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  • 25 Feb 2015 4:12 PM | Anonymous

    “ If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you.”

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    This is something I always tell myself during the hard times. Whether it be a hard workout that I have to use my all energy to push through or a challenge in life. Think about those times in life when you were at your fittest or when you realized how much you had grown up and changed. Were the times before that easy and carefree? The answer is probably not. I’m not insinuating everything needs to be hard in order to be worth achieving. However, those moments when you feel like you’re just treading water and trying to stay afloat are the moments that count the most. The reps in your workout when your body wants to quit, have the biggest payoff if you’ll just push through. Making good, sound decisions will set us up for success. However, when push comes to shove it is important to remember that once you have conquered this obstacle you are that much closer to your goal.


    “ Wow, I really regret that workout” - Said No One Ever

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    We all have those conversations with ourselves. We don’t want to workout. Maybe our shin hurts and we think oh we shouldn’t run. Maybe we’re running short on time and we think there are more important priorities to finish. However, just remember whether the excuse is valid or not, the result is the same. If we skip workouts and eat too much our bodies will respond whether or not the reason for doing so was valid. Have you ever chose to go workout and then thought, “I wish I hadn’t done that?” Most likely, that has not happened. Sometimes we just have to buckle down and get it done. Not every workout will be our best but we’ll never regret it.  


    “What you eat in private, you wear in public.”

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    Oh yeah, that’s right. Sitting there in our houses eating just one more spoonful of peanut butter than we logged in our food diary. Then we mix it with honey, put it on bread, and repeat 5 times. Oh wait, is that just me? Just because no one sees us overeat doesn’t mean it doesn’t affect our bodies. Worrying about other’s opinions is a waste of time. Being truthful to ourselves is one of the best ways to achieve any goal in life.

    Download my 4 tips to beating cravings and stop self-sabotaging, just because no one can see you sneaking that extra cookie (or three).

  • 25 Feb 2015 9:23 AM | Anonymous

    Skinny Margaritas are one of my favorite adult beverages. They're super easy to make at home and personally I prefer my margaritas without the calorie filled Cointreau or triple sec.


    Ingredients:

    • 1.5oz Tequila (Milagro is my fave)
    • 1.5oz Orange Juice (I used Simply Orange)
    • 2tsp Madhava Agave Five
    • Juice from 1.5 Limes
    • 3-4oz Club Soda


    Directions:

    • Mix everything except Club Soda. 
    • Ensure it's all mixed well.
    • Top off with club soda. It's really taste preference as to how much soda is used.
    • Garnish with a lime wedge or some salt and 
    • ENJOY


    Macros:

    Cal: 100  

    Carb: 9g 

    Pro: .4g

    Fat: 0g


    The Madhava Agave Five is my favorite syrup substitute. It's a mix of Agave, Stevia, and Monk Fruit. It tastes amazing and 5 calories per serving! I got it at my local Whole Foods. Click here to find out more info about this awesome product.


  • 18 Feb 2015 9:11 AM | Anonymous

    1- “Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels.”

    Photo from: http://www.buzzfeed.com/hillaryreinsberg/the-disturbing-pro-ana-boards-that-pinterest-ban#.qfK03R2kNV

    First - This assumes we all want to be “skinny.” I personally want to be in shape and enjoy the curves I have. Secondly- You can most likely fit any tasty food into your diet in some amount. This quote is ridiculous. You are able to eat food you enjoy and be in shape.

    2- “Eat Clean. Train Dirty.”




    What does this even mean? Eat Clean. The ongoing what is clean food question presents itself here. By classifying foods as good and bad we limit ourselves from many foods which we then crave because we think we can’t have them. So, that sets us up for failure. Then the “Train Dirty” part. I guess because most people typically sweat and if you are working out in a gym, those places are pretty much filled with germs so I guess that qualifies as dirty. However, this quote is just dumb. You should eat to meet your macros and satisfy your body, while properly training to meet your goals.


    3- “Sweat is fat crying.”



    Photo from: https://www.pinterest.com/klaytonsmom/get-it-girl/


    It is not. The end. Sweat is not fat. Sweat is not toxins. Sweat is typically a water heavy mix that keeps you cool. The important takeaway here is: Some people sweat more than others which is why the amount a person sweats should not be a measure of how hard they are working. Workout with intensity and be real with yourself as to how hard you are pushing yourself.


