Positive Groove

Get into a Positive Groove!!

With all the day to day responsibilities, where do YOU fit in?? Have your goals gotten a little lost in the mix? Well it’s time to get back to you because you owe it to yourself! The hustle and bustle can leave us all with little time to honor and prioritize what’s really important to ourselves. We make good on promises to other people but it’s just as important to keep promises to ourselves! These are the things that make us ultimately feel good inside and out. So, let’s be smart and break bad habits for good, one at a time! Stop skipping the gym, eating that cupcake and drunk texting your ex!!!

Habits are hardwired so willpower won’t get you far. The trick is to replace a bad one with a better one. Here is how good or bad habits work:
It begins with a craving, cue of some sort, or time of day that triggers autopilot to indulge. Say, for instance, you light up on your break. Then it is followed by a reward, like a feeling of relaxation. This is the emotional payoff that your brain decides whether or not it becomes a habit. It’s the reward that satisfies the craving. But if it’s relaxation you crave why not take a luxurious bath? Plan it after work, that way you’ll look forward to the payoff. Habits are actually a way of simplifying our lives, saving a little stress and conserving our decision making for more important details. But falling for the wrong guy over and over is hardly a worthwhile habit. By replacing one single pattern, you CAN change the rest of your life!! See where this is going?

Tell me, why is it so hard to stick to our intentions?? The good stuff is on our ‘to- do’ list lol I’ll tell you a secret... Small changes lead to big impact! Like if you exchange smoking or snacking for a walk, it derails the process that leads you farther down the path of destruction. Even a brisk walk will naturally lend itself to a sort of meditation and organization in your head that will give you clarity and feel refreshed. Which can lead to making better choices about what foods you choose to put in your temple, etc. After all, your body is the only one you have and only YOU can breakthrough!

Start small and give yourself specific goals. Baby steps are the way to go when dealing with life altering changes! Don’t be too hard on yourself. Try to do it daily, as you want it to become a new repetition. Most importantly, be accountable. I’ve found the best way to do that is by telling a friend what you are up to. Then they can support you in your quest. They may even join you! For me, that was sticking to my yoga class. My dear friend Brian Freidman has kept me on point with that;) Nobody is perfect, so expect to run into walls that try to stop you. If you’re not up to something good, you probably won’t have that problem. Just sayin. Remember to acknowledge yourself for practicing good habits and savor the feeling!

No bad habits? Mmmmmhmmmmm....ok
Sometimes a choice makes all the difference. Here are some little changes to a healthier you.

Eat healthy!

* If you gotta have chocolate, choose dark over milk. It has more antioxidants.
* Frozen veggies can be just as nutritious as fresh because they’re packaged at their peak time.

Exercise more

* Use the stairs instead of the elevator, whenever you can. Or if riding the train or bus, get off a few stops earlier to walk the rest of the way.
* After a workout, opt for water to quench your thirst. Sometimes a sports drink can have more calories than you just burned.

Stress less

* Wake up 15 minutes earlier. You’re less likely to have a morning mishap if you have time to spare.
* When pressure mounts, take fully deep breaths not short ones. This will help calm you down.

Lose weight

* Move your workout outdoors in cooler weather. When it’s below 50 degrees F, you burn more calories!
* FYI, if you’re waist is more than 35 inches, there is a higher risk of heart disease.

Sleep better & boost your energy

* Go to bed 15 minutes earlier. That’s an extra 7 1⁄2 hours of sleep a month! More time for your body to repair and restore itself.
* Instead of a coffee break, take a stretching break. You’ll be surprisingly energized!

Fight germs

* Sneeze or cough into your arm or elbow, not your hand. You’ll spread fewer germs.
* Don’t pressure your doctor to give you antibiotics. They attack bacteria, not viruses. Build your own natural defenses

Stop pain

* Try a cup of coffee next time you get a tension headache. Caffeine constricts blood vessels, preventing them from pressing on nerve endings. * Drink peppermint tea for an upset stomach. The herb naturally relaxes intestinal muscles.

So after my daughter Keala Rose was born in September 2011, I wondered how long it would take me to get back to myself. All my girlfriends who had kids said roughly a year. A year!? Well it’s been 7 months and I’m just starting to feel in my body again. It took nine months to get that way so I had to be patient with myself, understandably. Now I am regularly doing yoga, pilates and dancing of course. But just walking my baby girl and two dogs around the block can be the most rewarding feeling because we all get the payoff!

Your turn! I challenge you to take the biggies on. Question is, why? What is at stake? Hmmm, YOU! Don’t you want to feel alive?! No time like the present;)

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