Giving reason to reasons

Everybody has a reason to why they have reached their current circumstances. Reasons produce results, yet not all results are conducive to our true potential.

When we try to justify our "failures" in life, we use reasons (excuses, for a better word) in an unresourceful manner. A hoarder will always have a reason as to why they keep collecting clutter. An emotional eater has a reason as to why they eat their feelings away. An alcoholic has a reason as to why they consume beer for breakfast. Someone who is financially broke, has a reason as to why their bank account echoes.

When we use reasons to give us the drive to "succeed", we are applying them resourcefully. They become...

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Adding fuel to the fire of burning desire

The only time we achieve anything in life, is when the pain of wanting something, exceeds the pain of what it takes to get it. Setting goals is one thing, yet many of us fail to achieve them because we lack having enough reasons as to why we want to achieve them. Reasons are what what add fuel to the fire of burning desire. The more reasons we can come up with, the greater will be our desire for achieving a specific goal. Picture lighting up a fire as being your goal and each fire-ligther cube you use represents one reason. If you add just one cube, your motivation will be small. The more cubes you add to that fire, the greater it will...
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What should you eat before weight training?

Yes it is true; carbohydrates have the most efficient metabolic pathway for high intensity training. Having said that, carbohydrates themselves are not what provide the body with instant energy per se. It is glycogen that does that. Glycogen is just a fancy name for stored sugar. When we eat carbohydrates, the body breaks them down into glucose (blood sugar) and stores them away in a reservoir of energy known as glycogen. Whenever energy is required, the body draws out glycogen to be used as fuel. Many people have this belief that consuming a carbohydrate-enriched meal one or two hours prior to a workout, will help fuel that forthcoming event. This is not so, as it takes much longer than two hours for...
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Saying yes to your potential

The Law Of Cause And Effect states that nothing happens by chance. The decisions and actions we make on a daily basis, carry out their own reactions and consequences. "Whatever you reap, you shall sow," as The Bible says. It is an indisputable Universal Law and one that cannot be broken. We always have a choice in life. There are hidden opportunities to create (or destroy) everywhere we look. We can either:
  • Have green tea or chocolate at the movies
  • Go to bed early or stay up late
  • Drink water or alcohol
  • Have dessert or a piece of fruit
  • Rise early or sleep in
  • Go to the gym or the pub
  • Get spoilt with a massage or with junk food
Understanding and acknowledging the power of this law in advance, allows us the...
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Just get back up

When a smoker decides to quit, then finds themselves succumbing to temptation three months down the track, they did not fail in quitting. They are still an ex-smoker, who happened to have a cigarette. Three months being cigarette-free is still their own achievement. Just get back up and keep going, you are on track. If you are running in a marathon and accidentally slip at the 38km mark, you did not fail at completing the marathon. You literally slipped over right near the end. The distance already travelled has not been taken away from you. It is still your hard earned effort. Just get back up and keep going, you are on track. When we slip up with our eating, it is very easy to...
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Eating in sync with the Sun

Human beings have been on the planet for more than two million years. Back then, our hunter-gather ancestors did not wake up to a ready-made meal. Most of the morning was spent in a fasted state, rummaging around for food. By lunchtime, mankind would typically return home with the game of the day. This is the way it was until around 8000 B.C., when milking of cattle was first discovered.  It was roughly around this time that the 'rise-to-eat' window began to close. Such a window nowadays of course is non-existent, as the luxury of food is available to us at any time of day. Breaking fast later in the day was very common for our ancestors. Throughout evolution, this everyday practice...
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Does overtraining really exist?

The human body is an adaptive organism. It will attempt to acclimate to any given circumstance, in order to bring about stability within its own environment. Once it achieves this, the body will seek to maintain the status quo, till further need for change is called for. If we do not expose the body to a training stressor, it will adapt to the lifestyle of sedentary activity. Training three days a week from none at all, will force the body to adapt to a three-day training week. If we believe and expect the body to only tolerate a three-day training week, it will adapt to exactly that. If we push it from three days to six days per week, the body will strive...
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Time your caffeine hit

Coffee contains the crystalline compound known as caffeine. Caffeine is a stimulant to the central nervous system and when we ingest it, the body responds by secreting the stress hormone cortisol. Cortisol is a low-grade adrenaline that is produced in the adrenal glands. It is known as the "fight-or-flight" hormone which is activated during times of stress. It is there to help us battle through our stressful, day-to-day encounters. When we drink coffee, we put the the body into an apparently stressful situation. In order to get out of this stressful situation, the body requires energy.  Cortisol provides the body with the immediate energy it needs, in the form of glucose. In fact, cortisol is more specifically labelled as a glucocorticoid -...
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My big fat Greek dilemma

Being of Greek-Cypriot heritage, I often watch beautiful Mamma Phass cooking some of the most mouth-watering cuisines, as a traditional way of celebrating certain calendar festivities every year. We are currently celebrating the final day of the Carnival. It is known as "Cheese Fare Sunday", where the staple foods are desserts made from creams, cheeses and syrups. Carrying on with Greek traditions is all great and admirable as we do every year however...there is a however. The body does not know about traditions. It does not accommodate or give lenience to any cultural cuisine, simply because it was eaten for a special reason. In contrast, the body responds by saying: "Meh...food is fuel and I will carry out my cause and effect relationship with it, regardless...
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Experience is the grand teacher

We all have a choice in every decision-making process. Each decision we make carries a consequence and when we own a choice, we also own the consequences associated with that choice. No one in life does anything they do not want to do, ever. None of us eat anything by accident. We are where we are right now, based on the decisions we have made - or failed to make. We make decisions in life we think make us happy, yet we do not always make the "right" decisions. And that is ok. In amongst all this, experience becomes the grand teacher of it all. It is the residual outcome of every decision-making process. When we come to a familiar crossroad, the vehicle of experience is...
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