Writing Could Help You Cope With Stress

I read today the following articles:

Writing About Emotions May Ease Stress And Trauma

Effects Of Writing About Stressful Experiences On Symptom Reduction In Patients With Asthma Or Rheumatoid Arthritis

Writing To Heal

And I encourage you to do the same. Here are some general notes taken from the articles to give you a quick overview of what I read.

Writing about stressful life events helped reduce symptoms for certain medical conditions.

Research findings link mental and emotional health to physical health.

Expressive writing or journaling may strengthen the immune system.

Expressive writing or journaling about the stressful events of your life, may help you to come to terms with them.

Expressive writing isn’t a cure-all and won’t work for everyone.

Findings suggest that expressive writing may upset people but eventually helps them to relax.

Expressive writing involved writing for a specified period each day about stressful or traumatic experiences.

Participants usually write nonstop while exploring their innermost thoughts and feelings without inhibition. The exercise helped them to understand how the traumatic event may revive memories of other stressful events.

Writing helps people to organize thoughts and give meaning to a traumatic experience.

Writing may enable them to learn to better regulate their emotions.

It’s also possible that writing about something may help someone break free of the endless mental cycling more typical of brooding or rumination.

Timing also mattered. Writing immediately after a traumatic event may actually cause the person to feel worse, because they aren’t ready to face it. Recommendations of waiting 1 to 2 months before trying this technique, have been advised.

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How does this help you to with weight loss? I don’t know? Didn’t say it would. I found this research interesting and thought I would share it with you.

I am going to try it and see how it goes, even as a reflective exercise.

Firstly, I have not had any traumatic events in my life. I am not claiming to have PTSD or any of the medical conditions described in the articles. I found the articles interesting and thought I would apply expressive writing to the various situations of my life as an experiment for myself.

As a blog about weight loss, I realize that this is not specifically about weight loss. But weight loss is all about being healthy. And health is about being completely healthy not just one part of it.

So as something that may help you to reflect and learn from your experiences, and something that may help you cope better, I think it’s worth adding to this blog.

Please look into the articles, and let me know what you find.

 

PLEASE NOTE:  Seek medical advice for all major medical health concerns. Do not attempt this technique if you have recently been through a traumatic event, are experiencing major medical health concerns, or experiencing mental illness.

This is not meant to be medical advice, but just an experiment to try.

 

You owe it to yourself, to be healthy, to be fit, to live life.

Thanks for reading,

William…

“Live Life!”

 

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An Action Plan For Weight Loss This Year – Part 8

October. This month, try for a second day of fasting during the week. Don’t make it a day following or before the previous day of fasting, but rather any other day during the week.

My instructions from August:

So choose one day per week, and for the first week just cut back 1 meal. That’s it. Maybe have breakfast later and have dinner earlier. It’s only a suggestion. Find a solution that works for you.

Week 2:  maybe cut back just 10% of the normal size of your meals.

Week 3:  maybe cut back another 10% of your normal meal size.

Week 4:  maybe cut back a further 10% of your normal meal size.

So after 4 weeks, you will only be eating 2 meals, that are now only 70% of their regular size.

Obviously this is the second day during the week that you will be performing a fast, so make sure it’s a light day for whatever training you’ve planned to do. Keep that training going.

That’s all this month, this month.

PLEASE NOTE: If you have current medical health conditions please consult your GP, before starting any sought of dietary changes, like fasting. It’s great you’re trying new things, but don’t put your health or safety at risk, please consult your GP first.

31 days of October:  Train everyday either cardio or strength, hypnosis each day, control food portions, aware and modify your self-talk, don’t lapse  on those 20 unhealthy processed foods, and now fast  2 days per week.

 

You owe it to yourself, to be healthy, to be fit, to live life.
Thanks for reading,
William…
“Live Life!”

 

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An Action Plan For Weight Loss This Year – Part 3

Month 4:  April – Portion Control

Portion Control. This can be an ultra-complex subject, complicated by food types, a person’s relative size, activity level, gender and so on. That is to say, what one person eats will be different to the next person, because we are all different and we all have different situations. So in the interest of simplicity, the idea for portion control, will be to start to consciously examine how much food you are consuming and how often. Then you will consciously start to limit that amount or frequency of foods. Across a 4 week incremental approach you will start to cut down the amount of food you are eating.

Week 1: Write down all food and drink that you consume and what times for each day.

Does the volume of food surprise you? Is there some late morning, late afternoon, late evening snacking happening?

What about the size of each of the main meals?

Week 2:  Can you cut back the snacks? Maybe change them for vegies, or salad? How about the size of your meals, can you cut back there? Pick one thing and either remove it or cut it back.

