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Be Tricky.

In a perfect world we would all agree that we are super motivated about exercising.  In this fantasy land we’d lay out our color coordinated workout clothes every night and when our alarm went off at 5 a.m. we would spring out of bed, full of excitement for our two hour long exercise routine.  Unfortunately, reality is not usually this easy or enjoyable in regards to hitting the gym or the pavement.  We are much more likely to hit the snooze button.  Sometimes we struggle just to find our sneakers or matching socks.  For the small percentage of you who live in the perfect exercise fantasy land…good for you.  For the rest of us, here are some ways to trick yourself into being excited (yes, I said excited) about your workout.


First you need to think about what you like.  What’s your thing?  What makes you happy?  Is it shopping, cooking, dancing, reading, listening to music, etc?  After you decide what really makes you feel great (you can choose a few if you’d like), you can use this to your advantage.


If shopping is what really gets you excited, find ways to make this relate to exercise.  If you’re a shoe girl or guy, set a goal for the week and when you meet it, reward yourself.  For example, tell yourself that if you work out four out of seven days this week you can go get that new pair you’ve had your eyes on.  Better yet, splurge on a fantastic new pair of sneakers that you can show off at the gym.


If you love to cook, go out and get a cookbook full of healthy recipes and get to work making some new dishes that will fuel you up for some great workouts.  If you’re on a budget or just don’t want another book to clutter your shelves, print some new recipes off of the internet.  There are endless resources for fast and easy, but still healthy, recipes online.


Who doesn’t love to dance? Not everyone is great at it, but that doesn’t mean you still can’t like to do it.  Dancing is great exercise.  Take a few dance lessons or if you want to amp up the calorie burn, sign up for Zumba or simply blast some music in the privacy of your own home and get moving!


This one is a trick I always use.  My guilty pleasure is celebrity gossip.  It’s not for everyone, but I always want to know about the break-ups, make-ups and the “secrets” to the perfect celeb bikini body.  Instead of grabbing a magazine in the checkout aisle and rushing home to read it, I keep it for the next day’s gym session.  I don’t let myself read it unless I’m on the treadmill, elliptical or bike and I have to read the whole thing before I get off.  By the time I’ve found out where Lady Gaga went on a date last weekend and what she was wearing I’ve finished a 30 or 40 minute workout.  Works every time.


Lastly, another one of my favorites is putting new songs on my iPod.  Nothing is worse than trying to get motivated and being bored with your music selections.  You know that feeling when you hear a new song that you can’t get enough of?  Immediately put that song on your music device of choice and get to the gym or outside.  If you want to listen to it 10 times in a row, that’s perfect!  Thirty minutes later, you’ve gotten your fill of the new tune and you’ve walked a couple miles around the neighborhood.  If you have a handful or more of new songs that you love hearing on the radio, download them ASAP and make a new workout mix.  You’ll be grooving away and not even realizing how many calories you’re burning.


The key to really tricking yourself is to make sure you go along with it.  You can’t say to yourself “Oh I’ll drop 5 pounds and then go buy that new dress I’ve wanted” but then not actually do what you promised and buy the dress anyway.  You need to keep yourself in check.  If it helps, write it down or tell a friend your plan, which will increase your accountability.  These tricks should make doing what you already want to do (workout more, feel better, eat healthier, lose weight) easier and more fun.  It’s a win-win in my book.

Leave a comment: What are your “tricks” for staying motivated to exercise? Have any of these tips worked for you in the past?


-Be Healthy. Be Balanced.


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Be Realistic.

