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One of the things I always have found challenging is to stop eating when I love the food. My habits have passed on to my daughter and she too eats past the point of being full simply because it’s so good. It’s not every food that gets to her, but pasta will make her go back for seconds time and again. Especially macaroni and cheese.
Looking at this photo, I think everyone can agree it’s a huge portion. Often though many of us will eat it, simply because it’s there. One thing I have initiated in my home is that when cooking for my daughter or me I only make enough food for one right sized portion. I make sure there is none available for seconds. I have other healthy choices if she says she is still hungry. Most of the time she ends up saying no, she just wanted more pasta. This small change is making a big impact. I know it means cooking more often as there are no left overs to reheat, but in taking away temptation to overeat, it’s worth it!
Here are some benefits regarding eating smaller portions I found on Fitday.
Decreased Calorie Intake
One of the most important reasons that you should eat small portions is that by doing so, you are decreasing the number of calories you are putting in your body each day, thereby reducing your chances of developing obesity. While you may believe that it doesn’t matter how many or what size meals you eat, but rather the total amount of food you eat each day that contributes to obesity, research has actually found that people who eat only two to three large meals per day are much more likely to become overweight than those who eat more frequent, smaller meals.
Maintain Blood Sugar Levels
Eating smaller portions more frequently throughout the day will also help to maintain constant blood sugar levels. Your blood sugar helps to give you energy throughout the day. Therefore, a low blood sugar makes you feel tired, sluggish and slow. Each time you eat, your body releases blood sugar from the food. If you eat small meals frequently, you will receive a steady stream of blood sugar, thereby preventing blood sugar “crashes.” In contrast, if you eat larger portions only once or twice per day, your blood sugar will spike much higher after eating these meals, and similarly will crash a short while later. This can be especially dangerous to people who suffer from diabetes or other insulin-related conditions.
Prevent Metabolism Crash
Another reason why it is important to eat small portions more frequently is that by doing so, you will help to keep your metabolism running strong. Your metabolism is a function of your body that works to digest food. By eating frequently, your metabolism will be working regularly, and therefore will maintain its ability to do work. In contrast, when you eat large meals at a more infrequent rate, your metabolism experiences large chunks of time when it is not active. When this happens, your metabolism begins to the slow the pace at which it works. This can result in substantial weight gain, and many potentially even lead to the development of obesity.
Prevent Nutrition Imbalances
Eating small portions several times per day will help to prevent nutritional imbalances. Research has found that people who eat several different meals through the day tend to eat different things at each meal, thereby getting a balanced diet of fruits, vegetables, fiber, lean meats and dairy products.
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So happy to share this post from guest contributor, DeAnna. Her story was very moving and inspiring. Hope you enjoy.
First off: let me say that it is an honor to be able to share my weight loss journey with you in hopes of motivating you to start (or continue) your own. As we all know, weight loss is no easy task. We all gain weight for various reasons: poor diet, inconsistent exercise, depression, health issues, etc. I have suffered from many of those I just listed.
I grew up as a “chubby” kid. Of course back then I didn’t care. Yes I was picked on from time to time. But I also teased kids for things so I never paid it any real attention. It wasn’t until about high school that I really started noticing my weight. I could never shop in the same stores as my classmates and none of the “popular” boys ever tried to date me. I know what you are thinking “even girls who didn’t suffer from weight issues went through that.” And you are right, but there is also something that makes my story a little different.
I was raised in a single parent home. It was just my mother and I. My mom suffered from severe depression amongst other things. Growing up and being her only child I was often the victim of her being unhappy with herself. In 11th grade, I tried out and made our varsity cheerleading squad despite my weight. It was a major accomplishment for me. However over the season my mother made it a point to tell me constantly that I was much bigger than the other girls and that maybe cheerleading just wasn’t for me.
I went through stories like this often with my mom and it started to have a negative effect on my self-esteem. In college after going through a very bad relationship I even contemplated taking my own life.
As time went on, I started attending church and I found strength through my faith, but there was still my weight issue. In college I topped about 230 pounds. At that point I felt like I would pretty much be on the heavier side for the rest of my life…but a few years later I would prove myself WRONG.
