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Fibromyalgia Everyday Activities | Fibromyalgia Pain Exercise | Arthritis Today Magazine

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Short Bursts of Everyday Activities Can Improve Fibromyalgia Symptoms

By Jennifer Davis

4/8/10 A new study suggests that small increases in everyday activities like gardening, housework or even taking stairs instead of an elevator, can improve pain and increase function in people with fibromyalgia.

Researchers at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore split 84 people with fibromyalgia who were inactive to two groups: one that was asked to attend fibromyalgia education classes, and another that was assigned to engage in 30 minutes of what they called ‘lifestyle physical activities’ on five to seven days of the week for 12 weeks.

They defined lifestyle physical activities as everyday activities like vacuuming, walking or scrubbing the shower.

Participants were told the proper intensity level for these activities would cause them to breathe a little heavier but would still allow them to carry on a conversation and that the 30 minutes could be spread throughout the day, rather than accomplished all at once.

Researchers relied on a questionnaire that allowed participants to report their results. At the end of 12 weeks, participants said they did not experience differences in terms of fatigue or depression. But those doing lifestyle activities did perceive that they had less pain and were functioning better than those who were only getting education and support.

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Steps to Attract the Universe and Achieve Your Goals

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The Universal Law of Attraction can be a very effective tool in making you achieve your goals and practically everything else you wan. Desire should always start from within and once you have mastered this the Universe will just obey your thoughts, actions and ideas.

Here are some guidelines on how to get your objectives of attracting the Universe just the way you want.

Step 1: Ask the Universe

According to the Universal Law of Attraction, you need to ask the Universe and it shall be given to you. However, to achieve your goals, you have to truly have an idea about what kind of thing or event you want to happen in your life. There are plenty of things that you can ask from the Universe when applying the Law of Attraction. The most common are superficial things such as money, a new car, a new house, etc. More meaningful items include improved relationships with your friends, family or partner, happiness in your job and life, etc.  All of these can be given to you at the time you want and in the extent you need.

Step 2: The Way You Ask

The way you ask the Universe for what it is that you desire is of importance.  Keep in mind that when you are asking the Law of Attraction to kick in the Universe will immediately hear and respond in the manner you believe in. Your first thought might go, ‘I want a brand new Porsche.’ The world will then respond, ‘Your wish is my command.’

However, your request to the Universe may quickly be followed by negative thoughts such as ‘that probably wont be for at least 10 years until I get promoted / change job / am in my 40’s etc.’ The Universe will just say yes to everything you inject in your thoughts but if your request is followed by negative thinking like in the example above then the Universe will deem this to be a want for the future not for the present time.

The time, extent, severity and other details of your wish is determined by your mind alone. If you have any doubt or disbelief about the power of the Laws of Attraction and for Universe to provide, then it will truly give to you accordingly. Make sure you clean your thoughts thoroughly so that you set your goals straight and allow the Universe to perform the best way.

Step 3: Your Actions

Once you have set your goals and asked for what you desire from the Universe then your mind, thoughts and body will start acting automatically to lead towards the goals and objectives. You will subconsciously accomplish small tasks and open up a wide array of opportunities that are meant to direct you to the ultimate mark. Renew your goals each morning as you wake up and your body will just function immediately towards these.

Work both consciously and subconsciously. Remember that it also requires effort and discipline on your part to receive the best things in life. Do not expect everything to just fall into place. If you want to land that promotion, then you should start going to work early, volunteer for projects and show that you are prepared for bigger responsibilities.

Step 4: Stay Positive

The Universal Law of Attraction helps you achieve your goals, as long as you remain positive. You need to believe that the Universe is capable of providing immediately what it is that you desire and seek to achieve through applying the Universal Laws of Attraction.

Anything can actually happen, in the time you have set.  Seek to always be optimistic in the face of adversary. It is not impossible that you will encounter a few problems along the way, but what’s more important is how you relate to the situation in a positive light. Be conscious about what’s happening and act to alleviate the effects.

