AppleBell Radio EP005 – Resolutions

It is that time again.  The hope of the new year is upon us.  For many, it is a chance for a fresh start – an opportunity to finally get it right.  As we prepare to welcome in 2017, most of us will make resolutions.  We may want to exercise more or eat better or quit smoking or make in any number of self-improvements.  On this episode, we cover everything you need to know about understanding your true goals, setting good targets, and most importantly – sticking with it.

Along with some other helpful tips, we cover 5 big things to consider:

1) First, take some time to reflect.  Before diving headlong into a new goal, it is well worth your time to think back on the previous year.  How’d you feel?  What went well?  Where’d you struggle?  It is important to take a breath and appreciate where you’re currently at.  We share some great thoughts on reflection in our blog post, Room to Grow.

2) Once you think you have a goal, ask yourself “why”?  Maybe ask twice.  You want to really understand why this particular goal or resolution is important.  What is the true need or desire that you’re going for?  You may want to lose 10 pounds, but why?  What are you hoping that will do for you?

3) Determine if your resolution is sustainable.  The vast majority of people won’t stick to their resolution for more than a month.  There are lots of reasons why, but the biggest culprit is choosing goals that just aren’t realistic in the long run.  As a general rule, don’t resolve to do anything that you can’t see yourself continuing for the next two years.

4) Respect the process.  What will it take to achieve this goal?  Take some time to really think about the steps along the path.  Rather than focusing solely on the end result, commit to the process.  This will give you short-term wins and keep you moving in the right direction.

5) Be careful about sharing your resolution.  Conventional wisdom tells us that sharing publicly will help keep us accountable, but some recent research suggests otherwise.  With the rise of social media, we can actually decrease the chances of achieving our goal after sharing it with friends.  As it turns out, the kudos we get for simply setting the goal provide a dopamine hit and make us feel like we’ve already done something…even though, we haven’t.

We hope that you’ve had a wonderful 2016 and are excited about the year to come. Best of luck with all of your New Year’s Resolutions!  If you’d like a little additional help, you can check out our blog post on How to Avoid Resolution Pitfalls

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AppleBell Radio EP004 – Two Whole People

For this week’s episode, we go “deep in the paint” on one of our favorite topics – relationships.  How we can find, choose, support, and grow with our partner are probably life’s most challenging questions.  Over the years we’ve learned a great deal about the dynamics of good (and bad) relationships and how we set the conditions for a fulfilling partnership.

Jeni and I will share what has worked well (and not so well) in our relationship.  We also challenge some commonly held beliefs and conventional wisdom like:

  • Why you should stop your mystic quest for ‘The One’
  • Why Jerry Maguire’s ‘you complete me’ line is screwing you up
  • Why you should throw away your checklist for ‘Mr/Mrs Right’

Like all of you, we are a work in progress, as individuals and as a couple.  Our best advice is to make your relationship a priority.  Human connections are fluid and ever changing, but if we communicate openly and often, we can probably weather whatever life throws at us!

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Please stay in touch and let us know how you like the show.  You can email us at Jeni@AppleBellWellness.com or Blayne@AppleBellWellness.com…or find us on social media.  If you have suggestions, questions, or topics for the podcast, we’d love to hear them!

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AppleBell Radio EP003 – How to Eat Well While Traveling

It can be difficult to eat well when you’re on the road.  It is especially tough during the holiday season.  On this episode, we uncover some of the challenges and give you effective strategies to stay on track…while still enjoying the season.

We dive into important questions like:

  • How do I make good choices while eating at restaurants?
  • What kinds of snacks should have on hand?
  • How do I avoid the pressure from co-workers and family?

Don’t wait for New Year’s!  You can eat well 85% of the time through the holidays and still indulge in a few treats and a big dinner.  Keep it on the rails and hit the ground running in 2017!

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Please stay in touch and let us know how you like the show.  You can email us at Jeni@AppleBellWellness.com or Blayne@AppleBellWellness.com…or find us on social media.  If you have suggestions, questions, or topics for the podcast, we’d love to hear them! Facebook: AppleBell Instagram@applebellwellness

AppleBell Radio EP002 – Stay Fit While Traveling

During the holiday season, most of us will travel or experience other deviations from our normal routine.  Our schedule is off, there are a bunch of additional commitments, and finding time to maintain our fitness can be very difficult.

In this episode, we explore the challenges of travel and how stay on track during the holiday (or any) season.  We cover a bunch of helpful tactics, like:

Setting realistic expectations – This isn’t a time to shoot for perfect. Rather than trying to making gains, focus on maintaining your fitness

Having a plan – Be sure to budget some time to get moving and do some exercise while you’re on the road.

Expressing your fitness through outdoor activities – Get out of the gym and doing some hiking, trail running, surfing, or skiing.

Trying new things – Check out a spin class, yoga, palates, or something that you don’t normally do at home.  You might like it, and meeting some new friends in the process. Don’t wait for the new year to re-boot.

You can maintain a healthy lifestyle during the holiday season…and you’ll be poised to crush those New Year’s resolutions!

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You can also get the show on Stitcher Radio and Google Play, or just click here to listen over the web.

Please stay in touch and let us know how you like the show.  You can email us at Jeni@AppleBellWellness.com or Blayne@AppleBellWellness.com…or find us on social media.  If you have suggestions, questions, or topics for the podcast, we’d love to hear them! Facebook: AppleBell Instagram@applebellwellness

AppleBell Radio EP001 – Simplicity

For our first full episode, we thought it appropriate to discuss a concept that is central to everything else we believe.  Today, we are talking about the beauty and value of simplicity…and why it can be so hard to achieve.

The most difficult thing to do is simplify your life.  We work really hard at it, but still find ourselves drifting toward complexity. In this episode, we cover ways to simplify:

Exercise and fitness regimens, clean eating, clutter reduction, personal commitments…and so much more!

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Please stay in touch and let us know how you like the show.  You can email us at Jeni@AppleBellWellness.com or Blayne@AppleBellWellness.com…or find us on social media.  If you have suggestions, questions, or topics for the podcast, we’d love to hear them! Facebook: AppleBell Instagram@applebellwellness

Welcome to AppleBell Radio!

We’re super excited to announce the launch of our new podcast – AppleBell Radio.  Jeni and I have talked about doing this for a LONG time and decided that we needed to finally pull the trigger.  We both love the podcast format as a way share stories, strategies, and tactics that help us all live our best life.

AppleBell Radio is a weekly show built on a simple concept: Eat. Move. Improve.  We’ll cover a broad range of topics and try our best to help you learn from both our mistakes and successes.  To get the full scoop, start with here with Episode 000…then check out Episodes 001 and 002.

A couple of quick asks of you: 1) If you like the show, be sure to subscribe on iTunes…dropping us a review would be huge!  2) Share it with friends.  3) Send us some feedback and ideas for future shows.

If you’re not a fan of iTunes, no sweat, you can listen and download the show on both Stitcher Radio and Google Play, or just click here to listen over the web.

We truly appreciate the support and look forward to going on this journey together!