Challenge

To-Don’t List?

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Everybody loves to make New Year’s resolutions.  I’m more of a goal girl myself.  Or picking a focus word. Regardless of what you like to do as the calendar turns the page … here is a nice list of things you DO NOT need to do in 2016.  It is just a snippet.  Add to it as you desire.  I’d love to hear your thoughts.

  • Don’t make excuses.
  • Don’t make laziness a habit.
  • Don’t be a slave to other people’s expectations.
  • Don’t compare your body to  anyone else’s.
  • Don’t be a prisoner to clutter.
  • Don’t volunteer for anything out of guilt, but rather passion or interest.
  • Don’t offer to host an event if you’re not up for that.
  • Don’t over-stay your welcome.
  • Don’t monopolize conversation.
  • Don’t be a show-off or one-upper.
  • Don’t eat out of boredom.
  • Don’t wear clothes that do not fit.
  • Don’t sleep your life away.
  • Don’t envy another’s grass, water your own.
  • Don’t lie – especially to yourself.
  • Don’t indulge in procrastination – it is a thief of time.
  • Don’t text and drive.
  • Don’t lose sight of what’s really important to you.
  • Don’t overdraw your bank account.
  • Don’t max out your credit cards.
  • Don’t quit or give up.
  • Don’t limit yourself based on other people’s beliefs.
  • Don’t settle for mediocre.
  • Don’t gossip.
  • Don’t give your phone more attention than your spouse.
  • And last but never least; don’t answer the phone when you’re making love. Now of course; I hope that one is obvious! 🙂
As always, make champion choices,
The Healthy Habit Lady
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The Enemy of Our Best

You have to decide what your highest priorities are.  Think about your core values. What is truly important to you? When all is said and done, what is your life about? It can be more than one thing, but it probably isn’t 500 things.  Define your core values and then you can figure out your priorities.  If you figure out your priorities, it is easier to set goals.

Write out your 5 priorities.  Seriously.  Right now.  Go ahead.  I’ll wait.  Examples of priorities could be:  Debt free, finishing college, reducing blood pressure, purchasing a home, getting a certification, educating your children at home, reducing body fat, publishing a book, growing a sustainable garden, learning a new language, completing a project, etc.  Did you write out your five?  Great.  So glad you did.

Now, here’s the challenge.  And you thought picking 5 priorities was the hard part, didn’t you?   I dare you to have the courage to calmly, with a smile, non-apologetically, answer “NO” to other things that do not match up with those top 5 priorities and your core values.  How do you do that?  Some of us, *ahem* (myself included), have trouble finding our NO voice.  SOME of us have trouble setting boundaries.  Here’s how you do this.   It is easier to say NO when we have a bigger YES burning inside of us. The enemy of our BEST is often ….simply the good.

Finding My NO Voice

Finding My NO Voice

As always, make champion choices,
The Healthy Habit Lady

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Leap Year Resolutions

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Toyota Tundra 2015

Today is the last day of February.  It’s a short month.  It’s a cold month (many places anyway).  It’s the best time of the year to buy a vehicle, you’re likely to get a good deal. So that is exactly what we did this week, we bought a new truck.

Meanwhile, every four years, you get an extra day in February.  LEAP Day.  Next year, in 2016, we’ll get another one.  Seems to me that this day, right here and right now, would be an amazing time to set an awesome goal.  Like a big hairy scary bodacious goal.  Pick a goal that freaks you out just a bit and frightens you to your core.   Then once you have that goal set, reverse engineer it into an action plan. Write out your Steps.  How do you eat an elephant?  One bite at a time~  How did I lose over 175 pounds?  Five pounds at a time 🙂 Seriously, I set 5 pound goal increments as miniature goals.  Small victories feed into big victories.

I challenge you to set a goal that you will celebrate on Leap Day 2016.  I encourage you to tell people about your resolve.  Who needs New Year’s resolutions when you can have Leap Day Resolutions, right?  You know you wanna.

As always, make champion choices,
The Healthy Habit Lady

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Over 300 Pounds – no clue what year

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136 Pounds – February 2015

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The Joy of the Jump

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So, my kid took this picture of me jumping on the trampoline this morning while everyone was finishing getting ready for school. It’s not exactly a flattering photo, but it is kind of significant … at least to me.

You see, for years, there was no way in the world I would jump … at all … for any reason. Even after I lost a lot of weight, and I bought this mini-trampoline, that thing scared half me to death. I always had a wrecked knee and just the mere thought of trying to actually jump on it seemed insane. I refused to do it in front of anybody at first, I wanted to do it in private. Now? It is no big deal. And my kids jump on it all the time too. I’m like hey now, that’s MY toy, lol.

Moral of the story? Find the thing that scares you half to death and go do that.

As always, make champion choices,
The Healthy Habit Lady

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The Gratitude Challenge

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Any ole jar will do

Gratitude Challenge: Are you in?

You Will Need:

  1. A Jar – It doesn’t matter what kind of jar. Recycled jelly jar, mason jar, etc.
  2. Some Paper – you can pick something colorful or you can rip out some white lined paper from a notebook, or you can write on the back of junk mail, it doesn’t matter.
  3. A Pen/pencil/marker that you can easily find.

What You Will Do:

Each day, starting on January 1, 2015, think of things that made you happy. This can include goals, dreams and desires. You can focus on anything as long as it makes you think of happiness! If you want to put other things in the jar, like a lucky token, ticket stub from a trip you loved or a note from a loved one, go ahead. It’s your jar and your fulfillment. You can add more than one things a day.

Write it Down!

There are no set “rules”, modify this as it works best for your world. So throw out your thoughts about prayers, good luck, well wishes and/or faith-based understandings of happiness.   Maybe it’s a question or prayer request.  Whatever you choose to write; just make sure it makes you think of happiness, or brings joy.

You will do this for one full year.  Then on New Year’s Eve (12/31/15) – – you will celebrate all of the things you wrote about.

Now who is with me?

As always, make champion choices,
The Healthy Habit Lady

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