Monday, January 27, 2014

Your perception can make you, or break you

The way you pay attention to the world can make a huge difference in the way you experience it.

Judgment only limits your perception — therefore, your opportunities. There is no need for judgment if it’s not adding any value other than more pain to your emotions (wasted energy). Instead, recognize the thing or person you want to judge as whether it is something you choose to experience more of, or less of. And take your next steps from this perception.

When you choose to pass judgment, then you have chosen to label something as good, bad, right or wrong.

When you consider something to be “bad” or “wrong”, you more than likely will have strong negative feelings about it. In one way or another, without awareness of your own behavior (out loud or to yourself), you may belittle, talk down, demean, criticize or feel resentment toward the thing or person you are judging. That’s a whole lot of negative emotions coming from you! How does this make you a better person?

Strong negative emotions held for an extended period can only draw more of the same to you. Those negative emotions have a chemical affect in your body — and it's toxic to your spirit. Is it really worth being judgmental?

Perhaps it's healthier and wiser on your part to simply address the matter as an experience in your life you choose to have more of, or less of. Then, take action from there. With that, your action will be a more empowered one.

Friday, January 24, 2014

What does it mean to eat "clean"?

Example 1
When I say I'm going to have a "clean" meal, it doesn't mean I'm going to eat very little. It means I'm going to eat a lot, but A LOT of good stuff that my body can use. My meal is huge, but the calories are low and clean...this means no greasy, creamy or processed stuff. And not sauced up with sodium or sugar.

For example: My lunch the other day, tons of mixed greens wilted by a warm mixed vegetable stir-fry on top, half cup basmati rice and half a chicken breast cooked with shallots, onions, garlic and fresh tomatoes.

Eat up! Keep your meals colorful. Get all your nutrients: fiber, vitamins, minerals, protein, complex carbs, good fats. Fill up your plate with all of these nutrients and you can be sure you're fueling your body to be its best!

Another example: Three-quarter cup of basmati rice, 2 cups of steamed broccoli and spinach mixed, 3 eggs but only one yolk, three-quarter cup of turkey breast. Plus some hot chili paste that I
Example 2
love because I like it spicy! ;)

This all adds up to just a little over 500 calories that my body can use and will use! Not a lot of calories for a meal, but nevertheless, it's a big meal that will keep me satiated.

I've got my balanced nutrients of protein from eggs and turkey; fiber, vitamins and minerals from the green vegetables; carbs from the rice; and good fats from the yolk. 

Eating clean is great because I know I'm taking care of my body. So when I do have my "cheat" meals I don't feel any guilt whatsoever! I love my "cheat" meals as much as I love my "clean" meals. :) Balance!

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Yes! You can do cardio anytime, anywhere.

You don't need an expensive gym membership, fancy equipment or even much space to do your cardio exercise. Do it anytime, anywhere, using your own body weight. Try this little routine to get your heart racing and muscles burning in ways even a fancy machine couldn't compete! 

Want more workout ideas? Click here.

Monday, January 13, 2014

7 Ways to Challenge Your Push-Ups

Keep your workouts exciting! If you're getting bored of doing the same old push-ups, heat things up with these 7 push-up moves to challenge your body. You'll be targeting those shoulders, triceps, chest and core muscles from different angles, and in ways that will make them stronger and tighter than ever!

Can't do a push-up? Want to learn? Need to know the proper technique? Checkout my short video here. How to do a proper push-up (and get real good at it, too).