Every summer I tell myself that I need to work out in the winter more so that I can run around with my kids when summer rolls back around. And every winter, the air is bitterly chilly and I find myself wanting to snuggle up under a blanket and hibernate until spring.
I have to admit, I’m a ‘routine’ kinda gal. I like to know what is going to happen when and that it’s going to be that way every day. Yes that sounds incredibly boring, but it can also be very freeing and much less stressful than flying by the seat of my pants.
Goal setting is something I am not very good at. I tend to set my goals too high and am always disappointed with myself when I do not achieve them. However, goals ARE important to set, but they need to be broken down into steps so that the end goal doesn’t seem so far away.
For example, if my goal is to be able to ride bikes with my kids next summer, and be more fit and active, I can say that that is my goal. But how do I achieve that goal? What steps will I take to get there and how do I stay motivated to continue on when I’ve hit a plateau?
That’s where an Ann Arbor personal trainer would come in handy. They take a physical assessment of your overall health and wellness and use that as a tool to help design a workout goal that is achievable. Best of all, they give you the motivation and encouragement you need to keep going and they change up your exercise routine so that you don’t get bored.
With a step-by-step approach, goal setting IS possible, I CAN be out there chasing after my kids all summer long!
When I was in high school, I really wanted to work as a candy striper at my local hospital. I wanted to be the person who brought flowers to patient’s rooms and bring a smile to their faces. I found out that those are the most coveted volunteering jobs in the hospital, so I ended up in escort services, where I took patient’s by wheelchair to their car’s. I found that I really liked this too; patient’s were always happy to see me because it meant that they got to go home! I got to see new babies, elderly people and everyone in between.
The holidays are upon us and this means gift shopping in the mall, with bright, cheerful decorations hung from every ceiling and wall and Christmas music pouring from the speakers. It also means spending time in the kitchen with good company making delicious meals and producing sweets by the dozens for loved ones near and far.
I wanted to take some time to talk about a program that has been going on since 1947 that means so much to the needy children in our country. Toys For Tots was started by a Marine Corpsman in 1947 who’s wife wanted to donate a doll to charity but couldn’t find an organization to do so.
So he, along with a fellow Marine, set up a collection box outside of Warner Brothers Studios and collected 5,000 toys that first year to be given to the needy children in that area. The efforts were so successful that Toys for Tots was given a national label. The Marine that helped found Toys for Tots enlisted the help of celebrities to get the name out and even Walt Disney participated by creating the famous train logo.
The Marines set up collection boxes in locations across America and distribute the toys locally. They started out collecting and refurbishing toys, whatever families were done with, but in 1979 changed to only new toys as it didn’t send a message of hope to the poor to distribute only hand-me-downs.
Since then, Marines have volunteered their time every year to collect and distribute millions of toys to those less fortunate in the United States but there has been a few occasions where Toys for Tots has gone international. In one country, there was a catastrophic typhoon, another was hit by a hurricane, and the Marines were there to deliver toys and hope to those children.
Toys for Tots is a fantastic charitable organization, one that First Ladies have supported through the years, and with hope, the program will continue for many years to come.
I have a confession to make, when it comes to fitness and getting regular exercise to fit into my schedule, I do not do so well. I am not a good motivator for myself, and I really don’t know what exercises are going to be the best for me. But resolutions don’t just have to be made on New Year’s. Why not make a resolution NOW to finally do something about your weight loss goals?
Thanksgiving is just around the corner, a time to be with family and friends enjoying conversation, delicious food and good company.
One thing that I have been thinking about is volunteering at a food shelter around Thanksgiving, or volunteering to collect food and deliver them to people’s homes. There are so many wonderful organizations that help out those who have nothing on the holidays.
Mel Trotter ministries is just such an organization that has been helping the homeless community for 115 years by demonstrating the compassion of Jesus Christ by serving meals, offering a place to stay, medical, dental and vision clinics, helping people find jobs and permanent housing and so much more!
This year they will be hosting their 20th Annual Thanksgiving banquet for more than 2,000 people who have nowhere else to go this holiday season. They will have 1,500 pounds of turkey, 300 pies, and all of the traditional sides. This is such a wonderful opportunity for those who are struggling to get back on their feet and are encountering setbacks, this ministry is so encouraging and banquets like this can make such a difference in a person’s life. To make positive connections with others and build bridges toward friendships and find hope because they will know that they are not alone.
I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving, no matter what your plans might be!
Setting goals is great way to get a healthy habit established. You follow a step-by-step list, and feel satisfaction every time you check off a step. It’s the same with fitness; when getting into a routine with exercise, first check out the gym you are thinking of joining, make sure it has what you are looking for to get a good workout.
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how much clutter is in my head at times. From the moment I wake up in the morning til I fall asleep at night, my brain is constantly going, constantly thinking. And I know that that is it’s job, and I’m thankful that it functions so well! But there are definitely times when it’s a good idea to quiet our minds, to rest our brains so to speak.