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What Losing Weight Taught Me About Blogging and How It Might Help You


Have you ever set yourself a writing challenge?  Today I have with the challenge of writing a blog post using an analogy.

Analogies, as I have always known, make writing more interesting and can leave a greater imprint in the mind than straight forward information sharing. Just ask Tristan from The Blogging Bookshelf and I’m sure he’d agree!! He also has a great guide to analogous writing if you’re interested. You can read it here.

So today’s post is my effort to draw the following two subjects together – blogging and weight loss and see what we (or I) can learn from the experience.

Why Blogging is Like Trying To Lose Weight

There are several key components to blogging. One is regular posting – at least 3 times a week – and although we all sometimes fall below that goal, as long as we ‘get back on the horse’ again and don’t let our blogging habits fall too far behind, we are still heading in the right direction.

Similarly with weight loss, the best and most effective habit to is to exercise at least 3 times a week.  This will give you the best results. However a workout once or twice a week is still a great practice and definitely beneficial to your overall success.

Something is always better than nothing.

Other important strategies to implement during a weight loss journey include those on the following list. The related blogging parallels are written in bold, next to or following them.

1) Having a schedule. Planning meals ahead of time helps avoid poor food choices.  Planning blog topics ahead of time also avoids last-minute posts where you end either not posting or writing a rushed or short post, rather than something that may provide value and information.

2) Keeping a food journal. Writing down everything you eat is a great practice for the serious weight loss achiever. Statistics have proven that those who keep a record of their food intake lose twice as much weight as those who do not.

Although most blogs are a journal all of their own, keeping a record of what and when you will post it is still a sensible and helpful tool for most bloggers.

I have just received my own Blog Planning Kit from Tristan at The Blogging Bookshelf and have already found it great for getting down my thoughts and plans for this blog.

3) Consistency of Effort. For a weight loss journey to be successful in the long term, there is no doubt that you must be consistent in your efforts to make healthy eating  and more activity your new lifestyle.

Having only short ‘health kicks’ where you stick to your goals for a day or two and then reinfect your lifestyle with food binges and/or other negative behaviours will not only frustrate you, but will result in poorer weight loss outcomes. NOTE: The above said, it is still very common for most of us to have the odd ‘bad day’, which is fine as long we don’t allow it to become an excuse for returning to our old habits permanently!

Blogging also requires consistent effort ! Not just in the form of churning out posts, but also toward nurturing your blogging potential.

This might include (but is not restricted to) reading other people’s blogs, accessing quality information about blogging (writing techniques, wordpress software, guest posting..etc…) and making the business of blogging part of your overall focus!

There is a plethora of information out there that can assist either the newbie or hobby blogger and help him or her on the road to blogging success.

Of course,the application of this knowledge is also important. Lots of knowledge and no action equates to only minor progress (in any endeavour!) 

4)  You need to stay positive!! 🙂  Are you a ‘glass half empty’ or a ‘glass half full’ kind of person. In other words, do you focus on finding the good in things?

Or are you critical – of others or of yourself ? Of what others say (or write!!) or of how they behave and react?

Being too critical or negative toward yourself or others can become somewhat of a habit if we allow it too. The Chinese call it Ying energy, as opposed to Yang (the good, positive life energy) but no matter how you label it, there is no doubt that looking for the good in things will benefit your emotional wellbeing and will also help you to focus on your achievements instead of your setbacks, thereby encouraging you to keep going!

Okay, so there it is for you – a brief comparison of blogging and weight loss.  Oh and I would like to add this one too – linking to others as often as you can.

In the blogging world this may mean linking to other people’s posts or commenting on their blogs. In the weight loss world, it may mean finding an exercise buddy or an accountability partner.

What’s that old saying that I often hear? Together Every One Achieves More.

 I think it’s true. None of us are an island – or if we are, we’d better get off it from time to time and visit a few other islands. The scenery will be better and the journey will be far more exciting.

Before You Go……

Why not leave a comment…….

Perhaps you would like to share some blogging or weight loss secrets of your own or maybe some other practices that you hold true or are committed to sticking with ?

Life is a journey of learning, growing and change and it definitely involves other people, so your input to each and every discussion here is truly appreciated.

It also adds value to the discussion itself – these posts are my thoughts only, however your opinion and feedback is highly valued!  🙂  🙂

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Could You Lose 2 kg by Christmas Day? or How To Give Your Health and Weight Loss Program A Boost,This Festive Season


 

Editor’s note: This post is written to encourage and support anyone who has begun a weight loss journey and is concerned that Christmas and the holiday season might be their downfall! If this is not you, then Happy Holidays anyhow and I hope you enjoy your Christmas cheer! If you yourself have any tips or advice to help those who might still be struggling with weight loss issues then please share them with us all in the comment box. Thanks….

