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Challenge #6- Your four letter word

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This week your challenge involves most people's most offensive four letter word. Work.

 

Studies have shown that only 19% of people are satisfied with your jobs. So chances are that you fit into the group that is not happy with their job.

 

Think about where you spend the majority of your time. It has been estimated that you will spend 91,250 hours (40 hours per week starting at age 21, retiring at 65) at work!

 

If you aren't happy or at the very least mildly satisfied at work, it would not be a big shock to learn you are an unhappy person.

 

Here's your challenge this week:

 

Think of three things you like about your job.

 

By the way, if you are a stay at home mom you better believe that counts as a job.

It can be as small as this guy I worked with one time who was a combat veteran and he would say, "Well, this isn't the greatest job in the world, but at least people are not shooting at me at work."

 

Or it can be as big as "I feel like I am making a difference every day I go to work".

If you can't find 3 things about your job that you like, I would suggest finding another one.

 

How much is being miserable worth to you?

 

I understand paying bills and making ends meet, but in the end your job stress will eventually cost you much more in terms of health, relationships, happiness, etc...

 

The question will always be, is it worth it? For some people it might be. For me, I would rather be the healthy, happy guy living in the trailer park than the unhealthy sourpuss living in a gated community. And I've actually been a healthy, happy guy living in a trailer park and it was awesome.

 

If you aren't one of those people, then you need to find an outlet for your job stress or find a new job.

Challenge #5- Don’t be a victim

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Your challenge this week is to do one thing to eliminate one major source of stress in your life.

 

What's the thing in your life that causes you the most negative thoughts in your life? When you read stress, what immediately popped into your head? That's what you need to attack.

 

Whatever it is, just do ONE thing this week that starts to work on the stress source. You will feel so much better just by doing one thing!

 

I am a true believer in the AAA principle.

Action Alleviates Anxiety

No matter how big the situation is, pick out something to do. In debt and can't see your way out? Start a budget. Does it immediately solve your problem? No, but it's a start.

 

Are you so out of weight and have so much weight to lose you feel paralyzed? Start keeping a food journal, do 10 minutes of exercise, or eat one healthy meal. You didn't put all of that weight on overnight and it's not going to come off overnight. Start the process now.

 

Do you find yourself stressed out by the political climate in America right now? Do something positive in your community. Does it fix the entire country? No, but it sure beats worrying and feeling helpless all the time.

When all you are doing is worrying about a problem it becomes a much bigger problem. You become more negative and the stress continues to build. When you start to do something about the issue, you can begin to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Take action and you become an active participant in getting the stress resolved, rather than just being a victim. These may seem like small, worthless steps but they will help I promise.

Do one thing this week to help with your biggest source of stress.

Make the world a better place

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One of the best ways to rid yourself of negativity is to create something positive yourself. Here is your challenge this week.

 

Do something for someone who has no hope of paying you back.

 

If you have ever done something like this before, you know you get back so much more than what you give. It is hard to have negative thoughts when you are focused on helping others.

 

Kind of like it is impossible not to smile while you are skipping. Try it some time, it's scientifically proven.

 

Mental floss offers 7 reason why you should help others. They are:

 

1. It helps you live longer

2. It is contagious (think of when someone pays for your order at a drive thru)

3. Makes us happy

4. Some studies show it helps with chronic pain

5. Lowers blood pressure

6. Promotes positive behavior in teens

7. Gives us a sense of purpose and and satisfaction

 

My job is to keep you accountable. So let me know what you decide to do this week and I will share whatever I end up doing as well. I guarantee this will work.

Negativity Detox, Challenge #1

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Let's face it. We are living in a Golden Age of haters.TV, radio, movies are all chock full of conflict and negativity.

And then there is the capital city of Haterdelphia, the Internet. Which is basically a breeding ground for a super species of negative people who live on a steady diet of hater tots and making people upset.

Quick tip- If you wouldn't say it to someone's face, don't put it on the Internet.

So here's is what I came up with to combat all the stress and negativity that we are surrounded with.

A Negativity Detox Program

Many of my clients have had success with the 21 Day Belly Blast program that detoxes your body of processed and junk foods. That works great, but if you are stressed you will not be able to lose fat. But many of you let me know you are still struggling with ways to beat stress.

Over the next 10 weeks I will offer one challenge every Monday for the week. The purpose of these challenges will be to purge you of the negative influences in your life and replace them with new positive thoughts and actions.   To many of you this may sound silly, I understand. But if you are willing to trust me and just give it a try, you will be amazed at how much better you will feel.

