7 Steps to Reaching Your Goals

  Achieving the goals you set can be hard. Put your failures behind you and set yourself on the path to success with these 7 steps for reaching your goals. 7 Steps to Reaching Your Goals ~ Tipsaholic.com #goals #resolutions #achievement

 

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Making goals is easy, but reaching them is tough, and all the planning in the world won’t make a difference until you take the first step. These seven steps are sure to put you on the path to success, even if you’ve had trouble reaching your goals in the past. Start today and these guidelines will help you keep your motivation up and your eyes on the prize.

 

Make goals you actually want to reach

You’ll be setting yourself up for failure if you aren’t excited about your goal. Make sure it’s something you really want and you’re really ready for, and that you know what you’re going to have to do to reach it. Make sure to not make so many goals that you can’t spare the time each goal requires.

 

Start small

Try not to put your focus on the “ultimate” version of your goal. If you want to start exercising, don’t try to go from no exercise to an hour of exercise each day, or you’ll quickly lose your motivation. Start so small that you can’t possibly find a reason to say “no.” Choose a simple exercise and plan to do it for just five minutes. You can start working up once it becomes a daily habit.

 

Take it one step at a time

Don’t try to tackle every aspect of your goal at once. If you make a goal to eat healthy, don’t immediately eliminate everything unhealthy – you’re sure to feel deprived, which is likely to lead to strong cravings, which are likely to lead to binges. Start by removing one type of food and then another in a month or so when you’ve had time to adjust.

 

Make a schedule

You’ll need to make a schedule if your goal requires time outside of your normal daily activities, or it just won’t happen. Sit down and figure out where in your day you can fit a few minutes to work on your goal. Before bed? After work? Could you get up a little earlier? Pencil it in and don’t let other things take priority over it.

 

Carry some kind of reminder

Sometimes you might just need a little reminder to keep you focused on your goal. Buy a special bracelet, leave a post it note on your mirror, add a sticker to the corner of your phone, or even just put a rubberband around your wrist – anything that you can use to represent your efforts and become a visual support whenever you find yourself slipping.

 

Make it fun

No matter the goal, you’re not likely to continue if you’re not having fun along the way. If your goal is to learn to cook, don’t just read books about it or watch cooking shows all day. Get up and try it. Make your own tutorial. Teach someone else the process. Take pictures of your progress. Celebrate your successes with little rewards. Whatever it takes to keep you interested!

 

Keep track of your progress and reward your wins

You won’t know how close you are to your goal unless you keep track of your progress. Use a journal, a chart on the wall, a document on your computer, or an app on your phone as visual reminders of your success. If you’ve broken your goal into smaller parts as suggested above, reward yourself when you reach each of them! Get that scarf you’ve been dying to buy when you lose five pounds or have a girls’ night out when you finish your first 10-mile bike ride. These things will keep you motivated and working towards your larger goals until, at long last, you reach them.

 

Kayla Lilly is a photographer, writer, wife, and mama making a house a home in eastern Idaho. She met her mister while working at an amusement park and married him a year later after deciding there was no way to live without him. The amusement has continued as they’ve added three kids and a passel of pets to their lives while finishing college and starting a photography business. Drawing inspiration from the whirlwinds of marriage, parenthood, and the media, Kayla blogs at Utterly Inexperienced, and spends the rest of her time chasing chickens, organizing junk drawers, diapering toddlers, and photographing everyone willing to step in front of her lens.

 

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How to Make an Exercise Schedule

Don't let your exercise resolutions fall by the wayside! Follow these steps to make an exercise schedule you can stick to! How to Make an Exercise Schedule ~ Tipsaholic.com #health #exercise #exerciseschedule

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You may have a goal to increase your physical fitness this year, but in the commotion of your daily life it can be difficult to get started. Setting a schedule for yourself is a critical step in finding your fitness groove. Follow these guidelines to making a personal exercise schedule to get yourself out the door and on the road to physical health.

 

Pick your calendar

Plan to write your exercise schedule down in a place where you will see it often and be able to refer to it when needed. If you have a big wall calendar or frequently use a planner, write it there. Other options may be to use an app or calendar on your phone or another electronic device.

 

Assess your time

Start by setting aside a few minutes at the start of the week. Add it to your schedule and reserve this time each week for planning your exercise. Then, begin answering the following questions: When is your energy high? What’s your work schedule? When does your spouse get home from work? When do the kids go to sleep? Find a time slot in your day, even if it’s just 20 minutes, in which you can make exercise a priority.

 

Vary your exercises

To optimize your health, a variety of exercises should be part of your schedule. Working with weights should be done 3-5 times per week for muscle building and bone strength. Cardiovascular activities should also be done 3-5 times per week for a healthy heart and lungs. Be sure to include warm up and cool down time in each of your workouts to avoid injury. Allow yourself a day of rest and recovery.

 

Gather ideas from outside sources

You may be wondering what types of exercise other active people are scheduling for themselves and when they work out. Go online or simply ask those you know what exercises they do and for how long. You can even try this “Fitness Plan Generator” over at SparkPeople.

 

Check your community

Most cities have community groups, classes, or activities you can join. Check with local gyms, friends, and dance studios. Yoga, Zumba, pilates, aerobics, dance… There are classes for everyone! Ask other people in your neighborhood if they’d like to start a walking or biking group. Find something that interests you, note the times it is available, and seriously consider making it a part of your schedule.