Further Reading

The Forgotten Laws

Law of Attraction by Michael Losier

The Key to Living the Law of Attraction: The Secret to Creating the Life of Your Dreams by Jack Canfield

The Attraction Distraction: Why the Law of Attraction Isn’t Working for You and How to Get Results – FINALLY! by Sonia M. Miller

Law of Attraction Handbook: Revealing the Secrets to Manifest Your Desires Instantly to Success by Aiman A. Al-Maimani

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How to Set and Achieve Your Goals

People set their goals differently, depending on their current situation, resources, physical capacity and other factors. Follow theses simple guidelines to be sure that your goals are

believable and achievable. Many people set their goals too high only to fall behind and become disappointed which soon leads to a lack of motivation and increased procrastination.  Check out these tips I have for you.

Be Specific

Goals need to be specific, this enables you to identify milestones and action steps which will keep you focused and on track.  Many people have goals to change career, get promoted, increase their wealth, improve their relationship etc.  These goals whilst typical for many are very vague and your mind may become confused about what you truly want. General descriptions do not have boundaries, so you always leave room for mistakes and compromise. If you want results that you can be proud of, be specific.

To be specific, you need to include the full details. Write down something like, “I want to get £125,000 by 5 October of this year.” or “It is 2 December 2010 and I am the key supervisor of the sales department.” Include the names, the position, the amount, the date and everything else needed to train your mind to start working towards that goal.

Be Measurable

Goals need to be measurable so that you can track your progress. To help record your progress and goals, you should include measurable details. For a career change, you could include details of the number of hours you’re working, the amount you’re earning, the staff you’re handling, etc. For a financial goal include details of the amount you want to have as a whole, the number of companies or businesses you own, your contact persons, etc. Always have things and items to be measured so you can understand how close you are to getting your goals. If your goal is to earn £100,000 a month, then you know you’re halfway there if you’re already bringing in £50,000 a month.

Being Attainable and Realistic

Only set goals that can possibly be achieved. If you set goals that are too high to accomplish, that you are almost setting yourself up to fail.  Ensure you only set objectives that you can reach within a given amount of time, provided the current resources and capabilities you have. Some examples of near impossible goals are doubling your salary overnight, getting a promotion higher than your boss’s position, etc. Some goals can be achieved faster compared to others if you have some strengths and skills to back these up. Always include a strategic plan for big objectives.

Time-Bound

Set deadlines to achieve your goals or you may find yourself procrastinating and not achieving even  your milestones and action steps. Be specific when setting timelines and schedules. For all action steps set the exact time and date you will take action, what you will do and how you will do it.  For long-term goals which may take years to accomplish break them down into smaller achievable goals with deadlines. Finish every step in sequence to finally reach the biggest goal at the end.

FURTHER READING

Goals! How to Get Everything You Want – Faster Than You Ever Thought Possible by Brian Tracy

Maximum Achievement: Strategies and Skills That Will Unlock Your Hidden Powers to Succeed by Brian Tracy

The Ultimate Goals Program: How to Get Everything You Want – Faster Than You Ever Thought Possible by Brian Tracy (Nightingale Conant) by Brian Tracy

The Success Principles: How to Get from Where You are to Where You Want to be by Jack Canfield and Janet Switzer

Blind Spots: Achieve Success by Seeing What You Can’t See by Claudia Shelton

There’s Always a Way: How to Develop a Positive Mindset and Succeed in Business and Life by Tony Little

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Achieving Goals

You may believe that goals must have a definite timeline to achieve. In part, this is true, but there are ways which aid you to expedite the process. You can achieve bigger things by centering on the current job and getting it done, without any compromise. Here are some guidelines you may like to try.

Step One: Form a Team

Things can be accomplished more quickly if you rely on one another and delegate tasks accordingly. When creating a team, choose people you can trust and competent in the areas they are working on.  To get the results you want the team will need to be supervisedt. Consider creating a hierarchy or create pairs so that one can look out for the other, thereby saving you time when reviewing work.

