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Attitude, not aptitude determines altitude!

Monday, April 13, 2009

All of the self help speaker tout the value of attitude in facing all of life's challenges. In fact, there is no more valuable tool than attitude. Most people have heard the saying "What the mind of man can conceive and believe, man can achieve". Most people attribute this to either Napoleon Hill or W. Clement Stone, self help writers of the first half of the twentieth century. in fact this phrase originated with Marcus Aurelius in the year 4 BC so it has been around for a long time. As Panasonic would say, "an idea whose time has come".

Perhaps the finest example of the difference between attitude and aptitude is the comparison of two baseball players (Men love baseball analogies), Pete Rose and Bob Horner. Pete Rose had, at best, probably a little better that mediocre talent while Bob Horner might have had more natural talent than 90% of the players in the league. The difference is that Pete Rose always gave the mythical 110% no matter what he was doing. Pete Rose would slide into base head first in the All Star Game, an exhibition game which meant nothing but that was the way Rose played for his entire career. Bob Horner never really seemed to give it his all. He often appeared to be phoning in his performance. Were it not for the tragic flaw of his gambling addiction, Pete Rose would have been on all of the writer's ballot for inclusion in the hall of fame. People still talk about Pete Rose and whether he should be included in te Hall of Fame is a perennial topic of discussion (argument) during the off season when there are no games to watch. On the other hand, Bob Horner (Bob who?) has faded from the limelight and from people's memories except for the real aficionados.

Always give more than your best and nothing but good things will await you.

Attitude, not aptitude determines altitude!

  


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!

  


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