Your Key to Success for a Healthy Lifestyle…Planning

Tips for Achieving a Healthy Lifestyle

Do you want to be healthy… I mean down to your core healthy? If so, I’m here to let you in on a not-so-little secret. Your key to success for a healthy lifestyle doesn’t necessarily start with how many miles you run or walk, how much salad you eat for lunch every day or how many minutes you meditate in the morning. These and many more components all play important roles in a healthy lifestyle, but there’s one thing needed to bring it all together so that you can live your most vibrant and healthy life. Planning. That’s right, planning. It may not sound very sexy, but it’s where we all have to start and the place we sometimes have to come back to. That can be true even if you have a regular exercise routine in place but still aren’t feeling your best; you eat the healthiest of diets but still don’t have enough energy or you’re a master at mindfulness but can’t quite manage to get movement into your schedule. If any of this is true for you, it’s time to go back to the drawing board and come up with a blueprint for the healthiest you possible.

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7 Recommended Meditation Resources

Free and Affordable Meditation Resources for Everyday Life

Research shows that meditation can help with our overall health and wellbeing, so why do so few of us do it on a regular basis? Probably because we’re trying to practice it by ourselves, with no guidance and no idea of what we’re supposed to be doing. I’ve been there and done that. I used to get so frustrated because I couldn’t stop thinking long enough to meditate in what I thought was the “right way.” But the way I was trying to do it wasn’t really “right” at all – at least for me. I was trying to sit there and not think about a single thing, to have my mind be completely blank for at least 10 minutes. I now know that I’m definitely not alone in the fact that this is nearly impossible.

The idea of meditation isn’t that you’re turning your brain off, in fact, the point of most meditation techniques is that they give you a way to be more actively engaged in what’s going on inside of and around you. But unless you’re a truly experienced meditator, you’ll probably need some help in guiding your mind in the right direction. In that, we are incredibly lucky. Meditation has become so accepted that there are now numerous resources to help guide you in your practice for almost any everyday life situation that you can possibly encounter. So much so that the abundance of meditation resources in and of itself can almost be overwhelming – which is not what you want to be feeling. That’s why I’ve put together a list of seven of my favorite free and affordable meditation resources that I would highly recommend for anyone – from beginners to those who are more advanced.

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Real Women, Real Stories of Health and Healing: A Transformation to a Healthier Life

One Woman’s Story of Finding Real Beauty from the Inside Out

Lisa Clary is someone we can all relate to. She’s a busy single mom with three children at home, working full time as a hairstylist and very used to putting others – especially her kids – first. So much so that she was neglecting herself and her health while struggling to overcome tremendous challenges that life had thrown her way. If that sounds familiar, then Lisa’s story is one you’re going to want to read. It will also be evident why I wanted to focus on her transformation to a healthier life as the first in my series on real women and real stories of health and healing. Lisa makes others feel beautiful every day, and in this Q&A, she tells us how she finally found the strength to do the same for herself – from the inside out.

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Photos of Lisa Clary before and in the midst of her wellness journey

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