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Health Mindset

Redefine those moments of temptation


We all have our moments. Everyone of us has patterns we slip into that do not represent our best choices or the goals we have.

For some of us, that may be the time you Netflix and chill and before you know it, half the ice cream or bag of chips is gone!

For some of us, that might be that busy time of day when dinner is being made (or ordered), people are getting home, homework is being fought and / or the laundry is sitting there staring at you. time for a glass of wine!

Still for others it may be an innocent meal out that turns into losing your willpower, binge eating and stuffing yourself so much that it hurts.

Listen, we all have moments.

The trick with health & fitness is to recognize what YOUR patterns are and then slowly try to tweak those moments so that they become winning moments instead of losing ones.

So, let’s take the first example. If you know that’s your problem, you can also come up with a solution. Perhaps the solution is to do something else with your hands while chilling. Or, maybe it’s simply changing out the snack. Maybe it’s reading instead of television. Whatever it is, we like to recommend small changes at a time until they get easy. Quitting cold turkey could work, but it’s not likely. It’s especially not likely to last long term. On the other hand, if you slowly teach your brain to change the habit over time, you’re likely to have success. We have no doubt you can be creative and come up with something that will work for you.

In the next example, you might simply decide to change something about the situation. Maybe try not to do all the hard things at once. Maybe homework waits until after dinner. Maybe laundry moved to another time and is paired with a favorite show or podcast. On the other hand, maybe you go for a walk while everyone is getting home and settled. Maybe you meal prep so you’re not in the kitchen at the busy stressful time. Finally, maybe you change to a sparking water or tea so you still get the manual habit, minus the calories and alcohol.

This is the way we tweak our patterns and habits that aren’t serving up. We do it slowly, in bitesize changes.

So what are your moments? Be honest, recognize who you are and when you’re making choices out of emotion or habit that DO NOT SERVE your goals.

Next, come up with a little hack to change your patterns for the better, slowly and surely.

  1. Moment ~> Small Change
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  3. Moment ~> Small Change
  4. Moment ~> Small Change


If you’re interested in working with us to get healthy and feel strong, fill out the contact form here and we’ll be in touch.


Ideal Balance is The Life Coaching Facility in Navarre focused on Fitness, Family & Finance. We know people are stressed about money, they’re unorganized, they’re unhappy with their bodies, they’re distracted and they’re not thriving. But we believe humans are built to be strong & energetic and that good things come to those who work hard and are disciplined. So we coach people to get healthy, to get organized, & to get debt free. The vision is people having a happy & healthy life they’re proud of. We don’t take excuses but we do get results!

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Fitness Health Mindset

Let’s talk goals + why

Okay, we all have goals. And for nearly everyone, health / fitness find their way into our goals in some form of fashion. Our clients are no exception. But when we talk goals for health / fitness, we really try to get well rounded. We recognize that a simple “lose weight” isn’t going to cut it. Nope, not good enough.

Rather, we think that if you really allow yourself to dream, you’ll recognize that health / fitness goals apply to every part of your life. What do we mean?

  • Family: You might have a goal to have more energy to play with your kids or grandkids. Great!
  • Health: Your doctor might have told you to get your blood sugars low. Alright, another goal.
  • Finance: Maybe you want to spend less on eating our or buying bigger size clothing.
  • Marriage: Hey, maybe you want to get in better shape so your confidence or desire in the bedroom will increase (we’re not pulling any punches).
  • Spiritual: Maybe you realize you’re leaning on food or alcohol more than prayer or meditation. Another great area to set goals in.
  • Personal: Maybe you just want to be proud of yourself and you’re tired of not showing up for yourself.

Your health and fitness goals really should span many areas of your life. And we know our clients tend to focus on just one area or another. Are you doing the same? Is it easy for you to say you’re doing this for your family or for the doctor but once you start daydreaming about how YOU will feel in that cute dress or even in the bedroom you clam up and stop daring to dream?

We want it all. We want you to dare to dream, to have many goals, to really connect with how getting your health / fitness in order will have such a domino effect in your life.

Once we find goals for the different areas of life, we’re going to want to drill down some whys too.

Why do you want to look good in your clothes? Why do you want more energy? Why do you want to stop emotionally eating?

