Getting you back to the life you want to live.
J une 2017
It’s that time in Portland. School is almost out, the longest day is coming, and, finally, summer is here (after the Fourth of July, of course). I cannot escape my nature as a goal-oriented individual, so I plan out a list of national parks to hit for our annual trip. My own family never went camping (I’m not sure I would either if I had five kids), so I have a lot of lost time to make up for. Even after decades F rom T he D esk O f Shelly Coffman I love how getting out in the wilderness fills up my bucket and helps me recharge. I feel very fortunate that, early in life, I knew how I wanted to spend my time caring for others. Taking that time to energize is essential. Last summer, we made it to Crater Lake and Lassen National Parks, and we loved learning more about the ever-changing wilderness and watching my daughter get excited about the various adventures (and forced marches). Slowing down with my family in tow, sharing new experiences, and taking a few beats to listen to the little voice inside always leads to another great adventure, and it helps keep me centered. I am thankful this bucket- filling in nature keeps me able to do what I love. While I choose to always be on the road to somewhere, academically, spiritually, and often literally, it’s good to pause and enjoy the space and people around you. Whether that’s at a spectacular national park or a well- of camping on my own, I feel woefully behind in the camping adventures I’d love to experience.
T hose 'P esky ' F itness G oals
I’d say the hardest part of fitness is goal-setting. Okay, maybe not the hardest part — the last set of pushups, the home stretch on the track, and the stairs machine after leg day are all pretty tough. But that sort of tough is easy to deal with; we work through it, stay mentally strong, and know there’s an end — and a reward — in sight. By contrast, goal-setting determines what that end looks like and what the reward for getting there might be. Goals that are too easy won’t result in the changes and fitness level that you want. Goals that are too hard may not be achievable and can result in injuries. Both failures often lead to discouragement and the end of a fitness program. This month, I want to talk about how to set the right goals, ones that you can hit through hard work and that set you up for success for the rest of your life. That’s right, I said the rest of your life. Many of us think about fitness goals as something we set once and never think about again: “I want to lose 10 pounds before the summer ends,” or “I’d love to build an inch of muscle on my upper arms.” This is short-term goal-setting, and while it’s important to the process, it’s just one step in the process. Short-term goals are great, but they’re rungs in the ladder of long-term goals. If you want to lose that 10 pounds, you need a plan that will make sure it doesn’t come right back. Your 30-day all-kale diet might do that, but you need to realize that radical eating changes aren’t
appointed hotel that gives you a gorgeous sunset and an amazing cocktail, take the time to feed your soul. My other piece of important advice, as a long-ago California girl, is to always try to start and finish at In-N-Out. Always. - Shelly Coffman
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