What is Your Mind Telling You?

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What is your mind telling you?

We all have an internal self talk. What’s important is whether that self talk is negative or positive.

Internal self talk is probably the biggest obstacle for most people when pursuing their goals. Any goal that is, not necessarily just health and fitness.

Often, our struggle is because our own mind is getting in our way. If we have a lot of negative self talk, that keeps us where we are and it’s hard to move forward.

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My So Called Unplugged Sunday

Since the beginning of this year, one of my new years resolutions was to have an Unplugged Sunday. “Unplugged” is the word I originally chose, but I’m not fully satisfied with it. The goal isn’t just about unplugging from technology, as is often understood when using that term, but more about unplugging from work and the hustle/bustle of the week. It’s more about re-connecting with me and my values.

My nutritionist Jennifer Northrup called it Sacred Sunday which I also like but I’m not sure if that fully fits either.

I want to find a better term…

A good friend of mine Bec Spink (@MissB_2), who is also and Evernote Ambassador gave me a link to an interesting article called The Pointlessness of Unplugging.

The article raises some interesting points about “how quickly the digital age turned into the age of technological anxiety, with our beloved devices becoming something to fear, not enjoy”. It talks about how we need to disconnect from our devices to reconnect with the real world. To reconnect with people. Yet, much of the time spent online IS to connect with other people.

I agree with many of the points because I’m not using it to escape some form of anxiety. I don’t feel like a slave to my technology and feel I have pretty good habits with it. Sure, I’m connected at all times, but it doesn’t stress me out.

Again, for me unplugged Sunday was never about a complete disconnect from technology. To be honest, this article was drafted on a Sunday because that’s when I was thinking about what this meant to me.

Here is what this Sunday looked like for me:

Today I slept in, grabbed a coffee then took the dog for a walk with my wife. We came home, made brunch then I spent over 2 hours soaking up the sun on my balcony while catching up on reading articles that caught my attention during the week. I read them in Evernote on my Galaxy Note 3 smartphone. After that I cleaned, did laundry then watched a hockey game on TV. Finally, we went out for dinner before our weekly grocery shop and now I’m writing this article.

Overall, it was definitely NOT unplugged. However, I did make a solid effort to avoid work emails, texts and todo’s. Working from home I tend to be a workaholic and that’s why I want to spend 1 day of the week not working. I spend the one day on me. Sure as the weather gets better I want to spend more of the day outside, but overall I want to spend the day doing things I love to do.

Now the point of this post was to come up with a better term for my day. Maybe something like: No Work Sunday, Personal Sunday, whatever-the-f@¢k-I-want-to-do Sunday or maybe even Selfish Sunday.

What do you think? Do you take a special day for yourself? What do you call it? Comment below.

The pitfalls on the common diet…

When you hear the word “Diet” what does it make you think of? Deprivation? No carbs? Cabbage soup? Ya, we all think the same things about diets, they’re no fun.

But in reality, the word diet doesn’t have to be all bad. We all know that what we put in our body will either help fuel it and make it stronger or it will store it as fat and make you unhealthy. If you’re on a common diet then you’re probably depriving yourself of something that your body needs; fat, carbs, calories? The biggest mistake that most dieters make is removing an entire food group or food element that are essential parts of life and therefore your diet will NOT be sustainable. You need those things to make your body work properly for life, so don’t go removing them entirely… but you also don’t need to eat a whole cow to get your protein intake! Moderation, people!

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Why don’t we focus our energy more on including the good stuff then excluding the bad? Doesn’t that make sense? If the number one failure of diets is because people can’t stick with them then I think moderation might just be the key to success! If fuelling yourself with healthy options becomes the goal, then depriving yourself doesn’t even come in to mind. If you get daily doses of quality veggies, meats, fats and some fruits, then is a small piece of chocolate really that big of a deal? Probably not.

Enjoy your meals and make each calorie count to making your body the most healthy it can. You’ll quickly see a difference in how much better you feel inside and out!

What diets have you tried? Did they motivate you or depress you?