Hi! Welcome to Fit, Food, and Fun Fridays! Today we’ll talk about How to Create the Life You Want. The world is moving in a direction where so many people are so busy blaming other people for their troubles that they fail to take responsibility for their own actions. Do you want to take control of your health? Do you want to lose weight? Is your weight holding you back? What is your “Why?” If you don’t like where you are at right now, choose to create something different. Here are some helpful tips on how to create the life you want.
Stop complaining and stop wishing
Stop waiting for someone else to come along and fix your life. Start getting serious about what you really want. Start believing that what you want is already yours. Start taking action that moves you in the direction of your goals and dreams. It’s time to take a new approach and learn what you need to learn to live the life of your dreams. Read books from authors you connect with, go to seminars and workshops, or hire a coach.
Show the world that you want something different
Your life requires full dedication on your part. It is important to show the world that you want something different and that you will do what it takes to get there. If you want to get the attention of the world then start doing something different. Those around you will wake up and take notice.
Think about what you want that will be worth the effort
Identify those desires within you that are aching to be met. Once you acknowledge them and tap into that desire, you will be able to move heaven and earth to make them a reality.
Start changing your ways
In order for you to have something different, you will have to try something different. Treat it like an adventure. With every new experience, a path unfolds before you, leading you towards the life you have always wanted to have.
Go with your gut
If you feel drawn to a certain seminar, book or person, go with it. There are different resources out there that are an ideal fit for you and that are exactly what you need. Look at what is out there and go with what feels right for you.
Get help if you need it
There are people who specialize in helping other people get what they want out of life. There are a variety of coaching specialties out there; rest assured that the right person is out there who is willing and ready to help you out.
The Four Tendencies
Every day, people face inner expectations and outer expectations. In that particular moment, you must decide if you want to meet this expectation or you will resist it.
Rebels resist all expectations, both outer and inner alike.
Obligers meet the outer expectations but struggle to meet the expectations that they impose upon themselves. For instance, they are successful in a structured work environment but not so much if they are working for themselves.
Questioners will meet your expectations. They need to think carefully in order to make sense. They meet all expectations according to inner expectations.
Upholders respond to both inner and outer expectations.
Always remember that different people flourish in different environments. Whatever your tendency is, wisdom and experience can help you learn to harness its strengths and counterbalance its negative aspects to achieve the life you want.
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I really wanted to talk about this topic today because the overweight and obesity epidemic is at an all-time high! We are a fat society and it’s killing us prematurely. Not only do I truly believe that you have the power to lose weight to improve your health, but the science also agrees! You can adopt healthy lifestyle practices that improve your health and enrich your life, which can in turn improve the lives of those close to you. You have the power to break the cycle of obesity so that you can leave a legacy of health to your loved ones.
I use lifestyle medicine as the first line of treatment, before medications, to treat lifestyle-related chronic diseases. Lifestyle-related chronic diseases include diabetes, hypertension, obesity, and some cancers, just to name a few. Lifestyle practices, such as eating a whole-food plant-based diet and regular physical activity, can help you lose weight, and maybe reverse some of your chronic diseases. In certain cases, these approaches may even outperform pharmaceutical therapy. But I always tell my patients that conventional medications may be appropriate at this time to prevent catastrophic illness, but over time, you can work to make the necessary lifestyle changes to possibly reduce and/or eliminate medications. Please remember to always consult your physician for your particular needs and circumstances prior to making any decisions whatsoever.
Since weight management is very important in combatting chronic diseases, I recommend that you be mindful of your weight and its fluctuations, and that you monitor your weight AT LEAST on a weekly basis. I recommend a scale that includes a body composition monitor (*this scale cannot be used with a pacemaker or other implanted devices).
Physical activity (or exercise) can improve your health and reduce the risk of developing several chronic diseases like high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, and cancer, just to name a few. Physical activity can improve your mood, boost your immune system, and even help you maintain a healthy weight.
I often recommend yoga and resistance training for physical activity, but as you are aware, there are plenty of forms of “movement” that you can do! But for the basics, especially if you’re just getting started, yoga and resistance training are where I would start.
Yoga can be a great way to improve your strength and flexibility, manage your stress, improve your heart health, and lose weight! I recommend using a grounded yoga mat to connect yourself with the earth and reduce inflammation.
Resistance training is the mainstay for overall health. It not only has beneficial effects on reducing body fat, it also increases muscle size and strength. Check out some basic dumbbells/free weights that I recommend to everyone.
Another alternative for dumbbells/free weights are resistance bands. They are great for physical therapy, yoga, strength training, and excellent for traveling.
Remember, living a healthy lifestyle including eating a whole foods plant-based diet, regular physical activity, and reducing stress are the best ways to maintain a healthy weight. Let me know what you think in the comment section below.
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