Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Week 49 - 50 Weigh-in: FEEDBACK, NOT FAILURE



All news is good news.

Imagine walking on a rocky surface — maybe a beach, or a dry creek bed, or a hiking trail.

Some of the stones are stable and solid. If you step on them, they don’t move.

Some of the stones aren’t stable. They wiggle or tip when you step on them.

With every step you take, you are getting feedback about the path.
And you can use that immediate feedback to correct course as needed.

If you step on a rock, and it shifts, did you fail?

No.

You just got important information about the next thing to do — try another rock.

You got feedback.........

Feedback is just information

It's data that you can use to make a decision.

Imagine yourself in a gym...... If you feel yourself leaning too much to one side, or losing your grip on a weight, or losing your balance, you take action to correct that.

Same as with your eating habits

If you notice that pizza seem to make you overeat, or make you feel sick, then you make a decision about whether to keep that pizza around.

Over time, you build a database from your feedback

It’s all just information.

And there’s no such thing as failure

If you stumbled on that rocky path, you got feedback about an untrustworthy rock.
You didn’t fail walking.

If you fell down in the gym, you got feedback about leaning too far to the left.
You didn’t fail exercise.

If you ate suicide chili hot wings and spent the evening trying unsuccessfully to digest a fireball, you got feedback about what foods work for you, or don’t.
You didn’t fail eating.

No matter what happens, you don’t fail.

In those moments, you just made a choice that didn’t work — but that gave you important information anyway.

Change your perspective

Today, be curious about feedback.

Look at the choices you make, and notice what happens when you make them.

What does that feedback tell you about what you could do next, or change?

Or keep the same? Or do less/more of?

Get rid of the words “good” or “bad” and substitute “interesting” or “useful”, as in: “Well, that’s interesting” or “That’s useful to know”.

What could you discover today.....tomorrow?

Remember it's Feedback.....


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Is this not a great success for me? I just did 50 weeks of consistent weigh in and analysis of healthy habits. I am really a success story even when it's not showing as I desired on the scale but I feel great and fulfilled. I could not post last week because it was really crazy a week, I was busy beyond help but I think I have settled some stuff now and my blog can get my attention again.

Last week's weigh in was 168.7lbs (I think it was TOM) and this today was a loss at 167.4lbs (-1.3lbs), yaasss, I did it. I just found a new love and I will let into it in the next post. Watch out.

(The above title/article is BLC 33 Weekly Challenge for week 7)

Monday, February 20, 2017

Meal Planning

I have been busy trying my hands on some new workouts, eating plans and shuffling my time and life to keep body and soul alive and healthy. 

One of the things I have been working on is Meal Planning. In the present economic condition we are in this country, everything evolves around planning including how and what we eat to avoid wastage, unhealthy habits and unnecessary stress. 

Meal Planning is simply planning your meals ahead of eating them. The planning could just be an idea of the food or explicitly to include the quantity and quality of the food. For example, writing down water as my next meal is a planning but writing down 2 glasses of water is another version and a better one. It's better to be detailed enough while planning so that it would meet it's purpose, i.e. meeting a healthier lifestyle. 

In other words ambiguity should be totally avoided when planning meals. If you plan to eat rice for dinner today, what style will it be? Jollof rice, plain rice, fried rice, rice & beans, rice w/veggies etc




Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Week 48 weigh-in: Goals Re-evaluation

This is February and its so surprising how time flies these days. I wonder if our activities was more than what it used to be.

Somehow within the month of January,  I realized that many resolutions and good intentions are already waning. The need for this post is for a re-awakening and a call to refocus so that we would be celebrating and not bemoaning our achievements at the end of 2017.

Losing focus is never intentional and we must understand that fact, I mean no one desires to do a thing that she  is so passionate about only to get lost in the middle of it, there are some factors that could be responsible and we will just highlight them. Mark my words "could be". 

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Week 47 Weigh-in: S.M.A.R.T Goal Diggers

I have been AWOL and I have been busy too. Too busy to even get anything done about the blog or exercise. Since it's the beginning of the month, I wish we will emphasize goal setting again and how to do it right. I am sharing a coach's article on SMART goals and I hope you gain a thing that will help you through February. Happy reading

As the year comes to it’s end and we are welcoming by new beginnings and are allowed the time to reset, we begin to think about how we would like to improve our bodies, minds and overall beings. 
Since I am a personal training, and a virtual trainer, I will focus on the physical goals. We have an acronym for goal setting and it’s – you guessed it – S.M.A.R.T. That stands for: 

S – Specific 
M – Measureable 
A – Attainable 
R – Realistic 
T – Timely 
SMARTgoals 

Friday, January 27, 2017

Your Inner Team - 2




In the Pixar movie Inside Out, the premise is that each person's brain has several characters inside, who act out individual emotions. 

The movie captures the “inner drama” of the average person. 

After all, sometimes it feels like we have different “characters” in our head. 

In fact, sometimes it feels like being ourselves is a team effort. 

Who’s on your inner team? 

For instance, your helpful “inner team” members might include: 

The #1 Fan: “Hey, you did a great job there! High fives, superstar! YEAH YOU!!!!” 

The Planner: “Don’t forget to make your lunch. And you have a 3 p.m. meeting, so pack an apple.” 

The Always-There-For-You Friend: “Sure, this is tough, but no worries — we can do this. I’ve got your back.” 

The Adventurer: “Ooh! A new exercise! That sounds fun!” 

Your not-so-helpful team members might include: 

The Doomsayer: “You are never going to succeed. It’s pointless.”

The Negotiator (aka The Wheedler): “You just had a cookie. You might as well have another one. How bad could it be?”

The Whiner: “This is haaaaaard.”

The Critic: “ You can’t do anything right.” 

Usually, your unhelpful team members aren’t bad per se. They often mean well, and are just trying to help. 

Your inner team can work for or against you. 

Make your team work for you 

We’re not suggesting you spend all day having weird conversations with the imaginary people in your head. 

But we are suggesting that not all thoughts and ideas are equally valid or helpful. 

By imagining our “inner team”, and keeping the team members that serve us best, we can make sure we stay on track and motivated, and don’t get distracted by unhelpful characters. 

Culled from Sparkpeople BLC Round 33 Week 3 Theme