My Motivation To Lose Weight | A Compelling Vision | Day 39 of P90X 90 Day Challenge

motivation to lose weightIt is only with a compelling vision that anything is accomplished in life; whether it be sending a man to the moon, inventing the automobile or finding your motivation to lose weight. It all comes down to a compelling vision.

So what compelling vision do you have for yourself?

Where do you see yourself in 6 months, 12 months, 2 years, 5 years, or even 10 years from now?

Do you still want to be where you are right now? Or do you want more out of life?

If you want more out of life and you believe your weight is holding you back believe me when I say this: Your lack of a compelling vision of where you want to be is the only thing stopping you getting what you want in life.

No-one can stop you reaching your goals except you. Only you have the power to stop you.

If you want to turn your life around, start by visualizing the life you want to be leading.

I have a little notebook that holds all of my visualizations. They’re all stated in the present tense as if they are already present in my life, and they are all stated in the positive.

Do you have your visualizations written down yet? Do you re-write them every day to keep them alive?

You must. And the reason you must is so very simple. When you write your visualizations in the present tense you give them energy. And this energy goes out into the Universe and the Universe rearranges itself to make your visualizations real.

Let me give you an example of how this works.

Do you know anyone who is always totally miserable, and moans and groans about everything? Nothing pleases these people. Have you noticed how they always seem to attract rotten luck? They can never find a park, they’re always getting over-taxed and if a bird is going to poop on anyone’s head it has to be theirs!

That’s because the Universe is giving them exactly what they’re focussing on. If they’re focussing on everything being awful, then a whole lot of awful is what they’re going to keep getting. Its called the Law of Attraction.

And have you noticed how Little Miss Sunshine who walks around all day with a bounce in her step and believes the world is a beautiful and bountiful place always seems to experience the best luck ever? She always lands the job she wants, she always gets the guy she wants, and her souffles never flop! Again, that’s the Law of Attraction. The Universe is giving her exactly what she’s focussing on.

So why should it be any different with getting in the best shape of your life?

If you have a compelling vision of how you want to be, and you keep focussing on that daily, then why would the Law of Attraction not apply to you too?

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My Motivation To Lose Weight

If you’ve been following my blog posts I wrote a ridiculous one earlier on about how one of my motivations to lose weight was to look like Lara Croft from Tomb Raider. I seriously thought it was quite ridiculous, however, that’s what I wanted. If you want to read that post, click here.

So I wrote it in my Affirmations Notebook, I stuck a picture of her on my fridge, and I loaded another one of her as my screen saver. She’s around me all day long.

Well, here’s the crazy thing. I’m not even half way through my 90 day challenge and my stomach is starting to look like Lara Croft’s. I can see the abs forming. And my arms are starting to get ripped.

Now I’ll be the first to admit, I still have a long way to go before I look anything like my idol on the fridge. However, the fact that I can even see a hint of what I’ve been focussing on excites me to push a little harder, go a little longer, jump a little higher.

The Universe is giving me what I am putting energy into. That’s how the Law of Attraction works. Whatever it is that you want, just focus on it with all your heart and soul, with pure intentions and it will manifest in your life.

So find your motivation to lose weight, and create a compelling vision of how your life is by having achieved your goal.

 

My Motivation To Lose Weight | Man Eats Heart Attack Burger | Day 38 of P90X 90 Day Challenge

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Heart Attack Grill

I just don’t get this … I really don’t.

There’s a restaurant in Vegas called the Heart Attack Grill where a single meal can exceed 8,000 calories, and customers weighing in at over 350 pounds (159kg) eat for free. They have “Bypass Burgers” and “Flatliner Fries”. Is this supposed to be funny?

A guy eating a “Triple Bypass Burger” apparently suffered a heart attack. Read the story here.

How did we ever become so casual about our health? There is a huge mind body disconnect going on around us and it’s so sad.

Our food is so toxic and so addictive that for some of us, breaking that addiction is all too hard.

I want you to meet Lisa …

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R0fISI7tYPE&feature=related

We all have to dig deep to find our motivation to lose weight. For some of us, it may not be that we do it for ourselves, for some of us it may be that we do it for others. They say that a person will do more for someone they love than they will ever do for themselves.

