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Focus Topic: Challenge

Focus Topic: Challenge

Challenge.

So, in my journey of weight loss, weight gain, weight loss, weight gain (you know how the story goes) everything was always a CHALLENGE.

  • I can’t exercise because I don’t have time
  • I can’t eat healthily because it’s too challenging when I have to cook for others
  • I can’t stop eating bread because it’s just so much easier
  • I can’t stop eating carbs because it’s just more convenient when I’m on the road. I mean what am I supposed to eat? MEAT ALL THE TIME?? THERE’S NOTHING ELSE!!!

To all of this I now say PHOOEY. It’s all lies. It’s me making excuses and allowing a simple CHALLENGE sabotage what I really want from my life which is to be healthy, happy and just to feel GOOD! That has become my WHY (as well as helping others feel good too) and that WHY has become bigger than those CHALLENGES. So how have I answered all of those painpoints which were my own sabotager’s?

I can’t exercise because I don’t have time

I have a pretty sedentary job and spend a lot of time behind a computer. In the weekends I get off my butt and walk down and up Queen Street here in Auckland and get my steps up.  I walk further to get a cup of coffee. I sometimes take the stairs. Have you ever googled how many calories you burn when you do Housework?  Worth a look! Most importantly I just go easy on myself and move WHEN I can and HOWEVER I can, but the focus is that I MOVE. Yesterday I scheduled a photoshoot for a client out in the bush just to ensure I went for a good walk to the shooting location!  See what I did there? CHALLENGE BUSTED.

I can’t eat healthily because it’s too challenging when I have to cook for others.

Utter crap. The other day I cooked the same breakfast for Pete and I. His was loaded with carbs and mine was low carb. Super easy. Having mexican? Go NAKED. Not literally, well, you’re an adult so you can do what you want really. When I have Mexican I order a ‘Naked Burrito’, loaded with beans, meat, salsa, salad, sour cream and cheese.  I just don’t have the burrito shell as it makes me bloat and leaves me feeling sluggish.  Low carb living isn’t about missing out.  It’s about knowing what works for you and your body and how you process your food. Making simple changes is a key to success and has worked really well for me over the years. CHALLENGE BUSTED.

I can’t stop eating bread because it’s just so much easier

Have you tried my low carb bread recipe? Seriously, so much better and now all my bread cravings have disappeared! I enjoy so many other options and I don’t miss it at all!! In the same way that fashion changes, so does our ‘norm’ when it comes to food.  Sandwiches may have been your norm, now you have the opportunity to create a new ‘norm’.  Exciting!! CHALLENGE BUSTED.

I can’t stop eating carbs because it’s just more convenient when I’m on the road. I mean what am I supposed to eat? MEAT ALL THE TIME?? THERE’S NOTHING ELSE!!!

I am on the road a lot.  I’m also well prepared with snacks and meal prep. I always have nuts handy. I eat well before I hit the road. I don’t eat meat all the time. I always have a good quality protein bar in my bag, just in case, and I actually make what I’m going to eat a PRIORITY. Why?  Because having sustained energy and good health is important to me, not just because I want to be able to ‘perform’ at full energy when I’m with clients or on camera, but because my WHY of being healthy, happy and just feeling GOOD is so important to me. I think it’s about being delightfully selfish. FYI: Being selfish is not what we think by the way.  It simply means to put yourself and your needs first, so CHALLENGE BUSTED.

OK: so how are you going to be selfish and bust those thoughts or behaviours that have challenged you.

You could begin with a simple goals that make you feel good. Start by walking or jogging at a pace that feels comfortable or join me this Wednesday at 11 a.m. during my ‘Easy Living With Monique Bradley Show’ where I’ll be learning a yoga routine from Rachael Thompson, that helps with weight loss, balance and strength. By the way, it’s a routine you can do everyday and is no longer than 10 minutes!

You can eating the right combination of superfoods, such as fresh produce, lean protein, and low-fat dairy which will give your body the energy it needs, protect you from chronic diseases, and may even whittle your waist. Remember too that when you feed your brain with the right nutrients, it’s primed to make better decisions.

If you’re already active, doing the same workout or eating the same meal might be convenient, but for the results you want, it’s good to spice up your regimen and try different fitness activities, like hula hooping or ballet. I used to be a tap dancer a long time ago and I’m seriously considering going back to re-fresh!

Any one thing that overcomes or busts your CHALLENGE, whether it’s a self limiting or sabotaging thought or belief, changes your life.  I’m not even kidding!  And that feeling when you bust that challenge…..that exhilaration….that buzz…..That’s your sense of personal power returning meaning you’re back in the driving seat of your life.

Kick ass this week and let me know which challenge you’re ready to overcome, so I can celebrate your success.

Stay fabulous,

Monique XX

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