February 22, 2018
Before and After… a little bit of how
The above photos were taken about 8 years apart. It didn’t take us 8 years to lose the 125 pounds of collective fat, just that long to take the picture. It took us about 2 years to get from here to there. We use a lifestyle approach to weight loss and now weight management.
There are four parts to living this lifestyle. It is diet. Not in that four letter word that most folks think of as a temporary way to eat, but the sensible way we approach eating. We have learned, and teach, that we have to fuel our bodies with good food. Now having said that, I'd like to share some of our everyday meals with you.
February 15, 2018
Time is the most important gift we have to share with the ones we love.
I have two teenage daughters at home and am always looking for ways to connect with each of them before they grow up and fly away... and they will. I thought I'd share the list I found.
10 MOM AND TEEN DAUGHTER DATES TO EXPERIENCE
# 2 Romantic “Teenager” Movie
#3 Appetizers and Desserts Only
#6 Afternoon of Shopping
#7 Escape Room
#8 Flea Market/Junkstock Event
#9 Stage Play
Bonus and personal favorite:
#11 Hike or Scenic Ride
February 8, 2018
With Valentines Day right around the corner, I wanted to remind you that I love you. 💕My hope is that you love you, too. One must love thy self. It is one of the two great commandments given to us.
Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.
For me, that means taking time for myself, doing things I love to do. This does not take away from my family, instead, it gives more of me.
It starts with YOU! How can you show love of neighbor by your example of self love today?
I'd love to hear your thoughts. Email me: info@AskAnnamarie.com
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February 1, 2018
There’s nothing more important than taking care of yourself on a daily basis.
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January 26, 2018
4 Motivation Killers to Remove From Your Life
There’s nothing better than those days, weeks, months when you feel completely motivated to get things done. You’re ready to hit the gym daily, you feel passionate about work, you’re up early every day – that’s motivation. But, then there are other times where you just don’t feel like working out, work feels completely blah and you just want to sleep in – that’s when motivation is lacking. So what causes it to lapse? What can you do to make sure you’ve always got that get up and go feeling? Here’s a look the culprits that kill motivation and how to remove them from your life.
4 Motivation Killers to Remove From Your Life
#1. Negativity in the world. Social media, the internet and television make it pretty tough to ignore all the negativity in the world, but sometimes we have to make it our own mission to rid ourselves of all that noise. Taking time off from mainstream news, the web and social media is essential to making sure we have a balanced perspective on what’s happening in the world around us. Work on keeping it positive and letting the negative go unheard and unseen every once in a while.
#2. Fear of the unknown. When you’re embarking on something new – like heading to the gym for the first time in a long time or thinking it’s time to really step up your game at work, it’s easy to get off track because of fear. Rather than facing it and just going for it, fear gets the better of us and the next thing we know is we’re skipping a workout here and there or settling for complacency rather than getting exactly what we want. Sometimes you just have to face fear head on and literally remove it from your life – say goodbye, pull yourself up and go all in. That’s what it takes.
#3. Complacency. This is one of the worst culprits out there, when you find yourself willing to settle because you just don’t feel like making the move or taking the action to go for it. Sometimes moving the needle from where you’re currently at to where you want to be means baby steps. And, even though baby steps seem insignificant, they really aren’t – because that’s exactly what you need to get started. Let’s say you want to run a marathon, but you haven’t been running in years. You can’t expect yourself to hop out of bed and simply go straight to an 18 mile training run, right? You need to start small and build up. Maybe the first week, you run a mile every couple of days, then two, three and so on. Looking back, if you’d never run that first mile you wouldn’t find yourself crossing the finish line on race day. Make sense?
#4. Past mistakes. You’re much too focused on the past and on the future rather than the right now. Here’s the thing: you may have been able to do certain things better when you were younger or you may see yourself differently in the future, but where you can actually affect change is in the present. It’s so important to pay attention to what you can do today to better yourself for the future or to heal problems from the past – so stop living in an alternate time frame and use today to be the best you can be.
Are you trying to find your motivation in this New Year? What are your personal mantras to help you stay focused on how to achieve your passions and keep yourself motivated along the way? Reach out with your feedback on Facebook AskAnnamarie
January 19, 2018
This year, in place of a ‘resolution’ I have set goals. I find that these are different than resolutions in the way I approach them. I have learned, in recent years, that goals by themselves aren’t enough. Goals require a time frame and action steps to reach the destination. I’m going to walk you through one of my goals.
So my first goal this year is to make my health a priority. Seems too broad stated that way, wouldn’ you agree? I’ll break it down.
I want all the above stated to be accomplished by May 1, 2018.
That’s better! So what are the action steps.
When I reach May 1st, I want to read this statement as my truth. I will read it daily to help me stay focused on and achieving this goal.
It is May 1, 2018, I feel and look better than ever. I have shaped my body to fit into a lean size 6/8. I have the stamina to run a half marathon and am strong and flexible.
I hope my example helps you get to your goal, whatever it may be.