcoming gathering, lets take the time to start planning the changes we want to see in our lives. Take some time in the next few weeks to:

  • Dream about what you want the different areas in your life to look like.
  • Decide on what area(s) you want to change and choose one to start with.
  • Decide on your final goal and write it down. It is best if your goal is specific, measurable, starts with an action verb (run, lose, eliminate, complete), realistic, and has a time of completion/deadline.
  • Decide what small steps you can do TODAY to get started, and start moving!
  • Find someone you trust to hold you accountable and encourage you. You may want to set up a reward system for yourself at certain points of progress.
  • Continue to ask yourself, “What is the next thing I can do to move forward?” and keep moving forward.

We do have so many areas that we have control to change. Stop allowing the things you cannot change to drain you and put all that energy towards an amazing personal goal for yourself.

Are you up for the challenge?. Let us know what you are up to! We would love to hear your amazing story of change and love to help you in any way we can.

-Coach Jen

Scale the Walls: What’s Holding You Back?

Don’t Let Life’s Walls Hold You Back

I am surrounded by amazing people! Individuals that have gone back to school as adults and are now working in jobs that they dreamed of. Individuals who felt stuck in a rut, but worked to get out of it. Individuals who are dreaming of what could be and making it happen!

But the reality for all of us, even those mentioned above, is that there are areas in our lives that we struggle with: areas that are down right hard to deal with. We want to make a change, but that wall in our life feels insurmountable.

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Right out of college, my first job was as an Activity Director for a local Retirement Community. I worked with seniors who lived very independently, and it was my job to give them every opportunity to stay active and enjoy life. I had many who lived amazing, vibrant lives, and many who did not. I started to ask the questions, what is the difference between these two groups of people. I found that one group made the decision to prosper. They grew in relationships, continued to learn, continued to make adjustments and never stop improving their lives. And the others seemed to have thrown in the towel.

Our lives are filled with ups and downs, some say valleys and mountain top experiences, others describe life as a roller coaster ride. Whatever mental picture you decide on, it is filled with times of ease and time of challenge. There are many walls that we find in our lives. As we challenge ourselves and learn, we scale these walls, grow and move on.

Sometimes as we move through life we approach walls that are much bigger then those we previously experienced. They are much harder to scale, impossible it seems. Things like getting out of debt, losing the weight, quitting the bad habit we’ve had for years, getting a new job, have what appears to be a very large wall in the way of success.

The fact is, these walls that feel insurmountable do hold us back in life. We try to go on living our lives trying to ignore that wall, but we know it is there. The questions is, do you believe you can get over that wall, or have you thrown in the towel?

If you want to scale the walls in your life:
Treat it as a job. We put our whole heart and soul into the work we love. The large walls in our lives will require a large amount of time and energy. Any less will not do. Read about it, learn about it, talk about it, make it a main focus in life.
If one thing does not work, make a note of it and try something else. So many times we try something, fail and give up. That truly is failure. We have the opportunity to learn from your experience, good and bad, make adjustments and still move forward. Try something new until you find what works for you.
Remember you have succeeded many, many times before. You are an amazing capable person. You have done great things in the past, you can and will do great things in the future. Celebrate your victories and set your sights on many more.

What wall is staring you in the face? What are you going to do about it? Are you going to throw in the towel or use it as a victory flag when you reach the top?