The Critical Difference

What is The Critical Difference between people who stay fit and those who do not?

What is it that makes one person succeed and another fail?

Those who keep their gym membership and those who cancel?

I have been helping people with fitness goals for five years and have found myself asking this question quite a lot.

Five years is by no means a lifetime in the fitness industry (not even a decade!)… but over that time I can vouch these two factors as being the difference.

1) Your Brain

A strange way of putting it, but simply… your brain stops you.

Confidence, Drive, Motivation, Belief, Vision, Expectations, Goals, Passion, Diligence.

You could read reams of books about each one of these aspects of your psychology. But in my experience it all boils down to whether you are prepared to put in the work it takes.

Do you really want this? Are you prepared to better yourself day by day, to get the change you want? If so, why not?

Don’t compare yourself to others. Don’t over think it. Do what you can. Stay positive. Stay upbeat. Enjoy exercising. Commit to a consistent training schedule. Eat using your common sense. Simple.

2) Environment

Really, brain trumps environment every time. If you have enough drive and sheer willpower you can overcome your surroundings and achieve your fitness and body composition goals regardless.

But a good environment makes it a lot easier.

Look at the big picture, THEN focus on details. Some good questions to ask yourself:

• How much do you walk each day?

• How active are you?

• How often you make time for exercise?

• Where do you buy your food and what do you buy?

• Does your partner/family situation influence the food choices you make? If so, what can you do to change this?

• Are you in an environment which physically and mentally challenges you to be better?

• Do you set benchmarks and goals when exercising?

• Do you train with someone? If so do they help or hinder your training?

Having competed at the highest level in sport, I can vouch for the power of environment. Surrounded by people in the same position as me, I was pushed to give my all to each session, eat as well as I can and focus fully on what I wanted to achieve.

Discount Drugs Help Cut Costs and Provide Convenience

In Western medicine, we rely a lot on drugs to treat conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, and even emotional instability. Pharmaceutical companies are constantly researching to help patients overcome their disease states. However, one of the main obstacles for people taking prescription drugs is cost. Medications, especially of the brand name variety, can come with a hefty price tag. If the patient’s insurance does not cover the cost and if the drug is not available in a generic form at the local pharmacy, then the patient is not left with many options. This leads to medication nonadherence, which is when a patient does not take their medication as prescribed by their physician.

Nonadherence can be due to various reasons, such as side effects, but if the patients are unable to obtain the medication in the first place, then it is impossible for them to even consider taking it. Luckily, nowadays there are options for purchasing discount drugs at a fraction of the cost that they would be at community pharmacies. Patients are able to order their generic or brand name medications online or over the phone through companies that specialize in providing wholesale prices to individuals. These companies offer safe and affordable medications that are filled by staff pharmacists. As a result, medication adherence improves significantly because of the affordability, convenience, and security provided.

Pharmaceutical companies invest a lot of money into the products that they develop, so they charge a lot in order to make a profit. That is the reason why some medicines are so expensive. For a certain number of years, only that company may produce and sell the product. This is to protect the company from immediately having to compete with other pharmaceutical entities, but it puts the patients at a disadvantage because they may not be able to afford the medications. Luckily, after a certain number of years, the drug can be released as generic at a much lower price. However, this is a lengthy process in itself, and the generic versions may not be immediately available at local pharmacies. This is where companies offering discount drugs come in. They work on a global scale to provide brand and generic drugs that have been approved by the FDA. They have licensed pharmacists on staff to ensure that the products are safe and effective.

Companies offering discount drugs also provide the convenience of delivering medications securely to the patient’s home. The patient no longer needs to worry about going to the pharmacy to drop off their prescription and then pick it up. This can be a hassle due to long lines, lack of privacy, and unexpected delays. Decades ago, locally owned pharmacies would make home deliveries, but this practice has diminished with the rise of large chains. The return of this practice is particularly helpful for patients with limited mobility. It is also advantageous for patients who may be embarrassed by the stigma that comes with certain medications, such as those for erectile dysfunction or yeast infections.