If you haven’t found your motivation to lose weight yet, could it be that you don’t think you’re worthy of it?

I know that’s how I felt for a long time. I’ll get into that story one day …

In the meantime, if you haven’t found your motivation to lose weight yet, then how about looking around you at those you love and see if you can’t find a motivation to lose weight that will benefit them.

My Motivation To Lose Weight | How To Lose Weight Without … | Day 37 of P90X 90 Day Challenge

Does the mere thought of going on a diet fill you will dread because up until now you haven’t known how to lose weight without giving up good stuff? Because going on a diet has always been about deprivation in some shape or form?

If you’re nodding your head right now, then I want to reach out to you and promise you that there is a way to lose weight once and for all that won’t have you focussing on all the things you have to give up, but instead will have you focussing on all the things you enjoy.

So let’s get started on a short list of how to lose weight without doing stupid stuff.

How To Lose Weight Without Dieting

how to lose weight withoutAs soon as I hear the word diet, all I think about is, “What do I have to give up?”

I don’t believe in dieting any more. I don’t think it’s natural and I don’t think it works. For goodness sakes, if diets worked I wouldn’t still be trying to lose the same 50lbs for the past 33 years! They don’t work because all you’re thinking about when you’re on a diet is all of the yummy stuff you want to eat when you get to your goal weight. The problem with this is, if and when you do get to goal, if you go back to your old eating patterns, you’re simply heading back in the same direction you’ve just come from.

I’ve always wanted to know how to lose weight without dieting so I started to look into this subject seriously. What I discovered was eye-opening.

I learned that I had to learn to think about food differently. I had to start looking at food as a way to nourish my body – not attack it. I had to look at everything I was putting into my mouth and ask myself, is this a healthy fuel or a toxic waste?

Remember, EVERYTHING you put in your body has to be processed by your body. If you put in JUNK, your body is going to turn it into JUNK on your HIPS. As always, I am over simplifying things here because I don’t believe this is a complicated subject.

You are what you eat. It’s as simple as that.

So throw away the junk and start looking at healthy proteins, veges, fruits, nuts and legumes as your fuel source.

I promise you, if you can just throw away the JUNK for TWO weeks, you’ll FEEL the difference in your body. I won’t lie to you, if you’re heavily addicted to chemically laden toxic food it’s not going to be easy for the first two weeks. But you have to decide how bad you want your goal. Do you want to lose weight bad enough that you’re prepared to change the way you eat? Because if you’re not prepared to change, nothing in your life will change.

For things to change, first you must change.

How To Lose Weight Without Depriving Yourself

Deprivation diets work for a short period of time. They work for as long as you can handle the deprivation.

But here’s the problem with deprivation diets. When you’re on one, all you can think about is everything you can’t eat. Sure they’re a great way to lose weight fast and get instant results. But if you haven’t learned any new behaviors whilst on your deprivation diet you’re in for a load of trouble when you come off it.

Case in point, Oprah. Check this post out and see how Oprah felt after losing 67lbs using a deprivation diet only to put it all back on again PLUS SOME!!!

It makes far more sense to learn how to eat delicious foods that taste good, provide nourishment, eliminate toxic food cravings and help you lose weight whilst you eat them. Doesn’t it???

How To Lose Weight Without Being Miserablehow to lose weight without

Most diets make you miserable don’t they? You can’t have this, you can’t have that, you can’t go here and there …

How is this a recipe for success? It’s NOT!!! And that’s why diets don’t work!!!

You’ve got to find a way to lose weight that you can fit into your lifestyle that makes you happy whilst you’re doing it!

When you choose to eat natural foods you can go anywhere you want, whenever you want. Check this out … your husband wants to take you out for a romantic dinner and you’re on a deprivation diet. Do you say, “Sure … let’s go and I’ll pack a shake!” NO!!! What do you say instead, “Don’t you know I’m on diet??? How inconsiderate of you!”

No wonder diets don’t work. Even the husbands don’t want a bar of it.

But if you’re eating from nature the whole menu opens up to you.

