Stay Dedicated to Your Dreams
June 27, 2012

Most of us serve our ideals by fits and starts. The person who makes a success of living is the one who sees his goal steadily and aims for it unswervingly. That is dedication. ~ Cecil B. De Mille

Many people believed Thomas Edison to be stupid, and that he had below average intelligence.

Albert Einstein failed math. Many people thought he would never be able to grasp the basics.

Abraham Lincoln lost 8 elections in his political career before finally winning the presidential election.

Each of the three well-known men named above changed the world because they refused to take no for an answer, even when the trials ahead of them seemed impossible.

When you are in the process of being on The hCG Protocol, there will be points during your round when the scale doesn’t cooperate with your wishes. If you are at a point where you’ve checked everything, you know your scale is working, and you know you are back to basics, yet, things are still not moving, then the only thing left to do is to be dedicated.

How dedicated are you to reaching your goal? Are you committed to staying there once you reach it?

Dedication is defined as “the giving of oneself to some purpose.”

Your purpose in the Protocol is to become thin and healthy, yes?

Have you given your whole mind, body and spirit to that purpose? Is your goal so well defined that no matter what the scale says, or what other people say, or what the voice in your head may say, you are determined to reach it?

I often see people who are dedicated to follow the Phase 2 portion of the protocol, yet, when they get to Phases 3 and 4, they quickly go back to bad habits established before they started.

Your dedication must carry through all the phases, and then onto lifetime maintenance.

Your dedication to your cause and purpose must never stop. Sure, you may hit a road block every now and then, but one day must never ruin your results. A string of several “one days” can lead you back to where you were very quickly.

Below are helpful tips to follow for lifetime maintenance:

  1. Choose healthier (fresh, unprocessed) foods – I wish that The hCG Protocol was a magic cure. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if any weight you lost on it Protocol would magically just stay off. In this world of chemically laden, genetically modified, fast-food promoted, instant gratification, pre-packaged foods, it’s no wonder that in just an instant, all your hard work on Protocol can be turned around.
  2. Keep up with data – Many people spend more time maintaining their car than they do maintaining their bodies. They keep accurate records on upkeep; oil changes tire rotations, etc. When it comes to maintenance, some people complain, “But I don’t want to be attached to a calorie counter or a food journal the rest of my life.” Yet, the people who are successful in maintenance do exactly that. They are engrossed in learning what works and what doesn’t work for their bodies. They never waver on recording their food intake, or the data involved in weight and inches.
  3. Drink your water – I see many people drop their water intake after Phase 2. Our bodies consist of 70% water. We live on a water planet. It only stands to reason that, just like the earth needs a cycle of water to flourish, we do, too. Don’t ever do without water. Give your body what it needs every day, and even more when it’s in a stressful situation, such as healing.
  4. Be proactive, not reactive – This is a biggie. It’s an extension of number 2 of this list. If you are dedicated to keeping data, it will include knowing when your defenses are down and planning for those times. For example, let’s say a wedding is coming up, and you just know that the most awesome thing in the world is the wedding cake. You just KNOW that you won’t be able to resist. During the week of the wedding, plan to do a few “clean” days in a row so that you will be prepared for the wedding cake. Then, set your mind and focus on recovery the day after.
  5. Stay accountable – THIS ONE IS HUGE! Many people think that once they reach a goal, they no longer need support. This belief couldn’t be further from the truth. Support becomes even MORE important when after you reach your goal. Keep a food journal, stay focused on maintenance, be diligent with about your thoughts, track your water intake, be aware of your choices. Be accountable to yourself.

Imagine where this world might be now if the men listed above had given up on their dreams. Quitting is a habit. Just like success is a habit. But if you learn dedication, and how to never give up, no matter what you are faced with, you will always be successful.

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Motivation
June 20, 2012

When I looked up the definition of motivation, I found this: The psychological feature that arouses an organism to action toward a desired goal; the reason for the action; that which gives purpose and the condition of being motivated.

Action Toward a Desired Goal – If you are going to take action toward a goal, you need to have an end result in mind before you start. The first thing that must be crystal clear is the answer to this question: What is my goal?

It’s not sufficient just to say I want to lose 20 pounds . If it were that simple, then all the years you’ve said that statement would have gotten you to your goal.

Maybe a better place to start is the WHY behind your goal. Ask yourself: WHY do I REALLY want to lose 20 pounds?

It’s important to ask yourself that question until the answer is complete and clear.

When you are finally clear about your goal, write it down. Next, write out WHY you want to reach the goal. Knowing your why is integral to discovering the motivation that will help you to stay on course through the challenging parts of your journey.

Take a moment to become aware of emotions that come up for you when you name your goal and identify your WHY. Do you feel compelled to break your bad habits and kick yourself in gear to get to your goal? If you do not feel an emotional response to your written goals, then you need to spend a bit more time on the WHY part of your question. The WHY is the foundation of the motivation.

Some people are naturally motivated by pleasure: I want to look good in that cute little polka dot dress by the end of summer.

Others are motivated to move away from pain: I don’t want to be a diabetic and give myself a shot every day.

The trick is to find out which type of person you are.

Are you one to be motivated to move toward pleasure or away from pain?