In early 2010 I decided it was time to put the excuses aside and finally start my journey. I finally had it in my mind that it wasn’t about trying to lose a certain amount of pounds in a certain time frame. It was time for an all around life style change. I had asked my father (whom I hadn’t seen in years until then) for a Nintendo Wii for the previous Christmas. I had seen all of the commercials for the different weight loss games and wanted to try it. So I did. I bought the EA Sports Active: Personal Trainer game. The cool thing about this game is that it had an option for a 30 day challenge to get you started. Although I wasn’t able to fully complete all 30 days consecutively due to Law School obligations, I was at least able to get excited about working out.
That was just the beginning. I took baby steps in my journey. Starting out with simple cardio and light weights. BUT the key to my weight loss was my diet. All my life I was raised on quick meals and fast food. I didn’t know any other way. Once I began exercising more it motivated me to explore healthier eating. I would spend hours on the internet researching things I was eating on a regular basis and finding healthy alternatives to them. Again, it was all about baby steps.
Fast forward to present day and I am down to about 144 pounds from my heaviest of 230 pounds. When people see me (before I even tell them about my weight loss) they compliment me on how toned I am. Those comments motivate me even more to continue on this journey that I have started.
After all, when I started it wasn’t with a finishing date in mind…I knew it was for the long haul! Once you remember that, working out and eating right will be like a walk in the park to you. As a matter of fact you will start to feel weird once you get off track. At least I do…
GOOD LUCK AND GOD BLESS
You can check out my story more in depth at: www.deannantaylorlaw.com/blog
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One of my favorite new shows is “The Hero: Created by and hosted by The Rock himself, Mr. Dwayne Johnson. There are lots of things I like about it, such as the way the folks have to push themselves past comfort zones and really face fears in many ways. Another is that it really refines the contestants through the temptations and seeing who will be true to the team and who will look out for themselves. The best part though is seeing The Rock in every episode, he is super funny and charismatic; but the real part I love is how he pushes the contestants to get through the physical challenges. He is watching them and talking to them and telling them to not give up, they can do it, find your inner mana (or strength to carry on)
As I watch those folks I have realized I haven’t found my mana. My inner strength has been on vacation lately. Had to use a lot of it through the multiple surgery’s and cancer treatments but somehow when I got well my mana went into hibernation. Thanks to The Rock I want to find that mana, dust it off and get back on the path of healthy living. It’s not easy, but I believe I can. Shout out to Dwayne Johnson @TheRock, would love to get one of those “get up, find your mana calls” would be awesome.
In honor of My Hero, I thought I would share some of his fitness tips from Men’s Health Magazine.
The Rock’s Rules for Reinvention
Want to become a better man? Find out how The Rock’s revelations can help spur some of your own
You’d expect to learn a lot of fascinating things from a man like Dwayne Johnson: his favorite exercise, say, or maybe how to brain someone with a two-by-four. But what about how to become a better man? Find out how The Rock’s revelations can help spur some of your own.
The Rock wants you to ignore his guns. To The Rock, you see, it’s what’s inside that matters, regardless of how imposing the outside might seem. And when a guy like him gets all touchy-feely, well, we think you ought to listen up. Johnson’s metamorphosis from brow-raising wrestler to curtain-raising actor wasn’t easy, and his five rules of reinvention can help you change your life for the better.
RULE #1: BUILD ON YOUR STRENGTHS
When I went to Hollywood, the only material I had was from wrestling. My ace in the hole was the monologues. I didn’t care about being the biggest, strongest, or loudest wrestler. I wanted to be the most entertaining. Sometimes the monologues killed. Sometimes it was like somebody farted in church. But that’s how I convinced executives—in very small increments. Suddenly I’m getting ready to host Saturday Night Live. Then The Scorpion King to The Game Plan to The Tooth Fairy to Be Cool, playing a gay, country-music-singing cowboy. Increments, you see? That’s the process. Be on time. Work overtime. That’s it.
RULE #2: FIND THE RIGHT MENTOR
I was arrested nine times by the time I was 17. Theft, assault, fighting — by all means, I should have been in prison. But a guy, my childhood football coach, cared about me enough to say, “Hey, I want you to come out for the football team.” He changed my life. Sean Porter, the character I portray in The Gridiron Gang, was just like my coach. Porter was a probation officer at a prison. He knew the staggering figures: 74 percent of the 97,000 kids who are locked up across the country will get out and end up right back in jail. The system was failing, and the kids didn’t respect themselves, one another, authority, anything—so he created a prison-yard football team. He literally changed lives. That moved me because, see, in real life, I had been that kind of kid.
