Winning by Losing

runningA common resolution at this time of year is to lose weight.  It may be for that summer vacation, that summer wedding, or for health reasons.  While we know that our outward appearance is not what makes a person, it has a huge impact on our self-esteem.  It is difficult to be at your best for yourself and others if you are unhappy about how you look.  When you feel look good, you are more likely to feel good.

There are many strategies to help people lose weight; exercise plans, supplements, special diets, personal trainers, etc.  Those strategies can all be very effective.  However, they can also be costly too.  Guess what?  It doesn’t have to be.  No matter the strategy, the formula for losing weight is actually pretty simple.  You simply need to create a consistent calorie deficit.  In other words, you need to burn more calories than you are taking in.  That’s it.  For example, let’s say you are taking in about 3000 calories per day before you decided to commit to an exercise program.  You may decide to eliminate 500 calories from you diet by eliminating a couple of sodas each day.  Then you would also burn 250-500 calories by doing moderate exercise 3-5 days a week.  With just that simple formula, one would be on the way to losing approximately 2 lbs a week, maybe more.  A combination of moderate exercise and a reduction in calories will melt pounds away.  While there is nothing wrong with special diets, personal trainers, etc., you can do it without them.  You likely have everything you need to have the body and health you so desire!  You can win by losing!

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How You See It: 3 Ways to Change Your Perception

half fullHow you see things is everything.  There are some people we know who suffer through some truly horrific circumstances in their lives, but are seemingly happy.  Then, there are some who that had a lot of things in their favor and are unhappy.  Heck, I remember watching a program where the person acknowledged they had a great upbringing:  loving & understanding parents, money, good schools, health, etc.  However, can you believe they actually said that having an upbringing that seems to avoid many of us, was a problem?  Really?????  Perfect example of how perception shapes our reality.  If you choose to see something as a problem, it is a problem.  To change our lives, it helps to change our perceptions.  Below are 3 ways we can change our perception:

  1. Spend actual TIME helping people. Notice I didn’t say spend money to help people.  Don’t get me wrong, giving away money can be helpful, but it doesn’t seem to provide the same sort of impact for the giver and receiver that spending time does.  You will definitely gain some insights into life when you spend time helping or getting to know someone.
  2. Read about people you admire. Many times, these people have overcome great odds to achieve greatness.  Their stories can be inspirational and, more importantly, provide perspective.
  3. Learn your history. In addition to reading about history, talk to those who have lived through different eras.  Understanding your place in a WORLDLY and HISTORICAL context will change your perception and put you on the path to finding your purpose.

Stay Encouraged! 12 Signs You Are Doing Better Than You Think You Are (Shared from Chocolate Vent Blog)

It is so easy to get wrapped up in what we don’t have and haven’t accomplished that we don’t always realize what we do have. It’s easy to feel like we’re not doing as well as we should, but sometimes we have to pay attention and measure our progress more objectively. Here are 12 signs you’re […]

via 12 Sure Signs You Are Doing Better Than You Think You Are — Chocolate Vent

Good Things Are Supposed to Happen to Me!

better-days-aheadI was watching a video of motivational speaker Les Brown and he instructed the audience to say “Good things are supposed to happen to me.” He recommended that the audience say this to themselves daily.  Brown then went on to say we tend to expect bad things to happen to us, so we need to affirm the positive.  Affirmations are designed to change our subconscious thoughts by constantly referring to them in our conscious minds.  Our subconscious impacts us in ways we are unaware of.  We tend to have thought patterns and experiences in our past which, if we are not aware, can undermine our conscious efforts to do better in the present.

So what happens when we start to internalize the message that “good things are supposed to happen to me?”  Does that mean everything we pursue will happen?  Of course not!  Does it mean that you won’t be disappointed?  Absolutely not!  This message is rooted in your faith in a higher power (God) and yourself.  People who believe good things will happen for them will start to become more perceptive of opportunities.  They will tend to attract those good people who genuinely can help them.

There is a flip side to this type of thinking.  If you truly believe good things are supposed to happen for you, then you will believe that if something doesn’t happen, it just wasn’t a good thing.  I’ll keep it real with you, sometimes this is a hard pill to swallow if you are in a desperate situation or have tried repeatedly at something.  It’s ok to feel disappointment, but we can’t let it keep us down.  In this day and age, we have many opportunities to overcome our circumstances and do well.  It can happen when we exude a faithful, positive mindset, with efforts to match.