Momentum can go either way

How many of you have been successful in weight loss, and everything has been great and all of a sudden one person comes up to you and says “you’re losing TOO much weight and you’re looking ill”! You don’t really take it on board because you’ve worked HARD for this, and nothing’s going to stop you now! Then a few people you know come up to you and tell you “you’ve really lost too much weight and put some back on”!

Then you look at your food intake and decide perhaps that you have really cut things back too far, and you have developed a negative association with food, all food is bad and only a little bit is good. This is a highly unhealthy situation to be in, and often is the start of the putting weight back on process. This is because you go under the healthy recommended amount of calories per day and immediately will go back to your former ways.

Fast forward a few months later and you’re out shopping or at work, and someone comes up to you and says those dreaded words “have you put on a few pounds”!! Those seven words can ruin your day, although you pretend to shrug it off at the time. The same process begins again after a couple of weeks with more and more people asking about your weight gain. At that point, you will usually promise to get rid of the weight again sometime soon! That point sometimes never comes, and it can take an almighty jolt to get you on the right track again!

What we are describing here is “yo-yo” dieting, constantly losing weight, putting it back on and more, losing weight, putting it back on and more etc etc.

The bad news is that the more you go through this process, the more resistant your body becomes to weight loss and to say its unhealthy would be an understatement.

When you started to lose weight and get fit, did you notice that the first few weeks were the hardest, maintaining a lighter weight was at times easier, but the way you may have done it was unsustainable and that was the problem, losing 5 pounds a week can be unhealthy, most doctors recommend 1-2 pounds a week for it to be sustainable, as well as a healthy a range of balanced, healthy foods.

The most sensible way to get in shape is to change for your food not drastically, down to a few measly morsels per day, but to eat high quality smaller meals and snacks. Eat every 3-4 hours so you don’t go hungry, drink plenty of water during the day and when you exercise. When you exercise, start off gradually and promise not to slip back and miss workouts, if you do then don’t beat yourself up, just pick yourself up again and have a go the next day. This is the true way to create the positive momentum you need and everyone needs in their lives.

Always remember it’s harder to create momentum than actually go along with it, and you CAN do it if you really believe you can. If you exercise a minimum of 3 times per week you have momentum, if you eat well 80% of the time, you have momentum, this will help you sleep better which is always vital.

The first and hardest step is always getting going, it’s a lot easier after that if you remember a few simple rules. Momentum gives you great power and the inspiration to achieve great things, it’s nothing magical to get, just do it!


Picton sports offer

After a great weights session earlier, Paul Picton, owner of Picton sports based in Dafen industrial park, has offered a permanent 10%  off all sportwear for members of this site, and will offer more at certain times of the year. TEL 01554 754662 or just call up, they also do video analysis for free on your running style, and will fit you with the best running shoe for the way your foot lands on the floor, there are serious benefits to this, and can prevent many injuries during running.

Plus they won’t push you into a mega-expensive shoe like most shops of its kind will do, they will do a very good deal, and no i don’t get any commission!!

Acknowledge your successful past

All of us have had ups and downs in the past, some more than others. We do tend though to focus on the negative periods in our lives, the times when we took a chance on something, whether it was a business opportunity that never came to anything, a relationship that went wrong, when we got injured from exercising in a freak accident maybe, when we lost all of that weight, then put it all back on and more! When we perhaps trusted people and got let down, when we never got the recognition for doing something well in work, when we did anything really, and it turned out badly!!

The facts are that when we bring these moments up, and we talk about them, it usually destroys our ambitions to try the same thing again. Most people will try certain things in their teens and early 20’s maybe, and because they never worked, their lives become a graveyard of ambition. They often moan that the person who did succeed was “lucky”, had “more money”, or had more “influence”, and life can become full of bitterness and jealousy is you let this mantra run your life.

Let’s turn it around, think of those moments that you WERE successful in life, come on, there must have been a few, or even more than a few! What are those moments you were proud, and actually blushed when you were complemented on doing a good job at something? When we think of these times, its hard not to being a smile to our faces, or deep down inside, and the world of possibility that existed in our lives exactly at that moment.