I’m not really sure how it happened, but 2012 is here!  It is a fresh start and an opportunity for many people to put 2011 behind them while working toward new goals in the New Year.  Now is the time to decide on the dreaded New Year’s Resolutions.  These resolutions often suggest that just because it’s January 1st you’ll be able to dramatically change your life.  People believe that due to a calendar change their mind, body, personality, mood, etc. will be different, but this can often set them up for failure.  Another mistake that people make is being too vague when deciding on a resolution.  If someone makes a goal to “lose weight” or “get healthier” these don’t have defined meanings and it is easy to either fall off track or give up all together.  If you want to take your NYR seriously, here are some fail proof steps to follow:

  1. Make an attainable goal – instead of “losing weight,” decide on a specific amount in set period of time such as five pounds in five weeks.  Create a set workout routine and pay close attention to what you are eating.  By the second week in February you should have met your goal.  Then you can readjust your goal if you like, but you should also enjoy your success.
  2. Narrow your focus – it is easy to want to better your health while also reorganizing your home and plant a garden and run a 5k, but in reality these goals combined are too overwhelming and you may end up falling short of reaching any.
  3. Prioritize – this coincides with not being vague.  Since you may want to do all of the activities listed above, but thinking about them together seems discouraging, try to see which ones are reasonable and how long it will take to accomplish them.  Becoming healthier needs more clarification.  For example, make a goal to walk/run at least six to eight miles per week or to decrease your cholesterol/body fat percentage/waistline by a defined amount.  Then, while continuing to keep your health goals or even increasing them, slowly start organizing rooms in your home by tackling one area at a time.  As the weather gets warmer, start a small garden or plant some fresh herbs in pots in your kitchen.  Now that you’ve been working on and achieving your other goals you can focus your attention on a new one like tackling a 5k or an even longer race.
  4. Let yourself be proud of your accomplishments – the best part of setting smaller, more attainable goals is that you can actually achieve them and feel a sense of accomplishment instead of setting yourself up for failure.


Remember, 2012 is twelve months long.  You do not have to make a resolution and have it completed by January 31st.  If you’re serious about making some healthy changes in the New Year really think about goals that you can set and achieve.  Give yourself a reasonable amount of time and keep in mind that just because the year changed, doesn’t mean that your schedule will.  Your mindset and motivation combined with realistic goals are what will make you successful in 2012.   Happy New Year!!


-Be Healthy. Be Balanced.


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Be A Baby.

We are only 5 days into the new year and I have already heard so many people talking about their goals for the new year. While setting goals is an important part of making progress, I often find that people have set goals that lead to failure. Many times this is because we set really large long term goals and neglect to identify the baby steps that are going to move us towards those goals. Just the other day I saw a (slightly scary) statistic that found that only 20% of people are able to stick to their New Year’s Resolutions.

So how do we become part of that elite 20%?
We can’t expect ourselves to do complete 360’s overnight just because we set a goal for it. When thinking about your long term goals, identify small, measurable, baby steps that will move you towards your larger goal. Over time, those baby steps add up!

An Example:
Long term goal- get  a better job
Baby steps-Make 2 contacts in the field I want to work in by January 30th, Send 5 resumes out by January 15th, Follow up with all sent resumes within 1 week of sending them, Attend 3 conferences that will advance my professional value by September 2011.

As you can see, each of those baby steps would move you towards the long term goal of getting a better job, but the baby steps are more measurable and manageable.


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Be Healthy. Be Balanced.

-Alicia and Nikki

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Be Accountable.

Happy New Year! Hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season. As you can see by my lack of blogging, it has been a crazy past few weeks. But here we are, another year come and gone if you can believe it. I am currently working on my resolutions for 2011 and while I did decent on my 2010 resolutions, I really need something to keep me accountable.

One of the best ways to be accountable is to get backup and support to help you along the way. So tell your friends, coworkers, family members, neighbors, mailman, anyone you can think of what you are trying to accomplish. If a bunch of people know what you are trying to do, they’ll be more apt to check in on your progress and keep you motivated.

So now, I need some help with my goals! One of my New Year’s Resolutions is around blogging. I will blog 3 days a week. There it is, in writing, and you all read it so now help keep me accountable!


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Be Healthy. Be Balanced.

-Alicia and Nikki


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