Lead the team yourself and you the benefit of practicing your leadership skills. As time goes by tasks will be completed more quickly  as you have created an effective system that will provide a smoother flow in future jobs. Ensure you also get the right number of people for the job, you do not want too many to lead as this could waste precious time in the process.

Step Two: Find Shortcuts

Some goals actually have shortcuts that you can use to reach your outcome more quickly. I am not talking about quick fixes, but something which can help the entire system respond in a more conducive way, thereby boosting the process. For example, there are no short cuts to permanent weight loss, but you can do some techniques that will speed up the fat loss. To identify the best shortcuts, always stay updated with changes and developments in technology and professional programs. Stay connected in a network of people related to your goals. Join forums and undertake online training, attend seminars and take time to talk to experts.

Step Three: Extra Hours

Consistency, discipline and dedication always give you faster and better results. If you want to finish things faster, you may have to put in extra hours and work longer than the usual – at least in the short term. The more important thing is that you monitor your stress levels, take time to relax and give yourself sufficient time to rest. Overtime should also be well-planned as you cannot expect to work effectively beyond your usual time if you’re still tired the night before or do not have enough equipment to work with.

Prepare and strategize by coming up with small objectives and actions steps to be done in sequence. Having information prior to your overtime can help greatly and save you lots of idle time. You may also ask someone to work with you during overtime to accomplish more. Try to incorporate all the three steps above and see for yourself how much more you can boost the process.

Step Four: Work with a Coach

Working with a coach will help you set great goals, take time to identify the action steps required to reach your goal and break larger goals into milestones.  Your coach will keep you focused and on track so you should reach your goals sooner than you would had you not worked with a coach.  Obviously a coach will cost money however it can be a sound investment; consider what your goal is, the importance of getting to goal and the benefit to you to get there.  Only you can decide if it is worth the investment though often it is hard to put a value on working with a coach to increase your income, change your career, lose weight or save a relationship.

What is your goal and how important is it for you to reach it?

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FURTHER READING

Goals! How to Get Everything You Want – Faster Than You Ever Thought Possible by Brian Tracy

Goal Setting: How to Create an Action Plan and Achieve Your Goals (Worksmart) by Susan B Wilson and Michael S Dobson

The Personal Success Handbook: Everything You Need to Be Successful by Curly Martin

The Personal Success Pocketbook (The Pocketbook) by Paul Hayden and Phil Hailstone

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Juice Master, Jason Vale

The Juice Master (Jason Vale) on Ireland AM

The Juice Master, Jason Vale, talks about the benefits of juicing for weight loss on TV3’s “Ireland AM”. For more on juicing see http://www.juicemaster.com   Jason Vale is one of the UK’s leading authority on health, addiction, and most
importantly juicing & using the power of freshly extracted raw
juice from fruit and vegetables.

Further reading.

7lbs in 7 Days Super Juice Diet by Jason Vale

The Juice Master, Jason Vale, talks about the benefits of juicing for weight loss on TV3’s “Ireland AM”. For more on juicing see http://www.juicemaster.com  

The Juice Master Keeping it Simple: Over 100 Delicious Juices and Smoothies by Jason Vale

The Juice Master Slim for Life: Freedom from the Diet Trap by Jason Vale

Chocolate Busters: The Easy Way to Kick Your Addiction by Jason Vale

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Jason Vale on The Wright Stuff

Free Coaching for ME, CFS and FMS sufferers.

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I am offering free coaching to sufferers of ME, CFS and Fibromyalgia.  Find out more in my other Blog.  Click Here.

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Ways To Deal With Social Anxiety

Social Anxiety Disorder is a Psychiatric disorder that attacks one out of every eight Americans. Those who have the disorder can become physically sick in social situations. This disorder can devastate more than your self esteem, it can destroy your marriage, finances and many other aspects of your life. The disorder is characterized by fear of social situations.

