They also looked at the ratio of what we attend to in terms of negative and positive, and found that we are far more likely to notice the negative rather than the positive (how many times do we comment, either in our head or to a person in the car with us, that the traffic light just turned red as you approached, versus the amount of times you comment when it just turns green?)
Now hold on a minute – and put those clothes back on! I’m not talking about running or walking around naked in public (although to be fair the experience could motivate you to drop a few extra pounds, or do some weight training to tone up!) . I’m talking about a completely different kind of streak.
The sort of streaks I’m talking about is where you plan to do something every day, or every week or every month – eating certain foods, drinking 8 glasses of water, going to the gym, going for a walk etc. And a streak is when you not only plan to do it, but you follow through and do it. Starting a streak, no matter how small your goal is, can help you set up good habits, and in a motivating and fun way – especially if you throw in rewards for completing a streak as well!
Do you start your new fitness regime full of enthusiasm and energy? Do you workout daily for an hour or more and constantly try and add more exercise into your day? But then, life interrupts and stops you going to the gym or for a run or walk, and you stop for a day, a week, a month – sometimes even longer.
If so, you’re a yo-yo exerciser. (join the club!)
And it’s hard starting again – just like dealing with weight issues, we put it off until tomorrow or next week or after a party, or when you have more time….and another day goes by without you exercising.
Not that long ago, you were determined and positive about the healthy lifestyle changes you were making. You tracked your food intake, exercised religiously, and easily avoided all the temptations surrounding you.
This time it’s going to be different, finally you’re going to reach your goal – lose that weight and be fitter and healthier than you’ve ever been.
But then….catastrophe struck.
You ate an extra piece of cake that wasn’t in your daily food plan. And having ‘blown your diet’, you wolfed down another, and another, and carried on into the next day and the day after.
Everyone knows that you need to eat breakfast if you want to lose weight or prevent weight gain. Even major governmental health services encourage everyone to get into the habit of eating a healthy breakfast every day.
But it is truth or just a much-believed myth?
Like most of these perceived wisdom there is some truth in it – but the real answer is ‘it depends’.
There are three main premises behind the theory is that if you don’t have breakfast you’ll overeat during the day. Firstly, you’ll be ravenous by 11am and end up polishing off a chocolate bar from the vending machine, or you’ll eat a bigger lunch to compensate. Second, breakfast kickstarts the metabolism. And thirdly, and connected to the second point, your body will go into starvation mode because you haven’t eaten for so long.
1. Stop worrying about everybody’s opinion of you.
Most of us are fearful of taking chances and doing something out of the ordinary, not because of what we think, but because of what we think everyone else is going to think.
Don’t let other people’s opinions stop you doing what you know you want or need to do – whether it is to move to another country, to learn a new musical instrument, to change your career, to lose weight – whatever it is that draws your mind back to it on a regular basis.
“Let others lead small lives, but not you. Let others argue over small things, but not you. Let others cry over small hurts, but not you. Let others leave their future in someone else’s hands, but not you.” – Jim Rohn
This post is inspired by one of the greatest business philosophers in recent times: the late Jim Rohn http://www.jimrohn.com/
I’ve designed this action plan around 10 of his most popular sayings.
“If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.”
How can you incorporate mindfulness into your everyday life?
We all lead such busy lives these days, and it can be really hard to find the time to meditate. If you are not yet commited to a daily meditation practice, it’s often the thing that gets pushed out of your schedule as you scramble madly to fit everything in.
But even if you don’t have the time or opportunity to sit somewhere quiet and meditate, you can still bring mindfulness and awareness into your daily life.
Being mindful just means being present in that very moment; having a heightened sense of spacial awareness (your physical movements and your personal space) as well as being focused on the task in hand, or the environment you are in. It means being an onlooker – not only to your surroundings but to the thoughts that are chasing through your brain.
It’s autumn here in the UK, and as the leaves are crumbling and tumbling gently to the ground I decided that today would be good time to introduce you to the beauty of a crunchy walking meditation.
So let’s enjoy the outdoors and get some exercise as well as meditation.
Find somewhere where there are leaves on the ground. Purposely seek them out. Wooded areas and forests are always good if you have them close, or country roads. Now, breathing deeply, slowly and rhythmically, walk over the leaves and feel the crisp crunch as they disintegrate into tiny pieces beneath your feet.