Productivity

Your Brain is Eating Itself Alive (and an easy peasy fix)

Your One Day PassAs a ball-buster, there's a whole world of shit that swirls through your head on a regular basis. And it's loud. And sometimes? It just gets to be too much.

 

What suffers isn't just your sanity. It's your focus. Your drive. Your goals.

 

The only thing you can do at that point is stop. Tell everybody to back the fuck off and go do your thing. Because when you're done? You'll not only see what it was that was right in front of you, you'll remember who you are, what you want, and how you get it.

 

I know.

 

That's what happened last week.

 

The shit in my head got so loud and angry, I had no choice, but to saddle up and head out. As I threw my leg over, I had no idea where I'd go or what I'd do when I got there. I had no plan.

 

And it was fucking mind-blowing.

 

The freedom I stole got me in trouble. But it was so much more than worth it.

 

I came back clear and driven again.

The Science Behind Erasing It All

 

We get so fucking caught up in thinking, planning, strategizing, and comparing ourselves to the competition that only exists between our ears, that we lose our visions. We let other people's demands on us roadblock our success. We don't allow ourselves to develop the routines our minds need so it can free up that creative space and that ends up biting us in the ass.

 

But by letting our brains become and stay busy with shit that doesn't matter (or even stuff that does), we steal away the focus that it needs to hone our crafts, to make us the BOSSes we are. According to a bazillion and one studies reported in Scientific American (and just about every other journal out there), our brains need every moment of downtime we can give them.

 

Because even in mundane moments, it reverts to its resting state, using that time to boost our memory and learning (you know, that shit you need to get REEAAAALLLY fucking good at what you do).

 

Kimberly Lin-Pollard, Troll-Tamer Extraordinaire, calls moments where our brains have checked out, self-care. She says you don't need a massage or 3.5 hours straddling a motorcycle to take care of the noise that is killing your focus. She says, all it takes it the mental focus to clock out and pay attention to what's in front of you. No matter what you're doing.

 

Though I can't and WON'T use that as an excuse not to ride (EVER), it's a great way to build in a little brain-care every day...you know...the days when you can't run away for a few hours for the most exquisite wind therapy you've ever had (or mindless shopping/massages/whatever gets your rocks off).

 

You want to continue ball-busting? Run away (or pretend to). Because every moment you spend relaxing that magnificent melon of yours, you get closer to your goals. And when you can't? Focus on what you're doing, nothing else, to give your brain that interlude it needs in between creative power sessions.

 

Join the Badass'D and get in on our Marketing and Money Mondays. Because getting lost in the whirlwind of to-do's shouldn't affect your wallet. 

Plan for Success

February brings order out of chaos.  Well, for those that follow focus, that is! 

This month's focus is Planning and Preparing for Productivity!

Without a roadmap, you will end up somewhere, but it may not be where you wanted to go.  This month, we're going to make our maps and stock the car for the trip.  Are you ready?

If you're one of the people are that too busy to do this and too busy to do that, I hate to break it to you, but the one person that is speeding down the Productive Creative Highway in front of you is just as busy as  you are.  The only difference is they know what they need to do before they set out for their destination and they do it. 

Planning and preparing are tedious, but necessary acts.  Don't worry, though.  We're going to take tiny steps toward our success.  By the end of February, our goal is to have incorporated a planning and preparing system that you will be able to execute routinely each week without sweat, blood, or tears. 

Successful Productive Creatives have balance.  They plan.  They prepare.  They produce.  And  you can, too. 

So if your excuse for not planning or not preparing for work/home activities is that you need more time than the rest of us, then hang out with me this month and, I promise,  you'll learn the fastest and easiest ways to balance family, household, and craft responsibilities to get you back in the lead on the Productive Creative Highway; where all you'll see are the headlights of your competition in your review mirror!

In the comments, tell me what you struggle with most when it comes to planning and preparing in your work and personal life and get your answers this month!  Get the help you need to succeed.

Let's connect on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ for daily challenges and inspiration for the monthly focus!

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Accomplishing Goals

How did YOU do this month?

If you were following along with the Facebook and Twitter Daily Challenges for our monthly focus - Congrats!  You did a great job!!  You're probably feeling your business moving toward a greater focus, more energy and a little tunnel vision by now. 

If you didn't, that's ok! There's always time to pick it up when you can. 