RULE #3: TELL BRUTAL TRUTHS
Clarity is king: being very clear on what your intention is, on what your goal is. Just being clear with everything—and that carries over to being clear about my wife, my baby girl, my friends. I believe in clarity and communication. And when you have that, the truth shall set you free—and I know I sound like Preacher Johnson, but I’m tellin’ you, those are the most powerful tools we have in life: truth and knowledge. A lot of times the truth can hurt, the truth sucks, it can crush your ego. But it’s freeing just to know it. Make sure that everyone is very, very clear on things.
RULE #4: SAVOR YOUR FAILURES
Life is beautiful; life is tough; life is meaningful; life is sh–. I laugh a lot about this because I’ve failed a lot more than I’ve succeeded. It just happens that my big successes are recorded for public viewing. I’m an ambitious guy, because I’ve got great resources around me. Win, lose, or draw, my family has always been there to give me a soft landing: my wife, my daughter, my mom, and my dad. And so I always try to improve. The pace of life is fast—we’re on this treadmill that rolls every day, 24 hours a day, nonstop. And I don’t get a chance to think about things until I fail, and I have to figure out what happened.
RULE #5: KNOW WHEN TO SAY NO
My director once quoted a basketball player who said, “When you are not practicing, remember, someone somewhere is practicing, and when you meet him, he will win.” I think I jumped up and threw my table across the restaurant, it connected so well with me. But a lot of times you have to dial it down a bit. And I’ll give you a prime example. I’m shooting this movie here in Boston, and I took a red-eye out here Sunday night. I land Monday at 6 a.m., and already I’ve scheduled everything, a full day. At 8 a.m., we’re already working. Time to make the doughnuts, right? So I said slow down, because at this rate, going without sleep is counterproductive. At some point, you just have to get off that treadmill.
HOW THE ROCK STAYS FIT
“I get solicited by trainers from all around the world, and it’s very flattering, because these guys are well read on their line of work,” says Johnson. “But my answer to them is always, ‘If the day comes that I can’t kick my own ass more than you can, then that’s the day I’ll stop training.'”
His favorite exercise: SWISS-BALL PIKE PUSHUP
Get into pushup position, resting your shins on a Swiss ball. Raise your hips as high as you can as you roll the ball toward your body. This is the starting position. From here, bend your elbows to lower your chest toward the floor, pause, then push yourself back up. “You can do so many variations,” says Johnson. “Lift one leg, come down slow, isometrically hold the pushup, with your face 6 inches off the ground. It works your core, shoulders, triceps, chest, balance, everything.”
His secret superfood: LARGE CHEESE PIZZA
My favorite meal is chicken breast with brown rice and steamed broccoli. It’s clean and it’s simple. But believe it or not, a large plain cheese pizza is my secret. Why is that vital? Eventually your body gets used to everything. When you eat clean for such a long period of time, you need to break that up. For me, that’s a large plain cheese pizza every 2 weeks or so. Eat well, but have a pizza, a cheeseburger, or a shot of whiskey and a six-pack once in a while—you’re gonna be great.
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It’s been a little over a year since http://www.theweightrace.com launched. We have had some really great successes with our members. With over 50 prizes given out to members who have lost weight, it makes me feel good that we can help to motivate folks to work a bit harder to reach their goals.
In all this time though, here I am still overweight. I have been so focused on getting the site running and trying to come up with ways to help inspire others that I just didn’t focus on my weight issues. I think most folks that look at overweight people think that it should be easy for us to lose weight. They don’t get that it’s a daily struggle.
I found a great article on about.com that gives some insight into the struggle of losing weight.
Do you believe it’s simple to lose weight? If you listen to the weight loss industry, you’ve been told over and over how easy it is–just take this pill, follow that diet or buy this piece of equipment and everything will melt away in a flash. In fact, we spend over billions each year on weight loss products and services and yet we’re still overweight. In light of this, is weight loss really that simple?
Complex Problems, Simple Solutions
The idea behind weight loss is simple–burn more calories than you eat. This can be accomplished by replacing a couple of sodas with water and adding 20 minutes of walking each day. Sounds simple…and it is. If it’s that simple, why can’t we seem to do it?
There are a number of factors that contribute to our weight gain that you already know. But it’s not just about finding time to exercise or choosing the salad over the burger–it’s about genuine commitment to make healthy decisions every day….REGARDLESS of what’s happening in your life. If you’re not ready to make some changes, losing weight will be hard. Below are 10 things you’ll need to look at in order to get yourself on a healthy track.
