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The truth about sustainable weight loss

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Weight loss is actually a simple goal, so many people lose weight and I´m sure you´ve done it before more than once and you´ve lost some weight. The problem is sustaining the results, losing that weight once and for all that´s the challenge.

There are many different weight loss programs, fitness experts and gurus and magic powders and pills that will help you lose weight, but that´s exactly what they´ll do help you lose weight as fast as possible without considering the negative impact to your health on the long run and without considering what happens next. What happens once you achieve your desired weight? In most cases you don´t know what to do, you stop the program and all of a sudden you start gaining all the weight back.

The truth about sustainable weight loss is that you can´t think about it just as weight loss, you need to think about as improving your health, losing weight and maintaining optimal health and a healthy weight considering muscle mass and body fat. And for this you need to develop healthy habits. So the secret to sustainable weight loss is to find a diet that works for you, one that is simple and flexible so that you can stick to it for long periods of time, actually the rest of your life 😊, it needs to give you the freedom you need to enjoy the meals you want every now and then by making better choices and giving your body the nutrients t needs. And you also need to find a physical activity you enjoy doing so that you can do it consistently, you don´t need to go to the gym 2 hours or more because if you hate it you won´t stick to it for long periods of time so find a sport or type of exercise you enjoy and that you can see yourself doing for the rest of your life too 😊. You don´t need to stick to just one activity or exercise, make a list of the sports or exercise you enjoy doing and keep switching them.

We need to mention that if you´re struggling with your weight then your body is not working properly and when you follow the most commercial and traditional programs or the advice of fitness experts and gurus they will only put you on a low calorie diet with very limited food options that you actually don´t like and tones of cardio, on the long run this does more harm to your body.

We need to focus on fixing the root of the problem which is your hormones and systems, if your body is not working properly you won´t lose weight and all those weight loss programs will do more damage, this is why when you stop the program it is so hard and almost impossible to maintain the results and it´s why most people end up gaining all the way back in a couple of years.

So, in short sustainable weight loss is all about developing healthy habits, these healthy habits include physical activity every day for at least 30 to 45 minutes and eating healthy foods that give the right nutrients to your body. Developing new habits is difficult, it takes time, patience and effort to undo a negative bad habit and replace it with a new one. To develop new habits that´s what you actually do, you take the bad habit you want to get rid of and replace it with a new healthy habit. We´ll be talking about how you can develop new habits and share with you the steps you need to follow in a future post.

The quality and quantity of sleep and stress also plays a huge impact on your weight. If you don´t get enough high quality sleep it will be harder for you to make the right choices with food and you´ll feel a lot more tired so you´ll likely skip your exercise and chronic stress increases cortisol which also leads to many problems. Lack or poor quality of sleep and chronic stress get all your hormones out of sync and this makes it impossible for you to lose weight. This is why we included a section for each to help you improve the quality of your sleep and help you reduce stress and make it easier for you to achieve your goal.

Since obesity and overweight keeps increasing and so many people like you are struggling with their weight, their life and trying to find ways to improve and achieve their goals let us know what´s your biggest problem, and if you´ve tried to lose weight before what was your biggest struggle, the diet? Exercise? Leave your comment down below and on Twitter.

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Pam

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Pain and failure are the secret to growth and strength

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If you don´t fail you´ll never grow, if you don´t go through the pain you´ll never grow either. The only way to grow and get stronger physically, mentally, emotionally is through pain and failure.

Every new level you reach requires a new you, one that is willing to learn, to sacrifice, to struggle, to go through periods of pain acquire the skills you need to make it through all the challenges that will take you to your next step.

Learning and growing never stops, the moment you stop learning, the moment you stop accepting challenges, the moment you stop failing, the moment you avoid the pain is the moment you´ll start going backwards.

First, understanding that failure is part of life and you need it is crucial. If you avoid failure then you won´t live to your capacity, from small failures to big ones there are lessons to learn in all of them. There´s nothing to learn from winnings, all the lessons come from the failures and those failures are needed in order to succeed.

