Here are 4 steps to set yourself up for success this week!
- Get rid of cookies, chips, sodas and any junk food in the house. If it’s there, it’s a temptation. Set yourself up for success by eliminating food triggers.
- Make exercise a habit. Taking care of your health means putting yourself first…not after the kids, work and your spouse. FIRST! Now, I realize that’s super tough, especially with young children that constantly need you, deadlines at work, or household chores that cannot be put off any longer. But when you have sick days – when you have a cold or flu – you are forced to take a break. Schedule at least three times a week when you can focus on YOU and any type of exercise you can fit into your busy schedule, whether it’s walking, swimming, biking or taking a fitness class. The more you exercise, the less sick days you have, the more you want to eat better and the healthier you’ll be! Getting your heart rate up releases “feel good” hormones in your body, so you’ll be happier too! Set yourself up for success by scheduling a workout at least three times a week.
Think back to a time when you were a kid…when you didn’t look in the mirror, there was no social media, and when you were obsessed with playtime. When we were young and allowed our imaginations to soar, we were unstoppable. Over the holidays, I was playing with my grand-kids. Within moments after seeing them with plastic light sabers I asked, “Can I play?” They all yelled an enthusiastic “yes!”. Suddenly I was Princess Leia and we were running away from the Storm Troopers. I didn’t ask questions, I followed their lead. We were in a make-believe world of our own, running and playing. We were unstoppable. We knew the ending because we invented the scenario. Of course, we won!
One of the most basic yoga poses is called Tree Pose, but on this day, for me, it was incredibly difﬁcult. I can do advanced balances with one leg in the air behind my back, but for some reason I could not stop wobbling in Tree Pose. I fell. I tried again. I fell. There are times in life when we wobble before we get to our destination. We oscillate. We are off balance. The most important thing is that we get up and attempt the endeavor again.
There are many stories of celebrities and wealthy individuals who have tried only to fail.