1. Your Attitude. If you’re only on a health kick to lose weight or look a certain way, it will be hard to lose weight permanently. Why? Because, what happens if you don’t see results quickly enough? You give up. Weight loss is a great goal, but unless you have something else to motivate you, what’s to keep you going if the scale doesn’t budge? It takes time to lose weight–how will you motivate yourself in the meantime? Find more reasons to be healthy–having more energy, dealing with health problems or wanting to live longer to be around for your kids. Those are some darned good reasons, if you ask me.
2. Your Workouts. If you don’t workout consistently enough, it’s hard to lose weight. Yes, it’s possible to lose weight through diet alone, but you’ll likely hit a plateau. You don’t need to spend hours in the gym, you only need to set up a reasonable workout schedule that you can follow each week. It’s not about killing yourself with workouts–it’s about finding something you like and that you’ll continue with for the rest of your life. You have to be willing to be more active on a regular basis–not just for a week here and there. My Beginner’s Corner can give you some idea of where to start.
3. Your Eating. Changing the way you eat is another thing you’re going to have to do for long-lasting weight loss. You need to be willing to replace unhealthy foods with healthier choices–every single day. This might mean:
- Keeping a food journal
- Spending more time in the grocery store reading food labels
- Spending more time preparing meals
- Saying no to extra portions
- Making conscious choices about what you put in your mouth.
For permanent weight loss, you need to pay attention to what you eat and make good choices more often than not. Maybe a structured diet eventually ends, but healthy eating never stops…there will never be a time when you’re done eating healthy. You might feel you’re sacrificing the good stuff (pizza, fast food, etc.) and your life won’t be fun if you can’t have those foods. Guess what? You can still have them…just not whenever you want. Are you ready to make these changes? Are you ready to stop giving your body the most convenient thing available (and often the most fatty) and, instead, spend time planning what and when you’ll eat? Because that’s what it takes to get healthy…permanently.
4. Your Lifestyle. If you want a healthy life, you have to be willing to change how you live. It doesn’t mean changing everything overnight, but simply being open to new ways of doing things. Some things you might need to change for a healthy life are:
- Daily Routines. You may need to get up earlier to prepare your lunch or squeeze in a workout, use your lunch hour for exercise or go for a walk after work instead of watching TV. Are you willing to do this?
- Limits. You might need to set new rules for yourself limiting how much TV you watch or how long you sit at the computer. You’ll need to pay attention to how you spend your time and where you’re out of balance so you can add more movement.
- Your Pantry. I’m the kind of person who will eat an entire bag of Doritoes if they’re in the house. That means I don’t keep them in the house and if someone (ahem…husband) brings them home, he must immediately re-locate them elsewhere. If you want to be healthy, you may need to get rid of those foods you just can’t resist.
- Your Schedule. If you’re not willing to sit down and change the way you live each day to include exercise, time to prepare meals and time to nurture yourself with sleep, it’s hard to lose weight. People use busy schedules as an excuse not to be healthy…are you one of them? If you’re not ready to take responsibility for the schedule you’ve created, it will be hard to lose weight.
Your Surroundings. Sometimes, you can’t control the things around you. At work, you may be surrounded by temptations–donuts, vending machines and the like. That’s just one thing you have to deal with…but what about your home? Surround yourself with things that will support you in your efforts to get healthy. That might mean spending some money on home workout equipment, setting up a corner of the house for your gear or commandeering the TV a few nights a week to do an exercise video. Set up an environment that encourages those healthy choices and reminds you of them–just walking into my kitchen and seeing that bowl of fresh fruit is often enough to remind me of all the healthy choices I’ll need to make that day.
