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No pain, no gain

No pain, no gain

Nikki Gray


It's never too late to become the person you want to be

Comfort zone = danGer zone

January is almost over. How are you doing with those resolutions? Unfortunately statistics show the majority have already fallen off track. If you have it's okay, just get right back on it. Just because you slip up doesn't mean you have to give up!

Pain is a good thing

Pain is normal, it is literally impossible to have a life free of pain. Is it the people that have the least pain in their life that are the most powerful? No, it's the people that can deal with pain in a healthy way and carry on. I had the misconception for years if it doesn't feel good I shouldn't have to do it. This is definitely wrong to a certain extent. To become who you want you need to do the right thing, which isn't always the most comfortable and fun option. Maybe you'd rather veg out and watch a movie than get school work done or aimlessly browse the internet for hours but the fact is that won't make you feel happy, chances are you will feel very blah after hours of wasting time. If you use your time wisely and get done what needs to be done for most of the day then you of course can reward yourself with a movie or whatever you choose to wind down. As far as physical pain goes I had an epiphany this past year. I started pilates in 2014. I love it but it isn't easy and I found myself really pushing my body. I would get annoyed every time the stretch would last a little longer than I liked or I felt like my teacher was pushing me too hard with too many reps. I then read this book that essentially said one of the major differences between successful people and unsuccessful people that seem like they can never get their life together is pain tolerance. People that can handle a little pain and discomfort daily, like exercising and stretching, are usually the people that are ahead in life. After reading this I began to actually like the pain oddly enough. I was proud of myself for doing it and excited. Whenever I was in a painful stretch or my muscles wanted to give out I would smile to myself thinking this is exactly what I should be doing, I'm on the right track and I'm proud of myself. Ever since then pilates has become much more fun and effective, I've found myself improving much quicker with this mindset. The other type of pain of course is mental pain. This is another factor that usually sets successful people and non-successful apart. Those that can handle emotional pain(rejection, embarrassment, heartbreak) are more successful and happy. People that get stuck on these hurts and can't let them go usually become very negative and sometimes turn to drugs and alcohol to cope. You cannot have a life free of pain so it's how we deal with it that designates who we are, be strong! Let it roll off you like water off a ducks back.  So remember next time you're at the gym or in a yoga class and you're having a moment where you can give up and take a breather or push through the pain and keep going, remember pain is a good thing. Being able to tolerate pain makes you a winner, it gives you a huge advantage. Anyone can give up but you want to be one of those people that keeps going, even through the pain. Pain means you're accomplishing something, you're building your muscles, you're improving your flexibility, you're improving your body.

5 ways to boost your energy and motivation

Just wanting to do the right thing isn't always enough, sometimes your body and brain need a boost.

1. L-tyrosine- L tyrosine helps your brain create dopamine. When you don't have sufficient dopamine levels you feel blah and unmotivated, when your levels are where they should be you are enthusiastic about your work and getting things done, you are energized and focused. It's recommended to take 1000mg of tyrosine in the morning on an empty stomach and another 1000mg around 2 or 3 or whenever you have a little mid day energy slump.

2. Omega 3 fatty acids-  I think many of us may have a little ADD. Or even a lot. The truth is if you don't get this under control you usually are so scatterbrained you don't have the focus needed to execute your important daily tasks and may even end up losing keys, cell phone etc which will only frustrate you and waste your time. Krill oil does wonders for the brain. It not only helps get ADD under control it also eliminates anxiety and depression. I recommend everyone take it daily. It not only helps the brain it also has many beauty benefits...making skin and hair more vibrant.

3. Chromium & Glutamine- sugar is a no no for a healthy brain and body. Yes, on the occasional cheat day a little sugar is fine, but eating it daily will wreak havoc on your brain and body health. Eating refined sugar regularly even causes memory loss, anxiety, depression and increases ADD. It ages your body and your brain. It's best to limit refined sugar intake to one day a week or one cheat meal a week. Whenever you're craving sugar on a non-cheat day have some fruit instead. Once your body starts to get healthy the fruit will end up tasting much better than the processed, chemical sugar mess that is candy. Taking 200 mcg of chromium daily not only greatly reduces sugar cravings but alcohol cravings as well. Also chromium can speed up weight loss and improve mood since it helps balance blood sugar. The amino acid L-glutamine is also great and very similar to chromium in the fight against sugar. L-glutamine also has hair and skin benefits. I recommend taking both if you have a problem with sugar and or alcohol. 

4. Nuts- Brazil nuts are especially good because they keep your thyroid healthy since they are very high in selenium, a powerful antioxidant that keeps your thyroid strong and working right. Just 3 a day is more than enough selenium. Also walnuts are great snacks for your brain since they are high in omega 3 fatty acids and a great source of protein. 

5. Water- a dehydrated brain is a stressed out, frazzled brain. If you want to be your best cut down on the alcohol and coffee, they are both highly dehydrating, and up your water intake. Also another great way to feel your best is to switch your coffee for green tea, if not all of the time, at least some of the time. It has tons of antioxidants and is great for your waistline since it revs your metabolism. I love iced green tea with Stevia. Also dandelion tea is a great coffee alternative and a weight loss aid that is packed full of energizing vitamins and minerals. Coffee is okay in small amounts and does also contain antioxidants but caffeine in high doses daily will eventually wreak havoc on your adrenal glands and thyroid causing energy loss and weight gain. If you are a coffee lover it's smart to keep it to one or two cups a day max, if you must. If you do drink coffee it is essential to take tyrosine since it protects your adrenal and thyroid glands.

Happy new year and let's make 2015 the best year yet! 

Nikki Gray CNC