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Monthly Archive: March 2015

30 Days to Get A New Outlook On Life

Get A New Outlook On Life

So it’s that time of the year again? ‘What time’ you may ask. Well, it’s the time of the year where you decide that it’s time to embark on a new journey, turn over a new leaf or just become a better you. Now the real battle begins: voices that say you failed the last time you tried this or that, your mind says yes but your body says no or the infamous little red devil on your left shoulder telling you to go ahead and eat that piece of cake and the angel on the your right saying otherwise. All of these things can work to try to defeat you before you ever begin but this time will be different. In the next 30 days, you can work to significantly navigate your ship in the right direction.

As most people know, the mind is a powerful entity that can be used to bring death or life to whatever it is that we may seek in life. So if it’s that important, why is it that we don’t work to produce thoughts that are congruent with whatever it is that we desire? The answer is that we don’t understand the way it all works. We quickly try to change our actions before we change our philosophy. It’s been said that our philosophy (what we think) affects our attitude (how we feel) which affects our actions (what we do) which affects our results (what we get) which has a direct impact on our lifestyle (how we live). Notice that actions were third in line when it comes to how things work?

In order to accomplish any task you must change the way you think about that task. If you view something as overwhelming, grueling or unfulfilling, chances are you’ll never take the steps to go for that goal. The way to change how you think is by changing who and what you’re listening to, what you’re reading and who you’re around. There are plenty of audios and books teaching you how to do whatever it is you may desire-whether that’s learning a new language, changing your diet or your body or increasing your financial IQ but having the right mindset while listening or reading is the key. Everything else flows from there. Just start off reading 10 pages a day and listening to thirty minutes of an audio that is congruent with your goals and watch and see where you’ll be after 30 days. You may not even recognize yourself.

After you’ve began the work that it takes to improve your philosophy, you can confidently move forward with change in the other four areas on the lifestyle chain. Your attitude will have surely changed in 30 days which will affect your actions positively and help you get to where it is that you envision yourself being. The only person that can hold you back from any goal that you set for yourself is you so go to work on your mind and watch the rest of your life be the best of your life!

30 Days to Better Nutrition

Better Nutrition

Most of us want to eat healthier either to lose weight, gain energy, reverse illness or just improve our food choices and incorporate better nutrition into our daily lives. When we decide to change old habits and start a new routine we often sabotage ourselves by not being realistic about the time and effort needed to create a new habit. When we make too many changes at one time it can be overwhelming and discouraging. The first thing you need to change is your mind, your goal should not be perfection only daily progress. The second thing you need to do is give yourself 30 days to improve your food choices and eat healthier.

Day 1

When you are trying to eat healthier the first day will be a challenge, most of have a routine set in place that gets us to work, school or the kids where they need to be on time. Take some time the night before and plan your meals for the next day or for the entire week. Don’t make any extreme changes on the first day or during your first week such as eliminating all sugar or cutting portions sizes in half. The most important step you can take on the first day is planning a healthy breakfast with enough calories recommended for height and current weight. Most times if our goal isn’t met early in the day we give up and decide to start the next day, if this goes on for several days then its next week which then turns into next month and so on.

Day 7

Start keeping a food journal, this will help you track your progress and plan your meals. Most people are not aware of how much they are actually eating throughout the day. Set clear meal times: breakfast, lunch, dinner and a snack. During your second week set a goal to eat healthy for six days and include one cheat day. Schedule your cheat day around regular events with family and friends such pizza night, Sunday dinner or drinks with friends.

Day 14

Don’t give up, your half way to the finish line. Take some time to review your progress and pat yourself on the back, even if you swayed a bit from the goal. During week three eliminate fast food or processed food from your daily meals or both. If processed food shows up more than fast food in your food journal that should be your focus, be honest with yourself and don’t use convenience as an excuse to eat poorly. If your food is in a can, box or bag from the drive through, reduce these foods to at least three times this week. These are foods you should eventually eliminate from your daily meals or indulge in on cheat day.

Day 21

The one habit most people struggle with is too much sugar, usually from drinking too much soda. If you are trying to eat healthier, lose weight or anything connected to good health, soda is not your friend. A 12oz can of soda has 39 grams of sugar that is almost 8 teaspoons of sugar. Most people drink 16-20oz at a time. On day 21, challenge yourself to go 100% sugar free. Try again on day 23 and day 25. Don’t give up.

Day 30

Share your progress with family and friends, this will validate your success and inspire others to make changes in their lives. If you feel as if your goal wasn’t reached, start again, remember your goal is progress not perfection.