There is help for people suffering with this disorder. If you seek treatment, you will be able to obtain medications, counseling and support group information to help cope with this psychiatric disorder. After seeking treatment, there are things that you can do to help alleviate stressful social situations and ways to begin to reacquaint yourself with friends and family members.

1) Read everything you can on the disorder. Visit your local library and check out books on the subject. Then, check out books with topics on building self-esteem, positive thinking, public speaking, anything that you think will empower you to gain more confidence. You can not just “snap your fingers” and have this disorder just disappear You need to read everything you can on the subject and subjects that will help you re-build your own self-worth.

2) Start and maintain a daily, weekly, and monthly journal. In the daily journal write down where you are right now in your life. Write about any and all social situations. How did you feel in those social situations? How do you think other people reacted to you and how did you react to them? Did you feel sick today when you were in the social situation?

At the end of the week, summarise your set-backs and itemise your progress. At the end of the month, write two pages in your journal. The first page should summarize any difficult situations and how you overcame the situation, or how you dealt with it. The second page should summarize the social events and social situations where you felt comfortable and why you felt comfortable. How did you feel overall? While this may seem to be a waste of time, the journals will help you face and overcome your fears.

3) Set social goals for yourself and follow through on them. If you are extremely uneasy at the mall, then go to the mall and walk in. Then walk out, immediately. If your social anxiety seems to attack you when you are in the middle of a crowded building, walk to the center of the crowd, and immediately turn and walk away. Take small practical steps at the start and them move on to the more challenging issues you may have.

Finally, always talk to your Doctor openly and honestly. Take your medication and try to overcome your social anxiety so that you can experience the life that you deserve to live at the very fullest. Stressful social situations happen to everyone at some point in their lives and one out of every eight people know how you feel to be living with something much worse than ‘one social situation’, you are not alone at all and though there is little comfort in knowing that you aren’t alone , do know that you are understood.

Recommended reading

Overcoming Social Anxiety & Shyness by Gillian Butler

Overcoming Social Anxiety and Shyness Self-help Course: Pt. 1 by Gillian Butler

Shyness and Social Anxiety Workbook: Proven, Step-by-step Techniques for Overcoming Your Fear by Martin M. Antony and Richard P. Swinson

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Social Anxiety Disorder has been recently described as the third largest psychological disorder in America, yet it is still relatively unheard of and often misdiagnosed.

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Understanding Anxiety Disorders

Anxiety disorders can have a devastating effect on those who suffer from them. Left untreated, anxiety disorders often inhibit an individual’s ability to function normally in everyday life.

Anxiety disorder may also be a source of additional tension caused by the strain the condition places on personal and professional relationships. Physical manifestations in the form of illness and mental manifestations in the form of depression are often the consequences of the intense and irrational worry that characterizes anxiety disorders While new methods of treatment are being developed, the most current form of medical care involves a combination of therapy to recognize and change the mental thought processes that make anxiety disorders possible along with medication designed to minimize the chemical imbalances that may facilitate these thought processes.

There are several categories of anxiety disorders, such as posttraumatic stress disorder, panic disorder, social anxiety disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder, but the most commonly diagnosed is general anxiety disorder.

Anxiety disorders can be difficult to diagnose as the symptoms associated with them are often shared by a variety of illnesses such as depression and chronic fatigue. In the past, physicians would frequently misdiagnose anxiety disorder by associating the symptoms with other illnesses while neglecting their underlying cause. This often resulted in treatments that were either ineffective or only served to inhibit the recurrences of specific symptoms. The end result of an improper diagnosis usually entailed an increase in other symptoms that were left untreated.

Today, there are several resources on anxiety disorders and the symptoms associated with them. An increase in medical information available through the Internet has allowed individuals to obtain facts on the diseases and disorders they could potentially be suffering from. The ability to convey the presence of symptoms to your physician can help him or her provide a more accurate diagnosis of anxiety disorders.