In this day and age of food intolerances and allergies, restaurants have wizened up to the fact that they need to be accommodating to special food requests. So you can order fish, chicken or beef with all the sauces on the side if you wish. There’s always the option of a green side salad and most times even steamed veges on the side. You can go out and eat healthy.

So why say no to a romantic gesture, just because you’re on a diet? Doesn’t make sense and it doesn’t work.

So if you’re trying to work out how to lose weight without being miserable, simply adopt a healthy eating plan that fits in with your life. There are so many healthy food options to choose from that will keep you and your taste buds delighted whilst you lose weight.

How To Lose Weight Without Saying No To Life

Say yes to life. You’re going to be living it for a long time so you’re going to have to find a way to adopt a healthy lifestyle if you really want to lose weight and keep it off forever.

The family wants to go away for a week and all you can think of is, “But I have to do my exercise routine, and I have to eat my pre-packaged foods.” That doesn’t sound like fun, does it?

I get that you want to stick to your diet and exercise routine, but should going away for a week really put such a spanner in the works? No it shouldn’t.

So you can’t do the workouts you’d normally do for a week. So what! Pack your running shoes and go for a 45min walk each day. It may be a nice break in routine for your body and you! See different sights. Walk a different path. It’s good for you.

And when it comes to eating, well if you’re eating from nature that’s never going to be a problem.

How To Lose Weight Without Going Crazy

By adopting a method of losing weight that’s natural and can easily be incorporated into your lifestyle, you’re not going to go crazy. Because this will BE your life, FOR life. Dieters go crazy when they go against nature. It’s as simple as that. So if you really want to know how to lose weight without going crazy, just try going natural for 2 weeks. That’s all I ask.

If you’re overweight and miserable and you’re addicted to JUNK food, you’ve got to understand that it’s the toxic chemicals in the foods you’re eating that are making you overweight and miserable. Again, this is not rocket science here.

Addiction to junk food is not that dissimilar to other addictions. You’ve got to break the pattern.

In Conclusion

I’m not an expert by any means in the field of nutrition or exercise. But I do have 33 years of experience in the diet industry. I’ve been a guinea pig to every diet ever created. If you want to see a few that I’ve done check out my first post.

What I want for you, from the bottom of my heart is to help you find your motivation to lose weight and keep it off forever. I believe that diets don’t work, that the diet industry has a vested interest in keeping us fat, and that the only person who can really make it happen is YOU. You have all you need inside of you right now to make a decision. A decision that you don’t want to live like this any more. You have to make a decision to make the necessary changes in your life in order for you to be happy.

There are secrets here in my blog posts that reveal how to lose weight without ever having to deprive yourself again, and how to lose weight and keep it off forever.

I hope you enjoyed this post. Please remember to click ‘like’ or leave a comment below.

My Motivation To Lose Weight | Have You Nailed Yours Yet? | Day 36 of P90X 90 Day Challenge

motivation to lose weightSometimes I feel ashamed at how weak I’ve been in the past and how I’ve failed at holding on to my motivation to lose weight.

Especially when I see heroic examples of those who have a motivation to lose weight that is so powerful that quitting is simply not an option. It never comes into the equation. And I think that’s one of the problems all of us who have ever failed at losing weight before experience. Our motivation to lose weight was never powerful enough for us in the beginning.

So what can you find in your life that is a compelling enough reason to lose weight and keep it off forever?

Have you found it yet?

Have you really searched your soul and worked out what would keep you going through the ups and the downs? We all experience them. But what we do in that moment of crisis defines us. And if we choose to weaken and lose our motivation to lose weight, then it wasn’t the right motivation in the first place.

To see motivation in action … watch this …

Need I say more?

Search deep and find YOUR motivation to lose weight. Then we can move forward together, work as a community and get this done once and for all!

My Motivation To Lose Weight | Rest and Reflection | Day 35 of P90X 90 Day Challenge

Sundays are so special to me as they give me an opportunity to slow down and reflect on my motivation to lose weight, how I’m progressing, my successes and my challenges.