- 6. Your Support System. While getting healthy may be something you’re doing on your own, it’s a big help to have a support system. At the very least, family members who understand what you’re doing and are either willing to participate or help. If you have a spouse who wants to continue eating the kinds of foods that tempt you, you need a plan to deal with that so you can still reach your goals and keep your relationship together. Try to surround yourself with people who support what you’re doing and avoid those people (like that co-worker who always offers you a donut even though you refuse on a daily basis) who don’t. A workout buddy is also an excellent idea for support.7. Your Spiritual and Mental Health. If you have other reasons for being overweight–past hurts that you’ve used food to deal with, depression or other problems, it’s hard to lose weight. For many of us, food is a comfort and something we’ve relied on all of our lives to help us deal with emotional problems. If that’s the case for you, pinpointing those behaviors and what drives them is important for becoming aware of what you’re doing and why. A counselor can help you with this or take some time to read about emotional eating. Be willing to learn why you make the choices you make and to confront them.8. Your Goals. If you’ve set impossible goals, you are guaranteed to fail. Weight loss becomes hard to achieve if you feel like a constant failure…who wants to feel like that? If that’s how your weight loss experience is, it’s no wonder you keep quitting. The key is to set reasonable goals. So what is reasonable? That’s going to be different for each person depending on your genetics, eating habits, exercise, and metabolism to name a few. You’re better off setting a long-term goal (whether it’s to lose weight or compete in a race) and then focusing your attention on daily or weekly goals. Your weekly goal might be to get in 3 cardio workouts, minimum. Pick things you KNOW you’ll achieve so you’re always successful. It can be as small as you like, as long as it’s reachable.9. Your Flexibility. You hear a lot about lifestyle changes, but it’s daily choices that really test you. What happens if you have to work late and you can’t get to the gym? Or what if you get stuck in traffic and miss your fitness class? Any number of things can happen in a day that may throw you off track. The trick is to be flexible. It helps if you’re always prepared–keep some workout shoes in the car so you can stop off at the park for a quick walk. Keep some food handy so if you get stuck in traffic, you get a snack in before your workout. Often people skip workouts because something comes up and they simply aren’t ready for it or they aren’t willing to give themselves other options–can’t do 45 minutes? Why not just do 10? Something is always better than nothing.
10. Your Willingness to Fail. You will not be perfect every day. As a perfectionist, I have to say that is a frustrating concept for me but, the truth is, everyone (even perfectionists) has good days and bad days. On the good days, you’ll eat all your fruits and veggies, say no to that pizza and do your workout even though you’re tired. On the bad days, you’ll wake up late, forget to bring your lunch, have an extra piece of cake at your friend’s birthday party and skip your workout. The bad days will happen if you’re a human being. The trick is to never give up, even when you mess up. You’re not a loser just because you make some mistakes…you’re simply a person trying his or her best to make good decisions.
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Have you ever seen someone smoking and think to yourself, “Why are they doing that, don’t they know it can kill you?!?” I have thought that they should just stop; that if they became aware of just how bad it was, they would change. I just never really understood it was more than choosing to stop, that there is a chemical reaction that drives that behavior.
I am embarrassed to admit that, because I am allowing myself to continue to sabotage my health on a daily basis. I overeat, don’t work out, indulge on sugary drinks which has all resulted in a serious weight problem. Yet, until recently I didn’t make the correlation that I am addicted as well, my addiction just happens to be food. I just learned that more American’s die every year from obesity related diseases than all of the different cancers combined.
So what is it about food that make’s us throw caution to the wind and make bad choices? Experiments in animals and humans show that, for some people, the same reward and pleasure centers of the brain that are triggered by addictive drugs like cocaine and heroin are also activated by food, especially highly palatable foods. Highly palatable foods are foods rich in:
Like addictive drugs, highly palatable foods trigger feel-good brain chemicals such as dopamine. Once people experience pleasure associated with increased dopamine transmission in the brain’s reward pathway from eating certain foods, they quickly feel the need to eat again.
The reward signals from highly palatable foods may override other signals of fullness and satisfaction. As a result, people keep eating, even when they’re not hungry.
According to Dr. Pam Peeke in her book “The Hunger Fix,” “Food addiction is real. Our body’s built-in reward system, driven by the chemical dopamine, tells us to do things that give us pleasure: Creative energy, falling in love, entrepreneurship—even the continued procreation of the human race—are driven by this system. Unfortunately, so is the urge to overeat” Dr. Peeke goes on to give some advice on overcoming food addiction.
- Step one: Strengthen the mind. Peeke said people should identity the snacks they crave the most and then use transcendental meditation to reduce the urges.
- Step two: Trick the mouth. Peeke said there are ways we can replace our unhealthy “food fixes” with foods that are just as delicious but are whole, natural foods. Instead of reaching for the ice cream, Peeke said people should try a chocolate, cheery and almond protein smoothie, but instead of a protein bar, try a banana with peanut butter and instead of a cupcake, try a carrot muffin.
