goals

How are your New Year’s Resolutions Going?

Revisit your goals!

We say it often. Write them down. Cross them out. Highlight them. Whatever you can do to make them more tangible – more real. Because that is the secret…there is no magic, there is no trick (not one that works anyways) to realizing your goals. Write down attainable goals somewhere that you will walk past them several times a day, interact with your list when progress is made – or when you feel stagnant! Write little sub-goals under your major goals that will help point you in the direction of them, for instance:

Goal: Run a marathon
a.) buy proper footwear
b.) run 1/2 mile today
c.) run total of 2 miles this week
d.) run 5 out of 7 days next week
etc.

Or get creative with something like this!

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The reason we are urging you to revisit your resolutions this week is because this is the time of year when your life gets back to normal. You settle back into a routine after Summer insanity, and that is a great time to implement new habits, to set goals, to re-focus.

There is one thing in particular that we are asking you to focus in on right now, and that is to take care of YOU! So in case you have surpassed all your New Year’s Resolutions – or maybe you have just forgotten them altogether – we’ve got a whole set of resolutions for you to adopt into your routine!

1. Workout
Make your workout a priority! This one is a little bit obvious, but being consistent with your workout routine will increase your overall energy and lead to better food choices as well as better sleep.

2. Sleep
Speaking of sleep – this too should be a priority! Plan for 7-8 hours of shut eye each night, and start winding down one hour before you intend to be asleep in order to avoid sleeplessness. TV before bed is one common mistake a lot of people make, but that intense stimulation actually makes it more difficult for your mind to relax – especially those crime shows! Cut it out!

3. Floss
This is an easy way to start taking care of yourself in a big way! Have trouble remembering to work it into your routine? Try keeping floss in the shower to make it part of your bathing routine.

4. Hydrate
One of the most important things we can do to take care of ourselves is to drink enough water. Being dehydrated affects your cognitive ability, your performance, and even your skin! Feel AND look better just by drinking adequate water. Spread it out throughout the day though! Trying to catch up on all your fluids for the day at once can lead to discomfort or in rare cases hyponatremia.

5. Take a multivitamin
If your diet throughout the day does not consist of a wide variety of foods in all colors of the rainbow, most likely you could benefit from a good multivitamin supplement. Place them somewhere you will see them every day and pop one as your insurance policy that you are getting everything your body needs to function optimally.

Make yourself a priority! Remember: if your cup is empty, you cannot fill anyone else’s. If you don’t take care of yourself regularly, you won’t be able to provide adequate care for anyone else.

Living in the Moment…

Some people wait a lifetime….

I’m having a proud mama moment this month!

Ellipse is on top of its game. We’ve added 3 new franchises in the Milwaukee area and our existing studios continue to grow. Interest in the Ellipse Fitness franchise concept is spreading across the country.

It’s rewarding to see the individual triumphs of our members. Achievement comes in many different forms – pounds and inches lost, increased strength, confidence gained, healthier eating habits learned and friendships made.


On a personal note, I’m about to turn 40 and celebrate 20 years of marriage to my high school sweetheart. My son is a freshman and just finished taking his first set of finals. What a milestone! My daughter is in her 9th year of dance and perfecting her skills getting ready for solos and duets.

And since I live in Wisconsin I’m a huge Green Bay Packers fan — what a Super Bowl win last night!!

The work ethic I see all around me is incredible. Dedication. Commitment. Devotion. Achievement.

Some people wait a lifetime for moments like this. Do they happen? I don’t think so; I think some of them you create! Hard work and dedication can create moments that will change your lifetime. The moment you realize you’re worth it. The moment you realize you’re strong enough. Or even the moment that you realize that the world had you wrong all along. You’re NOT “big boned”, you’re just tall and perhaps you weren’t making the right food choices. Now that you are you’re tall and THIN! Ha!

Jillian Michaels said something this week to spark this BLOG. When friends tell you how awesome you look, drop the “I still have more to go” crap. You worked hard – you deserve the compliment!” I AGREE! (and I sometimes don’t when it comes to the world’s most popular trainer) BUT, in this case she’s right! Some people wait a LIFETIME to get that compliment. Don’t belittle it! And when people ask, TELL THEM what you’ve done!. It’s surprising that when you say hard work and dedication to proper eating they’ll be sort of bummed—they wanted you to say “Magic Pill #46!”! HA—you’ve earned it, you’ve earned the accolades—please revel in the compliment, pat yourself on the back AND pay it forward! Tell others what it took to get to where you are!

I’m proud of you, you deserve everything you’re hearing and you deserve the compliments! Congratulations on your success! Whatever it is!