Thursday, January 1, 2015

New Year, same you?

"Wherever you go, there you are" - Jon Kabat-Zin.

Think for a moment of three goals you have for 2015:  one small, one medium, and one really grandiose.

They don't have to be fitness or nutrition goals, simply ones that INSPIRE and MOTIVATE you.

We are the product of our thoughts.  Cool!  Delve into some CBT techniques reading and watch "The Secret" and you will be pleasantly surprised how powerful the tools to shape your life actually are.

Two tidbits for the time being:

Consider buying "unattractive" produce at the grocery store.  30-50% of food grown for human consumption gets wasted in the multistep process from planting to eating:  growing, harvesting, transportation, storage, purchase, storage in consumer's fridge or pantry.  People buy only the best looking apples, bananas, cucumbers, carrots, etc.  How about ones that are a little lumpy or asymmetrical?  If you are going to use a potato within a day or two, it's fine to get one that looks a little old.  Otherwise these less than gorgeous produce items will likely end up as waste.  Plants have a lot of good energy in them - not just calories and nutrients but also universal vibrational energy.

If you view exercise as something fun, you will be less likely to reward yourself with food treats later.  If physical activity is seen as an unpleasant chore, then it is far more likely you will want to compensate for the experience by having that creamy chocolate sundae, or extra slice of pizza, or creme brûlée....afterwards.  How about viewing the activity as fun and its own reward?

Thanks to IFJ October 2014 issue for these two ideas!

BTW, my Zodiac Element diet is nearing completion.  I haven't gained any weight despite eating a lot, in fact when I weighed myself yesterday at the gym I was a few pounds below my normal.  This could either be to the better quality food that this diet has afforded me - meaning my body enjoys and uses the good nutrients and calories rather than storing it as "junk" (fat) while it decides what to do with it.  It could also be due to the fact that overall I have dropped a bit of weight from workload stress and rigorous intake quantity regulation AND not having the time and energy I would ideally like to train hard and maintain muscle mass.  I'm certainly not fat or overweight, but I wouldn't mind feeling more robust and having more energy,  as being tired sucks!  That being said, if I want to change this or anything about my life, it is entirely up to me to do so.  Complaining doesn't help!  Back to The Secret :-)

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