Holiday Weight Loss: The Garter Belt Hypothesis
By using the words "garter belt" in my title, I wanted to grab your attention. However, over the years, I developed a theory that if I wore a garter belt, silk nylons and heels I would feel sexier and eat less.
Eventually it just took up too much time, but on occasion it still works for me. In my opinion, pantyhose are terrifically uncomfortable anyway, so why not give it a try?
It doesn't have to be the garter-belt scenario, but find something that makes you feel like you do not want to overeat.
I believe it was Sophia Loren who said she never wears anything with an elastic waist, as it's too easy to eat too much and gradually gain weight until you put on your clothes that have waistbands and find that you can't zip them. I have found this to be a good tip.
Standing up really straight also helps me to eat less, silly as that may sound.
The holiday season is renowned for being the packing-on-the-pounds season; so between the garter belt and the following tips maybe this year you can maintain or even lose weight during the season:
Chocolates in boxes are everywhere...
Don't have them on your desk or in your house. Don't put them in your freezer as that will not slow you down; they can be eaten frozen and we all know it. Give them away or if you have great self-control, limit yourself to one a day at most for up to five days per season.
When you have your one chocolate, you need to eat it after you eat a salad and do savor it. Remember, food should not be a reward. Being healthy is its own reward. Also, deprivation rarely works long term, so a few chocolates are OK!
The Buf-fat Table
Walk around the buffet table at least once to size up the selections. Are there fresh veggies and fruit? Watch out for all the cheese platters, breads, crackers and high-calorie choices. Your plate should be at least half vegetables with a small dollop of dip -- dips are usually high fat (and it's the wrong kind of fat) and high in sodium. Don't forget to select a protein source whether that is a piece of chicken or fish or a bean dish.
Calories and Sugar in a Glass
That would be alcohol. Four ounces of champagne or wine is about 100 calories. Many people have wine goblets, not glasses and it's very easy to drink much more than four ounces. And this unthinking drinking easily contributes to holiday weight gain.
Drink plenty of water, sip wine only with meals and limit your consumption. Remember in the nutrition world "support your liver" is the mantra; your liver really doesn't like alcohol.
The Bottom Line: Eat more vegetables, limit your alcohol and desserts, up your water intake and, of course, continue regular exercise.
In good health,
Patty James. M.S. is a Vital Health Educator and Nutrition Coach who founded the first certified organic cooking school and nutrition center in America.
December 21, 2009
Be A Success At Everything You Do!
Dr. Jeffrey Spencer was an Olympic cyclist and key member of the Lance Armstrong-led team that won 8 straight Tour de France championships.
Now best-known as the “Life Coach to the Stars” he’s boiled down the steps that made him and his clients winners in all walks of life. He's also packed his motivational magic into a super new book that can help you perform at your best... even when you are dieting!
Turn It Up (HCI Books) teaches you how to perform at your highest level for a lifetime. And you don't have to be an Olympic-caliber athlete to find success with Spencer's "fail-proof" system.
"Turn It Up! is the missing link for success based on proven methods that can make anybody’s goals achievable," Spencer says.
"The secret to success is not perfection but being 100 percent proficient at the 90 percent that needs to be done to experience success 95 percent of the time."
So why should we swallow what Spencer has to say about success?
"Over the last 30 years my entire professional life has been devoted to helping people become successful," he notes. "My background as an Olympic athlete, welfare and broken home survivor combined with my master’s degree and chiropractic licensure, allow me to create winning strategies to help my clients reach goals consistently.
"I’ve had the good fortune of working with many of the top performer in the world get to the top of their games and stay there."
Spencer's bio made a believer out of me.
An Olympic cyclist at the '72 Games, Spencer was named "Sports Chiropractor of the Year" in 2004. He has worked with PGA, WTA and NASCAR winners, a World Series MVP, rock legends, ultra-successful businesspeople, and NFL, and MLB athletes, as well as Motocross and Formula 1 drivers.
Spencer also had the distinction of being a staff member of the United States Postal Service and Discovery Channel Professional Cycling Teams that won an unprecedented eight Tours de France.
Spencer says he's seen ample evidence that success does not depend upon innate ability or possessing a certain personality type. His clients are not uniquely blessed; they have simply acquired a special set of skills that virtually guarantee them victory — and Spencer’s advice plays a strategic role in their success.
Spencer says he gives his clients the mental, physical and strategic advice they need to consistently perform at their highest level.
"The main point of Turn It Up! is that success is a learned behavior anyone can learn," he says. "There are countless examples of talented people and those with tremendous willpower who never succeed because they haven’t learned how to become successful; something everyone can do.
"Not trying to be perfect, embracing risk, controlling fear, thinking as big as possible without censorship and being a master success planner... each of these is as important to becoming and remaining a success as the others."
To become a success at dieting, Spencer suggests you first collect information to decide what it is you want to achieve.
"You must define a realistic plan -- one that has sustainability," he says. "You don't just want to plan to reach a goal; you need to plan for reaching your goal and beyond.
"When you hit a block in the road, you must develop a strategy to overcome."
So what are the top reasons so many of us fail at dieting and other endeavors?
"I believe the primary reason is we are afraid of success," he says. "We're afraid that we'll have to step up and perform at certain level.
"We have a fear of failure. Fear can paralyze our mind and body from taking risks."
What’s the one bit of advice Spencer would give someone who wants to learn how to make success a lifestyle?
"Learn to create and execute step by step success plans that are within your skill set, health, time availability and resources."
Also important: FOCUS!
Your iPod, iPhone, Blackberry and emails are all vying for your attention. You won't be able to focus on your goal if you allow these gadgets to get in the way.
