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14 Jan

From Desire to Reality: Why Setting Goals Is Critical for Success

Goals, Plans and StrategyThis is a guest post from Dr. Alessandra Wall.

As someone whose business it is to help others create change there is something magical about the New Year; it is so full of hope and motivation. It is a time to evaluate growth and direction, and to dream. Over the next month or so millions of people will share resolutions to get fitter, healthier, and more financially responsible. People will dream of the life they want and declare their desire to make the changes necessary to achieve it. Unfortunately, a great deal of them will remain dreamers; their resolutions, unmet, will nag at them and then be forgotten until next year. The sad part about this whole thing is that their failure is not due to lack of ability, or laziness, or unrealistic aspirations, it’s most likely due to lack of planning.

“A goal without a plan is but a dream” – Helen Thayer (Explorer, age 76)

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14 Jan

Contest: Grocery Time

The Prize:

Fresh Fish! – Courtesy of Wild Pacific Salmon, the winner of today’s contest will receive 2 lbs of their choice of fresh-frozen fish overnighted to their door. Take your pick from Alaskan Halibut, Alaskan Pacific Cod, Steelhead Trout, or my favorite, one of the Alaskan Salmon choices. Salmon freaks out there know what a treat this is; and for any non-salmon freaks out there, prepare to be freaked, salmon style. Retail value: $100.

BONUS: Use ALASKA when ordering from wildpacificsalmon.com to receive a $10 discount on an order of 10 lbs or more.

PIFGheePure Indian Foods Ghee – According to PIF, they provide the only 100% organic ghee available in the market that has been made using the milk of pastured cows grazing on rapidly growing green grass in spring and fall only, when their milk is most nutritious. As a testament to their success, Pure Indian Foods family just completed 125 years in the ghee business!

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13 Jan

It Doesn’t Have to Be This Way

JourneyLet’s begin today with an exercise. You might know it’s not something I normally do here, but I think today is the perfect time to try something unexpected. Humor the process if you will. It leads somewhere I think is important for the Challenge – or any serious change.

Repeat after me.

“It doesn’t have to be this way.”

“It doesn’t have to be this way.”

“It doesn’t have to be this way.”

There’s no magic here. No ruby slippers or manifestation miracles. That said, it’s time to make this Challenge personal. (I find that major life changes tend to work better that way.) The power of an effective mantra rises out of our growing identification with it. Right out of the gate, all of us can identify with this statement.

The mantra gets at a critical question: what is this Challenge about for you? What have you decided you’re done with?

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13 Jan

Contest: Make a Primal Blueprint Workout Video

The Prize:

Square36 Workout Mats – As the Square36 website says, “Do you ever wish you had a bit more space to fully extend and maximize your workout without feeling confined? Now you can with Square36, the world’s 1st oversized workout mat.” That about sums it up. This exercise mat is 6′ x 6′ and is 6 mm thick – thicker than most yoga/workout mats. With the Square36 mat you can easily convert your living room into a workout studio. Just unroll it and you’re set. It’s also great for couples yoga or as a play mat for children.

If you’re the winner of this contest you’ll not only get the Square36 STRETCH Oversized Yoga Mat (retail value: $99.99), but you’ll also receive the brand new Square36 CARDIO Mat (retail value: $159.99).

Rad Roller All-In Kit (All Five RAD Tools) – Massage. Release. Transform. That’s RadRoller’s slogan. If you’re a regular MDA reader you know I emphasize thoracic spine mobility and the importance or regularly rolling things out. Tight, knotted bundles of muscle fiber and fascia accumulate from bad posture, muscle imbalances, excessive sitting, and improper movement patterns. These knots harm us. They reduce performance. They promote bad form and joint degeneration. They need to be eradicated. That’s where RadRoller comes in. They help take care of those nasty knots.

A single RAD tool is great. A couple (or trio…or quartet…or full set) of RAD tools is even better, and RAD Roller’s power-packed kits serve up the best match-ups you can buy. From muscle flushing to trigger point release, spinal alignment to relaxing massage, RAD knows how to treat a body right from head to toe. Learn more about the comprehensive body benefits of RAD massage and release tools and experience relief in motion for yourself.

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12 Jan

The 2015 Primal Blueprint 21-Day Challenge Begins Now

21Day Challenge Graphic

If you want to lose weight, gain muscle, reduce stress, increase energy or just generally look and feel healthier you’ve come to the right place. Oh, and you can win lots of cool Primal gear, too. That’s right, it’s the annual Primal Blueprint 21-Day Challenge!

Before we get to all the details, let’s kick things off with a simple contest. Click on over to this page and register for the free Primal Blueprint 21-Day Challenge in the Vimify app. That’s it! I’ll explain more about the app below, but rest assured that you’ll be entered to win a $100 gift certificate to PrimalBlueprint.com if you register for free.

This contest ends at 8 pm PST tonight, January 12. A winner will be selected at random and everyone around the world is eligible, including people that registered before today.

Now, on to the challenge details…

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