What kind of diet are you looking for?

Everyone is different. Finding a diet that you can commit to is finding a diet that is compatible with your lifestyle and a healthy diet is maintaining a healthy weight that you are happy with. For many of us, the word diet is associated with losing weight and is repeated a number of times during our lifetime.

What if I told you that you could find a life-long diet that works suits you forever?

Looking to maintain your dream target weight needs consideration. It shouldn’t be something you just stick to for just a fortnight and then find yourself in bigger pants as you give up! Do some serious groundwork first by asking yourself the folllowing 3 questions to find out what the reasons are behind you wanting to diet. If you’re serious about maintaining a healthy weight then you’ll need patience, a committed & determined attitude and a plan. Preparation is the key! And don’t forget to build some fun into your diet too!

So before you begin a diet ask yourself why you are doing it and what you want to achieve.

 

Take care of body JIM ROHNWhen do you eat? If you like to make things that are quick & easy you’ll most likely need to prepare meals in advance or make a shopping list with healthy foods that take very little time to prepare and cook – raw vegetables & other healthy nibbles. If you’re someone who loves to indulge every now & again then it’s a case of working out the right amount of daily calories that you are consuming.

Why do you diet? Some start a diet because of diabetes, heart disease or other serious health issues. Consider your lifestyle and not just the food that you eat. Next month (5th-16th May)  Sweetlife Diabetes Health Centers is having an online conference that allows you to watch over 40 speakers talking about ways to prevent, manage & reverse diabetes.

What do you think about diets? Some people prefer to follow a diet that their friends are doing so they are motivated and encouraged to lose weight. Some hate the idea of a diet and need lots of inspiration or rewards to keep going. Some are very meticulous in their diet plan but still need that little bit of motivation to spur them on.

We all have different preferences, personalities and daily routines that can make it difficult to decide on what way is best to lose weight. Having a healthy lifestyle shouldn’t be about obsessing over what we are eating and restricting ourselves but you will probably need some encouragement and motivation along the way – work out how where you are going to get this from.

No matter what you decide to do, losing weight should be something you do to improve the quality of your life, whether it’s for the prevention of medical problems or to increase your general well-being. Changing your eating habits and increasing your physical activity is the first step. The next step is sticking to it…. for tips inspirational tips you can follow me on Twitter or Facebook or have a look through my previous blogs on SyncHealth.

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One word or one thought can make all the difference.

Let’s take two scenarios where one word or one thought can make all the difference.

First scenario:

Imagine you are in the library where you find yourself in the self-help section and you decide to have a little look at the books. You come across two books that are very similar in size and their front covers look identical. The only real difference is the title. Which of the following two titles would you choose to get answers for?

  1. How to cope with life’s ups and downs.
  2. How to enjoy life’s ups and downs.

Both titles are very similar except for one word. It’s funny how one word can play a deciding factor in what we do. Did you choose the word COPE or ENJOY? If you chose number one, it’s likely that you like to look for solutions and strategies to help you cope with life. If you chose number two, it’s more probable that you’re looking for fun and excitement to help you enjoy life. Depending on which book title you chose will depend on your mindset and how positive you are feeling at that particular moment. Both titles acknowledge that life has ups and downs; good days and bad days; positives and negatives.

Second scenario:

What do you think when you see a rainbow? Is it a moment to “ooh & ahh” while looking around for a smile to share the rainbow with? Or do you look for the end of the rainbow to find the pot of gold followed by a sigh that you’ve forgotten your umbrella? In same way as one word influences us so too does one single thought.

Next time you find yourself looking at a rainbow consciously think about how you view life. Consciously change your mindset.

Visualise all the positive things you have in your life when you see a rainbow.

There’s always a positive thought in a rainbow. Sometimes you just have to look a bit harder! But is there, if you want to find it.

  1. Appreciate the rainbow. At the same time, appreciate your family and friends that are always there for you. Visualise your friends and family at the end of the rainbow instead of the little man in green!
  1. Smile at the rainbow – enjoy the colours and think about how lucky you are if you see a double rainbow.
  1. Rainbows only happen when there is both sun and rain. View the bad times as raindrops, that are there to help us learn more or to see that something else is going on that we need to take on and react to more positively. The sun is always there, just like the good times are always there.

 

How we view things can be changed simply by changing one word or one thought. Choosing that word or thought can have such a massive influence over how we feel on a certain day or about a particular situation. It’s not to say that we have to think positively all of the time but many of us end up worrying too much over a small situation that leads to us being stressed and not feeling in control which then leads to a dip in our confidence levels.

Changing our mindset to develop a more positive outlook certainly helps.

One word or one thought can make all the difference; choose them wisely. 

 

Networking -Work that room, baby!

I often speak at networking events and so I am writing this blog in mind of those who are perhaps a little anxious or don’t know what to expect at networking meetings. I am really excited about a new networking event, the Hour of Power, taking place next month so I would like to make sure that everyone is happy to come along and work that room, baby!

Why bother with networking? If you’re looking to succeed and sell to other people there will always be a need to connect with others. Yes, networking involves “work” but this can get to a stage, with my 4 tips below, where it becomes an every day habit that isn’t really “work”!