    I understand these quotes are not meant to be taken literally, but still they are just dumb and misleading. These are not the quotes we should be focusing on for motivation. Next week I’ll be posting my 3 favorite quotes.

  • 29 Jan 2015 8:07 AM | Anonymous

    5 Layer Dip is sssooo good but it can be a little bit of a stretch to make fit into our macros. Until Now:

    Ingredients:
    1 can Fat Free Refried Beans
    1/2c Salsa
    5.3oz Fat Free Plain Greek Yogurt
    1c Shredded Cheese Mexican Blend
    1 container (8 oz) Sabra Guacamole

    Directions:

    Start by spreading the beans on the bottom of your pan. I used a 13x6 tupperware dish but you can use what you have.
    2nd Layer: Guacamole
    3rd Layer: Greek Yogurt
    4th Layer: Salsa
    5th Layer: CHEESE

    SERVE AND ENJOY!

    Macros:
    Cal: 11
    Carb: 7g
    Fiber: 3g
    Pro: 6g
    Fat: 7g


  • 28 Jan 2015 6:11 AM | Anonymous

    Don’t freak out. This is not a post telling you to never stray from your healthy/perfect diet. That is not what The Optimal State is about. I don’t like the idea of cheat meals because it sets us up for failure. Let’s say we go by the old standard, scheduled cheat meals.  Saturday night rolls around and you scheduled this cheat meal in the calendar. You’ve eaten amazing all week and you earned a splurge. Well, what if come Saturday night you end up not even really wanting that splurge. Maybe you go out to eat and are just craving something that ends up actually fitting into your meal plan…. Ok so now we move the cheat meal? Or do we end up pigging out on ice cream later because hey, we haven’t used our cheat meal yet?


    Another scenario, we schedule our cheat meal for Saturday. Saturday comes and we eat that ice cream. We eat ALL that ice cream. Hey it’s okay, this was scheduled. Wait, I now have a celebratory, last minute brunch with the girls tomorrow on Sunday morning. Two things: 1- I now feel bloated because I just gorged myself on ice cream and that cute outfit that I was going to wear just won’t work. 2- I have to be very selective at this celebratory brunch because I just ate way too much ice cream.


    Scheduling cheat meals sets up for failure by confining us to one meal at a certain interval that we can only splurge at that time. That’s not how life works. Sometimes we may go overboard and not meet our macros for the day, but those days shouldn’t be scheduled or because, oh well, you know, it’s Saturday and that is my cheat meal day. In addition they also set us up for failure by creating scarcity in our mind. We think we cannot have any of these foods we desire until that one time period we set aside. Typically the result is that we crave these foods then constantly. The foods aren’t actually scarce but in our mind they are because they are “off limits.”


    Now let’s take this a step further. What if instead of scheduling our little bi-weekly/monthly (or whatever time period) splurges we just told ourselves to eat within the limits of our macronutrient needs. So say it’s a Tuesday and I’m craving pizza. Well, I know I can fit one or two slices of pepperoni (my personal favorite) into my diet while still meeting my goals for the day. So while it may appear as though I have had a “cheat meal;” I in fact have not. This strategy of making our food choices work into our diet without limiting the “bad” foods completely makes it so much easier to not only stick to our diet and meet our fitness goals, but also helps ensure we minimize metabolic damage in the process.


    Quick note: Many times people will plan their diets so that some days of the week they create a calorie deficit via their diet. So they eat less calories then they burn. Then they schedule certain days where they eat the same amount of calories as they burn. However, these are not cheat meals. Let’s get that straight. This strategy is good for maintaining a strong metabolism while still meeting weight/fat loss goals.


    Now you may be saying, “Tara, but there will still be days when the food I’m craving just doesn’t fit into my diet.” Understood. No problem. If you are consistently eating within your dietary guidelines and meeting your macronutrient requirements everyday then when these little splurges come up it will not be a big deal. Maybe it’s a wedding, party, vacation, or just a Saturday. Whatever the reason may be, we all go outside our dietary parameters every now and then.  Enjoying life and not stressing over these instances is what helps us exist in our Optimal State of moving forward and reaching our goals without obsessing.

    Cheat meals only hinder our progress. They schedule in unnecessary gluttony.  They create scarcity in our mind because we think we can not have any of these “bad” foods until that one moment we planned on having. Most of the time whatever you are craving can fit into your diet in some amount. For those special times when it comes time to put the calorie counter down and just enjoy the moment and the food of the moment, the effect will not hinder your progress. Enjoy your splurge then pick up right where you left off and ensure you are self-regulating on a regular basis.


