Carolyn Hax…..secret to happiness

Be honest with yourself about who you are — the good and bad in balance. You’ll make better decisions, for one, about everything. And you’ll be more mindful of having one set of standards by which you judge both yourself and others, which in turn will make you more open-minded, less judgmental and all around on better terms with your surroundings.

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Writing your own mission statement…

A meaningful personal mission statement isn’t something you can just pull out of thin air. There are, however, questions you can begin asking yourself every day that will move you closer to creating one:

1. What is important? What/whom do you value? How is your life connected to those things?

2. Where do I want to go? You can answer this many different ways. Your answer may involve a spiritual, mental, or physical destination. It might describe your career arc.

3. What does “the best” look like for me? Describe your best possible result. This isn’t the time to be realistic. This is the time to dream.

4. How do I want to act? How do you want people to describe you? Think of a few words you would want to come to mind when people think about you.

5. What kind of legacy do I want to leave behind? Imagine you’re 100 years in the future. What does the impact you’ve left look like? How is your Butterfly Effect still touching lives?

Write down your answers to these questions and revisit them often. As you continue thinking about them, start giving your personal mission statement a shot.

A few guidelines:

  • Keep it short. You want this to be something you can sum up in a single sentence. Remember, this is about focusing your life on what matters most! Boundaries will help you keep that focus.
  • Don’t forget about others. Yes, this is a personal mission statement, but it should be just as much about the people you want to impact as it is about yourself. Make sure that shows.
  • Share it with the most important people in your life. Get feedback from your spouse, your mentors, and any other important people in your life. They can provide you with invaluable insight.
  • It’s OK to make changes. As you grow and continue learning, your mission might evolve. That’s natural. As long as you’re staying true to the mission you know you were put here to accomplish, you can’t go wrong. 

 

 

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5 quick steps you can do today…

Here is a wonderful blog post from Susie Burrell. I had to share ♥

 

1. Give your breakfast a protein boost

Whether you choose a couple of eggs; a hearty serve of Greek yoghurt or a protein shake, research shows that consuming 20g of protein at breakfast helps to control the hormone insulin which regulates fat metabolism in the body. Protein rich breakfasts are also more likely to keep you full throughout the morning so you avoid snacking on carb rich foods such as banana bread, muffins and biscuits. Even better, add some extra vegetables to bulk up your protein rich breakie – a vegetable omelette, vege juice added to your yoghurt or some veges blended into your shake or smoothie.

2. Swap a meal

Very few of us get a 2-3 cups of salad and vegetables we need at both lunch and dinner for optimal health and nutrition. And the easiest way to lose weight is to eat more vegetables yet few of us adopt this relatively easy strategy. The low calorie content of vegetable based soups and salads, means that you could literally eat as much of these foods as you like without weight gain. Put simply, when we eat lots of low calorie, nutrient rich foods such as vegetables, there is less room for other high calorie foods. One of the easiest dietary strategies you can adopt when trying to shift a few kg quickly and safely is to replace a meal with a soup or salad. Whether you choose a rich vegetable soup for dinner or a leafy green or roasted vegetable salad for lunch, your total calorie intake will be significantly reduced when you bump up the vegetable content of your diet.

3. Concentrate on meal timing

One of the biggest issues from a dietary perspective is that we eat our meals a lot later in the day than we did 20-30 years ago. Breakfast is often not until 9am, lunch at 2 or 3 and then we are lucky to have dinner by 8 or even 9 at night. Another exceptionally easy dietary strategy is to simply eat earlier. Breakfast by 8am, lunch by 1pm and dinner by 7pm at the latest so you have 10-12 hours without food overnight – so simple yet so effective. A sign you are on the right track is when you actually wake up in the morning hungry.

4. Keep dinner small

Generally speaking most of us eat a light breakfast and lunch followed by much nibbling and munching through the afternoon as well as enjoying our heaviest meal at night. The greater the volume of food we eat at night, when we are least active, the harder it will be to lose weight. For this reason, committing to eating a light, relatively low calorie meal as early as possible is an easy way to drop a few kilos quickly. Light 300-400 calorie dinner options include a piece of white fish and vegetables, 100g lean meat or chicken with salad or an omelette.

5. Count your carbs

We often hear about counting your calories but another relatively easy yet often overlooked way to support weight loss is to count your carbs. As carbs are the key source of fuel for the muscle, actively counting the amount you are consuming is an easy way to control your total fuel intake. Small females will lose weight safely on 120-140g of total carbs per day, while men 140-180g. You can count the total amount of carbs you are eating using on online monitoring app use as ‘myfitnesspal’. A classic example of ways you can cut back on carbs is by swapping large slices of Turkish or Sourdough bread (40-60g carbs) for smaller, thinner slices of lower carb wholemeal or multigrain bread (20-30g carbs) per serve.

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response-able

Your life doesn’t just happen.

Whether you know it or not it is (and was) carefully designed by you OR carelessly designed by you. It is after all, YOUR CHOICE.

You choose happiness. You choose sadness. You choose decisiveness. You choose ambivalence. You choose success. You choose failure. You choose courage. You choose fear.

Just remember that every moment, every situation, provide a new choice. And in doing so, it gives you a perfect opportunity to do things differently to produce more positive results.

Be proactive in taking responsibility for your life. (You can’t keep blaming others for your life, now can you?)

Be response-able

 

**Stephen Covey**

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Powerful Message hit home w/me

By working on ourselves instead of worrying about (conditions), are are able to influence the conditions. Work on the things we can control and NOT what we cannot.

 

Stephen Covey

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it is your choice

You choose…

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Truth…..

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