Friday, February 26, 2010
And to be brutally honest until it hurts today..? I have been struggling so hard emotionally lately. I know at least 85% of it is hormone levels due to erratic menopause issues but none the less it still effects a body!
As most of you know I went for my bone density test on Wednesday and of course they were wanting me to step on the devil (scales) and I knew I was going got be up because about half way there my body decided to to go into a hormonal fit. I was so bloated and in so much discomfort if someone would have poked me with a needle they would have heard a definite resounding POP! Sure enough I was up TEN pounds!! You can imagine the horror! I could have cried, make that screamed!
Yesterday was a decidedly better day to say the least. And I know today is going to be even better Things have calmed down and I am ON TRACK. I've already completed one set of my exercises and am just now eating my breakfast and onto my third glass of lemon water. I've been up since 6.
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
If there was ever a time to dare, to make a difference, to embark on something worth doing, IT IS NOW. Something that's your inspiration, something that's your dream. You owe it to yourself to make your days here count. HAVE FUN. DIG DEEP. STRETCH. DREAM BIG. Know, though, that things worth doing seldom come easy. There will be good days. And there will be bad days. PERSIST. Because with an idea, determination, and the right tools, you can do great things. Let your instincts, your intellect, and your heart, guide you. TRUST. Believe in the incredible power of the human mind. Of doing something that makes a difference. Of all the things that will cross your path this year. The start of something new brings the hope of something great. You will never become who you want to be by remaining who you are!
You will never become who you want to be by remaining who you are! It cuts right to the chase and puts the responsibility for change right where it belongs doesn't itÖin your hands! If you want a different life, a healthier body or a better job, it wonít happen until YOU make it happen. If you continue to think and act as you presently do, what will your life be like in 5, 10 or 20 years? I think you get the message!
Saturday, January 09, 2010
All of us, at certain moments of our lives, need to take advice
and receive help from other people.
I have to ask, ďDo you want to change anything in your life?Ē I ask this because No matter where you are, regardless of how difficult things might appear to be, you are always being moved toward magnificence. Always.
And in those difficult times, most times we fight the urge to just give up throw in the towel. It's always there just under the surface, like a little red devil sitting on our shoulders.
So to help get us through that here are ten traps to avoid:
Trap 1: The instant gratification trap Itís truly one of the biggest problems in todayís society. We all want everything now, and our ability to put in the effort required has greatly diminished. You want change and you want it now! If you canít get it right now, it doesnít hold your attention. Thatís why we get in trouble in life to begin with: We fail to pay attention.
This belief in magic solutions also makes us susceptible to all the false promises that advertisers sell us. Buy this amazing machine or pill or product, and youíll have the best abs in six weeks! Donít fall for this trap. Put in the effort and time, and the results will come.
Trap 2: The "This is silly," trap If you can simply disqualify something as nonsense, then you donít have to follow through.Congratulations, you win! Now things can remain the same in your life. How do you know about anything, unless you try?
Trap 3: The agreeing trap You already do some of the things I mention, and you agree with them. Now you intellectualize the material while reading and think that by simply acknowledging it, youíre performing the tasks. That doesnít work; you have to actually follow through.
Trap 4: The Iím so smart trap Youíre so smart that you can read everything all at once and learn all the material. Can you go to school and learn a subject in one day? Itís in the continuous studying and discussions that you apply thought to the subject. Itís during this process that the material gets absorbed and translated into your internal language of understanding. Learning is a process. Respect the process, and youíll be the beneficiary.
Trap 5: The eager trap You like what youíre reading and youíre thirsty for more, so you read more until you're in overlaod and overwhelmed! . Can you go into a gym and get in shape in one day? If you try, you work out too much and get sore in the attempt. Then you canít work out anymore, and your eagerness has the opposite effect of what you desired. The timing of learning the secret has been thought out carefully for you. You donít have to figure out how much to do or what to do. All you have to do is follow the process as written.
Trap 6: The robotic trap Your intention is not really to make this process work. Youíre doing it but with no emotional attachment to the process. Like a robot, you do the Exercises but you are disengaged. As Emerson said, ďNothing great has ever been created without enthusiasm.Ē You have to get involved in the process and absorbed. You have to get excited, and you have to have the intention of success. Your intentions remain a subject we will discuss, but you may want to think about it. What are your intentions? Is your intention to make weight loss and change of lifestyle a successful part of your life?
