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See How Your Brain Can Ruin Any of Your Workout or Healthy Eating Plans.

See How Your Brain Can Ruin Any of Your Workout or Healthy Eating Plans.

Exercising. You look great when you do it, you feel amazing when you get through a routine, but sometimes you just can’t muster the motivation to get moving. It’s so easy to tell yourself that you can skip a day, and pick up where you left off on the following day. But you tell yourself that the next day. And the next day. You see where this is going. After a few days of pushing it off, you’ll just abandon the work-out routine altogether.

Dieting can be just as tricky. Cheat days come so far and few between, and sometimes you really just want to eat a flippin’ cookie! With proper diet planning, there is plenty of room for cookies. But that is not the point. Just because we want something, doesn’t mean that it’s going to manifest itself. In order to get the results that we desire, we need to put the work in.

Our brains have created shortcuts to goals, that’s why we now want to burn fat instant as lightning

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    Social media gets a lot of heat for altering the way in which we view ourselves and how we think that our lives should be. To be brutally honest, it’s well deserved. Many of us have become addicted to the pleasure that instant-gratification illusion from social media has provided us with (instant likes, which translates into approval from our peers). Many marketers[1] use this technique to attract us to their products. This addiction to instant-gratification puts us at a disadvantage. Because now, we just expect things rather than seek ways to earn them.

    Many of us unknowingly have succumbed to time preference [2], a concept where we put a heavier emphasis on short-term outcomes rather than long-term. In the moment, we tell ourselves that it is okay not pursue a goal, because at the moment we are comfortable[3] where we are. This relates to why so many people give up on their workout routines and goals; because the “burn” is causing them discomfort, or because they are not seeing the results that they desire right away. In order to breathe some life back into our ambition, we need to kick the need for instant gratification, and focus on the big picture.

    The story of marshmallows does give your life outcome some hints

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      In a study orchestrated by Walter Mischel, a professor at Stanford University in the late 1960’s to the early 1970’s, studying the effects of delayed gratification.

      A group of children were given the choice between receiving one small reward immediately, or receiving two small rewards if they chose to wait. The waiting period was for about 15 minutes, where the tester would leave the room for this time and return with the two small prizes. The prizes were usually cookies or pretzels, but sometimes marshmallows were used, hence the name.

      Years later a follow-up study was conducted on the now grown up children of the Marshmallow Experiment. The results showed that a majority of the children who had chosen to wait for the larger reward achieved better life outcomes down the line. These achievements were determined by factors such as SAT scores, educational attainment, and body mass index.

      When we are willing to wait and work towards a greater outcome, we tend to appreciate it more when we finally achieve it. A personal example of this dates back to my childhood/ early adolescents. My dad always provided me with what I needed, but if I wanted something, I had to work for it. Obviously as a 10 year old I didn’t have the means or working papers to afford what I wanted, so I would offer to perform jobs around the house, or put up my birthday money to pay half the cost of a digital camera, or whatever it was my heart was after. I appreciated and cared for my possessions because I had worked for them. I wouldn’t have viewed them to be as valuable if they had just been given to me.

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      This appreciation for dedication and future outcomes are the foundation to fitness and a healthy lifestyle. You need to push passed the temptation to put it off until tomorrow, or bail on your diet, because doing so will only make you feel down on yourself in the future. Stick to your plan, and not only will you look better, but you will feel better, be healthier, and will be less likely to acquire health complications down the road.

      Keep going and you will never want to leave work-out alone!

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        As someone who tries to work out daily, I know how hard it is to get into the swing of things and make it a habit. I’ve been guilty of cutting routines short, or skipping them, only to later stuff my face with countless tacos followed by cake. But I also know how satisfying it is when you commit to a healthy diet (with prospective cheat days of course), and seeing those sexy results in the mirror. It also improves your mood and overall energy level, so once you get going, you’ll start to look forward to your work-outs! (Or at least the post-work out pride).

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        The road to health and fitness is a long and harrowing one, but it always leads to greatness. Denying the desire to give in to momentary pleasures such as cutting a routine short, or skipping it altogether will lead you to the euphoric pleasure you will get from achieving the body you want. So don’t give up. Stick to your goals.

