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 10

Month 12:  December – Review – self assessment:

HOW CAN YOU FURTHER IMPROVE???

December. Unbelievable, if you’ve made it this far, how much has your life changed over the last year? How much different do you look and feel? What have you achieved this year? How many people have noticed a change in you?

For this month, I want you to take time to review your results.

It’s time for more photos, how do you compare to the photos from January? You’ve come a long way. How much has your diet changed? How much has your fitness and strength changed? How much has your habits and self-talk changed?

Here’s how I want you to do it, below are the questions I want you to answer. I want you to physically answer them, yes, I want you to physically write the answers out and take time to answer them. Give a descriptive answer for each stating where you were when you started, a whole year ago now, and then where you are today.

Each answer should be paragraphs and paragraphs long, not a single sentence.

Why, I hear you asking. Because I want you to put the truth on paper and get all the emotion and story out. It has a secondary benefit too. And that is to help you focus on the next upcoming year and focusing you on the task of continuing you’re now healthier way of living.

Week 1:  Diet how much has your diet changed?

Week 2:  Exercise – how much has your fitness and strength changed?

Week 3:  Mindset – how much has your self talk and your habits changed?

Week 4:  Take photos and measure your weight. Review. How much have you changed?

LAST QUESTION:  How do you further refine or improve?

Only you can answer this question. Maybe it’s your diet, or maybe it’s your cardio or your strength training. Maybe you want to change something because you want to try something new. This is great, because as it is said, ‘variety is the spice of life’. Maybe your some areas aren’t to the standard you would like, so improve those areas. Whatever the changes may be, remember, that you don’t want to revert back to what you used to do. Was it a better way of life? Really?

Hopefully you have seen all the changes that you have wanted to see. And hopefully more in most cases. To re-state what I said at the beginning, 12 months ago, people over estimate what they can achieve in a year and underestimate what they can achieve in a decade.

Realise that this is the beginning. What will another year of this lifestyle bring? What will another 10 years bring?

Change your hypnosis every 2 – 3 months. Continue to train every day for approximately an hour. Continue to refine and improve your diet. Further analyse your portion control, that is, your meal sizes. Continue to monitor and adjust your self-talk.

Thank you for following my posts for An Action Plan For Weight Loss This Year.

These posts have made me further review my healthy lifestyle and to question the things in my life, some of the comments I’ve received have been incredibly insightful and have lead to reflection on my part.

 

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 4

Month 5:  May – Self Talk

Self Talk. Self talk is just what you say to yourself. Most of the time it’s silent, done internally, and other times it’s actually voiced out aloud and other people can hear it. Sometimes it’s positive and sometimes it’s negative. What to know an amazing fact? People who are depressed or always angry, guess what? Yes, you’re right, their self talk is dangerously negative all the time, and as a result they’re always miserable.

Ever hear someone when they’re emotional, start ranting about themselves because they messed up? Have you ever done this? I know I have. We have all experienced this.

The challenge this month is to become more aware of our self talk, and then to alter it to be more positive towards ourselves and our situations.

Week 1: become aware of our self talk. All the positive and the negative things. You may be surprised how negative you are towards yourself.

Week 2: start to be more patient and tolerant towards ourselves. Start be realising what you are saying to yourself, then stop if you are being negative, and change it to be more patient and tolerant.

Weeks 3&4:  as you grow in awareness of your self talk, start to be positive towards yourself. Yes, praise yourself when you complete something or do something well. And when you mess up, stop yourself being negative, let yourself know that you can do better, and that next time you will do it differently.

Want a guide book to help you really conquer your self talk?

It’s called: “The 7 Day Mental Diet” by Emmet Fox. Click here to purchase the book.

It is only a short book of 20 pages or so. But don’t let the length of it fool you. This book is a fantastic resource on controlling your self talk. It will take you on a journey for 7 days, exploring and controlling your self talk.

Sound easy? No, it’s not. Most people will read it and say to themselves, ‘I can do that’, and that will be the last they think about it.

But if you want to master this area of your life, AND YES THAT IS WHAT I’M SUGGESTING!!!!!!!!!! Read it every day for the 7 days, and apply it! Really apply it! Make it your Number #1 priority for the month.

