Episode 4 Talk on Tuesday – Goal Setting

Episode 4 Talk on Tuesday – Goal Setting

Welcome to Talk on Tuesday “Providing the ingredients for a Healthy Life”. My name is Alex Dawson and I will be coming to you on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month to share top tips, great interviews and answer you questions.

Episode 4 is all about Goal Setting and how to stick to those Goals.

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Goal setting is a brilliant exercise and can be done at anytime of the year to get ourselves back on track, and to stay on track. Id love to see some of your goals and know how well you are doing with them.

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Episode 4 Talk on Tuesday – Goal Setting

Episode 2 Talk on Tuesday – Reflection

Welcome to Talk on Tuesday “Providing the ingredients for a Healthy Life”. My name is Alex Dawson and I will be coming to you on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month to share top tips, great interviews and answer you questions.

Its so important to take time each day to reflect on your achievements, feelings and others in your life. 

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Episode 4 Talk on Tuesday – Goal Setting

Episode 1 Talk on Tuesday – Mindset

Welcome to Talk on Tuesday “Providing the ingredients for a Healthy Life”. My name is Alex Dawson and I will be coming to you on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month to share top tips, great interviews and answer you questions.

How you start your day

Mind your mind - Are you fuelling your mind with negativity (news, tv, other peoples opinions....)

Visualise your future, create a vision board

How do you talk to yourself? Create affirmations - positive sentences to counter act the negative ones you are telling yourself

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Motivation and Stop Procrastinating Workouts

Motivation and Stop Procrastinating Workouts

Today is the day!

You told yourself you’d hit to the gym after work. But work was more hectic than you thought. Now you’re drained. You drive home, clean up a bit, but then you make the mistake of sitting down. You can feel your energy fading – along with your motivation.

You know you should get that workout in.

But the idea of dragging yourself to the gym is quickly turning into a pipe dream. You feel like you just can’t get yourself to get up. So then you decide you’ll workout tomorrow instead. But this too is questionable.

This cycle can go on for days… weeks… even months. And it’s frustrating because part of us wants to work out, and knows we’ll feel so much better once we do – but another part of ourselves would rather just crash on the couch.

So why do we procrastinate workouts?

Let’s look at three culprits:

1. I’m Too Busy

2. I Don’t Feel Like It

3. I Can’t Wake Up In Time

1) I’m Too Busy

Have you found there are “more important” things to do than getting to the gym?

Maybe there’s paperwork to catch up.

Maybe there are clothes to fold.

Maybe you have to make dinner.

The tricky part is all of those might be valid. All of those might be important. But those reasons can quickly turn into excuses. Especially if those same reasons stop you day after day.

2) I Don’t Feel Like It.

Some days we just aren’t in the mood.

We’re tired.

We’re stressed out.

We’re not feeling motivated.

Because we’re not in the right mood, we wait until a “better day” or when we’re in a “better mood”.

Behind this reason is often the belief that, “I need to be motivated before I act” – which is FAR from the truth. I’ve met many fit people and some days they are gung-ho and super-motivated but sometimes they aren’t – but they work out anyway. Lack of motivation doesn’t stop them.

3) I Can’t Wake Up In Time

Mornings can be rough.

The alarm disrupts our perfect slumber. So we hit snooze once… twice… a dozen times until finally we frantically have to get ready for the day.

Maybe the bed is too cozy

Maybe it’s too cold outside

Maybe you’re too tired.

It can be tough waking up, especially if you’re a night owl. Or if you’re in the habit of snoozing your alarm clock. Sure – exercising in the morning has benefits. But if the mornings don’t work, find a time that does. For some people, lunch hours or evening works much better for them.

So it could be any one of these or combination of these. Whatever the reason, let’s look at two ways to prevent this cycle of procrastinating workouts.

Imagine The Finish Line

As you imagine your next workout, what comes to mind?

Do you imagine how pleasant and enjoyable it’s going to be?

Do you think about how happy you’re going be while doing it?

How much fun you’re going to have?

Probably not. When most people imagine working out, they picture all sorts of unpleasant things. Their focus zooms in on the painful exercises… how hard it will be… how tired they’ll be… how sore they’ll be… everyone watching them…

It’s easy to see how they talk themselves out of it.

Focusing on these things will make anyone unmotivated. But just like a photographer, you can adjust and shift your focus to other qualities of a landscape. More beautiful aspects. More inspiring aspects.

In fact, let’s take a lesson from the Navy SEALS on this.

