“If you don’t know where you are going, you might wind up someplace else.” Yogi Berra
I was reading Becky’s blog with a post from 6 months ago and realized that we pretty much all do the same thing. We do great when we are following the program and then for some reason old habits sneak back in. My realization today was that just like a business plan, a budget or anything else in life that you are working towards need specific guidelines and intentions. My journey to wellness, in order to be part of my life needs to have a blueprint and even though I am beginning again with a more regimented schedule. I know that when it becomes routine is when things start to slip. So even if I put a time driven intention to a more regimented schedule, once that timeframe is up, the intention will need to be in place to “check-in” with myself in a different timeframe that is set forth, because waiting 6 months, or a year is just too long and by then, yes….we are back at square one. Check-points must also be worked into my lifestyle. Do you hear that Shawna? A 12-week program is great, but then start over again with SMART intentions that are less regimented but still hold you accountable. This is why setting specific intentions, measurable, achievable, realistic and time driven (SMART) intentions are essential for being successful.
S = Specific
M = Measurable
A = Achievable
R = Realistic
T = Time Driven
The more specific you can be the more it will help you focus on your effort and clearly define what you are going to do. Instead of setting a general goal to lose weight or be healthier, set a specific goal to lose 2 lbs per week or take off 2 inches on your waistline or to walk 3 miles at a challenging pace.
If you can’t measure it, you won’t be able to manage it. Choose a goal with measurable progress, so you can see the change occur. Then pull out the scale, tape measure or smaller pair of pants and see how your goal measures up.
If your goals are too far out of reach you probably won’t be able to make the commitment to accomplish them. Your goal should stretch you slightly but just enough to feel like you can accomplish it with a real commitment. Then when you do achieve that goal you will feel successful and feelings of success, not failure are what keep you motivated.
Realistic does not mean “easy.” Realistic, in this case, means “do-able.” A goal of never again eating sweets, cakes, and chocolate may not be realistic if you really enjoy these foods. It may be more realistic to set a goal of eating a piece of fruit each day instead of one sweet item. You can then choose to work towards reducing the amount of sweets gradually and realistically.
Setting a timeline for reaching your goal (i.e. in a week or over 12 weeks) provides an end point and a clear target to work towards. Without a timeline, you’ll feel you can start at any time, and you’ll lose your sense of urgency. Telling others your timeline also helps keep you on purpose. Ask them to check in with you at certain dates to confirm you’re on track.
It is spring and this time of year, always brings on the urge to do some spring cleaning. Clean the windows, clean out the closets and get rid of unworn clothes, clean up the landscaping and last but not least do a little cleansing for the body. I’ve been reading the fabulous benefits of making homemade stock & the health benefits of preparing your own stock and how nourishing it is to your body. I’d like to jump-start a healthier spring with a little internal cleansing. I just found an incredible local meat market that raise their own cows that are grass-fed. I purchased some grass-fed beef bones today and am going to make this fresh homemade bone broth tomorrow.
Here is a great link on a recipe and tips on how to prepare it and then keep it to add to other recipes.
Here are some thoughts on a 3-day broth cleanse and as the article states, it is not encouraged to do cleanses on a long term basis. I can feel my body is in need of a healthful cleanse after my “Eat” phase of my year of my own “eat-pray-love” excursion that has been full of many poor food choices over the past year. It is time to jump-start a cleaner choice of foods for my body and give it a nice re-set. I’ll let you know how it goes. http://toscareno.blogspot.com/2011/06/broth-cleanse.html
Spring always brings on the natural need to do some spring cleaning. In the mind, with the body, in the house. Here is a great article I just read:
A compassionate attitude helps you communicate more easily with your fellow human beings. As a result, you make more genuine friends and the atmosphere around you is more positive, which gives you greater inner strength. This inner strength helps you spontaneously concern yourself with others, instead of thinking only about yourself.
time to dust off the excuses and bring motivation again….finally found my user name to get this blog going again……………….more to come
Maya Angelou quotes:
‘I’ve learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow.’
‘I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights.’
‘I’ve learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you’ll miss them when they’re gone from your life.’
‘I’ve learned that making a ‘living’ is not the same thing as making a life’
‘I’ve learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance.’
‘I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw some things back…’
‘I’ve learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision..’
‘I’ve learned that even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one..’
‘I’ve learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back…’
‘I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn..’