Eliminate Annoying Habits for Good

Greetings healthy warriors
Ive got encouraging news today. You know how you feel when you can’t seem to break an annoying habit? Like me, you may feel defeated and give up after trying to release it after a few days. Some people may put more time into their efforts, and will have much better results. However many of those determined souls end up failing anyway. We all are probably tied to a habit we’d rather be without. For me, my most annoying habit is procrastination. No matter what I do, I still haven’t been able to dump the habit of procrastination entirely. Also, I used to be a compulsive eater at one time. Thankfully, I’ve got that pretty much under control now…and that was pretty hard work. Now if I could just eliminate procrastination…
Well, like I said earlier, I have encouraging news. All is not lost. I’ve been re-thinking my strategy for breaking old habits and I am very engouraged. I read a few tips on how I can eliminate a bad habit for good, and I want to share them with you. This is compliments of Leo Babauta. He wrote them factiously in just the oppisite of what we should really do. You can read more from him at: http:www.zenhabits.net
Enjoy.
Healthy trails to you

1.Take on multiple habits at once. We have lots of things we want to change, so we try to change them all at once. Of course, this spreads our focus and energy thin, so that we can’t give our entire focus to any one habit. Habits are hard to change, and spreading yourself thin is a good way to make sure you fail.
2.Bite off more than you can chew. Whether you do one habit or many at a time, try to do as much with each habit as possible, so that it takes up a lot of energy and seems really hard. Don’t run for 5 minutes, try doing 30. That way it’ll be a big chunk of your day that will get pushed to tomorrow when other urgent things come up, it will take a lot of your physical and mental energy, and it’ll be something you dread doing because it’s so difficult. Don’t meditate for 5 minutes, meditate for 60. Do 90 minutes of yoga. Change your entire diet all at once. These are excellent ways to fail.
3.Tackle habits you don’t enjoy. Because habits should be something you do for moral reasons — they’re good for you! And so it doesn’t matter if you hate them, and if you dread doing them after awhile, because you’re going to be disciplined. That works extremely seldomly, so it’s a great strategy.
4.Keep it a secret. Don’t tell anyone you’re changing your habit. That way, if you mess up, it won’t be embarrassing. This means that you secretly think you’re going to mess up, which is another excellent way to fail.
5.Jump right into it. Decide today to start running, and just do it! This way you are treating it as if it’s nothing, and not a big commitment. You don’t plan for obstacles, don’t set up a support system, don’t give yourself rewards, and treat the habit change as lightly as you do putting on your socks. And when you quit doing the habit, it will be no problem either.
6.Don’t worry about how others have succeeded. Why read the success stories of other people? You know better than them. You can do it without learning from them. That’s what I used to think, at least.
7.Don’t motivate yourself. You don’t need motivation if you have discipline. Discipline is something you have or don’t have, but motivation is something you can actually do.
8.Give yourself plenty of opportunities to give up. Trying to eat healthy? Have your cupboards and fridge filled with junk food, and have it surround you at work, and go to restaurants filled with fried foods and sugary sweets. You’ll definitely have the discipline to ignore those.

What Encourages You?

What encourages you?
Greetings Healthy Warriors
Thank you for your visit today. In this blog I decided to tell you a little more about myself by sharing with you why I am now known as the healthy warrior.

I heard a quote some time ago that was very encouraging to me. I heard it from a very good friend during a casual conversation one day. It goes something like this: “It doesn’t matter how far you fall, rather, it is how soft you land.”

This quote gave me some encouragement when I was at a particularly low point in my life. I was faltering and seeming not to be making much progress on things I cared about. It also was a time that my physical health was declining. I had little energy to speak of and I was beginning to be more introverted.

On that day, because of the quote from my friend, I realized that I was actually in a falling mode. I would have most likely continued in a hard downward spiral if I didn’t muster up a way to have a successful landing somehow. She jolted me into the realization that I needed to become proactive in order to have a smooth landing. I needed to get out of the slump that I was in. That’s when I was able to preveent myself from falling…somehow. Instead, with renewed determination I began a posive move forward.

No more pity parties for me. Of course I did all the normal things anyone would do who truly wanted to become physically fit and healthy. I believe because I took a personal interest in the reasons for my faltering condition, is what enabled me to have a soft landing. In other words I stopped ignoring my problems, but instead I focused on how to fix them. I became proactive.

In my case, I know I needed to eat healthier and become more active. So instead of isolating myself every day, I became more involved with life. I enrolled in an evening class at our neighborhood community school (computer 101); I helped out with my ageing parents more, and enjoyed visiting with people in general; especially my children and grandchildren.

