Why We Love Writing, And You Should Too…


Writing is an incredible form of expression. It allows you time to gather your thoughts, and organize them onto paper whether its a blog, journal, research paper, quick notes, you name it. There is an incredible power in the art of writing, and the health benefits.

Writing as a stress relief:

1) I have learned to keep a digital journal at my job to record my days events, to protect myself for accountability in my line of work, as well as write out my frustrations to allow me time to reflect on them, before trying to remedy issues that need addressed.

2) Writing down ideas, dreams, and goals helps you to make plans, and take actions to change your life by making your thoughts a visual reminder.

3) When learning new material whether it’s for an academic class, work or self reflection making notes, writing down main points, items that stand out help you to put that content into long term memory. This will help with frustration and organization.

“Stress, trauma, and unexpected life developments — such as a cancer diagnosis, a car accident, or a layoff — can throw people off stride emotionally and mentally. Writing about thoughts and feelings that arise from a traumatic or stressful life experience — called expressive writing — may help some people cope with the emotional fallout of such events”. -Health Harvard

“You can use journaling to help you deal with stressors you don’t feel comfortable sharing with others. Stress psychologists have shown that journaling enhances immune function and can alter the course of chronic conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and asthma”. -Pamela M. Peeke, MD, MPH (healthywomen.org)

“A groundbreaking study of writing’s physical effects appeared in the Journal of the American Medical Association (Vol. 281, No. 14) three years ago. In the study, led by Smyth, 107 asthma and rheumatoid arthritis patients wrote for 20 minutes on each of three consecutive days–71 of them about the most stressful event of their lives and the rest about the emotionally neutral subject of their daily plans.

Four months after the writing exercise, 70 patients in the stressful-writing group showed improvement on objective, clinical evaluations compared with 37 of the control patients. In addition, those who wrote about stress improved more, and deteriorated less, than controls for both diseases. “So writing helped patients get better, and also kept them from getting worse,” says Smyth.” -Bridgett Murray (apa.org)

So take a few minutes today and Journal your thoughts, or write down some goals and ideas you have. Happy Writing and Happy health.

Day 9…First Milestone Done!

Alright I made it through the 8 day challenge. I lost 6 lbs and 10 inches overall. That is pretty awesome. Day 9 and 10 are cheat days within reason of the plan. It was awesome today to mix it up a little with some Mexican food, pizza, and some random items. I feel great. I get 1 more cheat day tomorrow, then I am off to days 11-30 back on my strict regiment of weight loss, life changing and habit-forming in the way I eat, and now I will begin incorporating exercise.

1 lb at a time, 1 meal at a time, and 1 day at a time has helped me stay focused and on task with my life style change in how I eat now. My blood sugars continue to be amazing with eating on plan, lots of energy and overall attitude with life has improved, not so grouchy anymore from blood sugars not being in a good spot.

Got to get some rest, so I can get in as close to 8 hours as I can. Recommend some nice warm herbal green tea.

Stay tuned as the transformation continues…

Groove of Weight Loss…

OK so my goal is to write everyday. I will get there, but man life, work, kids, it has been difficult to get away to post. Today is day 6 of being on my new way of eating to improve my health. I am down 5 pounds, and I have more energy than I have had in like 7 months. My blood sugars are stable and normal levels, I am sleeping much better, and enjoying life more. 3 more days to go of my 8 day ignite plan, then on to the next week.

I try to make my family amazing, and delicious meals to eat, and I will admit it has been difficult at times not to want to eat my creations with them. But, once I get past these initial beginning stages, my new plan opens up some more, and I plan on making some amazing seafood dishes for our family that I can enjoy with them. Staying positive, feeling up beat, exciting to see the pounds continue to burn off. I am ready to be thin, and keep it off for life.

Next, begin incorporating more exercise into my routine each week. Words of encouragement to anyone out their who has extra weight they want off that they have struggled with their whole life. Take it one day at a time, 1 pound at a time, join me in working to reclaim the rest of your life, have the body you want, and be healthy.

A motto that I have heard that is so true “Eat to Live, Not Live to Eat”, reprogramming my brain and body from my old ways of thinking and eating! Ok Day 7 here we come.

 

Ready…Set…Go!

Time for change. Yeah I know you’re seeing the word Xyngular, and probably wondering what is that? I was in the same boat when I had a dear friend introduce me to a wonderful couple who are Coaches for this program. I have literally tried most other programs, fad diets, Veganism, you name it to reclaim my life, health and be free from Type 2 diabetes. I want to be able to enjoy my life without having this horrible cloud of diabetes hanging over me.

It has also been a dream of mine to be very fit, and one day body build for my health and wellbeing. So, back to the program, my buddy knows me very well, and knows how badly I want to lose weight, and be around for my kids for many years to come. He introduced me to an amazing couple that I am looking forward to getting to know, and have support me in this endeavor. The product is really amazing, and not difficult to use, and has tried, and true results from the research that I have done.

productNext Step tomorrow morning is day 1. Tonight I took my measurements, before photos, weight comes in the morning and we are off to a whole new me. I never thought on my blog I would be putting up weight loss posts, but I want you to join me on this journey, and learn with me the victories, struggles, and overall success.

I don’t know about any of you out there in cyberspace, but I am one who is ready for a huge change for good. I want to be able to purchase my clothes anywhere, fit comfortably on any plane ride, never have to worry about taking diabetes meds again, and be a healthy fully active dad with my kids.