Sunday, September 20, 2009
I came across this short motivational story some time ago and placed it with my 'arsenal' of motivational quotes that I often refer to when I need motivational artillery in my battle with the bulges. I was going through my collection today and as I read through this story the thought of sharing it with my Spark friends came to me so here goes:
Struggle a Little - Then Fly!
By Author Unknown
A man found a cocoon of a butterfly, that he brought home.
One day a small opening appeared he sat and watched the butterfly for several hours. It struggled to force its body through that little hole. Then it seemed to stop making any progress. It appeared as if it had gotten as far as it could and it could go no farther.
So the man decided to help the butterfly. He took a pair of scissors and snipped off the remaining bit of the cocoon. The butterfly then emerged easily, but, it had a swollen body and small, shriveled wings. He continued to watch the butterfly, he expected that, at any moment, the wings would enlarge and the body would contract. Neither happened!
In fact, the butterfly spent the rest of its life crawling around with a swollen body and shriveled wings. It was never able to fly.
The man acted with well-intentioned kindness but he didn't understand the consequences. The restricting cocoon and the struggle required to get through the tiny opening, were nature's way of forcing fluid from the body of the butterfly once it achieved its freedom from the cocoon.
Sometimes struggles are exactly what we need in our life. If we were to go through life without any obstacles, it would cripple us. We would not be as strong as we could have been and we could never fly
So the next time you are faced with an obstacle,
a challenge, or a problem, remember the butterfly.
Struggle a little - then fly!
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
This is another one of my transfered blogs.
We've heard it said numerous times - Laughter is the best medicine. Is there any merit to this claim? Well, it has been reported that science has proved this to be true without a doubt! Laughter can de-stress and heal like nothing else can. Researchers monitoring the human physiology under the effects of laughter, concluded that it [laughter] also exercised the body albeit in a mild, but in a totally positive manner.
The effects of laughter are somewhat similar to that of exercise. Our physiology changes when we laugh. We stretch our facial and upper body muscles. Our pulse rate quickens and our blood pressure increases, causing an increased supply of oxygen to our tissues. This is very similar to the effects caused by a mild workout.
Science has recorded these positive benefits from laughter on the human physiology:
* Laughter releases Endorphins or "feel good" hormones into the blood stream.
* Laughter reduces stress. Endorphins are responsible for reducing stress levels. As stress is one of the principle causes of excess weight, increased endorphin levels in the blood can help reduce excess weight, or at least prevent you from packing on a few more kilos.
* Laughter can give you a mild work out.
* Am increased metabolism manages weight more efficiently.
* Improvement in breathing causes the body tissues to be oxygenated more efficiently.
* Enhanced blood circulation regulates blood sugar.
* Most importantly, laughter acts as a powerful anti-oxidant which boosts the immune function of the body.
10-15 minutes of laughter therapy in a day can cause you to burn 50 calories, which by itself does not equate to a significant amount of weight loss in a short time but combined with other form of exercise, a daily dose of hearty laughter can shift your outlook and put you in a more positive frame of mind that’s conducive to weight loss success! So without further ado let’s bring on the humor and funny stories!
A middle-aged Irish navvy straight off the building site was terribly overweight. Too much Guinness and fried food. So his doctor put him on a newly discovered diet.
“I want you to eat regular meals, anything you like, for 2 days. Then skip a day, and repeat this procedure for 2 more weeks. The next time I see you, you should have lost at least 5 pounds.”
When Paddy returned, his doctor was shocked to discover that he had in fact lost an amazing 60 pounds.
“Why, that’s unbelievable!” the doctor said. “Did you follow my instructions ?”
Paddy nodded, “Oh yes sir! To be sure. But I have to tell you that I thought I was going to drop dead on the 3rd day.”
“From hunger, you mean ?” the doctored enquired.
“No, from all the damn skipping!”
Slim Fast Weight Loss Joke
One evening a Husband, thinking he was being funny, said to his wife, "Perhaps we should start washing your clothes in 'Slim Fast'. Maybe it would take a few inches off of your butt!"