We need the why. In the moment when you’re talking yourself into a workout or out of a candy bar, you need a why that is stronger than those desires. You need to want to be ablet o go on hikes and bike ridesw ith your kids more than you want to sleep in. You have to KNOW that why though, beforehand, so you can use it as motivation in the moment.

So, set your goals. Think long and hard. Think about all the different areas of your life and why health / fitness is important. Then, after you name the goal, name the why. WHY is it important to you? WHY is it more important than what you want right now?

Alright, so let’s hear it. What are your goals? Why are they important to you?

  1. Goal ~> Why
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  4. Goal ~> Why
  5. Goal ~> Why

If you’re interested in working with us to start getting healthy, stop living paycheck to fill out the contact form here and we’ll be in touch.


Ideal Balance is The Life Coaching Facility in Navarre focused on Fitness, Family & Finance. We know people are stressed about money, they’re unorganized, they’re unhappy with their bodies, they’re distracted and they’re not thriving. But we believe humans are built to be strong & energetic and that good things come to those who work hard and are disciplined. So we coach people to get healthy, to get organized, & to get debt free. The vision is people having a happy & healthy life they’re proud of. We don’t take excuses but we do get results!

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Uncategorized

Move of the Day: OH Pull in Bridge w/ Leg Raise

We love this move at Ideal Balance. It’s a great chance to work your entire body and FEEL it while you’re at it.

How to do it:

  • On your back, with one knee bent and the other leg straight out.
  • Put a light weight (or no weight if you’re new to this) over your head.
  • Raise your booty off the ground and bring your straight leg up at the same time as your arms hold the weight and meet in the middle.
  • Slowly lover back down.

Why to do it:

  • Work your entire core including your lower abs, your hips and your booty.
  • Strengthen hip flexors weakened by sitting.
  • Work on your balance.
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Uncategorized

Move of the Day: Plank to Toe Tap

We love this move at Ideal Balance. You know that’s true because today one of our clients picked it for their birthday workout!

How to do it:

  • Start in a plank position.
  • Use your core strength to rock yourself back, weight transferring from all upper body to the heels.
  • Tap your fingers toward the opposite foot.
  • Depending on your flexibility, you’ll be able to reach anywhere from your knee to your foot!

Why to do it:

  • Work your core.
  • Get your heart rate up.
  • Increase flexibility.
  • Challenge yourself.
  • Work on your balance.
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Budget Money

3 Simple Steps to Reset Your Finances This Year

Well well well. It’s 2021 and it’s time to get serious about your finances. We’re for that here at Ideal Balance.

Here’s the thing though: don’t allow your brain to overcomplicate it. You just need a nice, simple plan to reset your finances. 

  1. Have a budget meeting. Talk with your spouse or your friend about your goals, your hopes, your dreams, your struggles and your paychecks at this meeting. Sometimes we just need to make it a point to sit down and talk it all out. To really cast a vision for our finances. That’s what a budget meeting is all about. It forces you to be intentional and thoughtful. That’s really what will fuel any of the hard decisions you make-understanding what you’re doing and why.
  2. Get on a budget. Even if your budget has $1000 for eating out, you need to get on a budget. If you decide to start downsizing some of the line items, that’s fine. But start by making a plan for EVERY SINGLE dollar you earn. That’s all a budget really is. Projecting how you’ll spend your money. So, make one and just plan to get a little better each month.
  3. Try using cash for one or more budget line item. Using cash is one of the biggest habit changes our clients go through and it’s also one that creates the most profound results. Our clients typically give us at least a little bit of pushback about using cash. We get it. But once they do use cash they begin to develop an entirely different relationship with their money. First, cash is a REALLY good accountability partner. It’s not like a swipe card that flakes on you- sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. No, cash is either there or it isn’t. Cash also helps you stick to your budget by not messing with your accounts as bills come and go. Cash helps you get used to having money because, we tell you what, if you stick to the plan you will feel like you have more money and you will build wealth. Finally, cash helps you make smarter purchases because studies show you don’t spend as much when it’s cash versus when it’s a card.

If you’re interested in working with us to stop stressing, stop living paycheck to paycheck fill out the contact form here and we’ll be in touch.


Ideal Balance is The Life Coaching Facility in Navarre focused on Fitness, Family & Finance. We know people are stressed about money, they’re unorganized, they’re unhappy with their bodies, they’re distracted and they’re not thriving. But we believe humans are built to be strong & energetic and that good things come to those who work hard and are disciplined. So we coach people to get healthy, to get organized, & to get debt free. The vision is people having a happy & healthy life they’re proud of. We don’t take excuses but we do get results!