Coming in February, the Monthly Focus is on planning and prepping for business and home activities that will help us become more productive in the upcoming months.  This decision was based on the answers that you so kindly provided me during the Productivity Survey back in December, as well as from responses from the Facebook page.  Thanks to all who answered!  For those of you that hankered for water reminders, your time will come!  Stay with me:).

Back to the business at hand, with this month's exercise focus, my energy increased from working out and I was able to do so many things.  For one thing, I gained two new clients! And I almost finished the Productive Creative Lessons that I'm working on for you guys (didn't finish because of the new clients...no excuse, I know, but happy to have the work).  I feel fitter.  I think more clearly about my direction each day.  I'm more focused in tasks that I set before myself.  And I get more done.  Each step brings me closer to my goals that I set for 2012. 

With belief shifts come change.  So if you think you can't exercise because you don't have time...shift that belief and watch how you find ways to squeeze it in.  Your business is your most important focus,  sharpen it with exercise.  I did.  And I'm so glad. 

What did you accomplish this month?  Did you get closer to your 2012 goals?  Tell us in the comments...I love to hear how well you are doing!

Connect with me on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ to get daily challenges and inspiration!

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10 EASY Ways to Squeeze in Exercise

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You hate to workout.

You don't have time.

You don't have energy.

You have so many other things you would rather do.

Here are 7 reasons why Minutes in Motion (aka exercise) help boost your career, your family, and your life:

  1. It staves off diseases like cardivascular diseases, cancers, and diabetes (just to name a few) - if you're sick, you can't ship.
  2. Lifts your mood so you can think clearly and more focused to answer the needs of your tribe.
  3. 100% of active people are happier people. (Have you seen sad people working out?  They don't stay that way for long.)
  4. Happier people are more productive.
  5. You set a stellar example for kids (who do what we do and not as we say).
  6. You increase your energy so you can ship more.
  7. Studies show that you increase blood flow to the brain (possibly even build new brain cells) for higher quality shipping.

What Productive Creative do you know doesn't need more energy, better focus, and a few more brain cells?

Here are 10 EASY ways to squeeze it in when you're super busy:

  1. Do it first thing in the morning - yeah, you can get up a little earlier
  2. Do it before you sleep
  3. Walk to work (or wherever you can)
  4. Discover HIIT (they're short, powerful workouts that have as much benefit as long treadmill stints)
  5. Find a workout partner (you can always go virtual if you don't have anyone near you...check out BodyRock.tv, Fitocracy, or Zuzana Light's Facebook page)
  6. Set up challenges for yourself (or this month you can follow mine on Facebook and Twitter)
  7. Constantly seek new ways to exercise to stay motivated
  8. Keep track of your progress (GREAT motivator - get your PC Journal by subscribing to my blog)
  9. Play music while you move
  10. Get the family involved (the kids will love it...spending time bonding with you AND you all get to form new habits together - a built in fitness community in your home)

There you go.  Choose the ways that will help you stay motivated and your PCness will blossom and flourish before your eyes.

Do it NOW and love the PC way you feel!

What does your fitness look like?  Do you do your Minutes in Motion every day?  If not, why not?  I'd love to hear from you!

Thanks for reading!  I would love to stay on top of your Productive Creative fitness goals, connect with me on Twitter, Facebook or G+ for more motivation and PC results!

 

 

Five Ways to Get Rid of the One Excuse Holding You Back

Hi guys! Welcome to another short PC talk!  Pull up a chair and grab a nice chilled water.  J

As Productive Creatives, we already know the importance of fitness and its effect on our work.  So why do we avoid it?

Excuses.  There are myriads of them, but today we’re going to focus on one…

The “I’ll wait until…” Excuse

Like a surfer sitting atop glassy waters waiting for the Big One to come along, we wait and we wait for the right moment.  But without the right conditions, that wave never comes. 

But you’re not at the mercy of nature.  You’re in control of your environment and it’s up to you to set your own waves into motion. 

Waiting for the right time to exercise has detrimental effects on our plan and therefore our results. 

It deflates our energies and lets the winds out of our sails.  It distracts us and lets the door of opportunity open up on some other project we’d rather be working on.  And that, in turn, closes the door to our drive to get it done.  By putting it off and allowing other things to get in the way (like feeding the kids or doing their homework), the end of the day comes and we’ve failed to reach our goal.  Failing to reach a goal, gives a blow to our oversensitive egos. (Yes, I know Leo Babauta doesn't set goals, but not setting them makes me nauseous...ok, so I'm Type A.) :)

So what can we do?  We’re all busy people with careers, families, friends, projects, school and loads of other responsibilities that require our energies!!

