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How I Lost 22 Pounds In 4 Months & Improved My Health

How I Lost 22 Pounds in 4 Months

I don’t believe that beauty depends on color, size, or shape.  Each of us is born with an inherited body type that ranges from skinny to medium build to curvy.  The sooner we reject modern propaganda about the perfect size, and embrace our own nature-given physique, the better.

This is not easy, I understand.  But only you can stop the self-hate and begin to love and accept your body as it is.  What better time than right now?

So I want to be clear I’m not writing this blog post to promote a specific body size or type as the “right” one.

I know for myself, however, that I don’t feel my best when I mindlessly let the pounds pile up from over eating sweets and carbs.  For me, eating the wrong foods in excess shows up as aches, pains, and fitful sleep.  My blood sugar markers increase, heading me straight toward pre-diabetes.  I feel like I have no will power or control.

But I was able to turn my weight gain around at the beginning of this year.  I lost 22 pounds in four months and have subsequently maintained the weight loss.  I know that there isn’t one “right” way to lose weight, but perhaps hearing my story will inspire you to begin and find the best way for you.

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My 16 Zen Work Habits

Plum Blossoms - Zen Work Habits

“The single most important change you can make in your working habits is to switch to creative work first, reactive work second. This means blocking off a large chunk of time every day for creative work on your own priorities, with the phone and e-mail off.” – Mark McGuinness

Your success or failure in work and life depends upon your daily habits.  It’s that simple!

If you allow bad habits to rule your life, it will be difficult and maybe even impossible to manifest your dreams.

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Create Your Shining New Year

 

Shine New Year Workbook

(Updated for 2016)

I’m having a kick filling out the Create Your Shining Year Workbook (partner link).

I love choosing one powerful word as my guiding star for each year.  But, I’ve slacked off when it comes to creating goals and staying accountable to them.

To rectify that, I bought the Shining Year Workbook, Biz Version.  I made the right decision!  I love it.

Yes, the workbook is artsy, colorful, and fun.  But, equally important, it asks all the right questions so you can take your business (or your life if you choose that format) to the next level.

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Good Links for a Good Life: From Creativity to Cancer

Pink Sky Over Lake

Welcome to my monthly (or so) collection of exceptional posts from around the web, a good book or two, and practical resources to help you live the best possible life.  Enjoy!

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Can We Get There From Here?

The Crater

Editor’s Note:  I’m delighted to share a guest post today from the brilliant Sandi Amorim and an opportunity to receive a free spot in her new program the 100 Day Promise.

That’s what I asked myself the past few months as I explored the process of change. Because change is what most people want, and whether or not we admit it, most of us have a list of things we’d like to change about ourselves.

The problem with change isn’t that we want to change. Change is natural and inevitable; nothing in life is static.

“Every single thing changes and is changing always in this world.” – Saigyo

The problem with change is that we beat ourselves up when we fail to change in the way we envision. And we do it so often it becomes a cycle that creates the future; an endless loop of disappointment and self-recrimination.

When we really want to make a change, but feel defeated before we begin, is it possible to reach our goal?

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What Are You Willing to Do to Live a Long and Healthy Life?

Fat, Sick, & Nearly DeadMany of us live for immediate gratification, and find it hard to resist temptation.  Often, we fail to think ahead and consider the long-term impact of our choices, but just grab the candy bar or espresso for a much needed mid-afternoon pick-me-up.

But it’s not just about food.  It could be sitting at the computer too long, not getting enough sun, or letting stress get out of hand.

Can you relate?

Having a healthy and long life depends, to a large degree, on recognizing how an unhealthy choice in the moment will impact you not only in the next few hours, but in the future as well, and creating a new habit.

Of course, there are no guarantees, but generally speaking to live longer, it’s necessary to:

  • Decide you have a choice and will execute it
  • Take responsibility for you health
  • Recognize your actions have an impact

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