Thursday, August 13, 2009
Happy people tend to be found in the company of other happy people, while unhappy people are likely to spend time with unhappy people. You are probably saying, "Yes, that's right." You may have thought about this relationship before, or you may just now be scanning through a mental list of people you know and finding the correlation. Either way, it is a matter of personal experience that both happy and unhappy people tend to mingle with others having a similar degree of happiness. Why is this true? Are happiness and unhappiness infectious?
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Been reading "Choose Your Habits, Choose Your Life - 5 Secrets For Breaking Your Bad Habits"- Jonathan Lockwood Huie, and wanted to share.
He states that by nature, we are all creatures of habit. We instinctively adopt familiar routines for most activities. We eat about the same number of meals each day - at more or less the same times. We have a regular pattern of sleeping - unless it is perturbed by illness or shift work. Most everything we do is habitual.
Such as eating three meals each day, why is this? Why not two or five? There is nothing particularly "natural" about our pattern of eating three meals each day - it is just a habit that we share with most of those around us. Actually, a number of studies indicate that eating five smaller meals is more satisfying and healthier than eating three large ones.
I know that I will always have habits - things I do regularly and without conscious thought - but I do have the ability to CHOOSE my habits. Here's how...
1. Begin to pay attention to WHAT you do, WHEN you do it, and WHY you do it. One of the bad habits I fell into was eating a large dish of ice cream in the late evening. Obviously, "ice cream" was the "what," but the "when" was more than just "in the evening." "When" was times I felt stressed, hadn't had a satisfying dinner, or was bored. "Why" was mouth sensation, having something to do with my hands, and sometimes hunger.
2. Keep a journal of the "what", "when," and "why." Make an entry whenever you find yourself doing something that isn't really your choice. You will find that you gain better insight into the "when's" and "why's" as you get more entries in your journal. Soon a pattern will emerge that can enable you to find healthy habits to replace the harmful ones.
3. Look for other activities that would satisfy the "when" and "why." A hot bath for stress, hard candy for mouth sensation, a good book for activity, a warm bowl of soup for real hunger.
4. Make the undesirable activity difficult. Don't keep the cigarettes or ice cream in the house. When ice cream was in my own freezer, it was hard to resist, but when eating a dish of super chocolate chunk required a trip to the convenience store, it was much easier to turn my attention to other activities and a low calorie snack - if any snack at all.
5. Begin new habits not only because you need them to replace unhealthy ones, but also because they are the things you always wanted to do, but couldn't find the time or money. That book club or yoga class makes a great substitute for the eating or smoking, and you can more than pay for your health club membership with what you save on cigarettes.
Wednesday, August 05, 2009
Do not walk behind me, for I may not lead.
Do not walk ahead of me, for I may not follow.
Do not walk beside me either.
Just pretty much leave me alone.
The journey of a thousand miles will probably include a broken fan belt and leaky tire.
It's always darkest before dawn. So if you're going to steal your neighbor's newspaper, that's the time to do it.
Always remember that you're unique. Just like everyone else.
Never test the depth of the water with both feet.
If you think nobody cares if you're alive, try missing a couple of car payments.
Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way, when you criticize them, you're a mile away and you have their shoes.
If at first you don't succeed, skydiving is not for you.
Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach him how to fish, and he will sit in a boat and drink beer all day.
If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, it was worth it.
If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything.
Some days you're the bug; some days you’re the windshield.
Everyone seems normal until you get to know them.
The quickest way to double your money is to fold it in half and put it back in your pocket.
A closed mouth gathers no foot.
Duct tape is like 'The Force'. It has a light side and a dark side, and it holds the universe together.
Generally speaking, you aren't learning much when your lips are moving.
Experience is something you don't get until just after you need it.
Never miss a good chance to shut up.
Never, under any circumstances, take a sleeping pill and a laxative on the same night.
Now that you have had a good chuckle don't you feel better?
Wednesday, August 05, 2009
Is it a natural response or a product of society that when something delicious touches my lips, it creates an inclination to eat and eat and eat. Yes, I may be full but I just keep munching away. Why? Well, it’s tasty, (or that is what I have convinced myself.) And because it tastes good, I mindlessly keep going until my plate is clean!
Don't get me started on dinning out. It is almost impossible for me to eat out and be served a reasonable amount of food. And let’s be honest- it happens at home too. Super size bags of chips, party sized containers of ice cream for the non dieters seem to end up in front of me.
The truth is when one buys “ oversized ” or economic family size, you are only setting yourself up for temptation… and often failure. I know I have to step up and say, “enough is enough,” and mean it this time. I am going to do this even if it "kills" my family with good nutrition and healthy normal portions of food, not the portions society believes is the norm now days.
So today's motto: Pay close attention to my portion sizes-it really is a great strategy for weight loss even if it is tasty, less is best.
Tuesday, August 04, 2009
Here is something for thought. If exercise is the best way to lose weight permanently, why is it then that so few people use it. Did you know that according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, only 16% of Americans engaged in regular exercise on an average day in recent years. Most people trying to lose weight use diet as the main method to achieve weight loss rather than exercise. Yet, it's a well-known fact that most people that keep the weight off after years of having lost it are those that exercise regularly.
Ok so why do people have such a negative attitude about exercise? It is mainly because of the following…
1)When people start exercising they tend to do too much, too fast. This creates an association with exercise as painful and uncomfortable.
2)Many people try to do exercises based on what is fashionable or what they think they should be doing, rather than activities that they like. If a person doesn't like the exercise they are using, they will quickly quit and exercise becomes associated with something negative.
3)The more sedentary a person is, the less energy they will have. The sedentary person has a hard time getting going. The mere thought of exercise feels unpleasant.
4)The less fit someone is, the more difficult exercise feels initially. If the person is expecting themselves to exercise at the level of someone who is already more active they will become frustrated. These expectations and feelings can keep a person from starting to exercise.
5)Social factors can come into play with some people. They can feel exposed trying to exercise in gyms and other public areas. Feelings of self-consciousness can make them think of exercise as something negative.
Did you match any of the above? If so now ask yourself " How do I get rid of my negativity toward exercise? "
Here are some tips:
1)Start where you are. Make your experience with exercise a positive one from the beginning. Start slowly and take small steps. Forget about what anyone else is doing. Instead, focus on improving your own performance step-by-step. For example, you might start walking down the street in the evening when it's not as hot. Make the distance or time goal one that is achievable comfortably. Once you can perform the same task without a problem, go a little further or a little faster until you can accomplish that goal comfortably, too. Continue in this fashion.
2)Do what you like. Look for activities that you find pleasurable instead of ones that you feel are expected or are what everyone else is doing. Make exercise fun.
3)Think "Movement" instead of "Exercise." By replacing the word "exercise" with "movement," you're not only getting away from a word that is paired with negative thoughts, but you're also reminding yourself that you can be more active throughout your day - not just when you're engaging in formal exercise sessions.
4)Listen to your body. Strive to breath deeply but not so hard that you can't comfortably have a discussion with someone else at the same time. As you continue to build on your exercise you will find that you can do more while breathing comfortably.
5)Reward yourself. Praise yourself for your efforts no matter how small.
6)Make it a priority. Making exercise a lifetime change requires an attitude that it's a priority in your life and that you have an important appointment that can't be changed easily. Just say, "Sorry, I have a commitment at that time."
Learning to feel good about exercise is what is really important - it's the best fat burning tool available. Use it and you will be doing yourself the best service of a life time.
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