I started this journey 5 weeks ago, not really knowing how it would turn out, but hoping against all hope this time my motivation to lose weight would prevail and things would be different. You see, I’ve tried every diet ever invented. If you missed my list of failed diets check them out here. And this isn’t even a complete list. I have believed every lie ever sold to me by the diet industry. And I am FED UP WITH ALL OF IT!

So 5 weeks ago I committed to trying one last and final time, to shed 50lbs and get into the best shape of my life. I found my motivation to lose weight and I decided to do something I’ve never done before when it comes to weight loss. I threw away the bathroom scales, I have no clue what my measurements are, I’m not counting calories (as a serial dieter I do have a rough idea how many calories I am consuming however) and I’m not measuring calories burned during exercise.

So what AM I doing?

I’m going back to a time when things weren’t so darned complicated.

I’m going back to a time when if you ate sensibly and worked out a little bit you were pretty much able to stay in shape.

I’m going back to a time when, if your jeans got a bit tight you simply looked yourself in the mirror and said, “You know what … it’s time to cut back!”

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I'm Eating What???

I’m going back to a time when you didn’t need a pharmaceutical degree to understand the ingredients in a bottle of sauce.

Basically, I’m going back to a time when they didn’t have junk food, and the foods we ate didn’t need chemicals to make them taste good.

Do you know that chemicals make you fat? Your body wasn’t designed to ingest chemicals and doesn’t know what to do with them. So more often than not it just stores these toxins as fat.

So the easiest way to avoid this, is simply not to eat them.

So this time around, I’m going as natural as I possibly can. I have a mantra, ‘If God didn’t make it – don’t eat it.” In other words, God didn’t make Diet Coke, Diet Shakes, Diet Cookies, Diet Pills, Diet anything. God made glorious fruits, nuts, vegetables, grains, legumes and yes he made cows, sheep, fish and chicken as well.

My basic philosophy is that cavemen didn’t diet. They didn’t need to because they didn’t have McDonalds and Dunkin Donuts on every street corner!

We need to diet because we’ve been corrupted by drool inducing advertisements tempting us with their chemically laden, high-sugar, high-fat content, highly addictive toxic foods.

If we could only wean ourselves off of these chemical time bombs for just one month we would notice a huge improvement in our health and our well-being. We’d start to feel energized and alive again. And our dormant taste buds would come back to life and rejoice in our new-found food choices.

So this Sunday I reflect on the past 5 weeks.

  • I have stuck 99.9% to my commitment to eat only naturally occurring foods (I cheated with half a sausage one day – Yuck!) And no, I’m not organic … way too complicated for my liking … but I’m only putting foods into my body that are naturally occurring in nature.
  • I have stuck 100% to my commitment to not drink any alcohol for 90 days. This was a really hard one for me. I love my wine! I love my Dirty Vodka Martini’s. I love my Gin and Tonics. I love my Margaritas. But for 90 days I have committed to not touching a drop.
  • I have stuck 100% to my commitment to exercising 6 days per week and I chose P90X as my choice of exercise because I needed a challenge and I love a challenge. Tony has two great expression … “Just keep hitting play” and “Do your best, and forget the rest.” He keeps me motivated and I enjoy my workouts with him. P90X is not for everyone, and I’m not a Beach Body coach nor will I ever be one. I just really like the program.

What I’ve found after 5 weeks of sticking to my commitments is that without all the pressure of the bathroom scales, the tape measure and the calorie counting, and all the traditional ways of dieting, I’m losing inches!

I see it in the way  my clothes fit me. I am getting toned, and stronger and my core is ridiculous. You know those rock hard Gwen Stefani abs I keep talking about? They’re in there … just hidden under a layer of blubber right now. But that’s all good. I see progress.

The purpose of this blog post is to document my journey, and to prove that with the right mindset and an unbreakable motivation to lose weight, that we CAN lose weight AND keep it off forever by NEVER DIETING AGAIN, and by simply doing an exercise that we look forward to and enjoy. I believe that it really is that simple.