First Week Challenge

Might as well start with one of the toughest ones first. When you are riding in the car this week, do not listen to the radio, talk on the cell phone, text, or anything other than drive.   A lot of the stress we have in our lives is from sensory overload. Stop what you are doing right now and just pay attention to all that is going on around you right now. AC blowing, radio on, people talking, lights flashing, etc...   There is a lot going on! You may not notice it, but your body does and all of that adds up. Give your body a break. Now if you have to handle work or kid related things in the car, I understand. The goal is to get 30 minutes a day of as much quiet as you can. You can do that at home or anywhere else as well.   Use that time to plan out your day or week, plan your meals for the day, pray, meditate, problem solve, or whatever you need to do. You will be amazed at how much clearer your thoughts are without Ke$ha blasting in the background.   Try it and let me know what you think. This is your challenge for the week.

Enough

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60%. Almost 2 out of every 3 women has this thought run through her head every single day:

 

“I am not _________ enough.”

 

Fill in your own blank, chances are you do this too. I’m not smart enough. I’m not skinny enough. I’m. Not. Enough.

 

That has to end! Your thoughts become your reality, so why not build yourself up? It is doing you absolutely no good to talk down to yourself.

 

That is step one, stopping the negative self-talk. And part of step one is catching yourself when you say those things. When you catch yourself, correct it right away.

 

If it is such a part of your daily routine that you can’t stop saying these negative things, try this. When you say “I am not ______ enough.” Just start adding “Yet” on the end of that sentence.

 

Step two is your homework. One of the best ways to develop confidence in yourself is to accomplish something you weren’t sure you could do. An unexpected benefit people get from our boot camps is a big confidence boost. They weren’t sure they could make it four weeks, so when they do it is a big deal and something to be celebrated.

 

What is something you want to do, but you’re not sure you can do it? This is not something you have to do tomorrow. Maybe it is complete your first 5K, get your Master’s degree, or start your own business.

 

With those goals it is not going to happen overnight. You need to put the time, money, and effort into making it happen. But think about how awesome you would feel when you made it happen!

 

Why not you? I guarantee you have overcome some hardships and obstacles you weren’t sure you could overcome. Why not you and why not start right now?

 

You are enough.

Negativity Detox Challenge #7- Is It Me?

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Where's-Lionel

Your challenge last week was to think of three things you like about your job. If you couldn't think of at least 3 things, you need to either find a new job or find some ways to relieve stress at work.

 

This week, it is time to look at you. Are you a source of negativity?

 

This week pay close attention how you interact with people.

 

Are you constantly nagging them?

 

Are you always putting them down?

 

Do you ever have anything positive to say?

 

Are you saying things that put them down, just to lift yourself up?

 

Are you talking behind their back?

 

This isn't just face to face, it is especially on things like Facebook, text messages, and e-mail. People will write all kinds of horrible things that they would never say to a person's face.

 

Facebook is probably the king of this, especially between "friends".

 

Simple rule of thumb: if you wouldn't say it to their face, don't put it in electronic form either.

 

So this week turn the microscope on yourself.

 

Would you want to be treated the way you are treating others?

 

Are you constantly being negative?

 

It is time to check yourself this week. Look back through the texts, e-mails and Facebook posts. If you are spreading negativity, it is time to change.

 

The great part is that by being mindful of your actions, you will treat people better.

Negativity Detox Challenge #5- Call AAA and stop being a victim

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The challenge last week was to do something for someone who has no hope of paying you back. Hope you had fun with that one and got something out of it.

 

Your challenge this week is to do one thing to eliminate one major source of stress in your life.

 

What's the thing in your life that causes you the most negative thoughts in your life? That's what you need to attack.

 

No matter how big the situation is, pick out something to do. Start a budget, make a phone call, take a walk, etc...

 

Whatever it is, just do ONE thing this week that starts to work on the stress source. You will feel so much better just by doing one thing!

I am a true believer in the AAA principle.

Action Alleviates Anxiety

 

When all you are doing is worrying about a problem it becomes a much bigger problem. When you start to do something about the issue, you can begin to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

 

You become an active participant in getting it resolved, rather than just being a victim.

 

Do one thing this week to help with your biggest problem.

Negativity Detox Challenge #3- Got Crabs?

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The Fresh Prince speaks the truth

The Fresh Prince speaks the truth

How are you doing on the challenges so far? The first two challenges were:

 

1. Take some time in absolute quiet 2. Positively reinforce your body image

Hopefully it has started you on the right path. This week's challenge will be one that can have a huge impact in your life.

 

This week your challenge is to start getting the negative influences out of your life. Let me explain that before your mind goes too far with that concept.

