I can’t tell you how many times I dreaded going to the gym, didn’t want to cook, REALLY wanted a bowl of ice cream or didn’t feel like getting out of bed. Which is normal for just about everybody. But I always feel great when I do get a workout in, do make a delicious, healthy meal, avoid the bowl of ice cream (confession…not every time) and get an early start to the day. All of these decision have lead me to a healthier, happier life. Admittedly, it can be hard at times but hopefully these tips can help keep you staying on track.
Follow my blog with BloglovinI often find myself looking back at so many things I wanted to do in years gone by. Things I wanted to learn or try but just never got around to it. And then, with thanks to my children, I learned the wonders of YouTube. Now I know most people view YouTube as a web site that shows funny clips of people getting hit between the legs or maybe a place you can find a clip from an old TV show or music videos. But one day I ran into an old friend of mine and through conversation, he asked me if I wanted his old guitar. He was purchasing a new one next week, an upgrade, and didn’t need the old one. Well, I know as much about playing guitar as I do Mandarin Chinese but I took it from him with hopes of one day being able to sit by the campfire and effortlessly belt out a few country love songs or perhaps an acoustic version of songs my kids might recognize.
I was at the gym just prior to the New Year and overheard a discussion about how crowded the gym will soon be because of New Years Resolutions. “Yeah, but it will be back to normal by Valentines Day” was the reply.
We all know one of the most popular Resolutions is to lose weight or get in shape. And we all know those seem to die out as quickly as it took to write them down on paper. But it doesn’t have to be that way and here are five helpful hints to help you reach those goals.
I have never tried cooking with coconut but remember seeing some recent posts that interested me. I noticed my weight had not changed much for almost a month so I decided to do a little more research into this island treat. Was this as much as I was going to lose? Certainly not since there is obviously some mid section fat that could find its way off. I also noticed the size of my waist was stuck as well, which led me to a few posts regarding coconut and belly fat. The more I read, the more I was intrigued by coconut oils affect on belly fat so I decided to give it a try.
Something I’ve been trying to do more is cooking in advance. What I mean by that is cooking one or two days a week for the full weeks menu. I’ve found a great way to do this is buying from the big, bulk stores (Costco, Sams, etc.). I noticed that when I did not have these items in my freezer, I was going to the store almost daily and this was costing a fortune. Usually due to the fact that I would purchase more than I planned. Having a bag of frozen chicken and fish as well as a big bag of frozen organic veggies gives me options. And by getting a little creative, you can come up with some great meals! With the cooked chicken, for example, I can make chicken soup, stir fry, chicken lettuce wraps or perhaps a chicken with rosemary and mushroom glaze. Having the food already cooked not only is saving me money, it’s also saving time. By not having to make so many trips to the store and cook five nights a week, my life is a little less stressful.
I have been a big believer of our thoughts creating our reality and The Strangest Secret by Earl Nightingale explores exactly that. This is one of those books that I have read that all pretty much say the same thing, which leads me to believe them as I have been seeing these things work in my life.
If you are interested in finding out a little more about this “Secret”, you can download the PDF for free here. I would suggest as you read this that you try hard to eliminate the skeptic thoughts and give it a shot. This is not something that tells you to just think about money in your account and next thing you know, you have an abundance of cash in your checking account. It does tell you that what you think about most is what your life becomes and that you are exactly where you are in life because of your thoughts. And that’s because thoughts trigger beliefs, which trigger actions, which triggers results. You know who thinks about money more than rich people? Poor people. If you constantly think you can never get out of your current situation, you’re probably right. So why not think about getting out of that situation and what it would be like? Once you truly feel and have faith in those thoughts, you will begin to notice things that will help you achieve your goals and you will start working towards those goals.
Everyone knows they can lose weight and get healthy. You cut calories, eliminate bad foods and do some form of exercise. Sounds simple, right? Than why is it so difficult? Why do so many of us fail to see it through all the way and give up? As I’ve mentioned many times, the first thing we need to do is to stop believing it only takes 30 to 90 days or we can have abs overnight.
I read a great book by Brian Tracy titled Reinvention and applied some of his teachings that have helped tremendously, not only in eating and working out but in many other areas of my life such as finances, relationships and spirituality. The premise is to decide what it is you would like to be doing in five years and create the plan on how you get there. Sounds very simple, I know, but there is a lot to it! First off, you really have to want to get to your goal and you have to be passionate about it. But more importantly, you have to KNOW you can get there and have FAITH. And when I say faith, let me define.
This week was really an eye opener for me. As I’ve mentioned before, I have tried many of the quick weight loss fads. And they work! I would do them for as long as the program advertised (90 days, 30 days, whatever they may be) and I would get comments about my weight loss. Usually they were something like, “You’ve lost weight, haven’t you!”. Or, “You look skinnier. How much weight have you lost?” But I am getting different comments and twice this week, I got completely different compliments that I had never received before.
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:
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.