Fixed on Sobriety (Weight Loss)

Hey LaPazions, I know many when they see the word “Sobriety,”  they  automatically think you are speaking of either, someone addicted to drinking, drugs or even sex addicts.  I’m not speaking of any of these when I say “sobriety and weight loss.”   This post has a lot to do with me and my weekend, you see this weekend was very special for me due to two major occurrences:

  1. A special observance
  2.  Sip and Chat

I was so excited for both events, but as the dates drew closer I started pulling my wardrobe i.e. Professional Image Consultant (don’t read between the lines because, I’m going to fill in all the blank spaces).  I am very confident in my skin and I am one that believes beauty isn’t superficial, it is from deep within and I own every inch of it… What I am speaking on is this, I have stopped wanting to carry the extra weight on my body, I didn’t like most of my outfits that we pulled for the weekend, I found myself not loving the example (health wise) I am setting for my followers and those that I am mentoring.  I made a “Sober Commitment Agreement” with myself and decided to get real with my diet and choices..

I live a somewhat hectic life and schedule, which means I skip meals, grab what I can get, drink one too many coffee’s, snack on things that I shouldn’t and lastly eat at bad hours.. Yes, that is me Sonya LaRae.. LOL!!  My assistant just passed out after reading this.. Hey, I believe in being real not just with you or my clients but, much more for myself and holding myself accountable for my choices.  Here it is many times I don’t get photographed full-length waist up is always my go to choice because, you kind of have the “illusion” of not being that heavy .  Well LaPazions, here is a full-length picture of myself:textgram_1551572772Yes this is me and oh by the way I wear a LOT of black, but only because I love the color and I think it has become my uniform of choice…  LaPazions  today I am going to take up 7 Commandments to my journey via the fabulous Jillian Michael:

  1. DO NOT OVEREAT (EVEN HEALTHY FOODS):  “Weight maintenance and weight loss are about how much you’re taking in,” says Michael’s. “I don’t care how healthy the food is. Don’t overeat!” she stresses. Granted, healthier foods will do a better job of fueling your body, but at the end of the day, a calorie is a calorie.

2.  COUNT CALORIES – BUT NOT FOREVER:  While counting calories has a bad rap in some nutritional circles, Michael’s considers it to be absolutely essential if you’re trying to lose weight–and she doesn’t budge on that opinion. “You must know the calories,” she says. Michael’s also stated, “I can’t tell you how many times people come to me and they’re like, ‘I can’t lose weight.’ Or ‘I’ve plateaued.’ And then I look at the simple math and I’m like, dude!” While calorie requirements for weight loss are different for every person, Michael’s urges people to get an app to do the work for you—and once you get the hang of it, you can be conscious of the calories in your food without the technology.

3. READ LABELS AND MAKE EATING QUALITY, NUTRITIOUS FOOD YOUR NUMBER ONE PRIORITY: The bottom line is, it’s about the quality of your food. Get rid of the chemicals,” she says. “Read the label. You have to be proactive about your own health in every possible way. And if you don’t know what the hell it is, you probably shouldn’t be eating it.” Healthy food

I have to pause here and tell you all that number 4 has got to be the hardest thing in my diet and life to do:

4.   BE CONSISTENT WITH EXERCISE:  Now this has got to be Michael’s #1-rule for exercise is to be consistent. “Try to go at least four times a week, and try to get in at least four half-hour routines,” she says. “Consistency is critical.”   Look for me I’m just first trying to make it a twice a week consistent routine.. I use to be a swimmer and I swam everyday for years while in middle school – college.. My body was in great shape and  I felt great everyday, I want that feeling again energy!!

5.  DO A VERITY OF WORKOUTS THAT YOU LIKE:  I thought this was such a good suggestion by Michael’s, because it’s really true if you don’t like what you’re doing you will not keep doing it i.e. exercise and dieting.. LOL!!

I refuse to call my new sobriety a diet, I’m determine to look at it as a new way of living healthy and better than ever!!

