Quick question and be honest...
Do you beat yourself up when things do not go according to plan? If so, you just may be a perfectionist.
I am a "recovering perfectionist" so I know ALL about this life and how it can wreak havoc on your weight loss and fitness goals.
The Perfectionist Trap
When I was stuck in a perfectionist mindset, I saw things as either good or bad – there is no middle ground. If I did not score a perfect 10, in my mind, I was a total failure. This is a very dangerous mindset to have when your goal is to lose weight and get in shape because no one is perfect.
Until I could get past the belief that I had to be perfect to lose weight and keep it off, I couldn't make any real progress. Each time I "messed up", I threw up my hands and quit. If I'm honest, it was easier to quit than it was to push forward.
What if it is NOT your diet or exercise routine that is keeping you from reaching your goals. What if the real culprit is your perfectionism?
You might be a perfectionist if you:
Instead, click here for some quick tips on abandoning perfectionism in today's Two Minute Temple Tip.
Have a magnificent Monday!
There are a TON of reasons why getting enough sleep is so important. Here are just a few….
1. Did you know that around 80% of your HGH (Human Growth Hormone) is released while you are sleeping? HGH is a VERY important hormone in maintaining a healthy body weight because it controls metabolism, cell growth, and repair, and regulates your lean body mass to fat ratio.
2. Lack of sleep will also cause an increase in a hormone called CORTISOL, which will not only prevent you from LOSING weight, but it can also cause you to GAIN WEIGHT! Not something any of us want.
3. When you sleep, your body is repairing and restoring itself. Cutting this time short will not only delay this process, but cause you to be lethargic, irritable, and emotional.
4. Lack of sleep is also associated with impaired memory, slowed speech, lack of ambition, and lack of focus among other things.
So if you are serious about getting it done this year, 7-8 hours of uninterrupted sleep has to be your goal.
This weekend is a perfect time to practice. Set a bedtime for yourself and stick to it- even if you are not tired.
You've got this,
This week’s challenge: Make the better choice more often.
At first glance, when Paul says in 1 Corinthians 9:27 (NLT) “I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should”, it seems that he is referring to inflicting pain on the body. Taking a closer look, we learn that he is not talking about physical pain at all but rather developing the mental and emotional fortitude to control his appetites and passions. This is no easy task.
Scientists estimate that you and I are faced with about 35,000 choices per day. Researchers at Cornell University believe that over 200 of those choices are about food. Yikes! How in the world can we decide on a single path in the face of all of these options and often despite our feelings and emotions?
I believe that our challenge in these tempting situations is to think beyond the moment. We can do this by asking ourselves one simple question:
Will I be happy with the outcome of this decision?
The Bottom Line:
What feels good in the moment rarely feels good down the road. Skipping the workout or indulging in the treat satisfies our immediate need but often robs of what we want most. Can I get a witness?
This week, let us ask God for the wisdom and discipline to make the better choice more often. We will not always get it right. We are on a journey with God; change is a process. BUT every time we make the better choice we get a little stronger and a little closer to becoming the man or woman we have always wanted to be.
Be encouraged and talk soon,
This week's challenge: Take back your mornings.
I am about to share something with you that can change your entire day...scratch that, your entire LIFE if you take this to heart.
See if this sounds like you: Do you wake-up to your phone as an alarm clock? Turn off the alarm, and then immediately check Facebook or Twitter, your text messages, or your emails? You lose track of time and then the next thing you know you are running behind schedule! Adrenaline fills your body and you hit the ground running starting the day rushed and frenzied.
If this even slightly sounds anything like you, then it’s time to make a change and get your mind ready for a great day.
Try changing it up tomorrow to the following morning ritual. And the next day, and so on. I promise if you change the quality of the first 30 minutes of your day, you can change the quality of your life.
The change is really simple, but admittedly, not easy.
Here's what I want you to do starting tomorrow morning:
This new ritual can have a HUGE impact on your day and accelerate the achievement of your God-given goals and dreams. Get up 30 minutes earlier and take the time to do this for yourself. You will not regret it!
Let me know how it goes :-)
Have a blessed day,
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