Maximum Achievment by Brian Tracy

max achievment

So i have started reading this new book that was recommended to me called Maximum Achievment by Brian Tracy. Now i had never heard of Brian Tracy so did not know of his work or his fame in this area. So i took the recommendation and ordered it on Chapters, collected my book last night and today on my lunch began the journey into some more knowledge on self discovery and reaching my ‘Maximum Achievment’ .

As i am moving to Edmonton soon with my other half and i am happily finishing up the job i have worked the last two years in (like a DRONE) i might add i have been really gaining my inner power to really try and reach my maximum and not let myself be limited by my own doing or others doing for that matter, which i feel i have let myself do for the last 2 years in this job, i have squashed my intelligence, creativity and power…but NO MORE!

So i wanted to share with you some of the already inspiring words that i have gotten from this book and i am not even 20 pages in……Needless to say i am more than excited to keep reading…

Peace of mind is central to your very existence. It is the basic precondition for enjoying everything else.

I learned that if i didn’t commit to achieving my own happiness, no one else would. If my aim in life was only to make others happy, i would always be at the mercy of the feelings of others, whoever they might be.

If you achieve all kinds of things in the material world but lose your health and piece of mind, you get little or no pleasure from your other accomplishments.

How much two people, or a family, laugh together is the surest single measure of how well things are going. When a relationship is truly happy, people laugh alot when they’re together.

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Yoga…Pilates….Yogalates…Hot Yoga…meditation…What one suits you

I wanted to address this for awhile, what the difference is between Yoga and Pilates first of all and secondly what one suits you.
both excellent practice's
both excellent practice’s

Yoga: Yoga is the general name for a number of different yoga disciplines and practices which derived from the religions and practices of Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism. The most common and practiced form of yoga ‘Hatha Yoga’ is a discipline and concentration of the mind focusing on health and purity of the body and mind as one through meditation and various yoga positions.

Now there are as I said various different types of yoga:
Hatha– A lot of breath work, good for beginners of yoga or those that are experiencing and want to alleviate anxiety, stress, depression, muscle tightness/soreness, poor circulation, poor sleeping or just want to feel great in general.
Vinyasa– More movement than Hatha and you will work the body a little more intensely but still in keeping with the same root principles of hatha yoga.
Kundalini– Focused more on the lower regions of the body, getting into your root energy, more core and upper thigh work.
Ashtangaor Power Yoga – requires constant movement and is a little more demanding physically so more geared to those that have been practicing yoga awhile and are physically fit to hold muscle demanding poses.
Iyengar – Using more props, blocks..straps…cushions etc this is geared more towards healing ailments of the body through yoga poses.
Anusara – Focused more on Heart poses, so focusing students on using the poses to see healing light inside themselves and bring out your potential. Good for those new to yoga.
Restorative– This is great for those that need to wind down after a hard day. It is focused on using the breath and meditation to relax the body and mind and bring them back to balance, very relaxed class, excellent for cleansing the mind of stress or anxiety.
Bikram or Hot Yoga – This is 26 yoga poses only that is practiced in a room at 40 degrees heat and 40% humidity. It is quite a disciplined class that requires a lot of concentration. It is a hard class at the start and physically demanding as you sweat A LOT. It is good for perfecting poses and burning calories (added benefit) but don’t over stretch in the false heat, you may do more damage. If you do try this class, NOTE: the feeling of nausea and fainting is normal because of the intensity with heat, so come out of the pose and lay on the floor until the feeling has passed and come up gently.
So whether you are at a beginner, intermediate or advanced level, there are many different styles of yoga out there for everyone. Have fun with yoga, try some out and see what you like, just because everyone else in the class may look like pro’s or look like they adore the class doesn’t mean you have to be a natural or pro or feel the same way. Yoga is all about you in your mind and body and the connection between the two. I myself right now am practicing Hatha, Yin and Restorative and find them SOO beneficial for my mind and body. I have taken Bikram classes and found them beneficial but did not draw me back so I left it be.
                          

Pilates: Pilates was developed by a gymnast named Joseph Pilates and is a body conditioning routine that helps build flexibility and long, lean muscles, strength and endurance in the legs, abdominals, arms, hips, and back. It puts emphasis on spinal and pelvic alignment, breathing to relieve stress and allow adequate oxygen flow to muscles, developing a strong core or center (tones abdominals while strengthening the back), and improving coordination and balance.

Unlike yoga there is not much types of Pilates but there are different levels, beginners, intermediate and advanced where the movements and exercises get more difficult and the adaptations become more intense and your practice becomes more skilled. Similar to yoga though Pilates concentrates on a particular breathing technique used to cleanse the body and use’s breathing to enhance the ability in a movement/exercise.
                                        
I hope the definition I have described of the two has dispelled some idea’s that these two are the ‘same’ or misconceived idea’s you may have had of them.
Yogalates or Yogilates: This is a combination of the two. It incorporates the mat work of Pilates but with the soothing breathing and relaxation poses of Hatha Yoga. It is a calming yet still challenging class that you if you enjoy both yoga and pilates want to incorporate it all in one class. Some hard core yogi’s may say that this is not a correct practice as you are breaking the chain of proper yoga concentration with pilates but I say to those people relax guys……people will find what they enjoy and works for them and should be allowed express it freely J.
Either way I think both of these practices are great for our bodies and minds and yoga exceptionally good for those that have hectic or stressful lives or those that suffer from any form of anxiety. So it is up to you which one you choose and suits you and your lifestyle.

