NYR – How To

Have you decided upon a NYR – New Year’s Resolution?

Most of us have one goal in mind- Lose weight! However, it’s a difficult goal.
So how can we keep ourselves motivated?
How the heck are we going to do this?

•Figure out who you are doing it for. There is only one right answer to this question. Lose weight for yourself and only for yourself. Do it to gain a healthy strong heart and soul. Set goals without deadlines. Make sure your goals are reasonable, and most importantly, accomplishable. This way your progress is always progress and setbacks can be maintained. Remember, go slow!
•Stay away from unhealthy ways to lose weight. You will do more bad than good, and it will take even longer to get back to healthy.
•Set a good example for yourself and those around you.
•It doesn’t matter how old you are, how over weight, how under weight, or how tall or short you are. Everyone deserves an optimal body. Love yourself. Ripped abs aren’t going to make you a better person. Sing Katy Perry’s song Unconditionally to yourself every morning. Make it a workout song… Or the drive to the gym song.
•Try making fitness goals to keep yourself motivated. Test yourself to run to a certain time frame, pump a number of reps, or even something as simple as jump a certain distance. Stay away from exercises you don’t enjoy. Be active everyday. If the gym is not for you, it’s okay! Walk outside, do some workout DVDs at home. Yoga and Pilates are perfect for quiet meditation, and intense muscle building. Be creative and have fun!
•Don’t obsess about food! Try new things to keep boredom at bay. There are so many different combinations of foods, recipes, and even healthy snacks you can buy. Browse the internet for healthy recipes, free recipes!
I’ll always post my favorite recipes so keep checking back!
•Don’t give up! Stay positive. It’s okay if you mess up. It doesn’t mean you fail.
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•Go slow and expect slow results. In an era of instant everything, we want instant results, but if you expect instant, then expect to be disappointed. You can’t even expect to lose your bloat in a week. It may take a whole month! Be proud of any accomplishment! 4:8:12
•Embrace everyone and everything that helps you reach your goal!

I hope you have an amazing year! Keep your endurance high and your will power strong! Good luck in 2014!!!

Last Minute Gifts

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So, right now at Starbucks you can buy a reusable cup for only $1! It’s dishwasher & microwave safe, plus every time you use it to buy a drink at Starbucks you get $0.10 off! (Hey, ten drinks saves you a $1)
Starbucks isn’t cheap lol
They aren’t flimsy at all. In fact they look & feel like some plastic cups I already have in my kitchen cabinet. They are great for kids too. My daughter loves hot chocolate and can drink from a sippy cup well enough not to spill much when drinking from these cups. I always order her hot chocolate with the low temp steamer so she can gulp it down the instant she gets it in her hands.
Back to the cups…
A deal this good means stock up. I really did go in and order 20 Starbucks cups. They come with lids too! Plus, I may or may not have asked for stoppers & sleeves. *you’ll never know*
These are great for people who don’t drink coffee. Just fill with herbal teas!
I bought that many to keep a back up stock as gifts to give to people for special occasions such as New Year’s, thank-you’s, friend’s birthdays, or this example – family Christmas light-seeing. Every year on Christmas Eve, my family goes driving around to see the ravenous & outrageous Christmas lights. Some people really go all out. Their electric bill must be through the roof.
This year was really fun. My sister found a map of the best lights in town so we followed it. My daughter had a blast. One of the houses was so decked out they even had the grinch passing out candy canes. Cars were lined up to watch the shows – as most of the houses have a radio station in sync with their lights which creates a fun show.
What better way to start a fun evening than with hot cocoa or some caffeine!
For the gifts, I made biscotti cookies (recipe coming soon) wrapped them up in cellophane and a bow, then stuffed the cups full with some of my families favorite drinks: hot chocolate, teas & coffee. Throw in a Starbucks gift card too!
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My family members are bold coffee drinkers, but I thought the blonde Starbucks instant coffees would be perfect for the evening.
When we were all making our drinks, my husband asked, “Why is everyone making coffee? Don’t they want to sleep tonight?”
I replied, “Honey, in this family, caffeine puts us to sleep.”
My dad jumped in and added, “Ain’t that the truth!”
My husbands hates coffee & tea. He got an all-hot-cocoa cup!

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New Years Resolutions – 2014

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Oh right, the new year is coming!
I haven’t even thought about making a New Year’s Resolution since last December. Last year, my only vow was to be more organized. Analyzing the past year, I would say I have come a long way. My car may need a little more work…
Is that any one else’s goal? To be more organized? My only two tips are as follows:

    Clean up immediately after you’re done. Hot glue gun, peanut butter, make up, etc.

    Make bags, tins, baskets, boxes or that ever else you can imagine to separate out everything. Label the containers and try not to combine things.

It shouldn’t cost you much to organize and label your stuff. Reuse everything! You’ll feel so refreshed and ready for spring if you get rid of things you don’t need. My rule is if I haven’t used in the the past 6 months then it gets tossed/donated.

NYRs, New Year’s Resolutions, typically are “spur-of-the-moment” promises we make just to make because we are supposed to.
Who out there actually quits drinking soda after making it a NYR? I can go months with out a diet coke, but I can’t promise my body to never drink one again… Too much pressure! Don’t you raise you eyebrows at me! Dt Coke with a lemon & lime wedge is like my heroine. No worries – it truly is a rare (delicious and desirable) treat.

This coming year my resolution is to transform my body into the healthiest and sexiest it has ever been!

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To be fit, you have to be active and eat right. It truly is a lifestyle and not just a diet. Care more about the health of your body as it is and how it functions, rather than searching the internet to find the quickest way to give your self a thigh gap… Don’t get me started on your thigh gap.
Love yourself naked or dressed. There is nothing prettier than a woman in love, in love with her self and her body!
As a part of my New Year’s Resolution to get into the best shape of my life, I am going to:

    Cut out processed foods and eat as close to the source as possible

    Drink outrageous amounts of water and tea

    Instead of just buying items for convenience from my non perishables list, I’ll try to make them homemade.

    I will feed my children better foods than I eat, and turn their classic favorites into homemade treats

    Eat more organic foods

    Enjoy my favorites, but never feel guilty!

    Control my portions

    Live an active life – teach my children how to be active

Now they say in order to truly be committed and actually be successful, we need a partner. They say 80% of people fail themselves by not being able to complete their resolutions, but we increase our chances if we are to just find a partner in crime.
Who want to partner up with me?
Each week I’ll post my menu and store list for you to follow. Comment & tell me what are your favorite BLDS (breakfast, lunch, dinners & snacks)!