Here’s what we can do to insure that we do get our Minutes in Motion logged:

  1. Get up half an hour before we have to and exercise first thing in the morning.  Think about it, is that extra 30 minutes in bed going to give you a boost for the day?  How will you feel when your workout is done and out of the way?
  2. If you absolutely cannot workout before the world starts moving, then get up and dress in your workout gear so that when you get the house cleared out, you’re ready to rock your Minutes in Motion.
  3. If THAT’s not an option, make your lunch hour (or half hour) your Motion Hour instead.  Workout instead of chowing on greasy fast food.  And guess what…there is ABSOLUTELY NO rule that says you MUST be wearing spandex and sweat gear in order to exercise.  NONE. 
  4. Workout whenever or wherever.  Do NOT wait on a until you can take time to go and change, workout, then shower.  (You can clean up without soaking your head and everything else.)
  5. Make your workout your priority.  Put it on the list of business items that have to get done.  That’s it.  If you consider it part of your business plan, you’ll do it.

This is just a brief list of the things we can do to make sure, for the sake of our PCness, that we get in our exercise so we can log our Minutes in Motion. 

Our productivity will reflect our efforts.  Leave a comment and tell me what will help you Do It NOW to get your workout in today?  

Thanks for stopping by and reading!  I really appreciate it! 

And you can get your PC Journal to log your Minutes in Motion (MiM) by subscribing to my Project Master Blog.  Come hang out with me on Facebook , Twitter, and G+ so I can help you with challenges and more! 

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7 Career Boosting Resolutions You Can Stick With

7 Resolutions that You Can Stick With

2012 is upon us and it's time to push ourselves and our productive creativity forward with all the force of a catapult.  Your body, mind and soul are one and taking care of them is going to make this the best year yet because you are not going to try to change who you are all at once...you are going to take it one step at the time.  Your productivity and creativity will be the proof in the pudding. 

1. Make a list of your most pressing limiting beliefs and focus on changing one each month.

Our limiting beliefs are the beliefs that keep us from grabbing the stars.  They are the cement shoes that prevent us from moving forward.  We have to let go of our limiting beliefs in order to make ourselves and the ones we love happy.  We also need them gone if we want to conquer Kilamanjaro. 

A limiting belief is something that we believe, but that isn’t necessarily true.  They are limits that we place on ourselves.  For example, maybe you think that you can’t be creative because you are just an accountant.  That is a limiting belief because our job doesn’t limit our creativity.  Our views of our lots are what put the blinders on us. 

Listen to your inner vocab and change the negative talk to positive…the trick is you have to believe it.  Look at your words objectively.  Yeah, you are addicted to cigarettes, but they are not your life force and you can break the habit.  You are not bound by them unless you want to be. 

List all the thinking that keeps you down and work, one month at a time…diligently…to change that limitation to an affirmation. 

You are creative.  You are wonderful.  You have gifts to share…share them.

2. Work on changing one nutritional habit a month.

Eating whole and clean requires effort.  It requires changing the way you see food.  It requires you to change the limiting belief that you don’t have time.  BUT, it CAN be done.  If you are a junk food junkie, like I was, then take January and make it a month for one day per week treats instead of every day.  To reach the top of Mount Everest, you have to climb one step at a time. 

Make one month a month to drink water.  Another could be no soda.  Another could be adding in the 5-9 servings of fruits and veggies your body and brain need. 

Choose one habit each month that will end you up at the end of the year being 100% healthier than you were when 2012 started. 

3. Work on adding 15 minutes of Motion to every day.

Movement was once a part of everyday life.  We had to hunt for food.  We had to haul it, clean it, cook it over an open pit.  Now, you drive to the window and it's tossed at you.  No movement.  No sacrifice.  No benefit…not even nutritionally.

Food was once scarce and exercise was unavoidable.  We have not yet adapted to the world that we have created in which exercise is scarce and food is unavoidable. 

This is your chance to adapt.  To learn to live and thrive.  To survive. 

Once day at a time.