Yes, I understand that there are some hurdles and obstacles and that I’m over simplifying it just a bit. But what I want to prove in this 90 day journey is that the diet industry doesn’t have any of the right answers for you. I want to prove once and for all that diets DON’T work and that a simple common sense approach to eating and exercise will get you the results you so desperately desire and deserve. There is no quick fix. I’ve been looking for a quick fix for 33 years! It doesn’t exist!

So follow along with me here as I unlock the REAL SECRETS to losing weight that the diet industry don’t want you to know about.

The first thing you need to find however, is an invincible, unstoppable, motivation to lose weight. You have to want this more than you’ve ever wanted anything in your life. As we progress we’ll work together and discover what truly motivates you and get you moving towards your destiny of being in the best shape of your life.

I promise you, if I can do this, anyone can do this. I’ve been trying to lose the same 50lbs for 33 years and it has kept me more miserable than I can put into words. This journey is for anyone who has ever felt defeated at the hands of the diet industry. There IS a better way to lose weight and keep it off forever. Follow me here … we can do this together.

 

 

 

My Motivation To Lose Weight | Coffee and Weight Loss | Day 34 of P90X 90 Day Challenge

coffee and weight lossThe subject of coffee can be quite controversial so when the subject of coffee and weight loss came up I knew I had to look deeper into this controversial little bean. So let’s delve into coffee and weight loss and see if we can give it the thumbs up or not.

The Cons of Coffee and Weight Loss

For a long time I’ve been put off coffee because of the way it can negatively affect blood sugar levels which in turn affects how we burn fat. Basically caffeine raises blood sugar levels which results in a spike in insulin being released in your blood stream. The insulin is trying to find a way to regulate your blood sugar so the easiest thing for it to do is store the excess sugar as fat.

The other issue too is that elevated blood sugar levels can cause you to crave poor food choices.

Another aspect of coffee and weight loss that I’m not all gung-ho for is the fact that it does have diurretic properties. You’ll lose water weight because of it and that might look great on the bathroom scales (that you should have thrown away by now anyway!) but is not indicative of losing body fat which is what you’re ultimately going for. So remember to keep up your water intake.

The Pros of Coffee and Weight Loss

Coffee and weight loss seem to go together as coffee acts as an appetite suppressant. It’s weird, because as you know I took Diet Pills a while back as a way to suppress my appetite and they didn’t work a darn. I started drinking coffee again after my IBS scare seemed to be a thing of the past, and I noticed that I was no longer ravenous. I didn’t even link it to the fact that I was drinking coffee again until I started doing this research.

Another way that coffee and weight loss are linked together is the fact that coffee has thermogenic properties. Caffeine in coffee has been found to boost your metabolism which allows you to effectively burn off calories. So if you’re burning calories more effectively that means there are less calories being converted and stored as fat.

Coffee and weight loss also seem to do a little tango when it comes to exercise too. Having a quick little espresso or a black coffee before a workout can give you an extra boost of energy and a put a cheeky little bounce in your step. You’ll work out just a little harder, walk a little faster, dance a little longer, therefore burn a little more.

coffee and weight lossSo how much coffee is the right amount?

I would say definitely no more than 3 cups a day. Any more than that and we might have to peel you off the ceiling. Anything in moderation is safe.

And keep in mind that coffee is fat-free, carb-free, calorie-free. So don’t ruin a good thing by adding cream and sugar. A splash of lo-fat milk is all you should be grabbing for.

Now, there is no hard and fast documentation on coffee and weight loss so it’s really a personal choice. For me, however I see enough health benefits to keep enjoying my cup of java without guilt. It’s a #1 source of antioxidants and has many other health benefits as well. Check out a new study by researchers at the University of Scrantan (Pa.)


So what do you think about coffee and weight loss?

Thumbs up – or thumbs down?

 

Comment below and let me know.

 

 


My Motivation To Lose Weight | How Bad Do You Want It? | Day 33 of P90X 90 Day Challenge

motivation to lose weightI’ve been around the block many times when it comes to the subject of losing weight and the main reason I’ve failed for 33 years is that I was never fully committed to my motivation to lose weight.

I didn’t want it bad enough and my motivation to lose weight wasn’t strong enough.

I never understood that until right now.

