Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Okay, so you are thinking to yourself ... I don't feel like doing anything because I don't like how I look or it's too hard to do things. Well here is how to put the cart before the horse.”
Stop telling yourself that once you get in shape you'll start to do things: fun things, adventurous things. You need to start doing those things now. The sooner you start living your life and doing new things the faster you'll reach your goals. Imagine instead of an evening of TV watching you go for a walk with friends, or bowling, or join a volleyball team. How many more calories will you burn doing that? Plus, instead of reminiscing the next day with coworkers about the popular TV show, you can talk about how you won the archery competition or got kicked in the head sparring in taekwondo. The sooner you realize life is worth living, not later but now, you'll be closer to your health and fitness (and life) goals than you can imagine.
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.
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