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.
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.
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.”
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!
I 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.