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Your Body Is Awesome & You Should Throw a Party!

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What a peaceful and beautiful thought it is, to be content with what you have and rejoice in the way things are? Granted, I understand that for many it might be hard to truly feel this way, and sadly, they may have a legitimate reason to feel that way… but we all have something to be thankful for. All of us. Something, someone, something positive in our lives, something good. In my darkest times, it has always been helpful to remember what I do have, always.

And slowly, steadily I have been lucky enough to come to feel that way about my body. I say “lucky” without a shred of irony, since in our society, with the constant message that you’re flawed, fat, unworthy, you’re lucky if you can shake it all off in any meaningful way and actually begin to feel good about yourself.

Instead of focusing on what you don’t like and what you want to fix, what about if you were content with what you had and you celebrated your amazing body and your good health and all the things your strong healthy body enables you to do?

What about if every day you thanked your body and felt grateful for your health and wrote down 3 things that were awesome about you, how do you think your attitude might change? I bet you’d start to feel happy and inspired and joyful, and learn to love your physical self. You might even throw a party and “rejoice”… (remember to invite me, please! hehe).

Nothing about you is lacking. You are good and you are enough. You have everything you need to be awesome and you already are; every day you get better and better. Each healthy meal, each training session, leads to a better you.

What do you like the most about your body?

What’s your best feature?

Whats the coolest thing you can do? Badass bench press number? Can you do the splits? Feel free to brag a little in the comments! It can be anything. I wanna hear it! Just a reminder, it doesn’t have to remotely be something that would make you “good” competitively, personal goals and triumphs, no matter how humble they may seem, are perfect. Please share!

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Goal Setting & Motivation – Making a Vision Board!

Last night, I sat down and created a new vision board.

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I looked back over the one I made at the end of 2011, it was covered in pictures of fitness models, pictures of Rome and Spain and affirmations about being happy, healthy, fit and loving life. Some vague stuff about being a fitness role model. Something else rather vague about finding joy in my work. Blah, blah, blah!

What was awesome is that I pretty much got everything I put on there. I’ve traveled a lot in the last year and a half. I’m happy. I’m fitter than ever. I’m blessed with good health. People in my every day life certainly do look up to me as a fitness role model. I had a job for the last year that in and of itself was quite humdrum, but I worked with a great group of people and we laughed every single day, there was a great energy there. I never dreaded going to work, nor was I ever overworked! It was pretty great.

What was less than awesome is that I realized I didn’t get what I really, really wanted because I didn’t ask for it! I wasn’t specific enough! Doh!!!

So my goal with this new vision board was to be specific. Clear goals that will make me happy and help me create the life I want. Gratitude. Positivity. I put my new vision board up on my dresser and I have to say, it makes me giddy with excitement and deeply content every time I look at it.

Here are my tips in creating your own vision board:

1. Put thought into it. Curate images, words and affirmations that mean a lot to you. The emotion behind it is important. Your vision board should stir positive and heartfelt emotion in you when you look at it.

2. Only use POSITIVE words and images. Don’t write things you don’t want. Don’t write stuff that begins with “I will not…”, “I don’t…”. Frame everything in the present tense and make it positive. Make it an image or statement that expresses the best version of you, your ideal. For example, don’t say “I will lose 10kg”… instead write, I am my ideal bodyweight. Then you might want to find a picture of your ideal body… and maybe even stick your head on top of it! Haha!

3. Make sure you put your finished vision board somewhere you can see it every day. Take time to look over it quietly and imagine, meditate and BELIEVE that all those words and images are true. 

4. Be specific! You’ll be amazed at how what you ask for comes true. Often, we’re too afraid to ask for what we really, really want. We think it can’t come true, or that it’s too much, or that we’re unworthy of that, so we’ll ask for something sort of like it, but lesser instead. I personally struggle with all these things. But be specific. However you believe that affirmations and vision boards and positive thinking actually work, whether you believe that they’re somehow “magical” and make things happen, or you think it helps us set in motion the actions to achieve the things we want (I think it’s mostly the latter and a little of the former personally), the thing is, IT WORKS. So be specific. Believe. And then take action towards your goals.

One step at a time. Every day you get a little closer. 

Have you ever made a vision board before? And did you get the things you wanted?

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New Years Resolutions… Make Them & Stick To Them!

It’s that time again, where the year is young and we have a fresh slate with which we can start anew!

It is exciting! 2013 is here, what are your plans?

Mine include smashing my strength goals, hitting new PR’s, continuous improvement in all things health and fitness, as well as becoming conversational and confident in speaking Italian and maintaining my blogs. They’re all doable, but they are also things that require focus, consistency and for me to make them each a priority week in and week out.

This is what it takes to make things happen. Action. Focus. Doing your best, and doing it all consistently.

Don’t drop the ball! And if you do, pick it back up and keep playing!

The biggest thing is, whether it’s a diet, or an exercise program, or learning a language is that if you fall off the wagon, don’t give up. Just get back on the path. Refocus. Don’t dwell on the mistake you made or how you “weren’t good”, just restart by taking a small step and doing that small action each day that you may have let go of and get back on the path towards your goal.

“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” – Arthur Ashe

Things That Help:

1. Pictures of your goal. Words of affirmation on your desk or fridge. Remind yourself of what you want and what you’re working to achieve, remind yourself WHY you want to achieve it.

2. Create a Vision Board. This is similar to Step 1, but on a much grander scale. This is lots of fun.

3. Write down your 3 or 4 of your most important goals in a positive format EVERY NIGHT in a little notebook you keep beside your bed. Review what you write down and think about it and visualize it as reality. This will take you maybe 5 minutes each night. Then go to bed. Repeat the review process in the morning and go about your day. This is a really powerful exercise that will get you focused on what you want to achieve.

Tomorrow, I’ll elaborate on these 4 important and helpful strategies to help you go after and achieve your fitness goals, but really, you can apply them towards ANYTHING.

I hope you each get everything you dream of in 2013 and so much more!