That post-meal Happy…

That post-meal happy is hard to beat 😊
That post-meal happy is hard to beat 😊

Don’t you just love that feeling after a satisfying and healthy meal… That great feeling of warmth, satisfaction and relaxation 😊. Just thinking about how happy this makes me feel, reminds me of something…

Only a couple years ago, I remember having the attitude that… “I will be happy once I get my mortgage paid off…”… “I will be happy once I am in better shape and 30 pounds less”…I will be happy once my business is successful…” “…I will be happy once my yard is totally landscaped and beautiful..” Who can ever be happy with this attitude?

It was a real eye-opener once I started working on personal development that I had it all WRONG!! Imagine waiting 15-20 years for the mortgage to be paid off to be happy? I realized I will never be 100 % happy with my weight or fitness level, so why wait to be happy about something that may never happen? Why wait years before being happy about my yard? Also, it takes years to build a business, so why wait til it is successful to be happy? Let’s face it…once one goal is reached, there will be more to reach for! So I had to learn to refocus my thoughts totally in order to be happy!!

I learned to implement small successes towards my goals to feel happy and fulfilled TODAY that I am making small strides towards my goals. Instead of making them distant end points of happiness, I turned them into the icing on the cake! Instead, I focus on the small things each day that will get me there and it makes me happy now!

For example, I decided that putting an extra $100 on my mortgage principle every paycheque is what I would implement now. This makes me totally happy! I know I am making small step towards a big goal and it is not at all overwhelming! I focus on eating clean today and getting a workout in and am happy knowing I am doing the best I can towards better health and improved fitness level over time. I focus on one small area of the yard each year, and over time, I am sure the yard will get nicer…it’s way too overwhelming to attempt to get it all done fast (it’s a Huge yard!). I also take courses, work on myself and be consistent in my business, which makes me happy as I just know these simple things will lead to little successes as time goes on 😊

The message I got from my own personal development was it is imperative that I focus on being happy in the present! Life is too short to keep thinking about huge long term wants and being depressed because they seem huge, overwhelming and unachievable!

I really had to re-work my whole way of thinking in order to be truly joyous and happy NOW and in the present! When i did this, I started to realize more and more what I have to be grateful for and it feels great and is so motivating!! 😊


Helping others to discover happiness NOW is also one of my daily goals. Please reach out to me if you need help or support in this area…it’s truly a magical thing to change your mindset 😊

Are you Enthusiastic?

 Enthusiasm is contagious… Smile!
Enthusiasm is contagious… Smile!

I don’t know about you, but I plan on being enthusiastic today!

Some of the things that we do routinely, quite often, or repeat over and over, often become mundane or boring once the initial excitement has worn off.

This is so true about many things in life. Whether it’s work, doing the chores, reading the kids a book, driving our car,and many other hundreds of things that we do every day… Let’s face it we all become somewhat robotic after a while😊
… And definitely not enthusiastic!

So, where will you inject some new enthusiasm into your day today? Your health and fitness journey? Treat your job like it’s your very first week at that job again? Be creative and come up with new ideas, even though the old ideas never worked or were approved? Come on, I am sure you can come up with something to be enthusiastic about today😀

We are nearing the end of the workweek now… So let’s finish this week with some smiles and some enthusiasm 😀. Have yourself an enthusiastic Thursday!! 👍

#EnthusiasmIsContagious #EnjoyLifeNow #AthleticGrandma #FitnessGal #BeHappy #BeCreative #JustDecide #WeCanDoThis

Be fearless!

Be fearless on this Terrific Tuesday
Be fearless on this Terrific Tuesday

Good morning on this beautiful Tuesday morning ! 😊

What isn’t there to enjoy with the sun shining and a happy baby 😊💕

The message today is to be fearless!… Fear is nothing more then an obstacle that stands in the way of progress. In overcoming our fears, we can move forward stronger and wiser within ourselves.

Have a terrific Tuesday and be fearless In the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire!

#Fearless #TerrificTuesday #AthleticGrandma #SetYourSoulOnFire #Sunshine #FitnessGal1969

Mondays are the best!

imageEven though Mondays typically have a bad rap, they still tend to be one of the best days of the week and I’ll tell you why…

Mondays are the day that we have a fresh start &new beginnings, the first day to implement your goals for the week, a new start, and a date to start off fresh and creative.