This service is a great alternative for patients who do not want to deal with the high costs and the hassle of community pharmacies. It improves adherence for the same reasons. As always, patients should consult with their doctor or pharmacist for any questions or concerns regarding their medications.

Top 5 Reasons a Walk-In Clinic Beats an Emergency Room Visit

Walk-in clinics provide important medical care for those in need. They are increasingly popular-and for good reason. They provide a host of benefits in one central location. Below is a list of five reasons why this type of facility beats out an emergency room alternative.

The Cost Is Much Less

Although you’ll get the same great service at a walk-in clinic as you would in an emergency room, you’ll pay much less. This is excellent for individuals who can’t afford health insurance, as well as for families with plans that contain high deductibles. There are several reasons why these facilities cost less than hospital emergency rooms; for example, since hospitals are so much larger it is more expensive to maintain them. That drives the cost of service up for anyone who needs to be seen or admitted due to an illness or injury.

The Wait Times Are Shorter

At many hospitals, the staff often take several hours to see, diagnose, and treat their patients. This often eats up a big chunk of a patient’s day. A walk-in clinic works much the same way as a doctor’s office does: patients are examined by a physician in a timely manner. Most visits don’t take longer than an hour from the moment a person signs in to the time he or she walks out the front door.

X-Rays and Lab Services Are Available

Urgent care centers offer much more than just checking for ear infections or fevers. Many are also equipped with lab facilities for drawing blood or x-ray machines to check for broken bones. These are services that a family physician can’t offer without referring the patient to another facility. This added convenience means that a parent can quickly have a child’s broken wrist diagnosed without first going to the pediatrician’s office, only to be sent to the diagnostics center or ER, which could take up an entire afternoon.

It Leaves Emergencies For the Emergency Room

Utilizing the walk-in clinic for broken bones, throat infections, and cuts that need stitches means less crowding in the emergency room. This leaves just the true emergencies for the hospital staff to tend to. This includes life-and-death situations, immediate surgeries, and blood transfusions. In other words, choosing an urgent care facility can help save the life of someone who needs immediate assistance by keeping the hospital from becoming overcrowded.

Records Can be Forwarded

All urgent care clinics are willing to work with a patient’s physician. They will forward all medical documents from the visit to any doctor’s office once the visit is complete, if this service is requested by the patient. Hospitals typically work the other way around, requiring that the family doctor calls their record’s office and requests a copy of the patient’s information. This takes a little more time, which can mean a delay in any required follow-up treatment.

Both facilities offer board-certified physicians that care about their client’s well-being. Although walk-in clinics are preferable for everyday injuries, always choose an ER when a life is at risk.

Tips For Preparing Easy To Make Healthy Dinner Meals

For most families, dinner is the most important meal of the day. It is that only part of the day wherein all family members are present and everyone can catch up on all the important familial and school matters. Parents who are in charge of preparing dinner will also have more time to cook and won’t have to feel rushed about making the night’s meal, unlike during breakfast, when everyone has to hurry to go to work or school.

Since dinner is usually the only time during the day that everyone can be present at the table, you will certainly want to spend less time preparing the meal and more on conversing with the family. As such, it would be helpful to know some tips for preparing easy to make dinner meals that are healthy and delicious, too. Below are some of these tips you can follow for making easy to cook yet healthy dinner meals:

• Create a dinner meal plan. Set aside some time during the weekends (when you’re free) to come up with a dinner meal plan for the week. Make sure your meal plan has healthy recipes. As such, don’t forget to incorporate whole grains, greens, lean proteins, and other healthy and nutritious ingredients.

• Set aside time to make some prep works as well. When you have some free time, do the necessary food prep tasks, too. This means peeling and cutting vegetables and fruits and storing them properly in the refrigerator. You can also chop some additional fruits and vegetables so that you can have extra ones for everyone to snack on or to add to other meals.

• You can also make sure you will always incorporate healthy vegetables in your meals without spending too much time on prep work by buying pre-cut fresh vegetables such as broccoli, squash, and mushrooms.

