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Do You Want a Worksheet With That

You’re right!

I didn’t finish the job yesterday. dreamgoalaction

What was I thinking posting about S.M.A.R.T. Goals without including a worksheet?

My only excuse is that I was focused on my frustration with the definitions used by most worksheets for S.M.A.R.T. Goals.

I hope to atone for my failing today. I have made up a hybrid of all the worksheets that have been given to me at various trainings and workshops. It makes more sense to me, so hopefully you will find it useful.

I want to get nosey; do you have your goals for 2017 yet?

I hope you have; but in case you haven’t, I offer you my S.M.A.R.T. Goals Worksheet.

It starts with the definitions that I gave you yesterday. It has lines for you to brainstorm with yourself about what you want in 2017. Then lines to list the five goals you prioritize for 2017 with a list of actions you need to take for each goal. At the end it encourages you to find someone to hold you accountable for your goals.

You may already have an accountability partner or group. Now you just have to use them.

Would you like to see and test out my S.M.A.R.T. Goals Worksheet?

If I give you a copy, will you give me your feedback as to how it works for you? Deal!

Here is the link. You should be able to download it and print it out.

Do it now.

It’s almost 2017.

 

SMART

S.M.A.R.T. goals charts and explanations abound.

Everyone encourages you to set goals; but to tell the truth I struggled with the S.M.A.R.T. Goal setting charts. I also struggled with setting goals. Is it any wonder my business struggled?

My main problem was wstrugglingith setting goals themselves. I needed to come to grips with recognizing that I was responsible to take action for my benefit. I had to figure out that it was okay to work for my good and well being. I had some pretty convoluted thinking going on. That is why it is critical to plug into personal development opportunities.

At least a couple times a year I sat in a workshop that encouraged goal setting and often some form of the S.M.A.R.T. chart was introduced.

I wanted things to change, so goal setting made sense; but the instructions with most S.M.A.R.T. charts used words that were redundant.

For instance, Specific and Measurable seem about the same to me. Similarly, Attainable and Realistic overlap ideas.

Still, I believe that goal setting is necessary.

I wasn’t successful in goal setting until I had a coach guide me through the process and give me helpful feedback.

Today my goals motivate and inspire me to work towards what I want and need. I can see measurable differences in my behavior. I have chosen a path that keeps me busy doing what I enjoy.enjoying

Do what you enjoy and you will never work a day in your life.  – Confucius

I enjoy my life now that I have goals and am working towards them.

I want that for you.

Here is my version of the S.M.A.R.T. goal setting idea. If my definitions don’t work for you, Google S.M.A.R.T. and choose from one of the many online. The important thing is to set goals and work towards them.

S.M.A.R.T. Goals for 2017

 Stretching

Your goals should be hard enough that you will be stretched out of your comfort zone. If you don’t stretch yourself, you may find yourself at the end of 2017 right where you are today.

Measurable

You should be able to know exactly when you have achieved your goals. It is hard to know just when you are rich; but you know exactly when you have $1,000,000 in the bank.

Attainable

Although your goals should stretch you, they must be goals that you can realistically reach. Setting a goal of earning $5,000 a month at the end of your specified time frame is more doable than having $1,000,000 in the bank, unless you are already earning $5,000 a month.

Rewarding

Your goals should be highly desirable to you. If you aren’t driven by money in the bank, then don’t make that your goal. Center the goal around what is most important to you. If your desire is to fire your boss and stay home with your kids, then make your goal the average monthly earnings you need to do that.

Time-Bound

You need a deadline. Make it realistic. Then work towards it and celebrate even if you fall short. You have at least moved forward.

Above all else, set goals.

Goals don’t have to be perfect. Goals give us direction.

Get ready for 2017 by setting goals.

Then find an accountability partner, mastermind group or coach to keep you on track with your goals.

God bless you in 2017.

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Empty Parking Lots Full Hearts

Have you driven around today?

Mom and I drove to Pueblo and back. As we drove through the towns of Southeastern Colorado I noticed all the empty parking lots at closed businesses.peaceonearth

And it gave me a good feeling.

