Tip of the Week

Make your exercise routine non-negotiable.   Once you begin to debate whether you feel like exercising or wonder if you have the time, you’ve already lost.

Now go run!

Keli 🙂

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Get Organized!

I got laid off from my full-time office job in January, 2008.  6 months later I decided to use my strengths as an administrator and became a “virtual assistant”.   A “virtual assistant” is a person who handles a variety of duties remotely.  In my case I work from my home office or will travel to a client’s office to help them there.

One of the compliments I receive from my clients is how organized I am with my, and their work.  I consider it one of the biggest talents I bring to the table and it’s one way that I stand out in a ever-growing pool of job-seekers.

If you are not in a position to hire someone to come in and help you with your home office, finances or place of business, here are 3 tips to help you get a better handle on your “space”.

Clear the Decks

Very few people work well in a cluttered workspace.  Clear your space of all items that you do not use daily.   If you have a few projects that you work on simultaneously, keep a stand up filing rack in a corner to hold file folders of the tasks or projects you are working on.  It helps to have your task list for that project on the front cover.

Think “Find” When You File

The trick to filing is not where or how you file it but how knowing where to find it.   Whether you file by alphabetical order (tax paperwork under “t”) or categories (home, car, investments), set up the system so you can find what you need.

Touch Once

This is one of the “golden rules” of organization.  When paper comes across your desk take action immediately.  File it, toss it, pass it to another person or deal with it.  Trust me, this becomes much easier the more you practice.

Implementing these 3 simple tips will help you be better organized!

Now go run!

Keli 🙂

Cheers to the Volunteers

The next time you are running a race take a minute to thank a volunteer.  Good events rely on a large volunteer crew; those willing to hand you a cup of water, lead a pace group, hand out space blankets or cut off your timing chip at the end of the race.  These volunteers are Girl Scout Troops,  local school clubs, cheerleaders, or a group of co-workers from a local office.  They take hours out of their Saturday or Sunday to make sure that your race goes off without a hitch.

So next time you run a race, give a big “thank you” to your water stop attendants, to the gal holding the flag directing you down the proper street, to the guy handing you your medal and the one who cuts off your timing chip while you are struggling to stay on your feet at the end of the marathon.  They are the true superstars of the events!

Now go run!

Keli 🙂

3 Reasons to Work Out With a Group

I thought you might enjoy this article, courtesy of Active.com – I couldn’t have said it better myself!!  Now go run!  Keli 🙂

3 Reasons It’s Better to Work Out With a Group

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By Joe Decker
For Active.com
It seems like almost everyone is getting involved in group exercise today. On any given day in a warehouse, in a park or at the gym you can find people exercising together. There’s everything from Running Clubs, Active X, and Roller Striders to Boot Camp classes. So why exactly are so many people jumping the ‘lone wolf’ ship to work out with others in a group setting? What is the big attraction?
I’ve been involved in fitness for 25 years now and have belonged to power lifting and running clubs, but I’ve also been that solitary figure in the gym and on the road. I do feel this has given me a pretty good understanding of the appeal and the dynamics of both. Years ago I started my own outdoor fitness company, Gut Check Fitness, which recently got voted “A-List Best Boot Camp” San Diego and Competitor Magazine, “Hardest Workout.” This is where my passion lies.

Whether you join a workout group or get your own group of friends together for a workout, here are three reasons more is merrier for earning your fitness gains.

Motivation

Unless you’re that rare person that can jump out of bed at 5 a.m. and hit the ground running, odds are that getting and staying motivated are difficult for you. You are not alone. The majority of the people I’ve worked with over the years have had the same problem. That’s one of the great things about the group setting. Many people who attend a class will show up exhausted from the ups and downs of everyday life. But once they join the group, they become re-energized. With a friendly fitness instructor there to light a fire under you rear, it can’t get any better.

Not only are you more motivated to get out of bed and exercise, but there’s the motivation to improve your current fitness level. If you work out with people who are faster, stronger or fitter than you, you are probably going to get in better shape. There’s an old saying that goes, “The lead dog sets the pace for the rest of the pack.” Think about it.

