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MIND-BODY CONNECTION

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There is an intimate relationship between the biological and the mental/emotional aspects of our being – referred to as “the mind-body connection”.

Your mind controls your body (not the other way around) and therefore your mind has a huge impact on the state of your health. Your mind can produce chemical changes in the body that were once believed possible only through the use of the most powerful drugs. The state of your mind can raise or lower your blood pressure, increase your heart rate, alter your brain chemistry, create hormonal imbalances and negatively affect both metabolic and immune function. Pretty powerful stuff, I think you’ll agree.

Mind-body medicine doesn’t just make you feel better, it alters your physiology, improves immune system functioning, lowers blood pressure, eliminates chronic pain, reduces reliance on medication, increases strength and mobility, heals inflammation, reduces recovery time, prolongs life, and ramps up the production of endorphins and other “feel good” chemicals in the brain.  It is instrumental in the treatment of heart disease, hypertension, respiratory disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes, arthritis, MS, autoimmune disorders, infertility, dysmenorrhea, obesity, depression, anxiety, and substance abuse. For any illness or injury, it can make the difference between a full or partial recovery, joy or despair, even life or death. If you are ill you should know that only 40 per cent of your solution can come through conventional means like surgery and pharmaceuticals, and 60 per cent of your solution can come from your mind.

Your mind is powerful, and the most powerful part is the subconscious mind, which is always working either for you or against you. The thoughts you think and the way you program your mind on a conscious level affect the state of your subconscious mind. The cells in your body respond to every emotion you have, every thought and every word you speak. Negative emotions such as anger, resentment and bitterness will eventually manifest as disease in the body, even if you try to suppress these emotions. Forgiveness, acceptance, self love and connectedness are healing, health-giving states. How is your mind programmed? Simply look at the results you are currently receiving in your life and it will be evident.

Some strategies for making the mind-body connection work for you:

MEDITATION – you don’t have to be a meditation master, even just five minutes of quiet time with a focus on relaxed diaphragmatic breathing can make a huge difference in de-stressing you.

PICTURES – make up a “dream board” with pictures and words about your vision of the future.

EXERCISE – is a great stress buster, provided you do something you enjoy. It doesn’t take large amounts of time. Remember that short, high intensity exercise is more effective than long stints of cardio.

POSITIVE AFFIRMATIONS – take like a prescription. You will need multiple doses daily to counteract that negative self talk. Either read them from a book of affirmations or listen to them on a CD or MP3 player. They can be posters, screen savers on your computer, book marks and cards in your wallet and pocket.

READ GREAT BOOKS – inspirational success stories and autobiographies that take you out of your narrow world and open your mind to new possibilities and other realities. Educate yourself and create a better life.

TIME – is the way you use your time moving you towards your goals or away from them? Notice how much time you spend watching TV, reading newspapers or magazines. This time can be used to educate yourself and plan your success. If you’re not putting good stuff into your mind, how are you going to get anything good out?

Strive to ensure that your MIND-BODY connection works for you, and not against you.

Here’s to your health and happiness.

SUZI

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March 26, 2009 at 1:04 pm Leave a comment

HYDRATION and WEIGHT LOSS

Weight loss requires a few things – water being one of the most important.

Many of us do not realise we are dehydrated, or the effects of this.

* In 37% of Americans, the thirst mechanism is so weak that it is mistaken for hunger.
* Even MILD dehydration will slow down one’s metabolism as much as 3%.
* One glass of water will shut down midnight hunger pangs for almost 100% of people.
* Lack of water is the No 1 trigger of daytime fatigue.
* A mere 2% drop in body water can trigger fuzzy short-term memory, trouble with basic math, and diffuclty focusing on the computer screen or on a printed page.
* Having 8-10 glasses of water a day could significantly ease back and joint pain for up to 80% of sufferers.

Drink … drink … drink … water.

Put away the frizzy drinks. Stop buying sweetened fruit beverages. Don’t think that “diet” drinks are a good alternative – the artificial sweeteners used are really bad for you: they stuff up your liver function and make it almost impossible for you to lose weight. Forget the sports and energy drinks – with caffeine and other stimulants, multiple types of sugars and artificial ingredients they are not the health foods they are marketed as. Ignore the advertisements for milkshakes, cold coffee beverages and iced tea. Choose water instead.

Why? Water has zero calories, quenches your thirst better than sweetened beverages and helps keep our bodies cool in the summertime heat.

How much water should you drink? The basic recommendation is 8 x 8 oz (240 ml) glasses of water a day. But the amount of water you need depends on your weight and activity level. A good indicator as to whether you are drinking enough water is to check the amount of coloration in your urine. If your urine is dark yellow in color then you are probably not drinking enough water. If it is close to clear in color then you are drinking enough to give your system a good cleansing.