I was glad that most people were home enjoying Christmas. Most people, except those providing vital services – the health care providers and first responders, law enforcement and military – were celebrating Christmas.

As I drove and pondered the empty parking lots, I thought about the impact that Jesus Christ has had on the world.

There are the spiritual benefits of redemption and salvation. They are why Christ came. He did not come to create a holiday that inspires a month long shopping frenzy.

He came to reconcile our relationship with God the Father. But I believe that He also reconciles human relationships. Even if it is for a day, family and friends do not let differences stand in the way of coming together. Sometimes that momentary truce is enough to heal major disagreements.

The day that we celebrate as the birthday of Jesus Christ inspires altruist actions and selflessness. Because of Christmas, we become better people.

This year the news featured a middle school student who had been bullied. He wrote a grant, received toys from that grant and has personally wrapped them for needy children in his community.

How many similar projects did not make the nightly news? How many were inspired by that news story?

It is the spirit of the season of Christmas that inspires many individuals and organizations to raise funds and donate food and toys for those who are less fortunate.

Right now there is an ad running for the ASPCA. You know the one with the poor puppies and kitties who have been abandoned and abused. They end the ad with the comment that it is the season of giving.

How has it become known as the season of giving?

Giving is the tradition of Christmas which is a celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. Granted, the giving has become extremely commercialized. But in the commercialization there are bright spots like the young man mentioned above.

From Thanksgiving until the end of the year nonprofit organizations raise the majority of their funding. Granted some of our giving is driven by promises of tax deductions; but it is also the example of Christ’s gift to us that inspires many to give to organizations making a difference in the world.

I suspect that doing good is contagious.

I have given this a good deal of thought. You see, I travel with my mom. A road trip requires frequent pit stops. Mom gets out of the car and slowly approaches the door of the convenience store with her walker. I am slowly walking beside her. Amazingly, people see her slow approach and rush to the door to hold it open for her (did I mention slow?) approach. They seem to be so happy to help her.

I have a theory. I can’t prove it; but I believe that they are nicer after helping Mom. I mean, if we do something good and it makes us feel good, aren’t we more likely to do a similar action again? And that could inspire another good deed and another .

It’s contagious.

So is the giving of the Christmas season. The stories of giving, warm our hearts and inspire us to act in similar ways. Once we have given to help pitiful puppies maybe we are inclined to give to earthquake survivors.

Giving – doing good – is not the true meaning behind Christmas.

The true meaning behind Christmas is so much more than learning to give. But it is a fringe benefit of Christmas.

Countless businesses close and give their employees time off to be with their families. While they spend time with their families some relationships are strengthened. It’s not a perfect picture but it is a hopeful picture.

And that is one of the things that Christ gives us – hope.

Merry Christmas!

 

 

The Ultimate Guide to Weight Loss

When you need to lose weight, just getting started can be overwhelming.

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After all, there’s a whole world out there waiting to give you advice on everything from crash diets to effective sweating techniques. When you throw in supplements, spa treatments, exercise trackers, apps, and alternative therapies, it’s enough to make anyone want to give up.

We’re here to offer hope and guidance—our guide to weight loss is meant to cut through all the confusion and get you started in the right direction. This advice is based on science, not fads, and proves that with determination and commitment, you can get to a healthy weight for your body.

Know Your Body

It’s most likely that, while you were growing up, your doctor weighed you, took your height, and compared both those numbers to a BMI chart that determined if you were underweight, average, overweight, or obese. In fact, that BMI chart is still used by everything from gyms to weight loss centers, and most of us use our BMI index to tell if we’re in shape or not.

There’s a huge problem with that: the BMI chart is not completely accurate. It doesn’t take into account body type or muscle mass and gives sharp delineations between “average” and “overweight.” Don’t look at the BMI chart and don’t just go by the numbers on a scale. There are two numbers that do matter and those can aid your weight loss:

1. Your measurements – When you begin to lose body fat, your body measurements will reflect the thinner you, even though the numbers on your scale may not move. That’s because fat is puffy and gelatinous while muscle is lean and weighs more per cubic inch. In fact, if you begin lifting weights, your body weight may increase, even though you look tighter and thinner. The numbers on your scale mean very little: measure your waist, chest, legs, and arms when you want to track your progress.

