Happy Sunday y’all!
Today I am reminded how important it is to force my mind to focus on positive thoughts and memories rather than negative thoughts and memories.
I use the word “force” purposefully because it has been scientifically proven negative memories carry more weight and take up more “room” in the brain.
To give you an example, let’s say you give a presentation to 15 coworkers. When you are done 14 of your coworkers give you positive feedback but 1 person gives you negative feedback.
The vast majority of the time it is the 1 negative comment we will
Negative thoughts cause us to feel negative emotions. In other words, we experience the same emotions we did at the time of the event. These negative emotions cause undue stress on the body and brain.
This causes the release of stress hormones like cortisol. Cortisol causes inflammation in the body. Chronic Inflammation is associated with all kinds things like cancer, heart disease, diabetes, stroke, dementia…. The list goes on and on!
Do yourself a favor. Change your thoughts!
When you catch yourself thinking a negative thought, stop yourself and replace it with something positive. At first you will have to force yourself and it might feel tough but I promise you… It gets easier!
Think happy thoughts today! You deserve it!
Negative thoughts only hurt YOU! Same goes for negative emotions like anger.
I have been absent from my blog for over a year now. Still in the health and wellness blogging space… just for other people! I am a ghost writer for several people in the industry.
Once I started writing full time I stopped writing for myself at all. No bueno!
I am back now. Hope to see you around once again
Happy Thankful for Thursday Y’all!
Once upon a time not long ago lived a girl who was not so fit and kind of unhappy about it! One fateful day she decided to attack this problem with bruit force! She purchased a gym membership, got educated and kicked that fat’s butt with EXERCISE and HEALTHY EATING! Ha!
Well it didn’t happen as dramatically or as FAST as that but it is true, this fact finder was not always fit and healthy. I think sometimes (No… I KNOW) people believe I was born this way or that I have good genetics (or that they have particularly bad ones) but the truth is NOPE! I had to work my butt off (pun intended) be where I am today and while it was not a walk in the park but sooooooooo worth it! (More on the specifics of that journey another day.. that is unless you post questions of course!)
I read an article today on “the spotlight effect” that made me think of the way I felt the FIRST time I set foot in a gym. I was embarrassed and felt like EVERYONE was STARING at me! Furthermore, since this was before I started working towards my degree in exercise physiology, I had NO CLUE what I was doing or how any of the machines worked. I was just sure that every time I touched a weight or machine people were thinking, “Oh my gosh! Look at her! She has NO IDEA what she is doing! What a dummy!” Since I really didn’t feel comfortable using anything in the “big scary weight room” I took lots of group fitness classes. I really loved them and felt more comfortable but even then I felt the spotlight effect! I remember getting there early so I could get my spot in the rear, right hand corner, far away from the windows b/c I was certain people where judging me, “wow, here butt is huge! Did you see her mess up that step! Haha! I think that girl just tripped! What is she wearing?”
Have any of you ever felt that way? Like there is a HUGE SPOTLIGHT shining right on you?
Well according to a study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, by Tom Gilovich & colleagues were able to determine that most of us considerably OVERESTIMATE how much attention or “spotlighting” people are placing on us. This is thought to be because since we are the center of OUR OWN worlds, we PRECEIVE OUR OWN actions, thoughts, and words to loom much larger than other people’s actions, thoughts, and words. In this study the researchers were able to determine that when placed in an “embarrassing” context participants overestimated how many people were looking, laughing, and pointing by more than 50%!
The study found the following to be true:
We overestimate how many people are staring at us at any given moment.
This overestimate goes up when the moment happens to be embarrassing to us.
We overestimate how many people in the group notice our brilliant contributions.
Luckily we also overestimate how many people in the group notice when we stick our foot in our mouths!
Haha! I wasted so much time worrying about looking stupid, fat, and ugly in the gym! Funny thing is the people I thought were judging me where probably too busy worrying about how fat, ugly, stupid they might look that they weren’t paying any attention to me!!
Moral of the story: Don’t be embarrassed! Just be YOU! 9 out of 10 times nobody is judging anything you say or do! Most people are stuck in their own heads worrying about who is spotlighting them to really care much about you anyway! haha!
