Spot treating – your body is not acne

My arms are jiggly,” “I just need o loose the belly,” “I don’t like my love handles so I need to do side-crunches!”

Honing in on the areas of your body that bug you to most won’t hurt, but it may not be the most efficient way to lose fat or shape and tone that area.

“Then why Britt do all those commercials and pictures in magazines have exercises geared toward my most hated part of my body?”  Because dear friend, they want you to buy the magazine or product that they are selling. Simple as that.

Ab exercises – this is our go-to when we want to get thinner and we think a six-pack will develop if I just head-butt my crotch 100 times a day for 21 days!

Well, you may get stronger abdominal muscle you need to burn more calories during the day than you are consuming, to lose the fat around your abdomen.

OK Britt, quit being a downer! What can we do?!

  • Take a step back and look at the whole pie- you are more than just a slice, you are the WHOLE package. You have love, skills, talents and strength in your whole body, so what if your dimples just happen to be in your thighs right now?
  • Pick your exercises wisely If your underarm area is your biggest fret because it keeps waving at people long after you’ve stopped, add arm exercises to a regular cardio program. These won’t do the trick all on their own, but can make you feel like you are getting to the parts that shake your confidence right now.  Try push-ups, squats, tricep extensions, tricep push ups and tricep pull downs.
  • Pick your food wisely  The Nutrition Diva is currently my favorite resource for nutrition tips! Here is an article about foods that can partner with your cardio to reduce belly fat!
  • Please never use the phrase muscle confusion, please. You cannot confuse your muscles, they are designed to react to varying tension. So just – don’t! *End rant*
  • Love yourself! You are AWESOME!

Love and Sparkles,
Britt

 

Make your to-do-list kick a$$

03Lately I’ve been feeling a little overwhelmed, like the day doesn’t have enough hours for me to get everything done. Does that sound like something you are dealing with? Like you set out Monday with a course but are quickly pulled in a million different directions and feel BUSY all day.

Sometimes it’s just hard to stay focused on whatever task you are doing because your ever-growing to-do-list is hovering like a drone, judging to see if you could be more efficient or work faster!

So what do you do? My motto is aim to do less 🙂 Yes, this will make sense soon.

Set your intention, out loud or on a piece of paper!
What if you started your day setting your intention. It can be as simple as “Today I am open” meaning, you are open to what needs to happen. Not focusing on what HAS to happen. Or maybe its “Today I am focused” so that every time you get distracted by the squirrel running outside your office window, you have a gentle reminder that today is your day to be focused. Doing this also allows the law of attraction to intervene, providing you with what you need to lead you to your dreams, or just help you with your day.
TASK: Give it a try, set your intention for the day and let me know how it goes!

Do LESS!
I know, sounds nuts right?! But let’s consider this. What if you had a to do list of no more than 4 items? Yes, you need to go to the grocery store, do laundry, pick up the stuff in the living room, drop off the mail, pick up shampoo, exercise, pick up kiddos, make dinner, pour a shameless glass of wine and collapse and binge on Netflix. How in the WORLD can I get that all in one list!? Fret not friend, this list is about the must do’s. When you focus on what NEEDS to be done, the rest of the tasks fell into place. I tried this yesterday and by the end of the day, not only had I checked off my must do list, I made a big dent in the other stuff.
TASK: Take a small sheet of paper, like folding an 8 1/2 x 11 in half 3 times. Your to-do-list should fit on that. Don’t be a poophead and write super small so you can cram more!

Forgiveness
You forgot to pick up the mail, or you had a soda with lunch but are trying to cut back, or you really meant to exercise today but you didn’t. When you find yourself worrying about what you didn’t do, pretend it’s your best pal telling you the same thing. You would easily forgive your friend if they missed a lunch date, or if they forgot to send the email to your group confirming a meeting, so why wouldn’t you forgive yourself?
TASK: What is one thing you can forgive yourself for doing or not doing today?

The thing is, you FEEL like you accomplished so much more when you are able to see that you checked things off your to do list. So make the ones that you check off count. Get you most needed done and watch the rest of your day fall into place.

I’m not promising peace love and joy because you made a list, but I am promising that this challenge will allow you the opportunity to think about what is most important to you each day.

For more amazing stuff on setting intentions and attracting the good, check out The Universe Talks : http://www.tut.com/

Disclaimer: No drones were used in the making of this blog

Love and Sparkles,

Britt