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Can’t Get Motivated? Try these 5 Things...

I love goal setting. There is such a great feeling that comes with writing out a list of all the ways that I can improve my life. But here’s the thing, that list is a lot easier to write than actually follow. Umm…New Year’s goals, anyone?

Truthfully, staying motivated is a huge issue. Do you ever feel the same way? You start out strong, eventually losing steam and giving up completely? Believe me, it happens to all of us.

So what can you do? Well, here are five suggestions that help me stay motivated.
1. Take It Slow, One Thing At a Time
I’m always tempted to bite off more than I can chew. If I’m going to overhaul my life, I might as well nitpick and change everything. Or if I’m going to set a workout goal, I might as well aim for looking like the toned women I see in the magazines. I tend to set my sights to big and, inevitably, I fail. Why? Because, as they say, Rome wasn’t built in a day and the perfect life and body weren’t either. So if you find yourself in the same situation, get picky. Instead of trying to make all the changes happen overnight, chose the most important and work on it until it becomes a habit.

If sipping enough water is a problem, start there and keep working toward your glasses-a-day goal. When sipping the water has become second nature, think about focusing on the next habit. You will be more likely to reach your goals if you aren’t distracted by all the plates you are trying to juggle and change. You have too many other things in your life to worry about; trying to change all of your bad habits at once will only lead to frustration and the temptation to give up on them all. You certainly don’t want to do that. Pick one goal, make a game plan, and give it your full attention. Before you know it, you will be checking that goal off the list and feeling great about how much of a difference it’s made in your life.
2. Phone a Friend
My mom lives near a lake and set herself the goal of walking it every week, which is several miles round-trip. That’s an intimidating goal which would be easy to find an excuse to avoid if she was walking it by herself. But she is smart and enlists a friend to walk with her. Even if the clouds are threatening rain, she and her friend make sure to get out and walk the lake to make their goal. She understands that to reach a goal sometimes you need someone else to inspire you and light a fire under you when you just don’t feel like doing it.

Find a friend, a co-worker, a neighbor, a spouse, anyone who is just as motivated to reach the same goals as you are (you certainly don’t want to enlist someone who you have to keep poking and prodding along). Waking up early for a workout is a bit more important when someone is depending on you to show up, too. A friend is a great way to motivate you and keep pushing you to go a little further. Accountability can sometimes be the best motivation to keep going forward when it doesn’t seem like results are coming as fast as you like. But don’t give up and don’t be afraid to reach out to someone to be your motivational buddy.

How to Eat to Live Longer

July 05, 2017

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We could go on and on about the incredible things we saw and learned there, but we wanted to share one special tip with you today. Have you heard of the concept of hara hachi bu? [/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][et_pb_row][et_pb_column type="4_4"][et_pb_text _builder_version="3.0.53" background_layout="light" text_orientation="left" border_style="solid"] It's the Japanese concept of eating until you are 80% full and then stopping. Instead of filling up your plate, polishing it clean, and then still reaching for a dessert to finish it all off, you enjoy a well-rounded meal without reaching that completely full feeling. Which, let's be honest, isn't always pleasant! [/et_pb_text][et_pb_code admin_label="Adwords Ad" _builder_version="3.0.53"]<script async src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js"></script><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --><script><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({<!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> google_ad_client: "ca-pub-5954953929025815",<!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> enable_page_level_ads: true<!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> });<!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --></script>[/et_pb_code][et_pb_text _builder_version="3.0.53" background_layout="light" text_orientation="left" border_style="solid"] When we eat, we don't always focus on what's going into our mouths. We eat and eat, and by the time we realize we are actually full, we have already passed the point where we should have put down the fork. But eating only to 80% is like a helpful food awareness tracker. How many times have you eaten a meal or a snack only to look down and realize it's already gone, but you don't even remember eating all of it? Mindless eating can easily lead to overeating and weight gain, but keeping a strong awareness of what you are eating and how much you are eating can put you more in touch with what is really going into your body. [/et_pb_text][et_pb_image _builder_version="3.0.53" show_in_lightbox="off" url_new_window="off" use_overlay="off" sticky="off" align="center" always_center_on_mobile="on" border_style="solid" force_fullwidth="off" src="https://blog.lexapure.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Egg_Avocado_Tomato_Cheese__1499277532_10806.jpg" max_width="400px" animation="off" /][et_pb_text _builder_version="3.0.53" background_layout="light" text_orientation="left" border_style="solid"] While being aware of what you eat is good a thing, this concept of hara hachi bu gets even better. As scientists have studied why certain groups of people tend to live longer than others, it was concluded that part of what makes people like the Okinawans have so many of their population living into their 100s is following this rule of hara hachi bu. [/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][et_pb_row][et_pb_column type="2_3"][et_pb_text _builder_version="3.0.53" background_layout="light" text_orientation="left" border_style="solid" custom_margin="-40px|||"] From their research, scientists have come to believe that only eating to 80% full may actually hold a key to living longer! Though they aren't sure how it works exactly, they do know that it works. And who wouldn't want to cut a little food out from today's meal knowing you could live well into your 100s feeling great! 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Eat until you're only 80% full.

[/et_pb_blurb][et_pb_text _builder_version="3.0.53" background_layout="light" text_orientation="left" border_style="solid" custom_padding="15px|||"] Now this doesn't mean eat whatever you want and then stop when you feel 80% full. You still need to be choosing a diet full of fruits and veggies, low in sugars and preservatives, and including only small amounts of meat. But as you continue to improve your diet and exercise, consider adding in this idea of hara hachi bu. It might just be the simple tweak that could completely alter the length of your life. [/et_pb_text][et_pb_code admin_label="Adwords Ad" _builder_version="3.0.53"]<script async src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js"></script><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --><script><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({<!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> google_ad_client: "ca-pub-5954953929025815",<!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> enable_page_level_ads: true<!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> });<!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --></script>[/et_pb_code][et_pb_text _builder_version="3.0.53" background_layout="light" text_orientation="left" border_style="solid"] People have spent lifetimes searching for the key to long life. But who would have guessed one of the secrets to longevity was staring us in the face every single time we sat down to eat! So let's take a cue from our Japanese friends and eat to live a long, full life!   [/et_pb_text][et_pb_text admin_label="You May Also Like..." _builder_version="3.0.53" background_layout="light" text_orientation="left" text_text_color="#969696" border_style="solid"]

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