People usually take the next step at that moment or they act when they are desperate! Most people never take action because taking action takes confidence. Confidence is not often achieved until you overcome challenges, so taking that action suddenly becomes a nervous thing to do, and it seems something very difficult to do. The good news is that once you take action, it will become a habit and once you take the next piece of action after that, you will be on your way to becoming successful.

Taking action right now can be easy as making a new shopping list out, cutting all the rubbish out, cutting all or most of the alcohol out, cutting the ready meal out etc. What about signing up for a new educational course that will help get you promotion at work, or get another job for instance, now that’s a pretty powerful course of action even in these dark recessionary times, but one thing’s for sure, it won’t be a recession for ever and if you improve yourself, you’re going to come out stronger.

How about signing yourself up and commiting yourself to more workouts a week, demand more out of yourself and really commit yourself to as higher standard of health which automatically leads to a higher quality of life. What about making those calls you have been putting off, to improve realtionships or getting that business off the ground you always thought you had the talent for?

Do the “rocking chair” test. Imagine you are 80 years old on a rocking chair, and imagine you’re regretting not doing something that would have changed your life for the better? When you’re 80, chances are that you would have really given EVERYTHING a go at least once, or if you fail the first time, try a different approach that may have a better chance of working, keep trying and show you can do it!

When a child starts to crawl, and then walk, you wouldn’t tell him/her to give up if the child kept falling over. You would give them time because most kids eventually walk. If you take action, and actually follow through and go after what you want, and don’t give up until you get there, you can be sure you’re going to be majorly more successful than if you never tried in the first place.

It’s great having all this chat, but unless you take action, you won’t get anywhere. Homework today is to do TWO things by close of play tonight that can/will change your life, however small or big!

Let me know how you get on or are you going to let another opportunity pass?!!


Chicken soup

Hopefully, you have lasted the weekend so far with slightly reduced “bad” calories and are feeling better going into sunday, with the roast and whatever substantial to come! Changes however subtle to sunday lunch can make all the difference, less gravy, no salt on your food or not in the cooking, no dessert would be good and keeping your portion size anything less than monstrous would be great!

Back to the title, in the famous “chicken soup for the soul” series of books, ( basically self-help books with lots of stories that are truly inspirational, and help you retain your faith in human nature), the author became very successful in helping others become motivated and do something worthwhile and inspiring with their own lives.

After he wrote all these books from stories of real-life people, he wrote his own “how to” guide in life on being successful in life. Almost a recurring theme in this number one best seller was the need to get rid of negative influences and people in your life. In the author’s case, he experienced many negative people that nearly destroyed him.

The bosses he encountered were often “little hitler’s”, his friends weren’t exactly “friends”, they would demean any good he was trying to do and destroy his self-worth, his relationships in the main would turn out disasterous, as he had no self-confidence and would be used to being a “door mat”. His mother actually would turn out to be a huge bully, who dragged him up, and would often leave him alone for days on end, as she “enjoyed” herself in her own “pleasure” activities revolving around drink and drugs.

Then one day, he realised the negativity was destroying his life and others as he craved a more successful life for himself, to cut a very long story short, he surrounded himself with positive influences, lost his old friends, gained positive new genuine friends one at a time through his giving and good work, applied for jobs with ethical companies that treated their employees well, developed positive relationships with like minded people, he even famously ex-communicated his mother, as she was a draining and destroying influence on his life, and in his own words “was better off without here and vital to his future success, because she almost destroyed me”!

He became interested in how others overcame adversity and through the many thousands of interviews he did, he noticed some common threads he was able to apply for himself. He noticed that those truly successful in life (not just in money terms) were people who usually gave a lot of their time to others and didn’t ask for anything in return, he noticed they are “do’ers” and not “talkers”, their word was their bond and most of all, they never set any limits on the possibilities they had in life, often against huge odds.

These stories became legendary and inspirational, and life-changing for many of its readers. As you try to create your own success story, getting rid of your negative influences in your own life is paramount, and will be like getting rid of a massive weight off your shoulders.

Have a great week and if you’ve followed the weekend recommendations, you should start off monday in great spirits and a couple of pounds lighter!