Monday, April 21, 2014

Monday Motivation

1. Step Forward 
One of the best ways to expand the dimensions of our knowledge is by conducting a serious review of our own past experiences. We all have a university of experience within us. The books lining the shelves of our minds were written and placed there by all that we have experienced since birth. These experiences have suggested to us that there is a right way and a wrong way to everything we do, and to every decision that confronts us, as well as to every obstacle that challenges us. One way to learn to do something right is to do something wrong.

2. Get Growing
My New mantra, "just get it done." If you just do it now, create that urgency, you're that much closer to your goals.

3. Aim High
Take a step towards your most important goals today: Make a decision, a call, implement a long-delayed change.

4. Free the Truth
You can only keep silent for so long, keeping the silence out of fear, fear of upsetting someone, fear of disappointing someone, fear of all the things you can't control anyways, won't get you where you need to be. Tell the truth and accept the consequences.

5. Breaking Habits
A few years ago I was the diet pepsi, diet dr. pepper, diet coke, every second of the day kind of girl. And I realized somehow, somewhere I broke the habit for a short period of time, and now I never even think twice about drinking diet soda. Back then I couldn't imagine a day without it. Now, thanks to the Fast Metabolism book, I have decided to break my coffee habit. Which  I am not going to lie, it hasn't been easy. A lot of what I miss about coffee the most is the comfort of it. Waking up to a nice warm cup of coffee. But the truth is that I have been tired of being tired, and after 4-6 cups of coffee a day, I think my habit was behind all the tiredness.

Here's the science and motivation behind it all:
The adrenal glands are endocrine glands that sit at the top of the kidneys; in humans, the right adrenal gland is triangular shaped, while the left adrenal gland is semilunar shaped. They are chiefly responsible for releasing hormones in response to stress through the synthesis of corticosteroids such ascortisol and catecholamines such as adrenaline (epinephrine) and noradrenaline

Coffee is a stimulant — we all know that, and the FDA classifies it as such. This means that caffeine can trigger temporary physiological reactions. We all know that too. Caffeine can make you jittery, or alert, or relaxed — all for a short time, and then you need more. But stimulants are not restorative. Coffee can’t heal or repair.

When we use any kind of stimulant, a hormone response is triggered. And as a reaction to that new flood of hormones, your body compensates by pumping out additional hormones to create balance again. In the case of coffee, the production of adrenaline, epinephrine and norepinephrine that trigger your “fight or flight” impulses and give you that “sped up” feeling.
In response, your system kicks up the production of the hormones dopamine and seratonin to try to balance out the extra stress hormones in your body.
This artificial cycle of stimulant and hormonal response does a number on your metabolism, pushing your body into a stressful state, then trying to compensate for it. Your body just doesn’t need this kind of constant hormonal battle — not in the short term and certainly not in the long term.
The goal of the Fast Metabolism is metabolic repair — and the stimulated hormonal response from caffeine only hinders that effort.

6. Grateful
1. Healthy living 
2. Determination
3. Saying ciao to 6 lbs… excited to say goodbye to more. 

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