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You try hard at everything you do. It seems like you are putting in more effort than results.
If feels as though you are no longer being entertained by watching that cute little hamster running on the wheel ….
Because now YOU are the hamster…. and you feel like you are getting nowhere fast.
What is the solution? The common misconception would have you believe that you are not smart enough. That somewhere along the line you did not get enough training or schooling in what you are trying to accomplish.
So you tell yourself this is just what you have to expect.
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The one shift that changed everything
That period of personal development lead to many changes in thinking, but the particular one I look back on as being the “change that brought about all other changes” was realizing I was approaching life the same way perhaps 95% (give or take) of the population does, I was playing “not to lose” rather than “playing to win.”
As soon as I realized that distinction, I knew that any life played on defense could never lead to victory. I would have to consciously decide to pro-actively go after what I wanted and “make” things happen rather than sitting back hopingthings would happen. I took personal responsibility for my life and decided I was either going to “make it big or die trying.”
How Do You Play the Game?
That period of personal development lead to many changes in thinking, but the particular one I look back on as being the “change that brought about all other changes” was realizing I was approaching life the same way perhaps 95% (give or …
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Awesome quote roundup – Achieving Perfect Health
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1. “Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy wealthy and wise” ~Benjamin Franklin
2. “Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity.” ~John F. Kennedy
3. “The greatest wealth is Health.” ~Unknown
4. “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food” ~Hippocrates
5. “Just because you’re not sick doesn’t mean you’re healthy” ~Author Unknown
6. “Those who think they have no time for exercise will sooner or later have to find time for illness.” ~Edward Stanley
7. “If you don’t take care of your body, where are you going to live?” ~Unknown
8. Healthy is merely the slowest rate at which one can die. ~Unknown
9. “Garbage in garbage out” ~George Fuechsel
10. “Life expectancy would grow by leaps and bounds if green vegetables smelled as good as bacon.” ~Doug Larson
My life is a constant battle between my love of food and not wanting to get fat.
This just sums up my everyday struggles.
I LOVE FOOD!
I love trying new foods.
I love trying new restaurants.
I love the delicious home cooking I get often… and soooo much appreciated.
When it is so good it makes it hard to know when to stop eating.
Well this video showed me that I CAN actually eat a lot more and not have to feel guilty about it anymore.
Watch the short video that helped me to eat more without gaining any weight
5 Superfoods Packed With Goodness
The term ‘superfood’ is often thrown around when speaking of nutrition. While it sounds like something out of a sci-fi movie, it simply refers to foods
that are naturally packed with nutrients. Superfoods are full of good stuff that can improve your health and may help fight off disease. Here’s the scoop
on five common superfoods that should be implemented into your eating routine.
Don’t underestimate these tiny, tart morsels. Not only are they bursting with antioxidants, but they are low in calories and high in flavor. Blueberries,
for instance, have a high dose of anthocyanins, which give blueberries their color and may improve various areas of health. Anthocyanins are thought to
protect against glaucoma and cataracts and slow down aging in the brain. They may also improve circulation, strengthen capillaries, and improve memory. All
berries are full of good stuff like vitamin C and antioxidants and they can be eaten in a variety of ways. Try them as a topping to your yogurt or add them
to your cereal for an extra punch.
Many people aren’t excited when they hear the word “lentil,” but lentils can be spiced up in a variety of ways. Add lentils to meats to balance portions,
mix them into soups and stews, or try them as a yummy salad topper. Aside from being tasty, lentils are high in fiber and protein and can serve as a meat
substitute. They contain other nutrients such as iron, folate, and vitamin B1. They also have a low Glycaemic index rating, which makes lentils ideal for
Try oats for a healthy breakfast that will help you feel fuller longer. Oats have a low Glycaemic index, are high in fiber, and a good source of B
vitamins, vitamin E, magnesium and potassium. Oats are also high in beta glucan which has been show to decrease cholesterol absorption in the body.
A word like “fatty acid” might sound like something you want to avoid at first. However, omega 3 fatty acids are great for your health and may benefit
brain health, help eyesight, and improve the appearance of nails, hair, and skin. Oily fish such as salmon are full of omega 3’s and are packed with other
good things such as iodine, zinc, and potassium. Oily fish should be consumed 2-3 times a week in order to take advantage of these benefits.