With proper treatment, anxiety disorder can be controlled.  Many who have suffered from this affliction now lead healthy, productive lives as a result of their commitment to maintaining a well planned regimen.

Recommended reading:

Free Yourself from Anxiety: A Self-help Guide to Overcoming Anxiety Disorders by Emma Fletcher and Martha Langley

Self Help for Your Nerves: Learn to Relax and Enjoy Life Again by Overcoming Stress and Fear by Claire Weekes

The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook (Anxiety & Phobia Workbook) by Edmund J. Bourne

How to Master Anxiety: All You Need to Know to Overcome Stress, Panic Attacks, Trauma, Phobias, Obsessions and More (Human Givens Approach) by Joe Griffin and Ivan Tyrrell

Taking emotions seriously

As much as 10-25 per cent of women are at risk of developing serious depression during their lifetime. This implies that a large number of European women will experience mental problems such as anxiety and depression, which are more …

Living Near Green Lowers Anxiety, Depression Rates, Study Finds …

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Emotions should be taken seriously

But it is not unusual for new mothers to be hit by grief, anxiety and depression. Global figures suggest that between 13 and 16 percent of women giving birth for the first time are struck by depression. For the second birth, …

Common Symptoms and Diagnosis of Fibromyalgia: The Syndrome of …

These emotional symptoms may alternate between those of anxiety and depression or the patient may experience mostly one of these mood problems. A person with fibromyalgia may experience anxiety symptoms as an increase in chronic worry …

Keeping a Clean House; Easing Depression: Staying Organized Can …

Take the time needed each day to clean away depression. Staying on top of a messy house will help those suffering with depression to feel purposeful again and to ease anxiety over yet another one of life’s stresses. …

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What causes depression?

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Usually in our adolescence, we are exposed to many sudden and inexplicable mood swings as a result of our body undergoing various hormonal changes that prepare us for adulthood.

Aside from increased social pressures, the onset of menstruation, for example, introduces adolescent girls to premenstrual tension (or premenstrual syndrome) and the menstrual cramps, the former being a mixture of physical and psychological symptoms, including temporary weight gain, fluid retention, depression, fits of temper and the like.

Of these, depression is perhaps one of the most commonly identified conditions that both males and females attest to, particularly at the onset of puberty.

Depression is a term we colloquially use to pertain to any particular period of prolonged sadness and lethargy. Colloquial use would even allow us to call depression any ‘low’ point in between periods of ‘high’ or happiness. A popular one-liner, which many of us are familiar with, even goes as far as saying that depression is in fact simply anger without enthusiasm.

However, the real essence of depression is the fact that you can’t simply ‘snap out of it’, and that it has the capacity to disrupt your daily activities. It is characterized by prolonged sadness, anxiety, unusual mood shifts accompanied by a degree of irrational thought, pessimism, and is responsible for changes in the way we eat, sleep, or interact with other people that in effect incapacitates us from participating in productive activities.

Depression is deemed a disorder that requires treatment and attention first because it may be a cause for withdrawal from society as it gives a semblance of suffering, pessimism, and low self-esteem. Secondly, depression may cause changes in physical behavior (like eating or sleeping) that may disrupt regular daily activities or may be mortally dangerous for whoever suffers from it. It may also, in effect, harm interactions with other people, particularly those within the atomic community (like family and friends).

Lastly, the accompanying decrease in rational thought causes some people to eventually result to thoughts of harming oneself or even suicide.

Should you find yourself potentially exhibiting that degree of depression, it is best that you seek immediate help from a professional. The reason is because the many forms of depression, each varying in degree of abnormality it lends, are currently treatable. It will also allow you to accurately determine whether you may simply be suffering from a common or minor depression, which is a mild but similarly prolonged form of depression, or a severe or major depression.

What is severe or major depression then? Severe or major depression, which medical experts also call clinical depression, unipolar depression, or major depressive disorder, is a sort of depression that necessitates medical treatment.

This is because severe depression is thought to be a result of a chemical imbalance in the brain. This particular brand of depression is recognized as possibly hereditary by many psychiatrists and specialists.

