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Happy Easter!

Sunday, April 12, 2009

What a glorious time Easter is! It looks as if spring has finally arrived and once again the world rises from its slumber, dons it's finery and blossoms forth. Easter marks a time of new beginnings.

We each have a chance at a new beginning each and every morning. Upon arising take a few minutes and reflect on what you have and be thankful for it. Even if your glass appears to be half empty, the half that isn't empty is full. There is something in your life to be thankful for, find it!

Next, plan to make today happen in such a way that you will have something else to be thankful for tomorrow! Maybe the scale will go down a few tenths of a pound! Maybe those pants won't be quite so tight! Maybe some of the aches and pains will have gone away! Maybe you will have been able to walk a block farther than yesterday! It doesn't have to be a big thing. Be thankful for the small things and the big things will happen!

Happy Easter!

  


Imagine!

Saturday, April 11, 2009

The most powerful nation in the world today is imagination!

There is nothing that happens but that thinking makes it so. Our minds and our imaginations are the most powerful tools we have available to ourselves and to our weight loss program. Mindset is the most important factor. Do you think of yourself as a (insert number) pound person who has to loose 40 pounds or do you think of yourself as a (insert number) person who is temporarily carrying around an additional 40 pounds. The difference is where your mind is.

In the first instance, you are having to part with a portion of your body. Your mind thinks of you as the heavier person and when you have managed to shed the 40 pounds, you subconscious thinks a part of you is missing and goes to work to put it back.

If, however you take the second attitude, you are not giving up a part of yourself but shedding some excess baggage you have been temporarily carrying and when you have shed those 40 pounds, your subconscious thinks you are home and welcomes you and allows you to remain at the new weight because that is what your are supposed to weigh.

Vividly imagine yourself at your goal weight. Paint the picture in your mind. Do like the yogurt commercial, hang the bikini where you can see it. Remember, if you can see it you can be it.

Imagine!

  


Maintain balance!

Friday, April 10, 2009

My blog yesterday was entitled "Seek Balance" and referred to balancing all aspects of your life. Today I will continue on the balance theme but restrict it to one aspect, eating and weight maintenance.

Through the first forty years of my life, I was pretty much chronically underweight. At 6'-1" and 150 pounds weight was never much of a problem. Then I hit forty. people tell you your metabolism slows down at forty. This is a lie. It absolutely stops. Then when you get to be fifty, it reverses itself and not only doesn't burn off the calories as fast, it finds a way to take the 100 calories you eat and convert it into 150 equivalent calories in excess weight!

I have not tried every diet and eating regimen on the market by a long shot but I have observed many of them. Everybody has a gimmick! If you take these pills or drink these drinks or don't eat any carbs, or don't eat any proteins, or don't eat any fats, or don't eat anything, you will loose weight, GUARANTEED!

Of all of the programs available, the only ones that work, long term, are Weight Watchers and Spark People. Why is this? Because both of these programs and only these programs consist of monitoring a reasonable eating regimen. The important thing is that once you get into the eating regimen espoused by these programs, you can continue them for a lifetime.

The Atkins diet, carb free, works miraculously for a while but how long can you live without carbs? The Atkins program depends on creating a chemical imbalance (ketosis) in your body which results in a rapid burning of the fat deposits. But, you cannot go on forever without eating carbs and when you put carbs back into your eating plan, your body goes out of ketosis and the fat returns, with a vengeance. My observation is that Post Atkins weight gain is faster than with other programs.

Liquid meal replacements work short term too but sometimes you just have to have something you can chew! After you have achieved your goal on a liquid meal substitute plan, you go back to eating real food. the problem is that you have not cultivated good eating habits and return to the same bad eating habits that pushed you into the liquid meal plan in the first place.

Balance is the key. Fats, proteins and carbs all have a place in the operation of the human body and must be taken to live healthy. Keep the balance and do not let one over power the other two. Maybe 33-33-33 is right for you. Maybe the 40-40-20 program touted by The Zone works for you. Pick out a proportion and follow it for a week. Do you feel better or worse. If you feel better, good. If you feel worse, adjust the proportions and try again. What works for me might not work for you, you must listen to your body and find your own personal balance.

Maintain balance!

  


Seek balance!

Thursday, April 09, 2009

Zig Ziglar's Daily Insight contained the following quote this morning:

"Many people like to think that they'll find balance AFTER they find success. But in reality, achieving balance IS success."

Balance is an important factor in all of our lives. Self-help gurus are always touting balance and stating that out lives are a spoked wheel and the spokes are the various aspects of our lives including business, family, friends, financial, spiritual etc. depending on who is presenting the program there can be as many as twelve spokes.

Consider if all of the spokes are about equal, then the wheel is round and rolls easily but if there is too much emphasis on one phase of our lives and not on the others, then the wheel gets out of round and it does not roll well, if at all. We must each take stock of the various aspects of our lives and strive to obtain balance so that the wheel of our lives will roll smoothly.

Seek Balance!

  


If you can see it you can be it!

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Many people say "I'll believe it when I see it". In fact the converse is true. "You will see it when you believe it" is a lot closer to the truth. I believe I have posted before that Mike Vance who was the dean of Disney University which trains new Disney employees says that almost daily people comment that Walt Disney World in Florida is fantastic and it's a shame that Walt Disney did not live long enough to see it. He says he always replies that Walt did see it, that's why it's there!

The human mind is a fantastic machine but the subconscious mind cannot tell the difference between something that actually happen and something that is vividly imagined. Fill your mind with thoughts and pictures of what you want to happen. It seem silly but you can hasten your weight loss by seeing yourself as the lighter person you want to be. Find photographs of people who are the weight and proportion to which you aspire. Photoshop your head on to these bodies and look at the pictures several times daily. This will fill your mind and your subconscious with the pictures of the lighter slighter you. Your subconscious mind will adjust your metabolic set points to those necessary to maintain the body in the pictures and you will be on your way. This is not a substitute for healthy eating and a sensible exercise regimen but an additional aid to reach you goal.

If you can see it you can be it!

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

SUSMAX 4/8/2009 9:41AM

    The last time you posted this, I said I saw myself winning the weight loss challenge I was competing in. Last night I won it, and the $600.00 prize. Just thought I'd let you know!

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