• Always store and use healthy cooking staples. For easy, healthy food preparation, always keep your staples handy. These include extra-virgin olive oil, egg substitutes, and fat-free or light soymilk. Leading nutritionists recommend using extra-virgin olive oil in a spray bottle because this is a sure and an easier way to reduce the fat and calorie content of a dish.

• Modify your cooking methods. Lastly, by changing the usual way you cook, you can effectively reduce everyone’s fat and calorie intake. As such, if you’re always pan-frying chicken, consider baking or broiling it. You’ll spend less time watching what you cook while serving and eating healthier dishes. Grilling, broiling, or poaching fish is a healthier option as well. You can also avoid using too much oil by microwaving diced vegetables such as onions and greens instead of frying them.

How Ill-Health Changed My Values

When you have a prolonged bout of ill-health your values change and the former plans you had seem less important. Getting your health back becomes paramount! The progress on my business has fallen into decline as I didn’t have the energy, concentration or inclination to work on it.

After a fractured kneecap (patella) earlier this year, followed by a spinal injury and recently, I have spent 4 weeks under the grips of vertigo. A very debilitating situation as you appear well but can suffer all manner of symptoms, mine were: nausea, light-headedness, unsteady gait and giddiness, plus difficulty sleeping, this is debilitating by itself. Some rather strange things helped me live with the nausea, liquorish, nuts and lettice leaves chewed to a pulp!

I am delighted to say the symptoms are at last clearing, (although not recommended by the doctor, travel sickness pills did give some relief). Also a few days ago someone told me about Eply treatment shown on YouTube and demonstrated by the medical profession, but the doctors around here don’t practice it. It is a sequence of simple head movements to clear misplaced crystals in your inner ears balance canals. If you are suffering from Vertigo you may wish to Google Eply or watch the videos.

However the information came as my symptoms were clearing, it is fantastic to feel well again, my business can be set back on track, and once again my life can return to normal. However it has made me re-evaluate my values and good health, has become number one!

I have again been reading Anthony Robbins, he explains how changing the sequence in your list of values can change your life-plan, change your beliefs and change your life. A belief is a feeling of certainty and power about what you believe to be true. To substantiate your beliefs, e.g. “you can be successful”, make a list of things you have succeeded in, in the past. The longer the list the more proof you have to convince your subconscious and the stronger your belief system will become. Dwell on your desired result to strengthen your beliefs, continual messages along your neural pathway to your brain help to achieve this. Keep your thoughts on what you want to achieve not negative thoughts, use your imagination to “see” results.

It is difficult to be positive when you are feeling unwell, or suffering misfortune, but stop indulging in negative thoughts, they are not helping you to change, commit to a positive life-style with thoughts of success and happiness.

Self sabotage happen when we have mixed thoughts that negate our progress. It is like driving a car with the break on we go round in circles.

If improving your life is something that interests you I would suggest reading “Awaken the Giant Within or watching Anthony Robbins videos on YouTube. So if these suggestions help you to improve your health, or get rid of bad habits and make your life happier, maybe lose weight, give up smoking, of stop depression and re-evaluate your life I am delighted. It feels great to feel positive again,

I am now able to once again concentrate on growing my business and enjoying time and location freedom. If one of you life-changes is to own your own business, you too can enjoy time and location freedom by working at home, by setting up a small online business in your spare-time, perhaps you could give up some TV to free up some time.

Grow it to suit your needs. Maybe a holiday fund or even a full-time business. There are many part-timers online also many millionaires in the industry, the choice is yours according to your aspirations and commitment.

The simplest way to begin online is with the help and guidance of a coach who supplies excellent products, paying a generous commission for sales up to 50%. Earn whilst you are learning the training. Affiliate marketing is a system of working online with a reduced risk and the comradeship of other like-minded entrepreneurs. Programs exist in virtually any topic you can think of. Visit magazine racks for ideas or make a Google search. The internet is the way of the future.

Best Wishes for your future, may you be happy healthy and successful.