P.S. I have written this post according to the traditons here in Australia where I live. I realise that many of you have just celebrated Thanksgiving too. I hope you enjoyed yourself and perhaps you should read this post after you have recovered!!  Happy Thanksgiving to you anyhow – it sounds like a wonderful tradition!

The Big Question

Could you lose 2 kg by Christmas Day? Of course you could! With exactly one month to go till the big day, a weight loss of 2 kg is definitely achievable, given that the expected and healthy loss for anyone on a weight loss plan or program is about 0.5 kg a week.

Trouble is around this time a lot of people on weight loss journeys start to worry because they know that pretty soon, food is going to be a very big player in every social event and get together. But relax…..really…with a little bit of forward planning and decision-making the ‘food thing’ or our ‘impulse control thing’ does not have to get out of hand.

It does however, take some conscious thought.

Planning Ahead For Parties

First up here’s an idea that a friend shared with me some time ago. I’ve tried it and it works. It’s also extremely simple.

It involves ‘visualising’ (which is basically just creating a mental picture) of the food you know or think will be offered at a particular event and then ‘seeing’ yourself either saying ‘no thanks’ or just shaking your head. By doing this you are creating a conditioned response to the food instead of just reacting to. You are being a ‘mindful eater’ instead of the opposite. All good, so far.

But what about liquid calories? These also need to be taken into account, so choose your drinks carefully and dilute them with soda or mineral water where you can. Or don’t drink at all. There’s a thought!  I know, it is CHRISTMAS ….so go ahead and celebrate, just be mindful of all you consume though and trust me you can still have a great time!

The Real Focus

Christmas really is about sharing and getting together with family and friends. The food is part of the tradition, but it’s not the essence of the day. Good conversation, catching up with the lives of those whom you don’t see often enough and simply sharing some love and laughter can all take place with or without the food. So if you are serious about avoiding a ‘weight loss blowout’ this Christmas try to reflect on the real and important part of the Christmas message and the ‘food thing’ will have far less emphasis for you.

More Tips..

So, we’ve taken care ( at least a little) of those good choices you are going to make at your office party or get together.  Another tip would be to take your own plate. Everyone always appreciates a beautiful healthy fruit platter on the table which is fine to nimble from any time! Similarly, you can bring fish to a barbecue, some low fat snack items from the health food store or anything else that you know is going to prevent a blow out of your daily calorie count.

Forward planning all your snacks and meals is always a great idea when you are on a weight loss plan, but it is even more important now when you may be feeling that temptation is all around you. Stick to what has worked for you already and you’ll be fine!

New Shoes, New Routine, New Energy

This month leading up to Christmas is also a great time to give your exercise routine a bit of a kick in the butt!! Rather than start scaling back your workouts (because you’re going on holidays) why not rev it up a bit!!

 Find some new hills to climb, choose a new machine to use at the gym or just spent an extra 20 minutes a day being active. I’m going to!

While you’re at it, why not visit the shops and treat yourself to some new workout gear? Perhaps a new pair of runners or gym pants. Anything that will give your ‘fitness psyche’ a little pick me up, is helpful.

One More Thought….

Another great idea is to start sourcing some beautiful low fat and low calorie dishes and recipes. There are loads of alternatives to ‘traditional’ dishes out there to try!

Christmas and the holiday season can be a time when you really boost your weight loss efforts if you are willing to. And if you need any further support or just would like someone to tell you what a great job you’re doing (and you probably are!) then don’t hesitate to drop me an email or a comment!

 Love to help, if I can. 🙂

Do you find it hard to stick to your weight loss plan over the holidays? Maybe you’ve already lost weight yourself and understand how others might be feeling?

Perhaps we all should stay mindful of our food choices these holidays whether we are on a weight loss plan or not? What do you think?

Lastly, do you have any great low-calorie recipes for ‘alternative’ dishes for Christmas? Love to have you share them or any other tips or advice you may have….as always love to hear from you. 🙂

 

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Weight Loss Books and An Extract: from Reframe Weight Loss, The Ebook


 

 

A Piece Of The Whole

As promised today’s post includes a short extract from my e-book. Choosing a section at random, to share here on my blog, however was not as straight forward as I thought.  Some sections of the book go into things quite deeply and extensively (and therefore are quite long) so I didn’t really want to choose them, simply because of the difficulty of shortening them and perhaps losing meaning in the process. Other sections caught my eye, but had many references to issues discussed in earlier parts of the book and therefore would not be easily read as ‘a stand alone’ piece. 

