Jami, I think that is a super idea! My heart has been in Atrial Fibrillation for the last three and a half years, and on bad days, cardio is really hard, because I don't get enough oxygen, but I've found that I can close my eyes when I'm riding on the stationary bike, or walking on the treadmill (I hold on when I do this)and start visualizing, and saying to myself that this is so easy, and most of the time it really does get much easier. Some times I can't focus enough to make it work, but when I can, I'm amazed at how much easier it is to exercise. It is easier for me focus with my eyes closed. If I'm in pain, I can start meditating, and either the pain goes away, or I'm unaware of it. I've read a lot of studies on mind over matter, and it is amazing what one can do with ones mind. I read of one study of a woman with multiple personalities, and one personality was an insulin dependant diabetic, but when one of the other personalities was in control, her body didn't require insulin. In another mulitiple, one personality was extremely allergic to orange juice, and would develop life threatening hives if it was ingested, but when other personalities were in control, the body had no problems with orange juice. I've, also, personally seen instances of what I would think of as super human strength under certain circumstances. When I was nine years old, my family was in an automobile accident. My sister, and I were thrown out of the car, and the back wheel of the car came to rest on my sister. This was a big, heavy Pontiac, and when my Dad found her, he lifted the car with one hand, and pulled her out from under the tire with the other. As I said in the earlier post, these things make me realize how powerful the mind is, and how important it is to keep it focused on what I want, Not on what I don't want.
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There is a phrase in metaphysics that I think sums this up real well for me. "Energy follows thought." When I started this lifestyle change, I knew I had to pay close attention to that formula if I was going to be successful. As a result, I decided if I spent more time being concerned about the excess weight, and how I was going to lose more, do more exercise, or keep off what I'd lost, than I spent on how much better I felt, and how good I was feeling about myself for making healthier food choices, and how much I enjoyed wearing smaller clothes, and receiving compliments, then the majority of my creative energy was going to be producing more fat, because that is where I would be directing the majority of my energy. In order to keep the majority of my thoughts directed toward being healthier, and thinner, I spend as little time as possible thinking about how many calories I've eaten, and how many calories I've burned etc., because all of that makes me think of being fat, and being unhealthy, and all the negative feelings that go along with that. I've been doing this long enough that the majority of the time I know, without having to look it up, how many calories I've consumed at a meal. I keep a mental tally of how many servings of vegetables, and fruits I've had for the day, and when it comes to the last meal of the day, I use up whatever calories I have left, and make sure I've eaten enough vegetables, and fruits, and that is it. I know how much exercise I have to get in each day, to lose, with the amount of calories I'm consuming, and none of that takes very much time. I quickly take care of the basics that I need to eat healthy, and get enough exercise to bring about weight loss, and then I put that out of my mind. That leaves a lot more time for me to work on changing my thinking patterns into ones that will bring an even more positive lifestyle, and more weight loss, and a healthier me. Bottom line---I have to be sure I invest more time on the positive than the negative, and I had to learn to determine what was positive, and what was negative for me personally.
Lisa, thanks, once again, for spending the time to find these thought provoking articles.
I know this is true, but I have a hard time beating it into my head. I also know that I really need to apply it. As you know, I've been zig-zagging and planning my numbers by the week aiming for a 7,000 calorie deficit through exercise and diet - the max recommended. Each week, I struggle when I increase my calories yet again, to offset my calorie burn to try to keep my numbers at or near the 7,000 mark. HOWEVER, I count only cardio calories from a 'formal' workout. I do not include Thursday housecleaning and laundry day, strength training, and other daily routines. I KNOW that I should. That's hundreds more calories burned each week which could effectively put my body in starvation mode. I don't want to drop my exercise level but, as I said, really struggle with up-ing those daily cals. For me, it's definitely in my head. When trying to lose weight, we hear so often the 'magic' number of 1200 calories a day. It's in my head that if I don't SIGNIfICANTLY reduce my food cals, I will not lose weight. Ughh. I've retrained my body for exercise and have a new mindset for healthy food, now it's time for healthy thoughts.
Being important is nice, but being nice is more important.
RealAge Tip of the DAY for September 27, 2007 Getting Healthier: It's Partly in Your Head
This has got to be the easiest way to boost the benefits of your workout: Just think about them.
Sounds crazy, right? But it was true in a study of hotel workers. Just 4 weeks after the room cleaners were educated on how their duties counted toward their exercise needs, they saw a drop in weight and blood pressure -- despite no changes in overall activity levels.
Placebo Effect at Work Changing bed linens, vacuuming, dusting, scrubbing the bathroom floor -- it's not spin class, but it is physical activity. And if you do physically active things with the right mind-set (namely, think "This is good for me."), it could translate into greater health gains. Just chalk it up to that mind-body connection to which so many other health benefits (like the placebo effect) have been traced.
Think About It You need only about 30 minutes of exercise daily to meet the surgeon general's physical activity recommendations. And keep in mind that things like pulling weeds, painting the garage door, and folding laundry count toward that total. And we mean literally keep it in mind. Couldn't hurt, right?
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