"They take attention away from us," he says. "We're obsessed… we're afraid we are gonna miss something that is vital. It takes us away from action steps."
Spencer advises that before you set out on a plan, you must first take inventory of your skills and ask yourself what is it that you truly feel passionate about.
"My observation is that people want more out of life than they have. They know what they want and are capable of achieving and will devote the effort to reaching their goals but just don’t know how to do it," he says.
"Turn It Up! gives everyone a proven, easily to understand and implement success road map that develops the mindset, skills and planning to live a passionate, purposeful, productive and prosperous life.
"Success matters because we’re born to succeed. That’s why we have brains and body’s so we can create great plans based on expansive visions and manifest them through the correct action steps."
To purchase a copy of Turn It Up!: How to Perform at Your Highest Level for a Lifetime click the book title.
August 4, 2008
Don’t Let Fear Stall Your Weight Loss
Fear can paralyze us... preventing us from accomplishing our dreams.
And that includes our dream to lose the extra weight and live a happier, healthier lifestyle.
In this Diet.com exclusive, Dr. Santi Meunier has advice for overcoming our fear.
Don’t Let Fear Stall Your Dreams
We have all known fear. For some of us fear is a constant companion, the underlying force in our lives that keeps us feeling “stuck” or “safe” as the case may be. Sometimes it has saved us from entering into a dangerous situation.
Other times it may have prevented us from pursuing something that could have been a life-changing opportunity. Fear can keep us from boarding airplanes, from falling in love, from losing weight, and perhaps the saddest of all, from fulfilling our true purpose here in this lifetime.
Fear insinuates itself into our emotional fiber, so the more power we give to it the more it demands. It speaks to us constantly, a catastrophic song about one thing or another, and we continue to listen.
What is this thing “fear” that lords over us, calling the shots and robbing us of our peace of mind? Who or what is it that speaks? Is it us? Are we the voice of fear? It can certainly feel like that sometimes.
Before we can begin to free ourselves from the grip of fear and its negative effects, we need to understand the true nature of fear.
In the beginning, we were given instincts to help us survive. We had a heightened sense of our environment so that we could nourish ourselves and procreate. As time went on we became more dependent upon machines and technology for our quality of life and survival. As a result, our instincts and senses diminished and our mental processes strengthened.
As we became more and more identified with our minds as our source of supply and safety, our thoughts and emotions carried more weight. Fear shifted its focus from our instinctual nature to our emotional nature.
It is the imbalance of our emotions that create toxic levels of fear.
We strengthen what we focus on. The more attention we give to fear the stronger it gets. The key to overcoming the debilitating affects of fear is to bring our emotional, instinctual and spiritual natures into balance and harmony.
Thankfully, there is another way to experience life that leads to a new freedom and happiness If you are sick and tired of being afraid, here are 3 simple steps to begin to free yourself from fear.
• Identify the fear.
What am I afraid of and why? It was President Franklin D. Roosevelt who said, “There is nothing to fear but fear itself.” Write or speak your fear. Bring it out into the open-expose it.
Example: I am losing weight and I am afraid that I will sabotage my success. In the past I have always gained the weight back. I am afraid of failing again.
• Disassemble the fear.
Make a plan of action that is in direct opposition to your fear.
Instead of reacting to what we fear, form an action that is based on what we desire.
Example: I am losing weight. The food plan I am following is working. My past behavior does not have to determine my future unless I and I alone allow it to. I just have to be willing to stay on track today. The fear of failure is a projection. If I stay in the now I will be all right.
Are you willing to do whatever you have to do, just for today, to stay on track regardless of your fear?
If the answer is YES, congratulations, your freedom has begun. Go do it and see how your attitude about fear begins to change.
If the answer is NO, then we have to break the fear down into manageable parts until we reach the desired result.
1. Write an inventory of your dieting patterns over the last year highlighting your strengths and what you have accomplished as a result of them.
2. Review your weaknesses (food triggers, emotional danger zones and self-defeating patterns). Make a plan to minimize their affects or to overcome them.
If late-night eating is a trigger make a plan to call someone (a diet buddy) at that time each night. Don’t be alone with your craving. It is a set-up to fail. If you are an emotional eater than it is important to journal and share with someone you trust what is really “eating” you.
3. Pray for the courage and the commitment to have the healthiest and most beautiful body you are can, one day at a time. Don’t compare. Accept your body. It is the only one we have to carry us through our journey in this lifetime.
4. Keep a food diary. People who do have more success than people who don’t.
• Change your relationship to fear.
Why does fear have such a powerful hold over us?
It has power only if we give it power. You can withdraw it at anytime. Make a declaration that you are in charge of your life, not your fear. You may have fear, but you are not fear.
As creative beings we are constantly re-creating ourselves. Unfortunately, many people create what they fear instead of what they want. You do have a choice. When you change your relationship with fear from slave to master, your life begins to change. Action is the key. We must act on what we desire for our highest good and well-being regardless of how afraid we may be.
The more we take positive action, the less we fear.
We are always affirming something in our mind. Make a decision to affirm what you want instead of what you fear: “I do not have to repeat negative patterns from my past. I can be on my side today."
Fear does not have to dominate our lives. Take positive action regardless of how fearful you may be. Not only will your life improve and your fears lessen, but your reputation with yourself will soar.
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Dr. Santi Meunier is an author and speaker, recognized for her unique style and her ground-breaking strategies for personal and professional growth. Her program, Practical Spirituality for Fearless Living, has helped thousands to enrich their lives and realize their dreams. For more information visit www.SantiMeunier.com.
July 28, 2008