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VIDEO | Who Else Wants a Fresh Start?! September is the Other New Year's + 3-Day Action Plan

September always feels like a fresh start to me- the crisp air, back to school season, a new beginning.

You could say that September is like the other New Year’s!

Which, if you’re anything like me, makes me want to set new goals, new routines, and really hone in on healthy eating and activity.

But there’s a catch:

We often set out to accomplish way too much, with too many goals and changes all at once…

Which wears off after a week or two and we fall back into old routines.

So, here’s my game plan and I’d love for you to join me:

I’m setting a goal for the next three days.

Yes, only three days.

And here’s why:

• The first day is easy, because motivation is high.
• The second day is easy, because there’s only two days left to accomplish the goal.
• And the third day is easy, because it’s the finish line.

Three days for a goal is long enough to feel like you’ve accomplished something great, but short enough that you feel motivated and inspired to take action all three days.

Today, I'm sharing with you my 3-day goal, and two BONUS ways to ensure success with accomplishing the goal you set for yourself!

And if your goal is to eat a little healthier by cooking in (always the best and simplest way to eat healthier), then I’ve got you covered!

Download your FREE eBook to learn how to stock your pantry, fridge, and freezer with 10 staples, and how to combine them to make 21 meals and snacks in 15 minutes or less>>

VIDEO | One Key Strategy You Can Implement Today to Achieve Your Goals + FREE Checklist

Do you ever struggle with NOT getting your goals done for the day?

You know, like snoozing the alarm in the AM instead of working out like you said you wanted to do?

Oh my friend, you are not alone!

Today I'm sharing with you one strategy that will help you get closer to your goals and help you hold yourself accountable :)

And want to sleep better so you can get up at 4:45 AM to win the day and crush your goals, too?

Then, grab your free checklist on the Top 10 Tips to Sleep Better Tonight: http://bit.ly/sleep-checklist-victae

A Quick & Simple Way to Eat Healthier More Consistently

Here’s something you LOVE to admit:

You actually like eating healthy! 

You enjoy how making healthy choices makes you feel.

Yes, you feel great physically.

But you also feel great mentally, because you’re proud of making a healthy decision. 

You show up as your best self when you start your day strong.

And when you feel your best, it has a ripple effect for the rest of the day.

You’re more open, more creative, more energetic, happier, more productive.

But something you DON’T like to admit:

You don’t eat healthy consistently

You hate to admit it, but your efforts to eat healthier and feel your best are sporadic.

The problem isn’t knowledge of what’s healthy.

You have a good understanding of what’s good for you and what’s not.

The real problem that keeps you from eating healthy consistently:

Time. 

You feel like there’s just not enough time in the day to plan, prep, and make it happen day in and day out.

But feeling your best and showing up as your best each day REQUIRES you to be consistent.

That’s where the rubber meets the road- consistency. 

Easier said than done, you might be thinking.

But I’ve got a super simple strategy to help you 😊

One of the best ways to be consistent:

Stocking your kitchen with healthy food.

Yes, it really is that simple.

When your kitchen is stocked with healthy food, you’ll eat healthy.

But I’m not suggesting you stock your kitchen with dozens and dozens of items that will overwhelm you and leave you thinking that grabbing takeout is so much easier (which would leave you feeling bloated and disappointed).

What you need are the must-have essentials that make healthy decisions effortless (or nearly effortless).

What you need are the healthful fundamentals that you can use to make meals and snacks in 15 minutes or less.

A stocked kitchen should contain items that make consistent healthy eating a no-brainer.

So, what are the 10 kitchen staples I always have at my fingertips?

The ones that nudge me to eat healthy consistently?

I created a free eBook for you to not only show you what I always have on hand, but to show you exactly what you can make using those 10 essentials!

Breakfasts, lunches, dinners, snacks- it’s all in there 😊

I know from experience that having these staples on hand, and having a cache of super quick and simple recipes in my back pocket, helps me be consistent.

I hope you find that these kitchen staples and fast and healthy meal ideas help you be consistent too. 

A Must-Have Secret to Living like the World’s Healthiest People

Do you ever wonder how the healthiest people in the world live?

How are they so healthy? 

How do they live to 100 years and longer?

How is their quality of life so good?

The Blue Zones, the communities of the world’s healthiest people, have many habits and daily practices in common.

And one of those common habits is to put “loved ones first.”

My parents are in town from Virginia this week, which reminds me of one of the key secrets to living a long, healthy life.

The Blue Zones people never eat alone.

They sit down to a long meal with family and close friends.

They put loved ones first.

Two nights ago, Matt and my parents and I went out for dinner in our Historic Third Ward. 

We sat outside, good food, great company, on a warm summer evening for 2 ½ hours!

Now that’s a lot longer than I usually take to eat my meals 😉

And while that’s not doable every night of the week, the lesson is clear:

“How you eat can be as important as what you eat.”- Dan Buettner

Eating slowly, having great conversation with loved ones, creating stronger relationships all have a massive impact on our health.

The benefits of sitting down to dinner with family, close friends, and eating slowly are numerous:

  • Better digestion

  • Better food metabolism

  • Less risk of obesity

  • Less risk of being overweight

  • Less risk of overeating

  • Stronger relationships

Health is more than what we eat. 

It’s how we eat.  It’s how we spend our time.  And it’s who we spend our time with.  

What we eat is a small part of the picture of health.

