Make It Happen

 

REPOST FROM  August 16, 2013

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Ok, so what is your plan?

You have been complaining about not sleeping well.

Your pants are too tight.

You feel sluggish all day long, despite that large coffee you are walking around with, which by-the-way you were hoping would wake you up.

Oh, wait – you don’t have a plan?

I hate to break it to you, but without a plan and the right mindset, change will never happen.

I know, you’re tired and not ready to diet again.  Short-term diets don’t work- but healthy lifestyle changes do.  Here is what you do:

  • Eat healthy meals based on vegetables, lean proteins, healthy fats and a bit of whole grains.

  • Drink water.

  • Move your body most days of the week in a form of exercise you enjoy.

  • Set short term goals and plan for treat days (don’t call them cheat days).

That is it, seriously.  Sounds easy enough, right?  The truth is, it is easy and becomes habit if your head is in the right place.  This is where your mindset comes in.

Simply put, your MINDSET is the fixed mental attitude which will predetermine your responses and interpretations of any given situation.

What does that mean?  That means that your success, your happiness, your health begin in your head. 

Are you that person who grumbles through the day feeling the glass is always half empty?  Do you post on Facebook at midnight complaining about how you cannot sleep? Or Tweet during the day about how things never go your way?  This stems from mindset, not personality as some would venture to say.

How do you change?  I won’t say it’s a one-and-done simple thing – it’s daily habits.   But it can be done.  Here is a great way to start:

  • Wake up and find 3 things to be grateful for today.  Sit for a moment with your calendar/to-do-list/whatever you use to plan your day and look at your day.  Take a few minutes to envision your day running exactly how you want.  Do you want to know a secret of the truly successful people?  The most successful people do not view bumps in the road or roadblocks as “problems”, they view them as just another part of the day.  Not negatively.  Stuff happens. Life goes on.

If you’re trying to achieve, there will be roadblocks. I’ve had them; everybody has had them. But obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.
Michael Jordan

  • Set an intention each day.  It could be simple, like aiming to be compassionate all day.  Or, to commit to sitting with a problem for 10 minutes before making a decision.  By doing so, you are making that decision with thought, not just reacting to a situation.  In other words, by living a more mindful life, not a quick knee-jerk-reactive one, you can reside in a place of positive action, not moaning and groaning.

“The act of speaking our intentions aloud shifts them from wishful thinking into action.”
― Michael Thomas Sunnarborg,
21 Days to Better Balance: Find More Balance in a Busy World

The truth is, whether it is healthy lifestyle changes or being more successful in your career, your life is what you make of it – daily habits build up.  The most important habit is those little words that speak in your head, if they constantly say things like “I can’t do this”, “I feel crappy”, “This will never work”, then you have created those things in your life. Don’t wait until Monday to begin – do it today.  Grab your coffee, sit for a few minutes and create the healthy & good life you want.  I can’t wait to hear what you are up to!!!

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In health & wellness,

Gina

Green Glory

What’s not to like about juicing?  It’s pure liquid nutrition – but there are a few important little tidbits to know before getting started.

  1. Think GREEN.  Juice it up with kale, cucumbers, celery, parsley or cilantro.  Your body needs more delicious enzymes and vitamins from green veggies.
  2. Less SWEET.  Keep the ratio of green veggies higher than the amount of fruit or sweet veggies like carrots or beets.  This will help keep the glycemic index of your juice low.
  3. Drink on an EMPTY TUMMY.  Fresh juice is pure nutrition.  If there is solid food in your belly at the same time it will slow down the digestive process.
  4. ENJOY!  Getting used to change takes time.  Play around in the kitchen and find what tastes suit you.

My go-to resource for juicing info is the Crazy, Sexy Kris Carr.  I saw her speak a few years back and it’s always a good and enlightening time. 

Here’s an easy recipe to try – don’t like swiss chard?  This recipe can be for 1 or 2 servings. Feel free to swap it out for kale or even romaine lettuce.  It’s not rocket science – it’s juice. 