Blog writing and book writing it seems are different. Blog posts shortish and quick (to read), books longish and more absorbing to read.

So in the end I have chosen the following extract, taken from the Author’s Note, at the beginning of the book. Once again, it seems strange (to me) to reprint it here, as a ‘stand alone piece’, as there is so much more that follows it.

However, here it is anyhow. I will quit judging it and just print it!!  Hope you enjoy this brief introduction to my book, Reframe Weight Loss.

….from Author’s Note

…..So often the thoughts people have about weight loss are negative. They think, presume and act as if trying to lose weight will be difficult, slow, hard for them to commit to and so on. 

With thoughts like these, it’s no wonder so many of us fail! How could you ever be successful at something that you (in your subconscious mind at least) are already committed to not achieving? Believe it or not, that is exactly what many of us do. We’ve failed even before we begin!

It’s a fair enough mistake to make however, when we consider that there is such a vast weight-loss ‘industry’ out there, selling and pushing every ‘solution’ from pills and fat-burning agents to detox programs, hypnosis and more. Weight loss must be hard, mustn’t it?

Somehow in that great matrix we call society, teams of ‘experts’ have managed to indoctrinate us so much that we now take it as a ‘given’ that losing weight will be a struggle, and worse that we may not get there without the latest pill, potion or new-found method.

I believe this thinking to be erroneous!

I too was once caught up by such theories, but through a lot of self-education and firsthand experience I have learnt to think differently.

I now know that there is a more inspired and freeing weight-loss path to follow, and that weight loss is not just about the physical aspect of yourself.

It is also about enhancing and healing the many parts of you that are crying out for you to listen to them. It is about learning, growing, changing and ultimately getting to your goal and staying there….

Extracts and Novels

So that’s it. A short extract, plucked from the pages of a 30,00 word book! As I said, blogging and book writing are different.

Throughout a book you have time to engage with you the reader more closely, exploring and expanding on different issues in-depth. In contrast, a blog post doesn’t allow for that kind of engagement. 

For that reason, I am thinking that I may not share too many more ‘extracts’, although I would love to!  Perhaps I could summarise sections instead of simply posting an extract.  Mmmm, yes I’ll definitely have to give that some thought!!

Okay, so enough of my musings today.  I hope this short extract I have shared has opened a small window to the tone and style I have taken in the book.

I must say too that I really enjoyed writing Reframe Weight Loss, as it gave me the opportunity to ‘travel the journey’ again, this time through more enlightened eyes!!

What They’re Saying

Oh and before I go I thought I’d share some feedback from a reader who (after my request for her responses to my book) sent me this recommendation the other day, via email.

Here goes (thanks Fiona!):

This book is more than just a good read. Monica has a real voice, which she uses to share her innermost thoughts and frustrations on her own weight-loss journey. In doing so, she keeps the reader feel strongly motivated because you can see that she has been through the struggle to lose weight and keep it off herself. It’s enjoyable to read as a book in its own right even without the goal of losing weight.”

I was so pleased to get Fiona’s feedback and to know that I had achieved what I set out to do, that is to help someone out, on their weight loss journey.

I will continue to try to do that and I hope you may also be someone whom I can help.

Ciao and thanks for reading!!  See you back here next time 🙂

A Loving And Self Respecting Approach To Blogging and Weight Loss Methods


 

Feedback From You, The Reader

The blogoshpere is an interesting place. I’m sure I have said that before, many times. It’s certainly a place where writers (like me) can engage with an audience (albeit a smallish one) and learn more about your reading preferences and about what type of writing resonates with you and what doesn’t.

Sometimes though a writer makes mistakes and chooses inappropriate or tricky titles that intend to catch attention but instead can offend or ‘turn off’ a reader. I think I made such an error last week, with a post title that began with the words, Tongue Mutilation. Eeeeek….it even makes my skin crawl to mention it, now. 

Horror, Gasp – It’s Halloween

The thing is that that particular post actually expressed my own aghast about the fact that such  a procedure exists!!  It was a kind of protest post.

Therefore, the fact that I received some comments (not published here) that said things like ‘Thanks, what a great way to lose weight (or similar)..’ and then left a link to a site selling diet pills, kind of threw me a bit.  Or, since it’s Halloween, spooked me, a bit. What were those readers thinking, I wondered??

So I will just say it here again, in case my post was misread by some, that  I STRONGLY DISLIKE AND DO NOT ENDORSE IN ANY WAY, WEIGHT LOSS METHODS THAT DO NOT FULLY RESPECT THE HUMAN CONDITION. And that covers quite a lot of them.