Week 3:  Pick another area, and cut it out or cut it back?

Week 4:  Pick another area, and cut it out or cut it back?

Now the idea is not to starve yourself. So don’t cut the main meals out. So don’t skip breakfast. If you aren’t a breakfast person that is ok, just eat it later. I’m not a breakfast person, so I don’t eat until about, 10am. Maybe you’ve been snacking and can remove snacking at a certain time or times. Remember it’s not about starvation, but changing the bad habits for better habits, and creating a healthier lifestyle.

Some other things to help with portion control. Don’t eat while watching TV. When you’re distracted you’re not paying attention. Hint, hint, as in you’re not paying attention to eating. Second, don’t rush. Slow down. Yes take your time when eating. Start to experience the full feeling from the food, before finishing, rather than slam that food down and feel like you’re about to tear your stomach open, 15 minutes after you finish. Last, chew your food. Yes, chew your food more. Chew it until it’s a fine paste before swallowing.

Find places to limit or remove food consumption from your diet. Remember, don’t watch TV while eating, slow down eating, and chew your food more.

30 Days of April – Cardio 60 minutes + Don’t consume 8 products from February + Hypnosis session each day + Start analysing your food intake and start to limit food volume.

 

You owe it to yourself, to be healthy, to be fit, to live life.
Thanks for reading,
William…
“Live Life!”

 

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An Action Plan For Weight Loss This Year – Part 1

An action plan for weight loss this year. Sounds great. What do you mean William?

Well I’ve written about numerous topics over the last month or so, we’ve just entered a new year, and who wouldn’t want this year to become a successful year for them, especially in the weight loss, healthy lifestyle category?

Ok, down to business, or this case weight loss. Yes this is going to take some work, but when does anything just happen?

I’m going to break the year down into 12 months, pretty simple right? 12 little periods to institute and perfect just one thing – a concept, an idea.

I’m going to give you an outline for 12 smaller goals, 12 little focus points, 12 new healthy habits, that will be added to each other so that by December 31 at the end of this year you will have created a new healthy lifestyle for yourself.

Easy, NO! But well worth it. This will take effort. Will you mess up? Yes. Will you have difficulty applying it? Yes. But after 12 months you will have changed your lifestyle completely.

Confident? I am, I have the easy part, I’m telling you. Yes, you have the hard part, implementing it and improvising it. This will be a journey if you accept it like no other, you will discover things about yourself, and you will adapt to suit your limits and situation.

Before you start take some photos of yourself, and measure your weight. Remember to take photos and measure your weight each month to keep track of your results.

Month 1: January – Cardio.

That’s right CARDIO. All you have to do this month is CARDIO EVERYDAY! Regardless of the conditions or whatever life throws at you. What I want you to do is 60 minutes every day. That’s all 60 minutes, 1 hour. But what happens if my neighbour’s dog changes it’s profile image on social media, and I can’t do my 60 minutes cardio, because of this emergency? Really? If there is an emergency, that’s ok, the idea is to get as close to 31 days for 31 days. But if you can’t, well you can’t. But where do your commitments lie? Make the commitment to change. If you can’t do the full hour just do less. 1 minute isn’t really working out. I would say nothing less than 15-20 minutes.

The rest I’ll leave up to you. That’s right, you choose what kind of cardio. Please don’t try to do something to crazy and end up hospitalising yourself. Work within your limits. Start slowly and pace yourself.

31 Days of January – 60 minutes Cardio.

 

You owe it to yourself, to be healthy, to be fit, to live life.
Thanks for reading,
William…
“Live Life!”

 

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Believe And Overcome Fear

Do you question if what you’re doing to lose weight is working. Whether your commitment and sacrifice is helping to achieve your goal. Nobody likes to waste their time, energy and especially money on things that will only bring them disappointment.

We all have fears and doubts, but where is our level of confidence at?  Usually pretty low if we can’t keep motivated, if we can’t see a brighter future, if we can’t see ourselves achieving our goals.

Why is that? A regular reason is that we over-estimate what we can achieve in the short-term and under-estimate what we can achieve in the long-term. What does that mean?  Basically we get demoralised when we don’t achieve our goals overnight, but can’t see with committed action that we will get there in the long term.

It’s easily said that we should have courage, and act despite our fears and doubts. But how do you have courage, and act in faith when you’ve never experience this before?

Belief in your own abilities is the only way that you will overcome this. How will you achieve this? You need to convince yourself that you can do what you want to achieve.

