It’s almost impossible to go a day without seeing a magazine ad, commercial or testimony from a friend about the latest and greatest detox diet. There are detox teas, detox smoothies, three or five day detox programs along with other magic pills and potions. I even saw an ad for detoxifying foot pads in which you stick them on your feet overnight and take them off when you wake up. When you take them off, you can see the brown “toxins” that have been released from your body. You can learn how that little trick works HERE.
For years I’ve heard the same excuses when it comes to reasons women don’t want to lift weights.
- I don’t want to bulk up
- I heard weight lifting causes you to be less flexible
- I can burn more calories doing cardio
- It’s too easy to get hurt lifting weights
So when I was talking to my wife about working out with me, she pretty much went down that exact list as to why she didn’t want to. And of course, her biggest reason was she didn’t want to bulk up. And this is probably true of most women when the discussion around weight lifting comes up. But I’m here to tell you, if you are going to bulk up, you are going to have to work EXTREMELY hard to do it. And not just lift weights, you’ll have to go through carb cycling, bulking and cutting, LOTS of supplements and more time in the gym than you probably have time for. (Not to mention, the possibility of using some “banned” substances).
I was listening to a podcast the other day about the importance of getting out of your comfort zone if you truly want to change your life. The host discussed the fact that there is so much more to experience in life if you just step out of your comfort zone and stop living the same, day to day mundane life.
I have heard this so many times and at first, didn’t put much stock into it. After all, my life was pretty good right where I’m at. But then I really started looking at some of the things I am really blessed with or opportunities that have come my way and something hit me like a tom of bricks. For each one of those things I reflected on, EVERY one of them happened because I got out of my comfort zone.
If you listen to interviews with successful people, whether they be actors, CEO’s, athletes or entrepreneurs, you will begin to hear how similar many of their days are. Not necessarily in the work they do, but how they do it. I’m always interested in studying some of these “secrets of success” and one of the things that almost every one of them share is that they wake up early. Almost 100% of them! They may not have the same morning rituals but they do say that this is how they are able to accomplish so much as well as have their time to themselves either meditating, writing, prayer time or working out.
If you’re like me, I’m sure you have battled which alcohols you’re allowed to drink or how many without ruining you’re Paleo diet. Well, here are seven tips for drinking alcohol without ruining your Paleo diet or getting a hangover!. I had always heard it was OK to include alcohol but never really studied it. One of the things I have to admit, I have not given up (and currently don’t intend to) drinking alcohol. Not that I’m an alcoholic, but I love my wine, vodka, whiskey or tequila after a long day of work! I stay away from mixers, as suggested, and try not to have a drink too close to bed time (although that sometimes changes on the weekend!).
So you’ve been on this new diet or workout routine for a while now and things are going well! And then, like just about everyone does, you hit a plateau. Either you just stop losing weight, your waist isn’t getting smaller or your workout routines become boring. So how do you break through a plateau? You think back to the saying, if you keep doing the same thing, you’ll keep getting the same results. And this is when you know it’s time to switch things up.
I had been doing Paleo for about a year and could not believe how well it was working! I was losing weight, feeling healthier and becoming more fit. I would weigh myself and check my waist measurements once a week and marvel at the progress. That is, until I stopped seeing it. I hit a plateau! And this is when I made some changes. My workouts consisted of the same weekly routine using the same amount of weights every time. So I decided to challenge myself and up the weight a few pounds as well as add an extra cardio session each week (I was only doing one or two). I also decided to give intermittent fasting a try after doing a little research on it.
Vision Boards are not just high school projects!
Did you ever have to make a vision board in school? You know, a board that you would glue positive quotes, your future dream house or car, perhaps a picture of a family with a dog? I remember doing a couple of these and at the time, I had no clue as to why I was making them. I figured it was some sort of goal setting exercise or dream board, but I don’t recall ever really being TAUGHT as to how to use it.
It wasn’t until later in life that I began to understand the power of visualization. How the subconscious mind does not know fact from fiction and will manifest what you tell it. There is TRUTH to the sayings, our inner world creates our outer world and our potential ends where our belief stops. And that is why I feel is it so important that in anything we are trying to accomplish, we have something we can look at every day that will not only motivate us, but will help us actually BELIEVE that we can accomplish our goals. A recent article in Forbes says, “by visualizing our personal and related financial goals we can focus on them more, they feel more real and they feel more possible. We also become better at actually moving toward them.”
I haven’t posted any recipes lately and there have been so many new foods I’ve been making! This is a simple, chicken club lettuce wrap sandwich that you will LOVE! The most difficult part is probably just making the bacon. But keep in mind, there are so many variations of this if you get a little creative. Enjoy!
I wanted to expand a little more on my last post about building momentum because I think there is SO much that can be said and done about this. One thing I’ve learned is that in order to make ANY type of change in your life, whether it be weight loss, stop drinking, earn more money, etc., it takes work and most, if not all of that work, will at first be uncomfortable. And if you don’t get out of your comfort zone, you might find yourself tuning out much of your life on a daily basis.
Let’s look at weight loss since that’s an area I’m very familiar with. Of course it’s easy to be motivated at first and get to the gym those first couple weeks as well as eat pretty healthy. So why do we go back to our old ways so quickly? Because going to the gym and eating healthy is uncomfortable! It’s SO much easier staying in bed instead of waking up early. And a piece of chocolate cake is SO much more satisfying than an apple. So how can we push on when faced with these challenges? We really need to look at EVERY decision we make and be aware when we have the opportunity to make those decisions.
Sometimes if I’m reading a book or article or if I’m listening to a podcast, I could get loads of information which I forget most of but it’s those subtle things that stick my your mind that make it all worth while. I was listening to a podcast the other day and the guy was talking about reinventing your life. He covered everything from writing down your goals, changing habits, etc. But for whatever reason, one thing stuck with me and that was, “Build momentum.”