My goals for this week are to be sure to have superfood every single day, exercise of some kind every single day and… To wear my glasses every day so that my eyes are not burning by the end of the week!! 😊

My other important goal this week, is to get the message out to you that I have a new health and fitness accountability group starting in May 2016 that you can connect to! We can always use more accountability! 😊😊

I hope that you have a Marvellous Monday and an accomplished week! 👍

#AthleticGrandma #SetAndAchieveGoals #MarvelousMonday #Accountability #FitnessGal1969 #mondaysaregreatdays

Don’t wait…Do it NOW!

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OK… It is time to get rid of procrastination in your life!

My mentor Darren Hardy got this message to me loud and clear this morning. In our lives, procrastination truly is the the death of success in many areas of our life.

Think about this… If there was a priority within your family, when would you deal with it?… Right now! If you had an employee who is committing fraud at work, when do you fire them?… Right now!
If you start to feel you were having a heart attack, when would you deal with this?… Right now!

So why is it that working at preventing a heart attack, working on yourself to become a better and stronger person, more work at growing your business and having the best team… tends to be something that we procrastinate about.… It seems easier just to ignore it …until we are faced with an “urgent” situation!

So… Don’t wait until you have a heart attack, don’t wait until you are totally robbed blind by a fraudulent employee, don’t wait until your entire team is poisoned by a bad situation before doing something about it, deal with things NOW!

Just how many “tomorrows” or “next weeks” are there going to be? If you want to start a business to improve your life and develop a legacy for your family, get going on it! If you want to improve your health, energy, and outlook on life, then DO IT! If you would like to get your home and life more organized, then just do it! Getting tired of being treated without respect at work? Come up with a solution and deal with it!

Procrastination doesn’t do anyone any good! The clear learning point I got from Darren Hardy today is…DO IT NOW! 😊

This message this morning got me totally fired up to improve on myself, in fact there are several things I now realize I have been procrastinating about!   …and I am now sharing the message with you 😊

#justdoit #killprocrastination #pushyourself #dosomethingthatscaresyoueveryday #AthleticGrandma #FitnessGal1969

Prepare for a Geat Day!

 Plan for great day… With a smile!
Plan for great day… With a smile!

Did you know… That starting your day with laughter, giggles even just a smile… Will set the tone for your entire day!?

This is a proven fact!… In fact how often do we race through our morning, flat lipped, in a hurry, and not taking the time to actually enjoy what we’re doing ! This can often set the tone for what is already a crappy day!

so… Consciously make an effort to have some happy times in the mornings. This is so often easy to forget when we are in a rush and not thinking about it… But a little conscious effort in this area is certainly worth it!

I hope you have a terrific and smiley Thursday!

#Smile #BeHappyNow #EnjoyingLifeInThePresent #AthleticGrandma #FitnessGal1969 #Grandson #Giggles

Don’t be one of THOSE people!

Put your health as top priority so that you can be there for others!
Put your health as top priority so that you can be there for others!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Where is health on your priority list?

All too often, people put issues, stressful situations, and other general life stuff ahead of their own health and wellness. This may seem like the right thing to do at the time, but it truly isn’t. If we make ourselves #1 and healthy, then we are much better able to effectively help others and to cope better ourselves and to be happy despite all the crap going on!!

Think of it this way… Don’t you appreciate it when one of your valued friends or family members takes the time to properly look after their health? We ultimately want our loved ones to be as healthy and happy as long as possible… So looking after ourselves is the first step towards this!!

I’m sure that we’ve all been there at some point… Having a family member or somebody we really love and care about, not look after their health and in fact develop serious illness or early death as a result. It is just not good. Don’t be one of those people yourself!! Your peeps love you and they want you to be around and healthy for a long time yet so get to work on it now!

I have seen my children go through the serious pain of losing someone they loved dearly more than once. This loss and pain was largely due to lack of self care, stress, substance abuse, smoking, bad eating habits…it’s VERY painful to watch people we love abuse their bodies and to develop disease and early mortality as a result. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to be one of those people who causes stress and pain to their loved ones by living an unhealthy life! NO way!!

Once I made the decision to put good health and looking after myself at the top of my priority list every single day, my life completely changed.  When my health and wellness was put at the top of the priority list every single week… I truly became a better person to myself and for everyone around me.

