Archive for October, 2010

Can stress be preventing you from losing weight?

Stress has a much bigger effect on your weight and health than you realize. All forms of stress put your nervous system into ‘fight or flight’ mode. This mode is designed to protect you during a crisis. Think of how often you are exposed to stress, any kind of stress; poor diet, lack of exercise, environmental toxins, busy days at the office, a fight with your significant other, or financial concerns.

When you are stressed and in ‘fight or flight‘ mode, your body senses crisis, and in a crisis you don’t know when you will get your next meal. In crisis, you conserve and store excess energy for that battle. You don’t burn fat, and in fact, you create more. When you are stressed, your body cannot release fat.

To reduce your stress, try activities like yoga, meditation, reading a book for enjoyment, and walks in nature, to allow yourself to enter the opposite phase of ‘fight or flight’ – which is the ‘rest, digest, rebuild, and regenerate’ mode. This is when the stress response is off and your body can use fat stores as fuel. It is also important to get 7-9 hours of sleep each night.

Reduce your stress and reduce your fat.


Can We Change? (new movie)

I truly believe that most of the time…less is more. Sometimes, certain things viewed in certain ways

have the ability to make an impact on our life in a positive way. I think Eleanor Roosevelt said it best, “It

is not fair to ask of others, what you are unwilling to do yourself”

This quote pretty much sums up what this great little 3 minute movie is all about…enjoy!

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Please be sure to share this movie with friends, family and colleagues.


5 Weight Loss Secrets Most People Ignore

For many people, weight loss is all about reduced caloric intake and developing an iron will. These individuals will typically cut back on the amount of calories that they consume and do their best to stay on course, oftentimes white-knuckling it until they are able to lose weight. While this is obviously helpful and necessary, it for many people, it isn’t enough at least not in the long-term. Many individuals are unable to sustain their weight loss, if they are able to lose weight at all, when they only focus on calorie reduction. An important aspect of dieting that often goes overlooked is goal setting as well as the emotional and mental aspects of weight loss.

Setting goals is extremely important and serves a number of functions. Individuals that are successful, typically set goals. Goal setting helps a person become and stay focused. Goals also act as an alarm. They help to alert an individual when they begin to lose their way and get off course. Goals, when they are being pursued, also increase a person’s feelings of well-being and pride, both which are crucial to successful weight loss.

Below, in addition to goal setting, I have taken a look at other important aspects of weight loss. These have nothing to do with food choices and calories. Specifically, I will discuss how dieters can make their mind and emotions their biggest allies in the battle of the bulge.
1. Understand The Importance of Good Health: For some people, losing weight is strictly about looking good. A person might be interested in tightening up their thighs or losing a few inches around their belly because doing so will make them look better. This is fine. There is no harm in using an improved physical appearance as motivation. However, not enough people focus on the health benefits associated with weight loss. Understanding that maintaining a healthy weight is crucial to long-term health can also help motivate individuals to eat right and lose weight, maybe even more so then physical appearance.
2. Develop A Sense of Self-Confidence: Self-confidence is oftentimes lacking amongst those that need to lose weight. Unchecked, this can end up sabotaging an individual’s dieting efforts. An individual has to have confidence that they can develop or exercise self control, stick to a plan and eventually meet their weight loss goals.

3. Make a Declaration of Worthiness: Some people will overeat because they don’t believe that they are worth the effort it takes to become and stay healthy. This belief has to change if a person is going to be able to successfully lose weight.

4. Put Goals In Writing: Unfortunately, many individuals fail to write down their goals. When a person fails to do this one simple thing, their dream to lose weight, remains exactly that, a dream. Putting ones dreams to paper, makes them real and is the first step in developing a road map to better health and a slimmed down waistline.

5. Set A Date: Individuals should be sure to set a target date or deadline for their weight loss. This will help propel to them along. Setting a deadline can also encourage dieters to make adjustments when necessary so that they are able to stay on track and fulfill their goals.

Weight loss isn’t only about the physical body. There are very strong mental and emotional aspects to losing weight. Until a person is able to gain control over these, chances are they will always struggle to lose weight. An individual can help themselves by identifying and then listing the benefits of losing weight and becoming healthy. Developing self-confidence, putting ones goals in writing and then setting a weight loss deadline, can also be quite beneficial to a person’s quest to lose weight.


This New Movie is Sure to Inspire You. Now Who Can You Inspire Today?

If you’ve experienced many life challenges, this new video is sure to get you thinking about your life purpose and your ability to impact others through the wisdom you’ve gained from your experiences.

Watch it, answer the insightful question it asks of you, and go out and make a difference in the world.

Then, share it in your blog, tell your Facebook friends and inspire everyone else you know by forwarding it on to your family and those you work with.

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We all can make a difference in someone’s life today.

Who will you impact?


12 Steps To Getting The Body You Want!

Getting the body that you want does require some work and also change. Changes will be required, not only in your attitude but also how you view weight loss. Many of the individuals struggling to lose weight view dieting as restrictive and miserable. The truth is, it can be if a person approaches it in the wrong manner. When individuals stop viewing weight loss as a torturous way to fit into their skinny jeans and instead as a way to improve their health and overall well-being, things become easier.