All the most successful people from politics, to sports, to business they all have failed many times and most of them have mentioned several times that they succeed or win because they´ve failed many times and we remember their success and not their failures.

Perspective plays an important role here, if you ask yourself what can you learn from this? And try to find all the mistakes and all the lessons (without judging yourself) then you´ll be able to take that failure as a lesson and a way to improve. This mentality makes you stronger, if you are strong enough mentally to go through all the challenges and failing over and over, learning from those failures, improving and progressing then success will come to you.

Life can be painful, it most be. There´s a huge difference between good pain, bad pain and suffering which we will talk about on future posts. On this post we´re going to be talking about positive pain. Pain is what triggers grow, when you go to the gym or exercise you know you´ll be going through a time of pain and this triggers your muscle to grow, to get stronger. This applies to all areas of life, pain is a trigger to grow, the important part here is: are you willing to go through the pain so that you can achieve a certain goal?

Most people give up the moment they start feeling the pain, when they are exercising the moment they start feeling a slight amount of pain they stop even when they can get 3, 4 or more reps, they don´t want to feel uncomfortable. This happen not only when they are exercising, also at school, at home, when they need to stay out of their comfort zone and go through a tedious, boring, overwhelming and tired process of learning they give up when things start to get tough. Part of grow if having the strength of mind to go through the pain by visualizing your goal.       

We all have an amazing potential to achieve great things in life but that is only possible if you are willing to make some sacrifices, to step out of your comfort zone and accept challenges, to go through the pain and fail over and over taking them as lessons, keep practicing and getting better every single day.

For most of us developing a strong mindset is the hardest part, a strong mindset is the one that helps us go through the pain and failure but if we are not strong enough mentally then we will give up.

Pain and failure can also be a motivation to keep working and work even harder on your goal or project, it can give you more reasons why you´re doing what you are doing or they can be the trigger to start working on something positive that can be beneficial not only to you but to others by helping and sharing.

For some of us experiencing pain is the beginning of a new life, one that gives us focus and take us on our life path, it helps us find our purpose and when combined with our passions or what we love doing then it can completely takes us to the most incredible life.

When you are going through some difficult times, when you are going through pain or failure stay as optimistic as possible, it may be hard for you to be positive if there are too many things going wrong but by being optimistic and seeing a brighter future you are able to make mental shift and respond in a better way.

It would so much to me if you share this post with your friends and family and if you follow me on Twitter and Facebook, together we can help millions live a better life.

Pam

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Focus on progress

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How many times have you started a project and you were obsessed with getting every detail perfect? I´ve done this too but, focusing on perfection only creates anxiety and slow our productivity and progress.

From what I´ve seen progress leads to happiness, perfection leads to anxiety. As tony Robbins says, “Progress equals happiness”. Just think about how you feel when you realize you are making progress in a project or whatever you are doing? You feel accomplished, your self-confidence increases, and you feel happy.

This may be true or false for you but in most cases, perfection get us stuck in some little detail and stop our results while progress let us keep going and improving along the way.

When we focus on progress our goal is to make the best, we can with what we got at that time, and this includes time, skills, knowledge, resources, equipment. And you are committed to improving every single day, being better every day, learning something knew or improving skills.

Our ultimate goal is to keep learning, keep growing and keep improving, the moment we stop making progress we start losing that feeling of achievement and if we let this feeling run our days and life for a long period of time it can lead to mental problems.

When you focus on perfection and if you get obsessed with it you can develop a negative mindset, wanting perfection on every single detail on everything you do is really hard to achieve, more often than you not you won´t be satisfied with the results, it will take you a long time, hard work and effort until you feel are satisfied and think the result is perfect. If you are not satisfied with the result you can get to a point where you don´t feel worthy or capable which leads to a negative and limiting mindset.

Progress on the other hand focuses on doing the best you can with what you know and what you have at that moment knowing that you can always improve, knowing that you can get better every single day by learning new skills or improving the ones you already know and also by getting more or better equipment or tools when you can. It´s about making sure you did your best and you give your all and feeling satisfied with your result. Realizing it was the best you could do but, tomorrow you can do better.