Also, be realistic. If you’re an apple-shaped woman, you’ll still be apple-shaped even at a lower body fat percentage. There’s a difference between trying to lose body fat and trying to change the actual shape of your body.

2. Your resting metabolic rate (RMR) – Knowing how many calories your body burns naturally is a great start when you need to know how many calories to eat. However, that number varies greatly from person to person and can be affected by things like a lifetime of yo-yo dieting and a sedentary lifestyle. So, for an accurate measurement, consider getting an RMR reading through a facility with an RMR machine. It’ll run you about $60-75 for a test, but once you know how many calories your body is burning, you’ll be able to adjust your eating habits accordingly. Fitness apps like MyFitnessPal will even tell you how much weight you’ll lose based on how many calories you’re eating daily.

Oh, and there’s something else you need to do: get a blood test. Before embarking on a weight loss journey, go to the doctor and have him run a full blood panel, including testing your thyroid. Why? Because certain conditions (like hypothyroidism and polycystic ovary syndrome) can hinder your weight loss, even when you’re eating perfectly and exercising regularly. There’s no danger in exercising and eating well, but if you do have a condition that could factor into your body being weight loss-resistant, it’s better to know it beforehand so that you can alter your expectations and be gentle with yourself when the weight doesn’t just fall off.

It’s also a good idea to discuss weight loss with your doctor in relation to the medications you’re currently taking. There are many, many medications on the market that cause weight gain (like certain birth controls and depression medications, for instance), so ask your doctor for advice.

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Eating

Diet is the number one factor of weight loss. Yes, exercise is important, but you can easily out-eat a productive hour at the gym. If you want to change your body, you must start by changing your eating habits. Every January, new fad diets hit the shelves, but you’re too smart to fall victim to those. Instead, start with what makes sense. Here are the top things you can do to incorporate meaningful changes to your diet:

EAT LESS SUGAR

I know, I know: that’s like suggesting you drive your car into a lake. However, sugar is highly addictive and when eaten in excess, is converted to fat. Yes, sugar can be hard to eliminate from the diet seeing that almost every packaged food (such as ketchup, pasta sauce, and even dried fruit) contains added sugar. In fact, Americans now eat 77 pounds of added sugar per year. That’s 77 pounds of unnecessary calories. See why it’s such a good idea to give it up for good?

You can still keep fruit in your diet and still use sugar substitutes, but by making this one change, you’ll find your weight will drop and your overall health will improve. Don’t underestimate how difficult it is to eliminate sugar from your diet: it’s hard, and you may even feel sick while your body goes into withdrawal. But reducing the amount of added sugar in your diet will definitely kickstart your weight loss.

START TRACKING

There are tons of free tracking apps to help you count calories (and steps, in some cases). Why bother? Because once you start tracking your calories, you may be surprised at how many calories are in the food you eat and you’ll be inspired to make healthier choices. One Cinnabon, for instance, has 855 calories. For many of us, that’s almost half our entire daily caloric intake. Oh, and your favorite Starbucks drinks? A pumpkin spice latte with whipped cream is 420 calories. That’s about how many calories most people spend on lunch or dinner. But you can’t make meaningful changes if you don’t know how many calories are in the foods you’re eating.

Even if you decide to keep sugar in your diet, counting your calories will have a significant impact on your weight loss. Get started with MyFitnessPal or LoseIt— they’re both free apps that will help you easily track your food and manage your weight loss.

Manage Your Weight the Smart Way

COOK MORE

For most of us, cooking is more of a chore than a delight. However, studies show that cooking at home is an easy way to avoid unnecessary calories. You’ll be able to control exactly what goes into your food, how it’s prepared, and how big your portion size will be: none of that is at your discretion at a restaurant. The psychological impact of cooking for yourself also can’t be emphasized enough. Cooking for yourself can be a transformative experience; you’ll develop a relationship with food and a new appreciation for the ingredients in your meals.

Again, this solution isn’t easy (and, frankly, easy solutions don’t deliver the kind of long-term weight loss you want) and you’ll make many mistakes. Thankfully, there are millions of recipes (go on Pinterest for a quick start) and bloggers who will help you each step of the way.

