Real Confidence
- POSTED ON: Jul 11, 2011

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A technical glitch sometimes occurs that keeps the combo from posting properly,
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Live in the Solution...not the Problem. 

Awareness and Confidence
- POSTED ON: Jul 11, 2011


Do you know who you are,
what you believe, and
why you believe it?

Here I am speaking about every type of individual personal belief
that we have about life and the world in general,
including all of our beliefs about food, exercise, dieting, body image, and health.
I am not talking specifically about religious or political beliefs.

Are you aware? 
Do you look around and choose a path for yourself,
or do you just blindly follow the path laid out for you by others?

People who know who they are,
and why they believe what they believe,
tend not to find other people’s beliefs to be threatening.
They have no need to reject the opinions and beliefs
of others without considering them. 

 People who generally reject the input of others,
and refuse to even consider or entertain a new idea,
tend to lack confidence in their own beliefs.

We need to see our own personal beliefs.
Then we must choose whether to keep that belief
and to make it our own,
or to discard it as not conforming with who we want to be.

This process can help us resolve conflicting beliefs
which are sometimes a source of stress in our lives.
Each belief we choose to keep
can become our own, and part of who we are,
not just part of projecting an image, a social facade.

While we are considering whether or not to chose to keep a belief,
we need to examine it, and look to find out the details.
What is involved in the belief?
What type of circumstances does it applies to?
And, WHY do we believe it.

Once we understand which beliefs are a part of us
and which are merely part of our image,
we can choose to reject that image.
When we have enough knowledge of ourselves,
we no longer need the affirmations of others in order to feel worthy.

 Our self-worth will be balanced, not too high nor too low. 
It will be enough to be who we are, and
allow others to be who they are,
and draw shared enjoyment where we can.

It is impossible to examine one’s own beliefs without becoming aware. 
 Being Aware means knowing, understanding, and accepting
that each of us has the power to control who we are
and how we respond to any situation.

It means accepting responsibility for our own actions
Every one of them.

Knowing that we are who we choose to be
is an Awareness that will bring us toward Peace and Serenity.

How Often Should We Eat?
- POSTED ON: Jul 10, 2011

  Here is an Interesting and Informative Article:

For decades now, the conventional advice
from trainers and weight loss specialists has been this:

"Eat three meals a day plus two snacks."

The big question is whether or not it's true.
And the answer (drum roll and envelope please) is ...
... sometimes. But not always.
Many people do absolutely great on three meals a day with no snacks,
and sometimes, on some days -- (gasp) -- even two.

See, the conventional advice was built upon the "truth" that "grazing"
is always a better eating strategy for weight loss than eating three
(or, god forbid, two) "solid" meals a day. Eating three meals and two snacks
was supposed to keep your blood sugar even throughout the day,
keeping cravings at bay.

Well, maybe.
But the truth of the matter is that
people are far more variable and individual than we often acknowledge
And there's a downside to the "five meals a day" theory,
a downside which may affect some people more than others.

For one thing, eating every two hours guarantees
that your insulin is going to go up five times a day instead of, say, three.
For many people, that means more hunger, not less.

Insulin is not only the fat storage hormone, it's also the hunger hormone.
In fact, the whole "Carbohydrate Addicts Diet" got started when one of its creators,
a (then) very-overweight Rachel Heller, found that she experienced
a lot less hunger on one particularly busy day when she "forgot" to eat.

Three meals a day -- each with a beginning and an end -- is making a comeback
as a weight-loss strategy, snacking be damned. Celebrity nutritionist JJ Virgin
now advocates eating three meals a day, the first meal within an hour of waking up
and the last meal at least three hours before bed. And recent research has demonstrated
-- at least in rats -- that "intermittent fasting" actually has some major health benefits.

The point here is not that the old information was wrong
and the new information is right.

The point is
that there are huge individual differences in how we respond to food,
and no one strategy -- including the "five meals a day" strategy
works for everyone.

We need to stop blindly following conventional wisdom
and start paying attention to our individual differences
when it comes to weight loss.
(In fact, that's not a bad strategy to follow for everything, but that's another column.)

Ellen Langner, the Harvard psychologist, puts it brilliantly in her book "Mindfulness,"
when she says that "certainty" is the enemy of mindfulness.
When we blindly follow a strategy, for weight loss or for anything else,
we often stop paying attention to the individual cues that tell us
whether it's the right thing to do in our particular situation.

"Certainty is a cruel mindset," she wrote.
"It is uncertainty that we need to embrace, particularly about our health.
If we do so, the payoff is that we create choices
and the opportunity to exercise control over our lives."

So if three meals and two snacks per day works for you, great.
Keep it up and carry on!
But if it's not working, don't assume it's because there's something wrong with you.
It just might be that you need to try a different strategy

And three meals a day -- each with a beginning and an end point,
and with no "snacking" in between -- might be one technique worth trying

by Jonny Bowden, author, nutritionist and weight loss coach

What I CAN do
- POSTED ON: Jul 09, 2011


I find that concentrating on what I can’t do,
tends to limit my choices.
Concentrating on what I can do
tends to expand my choices.

 There’s no law that a person has to exercise
for at least 20 minutes or more to get even the slightest benefit;
or that one must do high intensity exercise;
or that strength training requires the use
of more than one’s own body weight.

In fact, small bouts of fitness add up.
Something is always better than nothing.

Dieting is another thing I can’t do perfectly.
What I can do is make my food choices better quality,
and I can eat smaller food portions of everything I choose to eat.
I can choose to mostly eat foods that make me less hungry,
like those containing more protein or fiber and less sugar.
My goal is to do well, not to be perfect.
I can’t be perfect, but I can do well.

It is easy to get a very black and white view of fit living.
Either you are dieting and exercising or you’re not. 
 There’s another way….a rainbow view.
We can see all sorts of colors and shades in between.
Adopting a “fit” lifestyle is very individualized
and it often includes more than a specific diet and exercise.
What makes one person fit may never work for another.
It could be genetics, environment, health, or just because
our lives run in completely different directions.

There is no on-or-off of the fit living issue.
We are just on the road.

It’s a winding road with mountains, bridges,
detours, vacation spots and a million other things.
We can be positive drivers and enjoy the scenery, 
sing with the radio, have fun with our passengers,
and find ways around the obstacles of the road.
It’s even okay to stop at the vacation spots here and there.

  We can choose not to give away our freedom
by saying: "I can’t."  There are far more choices with "I can."
When we hit a roadblock, we don’t have to say…

"I can’t go on until this clears away.”

Instead" we can say

"What can I do from here, right where I am now?

Today's video is one of the "Ask Grandma" series made specifically for YouTube,
if you are interested, you can see it by clicking the link here 

which is located under RESOURCES, Videos, Ask Grandma.

The person you were meant to be
- POSTED ON: Jul 08, 2011

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