- Step three: Move your muscles. By working out regularly, Peeke said people can stave off cravings and reward their brains with endorphins instead of sugar.
I am looking forward to reading the whole book and sharing some of the advice and tips with everyone. Until then, please join us at our community where we inspire and reward losing weight and making healthy choices.
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I think one of the areas we all get stuck in is our habits. It’s a lot easier to just keep living life the way we have been versus really making a change. That doesn’t have to be the way it is, we can make positive changes in our lives. If you aren’t a member yet, please join our growing community at www.theweightrace.com Our goal is to help motivate you to lose weight and make healthy decisions. We have extended the free membership, so don’t miss out and JOIN TODAY!
Today, you’re going to learn valuable life lessons from Disney’s Wreck-It Ralph, Pixar’s Brave, and Nintendo’s Donkey Kong.
Who you were doesn’t need to be who you are.
These three characters spent most of their lives living life in a certain way:
- Wreck-It Ralph is a video game character whose job it is to be the bad guy. Ralph wrecks things just so that the hero, Fix-It Felix, can drop in to save the day.
- In Brave, a princess named Merida spends her whole life learning everything there is to know about being a queen, so that her arranged marriage goes off without a hitch and an ancient tradition continues.
- Our pal Donkey Kong has to constantly kidnap the princess, so that Mario can come rescue her.
Life gets interesting when this guy, gal, and ape decide that they’re tired of how things are going and want to make changes. Not surprisingly, they all hit a number of snags along the way attempting to change their fate – however they each found solace in taking greater control of their own destinies.
I want you to do the same.
Who you were
For thirty years, Wreck-It Ralph was the bad guy.
Day after day, he would do his darnedest to rip countless buildings apart, Rampage-style. And he was really good at it!
Ralph was a nice enough fellow and just wanted to hang out the good guys after work ended. Unfortunately, because he was only ever known for being a bad guy, Ralph faced a tremendous amount of resistance and ridicule when he tried to change the status quo. He was good at being a bad guy, and thus struggled to shed his image of the “bad guy that’s also a BAD guy.”
After thirty years, Ralph finally decided that enough is enough. Throwing caution into the wind, Ralph sets out on a journey of self-discovery, attempting to remake his image from who he was into who wants to be, and earn the respect of his friends and co-workers.
Up until yesterday, you were somebody too.
Every decision you made up until that point made you who you were:
What you ate
If you exercised
What made you happy
Where you worked
Who you hung out with
Like Ralph, you were somebody yesterday. You’re known to your friends, family, and coworkers as that person.
Like, Ralph, you can decide to be somebody else today, even if it means getting funny looks or “that doesn’t sound like you” and “why bother changing” comments from people who don’t believe that you can change. Prove them wrong!
Decide who you want to be
For more than a decade, Donkey Kong was just a bad guy too.
It was his job to kidnap the princess, climb atop a platform, and sit there like a chump to wait until Mario climbed up and kicked his ass! Like Wreck-It Ralph, Donkey Kong did his job to the best of his ability, because he didn’t know any better. He was great at being a bad guy!
Then one day, he decided he was tired of waiting around for his ass to get kicked.
So he expanded his horizons, went on his own adventures, and learned new skills. Donkey Kong pushed through the adversity and went on to have a wildly successful career, from adventuring and go-kart racing, to golfing and tennis…heck, he even went on to become a popular bongo player. Sure, he had more success in some areas than others, but he continually reinvented himself despite his troubled past.
Who you were yesterday doesn’t control who you want to be today. Like we’ve learned from the Rules of the Rebellion, “We don’t care where you came from, only where you’re going.”
Starting RIGHT NOW, you get to decide what you want to be when you grow up. I don’t care if you’re 65 years old and 400 pounds, you can decide you want to be whatever the heck you want, right now.
- Want to try parkour? Go for it.
- Want to become a great cook? Start by cooking your first meal.
- Want to become a kick-ass yoga fan? Go do a downward dog!
If Donkey Kong can play golf, drive a go-kart, and play the bongos, you can become whatever you want!!
Be true to yourself
“If you had the chance to change your fate, would you?”
As I learned from Brave: “There are those who say fate is something beyond our command, that our destiny is not our own, but I know better. Our fate lives within us.”
Change your fate, friend!
- Change your mindset today, right this instant;who you want to be and then start working every day towards that goal. The more specific you can be about the new YOU, the easier it will be to identify the steps and processes that need to happen to get you there! And then take it one day, one step at a time.