Some steps you can take today to start focusing on progress and stop chasing perfection are:

1.- Realize and accept that chasing perfection is almost impossible, you won´t feel satisfied and it will leave you feeling bad

2.- Think about doing the best you can with what you have

3.- Always keep in mind that you can improve every single day, learn new skills or improve the ones you already know

4.- Take does new or improved skills and apply them to help you get better results every day

5.- Focus on how you feel when you see you are making progress.

When you are aware of your feelings, your emotions is easier to make a change, most of us do not want to feel bad about ourselves, we want to feel uplifting emotions and happiness is one of them, the feeling of accomplishment is another one that makes us feel worthy and capable, when you focus on progress and see it make sure that you are aware of your feelings and enjoy them, this keeps you in the right track wanting more so you stay on that progress search.

Let me know by leaving a comment on Facebook and Twitter if you tend to focus on perfection over progress and what has been your result.

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Pam

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The power of perspective

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There are different perspectives from which we can view life, and those perspectives are different for each of us, you and I won´t see life the same way, we won´t have the same perspective but our perspective is what makes the difference on whether we get a positive or a negative outcome.

How we perceive life is a result of our values, believes, and all the experiences we´ve been through, if we´re surrounded by people who has a very negative perspective of life in general we will get use to seeing every situation from a very negative perspective, the bad things of everything that happen and we will block all positive outcomes.

We´re all going through hard times right now, it doesn´t matter where country you live in, most of us need to stay home to fight this virus and just the idea of staying home and isolation creates negativity for some people. If we see all this situation from a negative perspective, we´re only making it harder on ourselves. We think about all the people infected, the people who didn´t make it, all the people who has lost their jobs, the economy, etc.

It´s easier to focus on negativity and think about all the possible negative outcomes this is what help us survive and that´s the job of our brain, to keep us alive but, in most cases we our brain start creating negative scenarios and we stop seeing reality, we stop seeing what really is happening.

It´s in times like this one that we need to change the perspective, see the situation from another angle, find all the positive points and remain optimistic. There´s always a positive outcome, something good comes from all challenges and the harder the challenge the greater the outcome. But if we want a positive outcome, we need to have the right perspective. When we see any situation from a negative angle we close and block our mind to find solutions, instead we see it as challenges and problems without solutions.

When you see every situation from a negative perspective you block your mind from finding solutions so you get stuck and the results will be negative, the chances of all the negative results that your mind created becoming a reality increases.

If you train your mind to see every situation from a positive perspective, being more optimistic or at least at the beginning making the effort of seeing the situation from another angle, understanding and being open to others´ points of views your setting yourself to a positive result. You are being opened and this gives your mind the job to focus on finding solutions.

With this comes respect, knowing that we all see the world, life and all situations from a different perspective we need to respect each other’s point of view, try to understand them and even learn from them.

Our perspective is how we see our life, our own version of the life we´re living or the situation we´re living but that version can have an impact on our future. Our perspective, our values and beliefs, our thoughts, and our behaviors are ultimately what create our life, if we don´t like the life we´re living then we need to make some changes and one of those changes include being open to different ideas and find different solutions, learning from every situation and becoming a little better every day.

This is up to you, you can train your mind to be more optimistic by finding the positive and really believing that everything will turn out ok or you can stay closed to negative thoughts that just keep you stuck.

Let me know by leaving a comment on my Facebook and Twitter account if you have think about the impact that your perspective have on your life.

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Be more positive! How you can do it!

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We´ve heard so many times that we need to be more positive, that positivity will improves our life, if we think positively we will attract good stuff but if you´ve been trying this for some time you may be thinking that it actually doesn´t work, being positive doesn´t improve your life. The problem is we can´t be positive in just some situations, we can´t just practice positivity a couple of minutes a day, it needs to be something we practice every single moment of our day, it needs to be a lifestyle.

Positivity doesn´t mean being positive every now and then we need to practice it every day until it becomes part of us.

