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Pick 5 Little Things To Change Your Life Today

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from TIME MANAGEMENT NINJA

Do you have big goals?

Big things that you want to change in your life?

If so, I want to shift your thinking today. Because, often we get caught up in the big changes.

We lose sight of the little things and don’t consider the impact that even small steps can make in our lives.

Today, I want you to change 5 little things in your day.

Change… Just a Little Bit

Change is hard.

In fact, most people don’t change.

Have you ever run into someone after several years of not seeing them?

They are usually the exact same person.

Appearance, dress, personality, and behavior. Maybe a little older, a little rounder, or less hair. Yet, the same as when you saw them last.

That is why we are impressed when we see someone who has made dramatic change in their life.

“The most powerful people are those who can change themselves.” (Tweet this Quote)

So, how do you make change?

Bit by bit. Step by step. And little by little.

Make Little Changes

We get so caught up in the big picture that we fail to see the small things we need to change.

Change is not usually done in big jumps, but rather little-by-little.

(Note: I am not saying that you shouldn’t set your goals high.)

I am saying to concentrate on the little things each and every day.

What are some small things that you could change in your life?

Here are a few little suggestions of things that you could change today:

  • Read 20 pages of a book
  • Exercise, even if it is just to take a quick walk
  • Floss
  • Take your vitamins
  • Learn 1 new thing 
  • Write a few sentences in your journal
  • Don’t complain
  • Compliment someone who is deserving
  • Tell someone you love them (this little thing is often overlooked)
  • Introduce yourself to someone you have encountered multiple times but yet still don’t know their name
  • Take a different route to work… even if it is just the stairs vs. the elevator
  • Bite your tongue when you shouldn’t be speaking
  • Smile, even during tough situations
  • Have a positive attitude, no matter the circumstances
  • Be on time
  • Drink water
  • Get up early… or go to bed before it is too late
  • Prepare for tomorrow today
  • Take 1 step to make your goals closer

Don’t think big… think about something small that you can change today.

Take 5 Small Steps Today

It is good to aim high and stretch your limits.

But life is not always about changing the big things, but rather the little ones along the way.

It is about continuously makings small adjustments. Always course correcting.

I challenge you to pick 5 small changes to make in your life today.

Question: What 5 little things could you change today? Share yours below.

Summer Schedule Announced!

A few minor changes to our usual schedule!  Listed below are the recurring classes, but be sure to check out the online registration site for special events like “Spin at the Movies”, Couples Spin, Theme Rides, and Boot Camps!

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Bob Dylan Themed Spin Playlist

Bob Dylan Themed Spin Playlist

A few weeks ago it was Bob Dylan’s birthday.  If you follow this blog you know I love me a good themed playlist so I decided to see if it would work.  This playlist worked surprisingly well for a nice chill endurance and hill based ride.  I threw in a few Dylan covers too to keep it fun!

Fit Mommas ROCK

Fit Mommas ROCK

Okay mommas… sometimes it is easy to feel guilty for taking the time to be fit and healthy and work towards your fitness goals… print this… share this…pin this… whatever your need to do!

Forget the Scale

Great blog entry from Athleta on WHY you need to forget the scale and focus on inches and the way your clothes fit….

 

Original Blog Entry: Forget the Scale

May 10, 2013 By 

My latest life’s lesson came to me during my recent doctor’s visit when I had to step on the scale. I was actually reminded of a lesson learned long ago, and the reason I don’t own a scale.

Sandy Sanders forgets the scaleBack in the day, I USED to be a slave to the scale. Had it still been back in the day, I would have been MORTIFIED at what I saw during my weigh in. I thought my weight was around 115/120 lbs – the ideal weight I’d set for myself YEARS ago. Like many I know, this was some ‘magic’ number I pulled out of my arse. There was no medical reasoning behind it; and no nutritionist or doctor prescribed it. It was just a weight that I “felt good at.” Well, these days I feel great so I figured I was hovering at my “great weight.” Imagine my surprise when the scale registered almost 130 lbs. At first I thought, “Surely the scale must be broken,” as I stood there and stared at the numbers. Then I realized it was a doctor’s office and I was pretty sure their equipment was working properly.

Other than momentarily surprising me, seeing my actual weight didn’t do anything to me. Ask me if back in the day a vision like that wouldn’t have sent my 5’2” frame RUNNING to the treadmill and pool! But the only thing it did was cause me to make a mental note, so that I could share one of my life’s lessons (or unsolicited advice ;-) ) with any members of my Athleta family who might be slaves to their scales.

I wasn’t at all bothered by 130. Heck, I don’t even mind putting my weight out there like that. There’s a reason I don’t own a scale – those numbers no longer mean a thing to me. The TRUE test is how my clothes fit, whether or not I can maintain the paces I’m used to while racing, or whether my race times are improving. THOSE are my only indications of my fitness level.

I have this friend who started working out. Excitedly, she watched the numbers on her scale drop, then became frustrated as she later saw the numbers climb. I asked her how her clothes fit and she said that they had become loose. I asked her if she really heard what she was telling me. The woman was LOSING inches, yet was frustrated by what the scale showed.

So my life lesson is actually a bit of unsolicited advice for my awesome friends out there, either starting on or feeling stagnant in their health and fitness journey: Please do not be a slave to the scale. Sure, scales may be great initially (because as you watch the numbers drop, you see your progress quantified), but as you continue to exercise, your muscle density will increase, and your fat will decrease, and the scale will start to tip heavier. That’s when you need to put “your friend” away… far away. Heck, even give it away. At that point, your motivating friend becomes your demotivating albatross. Don’t let that albatross weigh you down so much that you get frustrated to where working out is no longer fun and exciting, but frustrating and treadmill-ish – where you seem to be running in place and getting nowhere, and losing no weight.

So f(orget) the scale, and pay attention to things such as your endurance level as you’re working out, and the way your clothes fit. If you’re able to workout longer without getting winded, or you’ve run that 5K just a little bit faster, then that should tell you something right there. And just as your clothes told you that you were getting a bit heavier as they hugged you a bit tighter, they’ll also tell you that there’s less of you to hug as you’re toning up and getting fitter.

Join us for the Ride N’ Raise Spin-A-Thon

Join us for the Ride N' Raise Spin-A-Thon

We are thrilled to be helping out Jaci’s Stargazers for their first ever RIDE N’ RAISE SPIN-A-THON and hope you will join us in making this an event to remember! Below are a few important details about the ride including how to reserve a bike, prizes for the two individuals that raise the most money, and how to donate if you are unable able to ride that day. Hope to see you there! CLICK THE IMAGE ABOVE TO CHECK OUT ALL THE DETAILS!