Water – The Miracle Worker

When it’s pure and free of contaminants — water is truly a “wonder drug.” Without chemicals, additives, or anything unnatural, a steady dose of 8 glasses of water a day will:

* improve your energy
* increase your mental and physical performance
* remove toxins and waste products from your body
* keep skin healthy and glowing
* help you lose inches
* reduce headaches and dizziness
* allow for proper digestion
* help to keep you more alkaline

Drinking Water and Weight Loss

Water is a natural appetite suppressant, so developing a good water drinking habit can be a long-term aid in achieving and maintaining a healthy weight. Most times your “hunger” is your body asking for water – not food.  Many of the calories we consume come from what we drink. So drinking only water is an easy way to reduce calories without making drastic changes in diet or lifestyle. Incorporate these tactics into your daily routine:

* Bring along a water bottle in the car.
* Keep numerous filled bottles on your desk so that you don’t have to refill as often.
* Keep a cooler full of water with you on outings.
* Add a twist of fresh lime or lemon for a zingy taste.
* Make it a personal challenge. Keep a pitcher of ice water in the fridge, and drink it all by the end of the day.
* Place an 8 ounce glass on the counter. Every time you walk past, fill it up with water and drink.

March 15, 2009 at 12:04 pm Leave a comment

What Constitutes a Good Life?

…. by Jim Rohn

The ultimate expression of life is not a paycheck. The ultimate expression of life is not a Mercedes. The ultimate expression of life is not a million dollars or a bank account or a home. Here’s the ultimate expression of life in my opinion, and that is living the good life. Here’s what we must ask constantly, “What for me would be a good life?” And you have to keep going over and over the list. A list including areas such as spirituality, economics, health, relationships and recreation. What would constitute a good life? I’ve got a short list.

1) Number one, productivity. You won’t be happy if you don’t produce. The game of life is not rest. We must rest, but only long enough to gather strength to get back to productivity. What’s the reason for the seasons and the seeds, the soil and the sunshine, the rain and the miracle of life? It’s to see what you can do with it. To try your hand, other people have tried their hand; here’s what they did. You try your hand to see what you can do. So part of life is productivity.

2) Next are good friends. Friendship is probably the greatest support system in the world. Don’t deny yourself the time to develop this support system. Nothing can match it. It’s extraordinary in its benefit. Friends are those wonderful people who know all about you and still like you. A few years ago I lost one of my dearest friends. He died at age 53 – heart attack. David is gone, but he was one of my very special friends. I used to say of David that if I was stuck in a foreign jail somewhere accused unduly and if they would allow me one phone call, I would call David. Why? He would come and get me. That’s a friend. Somebody who would come and get you. Now we’ve all got casual friends. And if you called them they would say, “Hey, if you get back, call me we’ll have a party.” So you’ve got to have both, real friends and casual friends.

3) Next on the list of a good life is your culture. Your language, your music, the ceremonies, the traditions, the dress. All of that is so vitally important that you must keep it alive. In fact it is the uniqueness of all of us that when blended together brings vitality, energy, power, influence, uniqueness and rightness to the world.

4) Next is your spirituality. It helps to form the foundation of the family that builds the nation. And make sure you study, practice and teach. Don’t be careless about the spiritual part of your nature, it’s what makes us who we are, different from animal, dogs, cats, birds and mice. Spirituality.

5) Next – here’s what my parents taught me. Don’t miss anything. Don’t miss the game. Don’t miss the performance, don’t miss the movie, don’t miss the show, don’t miss the dance. Go to everything you possibly can. Buy a ticket to everything you possibly can. Go see everything and experience all you possibly can. This has served me so well to this day. Just before my father died at age 93 if you were to call him at 10:30 or 11:00 at night, he wouldn’t be home. He was at the rodeo, he was watching the kids play softball, he was listening to the concert, he was at church, he was somewhere every night. Live a vital life. Here’s one of the reasons why. If you live well, you will earn well. If you live well it will show in your face, it will show in the texture of your voice. There will be something unique and magical about you if you live well. It will infuse not only your personal life but also your business life. And it will give you a vitality nothing else can give.

6) Next are your family and the inner circle. Invest in them and they’ll invest in you. Inspire them and they’ll inspire you. With your inner circle take care of the details. When my father was still alive, I used to call him when I traveled. He’d have breakfast most every morning with the farmers. Little place called The Decoy Inn out in the country where we lived in Southwest Idaho. So Papa would go there and have breakfast and I’d call him just to give him a special day. Now if I was in Israel, I’d have to get up in the middle of the night, but it only took five minutes, ten minutes. So I’d call Papa and they’d bring him the phone. I’d say, “Papa I’m in Israel.” He’d say, “Israel! Son, how are things in Israel?” He’d talk real loud so everybody could hear – my son’s calling me from Israel. I’d say, “Papa last night they gave me a reception on the rooftop underneath the stars overlooking the Mediterranean.” He’d say, “Son, a reception on the rooftop underneath the stars overlooking the Mediterranean.” Now everybody knows the story. It only took 5 – 10 minutes, but what a special day for my father, age 93.

If a father walks out of the house and he can still feel his daughter’s kiss on his face all day, he’s a powerful man. If a husband walks out of the house and he can still feel the imprint of his wife’s arms around his body he’s invincible all day. It’s the special stuff with the inner circle that makes you strong and powerful and influential. So don’t miss that opportunity. Here’s the greatest value. The prophet said, “There are many virtues and values, but here’s the greatest, one person caring for another.” There is no greater value than love. Better to live in a tent on the beach with someone you love than to live in a mansion by yourself. One person caring for another, that’s one of life’s greatest expressions.

