It’s that time of year. Time to re-evaluate and decide what we want in 2017. Maybe you
set goals last year, maybe you achieved some of them, or not. Well I’m here to help you
stay motivated this year!
Hi! I’m Jill. Health and fitness are my passion, and I get to live my dream (part time) by
being a group fitness instructor. I LOVE being a fitness instructor because I get to work
with a lot of different people, and honestly, it’s so much more fun than a treadmill! If you
don’t believe me, come join me for a BollyX class some time! ;) Group fitness classes
are not a direct path to “losing weight,” they are so much more. Group fitness builds
community, gets people moving, provides encouragement and support, and offers an
affordable option for supervised exercise – all things that I think are much more
important than reducing a number on a scale. Anywhoo...enough about me (if you want
to know more about me, check out my social media links at the end of this post!)
We’ve all heard the same information about setting goals for years – keep them SMART
(specific, measurable, attainable, realistic/relevant, time-constrained). This is good
advice, but how many times have you set out a goal, checked off all your “smart”
parameters, and then still didn’t achieve what you set out to do?
Here’s another question for you – Did you keep it a secret?
We’re so afraid of failing that we so often keep our goals quiet. We don’t tell family and
friends, because then we can fail quietly too. I am THE WORST for this. Everyone has
his or her own reasons for not sharing, but usually it’s out of fear – the fear of failure, or
fear of judgment.
As much as we don’t want people to know we failed, we don’t want people to think we’re
weird. Goals often require some sacrifice; something needs to change in order to create
changes. It’s hard and scary to do things differently than others around us, but it’s
necessary if you want to produce a different outcome.
Don’t get me wrong, there are times that maybe we shouldn’t be plastering facebook with
what it is we want – for example, if you’re having difficulty conceiving, you want your
toddler to stop pooping in the hallway, etc. but even in these circumstances, it might be
helpful to share your struggle with your partner or a close friend.
So many of our goals center around money, food, or health and at some point, these have
become shameful topics that we’re not supposed to talk about. Well, I say eff it!
Chances are people will be more supportive than you think, and you are what is getting in
If you found out tomorrow that a friend was trying to save for a down payment, how
would you feel or act? You’d likely be supportive, and instead of a big meal out, maybe
you’d invite them over and cook for them, right? When other people know what your
goals are, they’re willing to help you achieve them.
For me, I’ve always struggled with my body and my relationship with food. Working in
the fitness industry is a double-edged sword. I have the information and resources to
obtain a 6-pack....but....I like cake and boozy drinks. Let’s be real, people.
What I have learned over the year is that when I get a good handle on my relationship
with food, is that the other aspects of my life start to come together a lot better. The
reverse is also true – when my eating habits go down the tube, so does my mental,
emotional, and spiritual health. But why am I telling you this? Because I’m a secret
keeper when it comes to goals that I set out, and so I figured what better way to
encourage you to share your goals, than to put mine out there.
This year I’m focusing on my own health and that starts with food.
If you have any weight or health related goals, I encourage you to join me. I’m
participating in a Whole30 starting January 2. Check out my facebook page
for WHY I choose to participate in the Whole30 program.
OMG clicking somewhere else? So much work. I know. The quick and dirty answer is:
•It’s not a diet
•It focuses on non-scale victories (ie. actual health not just weight)
•It’s free (it’s NOT a multilevel marketing program)
All the best for the new year!
You don’t have to be a pro to want to improve your photography. Here are a few easy tips to get you started!
1. The "Rule of Thirds": It creates a better picture when your main subject is not right in the center. In your minds eye, divide your photo into thirds (either horizontally or vertically), and place your main subject on one of the third lines dividing your picture. You'll be amazed at the different feel you'll capture by not having your subject exactly in the middle!
2. Draw Attention to Subject: Try to draw the viewer’s eye to the subject of the picture by using other objects, such as a fence row or a road. If you use other objects properly, the viewers eye will unconsciously follow those objects, and be drawn to your subject.
3. Watch Your Lighting: Avoid using flash, as it creates harsh shadows and “red eyes” in people and animals. Also, try to shoot with the light behind you. If the light is behind the subject, you will get a shadowy “backlit” effect that often throws off the whole picture.
4. Pay Attention to the Background: We've all seen pictures with an ugly dump truck in the background, or a pole sticking out of your subjects head! Glance at the background before taking a picture, and either move subjects or move in closer to eliminate things in the background that may be unsightly or distracting!
5. Get in Close: Too many snapshots are filled with the background and the subject is lost. While the scenery is beautiful, the most important thing you’ll want to see a few years from now are those missing teeth and crazy freckles. Don’t be afraid to get up close and personal, that’s where all the important stuff is!
6. Keep Shooting: The best way to improve your photography is to keep shooting! Especially with the cost-effectiveness of digital cameras, play with different lighting and poses until you figure it all out...
Hope you enjoy!!!!!