That is so EMPOWERING if you think about it! NO MORE WORRY! Next time you feel embarrassed remember the SPOTLIGHT EFFECT!
Posted in Emotional, Health, Mental, Nutrition, Thankful for Thursday, Wellness
Tagged Exercise, exercise habits, exercise physiologist, exercise physiology, fact finder, Fit from Within, group fitness classes, gym membership, Health, healthy-living, mental-health, Nutrition, Obesity, Research, science, spotlight effect, T4T, Thankful, Weight loss
I heard the most spectacular announcement on my drive home from work today! Disney’s CEO Bob Iger announced that the Walt Disney Co has chosen to BAN junk-food advertisements from its programming! This is a pretty big deal since this includes ABC, Disney XD, Disney Channel, AND all of its child focused websites. Disney plans to use what they are calling a ”Mickey Check” in order to determine which foods will make the cut. According to an article on Reuters, the “Mickey Check” label will also be included on certain foods that meet the established parameters sold in stores, online, and in it’s parks and resorts. (I did a quick search and couldn’t find the exact numbers associated with Disney’s guidelines but as soon as I do ya’ll will be the first to know!)
Iger said, “The emotional connection kids have to our characters and stories gives us a unique opportunity to continue to inspire and encourage them to lead healthier lives,”
How awesome is that??
Unfortunately, Disney has to wait until 2015 to fully roll out this new initiative (they have contractual agreements which make launching it sooner impossible), however, better late than never right?!
Way to step it up Disney!
Posted in Health, Nutrition, Research
Tagged bob iger, childhood obesity, disney xd, food advertisements, Health, Junk-food, Nutrition, Obesity, Obesity Epidemic, Research, walt disney co
Yep! Just like the title says: Exercise Increases Your Energy Levels. This is just one of the many benefits that exercise can bring, however, if you do not use the power of exercise properly it can turn against you! Case in point, last night I went to the gym around 8pm and got home a little after 9pm. Rushed home, cooked dinner, ate dinner, showered, blogged, in bed around 11:30pm and then…. WIDE AWAKE ALL NIGHT!! Well at least it felt like all night!
THIS is why when Harvard released their study on sleep they recommended that exercise have a cut off time of no more than 2 to 3 hours before bedtime b/c the increase in certain hormones can cause sleep disturbances.
I guess even FactFinders who KNOW better make mistakes huh? haha!
So tonight I went to the gym around 6pm, home around 7pm and now it’s almost 11pm so this girl is turning in for the night!!
Posted in Health, Research, Sleep, Wellness
Tagged energy levels, Exercise, factfinders, harvard medical school, Health, healthy-living, Research, science, Sleep, sleep disturbances, sweet dreams
Holy Moly it is 10pm!! Man the time sure does FLY!
So once upon at time not long ago I was in really, really, REALLY good shape…. I kinda sorta maybe once was a FITNESS MODEL. haha!! I really HATE talking about that because it is SO incredably NOT me but it is the truth. I was a fitness model when I was really, really fit. Please don’t misunderstand me, I don’t want anyone to think I am saying I am out of shape now or that I am fat, or anything like that. The simple fact of the matter is I am not as fit as I was 2-3 years ago b/c my exercise routine has changed in 2 ways:
Posted in Fitness, Wellness
Tagged calorie burn, calories, cardio, Exercise, exercise habits, exercise physiologist, exercise routine, fitness model, Health, healthy-living, Heart rate, intense workouts, Intensity, long walks, Resistance Training, Wellbeing, Wellness, workout routine
Happy Memorial Day Everyone!
Today is a day to remember the brave men and woman who fought for our country and our freedom. It is also a time for families to spend time and celebrate together which, in the USA, generally means having a good old-fashioned BBQ with all the fixin’s! YUM! While the types of foods served at BBQ’s haven’t changed much over the last several decades (Hamburgers, hot-dogs, baked beans, potato salad…. you know the usual) what has changed is the amount of food we are served which has QUADRUPLED!
Funny thing is that as the serving sizes have grown in size, so have WE! Obesity epidemic anyone??
Posted in Wellness
Tagged CDC, Center for Disease Control, food, healthy-living, Nutrition, obese, Obesity, Obesity Epidemic, Research, restaurants, science, Wellbeing, Wellness