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Health

3 Simple Steps to Reset Your Health This Year

Everyone has health goals in January, don’t they?

That’s actually great and wonderful. Here at Ideal Balance, we’re for that. The problem we see is when folks try to make it too complicated too quickly and they wear themselves out before they have a chance to see success.

So, this year, if you want to reset your health we have three simple, easy, baby steps for you to do just that.

  1. Drink LOTS of water. Water is the secret ingredient to weight loss. We love water because it helps you be healthy. Almost every function your body performs requires water. So, we need to flush it full of water so all the systems and functions our body does for us everyday! Also, the same spot in your brain tells your body if you’re hungry or thirsty, so it’s easy to get confused. Drinking water can stave off cravings. Also, we’re certain the more time you’re spending popping in and out of the bathroom, the less time you can snack or graze! We recommend you drink at least half of your bodyweight in ounces of water daily. Set up a routine, a habit, a specific water bottle in order to make it happen!
  1. Get more sleep. Your body burns fat & calories while you’re sleeping so GO TO BED. Yes, go to bed to allow your body to rest from all the hard work it does each day. Not getting enough sleep will cause your brain to seek out sugar for energy since it’s tired. So, outsmart it by GOING TO BED! Finally, and again this is our secret tip, you can’t eat if you’re asleep. Aren’t we brilliant?
  1. Only eat when you’re hungry. This sounds like common sense, but it’s not very common. Most of the time we eat because it’s time to eat. Or we eat because someone put food in front of us. Maybe we eat because other people are eating. We might also eat when we’re not very hungry. If you take the time to check in with yourself before you eat and wait until you’re actually hungry, that’ll be a really great step in resetting your health!

If you’re interested in working with us to get healthy, get organized or get out of debt, fill out the form below.


Ideal Balance is The Life Coaching Facility in Navarre focused on Fitness, Family & Finance. We know people are stressed about money, they’re unorganized, they’re unhappy with their bodies, they’re distracted and they’re not thriving. But we believe humans are built to be strong & energetic and that good things come to those who work hard and are disciplined. So we coach people to get healthy, to get organized, & to get debt free. The vision is people having a happy & healthy life they’re proud of. We don’t take excuses but we do get results!

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Mindset Planning

Reset YOU this week

It’s January. Last week was kind of a practice week. This week, however, is the week to really get on it.

This week, this month, and even this year, we think it’s time for you to reset.

Last year we dodged so many curveballs all year long that the people we were being daily may not have been who we really were at all.

Last year, you may have been forced to do some things or change everything about your daily routines, your desires, your goals and even more.

The good news, though, is that you also developed some realy strength and character last year. We know that to be 100% true about you. So, let’s use that new found strength.

This January, remind yourself about who you are. Remind yourself about what you want. Remind yourself about your actual goals and dreams. 

Last year it may have seemed so much was out of your control that who you really are fell to the background.

This year, however, you’re armed and ready knowing that come what may, you’re going to make it. So, instead of letting circumstances happen to you, let’s turn the tables.

Who are you regardless of the circumstances? Are you kind? Driven? Funny? Devoted mother? Compassionate? Hard working? Lover or buffalo plaid? Yes, there are some things that don’t change regardless of the circumstances and this is your chance to own that. Take some time to journal about who you are. Then, take some time to figure out how you can put that into practice again this year. Do a reset.

What do you want regardless of the circumstances? Perhaps you want to get out of debt. Perhaps you want to be healthy. Perhaps you want to always have quality time with your friends. Let’s reset these goals. Put them front and center again with the understanding that come what may, you can chase after and accomplish them.

Next week we’ll talk about resetting your health. The week after that, let’s talk resetting your finances.

If you’d like to work with Ideal Balance to get healthy, get organized or get out of debt, simply fill this form out and we’ll be in touch!

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Budget

There’s no such thing as an extra paycheck

Do you ever get excited at the prospect of a 3 paycheck month? Or do you think your bonus is “extra” money?

Well, tough love friend, but we’re here to tell you why that’s not true
Check out our latest mini-coaching video on our YouTube channel where we explain how when you’re focused on your goals & your best future, there’s no no such thing as an extra paycheck!

