Posts tagged #power of thought

You've Got the Power (dun, dun, dun, dun, dun)

About 6 years ago I watched ‘The Secret’ and was pretty into it. Making vision boards with magazine cutouts seemed like a fun activity for a girls (wine) night in. I would say this is how I was first introduced to the power of our thoughts and affirmations.

Fast forward to the booming entrance of Pinterest. Like most other gals, I spent hours looking through pictures and creating my own boards of recipes, clothes, DIY ideas, and inspiring quotes. The image to the left is your run of the mill ‘pursue your dreams’ message and has been spun in many words, a million different ways. I decided to print this out and pinned it to a corkboard with a single fake diamond earing. At the time I had just moved to DC, begrudgingly working as a government contractor, and just overall in a funky place.

I hung the frame across from my bed, not on purpose, but it just worked design-wise. During that year in DC I enrolled in the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, got out of a relationship, decided I wanted to move to New York, applied, landed a new job, and made the move 2 weeks later.

The new job was great and Brooklyn life was a blast. Again, I hung my corkboard with the original printout in front of my bed. At work, I was surrounded by like-minded coworkers in the way of health and wellness and learned about some amazing leaders in the industry. The inspiration around me combined with a position change made me realize that I wasn’t up for the 9-5 life anymore. So naturally I emailed HR, met with them that day, and a new journey had begun.

Reflecting on my life in the presence of the words above, there is no way I could ignore the uncanny fact that I have subconsciously or consciously taken each word to heart and acted on almost every suggestion. This image was in my face every night and each morning. No, I did not read it word for word like a daily prayer, however, it was there. I knew the message and it was in my face all the time as a reminder that “THIS IS YOUR LIFE” and only I could change it. Therefore, I take it as just one example out of many that make me a believer in the power of thought, intention, and positive thinking. Thank you, Pinterest, the author of those words, and you, for reading. 

FACTS: I did quit my job when I wasn’t happy-twice, I am now doing what I love and it is my passion, also trying to share it as much as possible (this site!). I no longer have cable, definitely appreciate every bite, talk to strangers, and create whenever possible. Also going to Mexico for 15 days…tomorrow!

REALIZATION: Your thoughts are SO powerful and only YOU control them. Knowing this alone is so empowering. The concept can seem simple and could be easily dismissed- don’t do this. Take advantage of this free tool and use it to better yourself, your community, and the world.

SUGGESTION: Surround yourself with images, words, mantras, people, environments, etc. that are in line with where you want to be and what you want for your life. Get clear, know what you want, and think about it-often.

You have more power than you know! I hope that this post made you more of a believer and brings about positive shifts that open up every possibility waiting for you.

5 Ingredients Preventing your Weight-loss

When you’re trying to loose weight, sometimes it’s not the extra serving that’s causing you to plateau. Do you consider yourself a healthy individual but are not dropping the extra lbs. no matter what? Consider that it may not be food getting in your way. As previously preached, a healthy lifestyle and shredding excess weight is a whole-istic job. Although food and it’s quality & quantity are huge, check out the 5 sneaky factors that could be putting the kibosh on your efforts:

TOXINS. 

They’re in the air, in our beauty products, cleaning products, and most importantly in and on our food. And guess what? TOXINS LIVE IN FAT and your body will not get rid of said fat if there are toxins needing housing arrangements. So lower the housing demand by lowering your toxin intake. While we can’t control airborne toxins or live in a bubble, we CAN choose to buy organic, non-gmo, high quality foods and products. In addition, help your body evict toxins by adding naturally detoxing foods and habits into your routine. Want the list? Sign-up for email updates and you’ll get it in the next newsletter.

SLEEP. 

You snooze, you loose…weight! Sleep deprivation elevates your levels of ghrelin (the hunger hormone), lowers leptin (the ‘I’m full’ hormone), and increases cravings for decadent treats.  Lack of sleep also effects memory, ability to absorb/retain information, lowers libido, increases signs of aging, gives you the blues, and more. Bottom line: make sleep a priority and experience magic.

STRESS. 

Stress increases the release of cortisol, the hormone that puts our bodies in ‘fight or flight’ mode. And while there are tons of claims that cortisol gives you belly fat, it also fires up our bodies to burn fat — so which is it? Well because cortisol can cause people to reach for high carb foods to counteract the stress feeling with a dopamine release, it contributes to weight gain and retention. The answer is to decrease stress overallTry meditation, breathing exercises, yoga and/or journaling to feel centered, steady your cortisol levels, and lower stress-driven cravings.

SITTING. 

Not only does sitting decrease the activity of an enzyme called lipoprotein lipase (LPL), which helps burn fat, but recent studies have found that it actually shortens your life! Even if you hit the gym, your risks include high blood pressure, bone density loss, cardiovascular disease, and more. If I may be so bold, I believe regular, consistent daily movement is more impactful on weight-loss than fewer, short intense workouts. Try walking or riding your bike to work, taking the stairs, using a standing desk, taking active work breaksanything to break up a day of sitting.

THOUGHTS. 

How good is your relationship with yourself? Do you speak to yourself with kind loving words of  encouragement and understanding? Pay attention to not only what you are saying but also to the general tone of your inner dialog. In addition, make an effort to focus on all the GOOD  that’s around you instead of focusing on what’s bad or going wrong. Positive thoughts release happy hormones, lower stress (see #2), and increase overall well-being.

After reading this list, it seems like it all should be second nature, right? Sometimes the hustle and bustle can lead us astray from “treating ourselves” to something as necessary as a good night sleep or a mid afternoon stroll. It’s up to you to take back your health by making sure you are giving enough TLC to your body, mind, and spirit. I invite you to try or up these suggestions and let me know what you change or notice in the comments below- I would love to hear from you!