You, The Amazing Creation

You and every other human being on the planet, are more special than that. Rather than being ‘an assembly of body parts’, you are a multidimensional being that deserves an approach to change in your life (such as a change to a healthier lifestlye) that encompasses all aspects of you; your heart, mind and body. Any approach that excludes this truth actually saddens me.

In the coming weeks therefore, I have decided to share a few extracts from my book, Reframe Weight Loss to help get you started on your weight loss journey or perhaps to give you a boost along if you are already on one.  So please, stay tuned!!

Positive People

In the meantime, I am adding a link here to an article about self reflection and happiness, that you may find interesting. It is by an inspirational lady, called Marala Scott and her article may be read here.

Marala is a person who greatly respects the human condition and is doing amazing things to make a postive difference to the people she connects with.  I hope you enjoy her site.

I also hope to see you back here next time!  Until then, keep caring for yourself in a positive and healthy way and don’t read anything that begins with the words …..ah well, you know what they are……eeek!!

Oh and Happy Halloween!!

The New Miracle Weight Loss Method, That I Don’t Like!


 

Okay, so you don’t have to resort to this to lose weight. I mean come on!!! What next? Let’s just chop our fingers off, so we can’t pick up any food or maybe we could just sew up our mouths altogether, for a while.

Sometimes, I think the world has gone crazy!!

The Quick Fix

Why is it that changing your eating habits and getting more exercise seems to becoming the less chosen option? Especially when any extrinsic method applied or caused by the intervention of a doctor is only going to have short-term effects at their very best?

 Admittedly these interventions are mostly a last resort choice and I am sure many who end up taking this road have tried traditional weight loss methods previously. At least I hope so.

Apart from the lack of effectiveness in the long-term (unless exercise and healthy eating become part of the patient’s overall lifestyle plan) the complications and side effects from these types of procedures are far more unpleasant and significant than is often publicized.

A Story

Recently I was privy to a conversation with another author who has penned her experiences with lap band surgery. One of her stories has stuck in my mind ever since.  It was graphic, a little disturbing and very unpleasant.

So I thought I’d share it. Yes, nice of me, I know.

May I suggest at this point, that if you happen to be eating as you read this, that you either stop reading or put the food away just for a minute. You’ll thank me later.

Anyhowwww…..basically my friend described the fact that following her surgery she still frequently craved packeted chips (or crisps as they are called in some parts of the world) specifically tomato flavoured ones.

One night coming home on the train, she could no longer control her urges and decided to purchase a packet, even though she knew that her new ‘stomach’, (the surgically shrunk one) didn’t really tolerate acidic or salty food anymore. At all.

Only trouble was her new surgically altered gastrointestinal system had not communicated this fact to her non surgically altered taste buds (I don’t think the tongue mutilation thing had been invented then) and so, she indulged.

Losing Her Dignity

This is where it gets messy. Very. Yes, you’ve guessed it. She vomited. And vomited. All over herself. Her clothes. Her handbag. The seat she was sitting on. She had no control. And being on a train, going home from work, there was no refuge in the form of a bathroom or toilet.

She just had to wipe it off herself with tissues, feeling mortified, ashamed and stripped of every vestige of dignity and self-respect.

Now I know this is an unpleasant little tale and I’m sorry if I’ve made you squeamish but somehow when I read about the tongue mutilation procedure and realised they were for real, I thought I had to write something here that would be a reality check for anyone who may have ever been tempted to do something similar.

Call it my little protest. Or something.

A Better Way

Anyhow, if you read here regularly or have in the past, then you will know that I advocate a method far more respectful of the human condition than any of the options I’ve talked about above. What I advocate is a method that transforms your heart and mind first and then your body and your behaviours. In my book, Reframe Weight Loss, I call it ‘The You Method’.

It is simpler, far more effective and a darn sight more positive, pleasant and joyful than attacking parts of your precious body and destroying them.

You are a magnificent creation. Believe that. Respect that. And you will have begun in a small but significant way the creation of the ‘new you’.

What are your thoughts on weight loss intervention methods, whether they be the proverbial ‘diet pill’ or something more drastic like I have just described? Have you had any experiences that you’d like to share, maybe to help prevent others from making a similar mistake? Or maybe you are pro weight loss surgery and similar techniques?

Why do you think people resort to these options? Have you ever been tempted?