I found out that the more proactive I was, the more my attitude changed. I became a positive thinker and realized that I did not have to be doomed to living as an unhealthy old lady for the rest of my life…and I decided that I was not old and that I did have a life. Being involved with productive issues, and keeping a positive attitude, is what really helped to turn my life around.
Thankfully I’ve lost well over a hundred pounds, I’m eating healthy, and working out some, and I’m a lot stronger physically. I love doing the water aerobics better than any of the other exercises. Frankly it really doesn’t matter what type of exercise you decide to do, just do it.

So if your life is faltering because of your weight… or for any other reason, I suggest that you get involved with things that mean a lot to you. It will help to lift you out of your depression (or funk) so you will be able to do what you need to do for yourself.
Good luck in reaching your goals and for having a soft landing.
Healthy trails to you.
Carolyn

Meditation: Food for the Soul?

I believe strongly in the power of meditation. These are the reasons.
1) Meditation serves to help maintain a sense of calmness in one’s life that may otherwise be missing.
2) For me, meditation helps to frame my mind to accept whatever it is I may have to face during a given day; good or bad.
3) For most people, meditation helps to strengthen their minds and to go the distance for what is perceived to right and good.
4) It also helps to be more accepting and tolerant towards others with different backgrounds and different life’s visions.
5) Meditation also serves to help in meeting challenging situations that will leave you all the wiser because of it.

So now that I’ve established that meditation is beneficial, when is the best time to meditate?
Chances are if you don’t live alone, it may be difficult to find the private time needed for meditation…especially if you are raising a family. The best way to handle this would probably be for you to start the day a few minutes earlier than the norm; perhaps a few minutes earlier than the expected time your family will be getting up to start their day. Of course you can meditate at night too if you choose to, but usually by the end of the evening most people are too tired to bother.

I believe the chances are better for your success if you were to stick to a morning schedule. Let’s say your family starts their day around 7am; in that case you should probably start your day about 20 to 30 minutes earlier than usual in order to do your meditation before they get up. Getting up earlier may not appeal to some folks who have a big family to care for before going off to work. That alone takes a lot of work sometimes. However, once you start this ritual, you will more than likely find it to be a very positive experience. Most people agree that meditation is both stimulating as well as relaxing. It can very soon become a habit that you look forward to doing every single day.

Some people will spend up to 30 minutes or more meditating; but you only need about 10 or 20 minutes to be effective. However, you should take as much time as you need in order to get the best results for you.

There are no definite rules for meditation. In fact, there are several different approaches that people could take. There are those who listen to soothing music, or may light a candle to help with the solemnness of the mood. They may say a short prayer centering on whatever the need happens to be. Some pray for protection and safety throughout the day, or for increased strength to better handle their daily issues. Others may repeat encouraging mantras or chants. You can do some of these things which are good, but more than that is needed.

I suggest that when you meditate, you should have the room darkened. The curtains or blinds should be closed. The door should be closed to help give you more privacy. Sit in a chair with hands together as if praying. The head should be bowed and the eyes should be closed.

1) Call on your higher power to give you peace, strength, and the ability to do what’s needed to make your life successful and content. Your Higher Power may be the Holy Heavenly Father above, or something else. That is up to you.

2) Relax your body, including your tongue; let it relax in your throat. Think of the person that you would like to be and envision yourself as that person. Hold that image and mentally transform yourself into being that person.

3) Feel your strength and the power you have to achieve greatness. Repeat a few more mantras or chants if you want to. Relax in the spirit of the moment and thank your higher power for the blessing of peace and security he has provided you with. Thank him for giving you the ability to stand strong and the ability to come out on the winning end of whatever it is you may have to struggle with today.

4) Repeat positive affirmations such as: I will enjoy a great relationship with my family; my family and I will be healthy and prosperous; or, I will excel in my career within the next two years. You get the idea. Repeat any positive affirmations you wish.

5) Lift your head and your hands upwards and thank your higher power again for being there for you. You should also thank him for revealing to you that with faith, patience, and hard work you will be successful in whatever your desire is.

Remember to choose a definite time for meditation and commit to the schedule you decide on. I’m sure you will enjoy better relationships with family and/or co-workers if that is what’s needed in your life. In any case, your meditation should serve to help you to become a more stronger individual and to have a more peaceful state of mind.

Healthy trails to you
Carolyn
P.S. If you feel so inclined, click on the link below and read a little from the author’s message inside.