4. Set yourself a new goal every day that will send you careening into your Three Words that Chris Brogan had you list.

Chris Brogan writes his Three Words each year.  You get to choose three words to associate with guiding you to set your goals of the new year that will put you one up on important areas of your life (personal, professional, and those people that are important in your life).  Love this idea. 

But, in order to get there, you need to revisit them often.  If you set goals for yourself, but don’t keep them within eyeshot, then you have done nothing but waste your time and your paper. 

Each day when you plan, make sure you are planning steps that will set you on course to achieving your goals and focus on your Three Words.

5. Add stretching to your morning or evening routine.

Stretching is as important as exercising, especially if you don’t move as much as you could.  Sitting at your desk limits your range of motion, wrecks your posture and keeps you stiff.  While stretching is up for debate in the athletic forum, it is a necessity for those of us glued to our chairs on a daily basis.

6. Make yourself and your work as important as you make everyone else.

Because you are so great, you put everyone else first.  But, your work suffers from it.  And if your work suffers from it, so do you because you are your work.  You love what you do.  And if you don’t, you should. 

If quitting your job isn’t an option (and for many it isn’t) that means that you have to make the most of what you have by setting time apart for you.  Time for you to do what you love.  This fills your emotional and soulful bucket.  When your bucket is full, your overflow will help fill the buckets of those around you. 

Make yourself as much of a priority as you make others.

7. Love who you are…no matter what is thrown at you.

You are wonderful.  You are loved by many.  Now love you, too.  If you already do, that is great…help someone else see how wonderful they are.  If you don’t, now is the time to start.  Until you love who you are and what you have to offer, your Productive Creativity will suffer for it and your efforts will be lost.  Don't lose you…love you.  I do. :)

 

Thanks soooo much for hanging with me on this looong post. I love getting to know you and what you need.  Feel free to leave me your thoughts in the comments.

And I would love to deliver the goods that I have been planning for 2012 straight to your inbox!  Click the little envelop and leave me your address.  I won’t spam you and you can leave me any time you like.  Oh, and I am on Twitter, Facebook and G+  …come hang out with me:)

 

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The one trick you need to learn TODAY to accomplish your goals

I've come to a conclusion...it isn't about knowing information, but FEELING it and feeling it is believing it.  And you have to believe something to accomplish it.

Gettier debated Plato's idea that belief and truth constitute knowledge saying that their intersection isn't enough.  While I am no epistemologist (student of knowledge science), I tend to lean toward his view in light of what I experienced this weekend. 

 

I've talked about how you have to internalize your intentions and so forth in order to make things happen.  Well, the other night, I felt something when I was trying to internalize my mama goals for the next day.  I noticed my internal tone.  I noticed my heart beat.  I noticed my gut feelings. 

I actually wrote down that I was going to "sit and eat with the kids" and that I was going to "be relaxed and not stress"  over who was playing instead of eating.  I wrote down "Stress Kills."  (Don't laugh...being Type A and a mama is HARD!)  :)

Guess what.  When I wrote every one of those words, I felt them move me inside.  And that next day, I was more calm.  I was relaxed when I sat and ate with them.  AND I got A lot done, even though I intended NOT to work that day. 

It was beautiful.  Just beautiful.

So I have decided that what we intend has to resonate within us in order for us to really internalize them.  They have to be perceived as beliefs. 

If you want to get things done and can't seem to, even though you plan and schedule,try this when you are planning for tomorrow's creative/work/family/personal goals (because you are planning ahead of time, right? :)). 

Write them down and feel them from your innards.  Say them with belief, not thoughts, that you will accomplish A,B,C,D,E,F :)  (Because we don't' stop at C, do we?)  When you believe that you are going to do what you need to do...you will do it. 

I want to hear from you...what focus can you shift from knowledge to belief in order to help you become the best Creative Productive you can be?

Connect with me on Twitter, Facebook, and G+  today so we can get started on the road to Creative Productivity together!  Oh, and I would LOVE to deliver posts to your inbox! Just click the envelope button at the top and leave your address (you can unsubscribe at any time and I won't share or sell your info):)

 

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What you put in effects what you put out...productively and creatively speaking!

New Year, New You...and me!

Well, it's the time of year that you find blog posts populating the sphere about the new year and the reflections that come with the passing of old friends.   Usually, I flow against the current, but I find myself waxing nostalgic and wanting to recognize my efforts this year, put forth my goals for next year, and find out what yours are. 

This year, for me, has been grand.  While not in the manner of Sean Platt and Patti Larsen, but in a manner that says maybe next year will be my year to do what they did.

