What are you fitness goals for the coming years? I’ve been working on a dieting plan, rather a lifestyle change. I hate the terminology diet. Many people do and I don’t blame them. After all, it has the word “die” in it. Whereas, lifestyle has the word “life” in it.
I think the biggest problem with Lifestyle Changes, is that people cut out too much. At least at the start. By cutting out high fat foods, that doesn’t mean you can’t have fat, or can only have low fat foods. In fact, you’ll want the majority of your foods to be moderate fat intake, not low fat. Low fat is just as bad as high fat.
I’ve been working on a list of things that I want to cut out and limit this morning. So far so good, here’s what I have for the time being…
Limit – one slice of bread per day.
Limit – small dessert sizes.
Limit – meat intake, small portions, 2-3 times a week.
Limit – refined carbohydrates.
Zero – high fat foods, such as bacon.
Zero – high carbohydrate snacks, such as cake.
Doing these things will go a long way to help aid the weight loss. Also, building muscle will burn more calories. Another thing you’ll want to cut back on is the amount of Sugar. If you drink a lot of Soda, you’re bringing in a ton of Sugar. That alone could be making you fat. I would say no more than about one Soda a day. That’s a 12 ounce can size. Not a 1 liter bottle.
Many people assume that they need a lot of carbohydrates to stay healthy. The problem with that is, far too many people trust the government to make smart choices for them. That’s not always the case. In fact, if you’ve watched the Documentary – Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead, you’ll find out that we need fewer carbohydrates than we’re told.
Why so many carbs? Simple, money. If you traced back the money trail, you’ll more than likely find a trail leading to big bread and grain manufactures. If they didn’t have these high daily recommendations, people wouldn’t buy as much bread and grain. In the Documentary above, he recommends limiting your carbs to 100g or less per day. You especially don’t want to have a lot of refined carbs, such as white bread.
There are also a few things you can do to help lose weight. These include taking Sunflower Seeds and Safflower Oil. Those two substances cause the body to release stored fat. Take 3 Tablespoons daily of Sunflower Seeds to lose the fat, even without exercising. Just be sure to watch your calorie intake and eat healthy.
Many people go through life believing that they don’t have enough. That there isn’t enough to go around in this world. That the world is over populated. Well, guess what? It’s not.
One of the many things I’ve learned from watching “The Secret” is that there is plenty in this world. There is always enough to go around. No matter if it’s Money or Food. We determine our fate by our thoughts.
For example, if you’re always thinking about debt, guess what, it’s going to continue to pile up or you won’t be able to get out of it. However, if you started thinking about Money all the time, more doors would open than close. But don’t just think about money, imagine, visualize yourself actually having that money. The Universe gives us what we think about.
Controlling your thoughts are very important if you want to succeed in today’s world. If you’re happy working a 9-5 job and doing the same thing over and over on a daily basis, which I’m sure you’re probably not, then fine, have at it. There are those who will, and those who don’t. Brings a who new meaning to will doesn’t it? What will you Will into your life?
I’ve created an Abundance list that I use on a daily basis. This list reassures me that there is plenty in the world and there is. You can use this list if you wish, or create your own Abundance list.
There is an abundance of Money.
There is an abundance of Food.
There is an abundance of Health.
There is an abundance of Life.
There is an abundance of All.
There is an abundance of Love.
There is an abundance of Happiness.
There is an abundance of Success.
There is enough for everyone.
These are all things that I want more of in my life. You too can have more of these. By affirming that there is enough, you’re also visualizing, which helps aid your visualization process. Change truly does start within. What are you going to start changing?
Dance In The Rain
I dance in the rain with thee.
For your mind and soul set me free.
Laughter and love on this night.
Together, we will not be fright.
Standing against the storm.
This is how love does form.
I cherish this moment for all time.
And hope I never turn into a lime.
For when that happens, all is lost.
Love is always the last to be tossed.
I will always remember you.
Even if it means, that I’ll turn blue.
Despite the fact, we’re worlds apart.
Only you can have my heart.
Changing Winds Prevail
The world around me is narrow and thin.
This is not something, I can easily win.
Chaos and the hectic abound in this wood.
Though I look around and see much good.
People are skeptic and thus they can’t see.
The world around them is already free.
From the lies and turmoil of their lives.
The passion and love, that’s what drives.
For they know the secret, from within.
That the thoughts have always been.
They strive for all they’ve done.
All you can think of is a pun.
Open your eyes, so you can see.
Change always starts within thee.
Some people might think it’s hard to come up with enough things to be grateful for. However, if you think enough, you’ll come up with plenty of ideas. It’s easier than you think. I’ll show you why.
In life, there are many things to be grateful for and we can break those down into several things as well. When I first started making a Grateful list, it was short, but it steadily grew. Success can be broken down into multiple things to be Grateful for. As much, so can Happiness, for example, what makes you happy, that’s something you’re Grateful for.
Here is a list of 20 things that I’m Grateful for and why:
I am Grateful for the Internet – it’s a medium for me to escape reality.
I am Grateful for knowledge – knowledge is power and truth.
I am Grateful for the Earth – without it, I wouldn’t be here.
I am Grateful for Life – it’s better to be living than to be dead.
I am Grateful for Error – no one is perfect and if I make a mistake, I learn from it.
I am Grateful for Food – much of it taste good and it’s my energy.
I am Grateful for Culture – with so much variety, there is a lot to do.
I am Grateful for Music – it lifts my spirits and I’m happiest when I sing.
I am Grateful for Children – can’t help but smile when they’re around.
I am Grateful for Family – having a family that stands by you is important.
I am Grateful for Time – without it I wouldn’t be able to do what I want to do.
I am Grateful for Money – some things are just worth having.
I am Grateful for Friends – true friends are hard to come by.
I am Grateful for Happiness – without it, the world would be boring.
I am Grateful for a Creative Mind – creativity gives life to the world.
I am Grateful for Energy – without the energy I do have, couldn’t do the things I want.
I am Grateful for Science – learning new discoveries is a great feeling.
I am Grateful for Success – we all have some for of success, it’s not always about money.
I am Grateful for The Secret – that movie changed my life, the way I think, and the direction I’m heading.
I am Grateful to be an INTJ – a rare personality type is something to treasure.
There you have it, 20 things that I’m Grateful for and reasons why. You can see how many of them actually overlap. Your list doesn’t have to be as big either, it can be a small list of 5-10 things you’re Grateful for.
Gratitude list are great because you can look at them everyday and be reminded of the things that you are Grateful for. Perhaps over time, you’ll find a few more.
Have you ever sat there on the sidelines and just watched something happen? Perhaps you’re watching it for enjoyment, or perhaps you’re watching it to learn something? Either way, many people have sat on the sidelines of life and just watched. But, most of the time it’s for a short period of time. What happens when someone has the time to sit there for years and just watch life pass them by?
That was me for the longest time, I just sat there and watched life pass me by. I’m sure you’ve heard the saying “Just One More vs Tomorrow?” I was the Tomorrow guy, always made sure that I had other things to do. My interest kept me busy, and these interest ranged from: Video Games, Culture, Food, Technology, Music, Youtube. Yep, I wasted away a lot of time on the web. Heck, I still do, but at least this time, I’m moving towards a goal.
Social media has had an impact in my life like nothing else has. Sharing my poetry and my blog post with others has giving me something to look forward to. When you have people adding you to their list of favorite poets, there is something there. It means that you have a way with words. I’ve been told that I have the greatest ability to say so much with so little. In fact, easy/simple poetry is often some times the hardest to write, because you’re trying to find the right word to fit in the equation.
My best poems though always come out right then and there. No time wasted writing, no time wasted thinking. It’s just there in a matter of a few minutes or less. Some say that’s a gift with words, others say it’s a gift of thought. Perhaps my imagination is much more than it seems.
When you’ve been sitting on the sidelines for a while, you have time to think, you have time to reflect. How much time do you have to do that in any given day? This down time, has given rise to many thoughts and ideas. While some of them are farfetched, others are golden gems ready to be plucked. Perhaps it’s time for us to set aside time, for time’s sake?
Poets and Writers aren’t smart because we were born smart. It’s because we’ve had the time to muse and think about things no one has dared to think about. All throughout my life, I’ve had very few friends. I could count all my friends at any given time, on my right hand alone. In fact, right now in life, I really only have one proper friend and that’s my cousin. I think it’s about time I changed that.
The world is a big place, lots of things to see and do. There are people to meet and food to taste. If there is one thing I’ve learned through Social Media and Empire Avenue, it’s that you have to be a “Just One More” kind of person to get ahead. I choose to be that One More. Just tonight, I was debating with a friend whether or not I should create a community forum. With her encouraging me too be that Just One More, I created that Forum tonight. It’s not public yet because I have a few things to add to it, but it’s there.
Now, there’s just one more thing I have to do tonight before I log. I’ve got to at least add one new video to my Youtube channel. You can find my Youtube channel below. Perhaps together we can all be that “Just One More” person that we all should be.
Many people assume that they have “Nothing to Lose and Nothing to Gain.” In fact, You have “Everything to Lose and Everything to Gain.” When you stop being you, you stop seeing with your eyes. When you sit on the sidelines, you learn to see again. When you stop procrastinating, you become someone you never thought you would. Join me today and Start Living.
You’ve got that idea and you want to make happen. How do you go about it? Well, sitting on your butt all day won’t help.
It helps to get out of the house once in a while. Give yourself some time away from the computer or what ever you happen to be doing. Go for a walk, bike ride, or run. It’ll help you cool off and relieve stress. This tactic works for me quite often. I feel exhausted but refreshed at the same time. If you know what I mean.
After a short break to rest up, I’m ready to go back at my planning.
Now that you’ve had a chance to relax and do something different for a change, it’s time to start putting things all together. You need a plan to help you get that plan going. In other words, you have to create a plan to get yourself off the ground. This is the second step and very important.
Without a strategy to get off the ground, you may as well hang it up. This is where a lot of people fail. Trust me, I know a thing or two about failing. Idea after idea, excuse after excuse, and what do I have to show for? Nothing. This is my attempt at actually making something work for a change. Now I need a strategy.
Where do you want to go?
First off, we have to figure out where we want to go. I’ve decided on England. I want to see various parts of England, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland. The UK is a great place to start. Lots to do, lots to see. When I’m done with the UK, I’ll head off to Scandinavia. Very beautiful country lies in Scandinavia. Much untouched beauty there.
Not only do we have to know where we want to go, but we have to know what we want to do. The basics I know. I want to immerse myself into the cultures, taste the food, experience the life of the people, learn their language, etc. It will be a whole new take on a journey that will be filmed and photographed for the world to see.
How are you going to fund this project?
I don’t know if you’ve noticed or not, but traveling is expensive. Filming and Photographing foreign lands, takes a lot of money. I think a great place to start would be Kickstarter. Many shows and films have got off the ground via pledges through Kickstarter, not just films though, art projects and many other things as well. Just about anything you can think of.
The problem for me at the moment is going to be coming up with a Business Plan. That’s basically what I need to succeed. I need to figure out what kind of equipment I’m going to have to take with me, the associate cost with traveling, how much I’ll need to spend on food, any clothing expenses I’ll incur, sleeping quarters, and even how I’m going to put all of that together.
Where to go from here?
From here on out, there’s no looking back. I’ve got to make myself get up each day and do some research. Find out as much as I can about what I want to accomplish out of this journey. So, I’m committing myself to at least two hours of research every day to gather the information I need. I’ll come up with an estimated cost of this trip and I’m sure it’ll add up. Documentaries aren’t cheap. Once I’ve gathered all the information I need, I can head off to Kickstarter.
It’s all uphill from here. Strap yourself in for the ride.
What is the meaning of life? Have you ever pondered that question before? I’m sure you as well as many others has.
While I don’t know everything, I can share what I believe is the meaning of life. Now, this may not be the meaning of life for everyone, but can suffice for some. If you have a different opinion on the meaning of life, I welcome your comments below.
The true meaning of life can be summed up by one thing…….Growth. It’s the one thing we’ve done sense we were conceived at birth. We start off as an Embryo and grow into a Fetus, etc, etc. Drawing from this perspective it’s easy to see how one might draw a conclusion that we have only one purpose and that’s to grow.
But humans stop growing when they reach maturity right? Not exactly. See, people may physically stop growing, but what about their brains? What about our mental capabilities?
Sure, some people seem to never grow up and always look like the childish adult who doesn’t know when to be serious. I’m sure you know at least one person like that.
Some people end up going to college and become Philosophers, Astronomers, Physicist, Scientist, Doctors, and even Historians. Others choose to take the other route and let their creativity flow, these people become our artist: Painters, Musicians, Sculptures, Engineers, and Fashion Designers.
What does this do for us? It gives room for growth. It allows our minds to open and expand inward. Without growth, we wouldn’t be who we are today. Without growth, mankind would not be what it has become today.
Through growth, we can strive to be a better person. Through growth, we can make changes, starting from within. Through growth, inspiration lives.
Many people are without jobs right now, myself included, but that’s not keeping me from trying to learn and grow. That’s not stopping me from building my dream. That’s not stopping me from creating my own reality.
Go for the gold. Grow, Learn, Inspire.
I was having a chat with someone recently about doing things in life and changing it up. It was brought to my attention that they were making excuses for themselves. What excuse? They didn’t want to get fit or healthy because they didn’t think their husband deserved it.
I know what you’re thinking. Really? Yes, really. All too often we make excuses that we’re not even aware of. Sometimes we’re aware of them, but most of the time we’ve told ourselves that often enough, that we’re not aware of them.
Why is this an issue? Why wouldn’t it be? We’re on this planet for one thing and one thing only. Ok, maybe a few things. For example: we’re here to be healthy, learn and grow, and experience all that we can. So, why is it that we’re holding ourselves back?
I think that a large part if it is negativity. Negativity is what holds us back. Even if we have plans, (big plans) we’ll could still have some negative thought holding us back. As Randy Gage puts it, you have to get rid of the negative thoughts and replace them with good thoughts. Only when the Positive outweighs the negative, can we then move forward.
Randy Gage on Youtube. Highly recommended.
One thing we have to realize, is that we’re hear for ourselves. No one else. We don’t have to please anyone. If we want to be healthy, it should be for our own reasons. To live longer, live happier, regardless if someone deserves it or not. We deserve it for ourselves.
Before you go bashing yourself with negativity, remember this, “It’s for me, no one else.” What are some other excuses that you’ve caught yourself giving? What are some tips that people can use to become positive thinkers?