How do you feel when you attend a networking event? What do think when you enter the room? Who do you approach first? Where do you stand? Do you talk to many people or just a few? Networking can sometimes bring back those feelings of being at school –a little bit of excitement that is overwhelmed by the anxiety of putting your foot in your mouth! It doesn’t have to be that way! You’re no longer a teenager, so GET RID of those niggling doubts and take control of what you want to happen when networking in a room full of possibilities and opportunities. So, let’s start WORKING on those things so you can leave a networking event with optimism and a sense of achievement.

As Richard Branson tells it:

“Business is all about personal contact. No matter how heavy your workload is… everyone can and should be a networker.”

So, how can you reduce the “work” element of networking so that it becomes something you are so successful at that you forget there is any “work” involved?

Think of yourself as an actor or actress on stage in the local theatre where you see a mix of familiar faces as well as strangers. Preparation is key- fail to prepare and you prepare to fail. So here are the ultimate 4 steps on working that room, baby!

  1. Act. Walk up to the mirror and look at the way you hold your shoulders and head. Study your body language as you walk around or stand in one place. Do you exude confidence? I’m not asking you to shimmy along like Beyoncé or to stomp around like Sylvester Stallone, instead find the natural confident you – lift your shoulders back and hold your head up high to notice an instant change! Practise your stance and your look until you see the epitome of confidence looking back at you; and…smile!
  1. Put on your clothes. This does not mean that you’ve been naked for the whole of step no.1!! Instead, rehearse in the clothes that you will wear. What do your clothes say about you? When we meet people for the first time we take in what they physically look like and make a snap judgement – it’s not to say that that judgement is right but is the first and lasting impression! What will people think of your clothes, your shoes and your hair? This first impression gives others signals as to what our style is – or not – so think about the signals you send out. Look at your image and… smile!
  1. Practise your lines. Have a number of good “opening lines” to break the ice. Get rid of all fears of rejection and change your mind set. If you’ve turned up, then you’ve conquered the biggest risk of rejection, so get rid of those others fears and start thinking about all the rewards you can get from meeting people and discussing business. Have a way of introducing yourself that makes a lasting positive impression. Never be afraid to introduce yourself or to ask others their name when you join a conversation. Everyone is there to network so it is expected that people will walk up to others and say hello. Rehearse what else you will talk about – what will you say about yourself and your work? What will you ask others? Don’t think of it as an interview but as a chat that you are having with your friends in a workplace setting – be professional, polite and friendly. Sometimes those pesky nerves can get in the way of our personality shining through. So bust those nervous feelings right now and… smile!
  1. Be interested. It’s not all about being interesting! Ask powerful questions that mean you want to hear what others are saying. For example:What social media platforms do you use so I can find out a bit more about you/ your company? Can you tell me more about ___________? What do you mean by_______? Pay genuine compliments. Exchange business cards, thank people for speaking to you and… smile!

Pease do come along to Hour of Power – a women’s networking on Thursday 1st May 12:00 – 2:00pm with Sally Hudson at the Castlefield Rooms, Castlefield, M3 4 LZ.

Book and pay for your place here. Niceeflyer

Look forward to meeting you. Please do come and say hello, particularly if it is your first time networking.

If you’ve got any tips to share please leave a comment.

Giving thanks on a deeper level

Saying “thank you” is a marketing dream. There are businesses that are built on the premise that expressions of gratitude are wonderful. There are numerous days in the year when the shops are full of chocolates, gifts, card & flowers telling us to say thank you. I’m not saying that there is anything wrong with this. In fact, it’s great that we are encouraged to think about what we are grateful for but I do wonder how much meaning and thought goes into these expressions of thanks and if it has become something that we “have to do” or something that is done as a quick thought whilst doing the shopping.

Most of the time, “thank you” is said as a response to immediate actions or events, for example, the waiter brings over your meal, someone holds open a door, the postman delivers a parcel, someone writes “Happy Birthday” on your Facebook wall (you say thanks with a big thumb!) and so on. These two little words are can have such a big impact! It shows you are appreciative of what someone else has done for you and keeping up this level of saying thanks is brilliant!

However saying “thank you” can be done so quickly and can also be so easily forgotten. What is an expression of gratitude on a deeper, long-term level look like? Is it a thing we have forgotten, don’t have time for, don’t value or is it regarded as unnecessary? Finding ways of expressing our deep gratitude takes time.

There was a time when people sat down at the table together and gave thanks for the meal they were having. There was a time when people who received a gift for their birthday wrote a beautiful thank you card. There was a time when people cooked a meal for the neighbours who mowed the lawn or took in a parcel from the postman for safe-keeping.

Should we express our thanks on a deeper level? Yes.

 

thank you“Thank you” when given time and meaning holds value; high value.

Feeling grateful or appreciative of someone or something in your life usually attracts more of the things that you appreciate and value in your life. And the more of your life that you like and appreciate, the healthier and happier you’ll be.

So who do you need to thank?

How will you show them the value they have in your life by thanking them?

 

Take some time out today to deliver a meaningful & mindful thank you to someone.

Thinking with your heart will lead you in the right direction.