The Day You Find Out Why

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ypowr is the power of your purpose.

When your purpose is clear and you are so in tune with that purpose, every single thing you do is energized by that purpose. Everything you say, everything you think, every single thing that you do is powered by that purpose.

When your purpose is clear, you identify a life long goal. And in doing so, you transform your life into a journey which fulfills you every single step of the way. There is no longer a finish line, there is no longer failure… what remains when your purpose is clear are: love, positivity, progress, forgiveness, and everything else that is beautiful in this world.

Why are you here? — Spend some time thinking about this question every day and see how your life transforms for the better.

A Beautiful Combo

Chia!

A Beautiful Combo

A Beautiful Combo

 

You want to lose weight? Stop drinking crap (soda, diet soda, Monsters, etc.) and start drinking more water. Even try this beautiful combo: Green Tea and Chia seeds! Weight loss is ALL about Nutrition! Your workouts definitely speed up the weight loss process, but nutrition is 85-90% of the battle.

1 Tbsp. of Chia has 70 calories (40 from fat), very little sodium, 6 grams of fiber (makes you feel full longer so you don’t get hungry and eat more than you need to), 2.9 grams of Omega-3s (this is the ‘good & healthy’ fat that our body NEEDS, as opposed to the bad fat found at fastfood restaurants), 1 gram of carbs, and 3 grams of protein. I get my Chia from Trader Joe’s and my Green Tea from Target. I also put chia in my yogurt (the few times I eat yogurt), in my protein shakes, and other shtuff.

 

No more excuses fam, let’s get to work! Start paying more attention to your nutrition and you will start seeing the results that you work so damn hard for! Ch(ia)eers!!

 

“What you eat in private, you wear in public.”

 

Flaxseed

What the Flaxseed?

Flaxseed

Flaxseed

It reduces your risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes. It may help protect you against breast cancer, prostate cancer and colon cancer. It helps you lose weight and it helps clean your GI tract. You could add it to pretty much anything that you eat and it doesn’t really taste like anything so you wouldn’t even notice. And it doesn’t cost much. You can find it for less than $4 online or just get it at Trader Joe’s for a little more than that. If those aren’t reason enough to start adding flaxseed to your diet, I’ve added a few facts about it’s three main components (Fiber, Lignans and Omega-3s) below.

FIBER:

There are two types of fiber: soluble and insoluble. Flaxseed has both!

  • Soluble fiber is good for us because it attracts water and together they combine to form a gel. This gel helps slow down our digestion which means that we have that feeling of ‘fullness’ for a lot longer. Soluble fiber also helps lower our LDL blood cholesterol levels by interfering with the absorption of dietary cholesterol. LDLs collect in the walls of blood vessels and causes blockages and blood clots that may cause atherosclerosis (plaque buildup in the arteries) which in turn may lead to a heart attack, a stroke or even death.
  • Insoluble fiber is considered ‘gut-healthy’ because it has a laxative effect and prevents constipation. Because it’s insoluble (it doesn’t dissolve in water), it goes through our GI tract and grabs on to all the crap in our body and then we poop it out.
  • How much fiber do we need?
    • 35-40 grams a day for men
    • 25 grams a day for women

Lignans:

Lignans are a chemical compound found in plants and have antioxidant qualities. Just like fiber, lignans help lower our LDL levels. The lignans found in flaxseed help reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke because they have been shown to reduce atherosclerotic plaque buildup by up to 75%.

Omega-3 Fats:

Omega-3s act as an anti-inflammatory by helping block the release of pro-inflammatory agents. This reduction of inflammation associated with plaque buildup in the arteries may be another reason that flaxseed helps reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke. And because there is less plaque in our arteries, our heartbeat and blood pressure normalizes.

Give flaxseed a shot! What do you got to lose?

Start With Why — Chapter 1: Assume You Know

Start With Why

Start With Why

I started read this book and I want to post the more interesting elements that grab my attention. And I’ll do it in bullet form ūüôā

  • behavior is affected by our assumptions or our perceived truths; we make decisions based on what we think we know. For example; “not too long ago, we all believed that the world was flat, that if we traveled too far we would literally fall of the edge of the earth. It wasn’t until that minor detail was revealed — the world is round — that behaviors changed on a massive scale… The correction of a simple false assumption moved the human race forward.”
  • whatever the result (of our decisions), we make decisions based on a perception of the world that may not, in fact, be completely accurate.
  • so how can we ensure that all our decisions will yield the best results for reasons that are fully within our control? Logic dictates that more information and data are key… More data, however, doesn’t always help, especially if a flawed assumption set the whole process in motion in the first place.”
  • assumptions, even when based on sound research, can lead us astray
  • “… they engineered the outcome they wanted from the beginning. if they didn’t achieve their desired outcome, they understood it was because of a decision they made at the start of the process.”
  • “when faced with a result that doesn’t go according to plan, a series of perfectly effective short-term tactics are used until the desired outcome is achieved. But how structurally sound are those solutions?”
  • “… great leaders understand the value in the things we cannot see.”
  • there are those who decide to manipulate¬† the door to fit to achieve the desired result and there are those who start from somewhere very different. though both courses of action may yield similar short-term results, it is what we can’t see that makes long-term success more predictable for only one: the one that understood why the doors need to fit by design and not be default.”

Excuses, Excuses, Excuses!

My whole life I’ve made soooo many excuses. I’ve made so many excuses for everything: why I didn’t finish my homework, why I didn’t pass a class the first time around, why I’m so bad at saving money, why I’m not where I want to be physically, why I haven’t gotten into PT School yet, excuses for anything and everything. Excuses, Excuses, Excuses!

And when I really, really, REALLY think about all these excuses (especially the ones that I’ve made recently), I can’t help but think how stupid those excuses were. Why do I continue to doubt myself? Why do I continue to hold myself back?

In the book¬†Goals! How to Get Everything You Want — Faster Than You Ever Thought Possible,¬†Brian Tracy talks about the “80/20 Rule.”¬†This rule says:

“in most cases, 80% of the reasons you are not attaining your goals are internal. they are within you rather than in the world around you. only 20% of the obstacles are contained in your external situation or in other people.‚Ä̬†

Well, I want that to end today. No more excuses.

What are some of the excuses that you come up with everyday? Why do we do that to ourselves?

“… and when you get to the point where all you want to do is be successful as bad as you want to breathe, then you’ll be successful…” – Eric Thomas