Monday, February 11, 2013

Be Bigger Than The Day You're Living In

First off....
Favorite part of the Grammy Awards ----> Carrie Underwood!!
Do you think she gets chill bumps when she sings? Is it possible to give yourself chill bumps?! The woman is amazingly beautiful and the power packed in her vocals is unbelievable! Amazing. Loved it.
Did you like the way they lit up her dress? What was your favorite part of the Grammy's?

Ok, now back to the scheduled post.....

live life, set goals, have happy days

I've shared this quote with many, I feel it's words are powerful and motivating, I adore it and live by it...
We must always have something in mind that's bigger than the day we're living in....

Setting goals for yourself can be exciting but for some it may cause anxiety.
When setting your goals always be realistic. When being realistic always realize there will be times your goals must be re-evaluated. Life never fails at handing us curve balls. There will be times you doubt your abilities, or you doubt your successes. Remember, everyone starts and ends at a different level, cater your goals accordingly. And be sure to give yourself rewards along the way. Also, give yourself the satisfaction of achieving mini goals within your big goal. Mini goals will guarantee your success.

Spinning off of this....into maintaining a healthy and fit lifestyle! oh yes, it's happening, time now!
I feel, you must look at these three things....

Before setting your fitness goals take the time to evaluate where you are within the realm of fitness. Are you coming off a year hiatus? Have you had a recent setback keeping you from your routine? Do you have previous injuries to be considered? Once you are comfortable and honest with your current position - look ahead, way ahead - to where you want to be with your personal fitness level and make that your overall goal. Now that the big picture is drawn up lets map the route to include mini goals...these will be like markers, giving you satisfaction and encouragement to keep going. Your first mini goal could be just overcoming a fear of the gym. Another mini goal could be managing a distance equal to a 5K and then moving on to a 10K, eventually hitting a half marathon.  Short term//mini goals can be as simple as pumping out 25 consecutive sit-ups or holding a 30 second plank with an overall goal of 50 sit-ups and 1 minute planks. One of the best ways to challenge yourself and reach your big goal is to simply 'be more than you were yesterday'. It's that easy. It's worked for me, every time. Bringing out the inner competitor we all own is a driving force to keep us on track to our main goals.

I've said it before, the word diet bothers me. I fear it's use because often times it means "slashing certain foods". I don't mean "diet" in this sense. I say diet, because that's what it overall consumption of foods you choose. Your diet is going to dictate how you feel and what you can do. The rule of thumb is simple...Eat Good, Look Good. Your diet must complement your fitness goals. Think about the time you spend finding the perfect earrings, scarf and purse for a certain apply that same principal to your diet, it will complement your fitness goals. Again, mini goals will help you get to the big goal. If you wish to loose 25 pounds by bikini season, set mini goals of 4 pounds per month. Sound attainable? It is. Your diet is the finishing touch on your fitness level, or vice versa, however you see it best. Set mini goals such as shopping from only the perimeter of the grocery store, eating out only once a week, making sure your snacks are healthy choices, always having breakfast, adding more fiber through beans, greens, and wheat, having a daily salad, and setting aside time to make healthy meals. These suggested mini goals will help you find rewards along the route to your personalized diet goal and set you up for healthy habits.

Take a look in the mirror. Now what do you hear? Yes, not see but hear. Are there cries of doubt? The mirror should shout beautiful, encouraging words but many hear just the opposite and this dooms us for failure. Set a goal to applaud yourself when you stand before the mirror. Instead of letting your eyes roll to the subject of annoyance let your eyes meet and say, "Yes, I do approve". Hearing yourself in the mirror will help you find the "self" in self-image and your potential. And, focusing on the good will reinforce the beauty in your image. The more aware you are of the beauty you hold, the more value you carry. And the more valuable you are to yourself, the more capable you are of mighty things and achieving your goals (big and small). Being self aware and self confident brings out a force that is hard to defeat. By inserting this goal of healthy self-image you will get the best out of a healthy, fit lifestyle....looks and performance.

Are you overwhelmed by goals you've set for yourself?
Or maybe you need to set a few more, change things up?

I have goals set within my path to being  fit. I have goals for healthy eating/living. Goals within parenting and in my workplace too. Shooooot, I've even made goals for this blog. I search for my weakest link and sometimes the path I'm on receives dead ends or gets an unforeseen detour. It happens, it's part of life. Life changes and we have to change with it. The worst you can do is not set any goals.

And, don't forget to tell me what you thought of the Grammy's!

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*Look familiar? I first posted this as a guest on Pursuit of Pink. I've tweaked it a bit since then but had to share with you all too!!

Linked with YOLO Mondays and Miscellany Mondays

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Kimberly said...

I didn't watch all of them. I always watch the hour before when they are arriving. I like that better than the awards themselves. I like Carrie Underwood and wish Taylor Swift would stop singing about break ups! :) I heard I missed a good performance by Justin T. so I will look to see it on line today.

Vanessa said...

