Staying Fabulous in 2015

January is almost over and I’m sure your resolutions are well under way. I don’t really make resolutions, but I do try to strive to be better than I was the previous year. Now, my goals are probably like many other’s: lose a few pounds, get more organized, and eat better.

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There are many things we can do to lose weight. I don’t like diets very much, so I try to just use better judgement and practice better portion control. Exercising has never been something I was good at sticking to. Mainly because as a kid I was in an African dance company, so I was always exercising three times a week with rehearsals and classes. These days I’m constantly moving around, but as we get older we have to work a little harder at weight loss. Walking is a great start to exercising. I walk pretty fast in general, but adding cardio somewhere in the week is something that I would do to break up the monotony of the walking routine.

Family Plan

Getting more organized is something I’m good at in general, but with keeping up with kid’s extracurricular schedules and appointments can cause me easily to get off track. One way I try to combat chaos is to regroup myself and my weekly tasks and schedule on Sundays to make sure I’m ready for the upcoming week. One thing I would like to implement is a weekly menu for dinners. It’s so hard to finally get home and try to figure out what to fix for dinner. Our schedule can cause us to get home late, but trying to find meals I can make ahead so all I have to do is heat them up will help that.

Whatever you do, stay on track and don’t stress if things don’t always go as planned. That will save your nerves and sanity.

Share with us your resolutions, tips, and experience. We’ll share ours as the year goes on.

Happy 2015!

Mad Monday | 1.13.14

1.13.14

Today’s Mad Monday poses the question, are you still on track with your New Year’s resolution? Now that the Polar Vortex has subsided and we’ve all dug out of the snow, how are you on the path of your resolution. Do you make resolutions? How do you set out to make this year the best?

Family Planning

Making resolutions is not reserved to just the beginning of the year. It is a good idea to always evaluate your path in life, and reevaluate often to make sure that you are on schedule to completing or achieving your goals. Making goals for yourself is a good way to keep your actions focused. There are studies that show about 8% of people who make New Year’s resolutions achieve them successfully. So to be productive and achieve success, here are some tips you can use to stay on track.

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1. Make goals tangible.

It’s good to be ambitious, but making vague or being unrealistic with goals can set yourself up for disappointment. Instead of saying “I want to lose 100 pounds this year” make a goal to stop eating junk food and cut back on breads for 2 months. Then after that 2 months you can reassess your goals to adjust or continue as needed.

2. Keep your list simple. 

Again, keep your list of goals short. As you reevaluate your goals throughout the year, you can add or adjust the goals you already have.  Start with a list of 3 goals you want to accomplish and start there. Make them simple goals. That way, you can  easily know the focus of your goals and where you need to be. That’s another reason to not be vague with your resolutions. It leaves ro. om for doubt or loss of focus.

3. Make your goals obvious and clear.

Create a mood or vision board. Sometimes visualizing your goals can make the vision more clear to you as you go along. If you’re a visual person like myself, it’s good to get your ideas and visions on paper to see what direction you’re supposed to be headed in. You can keep track of your progress this way, as well as with a to-do list. This forces you to hold yourself accountable for staying focused on your path. I have used Google Docs to create vision boards, or you can use other photo editors like PicMonkey. Photo editors allow you to add your photos and place them so you can create your inspiration to keep going forward with achieving your goals.

4. Stay positive and believe in yourself.

You have to be positive and self-empowering when achieving goals for yourself. The reason people fall off their resolutions is because a lack of willpower. Sometimes I think its good to have people around you for support and motivation purposes. If you share your goals for the year with your friends, maybe one of them will have similar goals or just want to be a support to you in your achievements. Having those who support you around to help keep you motivated to stay focused on your goals and resolutions. Willpower is still important to have, but combined with consistency and support from those around you it is more likely that you will have success.

In essence, stay focused, organized, and consistent you will essentially be successful in keeping your resolutions. Be reasonable, realistic and open, you will surely be able to achieve your goals.

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Happy New Year!