Individuals who view weight loss as becoming healthier are less apt to follow restrictive and unhealthy diet plans. Instead, they tend to opt for an improved eating plan. They learn to consume foods that are not only healthier but tastier because they are looking to improve their health and lose weight as a by-product. Below, I have listed 12 steps that if followed, will help you get the body that you want.

1.     Be Honest: The first step in getting the body that you want requires a big dose of honesty. You need be truthful about your current state and how you got here. Honesty will free you up to make those changes necessary for weight loss. You can’t fix something if you are too afraid to acknowledge it.
2.     Decide Why You Want to Lose Weight: Figure out why you want to lose weight. If you want to lose weight so that you can fit into a certain pair of jeans before a night out on the town, you are likely to try some fad diet and then go back to life as normal after the big night. While you may get the momentary satisfaction associated with meeting your goal, this is not a good long-term strategy.
3.     Figure Out What Has Been Keeping You From Losing Weight: Take some time and figure out why you haven’t been able to lose weight in the past. Are you an emotional eater? Have you been depressed? Are you extremely busy and thus, have not time to prepare healthy meals? Identify what is making it difficult for you to lose weight and then do something about.
4.     Set Goals: Setting goals are key. It makes the idea of losing weight much more concrete. Goal setting also helps to keep you accountable.
5.     Find a ‘Do-able’ Plan: Stay away from plans that are really restrictive or that require you to cut out entire food groups. Instead, find a diet or eating plan that you can realistically stick to.
6.     Join A Supportive Community: Losing weight is extremely emotional. You will need support. Find good, weight loss forums with supportive members and join them or even consider getting yourself a weight loss coach.
7.     Always Plan Ahead: Many people end up settling for fast food because they haven’t planned ahead. Instead of cooking nutritious meals and snacks ahead of time so that they are on-hand, many people wait until they are hungry before they start figuring out what they will eat. This always leads to poor food choices.
8.     Allow For Mistakes: You will mess up sometimes and eat things that don’t support your goal. Don’t beat yourself up about it. Get back on course and keep moving forward.
9.     Exercise: Exercising and weight training is key to helping you lose weight and for toning your body so that you look fit and youthful.
10.  Believe That You Can Lose Weight: You have to believe that you are capable of meeting your goals and losing weight. If you don’t develop this belief, you will self-sabotage your weight loss efforts every time.
11.  Learn To Eat To Live Not Live To Eat: Many people live to eat and not to live. Sure, eating good food can be very enjoyable. However, you shouldn’t allow your love of food to make your body unhealthy and increase your incidence for disease and illness.
12.  Don’t Give Up!: Whatever, you do, don’t ever give up!


Watch This Movie about the Secret to Manifesting More Blessings in Your Life

Right now we all live in a time of infinite abundance and a wealth of possibility. Each of us is right in the middle of our own “Acre of Diamonds”, if only we would realize it and develop the ground we are standing on before charging off in search of greener pastures.

This following short movie is based on a true story, reminding us that opportunity does not just come along – it is there all the time – we just have to see it.

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Be sure to share it with friends and family. They’ll thank you for it!


Discover the Missing Link to Weight Loss – Abbotsford, BC – Oct 23-24

Abbotsford, BC — Why do so many people lose weight, but then fail to keep it off? There are a number of reasons, but at the end of the day, diets – by themselves – don’t work. What does work? I will be sharing my secrets at the upcoming West Coast Women’s Show October 23-24, 2010.

And at the 10th Annual West Coast Women’s Show, I will explain why diets don’t work. I’ve seen negative thinking and low self-esteem prevents people from losing weight and keeping it off.  But the same mind that creates these psychological barriers can also eliminate them. The mind is the difference between people achieving their weight loss goals, and wallowing in an endless cycle of yo-yo dieting.

I’ll be sharing my system because I see the need to share my knowledge and secrets with more people.
Come on our and hear this revolutionary approach to weight loss at this year’s Annual West Coast Women’s Show, at the Trade and Exhibition Centre, Abbotsford, BC, on October 23rd and 24th. (

There is a great deal of confusing information about how to lose weight. I know this personally as I used to be confused myself! We are bombarded with so many different fad diets and weight loss plans. Many people try some or all of them but still haven’t been able to see lasting results.  I am personally familiar with these struggles and that’s really what inspired me to develop this system. I want to help others find the answers they are looking for, to finally achieve lasting and permanent weight loss.

In my presentation, titled “Discover the Missing Link to Weight Loss“, I will explain:
•    7 Biggest Myths in Weight Loss that are Sabotaging Your Results
•    4 Costly Misconceptions About Weight Loss Programs
•    5 Deadly Secrets About the Weight Loss Industry
•    4 Mistakes to Avoid When Choosing a Weight Loss Program
•    5 Steps to Choosing a Healthy Weight Loss Program

I will be speaking at 12:30 PM on October 23rd, and at 12:00 on October 24th, at the (Tradex) Trade and Exhibition Centre, in Abbotsford, BC.  Admission to my Consumer Awareness Session will be free with your admission to the West Coast Women’s Show.