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        Last Updated on October 16, 2018

        What Your Fear of Being Alone Is Really About and How to Get over It

        What Your Fear of Being Alone Is Really About and How to Get over It

        Are you afraid of being alone?  Do you worry about your physical safety or do you fear loneliness? These are strong negative feelings that can impact your health.

        One study found that when older people are socially isolated, there is an increased risk of an earlier death,[1] by as much as 26%.

        If you experience loneliness and are worried about your fear of being alone, study these 6 ways to help you find your comfort zone.

        But first, the good news!

        How many times have you said to yourself, ‘I just can’t wait to be alone’? This might be after a day’s work, an argument with your partner or after a noisy dinner with friends. You need time to be yourself, gather your thoughts, relish the silence and just totally chill out. These are precious moments and are very important for your own peace of mind and mental refreshment.

        But for many people, this feeling is not often present and loneliness takes over. As Joss Whedon once said,

        ‘Loneliness is about the scariest thing out there’.

        Read on and discover how you can exploit being alone to your own advantage and how you can defeat loneliness.

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        1. Embrace loneliness

        When you are alone, it is important to embrace it and enjoy it to the full.

        Wallow in the feeling that you do not have to be accountable for anything you do. Pursue your interests and hobbies. Take up new ones. Learn new skills. Lie on the couch. Leave the kitchen in a mess. The list can go on and on, but finding the right balance is crucial.

        There will be times when being on your own is perfect, but then there will be a creeping feeling that you should not be so isolated.

        When you start to enjoy being alone, these 10 amazing things will happen.

        Once you start feeling loneliness, then it is time to take action.

        2. Facebook is not the answer

        Have you noticed how people seek virtual contacts instead of a live, face-to-face interaction? It is true that social networking can provide an initial contact, but the chances of that becoming a real life personal contact is pretty slim.

        Being wrapped up in a cloud of sharing, liking and commenting (and insulting!) can only increase loneliness.

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        When you really want company, no one on Facebook will phone you to invite you out.

        3. Stop tolerating unhappy relationships

        It is a cruel fact of life that people are so scared of loneliness that they often opt into a relationship with the wrong person.

        There is enormous pressure from peers, family and society in general to get married or to be in a stable, long-term relationship. When this happens, people start making wrong decisions, such as:

        • hanging out with toxic company such as dishonest or untrustworthy people;
        • getting involved with unsuitable partners because of the fear of being alone or lonesome;
        • accepting inappropriate behavior just because of loneliness;
        • seeking a temporary remedy instead of making a long-term decision.

        The main problem is that you need to pause, reflect and get advice. Recognize that your fear of being alone is taking over. A rash decision now could lead to endless unhappiness.

        4. Go out and meet people

        It was the poet John Donne (1572 – 1631) who wrote:

        ‘No man is an island, entire of itself, every man is a piece of the continent’.

        Human contact is essential to surviving in this world. Instead of wallowing in boredom and sadness, you need to get out as much as possible and seek contacts.

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        Being a member of a group, however tenuous, is a great way. So when you are in the gym, at church or simply at a club meeting, exploit these contacts to enlarge your social circle.

        There is no point in staying at home all the time. You will not meet any new people there!

        Social contacts are rather like delicate plants. You have to look after them. That means telephoning, using Skype and being there when needed.

        Take a look at this guide on How to Meet New People and Make Friends with The Best.

        5. Reach out to help someone in need

        A burden shared is a burden halved.

        Dag Hammarskjold was keenly aware of this fact when he said:

        ‘What makes loneliness an anguish is not that I have no one to share my burden but this: I have only my own burden to bear’.

        Simply put, it is a two-way street. Helping others actually helps yourself, here’s why.

        Reach out to help and people will be there when you need them.

        6. Be grateful and count your blessings

        Study after study shows that if people show gratitude, they will reap a bountiful harvest. These include a stronger immune system, better health, more positive energy and most important of all, feeling less lonely and isolated.

        If you do not believe me, watch the video below, ‘What good is gratitude?’  Now here is the path to hope and happiness:

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