When I read the book, I read it one night and thought, yeah easy. Then 3 days later was getting mad at myself for something and then the words of the book jumped up and smacked me in the face. I realised then, that it’s easy to read and understand something, but to apply it, and make it a daily practice and commit to it becoming a habit wasn’t so easy. So every day for about 9 weeks, that’s approximately 60 days, I read the book every afternoon. And slowly but surely I became aware and changed my self talk.

Am I telling you to do this? No. Just read it every day for 7 days, and apply it. Yes, if you’re a little obsessive and a little crazy, like me, then go ahead and read it every day. Make it a habit. And reap the rewards.

The second thing I want you to do this month, is to change your hypnosis. Change it to create a brighter you. Maybe a “self esteem theme” or “confidence theme”. Something uplifting to help support your move towards being more positive.

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31 Days of May:  60 minutes cardio, Hypnosis session (new) each day, Don’t eat 8 banned foods from February, keep your food portions controlled, become aware and modify your self talk to become more positive.

 

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 2

Month 2:  February – Nutrition.

Now don’t start freaking out, you won’t be counting calories, across 19 meals, carefully balancing the 3 macronutrients, while perfectly combining only certain foods. No. All I want you to do this month is, remove a minimum of 8 bad things from your diet. 8, that’s only 2 per week! Yes 2 per week. Adding up to 8 by the end of month. Easy? It’s supposed to be. So what things should you remove? Anything that is processed and can’t be found in nature. Simple? Anything that you can’t find in nature, so no alcohol, no soda, no pizza, no man made products, no biscuits, no chocolate. What I’m supposed to remove all those things? No. Only 2 processed products per week adding up to 8, by the end of month.

Now the idea is to remove 8 things that you are constantly consuming, don’t remove chocolate, if you rarely eat chocolate.

Simple, just remove 8 processed products by the end of month.

*Please Note:  You are still performing Cardio for 60 minutes each day – yes try for 28 days of 60 minutes Cardio. That’s right you are to build on the good habit of exercising everyday, from January.

28 Days of February – 60 minutes Cardio + Remove 8 processed products from diet.

Month 3:  March – Hypnosis.

Hypnosis? Has he gone mad? No, I’m not sending you to the witch doctor, there is a lot of scientific and testimonial evidence to validate and support hypnosis. Just get a ‘hypnosis or hypno-therapy cd or audio download off the internet. Use a reputable Hypno-therapist, like Rick Collingwood or Steve G. Jones. They both have a full range of hypnosis products. I have used their products successfully and am still using their products to this day. Check them out and see for yourself.

Now you don’t need to purchase the most expensive products. I find that the shorter 30-45 minute hypnosis products suit me better for my own personal situation and goals.  Prices start from about $15. Just get one related to ‘weight loss’.

Just follow the directions, which will tell you to listen to the hypnosis session every day for about 4 – 6 weeks which is what I am going to direct you to do. But instead of 4 – 6 weeks, you are going to listen each day for 8 weeks. That way you will get a better effect from the hypnosis session. The more times you listen, the more powerful the effect of the session. Me personally I use a hypnosis for a minimum of 3 months, listening every day.

*Please Note:  You are still to perform Cardio for 60 minutes each day and to not lapsed on the 8 things you removed from your diet.

31 Days of March – Cardio 60 minutes + Don’t consume 8 products from February + Hypnosis session each day.

 

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!”

 

If you enjoyed this post, or wanted to ask a question, drop me a line I’d love to hear from you.

Get Through The Holiday Season

Well even though the holiday season is about half way over, I was considering how to make it through without gaining too much weight. Well, gaining no weight, preferably!

Yes, easier said than done. But realistically what would it take to get through not just a day but through a holiday season?

 

  1. Plan. Without prior consideration and planning, you will eat whatever you like, whenever you like, and however much you like. So even though this period is a time for enjoyment, to keep the scales at bay without control or the consideration for what is likely to happen, you are doomed to fail.

So plan, prepare and organise yourself, so you don’t get caught out.

 

  1. Strategies. Have strategies in place to combat the constant temptation. Remember you won’t always be at the mercy of your own decisions, you will also be at the mercy of other peoples if you go visiting. So have strategies ready for what types of food you are going to avoid, how much food you are going to consume and so forth. Don’t forget it’s the holidays, this doesn’t have to be a spartan existence! Eat, be merry, just don’t over do it.

 

  1. Relationships. Remember that this time of year is meant to be enjoyed. Yes go visit, yes enjoy yourself, live life. Focus on socialising and having fun with people, not eating and drinking.