    Don’t freak out. This is not a post telling you to never stray from your healthy/perfect diet. That is not what The Optimal State is about. I don’t like the idea of cheat meals because it sets us up for failure. Let’s say we go by the old standard, scheduled cheat meals.  Saturday night rolls around and you scheduled this cheat meal in the calendar. You’ve eaten amazing all week and you earned a splurge. Well, what if come Saturday night you end up not even really wanting that splurge. Maybe you go out to eat and are just craving something that ends up actually fitting into your meal plan…. Ok so now we move the cheat meal? Or do we end up pigging out on ice cream later because hey, we haven’t used our cheat meal yet?


    Another scenario, we schedule our cheat meal for Saturday. Saturday comes and we eat that ice cream. We eat ALL that ice cream. Hey it’s okay, this was scheduled. Wait, I now have a celebratory, last minute brunch with the girls tomorrow on Sunday morning. Two things: 1- I now feel bloated because I just gorged myself on ice cream and that cute outfit that I was going to wear just won’t work. 2- I have to be very selective at this celebratory brunch because I just ate way too much ice cream.


    Scheduling cheat meals sets up for failure by confining us to one meal at a certain interval that we can only splurge at that time. That’s not how life works. Sometimes we may go overboard and not meet our macros for the day, but those days shouldn’t be scheduled or because, oh well, you know, it’s Saturday and that is my cheat meal day. In addition they also set us up for failure by creating scarcity in our mind. We think we cannot have any of these foods we desire until that one time period we set aside. Typically the result is that we crave these foods then constantly. The foods aren’t actually scarce but in our mind they are because they are “off limits.”


    Now let’s take this a step further. What if instead of scheduling our little bi-weekly/monthly (or whatever time period) splurges we just told ourselves to eat within the limits of our macronutrient needs. So say it’s a Tuesday and I’m craving pizza. Well, I know I can fit one or two slices of pepperoni (my personal favorite) into my diet while still meeting my goals for the day. So while it may appear as though I have had a “cheat meal;” I in fact have not. This strategy of making our food choices work into our diet without limiting the “bad” foods completely makes it so much easier to not onlystick to our diet and meet our fitness goals, but also helps ensure we minimize metabolic damage in the process.


    Quick note: Many times people will plan their diets so that some days of the week they create a calorie deficit via their diet. So they eat less calories then they burn. Then they schedule certain days where they eat the same amount of calories as they burn. However, these are not cheat meals. Let’s get that straight. This strategy is good for maintaining a strong metabolism while still meeting weight/fat loss goals.


    Now you may be saying, “Tara, but there will still be days when the food I’m craving just doesn’t fit into my diet.” Understood. No problem. If you are consistently eating within your dietary guidelines and meeting your macronutrient requirements everyday then when these little splurges come up it will not be a big deal. Maybe it’s a wedding, party, vacation, or just a Saturday. Whatever the reason may be, we all go outside our dietary parameters every now and then.  Enjoying life and not stressing over these instances is what helps us exist in our Optimal State of moving forward and reaching our goals without obsessing.

    Cheat meals only hinder our progress. They schedule in unnecessary gluttony.  They create scarcity in our mind because we think we can not have any of these “bad” foods until that one moment we planned on having. Most of the time whatever you are craving can fit into your diet in some amount. For those special times when it comes time to put the calorie counter down and just enjoy the moment and the food of the moment, the effect will not hinder your progress. Enjoy your splurge then pick up right where you left off and ensure you are self-regulating on a regular basis.

     

    Don’t freak out. This is not a post telling you to never stray from your healthy/perfect diet. That is not what The Optimal State is about. I don’t like the idea of cheat meals because it sets us up for failure. Let’s say we go by the old standard, scheduled cheat meals.  Saturday night rolls around and you scheduled this cheat meal in the calendar. You’ve eaten amazing all week and you earned a splurge. Well, what if come Saturday night you end up not even really wanting that splurge. Maybe you go out to eat and are just craving something that ends up actually fitting into your meal plan…. Ok so now we move the cheat meal? Or do we end up pigging out on ice cream later because hey, we haven’t used our cheat meal yet?


