Hello Intermittent Fasting!

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The word “fasting” provokes images in my mind of  weeks with no food, hunger pangs, out of body experiences, protesting injustices and just bad thoughts.  So when I first came across an article on Marks Daily Apple, I paid no attention.  Surely I could get fit and healthy without starving myself.  But more and more I was seeing the term pop up on various web sites and I was intrigued.

First off, intermittent fasting (IF) is not a one size fits all.  There are various ways to IF which is what drew my attention.  Nerd Fitness describes IF as: read more

Love the Cheat Meal

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The biggest thing I hate about diets is the guilt you feel whenever you “slip” or have a cheat meal.  You mentally punish yourself, feel like you’ve failed again and all that work up to this point is mute.  And so you think to yourself, “Well, I ate that burger so I might as well have dessert!” and go right back to our old habits because the streak of eating right is officially over.  We give ourselves a pat on the back about losing ten pounds or going twenty seven days without slipping but still feel like we failed. read more

How Important is Discipline?

One of the things I’ve noticed on this journey is not so much about what the weight loss and changes to my body I am seeing, but the discipline I have established.  Yes, it was hard at first and I still have those moments of weakness (hello chocolate cake this weekend) but it is becoming a habit.  And this is also starting to have an influence in other areas of my life.

Discipline is a skill that gets better with practice. That means that if you can just begin applying it in one area of your life soon what you learn will transfer to other areas of your life.  When you are able to apply discipline to any area of your life the results will dramatically improve. read more

The Paper Towel Analogy

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Ever try to lose weight, look at yourself in the mirror and say, “It’s not working.  I look the same as I did two weeks ago!”  Well, I came across an article a while ago by a dietitian called, The Paper Towel Analogy and it’s a brilliant way to really put the whole process of weight loss in a great and healthier perspective:

The lesson to be learned is that fat, like paper towels, comes off in sheets. When you are heavy, you are big around. And when you are big around, that fat is spread over a MUCH larger area – just like that outside towel sheet. The closer you get to the lean you, the more each lost pound of fat shows, because it is spread over a smaller area. read more

Am I THAT Old?

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I saw a funny post on Facebook yesterday that made me laugh and was so true.  The post was, “I hate when I see old people and then realize I went to high school with them.”  I’m sure many can relate to this but something else I’ve noticed is what some of these “older” people say, either out loud or on social media.  Quotes about being old, how much it sucks, how fat they are, etc.  And in just about every case, they are!  But why?  There’s a great quote by Paulo Coelho that states, “You are what you believe yourself to be.” read more

My New Gym?

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As I get further into the paleo/primal lifestyle, one thing has become very clear and that looking fit is 80 percent diet and 20 percent exercise.  And yet, I still feel the need to get to the gym as often as possible, feeling like it is a MUST if I want to stay fit and lose weight.  I attribute this to years of being in the mindset that, “exercise equals weight loss”.  Being a gym regular for the last ten years really didn’t change my body at all, which is why I would get to a point where I felt I was too heavy, try some quick fix plan or diet, lose some weight and put it back on as soon as I did.  And in my mind, I felt I just needed to work out harder! read more

This Not Your Moms Diet

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Want to lose weight temporarily, be miserable doing it and put the weight back on as soon as your done?  Welcome to dieting.  Want to enjoy food, never be hungry, lose weight and keep it off?  Welcome to low carb.

I have never met a person that obviously lost a lot of weight over a long period of time and told me, “I’ve been on this diet for two years now!”  That’s because diets are temporary.  I know this because I’ve done them.  Ninety day programs, cleanses, fasts, etc. and they all have one thing in common and that is that they are temporary.  To be honest, I sort of expected the same when I started out moving to a paleo style way of eating.  And BOY was I wrong.  For the first time, I am not checking the time to see when I can eat again, I have more energy, the weight is coming off and I am getting in better shape than I have ever been in (thanks to adding in exercising and working out). read more

The Power of Forgetfullness

memoryI remember watching the Olympics years ago and seeing a high jumper getting ready to take his turn.  His name was Dwight Stones, a three time World Champion.  As he stood back at his starting point, I noticed his head bobbing up and down, following with his eyes, a path along his route to the bar with his head moving upward as his glance approached the target.  He did this two or three times prior to making his jump.  The commentators made a comment about his unusual routine, “He is watching himself make the jump in his mind, something he has been doing for years.” In other words, he was visualizing a successful jump.  The great golfer, Jack Nicklaus, said he never made a golf shot without first visualizing the shot in his mind. read more