This year, I started two businesses and watched one of them flop while the other is blossoming in its own slow growing way.  I made decisions about what I want from my newly found career and I'm taking steps to make them happen.  I started three books.  And I survived my oldest baby going off to kindergarten...(I didn't think that was possible, but I managed it).

For all of you, I appreciate your support in your reading and commenting on this quiet little blog--more than you know.  While I am probably number 155.9999999 millionth in the sphere of 156 million blogs, I am sooo happy to be here.  And when I see a new subscriber or someone RT my musings on Twitter, that little bit of fuel goes a long way.  And I thank you:) 

Next year, I plan on burning the whole building down. 

My goals for the end of this year is to finish one eBook for this site on...drum roll, please...the effects of health on productivity:) And I am setting a blogging schedule and my cornerstone content for next year.  Twice a week, I will post information to help keep you moving toward your productivity goals by staying healthy and fit in a world moving at the speed of information.  I also hope to get into posting a Friday Flash each week. (Totally off-topic, but I love to do it).

This blog has evolved since I started in April from chaos to order and now into Health and Productivity.  I feel at home in this space now.  And I'm excited to be able to help others and do something I know and love.

My goal is to focus on fitness and whole nutrition for maximum quality from the Productive Creative that you are. 

In addition, Mr. Seth Godin has inspired me to prune the following.  So this year, I'll follow those whose tribes speak to me and I hope to attract an audience who would like to be part of my tribe.  Noise is no good if you are not being heard.  And while Twitter is about the numbers, if your numbers are not responding to your messages, then they're getting nothing from you.  And vice versa.  Advertising is no longer an option...this world's market is about PR.  And I want to help you be the best at what you do...no matter what THAT is. 

So come on 2012!!  We're ready to get on the road! 

What are your goals, career and otherwise??  What would you like to see from me that will help you? move forward?

I love to learn what makes you tick...come hang out with me on Twitter, Facebook, and G+!  If you want to get your game together for next year, join me by subscribing and I will deliver posts straight to your inbox as they are published.  (Don't worry.  If you find I am not serving you, you can unsubscribe at any time...and I won't sell or share your info)...so go ahead, click the button with the envelope and sign up today!

PS

If you haven't already, please stop by to take (and share if you are so inclined) a VERY short survey (5 questions) to help me focus my efforts for you next year.  I want you to be the best and I want to know where I can help you most with your health and fitness and productivity goals:)  Thanks, in advance!

 

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The key to your productivity

Love yourself into productivity. Sit no longer staring at the blank screen that mocks and torments.

Take the fear that and burn it.

You are great.

You are more than your fear.

Fear is a thief.

Don’t let it steal your love.

You love your craft…so rehabilitate that paralysis into a stronger, loving you.

A you that loves you enough to put your craft first.

A you that loves you enough to feed you the best.

A you that puts your all into whatever your art is.

You are the master…fear is your Rover.

 

When you listen to others, you listen compassionately.

Listen to you with that same compassion.

Release your fear and embrace you.

Your art(whatever it is...writing, music, accounting) deserves it.

When you treat you as well as you treat others, you light up your art in a way that you didn’t imagine.

You are your own master.

Own it.

Live it.

Love it.

Love you.

Top the charts.

 

What prevents you from making the most of your craft?  Drop me a line and let me know! 

Thanks for stopping by for this brief post!  Sign up (top right of the page) to receive posts in your inbox.  I wont' spam you or sell you out!  And you can opt out whenever you like...but I hope that you will stick around for the roller coaster ride.  :) 

Let's connect on Twitter and Facebook.  We can also hang out at Google+!  See you soon!

 

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Productivity Tips from the Queen of Productivity

I am still playing hostess these days and have two more weeks to do so.  In the meantime, my dear friend and esteemed colleague, Patti Larsen, has been gracious enough to take time out of her unbelievably busy schedule and save me...again.  :)  Thank you, Patti, for rescuing me.  I don't know how I can repay your generosity, but if you ever choose to cash in on my debt...I will gladly sell my house for you.  :) 

For those of you that don't know her, she is author to many, many, many books and many, many, many more to come.  She is sharing today what brought her to where she is and what she intends to do from here. 