    Another scenario, we schedule our cheat meal for Saturday. Saturday comes and we eat that ice cream. We eat ALL that ice cream. Hey it’s okay, this was scheduled. Wait, I now have a celebratory, last minute brunch with the girls tomorrow on Sunday morning. Two things: 1- I now feel bloated because I just gorged myself on ice cream and that cute outfit that I was going to wear just won’t work. 2- I have to be very selective at this celebratory brunch because I just ate way too much ice cream.


    Scheduling cheat meals sets up for failure by confining us to one meal at a certain interval that we can only splurge at that time. That’s not how life works. Sometimes we may go overboard and not meet our macros for the day, but those days shouldn’t be scheduled or because, oh well, you know, it’s Saturday and that is my cheat meal day. In addition they also set us up for failure by creating scarcity in our mind. We think we cannot have any of these foods we desire until that one time period we set aside. Typically the result is that we crave these foods then constantly. The foods aren’t actually scarce but in our mind they are because they are “off limits.”


    Now let’s take this a step further. What if instead of scheduling our little bi-weekly/monthly (or whatever time period) splurges we just told ourselves to eat within the limits of our macronutrient needs. So say it’s a Tuesday and I’m craving pizza. Well, I know I can fit one or two slices of pepperoni (my personal favorite) into my diet while still meeting my goals for the day. So while it may appear as though I have had a “cheat meal;” I in fact have not. This strategy of making our food choices work into our diet without limiting the “bad” foods completely makes it so much easier to not onlystick to our diet and meet our fitness goals, but also helps ensure we minimize metabolic damage in the process.


    Quick note: Many times people will plan their diets so that some days of the week they create a calorie deficit via their diet. So they eat less calories then they burn. Then they schedule certain days where they eat the same amount of calories as they burn. However, these are not cheat meals. Let’s get that straight. This strategy is good for maintaining a strong metabolism while still meeting weight/fat loss goals.


    Now you may be saying, “Tara, but there will still be days when the food I’m craving just doesn’t fit into my diet.” Understood. No problem. If you are consistently eating within your dietary guidelines and meeting your macronutrient requirements everyday then when these little splurges come up it will not be a big deal. Maybe it’s a wedding, party, vacation, or just a Saturday. Whatever the reason may be, we all go outside our dietary parameters every now and then.  Enjoying life and not stressing over these instances is what helps us exist in our Optimal State of moving forward and reaching our goals without obsessing.

    Cheat meals only hinder our progress. They schedule in unnecessary gluttony.  They create scarcity in our mind because we think we can not have any of these “bad” foods until that one moment we planned on having. Most of the time whatever you are craving can fit into your diet in some amount. For those special times when it comes time to put the calorie counter down and just enjoy the moment and the food of the moment, the effect will not hinder your progress. Enjoy your splurge then pick up right where you left off and ensure you are self-regulating on a regular basis.

     
  • 23 Jan 2015 8:01 AM | Anonymous

    Hazelnuts are packed full of nutrients that are good for you. This is a list of the top 5:

    Healthy Fat:
    Ingesting healthy fats can lower your risk of cardiovasular disease
    according to the USDA

    Folate :
    Decreased risk of neural tube birth defects
    Reduce cardiovasular disease
    Reduce risk of depression

    Proanthocyanidin:
    Reduce risk of blood clotting and UTIs

    Fiber:
    Prevent constipation
    Helps you feel full faster

    Manganese and Copper:
    Copper aids in iron absorption
    Manganese aids in bone formation

    All these health benefits are packed into just one ounce of hazelnuts!

    Macros (for one ounce):

    Cals: 183
    Carbs: 8g
    Pro: 4g
    Fat: 17.5g
    Fiber: 3g


    All nutrition information from USDA
    .


  • 21 Jan 2015 1:48 PM | Anonymous

    I was so proud of these pictures. I posted them everywhere and thought, "This is it. I'm finally fit." I couldn't have been more wrong. The high was very short lived and what it took to get in this shape for my 30 minutes on stage was ridiculous. But don't worry, there's light at the end of this story.


    In November of 2011 I competed in my first and only bikini competition. I was so proud of myself. I had dieted so hard to get where I was with my physique. I would post pictures of me being at the office with chicken and broccoli next to the pizza brought in by pharmacy reps (I worked at doctors’ office in college). I would work out twice a day for at least an hour each time. I worked out, went to school, did homework, worked out, and went to bed. That was my life, with scheduled feedings of course. I carried around a cooler and didn't care how my food tasted. I just ate it. You know what I got from this? I got a killer body. I also got a dead metabolism and no social life.