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For most of us, exercise is the most intimidating part of weight loss. It requires vulnerability, hard work, and a whole lot of sweat. For women, there’s nothing scarier than going to a gym surrounded by women who are already thin. For men, there’s nothing worse than showing up to a weight room filled with beefy, muscled men.

We’ve got good news: you don’t have to go to a gym. In fact, you don’t have to leave your living room if you don’t feel like it. There’s a dizzying amount of companies who offer customized workouts and daily workouts to keep you from getting bored from the same routine. We live in a time where there are more gyms, workouts, boot camps, and fitness technology than there ever has been.

So what’s the one magic bullet to change your body? There isn’t one. In fact, though High-Intensity Interval Training is the latest workout routine to gain traction (it promises to burn more fat than regular cardio), not even HIIT is better than other similar workouts. According to Shelley Keating, a research fellow in the University of Queensland’s Center for Research on Exercise, Physical Activity and Health, the type of exercise doesn’t matter as much as the volume. What that means for you personally is that the best exercise for you is the exercise you’ll commit to long-term. It does no good to do Crossfit for a month and then stop exercising altogether: you may see your body change within that month, but shortly after you stop, your body will go back to where it was before all that heavy lifting. Even if it’s something as low-impact as walking, if you commit to walking several miles a day, your weight loss journey will be helped. Just find something you love that gets you moving, then stick with it.

Support

Because long-term weight loss is so difficult, you’ll need a support circle. The American Psychological Association found that participants in a Weight Watchers support group lost three times the amount of weight that participants who tried to lose weight by themselves. That means that, if you lost ten pounds on your own, you may have been able to lose thirty pounds with support.

But if you think the only kind of support is through paid weight clinics like Weight Watchers, think again: there’s support out there that only costs your time. There are hundreds of online forums like Weight Loss Buddy, Three Fat Chicks on a Diet, and HealthfulChat where you can form support groups with people from all over the world. You’ll find the accountability to help keep your weight loss on track and discover tips and tricks like how to make all your favorite foods without blowing your calorie budget (spaghetti squash instead of real spaghetti, for example). Your support group can be the understanding friends you need to lean on when you feel like eating a slice of cheesecake instead of a salad.

Supplements

There are a lot of fake supplements out there promising to help you lose weight quickly. Here’s a pro tip: there’s no supplement that will magically give you a beach body. The wrong supplements can make you dehydrated (sure, you’ll lose “weight,” but it will all be water), jittery, and anxious, and you’re guaranteed to gain any weight you lose right back after you stop taking the supplement.

However, a good, high-quality, scientifically-backed supplement can support your weight loss journey. Check out LifeVantage’s PhysIQ line, which features a combination of ingredients like B vitamins, Svetol, and Sinetrol to boost your weight loss efforts. We recommend it over gimmicky weight loss products because it’s been brought to market after scientific trials with real people and doesn’t contain any ingredients that could be detrimental to your health. There are weight loss clinics popping up (and there’s most definitely one in your city) promising a doctor-guided weight loss regimen, but a word of warning: they rely on the prescription phentermine, which has serious side effects and is only for short-term use. It’s better to rely on the tried-and-true methods of weight loss, which may be slower, but are ultimately better for your body.

Get Started

There are many, many benefits to losing weight, and you can absolutely do it, especially now that you know some of the best ways to get started. Oh, and if you’re wondering when the best time to get started is, it’s now. There will always be birthdays, holidays, and after-work parties coming up, so don’t put off getting started just so you can indulge one last time. Sure, beginning something challenging is easy to avoid, but the sooner you begin your new lifestyle, the sooner you can enjoy the benefits.

Originally posted on December 21, 2016 at http://www.lifevantage.com/corporate-blog/

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Enjoy the Holiday Sweets

Don’t withhold Christmas goodies from yourself.

You certainly want to practice moderation; but enjoy the parties and family gatherings.

And balance the decadent delicacies with healthy food. Here are three recipes to help you stay on track. Each recipe is designed to detox your system. Continue to use these recipes after the holidays for a healthy glow and feeling.