When Too Good To Be True Is Exactly That: Weight Loss Scams To Avoid

Everyday, there seems to be some new weight loss plan, “secret” or pill being sold to the public. Unfortunately, oftentimes the companies selling these products are looking to get rich by playing on the insecurities of individuals that are unhappy their weight. Many make wild claims, promising to help you lose a significant amount of weight seemingly overnight and without any effort or dieting. Legitimate weight loss experts recognize many of these claims for what they are, lies. There are a tremendous number of dieting scams floating around, with many new ones, undoubtedly, being pumped out as I write this. To help you avoid being taken-in by such schemes I have listed a number of common weight loss claims that are ‘too good to be true,’ and thus, should be avoided.

No Dieting Required
Anyone that has ever lost a significant amount of weight knows that it requires some sort of eating plan to do so. A person cannot continue to eat the same foods, in the same portion sizes, that they did when they were overweight and expect to lose weight. A reduction in high calorie foods is necessary as is making healthier food choices.

Exercise Not Needed
Now, in all honesty, it is possible to lose weight without exercising but it’s not recommended. When a person tries to lose weight without any exercise, they are forced to significantly cut back on the number of calories they consume. Exercise provides so many benefits, including helping your body burn more calories and burn fat more efficiently. It is also necessary for good health. Your body was meant to move. Exercising also helps to tone the body and build muscle, both additional perks.

Eat To Your Heart’s Content and Still Lose Weight

This is yet, another wild claim. It is impossible for a person to eat whatever they want and still lose weight. As mentioned above, in order to lose weight, it is necessary for a person to watch what they eat. A balanced diet that includes lean protein, vegetables, whole grains and healthy fats is best. It is also important for an individual to figure out their particular caloric needs and then avoid consuming more calories than they need.

Carb and Fat Blockers
Carb and fat blockers typically come in the form of a pill. Individuals are often instructed to ingest them a few hours before they eat. Many of the blockers sold over-the-counter have not been independently reviewed by a trustworthy source. As a result, there is no way to know whether or not these claims are true.  There have been studies done that show these products are no more effective than placebos. Even if they were at least somewhat effective, it is impossible to block all of the fat and carbs a person consumes. A better option would be to simply cut the carbs and ‘bad’ fats you consume.

Lose 10 Pounds In One Week
Diets that promise to help individuals lose a significant amount of weight in a short amount of time should be avoided. Most weight loss experts recommend that dieters lose no more then 1-2 pounds a week. Anything significantly more then that is not recommended as it will be hard to maintain.

Remember, if a diet plan looks to good to be true, it probably is. Stay away from fad diets and instead, follow sensible and proven weight loss and healthy lifestyle principles.


Hollywood Dieting Secrets

Many of us, if we were honest, would admit to being at least a bit envious of Hollywood stars. They seem to have it all. They have either hit the genetic jackpot or are fortunate enough to be “put together” for special events by a team of professional stylists, trainers and makeup artists. Always slim and perfectly toned, the prevailing thought is that there must be some secret that only they are privy to.

Well, the truth is, there is no secret. Hollywood stars and starlets work extraordinarily hard to stay in shape and eat in such a way that they always look their best. They have to. Their livelihood depends on it. Now, I’m sure not every Hollywood actor, actress or heiress goes about this in a healthy manner, but some do.

Their approaches and ‘secrets’ seem to be a mixed bag. In essence, they are a bit all over the place. To give you a glimpse into the world of Hollywood dieting, here is a quick run-down of how stars claim they keep their weight down and their appearance up.

Jennifer Lopez or ‘J-Lo’, the newest judge on the popular television show, American Idol,  purportedly consumes 8 small meals a day. Alicia Silverstone refuses to eat meat. She is a vegan.  Demi Moore follows a high-protein diet. Claudia Schiffer is an admitted green-tea drinker. Nia Peebles stays away from protein. Melanie Griffith likes smoothies and Dianne Sawyer is a fan of cabbage soup. The point is, there is little consensus in Hollywood about what works and what doesn’t. One star consumes a strict protein diet and another avoids protein like the plague. As stated above, its a mixed-bag. There is one thing, however, that they may have discovered and which accounts for their plethora of dieting approaches. Everyone is different.
What works for one person, may not necessarily work for another. Once a person figures out what their body responds to best in terms of food and activity, they will be able to create an effective “plan of attack.”  This often takes a bit of trial and error. It may also require that an individual takes some risk, try new things and give an approach that they hadn’t in the past, a try.

The next time a fabulous looking celeb graces the television screen, instead of wondering what his or her “secret” is, a person should begin developing their own. They should work hard to identify the foods and exercises that will provide them with the best results and then apply them. Before long, they will have their own admirers, wondering how they did it.