The Happiness Side-Effect

There are several topics that hold a special place in my attention. Happiness is one of them. Most people don't realize how sensitive we are to so many things that nudge our happiness up or down. For example, something as basic as the amount of sleep you get has a huge impact on how happy you are. Sleep gives your body time to balance out your body and brain chemistry. Sleep helps you recover from a stressful day. And sleep replenishes the energy system of your body. When you don't get enough … [Read more...]

30-Day Challenge: Get Healthy

Have you ever said, "This year, I'm going to get more exercise"? How about, "My resolution for this year is to eat more vegetables"? Maybe you've said, "This year, I swear I'm quitting sugar!" Every year, we start out with such good intentions but it's so hard to deliver on the promises we make to ourselves, especially related to diet and exercise. And even if we slip back into our bad diet and exercise habits, it doesn't change the fact that we want to better ourselves by getting more exercise … [Read more...]

An Accidental Experiment In Elevating Happiness

Recently, I had an unusual experience. I was at work and, for reasons I could only guess at, instead of feeling the effects of too much gravity and too little sleep, I was completely alert and steady. I had plenty of energy and also felt a greater level of focus than usual. The odd thing was, I wouldn't have known that my level of focus (or my clarity of mind) was running higher than its usual level until I experienced this unexpected contrast. When something unusual happens, I like to … [Read more...]

Motivation to Lose Weight & Exercise, Part 5: More Diet Strategies

In the last article, I shared the No-Resistance Diet Strategy. If that's not the easiest way (ever!) to start a diet, I'll eat your zero-calorie hat. I think the benefits of starting a diet slowly are pretty obvious. I like to think of it as a way to start eating healthy by NOT eating healthy. Even though you're actually eating some healthy foods, you still get to have your cake and eat it too! This plan allows you to smoothly merge into healthier eating without feeling deprived, without feeling … [Read more...]

Motivation to Lose Weight & Exercise, Part 4: Diet Strategies

Before I introduce the easiest way (ever!) to start a diet and stay on it, I want to make something very clear. Your success in sticking to a diet to lose weight depends on how easy it is to keep yourself eating more healthy foods than unhealthy foods. That's common sense, right? But inevitably, you're going to face weak moments where you could give in to temptation and eat something you shouldn't. But why does this happen? The path of least resistance Imagine a river that's near the … [Read more...]

Motivation to Lose Weight & Exercise, Part 3: Clarity

One of the best ways to lose the motivation to follow through on any goal is by getting confused. If you are confused about any part of your plan, that's where you'll hit a wall. Think about it... this is a long-term goal. After you lose all the weight you desire, you have to stick with a similar healthy lifestyle or risk gaining your weight back. That's where most people fail. They successfully lose 10 or 20 pounds (or more) by jumping, enthusiastically, into an exercise and healthy-eating … [Read more...]

Motivation to Lose Weight & Exercise, Part 2: Honesty

Seriously, you're not going to do anything that you don't want to do. So let's not pretend you're excited about going on a diet and starting to exercise if you're not. Before you start any kind of diet and exercise program, it's important to start with a little honesty. Otherwise, everything you do, going forward, is on shaky ground. Not a good place to start. Simple Steps to a Swimsuit Body Ah...nope. That's not what this is about. And if that's the only reason you're reading this, you … [Read more...]

Motivation to Lose Weight & Exercise, Part 1: The Big Picture

What's the best way to stay motivated to lose weight and stick to a diet? It's a great question and one that is asked every day by people hoping to finally find a way to do it. But this is not a one-answer-fits-all kind of question because we each have different influences and obstacles to work around. I actually think there's still another question hiding beneath the first one. That do I remove the resistance I feel toward losing weight and exercising? This, I believe, is the … [Read more...]