The word “fat” often has negative connotations, but there are certain good fats that the body needs, such as the fats in nuts. Nuts are also packed with
fiber and protein to help you feel full longer. Additionally, nuts contain vitamins and minerals such as vitamin E, zinc, magnesium, and potassium. It’s
best to include a variety of nuts in your diet, as each has different nutritional benefits. Eat raw nuts if possible, as many processed nuts are high in
salts and saturated fats.
There are many other superfoods out there aside from the five listed. If you are uncertain of whether or not a food is a superfood, check the label. Look
for foods that are not processed but have high nutritional content. For fruits or vegetables, choose colorful produce with vibrant juices.
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There is nothing better than “comfort food” when you are having a bad day.
You go to the fridge and pull out that tupperware care package your mom sent over stuffed to the top with your favorite childhood delights.
You can’t help yourself but to also run to these when you are trying to feel better. Then you blame it on the meal when you start to gain weight and the term “comfort food” has now become TABU.
Well it is not the food that is the problem!
Turns out, when selected correctly, certain foods CAN, in fact, be used (in moderation, of course) to remove the stress of a long day or a fight with a spouse.
Do you know the warm, tingling you feel when you’re in a good mood? That’s the rush of the hormone serotonin being released from your brain. Serotonin is the “feel good hormone” and is crucial to battling stress. Your serotonin levels are directly related to your mood. The higher your levels of serotonin, the better you’ll be able to handle stress.
Serotonin is produced from the amino acid, tryptophan. Tryptophan is found in a variety of foods; the foods with the highest levels are:
- Calf Liver
- Mustard greens
Read more at Earlytorise.com
Why do you exercise? I mean really?
Think about what is your main focus when you head off to the gym?
Do you find that some days you are more motivated than others?
Some days not at all?
It is possible that you may have to rethink your goals.
Sure, we all want to look good in our swimsuits but is that enough to really enjoy the process?
“I run each day so that I may stay healthy.” Also hear: “So I can live long.” This works well if the Grimm Reaper, with sickle in hand, is chasing you down the street. Yet it is not so successful if death’s doorstep is a bit further away. Fortunately, the end of days is well in the future for most people. This reality makes striving for health a bit of a weak motivator. It is not within our headlights, so remains out of sight and un-motivating on a daily basis.
In this world instant gratification you can easily see we are all motivated by speed.
- We have convenient stores with drive-thru’s
- We record our TV shows so we can fast forward the commercials
- You can buy pre-made peanut butter and jelly sandwiches at the grocery store (we all know how sooooo inconvenient it is to spread jam on bread)
- Drive thru car washes
- We microwave steak
- We pay extra at amusement parks so we don’t have to wait in line (because the prices haven’t gone up enough)
We often neglect the motivation that lies right in front of us. In his article, Maddux grabs onto Eastern philosophies and suggests paying attention to each moment, embracing each step – being mindful. This can be a bit abstract, so an easy first step could be to remain non-judgmental while doing. Plainly put, save the analysis – the labeling of good or bad until the workout is completed. Go with the flow and determine the quality of the workout a while after all the sweat and self-imposed suffering has concluded. As the sneaker company says, “Just do it.” Analyze it later.
This leads to the reward that lies right in front of us…. good feelings and energy follow physical activity. There is no need to wait weeks until the scale cooperates. There is no need to trust that you have assured yourself one more day on this earth with each successful pull-up. The reward of good feelings is immediate and quite regular.
FEEL GOOD NOW!
Take time to really notice how fantastic you feel after a good workout!
Don’t you notice an instant rush?
Do you pay attention to how you mental state has been altered?
Well you should!
Besides just feeling absolutely awesome, which should be enough, try to find more ways you can find to feel motivated about each workout.
I ask you….
What other instant benefits can you get RIGHT after your done exercising?
I was told that you cannot “drink” you sorrows away.
I heard it was a bad idea to look for comfort at the bottom of a bottle.
Turns out I was, in fact, looking for love in all the RIGHT places . . . . so to speak.
Where can I find such elixers you ask?
Whether you are looking for something to pick you up first thing in the morning or recharge your midday work batteries, Men’s Health UK has got you covered
Best Daily Mood Boosting Drinks
8am: Early mood riser
“Low glucose slows brain function,” says nutritionist Angela Walker. Cranberries are packed with glucose and contain manganese to stabilise blood sugar. Blend a cranberry juice with yoghurt and pumpkin seeds.
Cost Ingredients approx £2.50
10am: Mid-morning energiser
Commuting might take the edge off your cheer. Move to the beet to revive it. “Nitrate in beetroot widens blood vessels, boosting oxygen uptake and giving you more energy,” says Walker.