Years ago, the Navy SEALS were in a dilemma, 76% of their top candidates were dropping out.The Navy knew these recruits were more than capable, yet few were making the cut. So they called psychologist, Eric Potterat to figure out how to boost the recruits’ mental toughness. Potterat created four habits (called The Big Four) that worked so well, it increased graduation rate by 50%!

One habit was known as “Imagining How Good It Will Feel”.

When recruits needed a boost to keep them going through a brutal workout, he taught them to imagine successfully completing a workout. This allowed them to tap into powerful emotions like feeling successful and accomplishing something. And this allowed them to power through it.

Here’s how you can use this:

Visualize A Successful Workout

Imagine yourself successfully completing the workout.

Think about how good that will feel at the end.

Feel that success and that accomplishment.

Even if it’s just one workout, it’s still an accomplishment.

Even if you can’t perform as well as you used to, it’s still an accomplishment.

Visualize it as best as you can.

Bring in as many senses as you can.

And you don’t have to focus on the completing the entire workout. You can use this for certain parts of your workout; using something Potterat calls “segmenting.”

In an interview with Business Insider, Potterat states:

“If you’re thrust into a seemingly overwhelming, stressful situation, the best thing you can do is just kind of manage one step at a time and focus on what’s controllable.”

Pick out certain exercises and how they will feel once you’ve accomplished them.

For me, I don’t enjoy doing pull ups. If I imagine doing pull ups, it’s not very motivating. But if I imagine what it’s like after completing pull ups, it’s very motivating. Use it for certain exercises.

When you break it down like this, it’s somewhat like crossing off items on a checklist. You can give yourself a surge of accomplishment by finishing each of those small steps.

Here are some additional aspects you can focus on:

When you’re done how much more alert and energized will you feel?

How much more peace of mind will you have after the work out?

How much better will the rest of your day feel?

Do you think that feeling of accomplishment will carry with you the rest of the day?

5-Minute Commitment

Working as a fitness professional, I learned that the most successful clients had certain things in common.

One of which was the quantity of workouts they did on their own (called “off-day workouts”). In many cases, these would make or break people. You see, when people need to show up for a session with a trainer, they have accountability. So it’s not too difficult to show up.

But it’s a different story when they have to show up on their own.

So I gave them a challenge.

Even if you’re tired.

Even if you don’t feel like it.

Even if you’re not motivated.

Even if you’re not in the mood.

5-Minute Commitment

  1. Workout for 5-minutes
  2. If after five minutes you still aren’t feeling it, then go home.

Well, guess what?In most cases, they’ll finish the entire workout. Instead of waiting for motivation to strike them like lightning, they acted their way into motivation. It’s similar to the quote by William Butler Yeats, “Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking.”

Commit yourself to just five minutes.

Worst-case scenario, you still accomplish a small workout.

Best-case scenario, you finish the entire thing.

For more ways to fight procrastination and boost your discipline to power through projects, workouts, and tasks – check out http://www.elitelifecoaching.net/procrastination-and-productivity

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Sleep Deprivation and Weight Gain

Sleep Deprivation and Weight Gain

Sleep needs vary across ages and are especially impacted by lifestyle and health. Researchers cannot pinpoint an exact amount of sleep need by people at different ages. However, sleep requirements vary from person to person even in the same age group.

There is a big difference between the amount of sleep one can get by on and the amount one needs to function optimally. For instance, if one is able to operate on six or seven hours of sleep doesn’t mean one wouldn’t feel a lot better and get more done if one spends an extra hour or two in bed.

The new recommendations of the daily sleep requirements for adults by the National Sleep Foundation include:

  • Younger adults (18-25) – Sleep range is 7-9 hours
  • Adults (26-64) – Sleep range is 7-9 hours
  • Older adults (65+) – Sleep range is 7-8 hours

New born babies, infants, toddlers, children and teenagers have more daily requirements of sleep, which vary depending on their age.Sleep deprivation occurs when an individual gets less sleep than they need to be attentive and alert. People vary in how little sleep is needed to be considered sleep-deprived. Some people such as older adults seem to be more resistant to the effects of sleep deprivation, while others, especially children and young adults, are more vulnerable.

Science has linked sleep deprivation with all kinds of health problems, from weight gain to a weakened immune system. Observational studies also suggest a link between sleep deprivation and obesity. Similar patterns have also been found in children and adolescents.

The following mechanisms have been found to underlie the link between sleep deprivation and weight gain –

Increase in ghrelin level –

In a research published in the Journal of Sleep Research in Sep. 2008, it has been found that a single night of sleep deprivation increases ghrelin levels and feelings of hunger in normal‐weight healthy men, whereas morning serum leptin concentrations remain unaffected. Thus, the results provide further evidence for a disturbing influence of sleep loss on endocrine regulation of energy homeostasis, which in the long run may result in weight gain and obesity.