If you can’t watch the video, here are the key points:

There is no such thing as an extra paycheck

  • Very often we think that third paycheck at the end of a month is awesome and extra. In fact, it’s typically going to have the job of paying your bills that are due in the first two weeks of the next month. For example, January the 29th 2021 may be an “extra” paycheck for some. The problem is the next paycheck doesn’t come until February 12th. Most of us have bills with due dates in the first 11 days of the month, right? Right. So, your January 29th paycheck is actually kind of like your Feb. 1st paycheck.
  • Let’s say you didn’t have any bills or you paid all the bills with the first two paychecks. You’ll still find that a good portion of that paycheck needs to fund your food, gas and spending money for the two weeks. You see, time doesn’t stand still just because there is an “extra” paycheck. Nope, you still require food and other things even then!
  • The real problem here is your thinking. You’re thinking paycheck to paycheck. You’re thinking small (as in not big goal minded). You’re thinking reactionary instead of proactively.
  • What you need to do is budget EVERY DOLLAR you earn, EVERY single month. Purposefully.
  • Your budgets need to reflect your highest priorities. For many that’s saving money, paying off debt, investing or funding things like travel & charity. Every “extra” dollar goes to those goals every single time. That means there isn’t really any “extra” dollars. Nope, every dollar has a regular ol’ j-o-b.

If you’re interested in working with us to stop stressing, stop living paycheck to paycheck fill out the contact form here and we’ll be in touch.


Ideal Balance is The Life Coaching Facility in Navarre focused on Fitness, Family & Finance. We know people are stressed about money, they’re unorganized, they’re unhappy with their bodies, they’re distracted and they’re not thriving. But we believe humans are built to be strong & energetic and that good things come to those who work hard and are disciplined. So we coach people to get healthy, to get organized, & to get debt free. The vision is people having a happy & healthy life they’re proud of. We don’t take excuses but we do get results!

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Health Mindset

What’s the ONE thing you need to change for 2021?

What is we told you you only needed to change ONE thing for next year? No, you don’t need a million goals, a million resolutions.

Actually, if you investigate it, you might find that there is ONE thing you could focus on that will improve every other area of your life.

For example, if your health is really dragging you down it might be affecting your work, your family, your relationships, your sleep. So, maybe focusing on eating / exercise will have a ripple effect on everything else.

Or maybe you might want to finally get your finances in order. And, when you stop and think about it, having no control and lots os tress about money makes you cranky, anxious and it makes you have to say no when you really want to say yes when it comes to things like travel, charity and other things.

This concept comes from Gary Keller & Jay Papasan. Check out the book The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results.

–Ideal Balance is The Life Coaching Facility in Navarre focused on Fitness, Family & Finance. We know people are stressed about money, they’re unorganized, they’re unhappy with their bodies, they’re distracted and they’re not thriving. But we believe humans are built to be strong & energetic and that good things come to those who work hard and are disciplined. So we coach people to get healthy, to get organized, & to get debt free. The vision is people having a happy & healthy life they’re proud of. We don’t take excuses but we do get results!

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Fitness Health

Not all kids play sports

A lot of kids stay healthy and fit because they’re busy playing sports.

But not all kids play sports.

Nope, some kids are like our sons: book nerds who really love math, Greek mythology and video games!

That doesn’t mean they don’t want to be healthy and fit. And it certainly doesn’t mean their parents want them left behind when it comes to learning about their body, their strength and building confidence.

That’s why we offer an afternoon class 3x a week that focuses on just that: teaching them to build strength and confidence in their bodies as well as their ability to do hard things. That’s what we all want for our kids.

So that’s what we’re offering. A place they can grow as a young adult in their health, fitness and nutrition knowledge.

Join us Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays at 4pm at Ideal Balance – 8418 East Bay Blvd Navarre, Florida 32566.


Ideal Balance is The Life Coaching Facility in Navarre, Florida that focuses on Fitness, Family & Finance. We help our clients create the discipline & habits they need to strip off what’s holding them back from living the life God created them to live. We work with clients in 1-on-1 sessions in person and virtually as well as in Small Groups in Personal Training sessions, workshops and other events. We’re on a mission to inject hope and empower our community one client at a time. Contact us if you’d like to find out more.