 

If you put one crab in a bucket, that crab will escape. But if you put a bunch of crabs in a bucket, none of them will escape.

 

Do you know why? Because each time one gets to the top, the others will pull him back down.

 

Do have someone like that in your life?

 

It's time to get rid of them.

 

Why are you keeping someone in your life that keeps holding you back?

 

Do you have people in your life that always tell you that you can't do something?

 

Any time you start a new exercise program, nutrition program, job, etc... that person that says you will fail before you have even started. They are doing you no good.

 

I have a lot of faults (just ask my poor wife) but one thing I do have going for me is relentless positivity. Having that attitude has carried me through a lot of bad times and allowed me to have an awesome life.

 

One of the ways I keep a positive attitude is by dropping the dead weight relationships in my life. This is one of my favorite quotes because I have personally seen the truth in it:

 

Brian-Carruthers

Who are you around the most? Who do you want shaping your life?

 

Think about the 5 people you hang out with the most and think about what they are doing for you.

 

Your challenge this week is to avoid and get rid of the people, places, and things that are negatively impacting you.

 

Block that person on Facebook that is always whining, complaining, and dragging drama into your life. It is oddly satisfying.

 

Don't let that knucklehead sibling of yours make you feel bad about yourself.

 

Ignore the co-worker who makes petty comments all day long just to get under your skin.

 

Think about that person who consistently makes you feel bad about yourself. Who immediately popped in your mind? Start there. Let them know things are about to change and they can change with you or they can not be around you.

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Negativity Detox Challenge #2- Your Body

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How did your first week go on the Negativity Detox Program? If you missed it, the first challenge was to go without talking on your phone, listening to the radio, etc… while you were in the car this week.

 

Or as an alternative, you could try to find 30 minutes in the day of silence. I did a combination of the two. Some days I would sit in the car in silence and some days I would do 30 minutes a day of silence.

 

It was easier for me last week because my son was out of town. So, if you have children I understand there is an added degree of difficulty for you.

 

I discovered a few things:

-I am a terrible singer, but an awesome steering wheel drummer

-It really spurred my creativity and help me figure out some issues I had to workout with the Adventures in Fitness Kid's Class

-I felt more relaxed overall

-It’s a great way to clear your head and think clearer

 

Here is your challenge this week: I want you to spend some time each day this week thinking about all your body has been able to accomplish and all that it will accomplish in the future.

I know so many women that consider themselves a failure because they are overweight or have certain body parts they are not happy with. Women that have accomplished so much in their life, but still consider themselves a failure because of their body. If you look back at all your body has been able to do it is truly amazing.

 

Are you a mom? Do you realize the trauma your body was able to make it through?

 

This is not the time to think about all the things you can’t do any more or that your stomach doesn’t look like you want it to. I’m sure you think about that enough.

 

Your body is an amazing thing and you should learn to appreciate it. Stop beating yourself up!

 

-Think you’re too far out of shape to even start working out? Then you are exactly who needs to workout!

-Think you’re so overweight, what’s the use in even trying? You can make it happen.

-Think you can’t even walk a mile, how would you ever run a 5K? People just like you do it every day.

 

If you’re still breathing you have a chance to reach your goals. Negative self talk only sets you back. All you have to do is put it in your mind that it is POSSIBLE.

 

Don't worry about how you are going to make it happen, just that it is something that is possible. This week your challenge is to take at least 5 minutes every day to think nothing but positive thoughts about your body.

Negativity Detox Challenge #7- Is it me?

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Truth

Truth

Your challenge last week was to think of three things you like about your job. If you couldn't think of at least 3 things, you need to either find a new job or find some ways to relieve stress at work.

I suggest the The Office Chair Workout as a way to get your workout in at work or possibly get you fired and into a new job. (Disclaimer-Huntsville Adventure Boot Camp and Joe Martin claim no responsibility for firings and/or office chair related injuries)

This week, it is time to look at you. Are you a source of negativity?

This week pay close attention how you interact with people.

Are you constantly nagging them?

Are you always putting them down?

Do you ever have anything positive to say?

Are you saying things that put them down, just to lift yourself up?

Are you talking behind their back?

This isn't just face to face, it is especially on things like Facebook, text messages, and e-mail. People will write all kinds of horrible things that they would never say to a person's face. Facebook is probably the king of this, especially between "friends".

Simple rule of thumb: if you wouldn't say it to their face, don't put it in electronic form either.

So this week turn the microscope on yourself. Would you want to be treated the way you are treating others? Are you constantly being negative?

It is time to check yourself this week. The great part is that just be by being mindful of your actions, you will treat people better.

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