Most people will find places in their lives where they are motivated by a bit of both. But in my experience, I’ve found that people can identify a dominant form of motivation for themselves.

After you determine your chief motivation type, ask yourself the questions below. Write your answers on a piece of paper or journal.

If you are motivated to move toward pleasure:

  • What will you be doing when you finally reach your goal weight?
  • Who will you be doing it with?
  • Where will you be?
  • How will you feel when your there?
  • What clothes will you be wearing or not wearing?

If you are motivated to move away from pain:

  • What opportunities will you lose out on if you don’t reach your goal weight?
  • How will your health deteriorate if you don’t get closer to goal?
  • What does the hospital room look like where you will have to go for dialysis treatments?
  • How long will it take to recover from a kidney transplant?

After you complete this exercise, you will have picture of how your life could be: better if you get thinner or worse if you don’t. Cultivate and meditate on the picture until it gives you a clear sense of purpose. Your purpose will bring you closer to taking the necessary actions to reach your goal.

Here’s a tip: Write your answers on an index card or on sticky notes. Put them by your bed or better yet, stick them to the bathroom mirror. Every morning and every night, remind yourself of your WHY – What’s the real reason you want to get to goal? Remind yourself why you need to take action daily. Review the payoff and the cost of each choice you make and every step you take.

Remember, every journey begins with the first step. Consider this Chinese proverb: “The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago. The second best time is now.”

What motivates you?  Please share in the comments below!

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Inspire Yourself to Success!
June 13, 2012

Creative thinking inspires ideas. Ideas inspire change. ~ Barbara Januszkiewicz

I believe the definition of inspiration is when an idea takes hold of you, and you feel compelled to do it. Not only that, you WANT to do it.

Deep in your gut, you know that chasing down that inspiration will take you to where you have intended to be all along.

Do you feel inspired at the thought of your weight loss goals?

Over the past couple of weeks, I have shared with you the importance of visualizing your goals – to actually envision results as if they have already happened.

Inspiration is a little bit different than visualizing. Inspiration is defined as stimulation or arousal of the mind, feelings, etc., to a special or unusual activity or creativity.

By thinking about what inspires us, we keep our minds aroused so we can continue to move toward the ultimate result we want.

Sometimes, finding inspiration can be difficult and we must get creative with our thoughts. We have lived our lives on auto-pilot for a very long time, and to be honest, we don’t know how to think differently. But, if we truly INTEND to reach a number on the scale, if we fully EXPECT the results to meet with success, then we need to INSPIRE ourselves daily to reach those goals.

What is the first thing that you think of when you wake up in the morning? Are you excited, or do you begin your day with dread? What you think in those first moments of the day is super important to keeping your focus. Your first thoughts of the day are a foundation to how you will approach the rest of the day.

A while back, I was challenged by an “accountability buddy” to spend the first 30 to 45 minutes of my morning — the first moments after I am awake, while I am drowsy, and before my coffee (OH HEAVEN FORBID!!!) — working on something called “morning pages.” Morning Pages are the brain child of Julia Cameron, the author of the book The Artist’s Way. They are random writings done in long hand on three full pieces of paper. Morning Pages are a time to free write with no rhyme or reason; nothing you write is wrong or right; it just is.

I have to admit that I still stumble on this request. Yet, in spite of the challenge, I always pick myself back up and do them. I have begun to notice that when I do spend time writing in the morning, the focus of my day changes. I am not burdened with the feelings of overwhelm about getting things done.

I believe my Morning Pages time helps me to focus on things that inspire me toward success.

What are some things you can do to start living an inspired life, to start getting in touch with what inspires you to success?

  1. Allow Yourself the Possibility – You may weigh over 250 pounds and have a long way to go to make your goal of 120 pounds; however, don’t think of the long term. Instead, embrace the possibility of your goal becoming real. Go out and purchase a goal pair of size 6 pants to work toward. Look at them every day to keep you inspired when things get a little rough.
  2. Take Time – Getting to a scale number or size goal is an incredible undertaking. Take the necessary time to make plans, schedule events, and fit your life around the protocol (or the protocol around your life). Most of all, take a little time each day to think about what your goal will look like, what it will FEEL like, what you will be doing, where you will be going.
  3. Live a Life of Adventure – Imagine things that will become possible for you to do each time you drop 10 unwanted pounds. Make a goal for yourself at each 10-pound milestone. Then go DO IT! Step outside of your comfort zone and challenge yourself to something new. This will awaken parts of yourself that have been dormant. Add excitement and enthusiasm to your life.
  4. Celebrate All that is YOU! – Give yourself lots of hugs and remember to celebrate each accomplishment along the way. When you acknowledge all the amazing things that are already in your life, you will be amazed how many wonderful new things you can find in a day. Make sure you spend some time at night marking down your accomplishments from the day. You might consider celebrating your wins by lighting candles. Play with it; have fun.
  5. Get Out of Your Own Way and Let Go – All too often, we simply get in our own ways. We all have the answers inside ourselves. We know the direction we are supposed to go, we just fail to listen. Learn to TRUST that voice inside of you. And when you hear the steps you need to take, let it go. You have set things in motion with your inspirational thoughts; now, just let the results blossom.

When you begin your day with thoughts of gratitude and inspiration, the path toward success will be set for you. All you will have to do is take that first step.

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