Happy New Year!

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Happy 2014 Everyone!

Out with the old and in with the New You! What are you going to do this year to make 2014 your best year?

Since it’s January 1st, I know some of you must have thought about your resolutions already. So let’s hear them! I’m always looking for new ideas, and I love hearing from readers!

Anyone out there have a health and wellness goal? If so, check out Mind Body Green’s website for endless tips on nutrition, mindfulness, and fitness. I learn new tricks all the time on there, so check it out! 

What’s my New Year’s resolution? To eat 1 cup of greens (kale, arugula, or spinach) a day. I make so many goals and achievement plans in my work, fitness, etc. that I needed a resolution that takes better care of me. Because without me, I’m lost! 

Share your resolutions and plans to achieve them below!

Serious About Change: Dr. McKaila Allcorn

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Meet Dr. McKaila Allcorn. She is just like the rest of us in that she’s a daughter, wife, and has a demanding job.

But she’s different from us in a few ways too. McKaila had the discipline and commitment to significantly change her body, and as a result, improve her life! 

So, what was the last straw McKaila?

“I had trained for 3 months to run a half marathon with some friends. I had been running several times per week and pushed myself during the race, only to find that I had lost 1 pound throughout the whole process! I know there had to be a better way to lose weight and get healthy.”

Like many of us, McKaila wanted better for herself and needed to change her ways. She had been busy in medical school and her residency at Kent Hospital, and let her health become less of a priority. But continuing on this path was a not an option for her if she was going to live the life she wanted and help care for others who are sick as an ER doctor.

So what did you do?

“I am from Oklahoma and had a friend back home that had talked with me about this product called Juice Plus+. So I did my research and found that I was going to have to significantly change my diet if I was going get healthy and lose weight.” Juice Plus+ provides whole food nutrition in a capsule so you can get the fruits and vegetables your body needs to run most effectively. It’s then next best thing to actual fruits and vegetables for a busy lifestyle.

McKaila says she loves this product because they provide nutrition plans and education. This knowledge can empower sustainable change for people’s diets. Additionally, the nutrition plan encourages you to try several different diets, such as gluten free, vegan, vegetarian, etc. That way, you can see what your body responds to, and cater your meal planning from there.  All diets aren’t right for everyone, so find the plan that works for you and get after it!

But it wasn’t just supplements that changed McKaila’s body. Not even close! Real foods and preparation are requirements! McKaila said she would cook several meals on Sundays and package them up so she’d be ready for work, snacks, and any other time that would tempt her away from her goals.

McKaila said she notice a big energy boost after making these changes – along with better skin, and friends who had reported getting off medications because of the positive effect real foods had on them.

So as long as I eat right I’ll have these results?

Wrong again! McKaila said she was also in search for something that would nourish her physically, mentally, and spiritually. Yoga. Several times a week, no excuses. Rain or shine. “If you’re going to make a real lifestyle change, you have to be consistent. It can’t just be when you feel like it.” McKaila is currently training to become a yoga teacher and share with others the positive experience she’s had with yoga and it’s supportive community at Laughing Elephant yoga in East Greenwich.

Any tips for the rest of us? 

“Find your motivation. Mine was my long-term health. I used positive self-talk to get through those tough days.” Time management is very important too. Make sure to make a date with healthy cooking and the gym that you won’t flake out on!

Doctor McKaila mentions that obesity is a risk factor for so many diseases and conditions that are life threatening. So don’t be a victim – get healthy, get active and regain control of your life!

 What are your health and fitness goals for 2014? Will YOU be the next person we feature for Serious About Change?

What is Harvard saying about nutrition?

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In the midst of the Holiday season, what are you doing to try to avoid an eating overload and sugar comas? We know you can’t say no to mom’s home cooking and Aunt Susie would be totally offended if you didn’t try her pound cake! So how do you deal?

Make a schedule. Find out when all those holiday gatherings are and write them down. Then make all non-party days the time to recover, restore, and reset for nutrition’s sake!

Don’t just take my word for it. Harvard Medical School’s vast scientific and social research has produced the following tips to make your holiday meals a success – without adding extra pounds to work off after New Years! 

– Change your perspective! Good eating is not a punishment, but an opportunity. If you know why it’s important and what to do, you’ll find it enjoyable and satisfying. 

– Change slowly. By the time you are 40, you’ll have eaten some 40,000 meals — and lots of snacks besides. Give yourself time to change, targeting one item a week.

– Snack on unsalted nuts, trail mix, fruit, raw veggies, Rye Krisp, or graham crackers. Try eating a few handfuls of a crunchy fiber cereal such as Kashi, or nibble on a cereal bar.

– Experiment with new recipes and meal plans. Be creative and take chances. Instead of dreading your new diet, have fun with it.

– Take a long-range view. Don’t get down on yourself if you slip up or “cheat” from time to time. 

What is your plan for Holiday survival plan? How do you keep your nutrition in check? Share below!!

What Success Really Looks Like

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I hear this all the time: “I tried to change but it’s not working.” “I keep trying but nothing is changing.” Etcetera, etcetera. Look people, if whatever it is took years to ‘break’ then it’s not going to be completely fixed overnight!

Most people have a linear picture of what success looks like in their heads. And that makes sense for the most part – If someone is successful, they mostly likely have small achievements on a daily basis.

But I like to reality-check that idea with this saying: “an overnight success is really an everyday hustler.” Meaning….this person didn’t become successful in a snap! They’ve worked years to get where they are! 