I don't have TV so I didn't get to watch... but thanks for this post! I could really use a big dose of motivation! I've got the long-term goal set... "Survive the Tough Mudder" in June... I've run four 5Ks so far (and felt like I wanted to die at each one, but I've at least progressed -- the mud run was by far the most fun and the easiest -- so nice to have those breaks from running). But right now I'm trying to gain weight, so while I know exercise is important regardless of weight goals, deep-down I'm still hesitant to burn any more calories than I already do just sitting around ;) I'm oh so nervous about the TM, and heck, I'm writing a guest post about this very topic (how to make fitness a priority) for another blog... but for some reason can't apply it all to my own life? Maybe it's just all the crap we're dealing with for the end of flight school and upcoming move and trying to buy a house and all that -- but those just feel like excuses. Sorry for venting in the comment -- I just need to get my butt in gear!!!

Tif said...

Just what I needed to read this morning! It's amazing what you SEE in the mirror and what you should HEAR in your own mind. Sight is a pretty big factor to failure for some people (I've done it myself). Anywhoooo...Carrie was AMAZING last night! Found you thru the Monday Meet Up! Happily following you now!
Ramblings of a Southern Belle

Jen said...

Carrie Underwood is amazing, one of my favorite concerts I have been too. :) That being said I love this post and it is definitely something that I needed to read this morning.:)

Ches said...

Great advice and I love the quote, thanks for sharing. Would you believe that I didn't watch the Grammy's, I do love Carrie Underwood that girl can singggggg.

Angie G. said...

Very inspiring, especially fitness, I keep on getting tendinitis in my ankle when I exercise. This has given me an excuse not to exercise as much as I should, but it is just an excuse. I am your newest follower, and found you via 'I Love My Online Friends GFC Hop'. Have a great day!
Angie G.

Kacey said...

I didn't watch the Grammy's - GASP! I know - It was Downton Abbey night and that over rules pretty much everything. :) And I agree - mini-goals within the big goals are the success to anything - whether its diet & fitness or anything else in between! Stopping y from Miscellany Mondays. :)

Beth said...

You are so positive! I love your words on self image, they are so true and inspiring.

As for the Grammy's, I don't think I would have missed too much had I not watched them. I learned that there are a lot of artists I didn't know existed... However, my favorite part was Carrie Underwood too!! She is pretty amazing!

Anonymous said...

I will be the first to admit that I have horrible self-image issues. Definitely something I need to work on.

Thanks for the great post!

Britta Marie said...

i am so happy that i found your blog today!! newest follower here and i really can't wait to keep reading. your words are so positive and encouraging which is exactly what i need right now! thanks :)

A said...

Great post! I love the quote and the idea - it is so true.. it is always easier to lift yourself out of a slump, or raise yourself out of current circumstances if you can look towards something bigger and brighter, or you can set yourself a positive goal to aim for and focus on!

Thanks for an inspiring and motivating post! :)

Aanika X

Lena B, Actually said...

Thanks for linking up with us for the ''I Love My Online Friends GFC Hop.'' Already a follower! ♥

Jordan said...

What an inspiring post! I'm putting the chocolate chips down as I read. I can't wait to read more! I'm a new follower from the GFC link-up!

Jordan @ Let Them Eat Paste

Lynette Marie said...

Love this post, Kristine! So encouraging and helpful. Fitness and deciding to change your lifestyle in a healthy way can be so intimidating and seemingly impossible, but it's not! Mini goals are so much more effective than big goals, and having a positive mindset is the only way to go! Love all your tips! :)

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for this! I'm book marking it for later and putting in my "inspirational posts" post this week. :)

Laura Darling said...

Carrie was amazing!!! And so was the rest of this post! :) Love that quote!

Janna Renee said...

This is awesome and inspiring...I have been sticking to working out, and even though I kept getting cramps this weekend, I pressed on. I just kept chanting "You've got this" in my head. I have been eating more with the higher activity levels, but trying to make healthy choices instead of depriving myself. I still need to find a balance, but so far so good!

Julie-Becoming A Navy Wife said...

Loved this post!!! My favorite part of the Grammy's was all the girls talking about the "dress code" that CBS implemented tonight on ET. lol. I thought everyone looked fabulous esp. Carrie Underwood! My Lord has she changed since her days on American Idol!!!

gayle said...

I need some serious help setting goals. I wrote about it here. I think I need a goal-making-helper!!

I need some fitness goals, at least. I'm stagnated and bored. Bleh. At least I still go???

Gayle | Grace for Gayle

gayle said...

Forgot the link!


Jane said...

This is so so great. I'm completely inspired! I just decided to start Insanity, and making these little goals and taking it a day at a time is a good way to look at the overall picture.


Amanda said...

I'm the worst at hitting a wall and not even trying to go over it. Thanks for the encouragement!

Desirae said...

I'm shamed to say I did not watch the Grammy's! Hahah. This post is very encouraging! Thanks for sharing, and as always, love having you over on the blog for Fitness Friday!

~Anchored In Christ~ said...

My fave part of the grammy's and your fave part of the grammys would be the same. I loved how they did the colors and all with her dress. one minute it look like a butterfly and the next like butterflies or something flying up or something. I vaguely remember. My memory sucks. LOL

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