Your self talk, that is, how you talk to yourself, is a very big reason why people succeed or fail. Many people are so negative towards themselves all the time. Do you know anybody like this? Maybe yourself?

You can’t just decide to change your self talk, and then just change it. It’s a habit that has been formed, rehearsed and practiced over a long period of time. So changing your self talk isn’t going to happen overnight. But with consciousness to what you are saying to yourself and not accepting negativity towards yourself, you will start to change and become better for it.

If you want to learn to change your self talk, look to read a copy of Emmet Fox’s book: The Seven Day Mental Diet: How To Change Your Life In A Week. This book is great for understanding and changing your self talk.

Another way is to find success stories of people achieving their goals. It’s a great way to re-motivate yourself when you become low and distressed. One great success story for weight loss  https://www.vox.com/2015/7/7/8877041/losing-100-pounds where a man lost 100 pounds (45kg) in weight in one year. Click on the link and read it for yourself. Inspiring.

There are many other success stories like his out there. Just search “weight loss success stories”.

Another way, could be that you use a hypnotherapist to help smooth the path so that you can take action easier. Or you could purchase a hypnosis product to listen to daily, to help change your mindset for weight loss. Both of these methods work, the growing testimonial and scientific evidence that hypnosis has proves that it isn’t just witch doctor voodoo. Hypnosis is a legitimate method for changing your mindset and beliefs on a subject.

 

You owe it to yourself, to be healthy, to be fit, to live life.
Thanks for reading,
William…
“Live Life!”

 

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Can You Diet And Party?

As someone who is writing about weight loss, a question came to me today, that is especially important at the moment. Yes, yes, I can hear you say, the question is the title: “Can You Diet And Party?”

It’s the day before New Year’s Eve, and at this time of year for many people across the world, it’s a PARTY time of year.

So, can you diet and party? Is it possible? Can it be done?

Hmm, as I think. Well if I was to say, party, I mean party. Not some half effort. Not some kill-joy attempt. I mean party!

So how do you party? What do you do when you party? When you let loose, have fun with friends, how do you party?

Do you need to drink and smoke? For many people when they socialise, one can’t live without the other. And to go further, when out with friends or out being social, how much do you need to drink or smoke or whatever?

Is there a requirement that needs to be met for you to tick off “fun”, on your party list?

A minimum amount of alcohol, bad food, drugs and so on, on that “fun/party” list?

Do you NEED these things to party? Can you not do without them? Are you addicted to them?

What is your definition of partying? Does it state levels of consumption? Or is it about socialising with the people you love and care for?

Maybe by just being conscious of your definitions and your requirements, you might start to curb those things that aren’t really needed to be social and to party.

Maybe you will be more conscious of what you should be valuing more.

How is it that our definitions and requirements to meet those definitions, are so misplaced? Where did they come from?

I suppose, with becoming more conscious of these matters, you can change what you need. And so, actively have a great time, party, and still keep your diet in place, without destroying your confidence in yourself in the process.

 

You owe it to yourself, to be healthy, to be fit, to live life.
Thanks for reading,
William…
“Live Life!”

 

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Have You Given Up?

I am always hearing people saying that they just can’t lose weight, that they’re doomed for the rest of their lives. They’ve given up, at wits end with what seems to be no options out. Many have lost and regained weight over and over again, going from one method to the next with no real success.

Have you given up?

Have you tried it all?

When reviewing successful cases of weight loss and weight management over long periods of time, 4 principles keep showing up time and time again. Coincidental? No, success leaves clues, as they say. So what are the 4 principles?

  1. Healthy Diet
  2. Portion Control
  3. Cardiovascular Exercise
  4. Strength Training

Simply, diet and exercise. That’s it. A healthy diet and controlled portions and cardio and strength training. Really? Yes!

Healthy Diet:

So what is a healthy diet? No processed products, that’s right, only natural products, foods that you will find in nature as they are or very close. Sorry no soda, no pasta, no bread, no alcohol, no chocolate, no chips.  Is that it. Yes! To say it is easy, but to do is difficult, especially when you aren’t used to eating a diet free of these things. Many people are addicted to processed foods, sugar, fast foods etc…

So the difficultly will be the implementation of the healthy foods and the removal of the unhealthy foods. I would suggest that you start slow, start small, and proceed step by step. Try to implement 1 thing and remove 1 thing. Don’t try to remove the things you love the most at the beginning, because you will be fighting withdrawal symptoms before long. Start with something small and that you’re not addicted to. Then try something else small. Slowly and surely you will change your diet for the better.