Achieving Weight Loss Through A Healthy Respect For Your Body


 

Life outside of the blogosphere has been a little busy for me lately, so my post here today will be kind of brief (at least I’ll try to keep it that way, however no matter how I try, I never seem to meet that goal of staying ‘brief’. What can I say, I love talking!).

Anyhow first up I just want to say thanks to the people who commented last week and congratulations to Talitha from pursuittoflagom.blogspot.com who won a free copy of Reframe Weight Loss. The book is soon to be shipped further into cyberspace and soon will be reaching a number of online retailers. So congratulations Talitha and safe travelling to my ebook!

Some Food For Thought

Apart from the above news, the other snippet I thought I’d share today is an extract from a book called The Power of Intention. I came across the particular paragraph by accident and immediately thought of sharing it here, due to it’s relevance and hopefully usefulness, to those of you on your weight loss journeys.

I have paraphrased it a little but basically here is the paragraph as taught by Wayne Dyer. It is taken from a section in his book on self respect, specifically on respecting your body.

Respecting Your Body

“Regardless of it’s size, shape, colour or any imagined infirmities, you have been provided with a perfect body to house your true self….

You don’t need to work at being healthy; health is something you already have if you don’t disturb it. You may have disturbed your body by overfeeding it, under exercising it, overstimulating it with toxins or drugs, that make it sick, fatigued, jumpy, anxious, bloated or an endless list of maladies.

However you can begin to live a life of self respect for your body anytime. You know what to do. You don’t need a new diet, a personal trainer or another workout manual. Go within, listen to your body and treat it with all the dignity and love that your self respect demands.”

I hope these few thoughts from Wayne Dyer give you some food for thought today. Take care of yourself and hope to see you back here in the blogosphere soon.

What are your thoughts on the idea of health being something you already have if you don’t disturb it? Does this resonate with you? Do you have any thoughts about the book, The Power of Intention, that you would like to share?

A Special Giveaway Of Reframe Weight Loss To Celebrate Writers Week


 

The First Bit

“Hi, is this seat taken? No? Oh, good, I really don’t want to intrude, but if you don’t mind then I’d love to sit next to you and have a bit of a chat.”

David moved closer and sat down. The intimacy of their physical closeness caused a faint shiver to pass over him and the small hairs on his arms joined with the goosebumps, in an electrifying dance across his skin.

What Is This?

That was me ‘practice’ writing a third person dialogue scene. Confused? I guess you must be. I’ll explain a little.

Last Sunday, prior to my big book launch and sale, which has dominated this week’s posts, I had the pleasure of meeting the CEO of Smashwords, an e-book publishing company which is also the publisher and distributor of my book, Reframe Weight Loss (er…you may have heard a little about it, here !!)

Meeting Mark and some other authors who also attended his talk was wonderful. I learnt heaps, loved listening to how digital publishing is changing our world (in a nutshell the recent advances and changes in technology are massively transforming the dominance of traditional print publishing models, replacing it with a self driven industry of independent authors building e-book publishing platforms) . But I digress…

Ebooks and Writing

All this recent connection with some fellow ‘literary types’ has got me excited. And more keen than ever to continue writing not only about health, fitness and weight loss (subjects I am passionate about) but also across many other genres too. Why pigeon hold myself ? It might hurt.

Anyhow, I do already have a romance novel manuscript (written several years ago) hidden in the drawers of my study’s filing cabinet. It hides where no self-respecting manuscript should really hide for long (the pages are starting to go a yellowy colour, like the old photographs you see in your grandmother’s house, that scream ‘please rejuvenate me’ before I fade away all together) .

So this brings me to the point of sharing with you a recent personal discovery; that is, that I have feelings about the two books I have written – an affection of sorts – that has recently been rekindled and renewed. 

Queensland Writers Week

And I suppose I am just writing about this here (in my writer’s notebook..00ps, no I forgot, it’s a blog….) for the reason that any writer writes about anything – because I need to.

The other reason is that it is Queensland Writer’s Week and the purpose of this week is to bring authors and readers together in a week-long celebration of all things literary.

The Giveaway, My Celebration

So what better way for me to celebrate this special week I thought than to give away a book. Specifically a copy of, Reframe Weight Loss.

So that is what I am doing today. For your chance to win a free copy, all you have to do is take the minor step of leaving a comment here.  I will then (over the weekend) chose one comment at random and send that person a special code enabling them to download their prize of a FREE COPY of Reframe Weight Loss from Smashwords.

Okay, so ……are you ready to comment?

Don’t be shy. It’s not that scary. Okay so let’s go – one, two, three……comment!

Hope to hear from 🙂 If you would just like to say hi, instead of writing a comment, than you are also very welcome to just do that 🙂