Being a healthier and fit me, who looks after herself and is happy as a result… has made me into a better grandmother, mother, coworker, friend, family member, and so much more!! Besides, isn’t being around happy people so much more enjoyable?

HEY!! A new season is here, and a new month is just around the corner… What are you going to do to starting now to put your health at the top of the priority list??

For heaven’s sake, if you are having difficulty with achieving health, get yourself a health care provider who focuses on preventive and holistic care and get yourself a health coach to help you out!

#PutYourselfFirst #YourHealthComesFirst #BeHealthierToCareForOthers #AvoidIllness #SelfCare #AthleticGrandma #FitnessGal1969

FAIL TO PLAN = PLAN TO FAIL

Plan ahead for success in health
Plan ahead for success in health
If I was asked to provide the TOP TIP towards success in achieving any health and fitness goal, it would be THIS!   Plan your nutrition and exercise for every single week.  Without any pre-planning, it simply leaves our “wish” to be healthy open to chance, circumstances, and day to day changes in life demands.  Why do this?  Do you want to leave your health open to chance? 
 
My biggest health tip towards success in your health and fitness goals is to plan ahead every single week to be sure you have a healthy week!!  As humans, if we don’t plan, it increases the likelihood of slip-ups, failure or moving away from instead of toward our goals!  You know as well as I do, the moment we stop thinking about being healthy, then we go off course!
 
My advice is to find a day each week that works to plan your calendar for the week….the type of workouts and when, some idea of what your meals will be composed of and what healthy snacks you will have readily available.
 
I find Sundays are the best day for me to do planning. I prepare ziplock bags of mixed raw nuts and seeds (each 1/3 cup total), pre-cook some proteins for the week (chicken, fish, turkey, chili, meatballs etc), be sure my cupboards and fridge contain only healthy snacks, and plan out when I will do my workouts, be sure I have plenty of 0% plain greek yogurt on hand and also a supply of frozen veggies. (I often will use frozen, since fresh go bad so fast, and we often don’t know how long the “fresh” veggies have been sitting in a box losing their nutritional value). On a week that I plan on doing a lot of running, I will bake either quinoa or brown rice to have ready for the week as well.  
The other way that I ensure daily success, is to pack a cooler for every day containing all of my meals and snacks…yup, if I get hungry on the road and run out of food….WATCH OUT drive thrus!  It truly is about being prepared and planning ahead.  If you dedicate to this one thing, success in health and fitness is far more likely! 🙂
 
What do you do to plan ahead to be sure that you and your family have a healthy week?   I would love to hear some other ideas!
 
Contact Me with questions, or if would like an opportunity to join me to challenge yourself to be healthier and fit!!

A Happy Grouch?

The grouch

Is it possible to be a happy grouch? Not certain about this one…

Had a very bad evening today…just felt so many cravings and was hungry and very grouchy … To top it all off, I gave in to a few too many cravings which then made me feel weighed down and even more grouchy and lazy too! 😡

With the encouragement of a friend, I forced myself to do a 20 min cardio workout then tried really hard to smile for the camera. I do admit feeling a wee bit better after exercising, but still feeling bloated and so grouchy! Grr…

Not sure if I am still recovering from my cruise vacation, or if it is life challenges getting me down…but sure hope that a good night sleep will get rid of how I feel. Tomorrow is a new day, right? 😳

Give me some positive encouragement in the comments to lift me up please! 😊

#lifechallenges #difficultpeople #stress #therealworld #AthleticGrandma #FitnessGal1969 #theplateisfull

Smile to have a better day

Terrific Tuesday

If every morning could feel this way… It would be awesome 🙂

The baby woke up happy, my spinach and egg omelet cooked perfectly, my coffee got made, my lunch got packed, and everything done in a relatively relaxed manner, and even got out of the door on time today 🙂

It is always nice to have a great smiling start to the day! When you start with happy and positive… It tends to carry you in that manner (and attract the same thing back to you) through the day, which is awesome 🙂

Smiling has been shown to increase happy chemicals and positive feelings on the inside. Not only this, but the people around you will generally be more positive if you are… It truly does rub off on others and makes for an even better day for you! 👍🏻

So, take a few moments to really SMILE to yourself and to others today! 😀