Portion Control:

Overeating is a chronic problem for many people and is one of the major problems for people who are trying to lose weight. By controlling the amount of food you are eating, you start to limit the amount of excess calories that you have to burn off. The amount of food will be different for everyone, it will be dependent on many factors. Review the size of the meals you are eating. Are you forcing yourself towards the end of meal to finish what’s on your plate? Did you know many people have been raised to finish what’s on their plate. Do you eat fast without chewing your food and tasting the food?

Slow down your eating, reduce the size of the meals, chew your food more and taste it. When you start to feel full, stop eating. Drink more water between meals to curb dehydration, which is commonly mistaken for hunger. Follow these suggestions and you will start to control your weightloss issues.

Cardiovascular Exercise:

Cardio as it is commonly known; things such as running, swimming, walking, cycling and rowing are the commonly stated cardio exercises, but as long as you are raising your heart rate and your breath rate, you are performing cardiovascular exercise. You need to raise your heart rate for a minimum of 30 minutes up to 90 minutes. The average time is usually around the 45 – 60 minutes. Performed 5 – 7 days per week.

If you have never done cardiovascular exercise in your life, don’t go out and try to run for 90 minutes, you won’t be doing yourself any favours. Instead start small and slow. Start out at 10 or 15 minutes and see how feel. Maybe continue for the next week or so at that level. Then the week after, extend 5 minutes. And then another 5 minutes the week after and so on, continually improving and extending up to 60 – 90 minutes, to what feels right for you.

Strength Training:

The last principle that many successful weightloss stories have is ‘strength training’. Does this mean you have to go to a gym and pump weights with the body builders? No, but a gym is a good place to start learning to do strength training. Do you have to go to a gym to learn and do strength training? No. There are many alternatives. Strength training should be performed 1 – 3 times per week. Dependent on your schedule and your goals

 

You owe it to yourself, to be healthy, to be fit, to live life.
Thanks for reading,
William…
“Live Life!”

 

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Weight Loss Is Just Counting Calories And Some Exercise – Isn’t It?

Scary statistics, the obestity and overweight statistics of western society. Ever had a look at the statistics from your own country? It’s terrible, even our kids are adversely affected. Some statistics are showing that two thirds of some populations are overweight, with as much as one third being obese.

How can we let ourselves fall to such a level? Look at our sedentary lifestyles, the addiction to internet and television. Where will we end up in 20 years? Quite frankly, it’s depressing. No wonder mental health is deteriorating.

 

How are you sabotaging yourself?

To change our low levels of health, awareness of how we are sabotaging ourselves is essential. We all have particular and unique ways that we accomplish this task. Once we uncover how we are doing this we can change those particular behaviours.

What is stopping you from eating healthier?

What is stopping you from exercising?

What excuses are you telling yourself?

Who or what are you blaming?

What are you going to do to change these things?

 

How can you improve your diet?

Nobody enjoys having to start something they don’t want to do. But in what ways could you start to change your diet?

You don’t have to go cold turkey and change everything at once. Start slowly and implement at your discretion. Just removing soda will reduce sugar consumption dramatically, which is a major problem. The addiction to sugar and fast foods is a major reason for the statistics. By removing the worst things from your diet slowly and surely is the best way to continue long term.

 

It’s about being healthy.

What’s the end goal? To lose weight or be healthy? Hopefully you said healthy. The long term goal is to become more healthy by creating good habits around diet and exercise. Losing weight will not help you if you still maintain your unhealthy ways. So focus on how to be more healthy, and as a result lose the weight that you are seeking to.

 

Step by step.

By trying to change everything at once, trying to give up all the bad habits cold turkey, won’t work. You will be overwhelmed. Too much too quickly. Set yourself up to win, not fail and become depressed over nothing happening. Start slowly and start small. By changing in this way, step by step, your chance of success will be greater. With goals set, plans written up and deadlines set, you will improve your efforts dramatically. But only, step by step, by starting slow, by starting small. Let your small successes build and let the confidence in your abilities soar as you then push on to bigger and harder challenges.

 

You owe it to yourself, to be healthy, to be fit, to live life.
Thanks for reading,
William…
“Live Life!”

 

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10 Weightloss Truths You Have To Come To Terms With

  1. You are who you are:

You can’t change who you are. That is to say, you can’t be 6 ft tall if you’re only 5 ft tall. Some things you can’t change, many things you can, but some you can’t. That’s life. You have to live with you are. You can’t be somebody else. So concentrate on the things you can do something about.

  1. You might end up heavier:

Yes. I’ll say it again, yes. Muscle is heavier than fat. If you improve your fitness and strength, your muscular composition will also improve. Fact. Yes, with concentrated focused effort you will lose fat, but you will also gain muscle. So you might become heavier in the process. Is this a bad thing. No, are you healthier? Do you fit clothes better? Damn, yes to both those questions.