    Post competition I gained twenty pounds in a month’s time. I was depressed and disappointed in myself. I went through two different, well known physique coaches to help get me back on track. Both attempts failed. I had gotten back in shape but not in competition shape. I had a hard time sticking to my very strict diet and getting in all my workouts. Every time I failed to stick the diet or missed a workout I would beat myself up. I knew there had to be a better way, but I just wasn't sure what it was. Now I studied health and exercise science in college; however, because I was so busy listening to all these fitness models and “experts” I let my good judgement go to waste.

    Finally, one year I decided to stop this craziness. I decided to trust my knowledge and listen to my body. I started tracking my food intake via a fitness app on my phone. I worked when I could fit in and didn't stress if I couldn't do it. I slowly increased the amount of food I could eat and started to enjoy working out again. At some points during the year I would workout 6 days a week and at other times I would workout only 3 days. I even took off a couple weeks here and there. What happened at the end of the year? I felt so good about myself. I loved how my body looked. I was in the best shape of my life, enjoying my social life, eating food I enjoyed, and most importantly I was happy.

    I WANT THIS FOR YOU! This is the whole reason behind TOS. I want to empower you to discover how your body works and know you have control over it. It is possible to enjoy a night out with the girls, eat chocolate, and not workout 6 days a week and be in great shape. Most importantly, I want you to love your body! It is so important to enjoy life and be there for your family and friends. Being in shape should fit seamlessly into this, not take over every aspect of your existence.


    You can eat a variety of food without having to stick to a set meal plan that you will eventually break anyways because no one is going to eat the same thing for the rest of their life. Discovering how to eat within given macronutrient guidelines builds autonomy. This enables you to not only reach your fitness goals but maintain your best body ever for years to come. Don’t sell yourself short. Don’t go for the quick “12 week” fix. Build the foundation to be happy, healthy, and fit for the rest of your life.


  • 14 Jan 2015 11:20 AM | Anonymous

    We’ve all heard the saying, “ We are our own worst critic.” This saying rings especially true when concerning our body image.


    One might think because this blog is about how to reach your fitness goals, that in order to be motivated to do this we must first dislike where our body shape is now. That does not need to be the reality and shouldn’t be it. The most important lesson I ever learned, concerning fitness, was to appreciate the current shape of my body. Not only, after embracing this concept, did I start to love my body but I also started to understand my natural shape. When I was competing in bikini competitions I did not understand this concept. I was eating and working out according to how I saw others with bodies I admired doing it. This is never a good idea. I used to change out my computer background every week to a new fitness model to keep myself motivated. Funny thing though: I was never less motivated than during this time. I would get so frustrated because I felt my body would never look like theirs. At times, it would literally leave me in tears. I couldn’t understand how to get to that look and keep it. Then in 2014 I made a resolution. My resolution was to stop obsessing over my body and being so hard on myself. I decided that if I gained a little weight or lost weight then that’s just what would happen and I was not going to set any concrete weight or bodyfat goals. What happened next sort of blew my mind: By the end of 2014 I was in the best shape of my life. I loved the shape I was in and I was happier as a person. I know one of the most important contributing factors was that I stopped body shaming myself. Once I stopped obsessing, buying clothes that were too small in hopes I would lose weight, weighing myself constantly, and putting myself on meal plans I didn’t enjoy I started actually making progress. Here are the 4 steps to stop the negative body shaming thoughts many of us battle.


    1- Compare yourself to...yourself

    I know we have all heard this. How are we supposed to know if we are in good shape if we don’t compare ourselves to others? First of all, unless someone has the exact same body type, metabolism, and shape as you, then you are out of luck. Everyone carries their weight differently. I once had a “trainer” who wanted me to step on stage at 105lbs. At my lowest weight when I wore a size 00 and was very weak, I weighed 119lbs. I worked out about 3 times a day, ate way too little, and was very frustrated about how weak my body was at the time. The trainer then asked me what I weighed when I last stepped on stage for a bikini competition. When I told him my stage weight was 124lbs I pretty much blew his mind. Perfect example of why we shouldn’t compare ourselves to others. Oh and as far as looking up to fitness models….It’s better you just do not. Comparing your body to someone you don’t personally know is especially pointless. There’s no telling what they eat, how they workout, or what their body looks like on a regular basis. Take the pictures down and stop focusing on others.