You see right now, my motivation to lose weight is invincible. Nothing can break it this time. I have temptation all around me, and yet it doesn’t bother me in the slightest. I wear my motivation to lose weight like an invisible shield. It’s all encompassing.

Now I know it’s been said that in order for you to successfully lose weight you need to have the right people around you and to stay away from temptation. But I’m starting to think that’s a little unrealistic. There are always going to be office parties, birthday parties, weddings, dinners out … you can’t stop living just because you’ve decided to get healthy. Life goes on and you’ve got to find a way to adapt, or you’ll fail yet again. You simply have to develop the mindset of someone who is proactive about their health and won’t let any temptation deter them.

Let’s take it out of context for a minute. Alcoholics don’t give up their social life because they can’t drink alcohol. They can still go to a social gathering and have fun without a beer in their had. Same with you! Again, it’s a mindset!

And if you’re firm with your convictions, the people around you will respect you for that. And if they don’t, be firm with them and explain that this is important to you and for them to respect your motivation to lose weight. And who knows, you may even recruit a few to follow in your path when they see your steely resolve and your results. Nothing irks more than seeing someone stick to their guns and get results.

But again, and this is KEY, YOU HAVE TO WANT THIS more than you’ve EVER wanted ANYTHING before. Seriously, I really believe that’s the difference.

Your mindset and your motivation to lose weight comes first. All the other stuff then becomes quite academic. I can teach you the academics of losing weight easily. But if you seriously want to lose weight and keep it off forever, it all starts with what’s inside your head. I can’t teach you how to find your motivation to lose weight. You have to dig deep and find that yourself.

See if this video doesn’t make you see things differently.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7X38PCf7kao

And if you’re still making excuses, check out yesterday’s blog. It will move you … my jaw dropped to the ground in shame when I watched it the first time.

My Motivation To Lose Weight | What’s YOUR Excuse? | Day 32 of P90X 90 Day Challenge

How bad you want to get in the best shape of your life depends on your will and your unwavering motivation to lose weight.

You have to want it more than you’ve wanted anything in your life so that nothing will stand in your way.

Have you found your motivation to lose weight yet or do you let excuses get in the way?

What’s YOUR excuse for not getting in the best shape of your life?

See if any of your excuses are here …

Now tell me again why you haven’t nailed your motivation to lose weight yet.

My Motivation To Lose Weight | Kim Kardashian Cellulite Before And After Airbrushing | Day 31 of P90X 90 Day Challenge

kim kardashian celluliteI can’t believe I’m writing about Kim Kardashian and her cellulite. 

But I feel I must because it’s cr@p like this that makes the rest of us run ourselves to death on the ‘dreadmill’ trying in vain to attain the bodies of the women we admire most, when they don’t even have the results we covet.

The only difference is, they have great airbrushers to remove their cellulite, and we don’t!

These photos were taken for an issue of Complex magazine and the website mistakenly posted the “pre-airbrushed” photos instead of the touched up ones. When asked about it Kim said, “So what – I have a little cellulite.” Paris Hilton went so far as to say her cellulite looks like “cottage cheese stuffed in a garbage bag.”

But here’s the thing. So many of us idolize the bodies of the rich and famous, when in fact many of these bodies aren’t real in the first place. So if the rich and famous can only get there by way of Picasso’s Airbrush, why are we killing ourselves to reach an ideal that’s not real?

Wouldn’t it simply be healthier to reach our own ideal?

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When the gorgeous Jessica Alba has to be airbrushed to perfection, what hope is there for the rest of us if we try and uphold these unrealistic ideals?

So, this is just another example of how we are set up to fail in our quest to get in the best shape of our lives. Some of us will never be a Jessica Alba, or a Jennifer Lopez, or even a Lara Croft for that matter.

But what’s important is that we set realistic goals and simply be the best that we can be.

kim kardashian celluliteKudos to Kate Winslet who in 2003 was livid when she was excessively and unrealistically airbrushed by British GQ. She stated publicly, “I do not look like that, and more importantly, I don’t desire to look like that.”

