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Guy Under Construction…… Are you ready?

My journey toward optimal health started May 26th, 2013. Twenty years of poor eating, pain and two Achilles surgeries landed me at 295lbs. Needless to say a low point in my life. I knew I needed to make a real change! I wanted to make a change! I called Michael Patrick and Sue Piazza and got started on their program. 70lbs later and more quality of life than I can describe, I FEEL AMAZING!!! For me this journey is less about what I’ve lost and more about what I’ve gained. The ability to fully live life again !!!
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Mentally Strong People: The 13 Things They Avoid

For all the time executives spend concerned about physical strength and health, when it comes down to it, mental strength can mean even more. Particularly for entrepreneurs, numerous articles talk about critical characteristics of mental strength—tenacity, “grit,” optimism, and an unfailing ability as Forbes contributor David Williams says, to “fail up.”

However, we can also define mental strength by identifying the things mentally strong individuals don’t do. Over the weekend, I was impressed by this list compiled by Amy Morin, a psychotherapist and licensed clinical social worker, that she shared in LifeHack. It impressed me enough I’d also like to share her list here along with my thoughts on how each of these items is particularly applicable to entrepreneurs.

1. Waste Time Feeling Sorry for Themselves. You don’t see mentally strong people feeling sorry for their circumstances or dwelling on the way they’ve been mistreated. They have learned to take responsibility for their actions and outcomes, and they have an inherent understanding of the fact that frequently life is not fair. They are able to emerge from trying circumstances with self-awareness and gratitude for the lessons learned. When a situation turns out badly, they respond with phrases such as “Oh, well.” Or perhaps simply, “Next!”

2. Give Away Their Power. Mentally strong people avoid giving others the power to make them feel inferior or bad. They understand they are in control of their actions and emotions. They know their strength is in their ability to manage the way they respond.

3. Shy Away from Change. Mentally strong people embrace change and they welcome challenge. Their biggest “fear,” if they have one, is not of the unknown, but of becoming complacent and stagnant. An environment of change and even uncertainty can energize a mentally strong person and bring out their best.

4. Waste Energy on Things They Can’t Control. Mentally strong people don’t complain (much) about bad traffic, lost luggage, or especially about other people, as they recognize that all of these factors are generally beyond their control. In a bad situation, they recognize that the one thing they can always control is their own response and attitude, and they use these attributes well.

5. Worry About Pleasing Others. Know any people pleasers? Or, conversely, people who go out of their way to dis-please others as a way of reinforcing an image of strength? Neither position is a good one. A mentally strong person strives to be kind and fair and to please others where appropriate, but is unafraid to speak up. They are able to withstand the possibility that someone will get upset and will navigate the situation, wherever possible, with grace.

It takes much practice to hone mental strength
It takes much practice to hone mental strength me

6. Fear Taking Calculated Risks. A mentally strong person is willing to take calculated risks. This is a different thing entirely than jumping headlong into foolish risks. But with mental strength, an individual can weigh the risks and benefits thoroughly, and will fully assess the potential downsides and even the worst-case scenarios before they take action.

7. Dwell on the Past. There is strength in acknowledging the past and especially in acknowledging the things learned from past experiences—but a mentally strong person is able to avoid miring their mental energy in past disappointments or in fantasies of the “glory days” gone by. They invest the majority of their energy in creating an optimal present and future.

8. Make the Same Mistakes Over and Over. We all know the definition of insanity, right? It’s when we take the same actions again and again while hoping for a different and better outcome than we’ve gotten before. A mentally strong person accepts full responsibility for past behavior and is willing to learn from mistakes. Research shows that the ability to be self-reflective in an accurate and productive way is one of the greatest strengths of spectacularly successful executives and entrepreneurs.

9. Resent Other People’s Success. It takes strength of character to feel genuine joy and excitement for other people’s success. Mentally strong people have this ability. They don’t become jealous or resentful when others succeed (although they may take close notes on what the individual did well). They are willing to work hard for their own chances at success, without relying on shortcuts.

10. Give Up After Failure. Every failure is a chance to improve. Even the greatest entrepreneurs are willing to admit that their early efforts invariably brought many failures. Mentally strong people are willing to fail again and again, if necessary, as long as the learning experience from every “failure” can bring them closer to their ultimate goals.

