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Mind Over Matter Needed to Achieve Health Goals in the New Year

As we approach the beginning of another new year, many will be setting the intention to get back into a healthy exercise routine. Whether it is jogging, stationary bicycle riding, or attending yoga classes with regularity, the motivation to get with the program takes some determination.

Benjamin Franklin once said, “You can do anything you set your mind to.” Once your mind is set, the rest is easy. The challenging part is getting over the hump of doubt, impatience, and discouragement.

The following are a few tips that will help you set your mind to your goals so you may find success in making your healthy intentions a reality.

Create a mantra

A mantra is a word or group of words used to sharpen your focus during meditation. Although you might not actually be meditating when you repeat your mantra, it will still have an effect on your mind.

When you create a personal mantra, choose words that support your intention, such as “I have energy,” or “I love yoga.” Your mind will soon start believing whatever it is you are telling yourself, so choose your words wisely.
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Small Goals Keep Jennifer’s True Weight Loss Story on Track

The most recent goal Jennifer had in her weight loss journey was to get down to the weight printed on her driver’s license. In the past month, she accomplished that. She’s now three pounds under her license weight and says “I really need to go get a new driver’s license.”

She’s doing a lot of things right in her weight loss, which we’ve been following since summer. For one, she’s not on a diet. She’s establishing healthy habits that are helping her achieve one goal at a time (which is one of the healthiest habits of all when losing weight). Setting small, manageable goals helps you enjoy achievement all along the way, rather than feeling like you’re pursuing something that, for many, will takes months and even years to achieve.

Since the start of her journey in February of this year, Jennifer is down a total of 44 pounds, currently weighing in at 257 pounds. She’s down from a size 26 to a size 22 and has bought a few new clothes. She admits to still ordering things online, but is pleased with how they definitely fit when they arrive.

She’s also celebrating what she called a breakthrough this past month. “I did spiderman planks!,” Jennifer bragged. “It’s a big deal to me!” She talked about not being able to do them at all before and now she can hold one for 20 seconds.
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Your 5-Step Plan for Choosing the Right Goal Weight

By Bob Greene for TheBestLife.com

You’re looking to drop some weight—but how much? What weight is right for your body? Use the five steps below to make sure the goal weight you have in mind is a healthy one.

Step One: Look at Your Family Tree.


Your weight is determined primarily by genetics. This doesn’t mean that you’re destined to follow in your parents’ or grandparents’ footsteps when it comes to weight, but it can give you an idea of what’s realistic for you. For instance, if your parents have always struggled with weight, you may not be able to get to the lower end of the BMI scale, but you can certainly get into the healthy category.

Step Two: Assess Your Habits.  


Your choices and habits also affect your weight. Look at your lifestyle: What has been the lowest weight you’ve maintained as an adult? Have you had children? How active are you? These factors influence how low a weight you’ll be able to get down to now.  
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Under Armour Asks Women to Define “What’s Beautiful”

There are so many challenge-based fitness programs out on the web and they are proving to be effective for many people. Accountability and encouragement seem to be the magic ingredient for many people to stay motivated. Under Armour has gotten in on this trend by introducing “What’s Beautiful,” a promotion encouraging women to set goals, share the process, and hopefully meet them. Oh, and they’re giving away sweet prizes along the way.

The process is very simple. At the What’s Beautiful site, any woman can set a fitness goal, any goal, and begin her journey to victory. They are asked to document the process by sharing photos and video on the Under Armour site. During the journey they are also encouraged to choose one of the daily challenges set by Under Armour trainers. As these challenges are documented, users can cheer on others who are working hard, too. Then, at the end of each week, Under Armour will give away swag bags full of gear to the women who they say, “are seriously bringing it.”

This weekly challenge and goal setting promotion is on until the end of November. At the end of that month, ten finalists will be chosen as the winning athletes, those who’ve documented what Under Armour sees as the most impressive, motivated, and monumental stories. These deserving ten women will win a trip to Clearwater, Florida to train with the elite Under Armour trainers. That is where the some of the top athletes in the world go to enhance their performances. In addition to the amazing training sessions, the winners will be treated to sessions with nutrition experts and spa treatments.
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3 Tips for Olympic-Sized Inspiration in Every Day Life

Do you ever stop to wonder what gives someone the motivation to be the best at what they do? So many people are content with living the status quo, yet others decide life is too short so they go all-out and make the most of what they can.

The Olympic Games are a great opportunity for people around the world to witness the result of fierce dedication and a lot of hard work. Every few years we are delighted and amazed by the incredible ability of the human body. From skilled gymnasts to super-fit long distance runners, the Olympics leave many of us in a state of awe. What would this world be like if we were all so inspired to be our best?

If you are lacking the motivation to be your best, whether it is being a loving parent, an A+ student, or a better athlete, the following tips will help you find and utilize your own inner wellspring of Olympic-sized inspiration.
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