6.  GIVE YOURSELF A TREAT:  Now don’t get excited reading that, this means that you get to have something that is good but, also not 900 calories…  This means don’t go cold turkey on your sobriety weight loss goal, give yourself permission to have something like a slice of pizza or a scoop of ice cream.. Just don’t go wild on your treating of self..

See I always remember that statement, “What you put in you is what you will get out”  We have to know that our selections are what either helps us to stay healthy or keeps us on our weight gain, unhealthy lifestyles:

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7. MOST IMPORTANTLY, IDENTIFY YOUR “WHY” AND WRITE IT DOWN:  I find this so important when I work with my clients.. You have to know why you’re changing your habits, so this way you can keep your changes and move forward in a healthy lifestyle..

I’m excited to be taking this journey and I hope in a few months I’ll repost another full-length picture and you’ll see the insane healthy lifestyle changes I’ve made..  I cannot wait to hear your feedback on this topic and to see what you’re doing to walk in your Weight loss Sobriety.

xoxo

Sonya LaRae

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7 Tips To An Open-Mind

We hear this term (open-minded) many of times, but how can we as individuals develop and maintain such a great open-mind-set? What would be the benefits of have an “open-mind?”  I’m going to give you seven (7) ways in which you can develop this quality and the benefits you will experience.mind set1. Letting go of Control:  When you open your mind, you free yourself from having to be in complete control of your thoughts, and challenge the beliefs you currently have.

2. Experiencing Changes:  When you open your mind to new ideas it allows you the opportunity to change what you think and how you view the world.  Thinking with an open mind gives you the option of creating positive change and strong results.

3. Making Yourself Vulnerable:  This may be one of the scariest things, about seeing the world through an open-mind, will and can make you vulnerable; because you will be admitting “you don’t know it all.”  This vulnerability can be both exhilarating and terrifying.

4.  Making Mistakes:  I know you’re thinking how is this a benefit?  When you allow yourself to see things from others’ perspectives you gain the opportunity to “fail up.”open-mind2

5.  Strengthening Yourself:  Open-mindedness provides a platform to build upon, piling one idea on top of another.  Everything you experience collectively “adds up.”  Strengthening the person you are and what you believe in, would be extremely difficult to experience without an open-mind.

6.  Gaining confidence:  When you live with an open-mind, you have a strong sense of self.  You are not defined by your own belief, nor the beliefs of others.

7.  Being Honest:  Being open-minded means being honest enough to admit that you aren’t all-knowing.  This understanding creates an underlying sense of  authenticity that permeates the charter of any person who lives with an open-mind.

By following these seven (7) tips will give you a more balanced view and allow yourself  to grow, accept and change personality traits that will or could hold you back in your life and thinking.

Looking forward to your feedback and how you feel these tips can help you develop an open-mind.

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Article by:  Sonya LaRae- Certified Lifestyle Coach, Certified Image Consultant, Educator, and Motivational Speaker

 

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5 Steps To Setting Goals For The Year

New Year New YouAnother year is coming to a close, seems like 2018 just started but, it truly has flown by quickly.  Which brings us to setting “New Goals” for the new year 2019!!

January is only 13 days away so, what are the steps in setting realistic year goals.  I’m going to give you five (5) basic steps that will put you on your 2019 goal pathway:

  1. Start With End Goals: First figure out what you’d like to achieve, perhaps boosting your energy, time management, daily meditation, you time, or to lose 10 pounds.  Decide which is most important that you’d like to start with.  Don’t be vague in setting your goals meaning, don’t simply say lose some weight.  By being so vague will allow you to fail but, being more specific like: “I’d like to lose 20 lbs.” will make your goal real and will help you map out your plan and diet.