But it doesn’t stop there … Kitty Couric, Andy Roddick, Faith Hill, Madonna and more have all been massively airbrushed to show a more perfect image. To see more retouching scandals click here.

And who can forget the hoo-haa surrounding the scandalous L’Oreal airbrushing of Julia Roberts and Christie Turlington. Their images were so digitally altered that the advertisements were banned in the UK.

But I’m not done yet. The weight loss industry is the biggest con job of all. How many times have you seen a commercial for the latest diet pill or workout gadget that is guaranteed to get you from the weight you are to a supermodel in just a few weeks?

Yes, I want to believe the results too … but watch this video and see if it doesn’t irk you just a bit.

Mad? Mad enough to believe that you’ve been lied to by an industry that is supposed to be helping you?

I’m not saying they’re all bad. Hey, I’m doing P90X so I can’t possibly say that. But on the whole, the cards are stacked against you.

My one driving passion that keeps me going is that I want to prove that you can get in the best shape of your life by simply eating healthy foods and finding an exercise that you love and look forward to doing.

Yes, other factors do count, but the basics are pretty simple. Eat from a selection of healthy foods designed to fuel your body, and burn calories doing something that you love doing. It’s that simple. Truly. There’s no complicated science to it! The weight loss industry would have you believe it’s complicated – but it’s not.

And if you really want to know how to get rid of cellulite read a post I wrote about it. You can get results for just $8.

If you’ve been maddened before by the lies we are shown in magazines and enjoyed this post that started with a rant about Kim Kardashian and her cellulite … just click ‘like’.

My Motivation To Lose Weight | Lose Weight With A Secret Italian Ingredient | Day 30 of P90X 90 Day Challenge

lose weightIt took me a long time to realize that I was missing a secret ingredient in my quest to lose weight. The Italians knew about this ingredient. They cook with it every day. No Italian meal would ever be created without it. Do you know what it is?

The secret missing Italian ingredient you need to lose weight, is LOVE.

I don’t know how many times I’ve thrown food down my throat, with very little thought about it’s preparation, it’s origins or even it’s content. Food for so many years was a source of anything but nutrition and enjoyment. It was a means to an end.

But it wasn’t until just recently when I read an article about how the Italians cook with love, that I understood that food could be so much more. From the selection and handling of food, to the preparation and presentation of food, to the consumption of food, the Italians are passionate about their food. Food is always a cause of celebration, of bringing family members together, and is always mixed with fun and laughter.

Casanova himself was reported to have said, “Sex is like eating and eating is like sex.”

Need I say more on the subject of food and love?

Now practicality must intervene. We can’t host an Italian Festival whenever we want to eat. But there are a few little things we can do to spice up our relationship with food and help us lose weight as well.

lose weightFor starters, choose your food with love at the supermarket.

When you’re in the vege section, don’t just grab any old vegetable. Really look for the most attractive foods you can find. Turn them over, inspect them. Make sure they are worthy of your dinner plate.

When you’re preparing your food, be calm and think loving thoughts.

I know a few dinners I’ve prepared in anger were about as tasty as a pair of old boots. Food seems to know when it’s being loved or not. Think Jamie Oliver NOT Gordon Ramsay.

Present your food lovingly.lose weight

For some reason it just tastes better. My Mum always says that the success of a meal is in the presentation. And it’s so true. Don’t slap your food together like a dog’s breakfast. Put some love into it. It really doesn’t take that much imagination to make your food look beautiful.

And lastly, slow down and enjoy your food.

When was the last time you actually tasted your food? And I mean really tasted your food.

One of the reasons why you lose weight when eating in this way, is that when you slow down to savor your food, your stomach as a chance to signal you when you’re starting to feel full. When you eat too fast, your stomach doesn’t have a chance to keep up with your fork so it can only send you a message when you’re stuffed! And this doesn’t help you lose weight.

So add a little love to your food. You’ll be amazed how this one simple ingredient can help you lose weight.

Gotta run and do Yoga!

Hope you enjoyed this post. Would love to hear your thoughts.

P.S. If you’re wondering what this post is all about, you’ll need to start at the beginning on Day 1. That post explains my crusade here.

Hope to see you again :  )