July 29, 2011
July 27, 2011
July 25, 2011
"Your own motivation in life is what keeps you going and excites you to live. Having a dream and a true passion to do what you love is what living is all about. Remember this, and forever be happy."
"The most expensive piece of real estate is the six inches between your right and left ear. It’s what you create in that area that determines your wealth. We are only really limited by our mind."
-Dolf de Roos
"The secret to productive goal setting is in establishing clearly defined goals, writing them down and then focusing on them several times a day with words, pictures and emotions as if we've already achieved them."
"Accept responsibility for your life. Know that it is you who will get you where you want to go, no one else."
July 22, 2011
My coach asked me to fill out the food log in my Newtopia account. Together, we went through all of the food categories (including flavor enhancers and luxuries) and determined how well my nutrition habits fall within their recommendations.
For each food group, I have been assigned an amount of servings based on my goals, and weight. The servings count for a number of calories, and the portion sizes are made simple to follow. The coach thoroughly explained each category, and then took a look at my food journey to see how it compared. This approach would be extremely beneficial to someone trying to understand nutrition. My coach also took the time to explain how to read food labels in a basic and quick way that anyone can follow.
She gave me homework! I'm to eat one salad a day (to get in a bit more "free" vegetables, which are low calories, water based greens, peppers watercress etc) and I need to reduce my flavor enhancers (this comes from cream in my coffee) by substituting one cream a day for milk. I was also impressed by a very quick response with further information that she said may be of interest to me.
I continue to take my supplements, and I have not received my genetic results. Really, at this point I only have three very small complaints:
-The categories are very simple and I have been running into problems filling out my food log. Beans as an example, count as a protein, even though there is a ton of carbohydrates in them. If all of my meals are bean based then to my coach, it looks as though I'm eating zero carbs, which is very bad!
-The food log only has slots for 4 meals a day. I eat about 4-6 and this has proven difficult to fill out.
-The food plan allows 50 calories a day to be from luxury items. This is somewhat unrealistic as it's only a tablespoon or so of ice cream, or 4-5 potato chips. My goal with Newtopia is to put on a bit of muscle and tone out. My luxury calories have been raised to 100. Still, I find this hard to maintain 7 days a week.
Despite what I consider to be extremely nit-picky issues with the system, overall I'm impressed and definitely looking forward to my next session!
July 20, 2011
July 18, 2011
by: Donna Levine
There is inside you
All of the potential
To be whatever you want to be;
All of the energy
To do whatever you want to do.
Imagine yourself as you would like to be,
Doing what you want to do,
And each day, take one step
Towards your dream.
And though at times it may seem too
difficult to continue,
Hold on to your dream.
One morning you will awake to find
That you are the person you dreamed of,
Doing what you wanted to do,
Simply because you had the courage
To believe in your potential
And to hold on to your dream.
by: C. W. Longenecker
If you think you are beaten, you are.
If you think you dare not, you don't.
If you like to win but think you can't,
It's almost a cinch you won't.
If you think you'll lose, you're lost.
For out in the world we find
Success begins with a fellow's will.
It's all in the state of mind.
If you think you are out classed, you are.
You've got to think high to rise.
You've got to be sure of your-self before
You can ever win the prize.
Life's battles don't always go
To the stronger or faster man.
But sooner or later, the man who wins
Is the man who thinks he can.