Winter Fruit Granola

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Low-Fat Winter Fruit Granola

Adapted from Bob Greene’s “The Best Life Diet”

Makes 24 1/4-cup servings

  • 4 CUPS REGULAR ROLLED OATS
  • 1/4 CUP UNPROCESSED WHEAT BRAN
  • 2 TABLESPOONS CANOLA OIL
  • 1/3 CUP MAPLE SYRUP
  • 1 TEASPOON VANILLA EXTRACT
  • 1/4 TEASPOON ALMOND EXTRACT
  • 1/2 CUP SLICED ALMONDS
  • 1/2 CUP CHOPPED DRIED PEARS OR APPLES
  • 1/4 CUP DRIED CRANBERRIES
  • 1/4 CUP CHOPPED DATES
  • 2 TABLESPOONS CHOPPED CRYSTALLIZED GINGER
  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. Combine the oats and bran on a large baking sheet.
  3. In a small pan over medium heat, stir in the canola oil, maple syrup, vanilla and almond extract. When the mixture begins to bubble, pour it over the oat mixture and mix well.
  4. Bake for about 10 minutes. Add the almonds and stir the mixture thoroughly. Continue to bake until the oats and almonds are lightly toasted, about 10 minutes more, stirring again halfway through.
  5. Stir in the rest of the ingredients.
  6. Bake until the oats are crisp, about 5 minutes longer. Remove the pan from the oven, and stir the mixture. Let the granola cool for 5 minutes, the stir again.

Storage: When the granola is completely cool, you can store it in an airtight container for up to 4 weeks.

To learn more about this recipe go to: http://www.ezrapoundcake.com/archives/1438

Detox Salad

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Ingredients

  • 2 heads broccoli (1 bunch), stems removed
  • 1 head cauliflower, stems removed
  • 2.5 cups shredded carrots
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1 cup currants
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 4-6 tbsp fresh lemon juice, to taste
  • kosher salt, pepper (I used 1/2 tsp salt and lots of pepper)
  • kelp granules or Herbamare (optional), to taste
  • Pure maple syrup, to drizzle on before serving

1. In a food processor (or chop by hand) process the broccoli (no stems) until fine. Add into large bowl.

2. Now process the cauliflower (no stems) until fine and add into bowl. Do the same with the carrots.

3. Stir in the sunflower seeds, currants, raisins, and parsley. Add lemon juice and seasonings to taste.

4. Drizzle with maple syrup to taste.

To learn more about this recipe go to: http://ohsheglows.com/2011/09/27/detox-salad/

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Veggie Cleansing Detox Soup

Ingredients
  • 1/4 cup water (or vegetable broth)
  • 1/2 of a red onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 celery stalks, diced
  • 3 medium carrots, diced
  • 1 small head of broccoli, florets
  • 1 cup chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, peeled and minced
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric (I used powdered)
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper, or to taste (optional)
  • fine-grain sea salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 6 cups water (or 4 cups vegetable broth + 2 cups water)
  • 2 cups kale, de-stemmed and torn in pieces
  • 1 cup purple cabbage, chopped
  • juice from 1/2 of a small lemon (or a whole lemon, depending how much lemon flavor you prefer)
Instructions
In a large pot, add the water and turn on the heat to medium-high. After it’s hot, add the onion and garlic. Sauté for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the celery, carrots, broccoli, tomatoes and fresh ginger. Stir and cook for 3 minutes, adding in extra water or broth as needed (another 1/4 cup). Stir in the turmeric, cinnamon, and cayenne pepper plus salt and pepper to taste.
Add in the water or vegetable broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 10-15 minutes or until vegetables are soft. Add in the kale, cabbage and lemon juice near the last 2-3 minutes of simmering.
Enjoy!
Notes
  • This cleansing recipe is oil-free because avoiding the use of oil during a cleansing meal is important for the detoxification process (and you won’t miss the oil at all due to all the flavor!) but if you feel like cooking with oil, use a minimal amount – 1 tablespoon or less.
  • Leftovers stay well in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

To learn more about this recipe go to:

http://www.theglowingfridge.com/cleansing-detox-soup/