AWARE & VIBRANT LIVING

Lisa Blakeney, Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach

Month: December 2016

Happy New Year!!

Happy New Year!!  Here comes 2017!!

WOW!!  As I have reflected on 2016 in the last couple of weeks, I can’t believe how quickly this year has gone, but I have begun to say that every year now.  LOL!!  I feel good about the slow progress I have made this year in my business, and the fact that I still weigh what I weighed at this time last year, sustaining a comfortable and healthy body.  Not every one of my goals was accomplished, but I tend to set some pretty lofty goals.  I am happy with the accomplishments I have made, and look forward to accomplishing even more in 2017.  How are you feeling as we close out the year?

I suggest taking some time to reflect, to feel a sense of accomplishment, and then start looking forward to the possibilities of a new year.  For some reason 2017 seems like a good number to me, but pretty close to 2020 – doesn’t that just sound weird?

Do you make New Year’s Resolutions, set goals for yourself, make plans to make things happen?  Now’s the time to do it.  I suggest setting goals rather than resolutions, as most people give up their resolutions by Valentine’s Day only 6 weeks away.  I’m all about long-term, long-lasting goals and results.

A few pointers on setting some goals for yourself:

1.  Make realistic goals, to ensure your success.

2. Set goals with a deadline in which to accomplish them. 

3. Break them down into realistic segments or sub-parts.

4. Put those segments or sub-parts in your calendar with time to work on them.

5. Work toward each deadline on your calendar.

A seemingly simple prospect, right?  Maybe not so much.  I think my biggest problem with my goals is that I tend to be unrealistic about the time it will take me to accomplish these tasks.  I tend to think a 5 hour project will only take 2 hours, so I easily get “behind” and then either stress about the deadline, or I lose the excitement when I don’t meet my own deadlines.  Has this happened to you?

For 2017, I am going to try to focus on one task at a time.  I tend to be too vague and write down 3-4 things I will do during my “business time”, but then only get 1-2 done.  I’m trying a few new things this year to help me along and I will share them with you here.

New calendar or planner – I am a paper and electronic calendar person, so I bought a new planner and have decided I will use pencil this year, rather than pen and a ton of white-out tape.  Also, my new calendar has a space at the bottom to write a few lines, so I am putting the important events and accomplishments that need to happen that month right there where I can clearly see them each time I look at the monthly calendar.

I have written my personal goals as well as my business goals, and have already started on breaking this down and writing it in my calendar.  I keep this list in the back of my planner, and consult it throughout the year, which can help keep me motivated along the way.

Set a couple of short term goals and do them.  You will immediately have a sense of accomplishment, and be more motivated to move on to the next goal.  Celebrate each accomplishment, and keep the bigger picture in mind, as it all comes together.

What are you goals for 2017?  What would you like to accomplish next year?  Do you have a plan for getting there?  Do you need help?  I’m here for you and continue to offer a FREE discovery session consultation to discuss your goals and dreams. 

Also in 2017 I am offering a monthly free class and a monthly $25/pp. class, except for January where there will only be a free class.  I am getting my schedule up and would love for you to join me.  I am planning these classes to be informative, fun, and inspiring!  Sign up today.  I am finalizing a location for these classes this week.  Scroll down to the calendar on my Calendar page, and book today!!

I’d love to know what you have planned for 2017.  Use the comment button at the top of the page to share with me.

I wish you all a wonderful celebration, a safe, warm night, and a joyous, prosperous, and healthy 2017.

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10 Ways to Eat Healthy on a Budget

Is one of your Resolutions or goals for 2017 to eat healthier?  Let me help you get started.
Organic fruits and vegetables, as well as grass fed and pastured meats, unfortunately, all cost more than conventional food, which is a shame and completely backwards in our food system, but it is worth it to spend the extra money and avoid all the pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides they coat conventional food with.  I’ll take you through 10 ways to stretch your healthy food dollar, and help you navigate what is truly healthy and what just proclaims to be.  Bring your questions and concerns and come learn how to save money while still eating healthy.  Please sign up here.

Location will be in Tacoma, WA.  Depending on how many sign up, I will make a determination about 1-2 weeks ahead of the event as to the location and provide an update.

 

10 Cool Success Tips Coming Your Way

Healthy Holidays Part 3
10 Cool Success Tips Coming Your Way
Help to Survive the Endless Holiday Treats

Okay, you survived Thanksgiving, hopefully without eating too much or feeling too badly about it.  Now to face the endless stream of cookies, candies, baked goods, and other treats that are in such abundance this time of year.  I also have my birthday thrown in there between Thanksgiving and Christmas.  WHEW!!  Get ready!