                                               Namaste 🙂

NOTE: If anyone of you peeps in Dublin 15 are looking for a pilates instructor, my sister is a pilates teacher and has 2 classes a week. Message me for deets 🙂

Think before you Drink…..Healthy Hydration

Think before you Drink…Healthy Hydration for Your amazing body 🙂
Are some of your favourite everyday drinks coke, diet coke, Pepsi, red bull, cartooned juices or any other soda’s, bottled drinks…?
I think a lot of people know the effects that the likes of Coke, Pepsi, Red Bull, and majority of these sugary drinks including Cartooned Juice’s have on our bodies or people do and they ignore it, none of us are invisible; but if you don’t, let me fill you in on the negative effects these drinks have on our bodies (incl. preventing weight loss, increase of toxic chemicals in our bodies, dehydration, energy crash, depresses your immune system, ages your skin)
Most people consume these because they feel they need an “energy boost”, “sugar craving” , “thirsty”, all of these reasons are your body telling you that you are actually lacking water and nutrients.  Really your body is calling for you to feed it with water and vitamins and minerals., all of these which can be gotten just as quickly as a sugar drink.
Your average soda will have somewhere between 27 to 30 grams of sugar per 8 ounces. Most cans of soda are 12 ounce servings or more. Diet Drinks while they do not contain sugar, they contain sweetener,which is a chemical manufactured to taste sweet like sugar (These are NO BETTER for your body than sugar, I go as far as saying probably worse), Fruit flavoured juices contain 8 tsp sugar so where you can squeeze your own juice, yes they will still contain sugar but there are no additives, it is natural sugar, where you can have water/herbal,fruit tea’s/vegi or natural fruit juice to rehydrate. (Also eating watermelon and cucumber rehydrate your body very quickly as they are composed of almost 90 water)
**High-fructose corn syrup has the most of all sugar side effects. High-fructose corn syrup is used heavily in processed foods and drinks (note this is in majority processed foods so the less processed and less often, the best, even BREAD is processed) because it is sweeter, extends the shelf life, and is cheaper to produce. You will find it in most sodas, fruit-flavoured drinks and packaged foods. Unfortunately, its effects are horrific to your health and body, it is a completely manufactured chemical.
**The Water in this picture i believe is a fruit flavoured water hence the sugar in it.
Some facts on the what sugar in these everyday drinks(mainly fizzy/soda/carbonated/canned/bottled) do:
·        It feeds cancer cells and has been connected with the development of cancer of the breast, ovaries, prostate, rectum, pancreas, lung, gallbladder and stomach.
·        It can cause autoimmune diseases such as: arthritis, asthma, multiple sclerosis.
·        It greatly assists the uncontrolled growth of Candida yeast infections.
·        It can increase the size of your liver by making your liver cells divide and it can increase the amount of liver fat.
·        It can increase kidney size and produce pathological changes in the kidney such as the formation of kidney stones.
·        It can increase your risk of Alzheimer’s disease.
·        It can cause hormonal imbalances such as: increasing estrogen in men, exacerbating PMS, and decreasing growth hormone.
·        Your body changes it into 2 to 5 times more fat in the bloodstream than it does starch.
·        Increase chances of Type 2 Diabetes and inhibitsmineral and vitamin absorption.
·        Causes dehydrationand the need for more and more sugar.
·        Leaves toxins in our body that inhibit nutrient absorption resulting in a vicious circle effect (You wanting more processed foods and drinks because you are not absorbing any).
Needless to say there is a ton more reasons why high sugar/sweetener drinks (diet too) are bad for your body and your diet and ways in which you can rehydrate and quinch your thirst without jeopardising your health. If you do have a sugary/sweetened drink, try keeping it few and far betweenJ.
Ways for Healthy Hydration instead of needing the sugar drinks:
·        Drink Water
·        Drink Herbal Tea or Fruit Tea
·        Drink Hot Water with slice of lemon/orange/lime and small squeeze of organic honey.
·        Drink some fresh squeezed vegi juice or if you need the sugar mix fresh vegi and fruit juice.
·        Eat some Watermelon or Cucumber – 90% Water content
·        Drink water with dash of fresh fruit juice if you think water is too bland (although we are made of mostly water and we ain’t bland …. ;))
Hope this helps to hydrate your Amazing body in the best way possible and the after effects it has.

Quick Basic Bums and Legs

If you are looking for that pert toned bum and toned legs, i have done a quick demo on how to achieve these even when you are short on time and have no time for the gym or long workouts, fear not, these take 10-15 minutes to do. Done 4 days a week, mixed with the correct diet and if you can some cardio in there for calorie burn you are on your way to a toned bums and legs :).

check out my quick demo here… *NOTE, apologies for not seeing my head in some shots, its a small screen and its more important you see what my legs are doing.

Link here: 🙂

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gSkcvKjG2ME&feature=youtu.be


Squat



Side Squat

Lunge / Static Lunge

Kickback

3 sets x 20 reps and if you want to advance these exercises try, a one legged squat, ad in weights(handheld/barbell) to the exercises.