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DAY 4 OF 30: 2 Cakes are Better than 1: Having my Cake and Eating it Too | Chapter 26 | Motivational Monday

Hello Readers,

I am checking in. Today is day 4 of 30 of my “strict” meat & veggies only challenge. Welp, for all of you who follow me on social media you know today is my Birthday. My momentum was high and consistency was even more on point, until today.

My amazing friends surprised me with a beautiful and delicious cake. What kind of friend would I have been if I had turned down a slice? I am a advocate for spreading goodness and positivity. Therefore, no way was I going to spark negativity by turning down a opportunity to socialize over a slice of cake, in celebration of yours truly (ME). Those calories were calling my name. Rest assured I only indulged in one slice, even though that’s no excuse and does not make things any better.

Oops, correction “two slices”.

Side Note: Hubby surprised me with a mini carrot cake when I arrived home. He knows me best and to make things even better he was extremely thoughtful and considerate of my goals by picking out a mini cake rather than a traditional sized cake. The mini is a perfect size to enjoy and satisfy my sweet tooth while not falling victim to “over” indulgence.

But, guess what? Tomorrow is always a new day and I can always hit my “reset” button and start again.

[ Motivational Monday ]

We wake up each day with the power to change what we do, and what we eat. We have choices and the ability to chose our path. The power of choice is the message I am seeking to convey to all of you reading this post.

I am will not allow a slice of cake succumb my goals. No indulgence should. Just know that if you do cheat, make it a cheat “snack” aka “sample”. Not an entire meal, or a day. Never, get in over your head. If you have goals you have some sort of self discipline and know your limits. Cheat “snacks” or “samples” can happen. You should be able to enjoy and treat yourself every so often. As long as you know you limits, a slice of cake won’t hurt or set you off track from your goals.

For those of you following me on this challenge. Share with me your progress. Comment what is working or not working for you. Have you had a cheat snack? If so, what was it?

FLWE ❤

Motivational Monday: Talk About It, Envision It, Schedule It, & Make It Happen . . . Plan Your Success

In order to be truly successful you have to talk about your goals. Speak your plans and success into existence. The law of attraction applies to the success in our life. To be successful we have to put in effort and speak of it before it is even achieved. Go beyond dreaming about your success; make it a reality.

A strategy that I have found to be the most successful in my life is actually writing down my goals and plans. I am a visual person and actually recording my goals and plans allows me to track my progress as I move closer to achieving my goals. This can be done in various ways. I personally use a planner specifically to log and track my goals. Another method you can use to track your goals is through the use of a vision board. A board that you can write your goals on and review daily. The most important part in planning for success is recording your goals/plans and check in proactively daily in order to be reminded of them and be aware of what needs to be done to move a step closer to achieving them.

With so many upcoming projects that I am working on I could not imagine staying organized without planning. Before I take a step out on anything- I plan. This is a crucial habit to establish if you are looking to achieve success. Planning is what it takes to be a successful person.

What steps are you taking in your life to become more successful? Have you encountered any roadblocks in your path? If so, what have you done to remove those hurdles in your path?

I believe in the African-American Proverb, “Each one, Teach One.” If there is something that I find to be helpful to me, I am going to share it with others. We all would be more successful if we supported each other mutually. True success is about supporting and uplifting each other in order to build a better community around us. We all play a vital role within our communities.

FLWE ❤

Motivational Monday: Minimalism

I have been practicing minimalism for a few months now and it is a very positive and proactive strategy that allows me to minimize clutter and live a more stress free life. Minimalism is the process of intentional focus on things that we value the most, and the removal of items that distract us from the important things.

Something, my family has focused more on especially around the holidays is not the gift of giving but the gifting of experiences. We chose trips and experiences over materialist items. Items eventually get tossed or often forgot about as they lose importance, purpose, and relevance. While memories from experiences last a lifetime.

While physical clutter is important and needs tossing, mental clutter is just as important. I found these 7 routines to clear mental clutter very helpful and can be reflected on daily. I encourage you to save this image and keep it near you to reflect back on daily in order live a more stress free and clear minded life.

Please share with me in the comments your progress and/or tips you have implemented into your daily routine. If you have been living a more minimalist lifestyle, please share with me your thought and strategies used.

FLWE ❤

Motivational Monday: Keep Showing Up

Welcome back to another Motivational Monday pep talk. A special welcome and hello to all of my new followers and a special thank you for those that faithfully show up each week and support my blog.

This weeks topic is about “Keep Showing Up”. This quote to the left perfectly sums up everything that I am about to touch base on. And don’t sit back, read, and act like you haven’t been there and felt that. Speaking from experience there are some days when I am feeling more motivated than others. On those other days it takes more than just reading some inspirational quotes to refuel my dedication to the process. When I say ‘process’ I am referring to living and breathing a healthier and more fit lifestyle.