Positivity has many benefits for our life and health like being more productive, reducing stress, improves relationships, helps us increase confidence, increase our chances of success, when we practice positivity on a daily basis we live more happier and we enjoy more every moment.

Everything is energy including our thoughts and emotions this is why when something bad happens to us, we keep thinking about that situation and we feel anxious, angry, frustrated and more negative situations keep happening to us, we just keep attracting negativity to our lives.

When something great happens to us we feel excited and we´re happy and more positive things happen, we keep attracting positive situations to our lives.

When we´re born we´re full of positivity we don´t have any worries, stress, anger but as we grow older life gets in the way and this means that we get bombarded with negative information from the news, to Tv shows, we compare ourselves with pictures and posts full of filters on social media, we get stressed out by the rules of society and trying to fit in, we may be bullied or make fun of, etc; all this negative information gets inside of us and we become negative persons we starts thinking negatively about ourselves, we spend most of our entire day entertaining negative thoughts and in negative self-talk and this is how we live. Surrounded by negativity all around us and being negative inside.

Negativity carries a very low vibration or frequency and positivity carries a high vibration or frequency, the moment we start being positive we raise our vibration or energy and if we are able to maintain this high frequency and vibrations long enough it just take some time until positive situations start happening to us, all of a sudden life starts to be better.

What we need to do is eliminate all the negativity inside of us, we need to realize that we will be bombarded with negativity every single day, but we can´t let that negativity get inside of us. To do this we need to practice positivity but not just once or twice a day, we need to do it every single moment of our day and every single day until it becomes part of us. If we practice positive thinking in the morning when we wake up or before going to bed it´s so little that it won´t help us get rid of all the negativity inside of us, the only way to get rid of all the negativity inside us that is running our thoughts and life we need to think positive the entire day and make it a lifestyle.   

Here are some steps you can start doing today to add positivity to your life:

1. Practice gratitude.- Gratitude is one of the highest emotions that can change our mood and state quickly, every morning right after you wake up and every night right before you fall asleep think about 3 to 5 things that you are grateful for and try to maintain that gratitude state for the rest of the day.

2. Think of the positive outcome in any situation.- Our brain loves to focus on the negative side of things and it will come with all the negative outcomes. It doesn´t matter what you´re doing today or what situation you are in focus on the positive outcome.

The hardest part of making positivity a lifestyle is that in the beginning it takes conscious effort, we´re so use to watching, hearing and sharing negative information and we let that negativity enter our brain that we need to be aware every single moment of what we let into our life. We need to be conscious and start focusing and finding the positive outcomes and results in all situations, it´s about creating a positive life for yourself and this includes not letting any negativity into your mind and looking for the positive in everything and everyone around you.

It takes time to see results because of all the negativity we need to get rid of, but this is one of the best practices we can do to improve our life.

Positivity not only helps us live a happier life and keeps us healthy, it also improves our brain and our ability to stay focus, get things done and increase our chances of success, the reason why is because positivity opens our mind to more opportunities, when we think that something is possible or we´re thinking on the positive outcomes on any situation we´re giving directions to our brain to find ways in which we can get the results we want contrary to negative thoughts. Positivity makes us more creative and we can find different solutions to get a desired outcome.

Positivity is contagious have you met someone who is positive, happy and is always having fun? we all get amazed by their attitude and positivity that we want to spend more time around them, positivity attracts people to us but we don´t need anyone to be happy, we need to start by having fun alone being positive alone and then we can share that same attitude with the people around us.

Start today, be more positive at everything you do and wherever you are and let us know on our Twitter or Facebook account if you´ve seen any difference in your life.

It would so much to me if you share this post with your friends and family and if you follow me on Twitter and Facebook, together we can help millions live a better life.

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Those limiting beliefs are holding you back

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It´s incredible how much we can all accomplish in our life, we all have amazing capabilities, abilities, talents to live a happy and fulfilled life, a life we are proud of but it´s also amazing how most of us never get to live to our full potential. And the reason why we don´t accomplish as much as we could is because of limiting beliefs, if you get rid of them your life will be amazing.