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4 Steps to Detoxification

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I found this on rishikajin . com website. I thought it was interesting.
Enjoy.
Healthy trails to you.
Carolyn

Your 4- step guide to Detoxification.
I thought this was interesting. Sow this on

Sleep –- Probably the most important step in getting the clean–up campaign right. One thing which works like a dream is ‘restful sleep’. During sleep, our body works at detoxifying our system and sweeps it clean of all the damage done during the day. Most importantly, it works at restoring our hormonal balance and spikes up the immune system to cope with the next day’s work. Good sleep is linked to good appetite control which means it ensures that you don’t binge the next day and works backwards at reducing our guilt associated with binge eating.

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Food — Eating every two hours is not half as difficult as it seems and works wonderfully at reducing our chances of overeating. Having fruits, nuts or wholesome homemade breakfast within 15 minutes of rising helps nourish the system and a well–nourished system is less likely to drown itself in tea, coffee or ‘social drinking’. It is also more likely to feel hungry often in the day.
Staying in touch with your body’s hunger signals and feeding it according to its needs is the crucial aspect of preventing the unhealthy ‘fasting and feasting’ eating pattern, now well established as the classic pattern of creeping obesity (10 kilos in five years syndrome).

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Exercise — We owe our body some movement. It’s not designed for a sedentary lifestyle. Be it a Merc or a cycle, both ought to be used at their optimum working levels. Exercise improves blood and nutrient flow to the cells and removes (and recycles) toxins.
t’s an effective way of nourishing and cleaning our system. Hence, people who workout regularly have a clearer stomach, ruling out the panic mode which often compels people to opt for enemas. We must be able to naturally and efficiently let go off the waste products.
A forced expulsion via pills/ powders/ steam/ sauna may not only make us run to the loo multiple times a day but also wash off the important Vitamin B and intestinal flora and fauna. Lost flora and fauna leads to more toxicity because of impaired digestion – the exact opposite of what you expected.
A regular workout stimulates what is called the ‘larger than life kidney’ or the ‘third kidney’ of the body – the skin. The process of sweating as a result of exercise is the best detox for your body.

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State of Mind — An obsession with weight or trying to squeeze into a particular size of clothes speaks volumes of the mind’s imbalance. When the attitude is that of mindless compliance to a fitness or fashion trend, the damage is done even before you subject yourself to a fad diet.
Detoxification begins when the mind accepts the body exactly the way it is and nourishes it out of a sense of responsibility and joy instead of depriving it out a sense of shame and punishment.

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Creating Your Ideal Lifestyle

 

Now here is the thing; most of us want to improve our lives in some way.  I say this because practically everyone I talk to seems to have something about their lives they want to change.  It could be something like wanting a new career, to start a business, or to lose weight and have a healthier and better looking body.  The list is endless, but it is certainly doable.   The lifestyle you want will take more than just the desire to change…although that is a great beginning.   However, the sad truth is, most people have not figured out how to mesh their lives into the ideal lifestyle they desire.

I found something that I thought was very helpful when I was reading from the book of psalms, first chapter recently.   You may not be a spiritual person, and that’s okay.  The same principle could be used for the spiritual person as well as for the non-spiritual person.  After reading in the book of Psalms (the old testament) first chapter, this is what I found to be so helpful:

1)    You will be blessed if you do not stray from your goal…(in my case it is to lose more weight).  You should stop dreaming and longing of things that have no benefit to you (such as the unhealthy comfort foods that I need to avoid) these things can take your life away.

2)    Be enthusiastic and grateful for your ability to change.  In fact, live your life as if the change has already occurred.  Fill your mine with only the positive possibilities…both day and night.  You will grow stronger in your resolve to live the lifestyle of your dreams.

3)    Be confident.  There will be many people who will not succeed.  They seriously doubt themselves and are too willing to give up the wonderful possibilities awaiting them.  For whatever reason, They are unable to stop longing to indulge in unhealthy pleasures, and/or they sabotage their successes.  In the long run, they are unwilling to do the work it takes for bad habits to turn around.

4)      Give up the old habits and don’t be afraid of a little discomfort sometimes.  With your good integrity and persistence, you will achieve success at a meaningful level.

5)    Be therefore grateful, and also positive about your life.  Walk in confidence about your ability to change.

6)    Use the power of your spiritual strength to carry you in times of weakness.

Meshing your life into the lifestyle you desire will come to pass because of your commitment.  Go after it, work on it, and claim it.  Consistent work with a little discipline will get you the lifestyle you truly desire and deserve.

There is an e-book I think you can benefit from called: “The Little Book of Big Change-Be Happy, Make Money and Lose Weight” by Matt Beclcher.  Here is the link to it: http://astore.amazon.com/self-help5300-20/detail/B004IK94A0

As Matt puts it, his book is “Simple and direct.” I agree.  Use the link and read a little about it.

Healthy trails to you

Carolyn