Trap 7: Iíll prove you wrong trap I donít know why, I really donít! Some people get angry when given good advice and they want to disprove it. Theyíll participate in a process but only with the desire of showing that it doesnít work. If this your intention then congratulations once again; you win. If thatís what you want to prove, you can prove that. However, you can only prove it in regards to you. I can prove that it does work, in regards to all those who want it to. Let me ask you, what exactly did you win? As I said, I just donít get it.
Trap 8: Pick and choose trap You like some of the TOOLS, and youíre willing to do those parts. Other things you donít like, so you donít do those. In other words, you pick and choose. It doesnít work that way. Life works as a building process. If you pick and choose, youíre writing your own program and youíre not building what you need to be successful. Please, do it all.
Trap 9: "It doesnít apply to me," trap Great, you donít smoke, so you skip the Reading on smoking. Or you already work out, so that doesnít apply to you. Youíre not overweight. Congratulations, though sixty percent of Americans are. I can go on and on, and I can tell you that in fact, everything applies to you. there are mental connec≠tions that will take place. Itís all a reinforcement and layering process. Also, the real message is not always obvious til you read it. There is a Chinese proverb, ďMiss one step and you will always be a step behind.Ē Letís do this together, step-by-step!
Trap10: Iíll do it tomorrow trap There is another saying: ďIf you do what you have always done, you get what you have always gotten."
Listen, these traps, including this one, are your old behaviors and thoughts trying to take over the process. The point of change is to develop new behaviors and winning thoughts. In order to do that, you have to do it every day, In order to be able to re-create your life and make it whatever you want it to be, all you have to do is:
Follow the yellow brick road. Weíre off to see the Wizard...
-Leo Feist The Wizard of Oz
When we pull back the curtain, youíll see that there is no magic. Itís all about your own personal power and potential, the greatest resource known to humankindóhuman potential
Develyn Steele tools to Life
Thursday, January 07, 2010
What if you truly committed to change? What if you knew that your resolution of losing weight, getting fit or eating healthy would help save your life, avoid a heart attack or ward off disease? What if the shift you made today would allow you witness your son/daughter's graduation or wedding? What if you altered a destructive pattern or behavior in order to do more, give more - and feel better about yourself now and in the future? How deep is your desire to make your own dreams become a reality?
"Dreams come true when desire transforms them into concrete action. Ask life for great gifts and you encourage life to deliver to you." -- Napoleon
As humans, we often wait for a traumatic event to occur before we wake up and take action. This reactive mode is far from the most effective approach, but sadly, it is the most common. Sometimes, it takes a tragedy to show us what's important or a potentially fatal diagnosis to initiate a change in our behavior. This is a reactive approach.
The onset of a new year invites us to consciously choose to be proactive. To reflect, plan, vision, dream and create - with intention and commitment.
For this reason, New Year's resolutions are abundant. Unfortunately, the abandonment of these resolutions is rampant. More than 80% of people who make resolutions fail. Why? Sometimes, unrealistic goals are set, the desire to change is just not there, or the status quo is comfortable "enough." The extra weight, low energy levels, hum-drum job, poor self-care habits, lack of quality time with family - works on some level. But, how well?
If we are truly honest with ourselves - what areas of our life need shifting? Where is it NOT okay to continue with the status quo? In order to make real change, we must be willing to sacrifice, give up, release something and build our discipline muscle to stay-the-course. And, it may be uncomfortable. Change is uncomfortable. But, how uncomfortable are we willing to be to improve our lives?
"And the day came when the risk (it took) to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom." --Anais Nin
In business, analysis strategies like risk/reward and cost/benefit exist to help us evaluate the effectiveness of an intervention or change versus the status quo. This New Year, I invite you to look at the areas of your life that you believe need intervention. Make resolutions wisely - commit to those things where the long-term benefit is greater than the short-term cost.
What if you could truly change your life? What if you stretched outside of your comfort zone and used your discipline muscle to create what you want. What if?
Believing in you,
Develyn Steele Tools to Life
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