- If you’ve been the skinny weak guy/girl your entire life, there’s no reason you can’t change your mindset today!
- If you’re in a job or career that you dislike, there is NO reason you can’t pick a new field that actually interests you.
- If you’re in an unfulfilling relationship, you have the ability to find somebody that makes you happy and treats you with respect.
If you don’t like your situation, shut up and change it!
Yep, it might require you hitting the reset button and starting all over. It might require you to find a few new friends who aren’t only interested in hanging out with you when you eat too much and don’t exercise. You have only one quarter, one play-through of life – it’s up to you to play it to the best of your ability.
So, I don’t want to know who you were.
I want to know who you are and what you want to be.
In Pixar’s Brave, Merida is absolutely terrified at the thought of going through an arranged marriage and becoming a boring queen stuck in a chair all day making decisions.
She would much rather saddle up her beloved horse, grab her trusty bow and arrow, and go on awesome adventures around the picturesque Scottish countryside. In order to “change her fate” (must be read in a Scottish accent), Merida sets out to change her mother’s mind.
Merida realizes that the way it’s always been done simply isn’t right for her. Merida didn’t know it, but she was simply following rule nine of the Rebellion, question everything.
Conventional wisdom be damned, Merida knew that society’s notions of who she should be just wasn’t right for her.
- Two thirds of Americans these days are overweight – do you really want to be like everybody else?
- Most people chase quick fixes, fad diets, crappy “health meals”, and then abandon their goals just as soon as they start them. You care what those people think about you? Let them think you’re weird and boring with your “diet and exercise.”
- If a dad is obese, the likelihood that his children will be obese by age 9 increases by over 1000% than if the kid had healthy parents. Yup, that’s Three zeroes. If you want a better life for your children, start by breaking tradition and taking care of yourself.
Just because you’re predispositioned or “destined” to head down a certain path does NOT mean you have to. Sure, it’s going to be challenging as hell to change your routine and WHO you are, especially when you go against the grain, but it doesn’t mean it’s impossible.
- Ignore the naysayers and make your own destiny – You might have friends and family who tell you they don’t want you to change. They’d rather you stay unhealthy and unsuccessful so they feel better about not improving their own lives! So screw em! Nod politely, smile, and then go about your business of living a better life.
- Retrain yourself – Going against the grain means you’ll struggle to build those old habits and build new ones. It’s a challenge, but it’s doable.
- Patience is crucial – Do not expect overnight success. Don’t forget, it took you years and years (or decades and decades) to get you to where you are currently. It could take years and years before you reach your new “fate,” so don’t chase quick fixes and “too good to be true” products and services.
“If you had the chance to change your fate, would you?” You do, so do it.
What do you want to be when you grow up?
This post is from Steve over at Nerd Fitness, check them out if you can and subscribe to his blog as he has lots of great advice and puts into terms we can relate to!
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Over the last few years there has been a lot of talk about the law of attraction and how we need to focus on positive things in our lives and by doing so, more positive things will come to us. I firmly believe this and am constantly realigning my thoughts to be more positive, but what I want to talk about here is a little more obscure. I want to talk about each and every one of us finding our magnets.
As you know there are many different sizes of magnets. Small magnets can pull small things in, while large magnets can have amazing strength and break through barriers to pull something toward them; It’s actually quite amazing. A big enough magnet can pull something to them that seems impossible, and yet it does it with ease.
Let’s talk about this idea of your weight magnet. Most of the folks that start any weight loss program really want to lose weight, yet so many of us fail to realize our goal. It’s because our magnet is not big enough! Telling ourselves we want to lose 10 or 20 or 200 pounds and using that as our goal isn’t enough for our mind to create our own personal magnetic field. We need to really connect with the result of weight loss. By creating feelings around the success of the weight loss, we will increase the strength of our magnet! I am not talking about putting up a picture on your fridge of some super model or even your thin self and saying “that’s my magnet”, this doesn’t create a positive emotional connection. You need to sit down, get quiet and think about how it will feel when you can get those jeans on. Envision how it will feel to get second glances from the folks that see how good you look.
In addition to creating emotional magnets, there are also tangible things that can be your magnet. Going to your high school reunion, getting married, winning a million dollars on The Biggest Loser! Those are some awesome magnets right?
