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The Bookie is in town. He arrived fired up and ready to kick my ass. He had no intention of helping me make better decisions when I woke up this morning.

And it was raining.

I worked out yesterday afternoon and woke up sore.

I was bloated and cranky from the wonders of womanhood.

My couch was comfortable and the coffee was warm.

Apart from breaking a literal leg, there was absolutely no reason to go for a run. But I got up and went anyway because, goals.


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Do you have a vision for your life? Do you know how to get there?

Have you ever tried to use Google Maps to get somewhere without a destination to enter into the search? It doesn’t work. In order to get where you want to go, you have to know where that is.

Develop a Clear Vision

If you haven’t developed a clear vision for your life, you can’t have any idea where you’ll end up. And maybe that’s okay with you. But if it isn’t, learning how to create a vision board might help.

I’ve known about vision boards for a long time…


Four steps to setting fitness goals you can CRUSH

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Ninety days ago I was a couch potato. A couch hashbrown, really. Potatoes are firm. I was not. Setting any kind of training goal was unheard of for me.

I knew I wasn’t healthy but living a life I love was dependent on being in prime condition. It seemed impossible to get there though. Between time and money and plain ol’ fashioned motivation, the hurdles seemed insurmountable.

And then we drove past a pink gym and my daughter lit up. I knew I had found my place, the place that could help me turn my life around.

I paid $400…


Pot, this is Kettle. We’re black.

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Everything I’m about to say to you is what I need to say to myself every day. I’m not telling you this stuff because I’ve figured it out. I’ve spent years trying every method under the sun to deal with my finances. At times, I’ve even convinced myself that spending is just part of my personality and I’ll have to accept it. There isn’t an excuse you can make about overspending that I haven’t made. But enough is enough. It’s past time to change.

My hope is that we can figure out how to kick our overspending habits together.


How a little treat can go a long way toward helping you reach your goals

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Just because your money is accounted for and spending is out of the question doesn’t mean you can’t treat yourself. There are so many ways you can take a moment for yourself without spending a dime. Finding the space to treat yourself is essential for moving toward a life you love.


Change your life by incorporating regular rest

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“If you get tired, learn to rest, not to quit.” — Banksy

Rest is essential in exercise, creative endeavors, parenting, and marriage. I’ve written about the challenges and the joys of pursuing a life you love. I think the journey is incredibly valuable. But we can’t get where we want to go if we don’t take the time to rest.


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I’m an open book.

Y’all, I’ve told you about my hemorrhoids and my son’s suicide attempt. There’s not much I’m nervous to share.

But then we start talking about money and I don’t want to tell you anything.

I don’t even want to talk to my husband about money.

We all have our private places. For some, your hind end classifies as a private place. For me, it’s the bank account. And it’s not because of how much money I have.

It’s because I’m embarrassed about the financial choices I’ve made.


How to define “good” nutrition and why it matters

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We’ve all been there.

An uber-annoying, super skinny, health-freak won’t stop talking about why you shouldn’t eat that. While you’re eating that.

Hot dogs are full of nitrates. Diet Coke will give you cancer. Sugar is powdered devil-incarnate. The cheese will kill you. Bread is the cause of all the world’s problems.


Goal setting for maximum results

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A goal without a timeline is just a dream.

— Robert Herjavec

Where do you want to be in five years? 10 years? Next year? What life do you want to live? Who do you want to be?

If you can say that who you are and where you are right now will be fine with you five years from now, that’s great.

But don’t say that because you’re afraid. Afraid of hard work. Afraid you’ll fail. Don’t live your life in fear. A life lived in fear is a life wasted.

It’s time to…


Intimacy through reading

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They say that you are what you eat.

I prefer to believe that you are what you read.

I’ve said before that I am just a compilation of the books I’ve read. Who I will become is really just about what I choose to ingest. What goes into my brain and heart and soul will transform the definition of who I am. I talk about fitness and nutrition and their importance to physical health.

But, just as important is my intellectual health.

So I read. Lots.

You seem at least sort of intrigued by what I have to say, because…

Kelly R. Winzer

Lover of words, thoughts & broken people

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