Accountability

Remember when you were a high schooler and your mom would wake you up in the morning to go to school? She was holding you accountable. If you were anything like me, you probably wouldn’t have graduated without her wake-up calls. Thanks Mom! A workout group can do the same thing for your exercise routine. I’ve had countless clients over the years at Gut Check Fitness say, “I wouldn’t be there in the morning if I didn’t know that Kim, Ron, Nancy, etc. were going to give me a hard time for not showing up.”

The fear of group teasing gets them out of bed. Hey, it works!

Plus, there’s the friendly instructor again that keeps track of your tardiness. I take a daily roll at my classes then each week I look to see who’s been playing Harry Houdini. If I haven’t seen someone for a week or two, I’ll generally send them a friendly reminder with the threat of numerous burpees. This usually does the trick.

Group Camaraderie

Human beings are social creatures. Yes, a few are hermits and recluses, but the majority of us love to be around other people. We love to laugh, joke and have fun. I feel this is one of the greatest products of a group workout setting. Nothing brings people closer quite like misery and physical suffering. If you’ve ever done a boot camp or similar class, you’ll understand what I’m talking about.

Many people sign up to get more fit and along the way become friends through this mutual ritual. Many become lifelong best friends. My classes not only work hard together, but they play hard together. We regularly have happy hours, wine tastings, and sports days where we do races and events together. We sincerely enjoy one another’s company. It’s truly one of the best ways to meet people like you and develop a common bond while getting into the best shape possible.

Joining a workout group can keep you motivated, hold you accountable and help you develop a sense of group camaraderie.

Finally, in a world where we’ve become so dependent on email and texting, working out with a group offers that human interaction that is slowly disappearing. We can do just about everything today virtually without ever talking to a person. That is outside of a group fitness setting. With group fitness, you have to get involved. You can try to escape to the back of the pack, but a good instructor will integrate you into the group whether you like or not. That’s why it’s called group dynamics, and that’s why technology will never replace the good ‘ol fashioned group workout. Get out of your cubicle, your car or your house and go meet other people that have a common interest just like you. You never know, you might just meet some real friends instead of the ones you find online.

Active Expert, Joe Decker is an ultra-endurance power athlete and renowned fitness trainer who has helped thousands of people get into shape. He has completed many of the world’s toughest endurance events, including the Badwater 135, and the Grand Slam of Ultra Running. In 2000, Joe broke the Guinness World Records® Twenty-four-hour Physical Fitness Challenge to help inspire and motivate people to get fit. He is recognized as “The World’s Fittest Man.” Visit his website at www.joe-decker.com .

Faux Pas of the Week

One of my go-to breakfast or snacks is a cup of nonfat plain yogurt mixed with frozen blueberries and either a drizzle of honey or some raisins.   It’s delicious!

Well, I just discovered that I’ve been mistakenly using full-fat, plain yogurt instead of the non-fat variety.  To quote my daughter…OMG.  No telling how long I’ve been grabbing the wrong stuff since I had 2 containers in my fridge and one in the recycling.   Oops!

Just a reminder to read the labels carefully!

Now go run!

Keli 🙂

My, What a Small World After All

For me, writing this blog is a cross between a self-indulgent exercise and an information hot line.  While I like to feel that I’m doling out interesting and informative tidbits I also know that I use this forum to vent frustrations or share observations.   I’m like a buffet, take what you want, leave the rest.

In a post back in February I posted about having to put my cat down and not 15 minutes later receiving a call that one of my largest clients had “in-sourced” my job to their home office.  It was a bummer of a day to say the least.

When you post a blog you send it “out there” and go about your day.   After that post I received  comments and emails sharing their experience with a loss of their pet or a job cutback story.   I was pleased to find that there are people “out there” that actually read what I write (other than immediate family and friends who are bullied into it)!

So to those of you who check in with me daily, weekly or monthly, I thank you.  And to follow up on that story posted back in February, things are good.  Our newest kitten, Charley (who we adopted in late January) has firmly planted his nippy little teeth into our family, as well as our eldest cat Katy, and the job front is looking up!

Now go run!

Keli 🙂