Ghrelin is a hormone produced in the gut and is often termed the hunger hormone. It sends a signal to the brain to feel hungry. Therefore, it plays a key role in regulating calorie intake and body fat levels.

Interference in carbohydrate metabolism –

Sleep deprivation interferes with the body’s ability to metabolize carbohydrates and causes high blood levels of glucose, which leads to higher insulin levels and greater body-fat storage. In one experiment, scientists disrupted participants sleep just enough to keep them from entering deep sleep but not enough to fully wake them. After these nights of deep-sleep deprivation, the subjects’ insulin sensitivity and glucose tolerance went down by 25 percent.

Reduction in growth hormone –

Sleep deprivation reduces levels of growth hormone – a protein that helps regulate the body’s proportions of fat and muscle. Experts estimate that as much as 75 percent of human growth hormone is released during sleep. Deep sleep is the most restorative all stages of sleep. During this stage of sleep, growth hormone is released and works to restore and rebuild our body and muscles from the stresses of the day.

Increase in cravings for high-calorie junk food –

Sleep deprivation even for one night creates pronounced changes in the way our brain responds to high-calorie junk foods. On days, when people don’t have proper sleep, fattening foods like potato chips and sweets stimulates stronger responses in a part of the brain that helps govern the motivation to eat. But at the same time, they experience a sharp reduction in activity in the frontal cortex, a higher-level part of the brain, where consequences are weighed and rational decisions are made.

Increase in cortisol –

Researchers have found that sleep deprivation increases the level of cortisol hormone and other markers of inflammation.

Decrease in resting metabolic rate –

There is evidence indicating that sleep deprivation may lower the resting metabolic rate of the body. It is the number of calories our body burns when we’re completely at rest. It’s affected by age, weight, height, sex and muscle mass. This needs further validation but one contributing factor seems to be that poor sleep may cause muscle loss.

The bottom line –

Besides, eating right and exercising regularly, getting quality sleep is an important part of weight maintenance. Therefore, establishing healthy sleep habits can help our body maintain a healthy weight.

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Don’t Allow Guilt To Sabotage Your Weight Loss

Don’t Allow Guilt To Sabotage Your Weight Loss

I do not believe there are “good” and “bad” foods. There are foods that are good for you, specifically, in that they nourish you and agree with your make up and there are choices that are better for you than others. But I don’t believe in demonizing any foods or making any foods off limits. That’s a sure way to make them irresistible.

In Today is Still the Day I talk about using the right words to help you make the best choices. Instead of saying “I can’t eat that” I suggest you say “I don’t eat that” or “I choose not to eat that now.” That immediately empowers you by putting the power in your hands and it makes a huge difference.

I also believe as long as you eat as clean as possible, choosing the highest quality, one-ingredient foods that agree with your specific makeup 80-90% of the time, the other 10-20% will not make a difference. So that brings us to the subject of guilt, an extremely powerful and toxic emotion.

We all eat the cake and cookies occasionally. When you have a day or two of indulgence, like over Thanksgiving or Christmas, do you eat those special treats with gusto and relish every bite or do you feel guilty with every mouthful? It makes a difference as to how those foods affect your body.

In reality all food is neutral – neither good nor bad. And you have permission to enjoy any and all foods, in moderation, without beating yourself up. Each choice is yours alone and those labels often do more harm than good in the long run. This research found people who associated chocolate cake with guilt vs. celebration reported less healthy eating habits and lower levels of perceived behavioral control over healthy eating when under stress. They were also not found to have a positive attitude toward healthy eating.

Guilty feelings related to certain foods may cause people to eat more than they would want to in higher-stress situations. This is why changing your mindset toward food may help with your weight-loss goals. Your mindset about the food you eat affects how well it nourishes your body. Enjoyment of your food prompts the parasympathetic nervous system to trigger the relaxation response. This also relaxes the muscles in the gastrointestinal tract and increases digestive juices, which improve your ability to digest fully.

Food is fuel and nutrition, but it is also meant to be savored and enjoyed. It shouldn’t cause guilt and anxiety.

Do certain foods cause you to feel guilty when eating them?

Ann Musico is a holistic health coach and independent nutritional consultant. She has developed a “3-D Living Program” to assist her coaching clients in achieving vibrant health and wholeness – spirit, soul and body. Visit her website at https://www.threedimensionalvitality.com to learn more about the “3-D Living Program,” her book, Today is Still the Day, as well as the coaching packages she offers. Subscribe for her free monthly newsletter and weekly email messages.

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