    2- Buy clothes that compliment your body now.

    Do not buy clothes you hope to fit into one day. You may be surprised what looks good on your body when you reach your fitness goals. Maybe your glutes will be too large to fit into a size XS. Maybe the cut of bikini you bought isn’t the most flattering for your new fit body shape. Buy what looks good you now and as your body changes then your wardrobe can adapt.


    3- Weight goals…. What if you don’t know your ideal weight?

    Listen, 5 years ago when you thought you looked and felt great at 115lbs may not be today’s reality. I used to say I wanted to get back down to 119lbs. I weigh almost 20lbs more than that right now. I am stronger than I ever used to be and because I’m older my body has curves I didn’t have 5 years ago. If I were to reach that weight I wouldn’t have the same round, full glutes or toned legs I do now. If you actually do need to lose weight then set it to lose 1-2lbs a week. After some time see how your body is changing and adjust from there. Sometimes we don’t even need to make the numbers on the scale move but focus on adding muscle and getting rid of fat. Setting goals is necessary to reach goals, but a weight goal is typically pointless unless you’ve been training for a while and know exactly where your body needs to be.


    4- Ok get ready, this is going to sound corny: Write and say positive affirmations about your body everyday.

    That’s right. You need to train your mind to think body positive thoughts. Just write down a few body positive affirmations. It can be as simple as “I love my body,” or maybe something more specific about your favorite part of your body. Actually verbalize these affirmations everyday. It doesn’t need to be some big ordeal. Just read them aloud while you're making breakfast, driving to work, or laying down to sleep.


    Follow these 4 steps to change your mindset. Once you start appreciating your body and realize this is your life and the body you live in everyday, treating your body the correct way and being healthy will come easier. You can do this!


  • 12 Jan 2015 11:16 AM | Anonymous

    This week I made the Four Cheese Lasagna Skillet Dinner using 95% Lean Ground Beef. It tasted amazing, was cooked in one pan, and the macros fit perfectly into my diet. I love finding recipes that work when you're short on time, money, or cookware :). PLUS, there are FOUR different mixes available!

    Recipe for Four Cheese Lasagna:

    Ingredients:
    1pkg Annie's Four Cheese Lasagna Skillet Dinner
    1lb 95% Lean Ground Beef (could use chicken, turkey, tofu, etc.)
    1c Unsweetened Almond Milk (could use dairy, soy, etc.)
    1.5c Water


    Directions:
    Brown the Beef
    Add Milk and Water to Beef
    Mix thoroughly
    Add Pasta and Seasoning Mix
    Bring to a boil
    Simmer & Cover for 11-13min
    Once most of liquid is gone, set aside off heat
    Add Cheese Sauce and Mix
    Set for 2-3min
    SERVE


    Macros for one serving (as made above):
    Cals: 314
    Carbs: 30g
    Pro: 27g
    Fat: 9g
    Fiber: 3g


  • 27 Dec 2014 7:29 PM | Anonymous

    Goal Setting is by far one of the most important elements to any successfully executed plan.

    Goals help fuel our intrinsic motivation, keep us focused, and give us a way to quantify our results.

    The first step to goal setting is coming up with goals. I like to set 3 types of goals: Dream Goals, Attainable Goals, and Immediate Goals.

    What I mean by this:
    Dream Goals are goals that I can only imagine coming true because they are so scary I don’t know if I could ever accomplish them.

    Attainable Goals are the goals I have a lot of work ahead of me to do in order to accomplish, but I know I can get there.

    Immediate Goals are daily and weekly goals that are essentially action steps to reaching my two larger goals.

    So first come up with at least one of each type of goal for your fitness.

    Next Timelines.

    You must set timelines for every goal. Deadlines keep us accountable and on track to reach our goals. Even the dream goals now get a timeline. These timelines should be reasonable but ambitious. So if you are sure you could accomplish your attainable goal in 12 months, put your deadline in 10 months. You probably will only have to work a little harder in order to reach that goal that much sooner.

    Finally: Complete your goals! Every day you should be accomplishing your daily goals. Every week you should accomplish your weekly goals. Once we realize the only person who can make us fail is us, then it becomes so much easier to find that motivation to accomplish the tasks needed for success.

    Don’t let anything stop you! Live the life you’ve dreamt of living.



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