Surely you've heard the saying "We are a product of our environment." It's true, and it can work in your favor. The key is to rig your surroundings for success. Start by removing any junk food or other temptations from your kitchen. You can't eat what's not there. As you ditch negative items, replace them with healthful ones: Out with the potato chips and candy; in with the popcorn and walnuts. Post pictures that inspire you-a bowl full of ripe fruit, a lush park that says "Let's go running!"-on your computer, or put inspirational quotes on the sun visor of your car. Wherever you look, you'll have signposts and resources that reinforce good-for-you behavior.
Jot down the reasons you want to change and all of the benefits that will come from making that change. If you know the why, you can tolerate any how. Skinny jeans, meeting your grandchildren's children...these are all worthy reasons to eat your broccoli and hit and StairMaster. Keep the list in a place where you can review it daily, such as on the bathroom mirror or the refrigerator.
Next time you're staring at the pastry case, willing yourself not to order a piece of cake, make a fist.
A new study finds that when your self-control is tested, tightening your muscles can nudge you toward the healthier option. People often tense their muscles when exerting willpower, so doing so in the face of temptation helps them resist the indulgence. It doesn't matter which muscle you use, but timing is key. Wait for the moment you have to make a decision, or it's not as effective.
Our eagle watch trip started with a visit to our usual rest stop along the way where I took Cliff's picture with his namesake.
Then it was on to the Quad Cities where we ate breakfast at our usual place - Ross's in Bettendorf. Yummmmm!!
Then we went to Dam & Lock #14 where we traditionally get to see the eagles in their protected area - they are usually flying around and fishing in the Mississippi and then perching in the trees to eat their catch. This time, we only got to see a few eagles - they weren't active - just sitting in the trees. I took some pictures with my iPhone - the first one is my favorite. The eagle decided to take wing literally JUST as I took the picture!
After that, we went to the Putnam Museum to see "Across the Sea of Time 3D" and take a fun picture:
Then we ate "Lupper" at Famous Dave's - double YUM!