Doctors detect severe depression by particular behavioral patterns that emerge. The first is that of a constant feeling of sadness or anxiety. This may be accompanied by feelings of inadequacy and low self-esteem. Another is when you feel lethargic, tired, or without energy despite the fact that you did not engage in any physical activity of any form alongside a feeling of restlessness. You may also feel a decreased capacity to concentrate and make decisions.

The more ‘telling’ signs that accompany the previous symptoms, which may be attributed to seasonal hormonal imbalances, strenuous physical activities, or physical sickness for non-depressive individuals, have a more or less social implication to them.

If you are suffering from severe depression, you may have a feeling of being uninterested in usual activities or hobbies and you may eventually withdraw from them. Changes in your appetite may also emerge, leading to drastic weight loss.

Another change is in sleeping habits, which may imply difficulty in sleeping, waking up too early, or sleeping too much. With these physically notable changes and the previous general symptoms is a prevalent feeling of inadequateness, hopelessness and guilt. Altogether, these may lead to thoughts of suicide or obsession over death and dying.

The fact that depression can happen to anyone including you, should be enough impetus to better understand depression. Understanding that people around you (and there are many of them) suffer from depression will both allow you to better interact with them, or, should you be suffering from it as well, allow you to benefit from support groups or other people who can better help you deal with the disorder and stop you from succumbing to it.

Recommended Reading:

Overcoming Depression: A guide to recovery with a complete self-help programme by Prof Paul Gilbert

Beat Depression and Reclaim Your Life by Alexandra Massey

The Mindful Way Through Depression: Freeing Yourself from Chronic Unhappiness (includes Guided Meditation Practices CD) by Mark Williams, John Teasdale, Zindel Segal, and Jon Kabat-Zinn

Living with a Black Dog by Matthew Johnstone

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How Your Diet affects the Development of Depression

Having depression can be quite… well… depressing. Pardon the lack of an appropriate expression, but the main thing is that we all know that depression can be pretty devastating. It is a hindrance to our social advancement as well as to our personal happiness.

There are some cases that people find a relief for depression by eating food or diet supplements that boost up the level of tryptophan.  Tryptophan is a kind of amino acid that is responsible in producing serotonin.

There is also a study that proves that carbohydrates is an anti depression supplements. Simply by eating a high density of carbohydrates can diminish the effect of depression in the body. Carbohydrates repair the imbalance in the ratio of the specific fatty acid. Imbalances of fatty acids can affect the risk of depression.

There is also a study that shows an association between moderate consumption of caffeine drinks which lower the symptoms of depression; any excess can heighten the risk.   Proper diet also helps to lower the tendency of committing suicide, in which depression is one of the primary causes. In this study, the doctors have formulated that by drinking coffee or tea, you can reduce the effect of depression.

There are also certain habits that contain harmful substances that may trigger the symptoms of depression, like drinking alcoholic beverages, too much cigarette smoking, and drug overdose.

Vitamins and other food nutrients such as Vitamin B, Iodine, Vitamin C, Calcium, and Amino complex have been associated with some protection against depression.

Niacin is also a very important in the production of tryptophan that helps promotes Vitamin B3 and it has been found out that it regulates blood flow in order to avoid mental depression.  Vitamin B12 and calcium ingredients may help in depression that take place during the monthly menstrual period. In the year 2001, there was a study that proves that this vitamin can prevent postpartum depression.

In order to avoid depression you must choose your food wisely and have a proper diet.  If you feel that you are suffering from depression you should consider seeking medical advice from your GP or other healthcare professional.

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2010 Weight Management. Will you help me achieve my goal weight?

I went back to Weightwatchers this morning and found that I had put on 5 1/2 pounds since I was last there a month ago. Yes I know it is bad but then again we have just passed Christmas and New Year.  Anyway I decided that I would set some clear goals for my weight-loss and break the weight into smaller achievable milestones over the year.  OK, I know I’m needing to lose stones in weight not just pounds, ooh err did I really admit to that!!!

