Mommy Monday

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Last Thursday, Huff the Tot was running a slight temperature and not really acting like herself. After some encouragement from my mom to take her to the doctor (okay, she basically told me to; but I’m glad I listened because…) we had her tested for the flu. Guess what?

Flu A. 

Yep.

My reaction:

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Thankfully, it hasn’t been *too* bad. She seems to only have the coughing/fever part of the flu which is great. But still, Huff the Hubs and I haven’t gotten a whole lot of sleep and I’m so scared that we’re going to get it. So I’m a wee stressed.

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I wish I was one of those people that did NOT eat when they were stressed. But I’m not. When I’m stressed, I like to eat everything in sight. And, to be honest, I was even doing this for a few days before she got sick. I kept seeing how many folks at the Mother’s Day Out program were getting the flu/had little ones with the flu and I was legit panicked. Like, “eating-all-the-kid’s-leftover-Christmas-candy” panicked.

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Soooooo…..yeah, my New Year’s Resolution to eat healthier and get back into shape has sort of fallen by the wayside. And, statistically speaking, I’m sure a lot of you have let your resolutions go too–whether it be to lose weight, get better sleep, or save money. Research shows that most resolutions lose their steam by February. But that doesn’t mean that all hope is lost! You can still get back on track–and so can I! I’ve rounded up some great tips to help you (and me!) reach those goals!

 

Don’t Be So Hard on Yourself

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I’m really bad about this. I beat myself up whenever I have the slightest hiccup in getting to my goals, whether it be through my own choices or circumstances. I fixate on the fact that I screwed up and start to get into a pit of melancholy. Sigh. Instead of saying, “Ugh! I can’t believe you did this! You’re never going to achieve {insert goal here} because you’re worthless!” tell yourself: “Hey, its okay. Let’s pick ourselves up and do better next time.” Or, you can just watch this scene from Batman Begins to help you.

 

If You’re Not Seeing Any Progress, Maybe Its Time to Reassess Your Goal

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Maybe your goal of saving $300 a month isn’t working because you don’t have a set budget. Or maybe your goal of working out five days a week isn’t feasible because of other things going on in your life right now. Some of you may say, “Well, if its REALLY important to you, you’ll MAKE time.” And while that is true, you’ve also go to look at facts. If you’re on a tight budget as it is, don’t make yourself sick by setting an enormous goal amount of money to save. Start small and slowly build over time, then find the amount that works for you without making you eat canned chili for dinner every night. The same goes for working out. Instead of saying you’re going to workout for an hour every single day, shoot for 20 minutes, 2-3 times a week and build on that over time.

 

Think About Why You Made These Goals in The First Place

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Why did you want to start waking up earlier? So you could get more done before the kids woke up? Why did you want to start eating healthier? So you could be around longer for your family? Why did you want to save money? So you could take that big trip you’ve always wanted? Think about the reasons behind your goals and let that motivate you!

 

Get Started

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Like Nike says, “Just do it!” No matter how hard it is, just put one foot in front of the other and move. Keep that $5 and put in a jar on your dresser. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Eat an apple instead of that doughnut. Just make it happen! I know it can sometimes be hard to begin, which leads me to my next tip…

 

Get an Accountability Partner

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I know its a lot easier for me to make excuses to not do something when I’m the only person dependent on it. But, when I know someone else is expecting me to show up, its a lot harder for me to flake. So when I made a running goal, I enlisted my sister (and vice versa). It was a lot tougher for me to say, “I don’t want to run” to her than to myself. And, nine times out of ten, she would say, “Too bad. Get up. Let’s go.” (ha!)

 

There’s An App For That

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Want to drink more water? Try Plant Buddy! Need help stressing less? Maybe Pacifica could be helpful! Need guidance with workouts? 7 FIT gives short, concise workouts you can do anywhere! Want a better night’s rest? Sleep Cycle can help you count some zzz’s! There is pretty much an app for any goal you can think of–just peruse the app store and you’ll see!

 

Do you have any tips that have helped you get back on track? Share in the comments below!

 

Try It Tuesday

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We’re three days into the new year, how ya doin’ with your resolutions? What?! ALREADY? Come on, guys! Jk, jk… I know its tough to stick to resolutions. But don’t worry, I’ve got some tips, tricks, and apps to help you stick with it!

