Radical Action-Radical Results

Are you feeling hopeless? Here’s some radical advice that you won’t like at all.

Make a drastic change. No. Don’t even worry about hitting the gym or stocking up on lettuce leaves. Plan to live a leaner life with new habits that you might not associate with a diet program. Habits, good or bad, got you here and new habits will get you out. Indulge me for just a moment while I set this up for you:

imageObesity, overweight and mid-life spread are conditions.

These conditions exist due to long term inactivity, overeating, stress, and health mismanagement. While many of these circumstances alone are not detrimental over a short term, sustained periods of inactivity, poor food choices, and stress will kill “optimum well being.” To correct an over-fat condition you have to reverse the contributing factors. You need a drastic change.

Balance is Overrated.

Yeah, yeah, yeah. I know what “they” say. Balance is key, blah, blah, blah. But it’s not working, is it? We are still an overweight, unhealthy and unhappy society. We arrived at this state due to extreme or long term bad habits and now we want a nice, easy, balanced solution. Hello; that only happens on the internet. Real people have to engage in real effort to get real results.

Radical Change Gets Radical Results

1)  Shut off the television.

Get out, live life, and achieve your goal. Do you have a Bucket List? Get on it! Engaging in new activities will shake up your life, thoughts and expectations. Fail at something new and move on, or succeed at something new and shake up your life. The karma will spill over into your physical reality too!

2)  Get up earlier.

Spend the first hour of your day in active pursuit of  your goal. If you’re not a “morning person” so be it. Make sure though, that your late night hours are productive, empowering and purposeful. If you lack good sleep habits, make that your radical change, get more! Whatever your inner clock dictates, make the best use of your time.

3) Eat real food.

Stop with the “sugar addiction” BS. Get over it, eat well and achieve your goal. The very nature of being human is to seek the opinions of others, but if you get stuck with notions of addiction, oppression, age and decline, that’s where you’ll end up. Combat every oracle of aging.

4) Plan to succeeed.

Winning is not a random occurrence, it’s an organized outcome. Do your homework. Count the calories, prepare the food, tend to injuries and show up everyday with a strong attitude and 100% expectation. You can win!

5) Get comfortable with “missing out.” 

I know, we all want to be in the middle of the fun, socially accepted and engaged. And you will be! Once you seek to improve your life there will be a new way to party, new social contacts and a new way to engage in an exciting, healthy way. Anticipate the new!

imageWhat holds you back?

Eating in bed while watching late night television? A cocktail to wind down every night? Cooking and nibbling? Procrastination? Self pity? Lame excuses?

What are you willing to do about it?

What are you willing to walk away from in order to realize your goal? How bad do you want it? You’ll be surprised to find out what you DON’T miss in order to live a fuller, leaner and happier life. Start with something easy to handle or start with something that scares you. Ready?

Let’s do it together! Download THE ACTION PLAN.  xokp

Self Respect

Have You Wondered?

jaclynDo I respect myself?

When I’m tired, do I rest? When I’m hungry, do I feed myself well? When I am lethargic do I get active? When I’m injured, do I take time to heal, seek professional help, and nurture habits that make me strong? When I fail, do I pick myself up, cheer myself on and resume the challenge?

Or do I walk away from myself, my hopes and dreams? Do I batter myself with thoughts of worthlessness and pity? Do I give a damn about me? Do I do the things that will truly make a difference in my life?

There are so many ways that we can respect ourselves and it’s novel to understand that eating breakfast is respectful. Exercise is empowering. Time is valuable, precious, limited and we are worthy of taking as much as we need.

Self-respect is not only about walking away from negative people and situations, it’s caring enough about yourself to go out for a walk, eat good food, rest when weary, cry when you need to and become selective about your busy-ness. Self-respect is honoring wrinkles, sags, veins and cellulite by doing more, not less. More than accepting who we are now, self-respect is loving who we are now and saying yes to everything that makes us more.

We are meant to shine, to struggle, to feel well, to be strong, have doubts, laugh, fail, and live.  Are you?

Start a Respect Revolution today.

Step One: own your magnificence and acknowledge it. Announce it! Tell me about your best friend and share those things you’ve long admired about her/him (that’s you!).

“And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.” M. Williamson

xokaren

Even Wonder Woman Sleeps In

The Wake Up Call

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Karen!

Hey Karen?!

A voice called out in the early morning quiet. A dream? No, more of a nightmare (well not that bad but it did freak me out).

I slept in. Aghhhh, damn!

My fitness studio is located directly below my living area and the morning girls had arrived at 5:30 am as usual, calling out for me. For the first time in my professional life, I slept through it! I slept in.

I share this because I think that we all tend to ignore the signs of overwork and stress until that time something completely unexpected occurs. Headaches? Illness? General fatigue? Distracted concentration? Moodiness?

I never sleep in so that was my “wake up call.”

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Signs of stress, overwork and/or overtraining are sneaky. You don’t realize what’s happening until it’s too late.

It’s tricky trying to sort out our own body signals, and because we’re not “whiners” we simply keep charging onward!

In this past month:

I’ve enrolled in an intense online business school. I work on lessons 24/7 (whenever I can) because I love to.

When my clientele doubled I was ecstatic. I love what I do!

When the car broke down, no problem! I can handle that!

My toothache needs a Root Canal. OK!  Make the appointment and I’ll get my check book!

I can handle it! Time to hit the gym! Right?

Whoa! Hold up Super Hero, take one deep breath.

 

imageThe point is we are not Wonder Woman. I know, that’s shocking! We can however, and do, survive. What I realize today is this; we are capable, we are strong, we are mighty, but we are not indestructible.

No one is immune to “doing too much.” Watch for signs of  the Wonder Woman Syndrome and slow down, prioritize, engage in life and enjoy the ride.

Have you received a big old sign from the universe lately, suggesting that you should slow down? Tell me about it! xokp