You Can Do It: Health And Wellness Tips For 2016

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Are you ready to make 2016 your healthiest year yet? By making a few simple changes, you can create a healthier mind and body. Continue reading to learn how to be successful in your healthy lifestyle efforts in 2016.

Happy New Year Gems!

Create Goals
Happy_Girl_Goals_2016How would you like to improve your health and wellness in 2016? Sit down and create goals for yourself. Research shows that those who have goals are more likely to be motivated to change. It is important, though that your goals are attainable.

Baby Steps
When making changes, it is important to start small. Instead of choosing to change everything about the way you live, pick two to three things to focus on each week. For example, if you want to drink more water, add a glass each day to your diet until you are up to the recommended amount. Too much too fast can cause you to give easily. And we know that won’t help you reach your goals.

Be Accountable
There are a few different ways you can account for your actions and strides. You can enlist the help of a partner. It could be your spouse, best friend, colleague, or anyone who wants to improve their life. Or, you can choose to journal about your progress. This holds you accountable to yourself and anyone you share the journal with. By having to write it down or tell someone, chances are you won’t want to skip a workout or eat extra if you know that someone will find out.

So, what are my goals?

Get back to blogging! This is a big one because I really do love sharing my ideas on health and wellness.

Go To The Spa! I made a few trips to my local spa,, a few times this year and every time I came back feeling fantastic. I need to make sure I find the time to replicate this feeling more times this year.

Read More! This is always on my list each year. I’ve set a goal this year to read at least twelve new books on subjects I find interesting. If you want to try this you can start with this link:

As you can see, making a few simple changes to your daily routine can help you become a healthier you in 2016. Use the information you have learned here to help you on your journey to health and wellness this year. You won’t be sorry.

Finding Rest and Wellness in California Spas

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A recent trip with a some of my lady-pals found us in the beautiful San Francisco Bay Area. The sun was shining down on us as we celebrated my 45 years on the Earth. Although this was a girls weekend and a opportunity for us to completely let-less, I wasn’t forgetting to eat healthy, in fact I stocked up on my protein rich snacks.

san francisco spa tripDuring our weekend we had quite a few tourist activities planned, including a overnight stay at one of the regions best wineries. However, a short group trip to a wellness day spa in the Bay Area really inspired this post. Although I tend to write a lot about the foods that we’re putting into our body, I rarely talk about how we should be treating the outside of our bodies. As we age, our skin is the first to show it; the trip to the welcome spa was a fantastic opportunity to learn more about how we can better take care of our skin and also how to completely rest and relax the mind.

We enjoyed a number of treatments such as a full deep-tissue massage – turns out I had a lot more built up muscle tension than I initially thought. I also had my first mud-mask facial; this organic ingredient treatment completely opened up the pores in my face. I’m definitely going to have to get this done again when I get home. We were helped by a team of lovely estheticians, including Emilka (check her out in action) – who no only were professional but educated us along the way. Check out the video linked above to see our experience.

The lesson learned from this experience is to remember to treat your body with care and give it some pampering every now and again. Our bodies get beat-up and battered each day, whether its running, going to the gym or just moving around with your daily routine. It’s good to step back and set aside some time for some proper rest and relaxation.