Goal Setting

We just had our goal setting workshop this week. It’s a great workshop for those who want to achieve success. Success can be defined in many ways. To some it is money, while to others it is contentment, happiness, service to others or a number of other things. The first step in achieving success is to define what success is to you.

Be careful not to use definitions from your parents, friends or society. Know what your idea of success is. I speak to so many people during these workshops that have never set any type of goals. If you have no plan, than that IS your plan. Spend some time thinking about what you want out of life, know that you deserve it, and make a plan to achieve it!

The best way to set goals is to break them up into small achievable steps. Keep it to to a few. Remember to identify any resources or help you will need along the way. Get your support system in place early. Create a realistic schedule and stick with it. One of the most important things to do when working on your goals is to forgive yourself. You may mis-step, slack off and fall behind. That does not affect your ability to achieve your goals. Forgive yourself and get back on track. Now go and grab your dreams!

Check our workshop schedule. Our workshops are always free to the public.

Keep Reaching!
Dr. Simmons

Are you really what you eat?

Are you really what you eat. I was just thinking about this today. It just the beginning of our growing season here in the south. Our indoor growing season that is! Our family loves our vegetable garden.

Trying to get yourself or your family to eat healthier? Start a garden. The garden can be in a pot or an above ground garden. They are easy to make. Just make a square out of four pieces of cedar wood. They can even cut it for you at home depot or lowes. Fill it with dirt and you’re ready to plant. We buy starter trays. They are mini green houses that allow you to start growing seeds indoors. You transplant them into your garden when they are big enough. It’s very easy!

The vegetables and fruits that we buy from the grocery store are loaded with pesticides and chemical fertilizers. Whatever you eat gets broken down and used to create new cells that are YOU! So you see you really are what you eat. Muscle cells made from a diet of pizza and soda aren’t the same quality as those made from pasta, chicken, fish and vegetables. This can affect your health.

Try growing some of your own vegetables. It is great fun and you can teach your family and friends to live a healthier lifestyle. By the way, watch out for store strawberries. They have some of the highest pesticide counts of all fruits. Buying organic is preferred and does cost more. A great rule of thumb is to buy organic for the items you eat the most of. You’ll be off to a good start.

A note about children:
Kids will eat what they grow. You want to be well rounded in life and diet. If your a picky eater, it’s time to get over it :)! Picky eating kids, usually come from picky eating parents. How would you know what you liked if you hadn’t tried it in the first place? Try a new fruit or vegetable each week! What part of the chicken is the McNugget anyway :)?

Have a great garden!
Dr. Rob

Dancing with the stars

There has never been a time when people were more busy. The advances in technology have been astounding. Everyone can be reached at anytime, anywhere! How is it that everyone has time to watch all these television shows? You can’t even watch the morning news without receiving reality show updates.

Don’t get me wrong, everyone needs diversion and entertainment! The question is what are you sacrificing for it? A great exercise is to write down all the tv shows you watch every week. Add up that number of hours. Now ask yourself, do I get regular exercise? Do we sit down for family meals without tv? Are we taking the time to prepare healthy meals? Do we go out to experience new things as a family? When was the last time we went to a park?

Examine your lifestyle and find out if you are sacrificing the quality of your family’s life to see who is winning a reality show. Are you a drive thru parent? Many parents today stop at the drive thru to get fast food. When they get home, they drop the food in front of the kids who eat and watch tv. Be sure not to drive thru your family’s life. Remember that the most important reality show is at home!

Enjoy Your Life,

Dr. Rob

Cafeteria food

Just thinking about an old commercial. Remember the commercial that asked, it’s 10 o’clock do you know where your children are. I wonder if people know what their children are eating. The school cafeterias are full of pizza, ice cream, soda, macaroni and cheese and so many processed foods.

Take the time to pack your child a healthy lunch. So many health problems can be prevented with a healthy and nutritious diet. The gift of health is one of the most important gifts you can give to your family. So I ask you….do you know what your kids had for lunch today?