Our beliefs start with an idea that is repeated over and over which can come from our family, friends, society, our neighbors, our environment, after repeating that same idea over and over it creates a belief that is kept in our subconscious mind. With negative and painful experiences the belief is created almost automatically as a way for our subconscious to make sure that we remember that event and avoid it at all costs.

When we´re kids almost everything we see and hear we take it as a fact and while we´re growing up we develop most of the beliefs that rule our life nowadays, if someone told us that we´re not good enough, that we don´t deserve to win, that money is hard to get, that we´re obese and we´ll never be lean, etc; if we hear all those negative comments over and over and over we start thinking of them as being real and they become beliefs that are now part of our subconscious.

There´s a big problem with our beliefs and that is that they create our life, if we are having success in life that means that our beliefs are right and positive, but if we´re not living the way we want that means that our beliefs are wrong and negative and they are the root of the problem.

We know that we need to take the right action that lead us to our goals but our habits, actions, beliefs and values need to be in harmony and since most of the time our subconscious mind is guiding us, our actions go towards our beliefs so if we have the wrong beliefs our habits and actions are going to follow those wrong beliefs we have in our mind even when we know consciously that those actions won´t get us closer to our goals.

Our brain is lazy so it will do everything it can to avoid pain and avoid using energy this is why beliefs and habits are important for our brain, they allow it to stay safe and keep energy. Our brain will ignore everything that doesn´t align with our beliefs, this is why when we decide to start something new like a fitness program our mind gets us all the excuses of why we shouldn´t be doing it.

Our thoughts conscious and subconscious create our reality so we may have set our goal and we take action every day but if it´s so hard for us to stay focused and it takes a lot of effort to take action, then some negative thoughts or limiting beliefs in our subconscious are holding us back. In this case our thoughts are controlling our life so what we need to do is take control of our life by taking control of our thoughts, once we are able to control our thoughts we can eliminate or get pass any limiting belief and develop a strong mindset that will lead to success.

Here are some steps you can follow to take control of your mind and start changing or eliminating limiting thoughts:

1. Identify negative or limiting beliefs.- You need to identify the beliefs that are keeping you stuck. For this you need to ask yourselves if that belief is helping me become the person I  want to be and is it helping me live the life I want to live? Is this belief taking me closer to my goal? If the answer to this questions is “no” then we´ve found a belief we need to change.

2. Decide the new beliefs you want.- You need to make sure that the new beliefs you choose help you grow and become the person you need to be to accomplish your goals.

3. Self-aware.- You need to be aware of your thoughts and when a thought or belief that you want to change comes to your mind realize that it was part of your old beliefs and it´s not part of the new ones, accept that in the past that belief was part of your thoughts and beliefs and it guided your decisions and actions but not anymore and, bring to your mind the new belief you want to replace the old belief and the one you´re working on to be part of your life.

4. Repeat the new belief over and over.- Repetition is key, you need to think and remember your new beliefs over and over until they get to the subconscious mind.

Changing beliefs or eliminating limiting beliefs is hard, it requires attention and being present and aware so work on one belief at a time, choose the one that will have a bigger impact, if you want to lose weight and get in shape you can start by taking a walk of 5 to 10 minutes in the morning before you go to work or late night after you come back home, or you can take a 10 minute walk after lunch or dinner or both if you can and say to yourself that you deserve to be lean, you deserve to be in great shape.

Do this tonight before you fall asleep, think of something you are grateful for and feel the emotion of gratitude, once you feel the emotion maintain it while saying to yourself that you deserve to be lean and in great shape. Tomorrow when you wake up feel grateful for the amazing day to come and repeat to yourself that you deserve to be lean and in great shape. As you go through your day remember those phrases and when a negative one comes to mind replace it with a positive one, and start visualizing yourself being lean and in that amazing physique you want.

It would so much to me if you share this post with your friends and family and if you follow me on Twitter and Facebook, together we can help millions live a better life.

Pam