I have looked at important dates for this year to help me with incentives for the weight-loss and have 2 big events in 2010.  My niece is getting married in May and my daughter is one of the bridesmaids so there is one big event just 4 months away.  The second is my nephew will be Christened at some point in 2010 and whilst a date has not been fixed I really want to be able to not have to panic if the date is fixed just weeks before.

I love the Weightwatchers eating plan as it has helped me in the past, and it allows followers to eat anything they like which will reallyhelp me to personalise meals to my personal tastes.

So I have the May wedding as my first target date to work towards and have set a goal for how much I need to lose for then.  My goal is written down and I also use a vision board to help me with my goals.

Obstacles; the best way of progressing to your goal is to anticipate what obstacles you will meet and how you will respond.   Here are a few of mine:

  • I do not eat fruit, vegetables (I do eat potatoes though), pulses, pasta, tomatoes, beans, soup ….
  • I have fibromyalgia and am physically limited to the exercise I can do
  • Having a 6-year-old daughter who loves puddings and pancakes can be challenging

My plan to get around this is to;

  • Stock up the store cupboard with things I do like so that I am not having to eat on the go as that makes things more difficult to stay in control.
  • I can pig out on sugar-free jelly so I will make sure that I always have some in the fridge should I need a sweet treat
  • Make sure that sweet treats for Georgina are things that I do not like so I wont be as tempted to cheat.  After all if I cheat on the diet the only person I am cheating is myself.

I also need to look at resources I have.  Well I have lost weight with Weightwatchers before so know that the program works for me and what I need to do to succeed.  I need to focus on the end result.  My sister ( a former Weightwatchers class leader) and my parents are very supportive so will help me, I must not interpret their support for criticism should I stray off the plan as they would only comment through concern me.

Moral support from others is very helpful and I go to a great Weightwatchers class in Newcastle and find the other members very supportive as is the class leader so this will motivate me to do well.

I hope that readers to my blog will follow my journey, share their top tips and keep me motivated to goal weight success.

I do understand that the weight-loss will take some time and I am willing to be on this journey for the long-term but know that when I succeed in losing weight that I will look and feel loads better.  My general health and wellbeing will improve and my confidence will increase.  It is not that I am not confident just there are some areas that I am not as confident in which I feel that losing weight will help.

Help keep me motivate, share your weight-loss successes, hints, tips and ideas with me.

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What Is A Holistic Practitioner? | Aimargini

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We often hear the term Holistic Practitioner but what exactly is a Holistic Practitioner?

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Benefits Of A Healthy Lifestyle

Benefits Of A Healthy Lifestyle

Here are 8 benefits of a healthy lifestyle.

This Article is written to reach the public with a simple and clear method to point out and to reap the benefits of a healthy lifestyle while reducing the risks of chronic diseases such as diabetes.

With the increased understanding of our bodies that we have gained from science over the past few decades, the benefits of a healthy lifestyle are becoming more apparent, along with the reasons why we should detoxify the body at least once a year to remove harmful bacteria, and even worms, from our digestive system. For people of all ages, weights, and abilities the benefits of a healthy lifestyle are endless. But for now let’s look at eight simple benefits of a healthy lifestyle.

1. Your Health:

Good Health is not something that you buy from a drug store or a department store, but can be achieved by practicing collective patterns of health-related behavior, based on choices made from available options. Following this logic, if you wish to realize the benefits of a healthy lifestyle, you have to repeat some healthy pattern as a part of your daily or weekly activities, some patterns like eating right and exercising. Other benefits includes: Reduced health care costs, reduced illness and injuries, reduced doctors visit, Keeps you employed and improved employee/employer relations.

