During my twenty five years in working with weight loss clients, I took note a few common practices among the success stories – that is, those who were able to reach their ideal weight and remain there for years. What I see, time and time again, are five common success indicators.
Bottom line – inspiration is pointless without direction. Channel your inspiration into accomplishing these five tasks.
Be willing to ‘let go’ and learn ‘just the facts.’ Most of us have a tainted education and need some de-programming after years of media hype and distortion of the truth. Dumping all of this bad information is vital to your success. You have to be willing to replace old myths with new facts. If you can do this, and ignore 99% of what you see and hear, your odds of success go way up. (more…)
If you decided today to join a gym and workout every day, never once missing a workout, would you give up if you couldn’t stick to it? When you try to control your food intake by sticking to unrealistic rules, you’re headed for the same kind of “failure”—and that’s not fair to you.
Stop aiming for perfection. Instead, make “good enough” your goal. This approach can often mean the difference between success and failure. Here are some tips to help you part with perfection.
Give in a little bit. Potato chips may be your undoing, but banishing them completely from your diet can be too tough to take. Instead of having to avoid the pantry because you’re afraid you’ll eat the whole bag of chips, buy individual-serving packages to satisfy your cravings on occasion. If you love chocolate or pizza, allow yourself one ounce piece per day, like these Dark Chocolate Quinoa Bars, or limit your pizza to two veggie-packed slices per week, with a homemade Whole Wheat Crust. When we’re too rigid with our food choices, we can’t help but rebel. (more…)
I can’t tell you how many countless people I have met throughout the years who share their stories of when they were younger or when they were in high school. They speak of the times when they were succeeding in different ways either through athletics, academics, social experiences, young love or all the above. Trust me, I get it. I was probably one of the biggest culprits of starting statements with “When I was younger…”.
I bring this up because last week on Live Big With Ali Vincent we met Chez Starbuck, a man who had a pretty incredible childhood but found as he entered his adult years it was somewhat hard to live up to. As he lived in those feelings the pounds just started to pack on. Chez was a child Disney star. As you can imagine for Chez, it was difficult going from a kid in the spotlight to becoming an adult uncomfortable, even in a group setting, with any eyes on him. He even felt embarrassed because he was supposed to “make it” in showbiz like many of his fellow Disney stars, yet felt he couldn’t because of his weight.
I think like Chez, many of us (at least I’ll speak for myself), feel our childhood experiences were supposed to contribute to us becoming something more than where we might be now. (more…)
Jillian Michaels teased the announcement of her spring tour last week via Twitter, but made the “Maximize Your Life” tour official today. It’s the first time Jillian is mobilizing her message, and the tour promises to make this an inspiring, motivating, life-changing experience.
It all starts April 4 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, continuing on through a total of 35 cities in Canada and the U.S., with the tour coming to an end in Toronto on May 21. There are a total of nine tour dates in Canada, with U.S. tour stops hitting every corner of the country.
“It’s time to ask why not you?” poses Jillian.
She’ll help you answer that question in an empowering two-hour show, and leave you more prepared and focused to live what she calls your authentic truth. It’s not just about the sweat, or inclines, or what you’re eating, Jillian will show a live audience what she does best on Biggest Loser – break through. She has an uncanny ability to help people get out of their own way, dig deep and look inside to find the answers. (more…)
As we approach the beginning of another new year, many will be setting the intention to get back into a healthy exercise routine. Whether it is jogging, stationary bicycle riding, or attending yoga classes with regularity, the motivation to get with the program takes some determination.
Benjamin Franklin once said, “You can do anything you set your mind to.” Once your mind is set, the rest is easy. The challenging part is getting over the hump of doubt, impatience, and discouragement.
The following are a few tips that will help you set your mind to your goals so you may find success in making your healthy intentions a reality.
Create a mantra
A mantra is a word or group of words used to sharpen your focus during meditation. Although you might not actually be meditating when you repeat your mantra, it will still have an effect on your mind.
When you create a personal mantra, choose words that support your intention, such as “I have energy,” or “I love yoga.” Your mind will soon start believing whatever it is you are telling yourself, so choose your words wisely. (more…)
Everyone finds inspiration in different places. Whether from a book, a speech, or even a friendly conversation, words have a way of striking us at the right time and place and motivating us for the better.
For Oprah, those words struck years ago while speaking with Maya Angelou. The poet shared what Oprah calls the best advice she’s ever received. “When people show you who they really are, believe them the first time.” They are words she lives by.
For a woman whose every word is hung on, it was actually quite easy for Oprah to share the best advice she’s ever given. Her go-to bit of insight is to tell people to find a way to be most themselves. “Listen to the rhythm of your own calling, and follow that,” she said.
If you’re looking for more guidance on how to eat well, work hard but allow yourself to play hard too, and embrace your life in a more present way, then Oprah has 101 of the best pieces of advices you’ve ever heard. It’s the feature in the October issue of O Magazine, which just hit newsstands. (more…)
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced this week new data for American waistlines, and the results are frightening.Twelve states have very high obesity rates, estimated that about 35.7% of U.S. adults are obese.
One simple cure – physical activity – helps maintain a healthy lifestyle and fight obesity. There are people who flat out hate exercising and they will give any excuse as to why they do not want to do it. But, there are reasons to start exercising and Bob Greene from TheBestLife.com shares seven reasons to fall in love with exercise.
Do you ever stop to wonder what gives someone the motivation to be the best at what they do? So many people are content with living the status quo, yet others decide life is too short so they go all-out and make the most of what they can.
The Olympic Games are a great opportunity for people around the world to witness the result of fierce dedication and a lot of hard work. Every few years we are delighted and amazed by the incredible ability of the human body. From skilled gymnasts to super-fit long distance runners, the Olympics leave many of us in a state of awe. What would this world be like if we were all so inspired to be our best?
If you are lacking the motivation to be your best, whether it is being a loving parent, an A+ student, or a better athlete, the following tips will help you find and utilize your own inner wellspring of Olympic-sized inspiration. (more…)
Children of the 90s rejoice… Gwen Stefani is coming back and it’s not in the junior’s section at Target. She and her band of more than 20 years, No Doubt, are finally headed back to the studio to release Push and Shove, their first album in a painfully long time.
It’s no doubt that she looks amazing. At age 42 with two kids and a non-stop rock-star career, she has struck the balance that evenfellow Hollywood moms struggle to find, not to mention us ordinary folks.
Gwen is the cover model for the September issue of Harper’s Bazaar, and inside the insightful interview she says she’s tired of being asked how to get abs like hers. But everyone wants to know, because, look at them!
“There is no secret: You just have to eat healthy, work out, and torture yourself!,” said Stefani in the Harper’s interview. “But it’s more for my brain than it is for my body.” (more…)
The Olympics is all about being inspired, and outside of the pool or the balance beam tonight, anyone watching got a heavy dose. It happened when a 12-year-old boy went running alone up a deserted road, staring straight in to the camera, with sweat dripping from his grey T-shirt. With all of the TV commercials trying their darndest to capture millions of viewers during the Olympic coverage, none has struck a chord the way Nike did in its true-to-form minimalist message.
The spot simply says “Find Your Greatness.” For Nathan, from London, Ohio, he does so every time he laces up those running shoes at dawn instead of sleeping in before school. Nathan’s greatness is in the strength he discovers he possesses at the end of each and every one of those runs.
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