His wife was not amused, and decided that she simply couldn't let such a comment go un rewarded.
The next morning the husband took a pair of underwear out of his drawer. "What the Hell is this?" he said to himself as a little "dust" cloud appeared when he shook them out.
"Sandy!", he hollered into the bathroom, "Why did you put Talcum Powder in my underwear? "
She replied with a snicker. "It's not talcum powder; it's 'Miracle Grow'!!!!!!"
A Great Weight-Loss Tip
The biggest loser at my weight-loss club was an elderly woman. "How'd you do it?" we asked. "Easy," she said. "Every night I take my teeth out at six o'clock."
The doctor told Sardarji that if he ran eight kilometers a day for 300 days, he would lose 34 kilos. At the end of 300 days, Sardarji called the doctor to report he had lost the weight, but he had a problem. "What's the problem?" asked the doctor. I'm 2400 kms from home.
Monday, September 14, 2009
The following is a transfer of a blog that I had posted sometime ago under another username and page. From time to time I refer back to my old blogs for motivation purposes and so for the sake of cutting down on the time I spent on the computer, I have decided to transfer a few of them to this page that I now use as my home page.
Lastnight while surfing the web, I came across the article below. While this article is meant to be funny, it is laden with unadulterated truth and reflects a very common malady that plagues most of us that are trying to get to a healthy weight. Here is the article:
A Letter from Your Belly Fat
By: Craig Ballantyne, CSCS, MS
This is a letter from your ol' pal, belly fat. We had a great run this
summer, didn't we? Lots of good times, great food, and plain ol' sitting
around eating too much.
Well, I'm thinking about sticking around another year if you don't mind.
But you might need to get a bigger pair of pants, as I was thinking
about expanding my place down here.
So do me a favor, avoid that interval training you were thinking of
doing. The last time you did that stuff, I nearly had to look for a new
place to live. I felt like the Wicked Witch of the West in the land of
Oz. Did you hear me yelling, "Help me, I'm melting!"?
Instead, stick to that slow cardio stuff. Sure I get a little sweaty, and
the ol' brain up there thinks it's doing "a real fat burning workout", but
it's never enough to melt me outta here.
Another thing, keep listening to those experts who say strength training
doesn't burn body fat. Since research shows they're wrong, if you added strength training to your program, you'd practically need to throw me a going
After each one of those superset workouts you tried last January it felt l
like someone lit a match under our collective butt. I was burning up
But boy oh boy, I sure was glad you gave that up and went back to
just lifting utensils and not dumbells. Otherwise we wouldn't have
been able to celebrate another summer together this year.
Sometimes I wonder, what did you ever do in college without me, your
trusted belly fat? Back then, you were probably one of those people
that couldn't wait to get to the beach to show off your body, not like
Nope, stay in the shade and keep the cover-up clothes on, that's the
way to go now. Besides, its a lot closer to the cold beer and the BBQ
when you're sitting in the shade avoiding all the fun down on the beach.
Well, it sure was good catching up with you. I'm sure we'll be in touch
more often, as long as you stay away from that Turbulence Training
Brings a tear to my eye whenever I even think about that workout
program and all the belly fat it's burned. Heck, it's fried more belly fat
than a frying pan!
So again, if you want to keep your dear old belly around for another
year and another summer, don't use Turbulence Training - otherwise,
its all over pal, and you'll never see me again.
Belly Fat says, "Don't use this"
Your friend and spare tire,
PS - Seriously, don't go near that Turbulence Training program unless
you want to see me, Thunder Thighs, Manboobs, Jigg Lee Arm Fat,
and Luv Handles pack our bags and hit the highway.
It will be a sad farewell, and you'd be stuck with ripped abs, gorgeous glutes, and toned arms, and you know how much attention those guys get from
the opposite sex. Who needs it, I say.
"Your body is the baggage you must carry through life. The more excess the baggage, the shorter the trip."
- Arnold H. Glasgow
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