Words to Live By: Small Changes Make a Big Difference

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Today’s Words to Live By took years to sink in for me. I used to decide to make a change and try to do a bunch of big things all at once… join a gym with a huge membership package, go on a superΒ restrictiveΒ diet, sign up for a fitness challenge, agree to work with 5 friends in one week, and sign for a 5K. The problem is making too many changes at one time can be a recipe for failure. For me, it was all too much – it became too heavy and too overwhelming to stick to the plans. So today, I want you to remember that small changes can make a big difference. If you’ve decided you want to make a change – whether that be deciding to lose weight or get fit (or both) – know that making small changes will add up over time and make a big difference. Β Consider starting by walking for 20-30 minutes a few times a week and adding more veggies to your diet. It’s a start and you can do it!...    [Read More]

Words to Live By Wednesday: Get Up and Go…


I’ve been having such a hard time lighting a fire under my butt to get going lately I thought you might be too. This is about the time those New Year’s resolutions start fizzling out, don’t they? I’m fighting not to let them. I keep thinking, we’re just about 4 months away from summer… your body can change so much in that time frame if you’re consistent. It doesn’t matter how, just get up and go! πŸ™‚

Words to Live By Wednesday: So You Had a Bad Day…


Today’s Words to Live By are perfect for me because I have been having a slew of bad days. Between family problems that are plaguing me and an upper respiratory infection that had me in bed all weekend, my workouts have been non-existent. The fact is I haven’t felt well enough to exercise, and I’m exhausted from being sick and stressed … but at the end the of the day, I am in control of my mind and my attitude. Despite today’s ridiculousness, I am focusing on the positive things that happened today, the positive people in my life, and the many blessings I have. I’m going to go for a walk today and see how my lungs feel as I “get back on the horse” and start working out again. I’m not going to beat myself up for not reaching my goal of working out every day in January 2013. I got sick – it happens – I’m human. I’m going to keep pushing forward and I WILL achieve my goals, no matter what. You with me? πŸ™‚...    [Read More]

Words to Live By Wednesday: You Are Strong Enough…

You were given this life because you were strong enough to live it

It’s Words to Live By Wednesday and I wanted to share the words above for anyone who is struggling right now… I don’t mean with just keeping your New Year’s resolutions or your fitness goals, I mean life in general. The past few months have been very challenging for me personally… we moved (so stressful) and there was a crisis in the family that is still requiring loads of love and support. It ‘s exhausting, but that’s how life is sometimes. I remind myself that we’re never given more than we can handle and I muscle through it (or “walk through the fire” as Oprah puts it). Though it may not feel like it, Β I want to remind you of that too… You are strong enough to deal with whatever challenges you might be facing right now. It will get better so keep your head up. Reach out and accept help, if needed. Be kind and compassionate to yourselfΒ and always remember – this too shall pass. I’m wishing you peace, love, and light. Blessings… Mikayla....    [Read More]

Words to Live By Wednesday: PUSH

PUSH: Persist Until Something Happens

Today’s Words to Live By post will be short and sweet. PUSH. Persist Until Something Happens. So often we start something with excitement and enthusiasm only to quit just before we start seeing success. It is not uncommon to not see results right away, especially when it comes to weight loss and fitness. You have to keep going because consistency and perseverance is key to success. Keep pushing and you will get the results you’re looking for. πŸ™‚

4 Hot Tips to Help You Give Up Fast Food and Eat Healthier

motivationIt’s the Monday of the 2nd week of the New Year and many people have already defaulted on their resolutions. Staying motivated can be hard, especially when it comes to fast food and eating a healthy diet.

You know how it goes…

It’s been a long day.Β You get off of work and head home in a hellacious commute. An hour or so later you’re Β picking up your kids from their after school program and maybe even making another stop before heading home (basketball practice, karate, dance, etc.)… then it’s time to figure out what’s for dinner!Β You’re tired and the last thing you feel like doing is cooking. The temptation to stop off at the drive-thru is strong because it’s both easy and convenient. BUT it’s also almost always unhealthy Β and totally against your weight loss and fitness goals.Β Don’t do it. Bad habits may be hard to break but it is possible to kick the fast food habit by planning ahead.

Here are a few tips to help you kick the fast food habit and eat healthier: