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.
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.
When you travel, or do anything for that matter, you’ve got to have a budget. Why are budgets important? What consist of a proper budget? All these questions will be answered below.
If you don’t budget your money, you’ll be spending way more than you have before your trip is even done with. You just might end up having to go home early. That’s something we want to avoid. Rather than blow half your money at a Casino, why not actually go out and see something?
There are many reasons why budgets are important. The above example is just one of them. Knowing how much money you’ll actually need is another reason to budget. You can’t exactly go to Europe on $500. That might get you there, and that’s a big might, but what about the rest of the trip?
When it comes to budget planning, there are a lot of things we need to include. The list can be simple or larger, depending on what you’ll need. Here is a list of what I’ll need to budget when I take my trip.
Equipment – What will I need to record the journey? Camera(s), Laptop, Editing Software, etc.
Food – How much will it cost me to survive over there? Counting cheap and the occasional not so cheap meal.
Stays – What will staying in a Motel cost me vs say a rental house, or a friend?
Flight and Transportation - Flight and Airport cost? What about Bus or Train cost?
Clothing Cost – When you want Immerse yourself into a culture. Gotta buy their clothes.
Entertainment Cost – What about Museums? Art Galleries? Music? Theater?
This is just what I’ll be including in my budget. Many people won’t need the Equipment or the Clothing budgets, but the rest are generalized budget categories. Trips can be costly, but not as costly as most think. You can cut corners here and there.
Transportation passes can be purchased to make getting around easier and cheaper. Especially if you’re going to be in one area a lot, like I am. If you’re looking to cut the cost, make sure it’s in Transportation and Food. Many European Countries have Open Air markets where you can buy good quality food for reasonable prices.
Next time that you do something. Make sure that you budget well. If you don’t budget, it can spell disaster. Something that is wise to avoid if you want to have a great time.
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?