How Well do You Know Your Calorie Intake?

Creating a tax on sugary drinks in an effort to fight obesity received mixed views, but ultimately didn’t pass in New York this week. 

Those for the tax were supporting a healthier America.  No matter what you think of the tax you cannot fault wanting to fight obesity and disease. 

Those who opposed the tax said that you cannot pin down calorie intake to beverages.  That is tough to argue as well.

How well do you know your nutrition facts?  Take this quick and fun quiz to find out.

Overcoming Excuses: I’m Too Tired To…

Thursday night I was driving home from work (with a live (?) hamster lost somewhere in my car – ah! parenthood) making up every excuse why I wouldn’t get in my Insanity workout.  It’s dark.  I’m tired.  I hear the second phase of Insanity is really really hard.  I’ll do a double tomorrow. (yeah right)

I looked at the clock in my car and BAM! I had a total paradigm shift.  Even though I was feeling like it was bedtime it was only 7:30.  The darkness was playing tricks with my mind.  If it had been late June in Michigan, instead of March,  I would be bouncing in my car seat anxious to get home because there would be 2 1/2 hours of daylight left to get in a good run.

It’s the dirty trick that wintertime plays on us.  Winter conditions are perfectly suited for sleep.  It is dark outside and it is chilly inside making us want to crawl under the covers and stay there longer, but we don’t actually need more sleep.  We just feel that way. 

Sure, our internal clock is triggered by light and dark.  As it gets dark at night our body produces more melatonin making us feel sleepy.  Since there are more hours of darkness in the winter months our pineal gland is producing more melatonin.  This time of year it is still dark late into the morning hours so our sleepy gland is still at work making us feel more groggy in the morning.  It’s dark in the early evening hours making us consider going to bed much earlier than we would other times of the year.

You must be mentally tough.  You must determine your goals and really, really, really focus on WHY you want to achieve them.  You must keep your purpose in mind to fight the temptation of sleeping in.  You must  resolve to not plop down on the couch when you get home from work even though it is dark outside and you feel too sleepy to do anything else. 

If your boss were to ask you “are you too tired to be successful” you certainly wouldn’t respond with a “yes” would you?  Do your actions reflect that?

Here’s what Jim Rohn would say “Your level of success will rarely exceed your level of personal development because success is something you attract by the person you become.”

Pick up a book.  Write in your journal.  Go for a run.  Pop in an Insanity DVD.  Get to it!

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Five For Success

One of my favorite business and personal development authors is John Maxwell.  In his most recent book he put together what he calls a compilation of his life’s work, The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth.  The CEO of my company is rather obsessed with names and numbers and numbers and names.  The title of this book is right in his wheelhouse.  15, that is specific and measurable.  Invaluable, now that is very descriptive.

Invaluable; having great value that is impossible to calculate. 

Just by definition who wouldn’t want 15 principles of such great value that it is impossible to calculate?

 I wrote a while  back about one of the laws that really struck a cord with me The Law of 5. 

Law of 5 – What 5 things, if  done every day, will help you reach all of your goals? Achieve greater success?  Fulfill your dreams?  Help you live a better life?

You might find, as I did, that it is easy to come up with the first three or four.  I came up with these…

  1. Read
  2. Write
  3. Run
  4. Connect

But then I was stuck on #5.  And, I stayed stuck for several months. 

Then, I did what is very rare for me (and  probably you too).  I asked for help.  We had just started a new 2013 tradition of eating in the dining room at least one night a week (more on that later) and I asked my family for help.  Now, we are all clowns by nature at my house, and this turned somewhat into a comedy show for a minute, but then things started coming together.  I had mentioned a conversation with the CEO and he said “you can never give a bad presentation.  You always have to be prepared and you have to present like it will be the last presentation you ever give or it might just be that.”

My husband turned that into “rock the room”.  Since 4 out of 5 start with Rrrrr my daughter tweaked connect and now I have my 5.

  1. Read
  2. Write
  3. Run
  4. Relate
  5. Rock the Room

Read, take care of your mental self.
Write, take your personal growth to the next level
Run, take care of your physical self.  Get oxygen to the brain to pull out your creative senses and perform better all day long!
Relate, take care of your social self.  Establish more than an aquaintance with people.  Build a connection.
Rock the room, play full out when it matters the most.

What are your 5? 

How did you come up with them?

Please comment below.

Overcoming Excuses: I Don’t Have Time To …

This is what I hear all of the time “How do you do it?  I just don’t have the time to workout like you do.”  Like I do? Time?  Are you kidding me?

I wish I had a magic wand that would allow me to create an extra hour or two whenever I need them.   I need an extra hour to workout – wave my magic wand – ta da.  I need an extra hour to read a personal development bookwave my magic wand – ta da. I need an extra hour to . . . you get it.

Unfortunately, as hard as I try, I don’t have any magical powers.  I am constricted to the same 24 hours that you are.  Here’s the difference,  I don’t use that as an excuse.

How much time do you spend watching TV?  One way to pick up a few extra hours is to Stop Watching and Start Living.  It’s enjoyable, sure, but watching TV doesn’t pay the bills.  It won’t get you any further along in your career.  It won’t help you get into shape or stay in shape.  Try replacing the time spent watching just one of your favorite sitcoms with a different activity.  By different I mean reading, writing, walking, yoga.  Something that will help you feel better, be healthier, learn, be more successful, or develop a skill.

What time do you get up in the morning?  How about getting up 30 minutes earlier? Yeah, it’s hard at first.  Actually, it never gets easy, especially in the winter when it is so dark in the morning. Here’s the thing.  When you start your day doing something great for yourself your entire day is magically better.  The regret you would feel by making the same old excuse “I don’t have time” is magically replaced by a sense of accomplishment and positive endorphins that carry you throughout your day. 

Do you want more energy?  Less stress?  More success?  To be in better shape?  Overcome the excuse “I don’t have time” and transform your life.

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