 

  1. Control. This whole period will be a success or failure dependent on the amount of control you exert. If you eat and drink to excess, you won’t achieve your goal of: not gaining weight. But if you control yourself, stay focused and consciously choose what, when and how much, you will succeed.

 

  1. Slow Down / Chew. Slow down when eating. The reason most people overeat is because they eat too quickly. So, slow down don’t eat so quickly. Another reason why people eat so quickly is that they don’t chew their food enough. When you chew your food, chew it until it becomes a fine paste. Not 2 chews, done, swallow. Eating like that will only result in poor digestion.

 

  1. Water. Yes drink more water! Another major reason for overeating is that we eat when we are dehydrated. So when you start to feel hungry drink a glass of water. Wait 20 minutes and see how you feel. Also limit your alcohol consumption. Drink water instead. If you’re like me and don’t drink alcohol, and prefer soda, that’s ok, but limit it to 1 or 2.

 

  1. Alcohol. It’s important to drink liquids, but realise alcohol dehydrates you. It also lowers your ability to make good decisions. And finally according to research, many people have a tendency to binge when drinking. So back to point 4 “Control”, stay in control.

 

  1. Exercise. Now don’t forget to exercise. No I don’t mean hit the gym for 3 hours doing high intensity sprints with weight lifting, straight after lunch. No! What I mean is, make sure to fit in that exercise session, yes it might have to be a lighter easier session because you’re between eating, but just don’t forget to do it. Maybe you’ll need to schedule it early in the day, or maybe later on in the evening. Whatever works for your particular situation.

 

  1. Self-Talk. Remember to be conscious of your self-talk, the way you speak to yourself. Be patient and be supportive. Don’t be negative and dismissive of yourself, the situation you are in and the efforts you have done. Stick to your plan, and your strategies. Talk yourself through each day and each moment. There will be temptation, and you will be tested.

 

  1. Enjoy Yourself. This is the season of celebration. Remember that this time is to enjoy yourself, to have gratitude for all that you have. Treat yourself and others with the respect you deserve.

 

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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To find Emmet Fox’s book:  7 Day Mental Diet: How To Change Your Life In A Week, click here.

 

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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Weight Loss 8 Proven Tips

Have you heard the story, that if you go on a diet and lose weight, that you will put the weight back on after you finish the diet. All too often.

Why? That is a good question. Why does it happen?

Experts all agree with this statement. Why? Because, to effectively lose weight, you need to change your lifestyle. What? You need to forget about 12 weeks, but think more realistically about this is a change that is happening for life?

Only long term dedicated action changes your situation.

Put another way:  How long did it take you to get to this condition? Well that’s how long it will take for your body to learn to be thinner, healthier, stronger and fitter.

A habit is formed at 21 days of consecutive practice. The habit starts to become automatic after 66 days of consecutive practice. Wow, all I have to do is practice the behaviours I want for 66 days and I won’t have to worry about them ever again. No! How long have you been performing these bad habits. Yes, a lot longer than 66 days. What about those day when things just don’t go as planned?

  1. Don’t skip breakfast, otherwise you may be setting yourself up to binge later in the day. Set yourself up to win by starting the day on a good note.

 

  1. Don’t eat 2 hours before bedtime. Digestion takes time to perform. Digestion interrupts sleep and the recovery that happens during sleep.

 

  1. Perform 30 minutes of exercise at least 3 times per week. 5 – 6 times per week is optimal, with 1 day off for recovery.

 

  1. Substitute healthier options. Such as carob for chocolate, honey for sugar or vegetables or fruit as snacks.

 

  1. Avoid processed foods. Anything that can’t be found in nature as it is or very close, should be avoided at all cost. The world is becoming more and more educated as to the risks of fast foods (processed foods).

 

  1. Don’t snack in front of the TV. To eat a meal is acceptable, but snacking while unconsciously watching TV is a serious problem with people who overeat.

 

  1. Substitute fruit for unhealthy candy, cake or cookies.

 

  1. Drink more water. Drink a tall glass on raising in the morning. Drink when you feel hungry during the day, wait 20 minutes and evaluate hunger again. Try to drink more water throughout the day.

There is only one reason why you can’t lose weight. YOU! Take charge of yourself and command yourself to lose the weight. Support yourself by being more tolerant and patient in your self talk, or the way you talk to yourself.

You can do this, you can lose weight.

 

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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