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  1. Place Your Goals Into Smaller Segments: A sure-fire way to fail and not achieve your goals, is by looking at the large frame or picture, if you break them down into smaller segments you won’t overwhelm yourself, which will mean you’ll be able to set and achieve realistic goals.  Start by breaking down the segments or steps you need to achieve and take them one-at-a-time.
  2. Celebrate Each Accomplishment: That’s right celebrate each accomplishment be it big or small.  By doing this you allow yourself to receive and acknowledge your accomplishments, plus it gives you a moment to see what you have reached and that you’re on the right pathway.  When you move toward lifestyle changes or changes on any level, its important to recognize your successes along the journey.  Journal your successes allow them to resonate deep within you.
  3. Remember That Change Takes Time: Sorry you cannot snap your fingers and the change will take place..  Do NOT think it will happen overnight, life changes take time, when you perform a new action it’s also new to your brain.  It creates a new neural pathway, those new neural pathways are only reinforced by repetition.
  4. Vision is Everything:  Vision boards are a key element in helping you to achieve your goals for the year or in your life plan.  By creating a vision board it allows you to see where you are going and what direction and steps you need to implement to reach your goal and your journey.  Vision boards provide you with a daily visual reminder (as we are visual creatures) of your dreams and goals.  The reason that they are so great or favored is because it’s much like a frontlet for your eyes or an ornament placed in front of you visually.

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Lastly you do not want to become discouraged, pace yourself be positive, be focused and flexible because, you might see where one of your goals isn’t that great for you or your lifestyle, which may need to be adjusted to fit into your visual plan.

I’m hoping these tips will help you in your journey to setting your goals and I’m looking forward to hearing your feedback.  Until next year keep being fabulous and always allow yourself time to grow.

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Stop Feeling Guilt About Your Success

addI know this may sound strange feeling guilty for being successful, but unfortunately there are so many that walk around with this dreadful feeling day-in, and day-out.  I guess you’re thinking how is this even possible, when we all are striving for “success?”  Here it is in a nut shell many people downplay the awesomeness of their lives and there accomplishments, because those that they associate with haven’t achieved or accomplished the things they have.

Many successful individuals find themselves telling lies about how successful they are or even how they have accomplished their success, so as to not make others feel less accomplished or inadequate.  When you keep carrying this type of guilt here are 3 specific ways it will and can affect your behavior:

1.  Take responsibility or the perceived wrong and show remorse by paying restitution, apologizing and making reparations.

2.  Deny that we’ve done anything wrong

3.  Feel shame for our behavior and also criticize ourselves.

Guilt Trip

You may not realize that feeling guilty about your success can also lead to self sabotage, which can lead to these types of behaviors:

1.  Giving away money to people (Not out of generosity)- Guilt forces you to pay restitution for your wrongs, so if your feel guilty about your good fortune, the one way to rectify it is by giving away money to others.

2.  Spend money as fast as you can- This is a good way to get rid of money and hide that you have money.. When you spend money as fast as you can that means, or even assures you stay in the same situation as everyone that you associate with.

3.  Self-sabotage by under charging for services- Easy way to not feel guilty about money is not making money.  You don’t value your true worth.

Yes, now that you recognize the signs and see how you are taking this feeling too far,  how can we fix the issue and stop feeling guilty for being successful?

1.  Stop apologizing for your success- Please read that again, use affirmations to let your subconscious mind know that it is safe and morally right for you to be successful.  Use this affirmation: I am worthy of all the good in my life and the success that is coming from my hard work.

2.  Sit with the guilt- Allow yourself to acknowledge the feeling, but don’t give it permission to control you.  Ask yourselfWhere does this guilt come from and wait for the answer.  The root cause of every emotion is a thought and once your release the thought, the emotion it causes will also be released.

3.  Celebrate your accomplishments- By celebrating your accomplishments it gives you permission to be happy for what you have done, by doing this,  it builds self-confidence in yourself, and allows you to see your success – and self worth, which you don’t have to be apologetic.

4.  Sharing isn’t bragging- When you tell your friends or associates about things you’ve accomplished, tell them and allow them to be happy for you and to ask questions.  You may be so surprised, how they will react and respond, give them the chance to share in your success.

Run to successSuccess is a journey and you have to be willing to walk that journey and celebrate the small accomplishments that you make.  Stop apologizing for being successful, stop thinking that others will be jealous of your accomplishments, and lastly give yourself permission to heal from the injury that you’ve self-inflicted from guilt of your success.

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