So make sure in your busy day to remember the true purpose and the reasons you do what you do. May you truly live the kind of life that will bring the fruit and rewards that you desire.

To Your Success, Jim Rohn

Reproduced with permission from Jim Rohn’s Weekly E-zine.

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March 11, 2009 at 6:40 pm 1 comment

USING TIME

planet-clock-3dHow much time do you think you have? Do you feel like you have all the time in the world?

What is the average life span in days for a human being who lives for 75 years?

It is 27,375 days.

Sound a bit short? Work it out for yourself. We all think we have more time, and tend to waste time as a result. But time in fact is very precious.

What is the best use of our time?

At any given moment, we can spend time on things that are BENEFICIAL, or things that are PLEASURABLE to us.

The things which are PLEASURABLE only give temporary satisfaction.

The things which are BENEFICIAL have lasting effects.

What do you choose?

Sometimes we don’t feel like doing those things which are beneficial to us. It is easier to do the things which are pleasurable. Which choice is going to make us successful in life?

People who choose the PLEASURABLE thing often feel like life has passed them by. They cruise along on a “comfort zone” getting nowhere fast. Then they realise, 20 years later, that they have not achieved their dreams and goals.

If you make the effort to always do the most important or productive thing every moment of your life, you will be propelled forward along the pathway to success. People who choose the BENEFICIAL thing are rewarded with things like good health, greater knowledge and skills, stronger relationships, increased wealth and greater self fulfilment.

So use your time wisely. Stop wasting time now! Drag your attention away from the television. Do something constructive like reading, studying, working on a hobby, going to the gym, completing a report for work or fixing something in the house.

If you want to be a winner, you must try to spend every second of your time doing the most important or productive (BENEFICIAL) this possible. Instead of asking yourself: “What can I do right now that will be most pleasureable to me?” Ask yourself “What can I do right now that will benefit me the most in the long run?”

Time is not your enemy. Your individual choices are. What will you choose to do in this moment????

March 8, 2009 at 12:08 pm Leave a comment

WHY EXERCISE?

The Centre for Physical Activity in Ageing has identified some key benefits for exercising regularly:

* Increased bone strength

* Increased physical work capacity

* Increased joint range of motion or flexibility

* Improved sense of well being

* Increased muscular strength

* Improved glucose regulation

* Decreased blood pressure

* Improved sleep patterns and levels of anxiety

You’ve heard the expression: “Use it or lose it. The first astronauts discovered the truth of this. Going into space in top-notch physical condition, they returned as weak as if they’d been lying in bed the whole time. They were weightless in space and didn’t need their muscles to move around, and so in just a few days these healthy vigorous men lost significant amounts of muscle and strength.

Starting at around age forty, most women lose nearly 200 grams of muscle each year and gain the same amount of fat, until by age 80 they have only a third of the muscle mass they had at 40. Miriam Nelson in her book Strong women stay young shows how strength training (lifting weights) REVERSES muscle loss. Men and women who work their muscles retain significantly more strength as they get older. And even those who belatedly adopt a healthier lifestyle can REGAIN previously lost muscle mass.

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For a list of Over 100 ways that Exercise will enrich the quality of your life, go to

http://www.saintfitness.com/images/over_100_ways.pdf

My favourites are:

87. HELPS YOU TO MOVE PAST SELF-IMPOSED LIMITATIONS.

100. GIVES YOU A FEELING OF CONTROL OR MASTERY OVER YOUR LIFE AND A

BELIEF THAT YOU CAN CREATE ANY REALITY YOU WANT.

What are your favourites? Leave and comment and let me know – that way I know you read it!

SUZI

March 7, 2009 at 9:37 am Leave a comment

What next?

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Now that my triathlon is a thing of the past, a few people have been asking me – what next???

Well, I already have it planned. The Great Escapade is next. It is a 537 km, 9 day fully supported bike riding holiday! All meals and entertainment are laid on – you pitch your own tent at night. They are expecting around 2,000 riders to take part. Should be fantastic fun! My husband Peter and our friends Megan and David are coming with me.

The ride sets off from stunning Margaret River on Saturday 28 March and traverses the varied landscapes of this beautiful corner of Western Australia. The route goes through national parks, farming areas, winery country and Karri Country before returning to the ocean where it all began, back at Margaret River, on Sunday 5 April.

Here is a map of the route.ride-map1

These are the towns we will visit along the way.

March 4, 2009 at 11:08 am Leave a comment

Triathlon Results

STOP PRESS:

Triathlon results are now up on the web site http://bluechip.racetectiming.com/

The Mini Tri was a 150 metre swim, 5 km cycle and 1.5 km run.

I was FIRST in my age group (50-59) and 12th overall for the Mini Triathlon!!

I am REALLY HAPPY with that!

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March 1, 2009 at 7:43 am Leave a comment

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