If your workplace is anything like mine, we are constantly faced with temptations of gifts from our clients, vendors, business associates, as well as celebrations, parties, lunches out, and happy hours.  It seems like this time of year you simply can’t escape from the junk food, it’s everywhere!!

Here are 10 Cool Success Tips for Surviving and Thriving this Holiday Season.

1.      Conquer your mindset.  Perhaps the most difficult thing to do is to get in the right mindset for the holidays.  My mindset has completely shifted from the way it used to be – which was to indulge and enjoy and pay for it all later.  Not anymore, now I simple remember why I don’t indulge like that anymore, how far I’ve come, and how much better I will feel, physically, emotionally and psychologically when I make better choices.

2.      Awareness.  Here is where I constantly remind myself how gluten, sugar, diary, alcohol, etc. makes me feel.  This makes my process so much easier.  I have become VERY aware of just how some of these goodies and temptations really do nothing for me other than make me miserable.  Whether is it immediately, or a week from now, when I feel bad, have acne, cramping, bloating, itching, nasal congestion, and all the other symptoms these foods bring on, and it is easy to turn away and know that you will feel good, feel well, feel nourished, and feel happy that you have made the right choices and your body will thank you for it.  Know what your body wants and needs.

3.      Water.  Drink more water.  I know I say this over and over, but it really is extremely important.  Most of us are dehydrated and don’t even know it.  Dehydration causes all kinds of issues, from headaches, dry skin, and muscle cramps to more serious conditions like low blood pressure, rapid heartbeat, rapid breathing, fever and even delirium.  It is extremely important to stay hydrated by drinking clean, filtered water, without any additives, or sugars, or anything else.

4.      Healthy Choices at the Ready.  I’ve mentioned preparedness before, and again this is important.  While you may need a bit of advance preparation, it pays dividends later when you are prepared with a healthy choice available when constantly encountering more holiday temptations.  Prepare some simple, healthy snacks to carry with you.  Energy Balls; hummus and veggies; or an apple with almond butter).  If you are prepared with a healthy alternative, you will be much less tempted when you are hungry and all that you see is junk food.

5.      Healthy Alternatives to your Favorites.  If you are feeling bad about not being able to enjoy your favorite dish, look for an alternative, a healthier version of the dish.  Be it stuffing, my alternative is here, or something else that you really miss as part of your holiday, make a quick Google search; or make your own special treat, like organic, low sugar, dark chocolates.  As more and more people turn to healthier choices, the selection and options available are increasing exponentially.  Ask me, I have lots of great alternatives I am happy to share with you or refer you to someone else who is providing for these needs.

6.      Get Support.  Perhaps you can team up with a buddy at work, or a friend who will partner with you and hold you accountable; or work with a health coach, either way get some support and make it more fun.  When you have an encouraging, supportive, caring friend or coach you are much more likely to succeed, and it will improve your mindset to nurture yourself and someone else.  Contact me or book a consultation today.

7.      Splurge!  Every once in a while…  Obviously, if you splurge every day the wheels will fall off of this train, and you will derail your healthy journey through the holidays.  Eat one chocolate, or one cookie, or one piece of indulgent candy.  Sit down with it, savor its flavor, and indulge in its decadence.  No shame, no guilt, no negative thoughts at all.  Just enjoy the flavor of your treat.  YUM!!!

8.      Appreciate the Nourishing Whole Food you are Eating.  Appreciate and show gratitude for the beautiful, whole foods you are preparing for yourself and eating.  Be grateful for the knowledge and the power you have over your food choices.  Make the conscious, purposeful choice to eat well and appreciate every morsel.

9.      Meditate, Pray.  Whatever your spiritual practice looks like, be it meditation, prayer, yoga, a walk in nature, whatever it is, fit it is as often as possible this season.  Sit quietly, walk peacefully through a park or a forest, go for a hike in the snow.  Breathe . . . breathe in the fresh air, and bring to your being that sense of peace and delight, breathe into your power that makes it all possible.  Rejoice and Give Thanks!!

10.  Celebrate, Be Joyful and Focus on the Positive:

Spend time with your family, friends, and loved ones
Nourish your body with wholesome, good, home cooked food
Bless nourishing food and be grateful for it
Feel great in your mind and body this holiday season
Easily digest your food
Embrace the spirit and the beauty of the season
Lift up someone in need
Celebrate the love, peace, gratitude and joy of this season.

I wish you all a nourishing, Vibrant, and happy December, with a slight bit of Splurge!

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Blessings to All!!!

Thank you for all of your support!!

Lisa

 

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