Here is your challenge, try sitting down where you can have some private quiet time and really find your weight magnet, identify the feelings around your success and then every day spend a few minutes focusing on it again. By doing this your magnet will grow stronger and stronger, and those barriers to weight loss will no longer stand in your way!!
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One of the tips I have heard from time to time regarding weight loss is to not weight yourself, to simply gauge your weight loss by how your clothes look and feel on you. Though I admit there are times I want to throw my scale out the window, I have come to find that it is vital to my dieting success.
When you think about it, your scale is really the easiest way to hold yourself accountable for your decisions. If you over indulge and eat that chocolate cake for dessert (OK so you do it three nights in a row) or you haven’t strapped on your tennis shoes for so long that they are collecting dust; your scale will tell you! I know there are always variables like water retention or muscle gain….but for the most part it paints a pretty accurate picture of what you are choosing each day.
An article earlier this year in Prevention Magazine advises us all to make friends with our scales. I know you aren’t going to be taking long strolls together or playing a game of hearts, but here are some great ideas to think about when getting on the scale.
Weigh yourself often (really!)
Out of sight, out of mind simply doesn’t work. In one study, daily weighers dropped twice as many pounds as weekly weighers—12 pounds versus 6, possibly because it was a regular reminder to stay on track. Meanwhile, dieters who avoided the scale altogether gained 4 pounds. And despite the common belief that focusing on weight makes women feel bad about themselves, scientists have found that tracking your weight can actually improve your mood by giving you a sense of control!
Don’t sweat fluctuations
The biggest culprit is water (and water in the food you eat). The calories in a liter of soda would add about 0.10 pound if you didn’t burn them off, but step on the scale immediately after drinking it and you’ll be up over 2 pounds; go to the bathroom and you’ll likely drop 1 to 1.5 pounds. You even lose water weight—about 2 pounds a day—just by breathing and sweating. Day-to-day fluctuations can be the result of eating a high-sodium meal or your level of hydration, while your menstrual cycle can cause changes all month long. Remember, no one meal or single splurge will move the scale’s needle in a lasting way unless it becomes a habit. However, a difference of 100 calories at every meal could add up to more than 30 pounds in a year—in either direction. (crazy right??)
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Good, you’re in the right spot. Here is your step-by-step guide to using to becoming a fitness Jedi master. Yes I realize this might sound a bit ridiculous, but hear me out. Instead of light sabers and billowy robes, I’ll be discussing how to get you in the best shape of your life…and into pants that fit.
You must unlearn what you have learned
Unfortunately, there is a lot of crap information out there when it comes to losing in weight and getting in shape. If your idea of a balanced breakfast is a bagel and a glass of orange juice, we have a lot of work to do. What about exercise? Let me know if this sounds familiar:
- Spend 30-45 minutes on a treadmill or elliptical
- Wander over to a few machines, crank out a few reps on various exercises
- Go do some crunches on a mat
- Drive home, drink a Gatorade, and feel good about yourself
Your heart is in the right place, but it is misguided. You might think lifting weights will make you bulky, hours of cardio is the best way to lose weight, and drinks like Gatorade and Vitamin Water are good for you. Young padowan, you have much to learn, so let’s start by forgetting whatever you thing you know (unless you’ve been getting your info from Nerd Fitness…you can keep that info). Luckily, there is hope for you yet. Once you’ve cleared your mind, I’d start your re-education here:
- How to not suck at losing weight
- How to not suck at getting in shape
- How to not suck at working out
Learn the ways of the Force
The Force is responsible for everything that a Jedi does and how he acts; it’s the life force that binds everything together. When getting in shape, you need to learn the ways of the Force and understand how everything in your life is interconnected:
- Your bad diet can and will affect your performance in the gym.
- Your poor sleeping habits can and will affect your weight loss.
- Your daily exercising can and have a positive influence on how you eat.
The Force affects everything around you. Exercising every day but eating and sleeping poorly will NOT give you the results you want (“these aren’t the results you’re looking for”). You need to find a good balance in your diet and exercise, focusing on actionable goals and results. Once you learn that everything is connected, and that everything you do affects everything else, you are one step closer to becoming who you want to be.
This journey willchange your life. As you start to change your diet and begin exercising regularly, you will start to sleep better and feel better. You’ll have a new found sense of confidence, which will allow you to exercise more in public and eat better in public. Every action you take will either lead you closer to the dark side (boo) or the light side (yay).