 

Green Glory

 

In health, happiness, and Green Glory,

Gina

Quieting My Inner Control Freak for the New Year

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I love the holidays – the Hubby gets some time off.  The kids are giddy.  We are all happy.  Then someone goes and messes with me and switches around one of the perfectly placed candy canes I have hanging on the tree (all facing the same way.)   We started our household holiday set-up a bit late this year, as we were freezing our butts off in Savannah, Georgia during what was apparently their first frost of the year.  During that trip, I attempted to be a cool mom and let go a bit. I allowed the kids to pack their own suitcases.  How did that go? you ask:    After the 16 hour monster drive, the 8 year old was found to only have the boxers he wore, but he had a suitcase full of t-shirts and Nintendo DS games.  That was only after we had been on the road for an hour when I realized that I forgot the Hubby’s medicine bag and we had to drive back home – at 1am.  But the trip was fun.  It really was.  When we got to our destination, we made it to the Wal-Mart for rubber boots and jeans so that the kids could play in the Georgia mud.  Nevertheless, lesson learned.  Back to check lists and Momma packing from now on.

Now back to letting go.  I tend to be a bit controlling.  I know it.  They all know it.  My parents know it.  My In-Law’s know it.  I don’t know if it’s so much “high-strung” as just trying to survive.  We decorated the tree when we got back from our little Georgian vacation.  Then I redecorated it when the kids went back to bed.  I bit my tongue.  I tried really hard not to tell them where to put each ornament.  I tried not to be anxious when I wanted to scream “Be careful with the fragile ones.”  I envy my friends who don’t mind a lopsided-ornaments-all-on-one-branch-tree, I truly do.  I don’t judge. In fact, everyone’s tree looks beautiful and I never feel the need to adjust the placement of their ornaments.   But on our tree, it sends shivers up my spine when the glittery balls aren’t evenly spaced across the branches.  Then there are the candy canes.  They must all face the same way. They just have to.

The funny thing is, I practice yoga.  I have for over 20 years.  In fact, in my next life, I will most likely be a yoga teacher.   So, I breathe deep. I feel calm.  Like a tree.  This holiday season, of course it was all about family and friends.  It always is.  It’s about the giving. It’s about the L-O-V-E.  I know it doesn’t matter where the 4” glass snowflake is placed on the tree.  I know it’s not about the kids being perfect and sitting still.  It’s energy and flow.  It’s excitement.  It’s magic.

Just like my daily practice is showing up, like I do for yoga class – this past holiday was about showing up and just being present to the sounds, the smells, even the messes.  When we baked cookies I quietly just let the kids help, without me freaking out about a little flour on the flour.  I watched them wrap presents in their own way, not jumping in to fix it.  I was in awe of their joy at giving each other the gifts they picked out – not the one I picked out for them to give.

It was a wonderful December.…..and it’s going to be an amazing 2015.

What is your intention for the year to come?

 

With love and crooked candy canes,

Gina

Hot Coffee and Intention

You wake up, stretch out and get ready for your day.  Hot coffee in hand, feeling good.  Real good.  You look in the mirror and smooth down the front of your top – “Yeah” you think, or even say aloud to yourself.  “I feel good.  This looks good. I’m gonna have a good day.” 

Then it happens.

You walk into work or Target or wherever you need to be that morning and you run into someone you know.  She looks good.  You start to feel that tinge of insecurity.  The next time you walk past a mirror and you see that you’re hair is a bit messier than it was this morning.  By lunchtime your pants seem to feel snugger and you don’t feel as pretty as you did earlier. 

What the heck happened?

You did. 

Well – not you, but your ego.  That voice in your head that says things like “Ugh, I’m too fat” or is silently comparing your thighs to your friend’s next to you.  That is not you. 

I have written before about the ego and intention.  Your intention is the voice you purposely set in your head that will MOTIVATE & INSPIRE you.  That, along with the whisper of your soul are the voice you need to listen to.  Intention is created from what you genuinely want and need.  Yes – you want to feel pretty.  No, it’s more than that– you want to feel sexy and full of energy.  Comparing your bottom to that of the person next to you will never get you any closer to that goal.  In fact, that is precisely the moment the ego is looking for – a moment to compare and contrast.  A moment to bring down the shades on your beautiful light.  Let that light in girlfriend.  It is your right – OWN IT.