Prior to my current pregnancy, there were many days that I struggled with my commitment to working out. I had to have a talk with myself. It was no way that I would continue to watch my gym membership fees deduct from my account monthly, while I only showed up twice a week if at all- some weeks. At one point I convinced myself that I would just walk in and cancel my membership. Each time I decided to make that move- something always stood in the way. I took this as a sign that God was not going to allow me to just give up on goals and my vision.

It is so easy to make excuses for yourself but when you have a support system behind you, pushing you to keep going- to keep showing up; it makes it harder to give up. I really owe it to my personal coach (my Husband Andrew). He is there supporting me on my good days when I am mentally and physically all in on my health and fitness journey and he is also there on those days when I want to take a break from working out (going through hell feels).

Andrew has taught me that my actions and how I apply myself is all my choice. Making that decision to show up each day no matter what; in ways both small and big is important and crucial to your success. As long as you show up, you are making progress. Keep showing up! Whether your accomplishments and milestones are small or big, there is always tomorrow to do better- to be better!

Self Reflection:

Do you have an accountability partner?

How often have you recently struggled with showing up daily for yourself? Did it cause you to derail from your fitness journey? If so, what did you do to get back on track?

If you do not have an accountability parter. I highly recommend that you find one. It is so much fun and honestly better when we are working together to achieve our goals. Accountability is what will keep you on track. You can make excuses for yourself but those same excuses are not going to be accepted by your accountability partner. Save the excuses! We are in this for the win! Each day you have endless opportunities ahead of you. Wake up to a fresh start and make the best of each day.

FLWE ❤

Motivational Monday: Gratitude

Hello Monday… Hello new week. This post is going up late. Today consisted of multiple doctors appointments and I am just getting a moment to myself since getting home. Getting wrapped up into a busy Monday today made me think a lot about gratitude. Busy Mondays are the product of a busy life. This is a little Monday reminder that despite how busy we get within our days we must take time to reflect on being grateful.

What is gratitude? Gratitude is the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and return kindness. Having gratitude is an important quality that we should constantly challenge ourself to example in our day to day life. When life and/or circumstances are difficult it can be challenging to show gratitude. However, even in moments of adversity we must overlook the negative and embrace a positive attitude and sense of gratitude.

Gratitude has the power to change not only you but everything around you. Some benefits of gratitude include: makes you feel happier, eliminates stress, promotes positivity, heals, improves sleep, boosts self esteem/performance, and improves your relationships with others.

Do not get so caught up in the moment that you forget to thank and appreciate those around you. If you are struggling to be present in the moment and example gratitude you may want to consider keeping a gratitude journal. Writing down what you are grateful for each day is a healthy activity and great reminder in order to be more grateful in your life.

5 Things I am Grateful for:

  1. I am most grateful for my family (love and support).
  2. I appreciate having a supportive following on my blog, which encourages me to show up and post content.
  3. I am most grateful for coworkers that go above and beyond to help me and check on me throughout my pregnancy.
  4. I am grateful for a good team of Physicians in my prenatal care.
  5. I appreciate family time/story time each night with our daughter.

Self Reflection:

What are you grateful for?

I challenge you to complete a 30 days of gratitude challenge. All you need is a journal or notebook. Each day write down your response to the proposed question. Comment below your thoughts and experience. I would love to know how you feel after 30 days. Was this a beneficial activity?

FLWE ❤

Motivational Monday: New Week, God is in Control, New Doors, New Breaks, New Blessings, Prepare your Mind, Enlarge your Vision

Monday Pep Talk:

Wishing everyone a prosperous new week – happy Monday! I found this quote so inspiring this morning. I do believe that God is doing new things in my life and opening new doors. I have learned to take less control and leave it up to God; everything works out when you let God take control (Just my little spiritual nudge for this week).

Self Reflection Questions:

  • Have you prepared your mind for this week?
  • Have you set your intentions for this week?
  • Is your heart in a positive place?

FLWE ❤

Motivational Monday: Consistency

Monday Pep Talk:

I hope everyone had a positive Monday and great start to a new week. Monday’s mean new week- new goals. As a reminder, “You don’t have to be extreme, just consistent”. Each step taken daily on your fitness journey will put you a step closer to achieving your goals. However, lack of consistency will result in your own setback. If you are feeling like you are not seeing the results you hoped to achieve, reevaluate your consistency. You can not commit yourself to a part time lifestyle change- it is a daily commitment.

Self Reflection Questions:

  • What actions am I taking daily to remain consistent?
  • Am I achieving what I set out to do?
  • Is a cheat day worth it?
  • Am I consuming foods filled with nutrients?
  • How do I feel?
  • Do I feel proud of myself and my results?

As always I encourage you to share your answers in the comment section. In order to be an inspiration to others, you must be transparent with not only others but yourself as well.

FLWE ❤