 

Make slow increases

Once your basic schedule is set you can add small changes each week during your planning session. Use your schedule from the week before as a reference and increase duration, weight, and reps to maximize your efforts and continue to improve your physical fitness.

 

Some other tips

  • Use an app – there are many apps you can use to schedule your workouts, along with learning proper form for different exercises and tracking your food intake! Start with this list of five favorite fitness apps from HuffPost.
  • Try short rounds of exercise – if you really can’t find a spare 30 minutes in your day, you can try doing multiple smaller workouts spaced throughout the day to add up to a full session.
  • Be flexible – don’t get discouraged if your schedule doesn’t work out on occasion. Inevitably, things will come up and your exercise will get sidelined. Try to squeeze a little in at another time or plan to exercise a little longer the next day.

 

Kayla Lilly is a photographer, writer, wife, and mama making a house a home in eastern Idaho. She met her mister while working at an amusement park and married him a year later after deciding there was no way to live without him. The amusement has continued as they’ve added three kids and a passel of pets to their lives while finishing college and starting a photography business. Drawing inspiration from the whirlwinds of marriage, parenthood, and the media, Kayla blogs at Utterly Inexperienced, and spends the rest of her time chasing chickens, organizing junk drawers, diapering toddlers, and photographing everyone willing to step in front of her lens.

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8 Resolutions to Reset Your Health This Year

Don't waste your efforts on grueling dieting and exercise resolutions, reset yourself this year with one of these 8 simple health resolutions. 8 Resolutions to Reset Your Health This Year ~ Tipsaholic.com #healthyhabits #resolutions #health

 

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 Making resolutions is a self-improvement tradition that often has us filling the first of our year with big goals that wear us out after just a week or two. Take a break from those complicated resolutions and instead try resolving to take up one of these simple daily habits. Add a few more over time and you’ll be on your way to completely resetting your health this year!

 

1. Floss your teeth

Dentists recommend that you floss at least once a day. Why? Because the food you eat (particularly sugary stuff) doesn’t all make it to your stomach. Much of it gets trapped between your teeth and slowly feeds the cavity-causing bacteria that live in your mouth. Brushing isn’t enough to reach those tight spaces, but flossing will keep the tooth decay at bay and a healthy mouth is important for overall wellness. Try a nifty flossing tool if you find plain floss difficult to manage.

 

2. Drink water

Water is one of the major building blocks of your body and drinking it should definitely be at the top of your list when it comes to daily health practices. The current recommendation is to drink around 9 cups of water daily for women, and 13 cups for men, but the amount can vary depending on activity level and climate. Keep a pitcher of water in the fridge to have quick access to it, and if you find it hard to meet your quota with plain old tap water, try adding fruit (lemon slices are perfect!) or a sugar free flavoring like MiO.

 

3. Take a walk

The word “exercise” can be hard to swallow – so don’t use it. Find some physical activity, however small it may be, and start doing it. If you can’t think of anything you enjoy, walking a little each day is something practically anyone can do, and it can be really enjoyable if you walk in a favorite location or at a favorite time of the day. Anything you can do, no matter how small, is better than nothing.

 

4. Use sunscreen

In an age of tanning beds and beach-going, wearing sunscreen isn’t the most popular of health resolutions, but it’s one of the most important. Being in the sun for more than just 15 short minutes requires sunscreen. SPF 15 or higher applied every couple of hours (more often if you are in water) you are in the sun is the best way to properly protect your skin from sun damage and cancers.

 

5. Use a smaller plate

If you find diets and calorie counting difficult, this may be the solution for you. Eating from a smaller plate helps to control portions without requiring any extra thought. Take things a step further by filling half of that plate with veggies!

 

6. Turn off your screens before bed

The data is pouring in! Staring at our screens at night – whether they are phones, tablets, computers, or anything else – seriously disrupts sleep patterns. This means that because of the “blue light” emitted by our devices we are getting less sleep, the sleep we get is lower quality, and our health is taking a hit. Turn off your screens at least an hour (preferably two) before bed. Your tired brain and eyes will thank you!

 

7. Schedule a check-up with your doctor

I know, I know. It’s time consuming. It costs money. Maybe it’s even a little scary for you. But getting basic health checks at least once a year and talking to your doctor, particularly if you have any concerns, is one of the best things for your overall health. Blood pressure, weight, and heart rate can give clues to lots of issues that you may not notice in your day to day life. Do yourself a favor and make an appointment today.

 

8. Say “yes” to you

Health can often be addressed best from the inside out. Your mind is one of your most important assets, and if it becomes unwell, the rest of you is at risk. Don’t forget to take time out from the day-to-day and treat yourself. Take a bubble bath. Go for a bike ride. Hug someone you love. Do something you love. Take care of you.

 

Kayla Lilly is a photographer, writer, wife, and mama making a house a home in eastern Idaho. She met her mister while working at an amusement park and married him a year later after deciding there was no way to live without him. The amusement has continued as they’ve added three kids and a passel of pets to their lives while finishing college and starting a photography business. Drawing inspiration from the whirlwinds of marriage, parenthood, and the media, Kayla blogs at Utterly Inexperienced, and spends the rest of her time chasing chickens, organizing junk drawers, diapering toddlers, and photographing everyone willing to step in front of her lens.

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