Without further rattling on from me, here she is, the Queen of Productivity, Patti Larsen:

This is My Job, Thanks

I’ve been my own boss for almost ten years now in one way or another. I opened two small businesses even before I was a full-time writer, both of which taught me a great deal about the itty-bitty details and necessary workings of organizing my life around being responsible for my own livelihood without a safety net.

When I sold one business and closed the other in favor of writing as a career, I actually forgot that was part of the deal. Honestly, I still had THE DREAM in my head. You know the one. Write a best selling series, find the perfect agent, wrangle multi-million dollar book deal, live happily every after. Um, yeah.

Okay, deluded. But I got over it. And decided after much disgust and frustration with the present publishing model that I would go it alone as an indie. Fabulous. Mind you, I still have a few projects out there with small publishers and will continue to do so, I think. But the bulk of my career is my responsibility. And honest, that’s exactly how I like it.

Here’s the thing. Being your own boss is fabulous when you have clients waiting for product or projects. Deadlines. A business plan.

Did I mention I somehow fell off the entrepreneur wagon and into the fairy tale of being cared for by those who knew better? Right, then. Last year, my first, I wrote five novels. For some, that’s brilliant. For me, it was a great deal of time wasted. But I was holding back, resting on my surety that any second now some brilliant agent would recognize my talent and make me a star.

I woke up at last thanks to the help of some fabulous friends and the understanding that I wasn’t happy just waiting. There were books to write and voices to still. I’d developed a plan over the years to get my work done in the past. Why did I abandon it? Starting fresh, I reevaluated, created a business model and a forecast schedule of writing and publishing and dove in.

Much better. I have deadlines again, goals and landmarks to hit. This year I will have completed thirteen novels and published nine. Next year is even more ambitious. Why? Because I mean business again. Not fun and games, not some Hollywood dream (although I’m planning on some of that being involved, let me tell you). This is real life, and a real career. I have to treat it like that. Or I get nothing done.

And for the folks who ask me what I do and either a) think I’ve got it made because I have books out there or b) looks skeptical that what I do is a real job… I can only say this. Like you, I work hard every day. Harder sometimes maybe. Because no one else is looking out for me.

I’m a businesswoman. I’m a writer. And I love every minute of it.

Note: Patti attributes her drive to her dayplanner.  "If it is in the dayplanner, it is law."  :)  Thank you, Patti!  We look forward to all of your books and wish you all the best! 

About the Author: Patti Larsen is a middle grade, young adult and adult author with a passion for the paranormal who writes a great deal of horror for someone who is afraid of the dark. She lives on the East Coast of Canada with her very patient husband Scott and four enormous cats.

 

Her new series, The Hunted (Run, Hide, Fight and Hunt), and her paranormal YA Family Magic, are available now at http://www.smashwords.com/ and www.Amazon.com

You can find her at

www.pattilarsen.blogspot.com

www.pattilarsen.com

www.pattilarsenbooks.blogspot.com

www.facebook.com/pattilarsenauthor

http://www.twitter.com/#!/PattiLarsen

and her work on Amazon.com.

 

Thanks for stopping by, even while I am on hiatus!  Do you make your craft your business?  What tips do you have for productivity?   Drop me a line and talk to me! 

Let's connect on Twitter and Facebook!  Let me send my posts straight to your mailbox, too...don't worry, I will never spam you and make you sorry you signed up!  (See the top right of this page to connect with me!) :)

 

#PATraining

Hi guys!!  What an amazing two weeks it has been!  Can you believe it has been two weeks already?? The purpose of this training has been to see a documented difference in our productivity during this time of wholesome goodness.  To see, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that what we put into our bodies and the exercise that we push it through helps to increase our quantity and quality of work.

It hasn't been easy.

As you know, I am an admitted Mountain Dew addict.  While I have not been able to walk away from it completely, I no longer keep it at home and only MIGHT have one if we are out.  I can tell a huge difference in the way I feel after that stupendous cutback.

What did you have trouble giving up?

Eating clean has been delicious and I am happy to report that there is still chocolate and chips in the cabinets that I haven't touched.  LOL  I am finding that my cravings are decreasing.

What about you?

I am so excited to see what this week will bring since it is the last leg of the training!  Time to buckle down and really kick it hard this week!

What are you hoping to get out of this training next week?  Share your goals in the comments below and let's see how we do by the 6th!

I would love to connect with you on Facebook and Twitter or to be able to leave you some posts in your inbox (just drop your email in the box at the top)!