One of my favorite examples of this is GoPro cameras. You see these awesome sports cameras everywhere in 2013! But what most people don’t know is that the founder first got this idea in 2000! He has been working his butt off for 2013 years to make this a household item! 13 years!!! What have you worked on relentlessly for 13 years? Yeah, I know… me neither.

The point of this is not to make us all feel bad and lazy, but to recognize that each time we keep trying, each effort we make to reach our goals, is still putting on the path for success. We learn from every experience we have, whether we think it came out great or poorly. We gain strength from each time we get back on the horse and give it another go.

Success can largely be attributed to a frame a mind. As said by Tony Robbins:

“People who fail focus on what they will have to go through; people who succeed focus on what it will feel like at the end.” 

So when you’ve been knock off track and feel like you will never achieve change or success, quit focusing on the small steps and get back in touch with your big picture. 

What does your goal look like? What will it feel like when you get there? Share your goals below in the comment section now!

What is a leader?

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Today with the passing of a great leader, we reflect on a life of hardship, achievement, and respect that took a lifetime to earn. In today’s world where people expect instant gratification and entitlement, leaders like Nelson Mandela are becoming more scarce. 

Even from his humble beginnings, Mandela challenged the status quo and himself to be better. Mandela thought outside of the box, had original ideas, and refused to accept no for an answer. Through great strife and oppression, Mandela’s movement of ending apartheid gained momentum and he was able to build a more racially-integrated South Africa and positively impact people all over the world.  

So what do you think defines a leader? What sets someone apart? What qualities are found in all great leaders? 

Before you comment below, I’ll leave you with some of Mandela’s most inspirational guidance:

“It always seems impossible until it’s done.”

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”

R.I.P. Nelson Mandela

What men need to live a happy life

What men need to live a happy life

Here it is… all the secrets you’re looking for to obtain fulfillment, control, and clarity in your life. Yeah right, I wish it were that easy too! But this article on Harvard University’s 75-year longitudinal study does reveal some interesting correlations between men’s happiness and their lifestyle choices.

Here are a few of their findings:

– A man’s IQ does not determine his earning capacity over the lifetime

– Alcoholism is detrimental any way you spin it- to your health, relationships, and cognitive functioning

– Men who were Liberals had more vibrant sex lives well into old age versus conservatives. This is fascinating!

– There is a powerful correlation between the warmth in your relationships and health and happiness in your later years. So start hugging it out!

Read the full article now to learn more about the changes you can make today for a long and happy life.

What changes are you most likely to make? What are your priorities? Share your choices below in the comments section!

Did you eat your veggies today?

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I get this awesome box of veggies delivered straight to my work from VeggieBox.com each week. And best of all- all the food is from local farmers in my state if Rhode Island! I love smart initiatives like This that nourish our bodies, minds, and communities!

What did you eat today? Share your best food choice below!

So Thankful!

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In the midst of the holiday season we’re traveling, cooking, shopping, and being busy bees! With so much going on, it can be so easy to lose sight of the real celebration- our abundance. We have so much to be thankful for, but we hardly have the time to sit down and think about all that we have in our lives.

So my Thanksgiving starts now with a list of what I’m thankful for:

– My job: allowing me to share my gift with others and helping them become their best self!

– My family: for always being supportive and loving in whatever I wanted to do!

– My health: feeling good and strengthening my body with good food and fitness

– My husband: my always being my partner in crime and supporting my dreams

– My abundance: I have so much in my life, more than I need. And I’m thankful for that. But I also understand that’s why I need to give back. I make every effort to bring my best self to the table everyday for those I work with, serve, and love. I deserve it, and you deserve it for me!

So what are you thankful for this year? What kinds of abundance do you have in your life?

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

Make Change Stick!

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Happy Monday! I know a lot of people who look at Mondays as an opportunity for a fresh start and chance to make a change. What’s something you want to change? 

So what do people do to make this change stick? Yes, I can eat a very healthy meal and I can exercise for 3 days in a row. But what makes for lasting change? What determines the success of those are able to make stick it out? 

Here are 5 ways people have made lasting lifestyle changes in their lives:

– Hit rock bottom to face change: Being forced to lose weight or exercise due to severe health consequences (i.e. diabetes).

– Take baby steps: Set a realistic change goal for your diet by eliminating one food item at a time.

– It takes a village: Get a support team in place that you can call in a time of need. Kind of like a change sponsor!

– What’s in your environment: Are you trying to drink less but work at a bar? Hmmm…. Consider working somewhere different to increase the likelihood of your success. Can’t change your job? Look at smaller changes that will influence your behavior. 

– Take Einstein’s advice: The definition of insanity is “doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.” So if you’ve tried to make a change and it’s not working, Albert says to try something else! 

Let’s hear it! What are doing to make a change in your life? I want to hear what’s working and what hasn’t for you! Comment below now!

Are you an RPP?

Are you a Really Productive Person? Do you wake up with the drive and clarity to get things done? No? It’s okay, there’s still hope for you 🙂

This video lists four tips that can increase your productivity, focus, and desire to get things done! And I couldn’t say this any better than Marie Forleo did. Here are her four tips:

– Love time! Don’t hate it! Or you will surely dread it. Put a positive frame on time to make for a positive use of time.

– Have a morning routine: this ensures you kick to day off right. Eat a power breakfast, walk, read the paper, then take on your day!

– Exercise daily: it leads to increased focus and energy!!

– Don’t break an appointment with yourself: I know you’ve heard me say this before! You are just as important as anyone else you schedule in your appointment book. So don’t stand yourself up!

Which of these tips do you find most helpful? What methods are you already using to increase your productivity? Share your secrets in the comments below!