I am a big believer in the power of the mind. I have seen how positive thinking can influence outcomes and likewise, how negative thinking can be attributed to negative results. Call it what you will, we are surrounded by books that try to explain this Secret of Success. I have read countless books on this subject and as you study them you come to realize, they are all very similar. As a Man Thinketh author, James Allen says, “A man’s mind may be likened to a garden, which may be intelligently cultivated or allowed to run wild; but whether cultivated or neglected, it must, and will, bring forth. If no useful seeds are put into it, then an abundance of useless weed seeds will fall therein, and will continue to produce their kind.” And this quote, like many others in similar books, can also be attributed to the bible. For example, Galatians 6:7 states, “Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap.” And in Job 4:8, “As I have seen, those who plow iniquity and sow trouble reap the same.”
As I’ve mentioned many times before, I am a huge believer in the power of the mind. I have no doubt that our potential ends where our belief stops and that’s why so many people are stuck where they are. It’s not that they don’t WANT to lose weight, get rich, start a business or get out of debt. One, if not the biggest problems is that most people don’t HONESTLY BELIEVE it will happen. And there is a big difference between wishing something to happen and having FAITH something will happen.
Well, it happened. After a few weeks of running sprints at the local middle school, I ended up with a torn meniscus. While it’s not going to require surgery, I was told to take it easy for a few weeks which immediately made me a little nervous. After staying pretty active every week, I was VERY concerned about staying healthy while I was injured. I’ve seen it before. Guys get hurt, take some time off and gain some weight.
At first, I tried coming up with ways to exercise without working the knee. Of course, there were arm exercises, maybe some sit ups and a stationary bike (which was OK since I wasn’t pounding the knee). These seemed like a good idea, so I put my new work out routine into action. And while this kept my spirits up I finally realized something. It’s my EATING that has made such a difference in my weight loss and if I don’t want to gain weight, guess what? I just stay on my Paleo plan (with less deviation of course) and all should work out well!
I normally am not big on counting my calories since I already have a good idea of what I’m eating and the nutritional contents. I try to stay within my macros and eating at home ninety percent of the time makes it easy to have an idea of my calories in calories out. But this Sunday, I took my family to a burger restaurant across the street from church that day since we were going to be having Easter dinner later that afternoon and everyone was getting hungry.
When we got to the counter to order, I noticed they had the menu items and the calories in each item and I was SHOCKED at how many calories just about everything had. I was in the mood for a cheat meal cheese burger which would end up costing me about 1130 calories. Now, keep in mind, my daily caloric intake should be around 2200 so already, I am half way there. Of course, I now studied the menu, curious how many calories I would have consumed eating what I normally would have ordered. Had I not been counting, it would have looked like this:
I had never really thought about cheating myself out of my goals until a while back. About a year ago, I went for a run with my brother in law. I hadn’t run in a while so we decided on a fairly slow thirty minute run. We started at the end of my street, ran a couple blocks to the trail and continued on from there. The entire route was just about three miles. On the way back, I was getting a little winded and once we got to the end of the trail, I stopped running and walked the couple blocks to my street.
While trying to decide last nights dinner, I came across this Paleo Shrimp and Sausage gem on my Pinterest page. What I like most about it is how SIMPLE it is to make. Something else I love is the fact that both shrimp and sausage are very satiating so I am not hungry after I eat (which leads to less snacking!). This is obviously one of the benefits of a Paleo lifestyle.
I don’t know the exact nutritional information but one reader has it at about 205 calories per serving. I was so tempted to cook up some white rice but I stayed away. I may try it next time with a cauliflower rice. Anyway, there are some obvious substitutions you can make, but I stayed with the original and it was GREAT! Bon apetit!
I remember complaining to a friend about all the work I was doing and not losing weight, to which he replied, “You may be doing TOO MUCH cardio!”. Huh? I didn’t think there was such a thing. So I decided to do a little research and come to find out, he was right!
After a year of outdoor boot camps, I gave up. I didn’t like getting up before the birds, I didn’t like being so exhausted following a workout, I wasn’t losing weight and at times, it was painful! Those long, difficult cardio workouts, come to find out, can actually be bad for you. Not only do you run the risk of injury but you also, in many cases of doing too much cardio workouts, can lose muscle mass. According to Livestrong, “When you do too much cardio at once, you run the risk of increasing the amount of muscle you burn as the body struggles to keep up with the increased level of energy being used by the body. When you combine excess cardio with an improper diet, such as one that drops your total calorie intake below 1500 calories, the risk of burning significant muscle increases.”
When it comes to health and nutrition, it’s no wonder why people get so confused on what the best advice is. When I began looking into Paleo, my first bit of mixed input came from friends. There was the camp that strongly suggested I stay away from “those low carb fad diets” and there was the other camp who swore by it. The same applied to working out. I would get excited about trying something after reading an article, only to find the exact opposite advice in another article!
I cannot count how many times I have failed. I have failed at fad diets, failed at starting a business, failed (and continue to fail!) at breaking 80 on the golf course, and failed at building a wooden barn door for the house. And these are just a FEW of the things I have failed at. But I have also been successful. I have succeeded at maintaining a healthy diet, succeeded at starting a business, succeeded at bettering my golf score and succeeded at building not only one, but TWO barn doors for the house.
Had it not been for finally setting some goals and doing some better planning, I have no doubt I would not be where I am today, down 30 pounds and looking better than I have in years. When I first heard about the Paleo lifestyle, I read some articles and blogs and decided I was in. I would start eliminating all those bad carbs, eat more fat and watch the pounds fall off. But then I ran into days where I hadn’t planned dinner and didn’t have any healthy choices in the house. This left me to either go with some non Paleo options I had or go out to eat and hope for the best. I also had days when lunch and snacks were also an issue having not shopped for anything.