 

How to Set Intention and Create Your Best Life in 5 Minutes a Day:

 

You listen. Really listen. Take a few minutes away from Facebook, Twitter, your handsome husband and anything else that distracts you and listen to your thoughts for a few minutes.  There will be fact, like schedules or tasks, then there will be opinion – the opinion, or thoughts about things will be the ego jumping in with it’s little nasty words trying to get hold of you with fear.

Listen to how the ego tries to knock you down, way before you have even started.  Listen to how it speaks to you.

Now – set your INTENTIONS, the goals you are driving after – with PASSION.  How about this one: 

 

You want more ENERGY and to feel good in your skin.  You would like to RELEASE 10 lbs. of uncomfortable weight. 

 

Ok,  now the ego is going to want to kick in and tell you why you cannot get to where you want, it’s going to jump in with reasons why you are not good enough and why it won’t happen for you. 

Your INTENTION is powerful and passionate. 

YOU can and will do this. 

Imagine yourself turning around and seeing the ego – picture Grumpy the Dwarf or any image – comical or fearful – but an image that you can hold in your mind’s eye to give the ego a physical form – tell it/him/her to GO AWAY.  Your goals are in your heart and when you have a heart-centered, passionate place to begin from there is nothing that can stop you from headed in the direction of your dreams.  You are in charge here – not fear.  Go for it!!!!

 

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Something to keep in mind is that everyone wrestles with these things.  No one is without the ego – we each have our own personal struggles.  When we set our intentions for a more peaceful mind and loving ourselves, it envelopes the people around us.  Self care is not selfish care.  Take the time to strengthen yourself and your loved ones will feel it.  Your partner will see you – the you they fell in love with.  Want to be a better role model for those little people (or the grown up ones) in your life?  Watch how they model what you do  – the good and the bad.  Show them self care and intention from the heart.  Friends.  We all need them.  When you are coming from a place of intention and love your friendships will flourish and become stronger. 

 

So tell me, my beautiful friend, what is your intention for today?

Comment below  – I would LOVE to hear from you!

 

In happiness and loving intention,

Gina

Hitting All the Right Notes

I’m not a professional singer, although I did sing the National Anthem at a few NJ Nets games with my Catholic School choir when I was young.  Yes, they were in NJ then.  I have tried to avoid the whole negative energy around the social media comments picking on Idina Menzel thing, but I’m having trouble avoiding it every time I log onto to Twitter or Facebook. 

If you are not aware, she sang the song “Let it Go” on the New Year’s Rockin’ Eve the other night.  Social media lit up with comments about the notes she missed.  I won’t even give time to the negative comments, but it does say so very much about our society.  No matter what happens, no matter how high someone achieves, there will always be someone lurking in the corner feeling crappy about themselves and waiting to pounce on that to make themselves feel better.  The entire platform of social media is all about judgment.  This blog – while I bring facts and healthy tips –  is my opinion.  Tweets and Facebook statuses are opinions of that person in that moment.  Unfortunately, so much of the time we are stuck with having to read about someone’s bad day or allow people to step onto their pessimistic soap box and try to rain on everyone else’s parade.

People want to be heard.  It is completely human to yearn to be listened to and understood.  But my mom always said “If you don’t have anything nice to say……”  Well, you know the rest.

Stop judging others so harshly.  Begin to look inside and figure out how to spread the love instead of the nasty.

Here’s a quote that Idina posted on her Twitter, via a photograph, of an interview the singer had given last year:

“There are about 
3 million notes in a two-and-a-half-hour musical; being a perfectionist, it took me a long time 
to realize that if I’m hitting 75 percent of them, 
I’m succeeding. Performing isn’t only about
 the acrobatics and the high notes: It’s staying in the moment, connecting with the audience 
in an authentic way, and making yourself 
real to them through the music. I am more than the notes I hit, and that’s how I try to approach my life. You can’t get it all right all the time, but 
you can try your best. If you’ve done that, all 
that’s left is to accept your shortcomings and have 
the courage to try to overcome them.”  ~Idina Menzel~

 

TWEET THIS :

 

“You can’t get it all right all the time, but you can try your best” @IdinaMenzel #quote #bepositive

 

 

We can all take a little lesson from this passionate entertainer:  Aim HIGH, stay in the moment, connect to your breath, and know that YOU are amazing – no matter how many high notes you hit.

 

With love,

Gina