While there is nothing that makes me happier than being a mom, the responsibilities of motherhood have to be balanced with other things to have a healthy and happy life. I, like many moms, have struggled to make myself a priority. I have battled with feeling selfish and guilty when wanting to pursue my goals and dreams, as if I lost that right once I became a mother. I then came to realize that I am the example to my children and unless I want my children to give up on their dreams, I can’t give up on mine. Whatever your goals and aspirations are, I encourage you to step out of the shadows and go for it. By realizing your dreams and goals, not only will you be happier; you will be teaching others, including your loved ones, to live life to the fullest.
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn’t serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” ~Marianne Williamson
~Liza Hughes xox
The ‘All or Nothing’ way of thinking is the platform of the perfectionist and is the ultimate saboteur. Also known as thinking in black or white, it sets you up from the start to fail and is a very destructive way of moving through life. Competitive athletes, fitness enthusiasts, and really anyone who is goal oriented, have or are at risk of falling prey to this mindset which can land them in a depressive state or a funk.
Learning how to effectively set fitness goals can make the difference on whether you ever achieve them or not. Unless you clearly define what you want and make a plan to get there, your odds of success will be significantly reduced. Whether your goal is to be leaner, faster, bigger, more conditioned, or eat healthier, goal setting will be a key deciding factor on getting you there. To have the greatest chance of achieving your goals, your goals must be clear, meaning they must be specific, attainable, measurable and time bound.
Theoretically the scale is a very helpful tool if you are trying to lose or maintain your body weight. For some though, stepping on the scale is more of a psychological battle than the logical use of a simple tool that measures weight and nothing else. The tricky part is figuring out, and then admitting, whether the numbers on the scale will motivate you or derail you. It helps if you understand what the scale is telling you.
Contrary to the popularity of the “low-carb” and “no-carb” diet craze, simple and complex carbohydrates are critical to excellent short and long term health and play a significant role in attaining optimum fitness performance. The key is understanding how the body utilizes carbohydrates and how to incorporate them into your daily diet in a healthy way.