The secret to living like the healthiest people in the world?

How they live.

VIDEO! My Morning Routine When I Travel + The One Simple Habit That Sets Me Up For Success

Do you wish you had a solid morning routine?

What if you could feel set up for success for the WHOLE day with one simple habit?

In this video, I share with you my morning routine when I travel & the one thing I have do to every morning to feel like I'm winning the day!

Win the day with this FREE cheatsheet, which includes simple, quick, and easy breakfasts: https://www.victae.com/cheatsheet/

Simply Morning Routine Travel Edition:
https://www.victae.com/…/simple-morning-routine-travel-edit…

My Morning Routine- How and Why I Became a Morning Person:
https://www.victae.com/victae-blog/my-morning-routine

Should You Eat Breakfast:
https://www.victae.com/victae-blog/should-you-eat-breakfast

How to Choose a Healthier Breakfast Cereal + My Top 3 Recommendations:
https://www.victae.com/victae-blog/how-to-choose-healthier-breakfast-cereal

Not Seeing the Results You Want? This is Why and How to Fix It

Imagine you are in a freezing cold room.  Actually, you’re in a room that’s even colder:  it’s 23°F.

You place an ice cube on the counter.  You raise the temperature of the room 1°F.

The ice cube doesn’t melt.  You raise the temp another 1°F.

The ice cube is still not melting.  So, you raise the temp another 1°F.

After several minutes of raising the temperature of the room, one degree at a time, you reach 32°F.

The ice cube is still not melting!   So, you raise the temp again by 1°F.

And then, BOOM! The ice cube begins to melt!

So often, we set a goal for ourselves (to lose weight, to exercise 3X/week, to read every day, to journal every morning), and then give up. Way. Too. Soon.

We all start our goals at 23°F.

We put in a few days or weeks or months of work, and then give up when we don’t see grand results or big improvements. 

We make it to 32°F and stop. 

“It’s not working!  I can’t lose weight! I don’t have time, I’m too tired, I’m not seeing results…”

But for those that keep putting in the work, day in, day out, drip by drip, one small step in front of the other, without seeing results, you eventually make it to 33°F.

And the ice cube begins to melt.

You see the results.  You feel the results.  Others see it too.  And they call you an overnight success.

But were you an overnight success?  Definitely not. 

You put in the hard, unglamourous work, 1° at a time, day after day.  You didn’t see the results, but you kept going anyway, because you knew that the greatest results are delayed. 

I adore this quote by James Clear, author of Atomic Habits (one of my favorite books of all time):

Complaining about not achieving success despite working hard is like complaining about an ice cube not melting when you heated it from twenty-five to thirty-one degrees.  Your work was not wasted; it is just being stored.  All the action happens at thirty-two degrees.

Your action step: Reply to this email with your goal and tell me what degree you're at.  How do you feel about your goal and progress right now? 

Work with Me

 You’re motivated to live a healthy, full life.  I’m here to help.

Are you a hardworking professional or active person who wants to feel healthier?

Do you have trouble with knowing how and what to eat to feel your best? 

Do you struggle with making time for yourself to be healthy?

Could you use expert nutrition guidance and an accountability partner?

I help people motivated to live a healthy lifestyle, but who don’t want to spend tons of time, effort, and overwhelm making that happen. 

My clients are super inspired to feel their best but haven’t been able to find a way of eating that works best for their schedule and how they want to feel.

If you’re ready to eat in a way that works for you, learn quick meals and snacks that actually keep you satisfied and feeling great, or even small tweaks you can make right now without overhauling your eating habits, I can help you get there. 

Click to learn about my Optimal Healthy Eating Package here!  It may be just what you’ve been looking for 😊 
 
 

Want To Feel Healthier? This One Habit Could Change Everything

Want To Feel Healthier? This One Habit Could Change Everything

Happy Friday!

In less than 3 weeks, it will be January 2019!  Each year, most of us wake up on January 1 with some pretty hefty resolutions:

I’m going to eat healthy every single meal! And I’m going to workout for an hour every single day!

Then sometime mid January, we totally fall off the bandwagon. 

And when we stop eating healthy every single meal, and we miss a few workouts, we give up.  And feel guilty.  And sometimes feel like a failure.

But what if there was one small habit that could make other good habits fall into place?

Small wins lay the foundation for other, bigger wins. 

One healthy habit can lead to a better mood, more productivity, less stress, a healthier weight, better sleep, fewer junk food cravings, and more focus and clarity.

These habits that lead to other good habits and positive side effects are called “keystone habits.” 

A keystone habit is the first domino that makes all the other dominoes fall into place.  Here are a few examples:

  • Exercising for 20-30 minutes regularly

  • Practicing daily gratitude

  • Journaling daily

  • Reading for 30 minutes

  • Making the bed each day

  • Making a healthy breakfast

Let’s lay the groundwork for developing a single healthy habit NOW so that when 2019 arrives, we hit the ground running, feeling our best, with other healthy habits falling into place!

To learn my 3 tips for a healthy holiday season, and what my keystone habit is for the next 3 weeks, watch this video>>

And to track your keystone habit, download the free app, HabitBull.  It will be the key to making your keystone habit stick!

Action Step: What’s your keystone habit for the next 3 weeks?  Comment below and let's hold each other accountable with our keystone habits! 

I'll be posting daily on Instagram stories if I did my keystone habit, so come join me over there>>

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.
— Aristotle