One thing that has helped me in the past to actually keep my resolutions was to stop calling them resolutions. Instead, I call them goals. It may sound simple (and a little trite) but it honestly took some of the pressure off and made me want to achieve them even more.

 

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The next thing I do is make a plan. Benjamin Franklin said, “A failure to plan is a plan to fail” and boy, did that kite-flying Founding Father know what he was talking about! Saying, “I’m going to exercise three times a week” is a great goal, but do you know how you’re going to accomplish it?

“Well, no, I’m just going to do it.”

Yeah, well, hate to break it to ya but you’re “just going to fail”.

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When do you want to workout? In the morning so you’ll get it over with or in the evening to help you de-stress? Pick a time a stick with it. What kind of exercise are you going to do? For how long? Make a plan, get organized, and you’ll be more likely to stick with it. (There are a lot of great resources out there to help you get fit. Personally, I really like Jillian’s 30 Day Shred to kick off the new year. Its only 20 minutes a day and it works!)

People make all kinds of resolutions and have a hard time sticking with them because of lack of accountability. But, thanks to technology, you can have accountability right at your fingertips! There are many apps that can help you plan and achieve your goals! I’ve blogged about some in the past, but here are a few new ones:

 

HabitBull

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Have a lot of goals this year and don’t feel like having a ton of apps to help you keep track? HabitBull is basically a “catch all” for your goals. You set the goals, determine when it is considered successful, and track your progress! I downloaded this app and its pretty awesome!

 

Elevate

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Do you want to strengthen your memory or increase your focus in 2017? There’s an app for that, too! Elevate is a daily “mind-strengthening” app filled with games designed to help you focus and train your brain! After all, if you’re going to get your body in shape, might as well work on the ole noggin, too!

Gratitude 365

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Want to be more positive in the new year? You should definitely try it! Studies show that by being grateful for the things we have, we improve our immune system, lowers anxiety, and even makes our hearts healthier! The Gratitude Journal 365 app is an awesome way to keep track of the things you’re thankful for. You can add photos to your lists, password protect your journal and back them up to your computer so you can print them later!

 

You may say, “That’s great and all, Jess, but my New Year’s Resolution is to spend less time on my phone.” I’ve got an answer for THAT, too–the K Safe.

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The K Safe (aka, The Kitchen Safe) is a time locked container that you drop your phone, TV/gaming remotes, cookies, candy–whatever it is that is tempting you–into for a specific amount of time.  Once you’ve placed the tempting item into the safe, set the timer, and go about your business. There’s no way to hack into the safe until the timer counts down to zero, so there’s no way to cheat! If you’d rather not spend the $49.95, you can always make your own version like I did! (Mine only cost $2.50!)

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What are you hoping to accomplish in the new year? What do you do to make it happen? Share in the comments below!

Writer Wednesday

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Normally on Wednesdays, I write an awesome short story from my handy dandy writing prompt book. Today, however, I’m going to give you some helpful tips that can help you break through any writing plateau, destroy procrastination, and get your creative juices flowing!

I have books all about writing and websites favorited that help me with writing, but I never thought of getting an app to help me write! I don’t know why this never dawned on me; I’ve got apps galore! I’ve rounded up the best apps that every writer should have on their phone or tablet!

Name Dice

Name Dice is exactly what it sounds like: dice that you “roll” to help you come up with names for your fictional characters!

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There are HUNDREDS of names to choose from and even if you don’t choose a name that you roll, it will definitely get the motors in your writer mind turning!

 

Werdsmith

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Werdsmith works a lot like your Notes app, but is so much more than a digital notebook! You can set daily word goals to motivate you to write every day! You can also share with friends to get feedback on your writing!

 

Lists for Writers

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This app is AMAZING! There are tons of lists that are helpful for writers including character names, physical descriptions, and plot outlines! There are also tips on how to build a character, ways to boost your descriptions of setting, and reference materials (dictionary, thesaurus, etc.).

 

Brainsparker

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If you ever get stuck while writing (which happens to 99.99% writers at one time or another) this app is crazy-helpful! There are over 200 writing prompt “cards” that will instantly spark creativity and help you bust through blocks. You can even schedule a daily “spark” so your creativity is always flowing!

 

Do you have any writing apps you use? What are your favorites?