11. Fear Alone Time. Mentally strong people enjoy and even treasure the time they spend alone. They use their downtime to reflect, to plan, and to be productive. Most importantly, they don’t depend on others to shore up their happiness and moods. They can be happy with others, and they can also be happy alone.

12. Feel the World Owes Them Anything. Particularly in the current economy, executives and employees at every level are gaining the realization that the world does not owe them a salary, a benefits package and a comfortable life, regardless of their preparation and schooling. Mentally strong people enter the world prepared to work and succeed on their merits, at every stage of the game.13. Expect Immediate Results. Whether it’s a workout plan, a nutritional regimen, or starting a business, mentally strong people are “in it for the long haul”. They know better than to expect immediate results. They apply their energy and time in measured doses and they celebrate each milestone and increment of success on the way. They have “staying power.” And they understand that genuine changes take time. Do you have mental strength? Are there elements on this list you need more of? With thanks to Amy Morin, I would like to reinforce my own abilities further in each of these areas today. How about you?
Reposted from an article in Forbes by Sharon Conner


Finally Free From Diet Soda After 41 years.

When I was 10 years old I started drinking Tab, the new diet soda, no sugar. I thought it was great, I already felt like was addicted to sugar so I thought this would be a good thing. I can remember years later at 17 feeling fat and needing to lose weight so I went on what I called the Tab and Cornnut diet….again trying to stay away from sugar. I pretty much ate eggs, cantaloupe, Cornnuts, salad and Tab for an entire summer, and lost 17 lbs.
At some point I switched to diet pepsi and I became a Diet Pepsi snob.. no diet Coke or diet rite for me.. I wanted and craved Diet Pepsi.

When I started on our health program in late 2007 I remember someone saying I should stop drinking diet soda, my answer to them was that it was allowed on the program and it would help me out since I could not have chocolate. Now not only was I addicted to diet soda but now I am a self confessed Chocoholic too.

Over the last 6 years I have read and even posted here the ails of drinking diet soda. I just could not think about giving up the diet soda when I was still struggling to keep my weight off. What I did learn, but just kind of let sit in the back of my brain is that the chemicals in diet soda actually make you CRAVE SUGAR MORE, kinda tricks the brain into thinking your giving it sugar and then when it realizes it was not sugar it goes batty for more sugar.

I have been reading the book The Willpower Instinct by Kelly McGonigal Ph D. I am about halfway through it and it is talking a about building your willpower, one step at a time. So I decided, I would give up the diet soda… What the heck, it should be a whole lot easier than giving up my chocolate.
8 weeks ago I decided I would try this willpower test of giving up diet Pepsi till the end of the year. I would visualize myself a year from now a person who not only, does not drink diet soda, but does not even want it. What I can say is I cannot believe what has happened, not only has it been pretty easy (only craving it a few times) but after about 2 weeks I noticed something even bigger….. I am no longer a chocoholic either. I am not craving chocolate hardly at all and that is HUGE for me. Why did I wait so long!So bye bye diet soda and hello an easier life of striving for my healthier life.

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New Years, Diet, Weight Loss, 12 Week Challenge, Come Join Me

It’s that time of year that many people make New Years resolutions. How would you like this year to be the last year you made that resolution to lose weight? If you are considering going on a diet how about checking out our program that not only offers you a diet that is very healthy but a health coach and education materials to learn the habits of health so you have all the tools you need to lose the weight and keep it off once and for all.

We are having a 12 week challenge, you can start anytime from January 1, 2014 to March 1, 2014. If you would like to get started asap I am offering a special to those who place a full month’s order between Dec 27 and Dec 3oth
Either email me for more information or go to my website to explore more about our program and contact me from there.Love to have more of you join me as I take the 12 week challenge also….are you in? I hope so!

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What do you think of Frosty ?

After spending several years being way to fluffy and having to roll around from one place to another… Frosty decided to Take Shape For Life… Congratulations on your new stealth body Frosty.

You to can make changes in your health just like Frosty did.
Join our 2014 12 week national Health Challenge! Lose the weight, learn the Habits of Health to maintain your weight-loss and have a health coach for life.
Contact me for more information about the Challenge and join with me as I do the challenge too.frosty