  1. Once won’t make you fit:

Fitness is a health habit that is continuous and ongoing. It is not a once off effort or done once a year in January. Your fitness training has to be a habit, performed and maintained at least 3 times per week. Your efforts pay off over time with an increase in fitness and performance.

  1. Effort required:

What effort? Why? I know, who would have thought? Seriously though, anything worth achieving requires dedication, commitment, sweat equity. “Effort”.  Plan it, schedule it and actually do it. Yep, turn up and do it, each and every time. Making excuses, won’t work and neither will blaming someone or circumstances. Don’t put it off, get started however you can.

  1. Weightloss won’t happen by tomorrow:

You didn’t gain the wait overnight and you won’t lose it all before waking up tomorrow. Weightloss is a journey. The process will start slowly and increase overtime. Keep records of what activities you have performed and the results to follow. With analysis of your records you will find what is working and what is not. Streamline and tailor your efforts as is necessary.

  1. Spot reduction is a lie:

Don’t fall into the trap of believing ‘spot reduction’. You can’t do sit ups to reduce a fat belly. You can however train your whole body and improve your whole body in the process. You are at the mercy of your genetics when it comes to removing the fat from your body, the same way as when it goes on. Train the whole body.

  1. Proper nutrition:

You have to see yourself as a race machine, you wouldn’t put manure into a race car would you? No! So don’t put processed foods into your body. Am I stating that you need to paying for only the most expensive foods available, NO! What I am saying is, healthy, nutritious, naturally available foods are best.

  1. Exercise:

Yes, you need to exercise. Dieting alone can reduce the fat off your body. But how quickly? The best way is a combination of exercise and diet. Exercise should include cardiovascular exercise and strength training. Yes both, the ideal is to fit, strong and healthy. Find something that you like to do, or do it with someone, or find something to do at the same time.

  1. Quick fixes don’t exist:

Forget the scams, the miracles and all the TV advertisements. Learn the fundamentals of weightloss, nutrition, exercise and strength training. You don’t anything more than that. You don’t need the fads or what’s new out there. Learn the basics and apply them. That is what is more likely to work in the long run.

  1. Lifelong commitment:

Yes I said ‘lifelong’. This is for life, not this week, or a month. Form the habit and train for life. Set goals, go after them and achieve them. No secrets, just dedication week in week out. You can do this start slowly and small and build.

 

You owe it to yourself, to be healthy, to be fit, to live life.
Thanks for reading,
William…
“Live Life!”

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Weight Loss: Would You Like It Or Do You Need It

Where are you at with your weight loss?

Are you losing all the weight you desire as quickly as you desire, with minimal effort?

Doubt it. Why do I say that? Well it’s like this, you are either losing the weight or your not. You are either in the it’s never happening and I’d like for it to happen column, or it’s a priority for you, it’s almost an obsession for you and nothing is going to stop you from achieving it, because you NEED IT! Feel the difference!

This is a very hard concept to live out in our lives. So many distractions, so many bad influences, so easy to cheat and so forth. But come to think of it, so easy to focus on our weightloss, so easy to remove the bad influences, so easy to have no options to cheat. It’s all about setting ourselves up to win.

We know our weaknesses and how we distract ourselves. The problem is, we prefer these things we don’t want more, than the weightloss we so desire. OUCH! Yeah that stung a bit. So how do we cure ourselves of it?

I don’t know? You tell me! How can you remove these distractions and bad influences? How can you set yourself up to win this battle?

One thing most people don’t realise is that we don’t focus or think about our goal enough. Take a few minutes to think about this. How much do you think about something your obsessive towards? How much do you think about something that is absolutely boring to you? See the difference.

If you started to think about your weightloss everyday, multiple times per day. How much more would you NEED IT! Would it start to become more of a priority? How can you start to think more about your weightloss? Here’s a better question. How can you ‘remind’ yourself each day to think about your weightloss?

If you took away bad choices, removed all or most distractions, and really set ourselves up to win, and thought about our weightloss each day, maybe even multiple times per day, while taking multiple actions to lose weight each day, how much better would our performance be?

That’s the difference between wanting and NEEDING. When you need something, it’s a priority. You continually focus on it, think about more ways to improve or better ways to further your goal to completion, that is, to lose that weight.

So now I’ll leave you with the same question I started with:

Where are you at with your weightloss?

 

You owe it to yourself, to be healthy, to be fit, to live life.
Thanks for reading,
William…
“Live Life!”

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