Cost Beet It, £1.65 for 250ml
1pm: Lunchtime booster
“Poor food digestion allows toxins to reach your brain, affecting mood,” says Walker. The probiotics in supergreens counter these toxins. Mix them with tomato juice – which is rich in folic acid and aids mental wellbeing for a double boost.
Cost ProGreens, £22 for 15 sachets
3pm: Afternoon kickstart
The mid-afternoon energy slump can dampen your outlook. So quaff a sachet of Nature’s Plus Potent-C mixed with water. It contains B vitamins and the chemical CoQ10 – both of which bolster energy levels. Add an iron-rich snack like dried apricots to aid absorption.
Cost Potent-C, 65p per sachet
7pm: Mental massage
Post-gym dehydration can wreak havoc on your mental state, undoing the effects of your Potent-C pick up. “Coconut water hydrates you fast because its electrolyte balance is similar to body fluid, so is highly absorbable,” says Walker. Down a cup now for an evening of high spirits.
Cost Vita Coco, £4.18 fro 1 ltr
11pm: Happy night cap
“Blackcurrants are rich in zinc, which boosts dopamine levels and regulate your mood,” says Hill. They also contain sleep-inducing magnesium. Drink it hot: research has found warm drinks improve outlook by 11%.
Cost Cordial, £4.30 for 50cl
Have I missed any???
What are some of you favorite mood boosting drinks that ACTUALLY WORK?
Leave your favorites in the comments.
Who says “the perfect diet” does not exist?
How about a diet that says sleep more and you will lose more weight?
Ummmm, I think I can stick to this one!
A study over at Annals of Internal Medicine went out to prove this fact in a not-so-recent study that was conducted… thus making me strictest dieter in my household!
[box] Sleep curtailment decreased the proportion of weight lost as fat by 55% (1.4 vs. 0.6 kg with 8.5 vs. 5.5 hours of sleep opportunity, respectively; P = 0.043) and increased the loss of fat-free body mass by 60% (1.5 vs. 2.4 kg; P = 0.002). This was accompanied by markers of enhanced neuroendocrine adaptation to caloric restriction, increased hunger, and a shift in relative substrate utilization toward oxidation of less fat.[/box]
What does this all mean? It seems as though the more sleep you get has a direct effect on your metabolism as well as you appetite!
This is something I, at first found hard to believe. Wouldn’t you think that the longer you sleep the hungrier you would be once you arose from your slumber?
But if that is not the case, then waking a hibernating bear is nowhere NEAR as dangerous as I though it would be! He should not want to eat for hours.
It really starts to make more sense when you think about it.
[box]There’s not a diet pill on the planet that could accomplish what sleep did in this study, which compared two groups of overweight non-smokers on calorie restricted diets for 14 days. One group clocked 8.5 hours of sleep per night, and the other logged 5.5 hours of sleep per night (which the authors point out is a “norm” for people in this day and age.) Both groups ate roughly 1,450 calories a day. After two weeks, the people who slept more lost more fat than the group who slept less. More than half of the weight loss during the 8.5 hours of sleep was fat versus only one quarter of the weight loss during the 5.5 hours of sleep. People literally burned fat while they slept.
Even more startling, the folks who slept less lost more muscle (60% more muscle was lost by the sleep-deprived group.) Those three hours of lost sleep caused a shift in metabolism that made the body want to preserve fat at the expense of muscle. And that’s not all that happened: When the researchers compared circulating blood levels of appetite-regulating hormones in the two groups they found those who slept for three fewer hours had produced more of the appetite stimulating hormone ghrelin. They woke up hungrier!
Most of us assume our bodies burn more calories when we are awake longer, but that’s not true. The metabolic rate is down-regulated with less sleep. Translation: When you sleep less, your body starts to burn calories at a slower rate to preserve energy. In the study, people burned on average 400 more calories by sleeping for 3 more hours–that’s an additional 2,800 calories burned in just one week. With less sleep, the body seeks to meet the increased metabolic needs of longer waking hours by shifting into a lower gear, so to speak, that burns fewer calories and less fat.
Bottom Line: If you want to burn fat, preserve muscle and wake up lesshungry when you are dieting, sleep more…8.5 hours a night to be exact.
So next time you want to “kickstart” you new diet…. go to bed!
And when you start to get complaints that “all you do is sleep” you can smile and say “Its part of my new fitness regime”
[via Sleep More, Burn More Fat]