2. Weight:

Managing your weight is the key to attaining all of the health benefits of a Healthy Lifestyle. A weight reduction of just 10 percent will significantly reduce risk of heart disease and other obesity-related illnesses. Obesity/overweight is the second leading contributing factor to many childhood diseases such as orthopedic disorders, sleep apnea, type II diabetes mellitus, asthma, high blood pressure and cholesterol, skin disorders, emotional and psychosocial problems (Spigel, 2002), and many more. Weight-bearing exercise such as walking and strength training helps slow the onset of and/or prevent osteoporosis and some research shows that participating in such activities can actually build bone density and begin to reverse the disease. Other benefits are: Weight reduction, reduced tension and stress, improved well-being, Enhanced self-image and self-esteem and improved physical function.

3. Exercise:

Although drugs alone can often bring cholesterol down to normal levels, diet and exercise provide benefits that drugs don’t. They’ll lower blood pressure, reduce weight, and lower the risk of developing diabetes. A sedentary lifestyle is a dangerous risk factor for disease. Exercise and a healthy diet helps the body use insulin more efficiently and can help control, alleviate and prevent many diseases. Exercise, cessation of tobacco consumption, eating a high-fiber, low-fat diet, controlling body weight, and learning to cope with stress, reduce the risk of heart disease.

4. Medical:

We all want a trim and have healthy body for a variety of aesthetic, social and medical reasons. Healthy living is truly the best medicine. In a study conducted by Tufts University at the New England Medical Center, among patients with cardiovascular disease, an exercise program was shown to significantly reduce LDL cholesterol and other risk factors beyond what’s provided by drug therapy. Even modest weight loss can help reduce medical and pharmacy costs, help avoid bariatric surgery, and co-morbidities such as asthma, hypertension, and diabetes.

5. Wellness:

Wellness is about being comfortable in your space: your body, your attitude, and your environment. A healthy lifestyle can greatly increase a person’s longevity. And even though catching something contagious like a cold or flu is sometimes unavoidable, having the wisdom that feeling healthy is a better way to live should have you asking yourself why you are not taking action to live each day as beneficially as possible. The issue with a lot of people nowadays is that they are so busy working and/or taking care of everyone around them, that they neglect their own health and wellness. Make sure your heart is healthy and your bones are strong and Keep it that way to see the benefits of a healthy lifestyle.

6. Care:

The best way to ensure good health is by taking care of yourself. The Care stakes are high but the potential rewards are great-preventing premature death, unnecessary illness, and disability, controlling health care cost, and maintaining a high quality of life into old age. With a healthy lifestyle, you are who you are and you don’t have to be self-conscious about those things that you otherwise would be if you didn’t care about your lifestyle

7. Control:

With a healthy lifestyle, you have more control of your life as you work with your body against those aspects of living which may work to hold you back if you would let them. With a healthy lifestyle, you have control over your sleep patterns so that you feel generally well rested throughout the day. With a healthy lifestyle, everything works together to help other aspects of your lifestyle make sense and benefit you. Science has proven that healthy weight loss, healthy eating and fitness routines make dramatic improvements in health, and help control common chronic illnesses like high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, stress, and general lack of stamina.

8. Strength:

Another benefit of a healthy lifestyle is a steady flow of stamina and strength; you can perform activities and exercises that will enhance your flexibility. With a healthy lifestyle, you have a balanced and varied diet that provides your body its needed nutrients and energy as well. You have strength to train to help build the muscle that supports the bones and joints; therefore decreasing the risk of falls and fractures. Cardiovascular exercise, also known as aerobic exercise, strengthens the heart muscle, therefore increases the heart’s efficiency. As we age, our bones biologically begin to lose mass and strength. Weight-bearing exercise such as walking and strength training helps slow the onset of and/or prevent osteoporosis and some research shows that participating in such activities can actually build bone density and begin to reverse the disease.

The good news is you don’t have to train like an Olympic athlete to enjoy the benefits of a healthy lifestyle. The secret and logic are repeating a chosen healthy pattern as a part of your daily or weekly activities. We hope that this will get you to a healthy lifestyle if you are not there already. A healthy lifestyle is a way of life.

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