Tips To Overcoming Real Life Challenges

Overcome ChallengesTips To Overcoming Real Life Challenges

Life is one of the greatest challenges that everyone has to face and overcome to be successful. Every day is a challenge, or even an exam, that prepares us both physically and mentally for many days (and tougher challenges) ahead. Unless we can solve the challenges and mysteries of life today, we then suffer from psychological disabilities that make us feel defeated for eternity. Unless you build a positive and an unstoppable mindset to every challenge that comes your way, then the biggest disability will be the limitations and insecurities that we set in our lives. Nonetheless, every successful person you see around is a motivating testimony of the infinite aptitude of the human potential, but only if you believe. Certain aspects of life have, and need, to be embraced and appreciated to be able to face and overcome many of the life’s challenges.

One fact about life is that, although everyone struggles with various challenges at one point in their lives, how they handle and deal with these challenges is what determines their success. The same way a bodybuilder starts out thin and weak but faces the challenges ahead (intense and strenuous exercise), is the same way we should approach life and anything it serves for us. Outlined below are several tips and strategies on overcoming real life challenges for a better future.

The Basics to Overcoming Real Life Challenges

1. Focus more on the positives than the negatives in life: Staying positive is the best remedy for everything. Just because you encounter a setback doesn’t mean you should stop there or quit, strive to overcome whatever obstacle you are facing and everything will start falling into place. The best reward you can give yourself is the feeling that you overcame something you never thought you could. The moments in life that we overcame adversity and accomplished something worthy always brings smiles to our faces.

2. Never let your emotions guide you: Although it is normal to feel sad, angry, pain and any other feelings, never let the emotions take over. The best ways to deal with a problem is by observing and analyzing the problem carefully, and then decide on the best approach to address the situation. You will be amazed at what you can do, but only if you make well-calculated action plans. One of the most important rules in life is, observe carefully first then decide what to do next.

3. Face the challenges head-on: The first step to overcoming real life challenges is by having the heart and will to face them head-on. Trying to go around a problem or avoiding it doesn’t solve anything at all. Courage is of utmost importance if you are to succeed at all. If anything frightens you, it will keep doing so until you face it and do it. You will be amazed at how simple some challenges are when you face them with courage.

4. Gratitude: There is a saying that goes; no problem is bigger than a man is. What this saying basically means is that, you will never be tasked with a challenge you cannot overcome. As mentioned earlier, the biggest disability in life is created in our minds. Having the right mindset and appreciating the fact that you are facing these challenges not only makes you human, but also makes you stronger in life. Many of the challenges we face in life are designed to make us stronger for tougher times ahead (if any).

5. Exercise: Regular body exercise plays a vital role in our lives. For starters, it is through regular body exercise that you can fight obesity and improve your self-confidence as well. Exercising regularly boosts body immunity and makes our brains stay alert at all times by increased blood flow. As long as your mind is alert, you should be able to tackle most of the problems presented to you without struggling, when mind is sharp. In case you didn’t know, exercising improves your cardio health and boosts blood circulation to all the vital organs of the body.

6. Celebrate your achievements: One of the biggest mistakes that people make is not appreciating their efforts and accomplishments. If you overcome a challenge you never thought you could, take some time to celebrate it. This drives your brain into taking in more and more challenging situations positively knowing that you will eventually succeed. The pleasure in being able to overcome many challenges is what will drive you into overcoming real life challenges as they come.

7. Stand tall: Whenever faced with a more challenging situation, stand tall and tell your mind that you can make it. This gives you an unbreakable confidence that helps you seek ways to tackle the problem without breaking. This spirit is ingrained deep in your mind each time you overcome a challenge hence making your life even more successful.

8. Stand in another person’s shoes: Sometimes the best way to deal with a problem is by asking yourself how another person’s (maybe a role model) would do it. If you are faced with a challenge that a friend, a mentor or even someone older than you faced but was able to deal with, trace how he/she was able to do it, then try doing it as they did. Sometimes life needs a little motivation and thinking outside the box to run smoothly.

9. Build positive habits: Although willpower and self-control are vital virtues in life, how you execute them is what matters especially when faced with a real-life challenge. Having a positive mentality can help you deal with a rather harsh challenge rather smoothly with no one noticing that you were in distress. Building automatic positive habits whenever around people and handling life issues is therefore recommended.

10. Reach out: Most people block out their friends and family when faced with a real-life challenge. Although asking for help may be hard, it is always a wise idea to let people in and accepting their help. When you reach out for help/support, be keen to see how these people deal with the situation, as you never know what the future holds. As the saying goes, once bitten twice shy, you will be better prepared for a similar challenge in the future than you are now.

Although some challenges may make our lives miserable, this doesn’t mean we are destined to live a miserable life. Learn to enjoy the hot cup of tea, the company of old friends, and other small things in life. Since you can’t look for happiness, let it find you by helping people who need your help. It is by living a happy life that you will be able to overcome most of the challenges that come your way.

Muscle Building Nutrition Rules Build The Right Foundation

Muscle building NutritionMuscle Building Nutrition Rules Build The Right Foundation

There is no shortage of mass-gain diets and muscle building tips out there to help you get started, but you can’t possibly take them all on at the same time. Moreover, some of the tips and tactics are even contradictory. Which supplements are you going to use? What exercises are going to help mold your physique? Instead of getting lost and inundated by the sheer number of suggestions, take a few solid tips from the expert, Coach Rob Lagana and put them to use.

Carb Manipulation

If you’re trying to build muscle, you’re definitely not trying to cut carbohydrates. However, many people think that the carbohydrates are actually the key component of a diet when it comes to muscle building workouts, and the truth of the matter is the answer lies in the right combination of proteins and fats. This doesn’t mean, however, that you leave the carbohydrates out of the mix.

Remember the key to building muscle is that you want to be burning fat at the same time. Your body does need that fuel for its workouts, and carbohydrates are part of that fuel. However, as a person looking to build muscle, you must know how to manipulate carbs. That means knowing when to eat them and how much. As for how much, the experts say that you figure out this number using your body weight. For each pound, you’re going to eat approximately two grams of carbohydrates.

Muscle building nutrition rules make it quite simple for you. Start with this number, and make adjustments as necessary as you track your results. The right combination and timing of your carbohydrates has everything to do with you burning fat as you build muscle.

Carbs After Workout?

People often think about carbs and proteins as something to consume before a workout. However, the experts recommend that when focusing on your carbs, you need to make sure that you’re saving some of them for those post-workout meals.

You see, your body’s glycogen levels are going to be a bit low after a workout, which means you need to consume more carbohydrates in order to keep those levels where they should be. You need that energy to recover.

Protein & Healthy Fats

For starters, when it comes to your protein intake, you’re probably noticing that you need to ramp it up in accordance with not relying so heavily upon carbohydrates to fuel your workouts and to help you build muscle. The right combination of proteins, fats and carbohydrates must be in place.

You’re going to use your body weight again when factoring in how much protein you should have each day according to muscle building nutrition rules. As a good starting point, you want to keep your protein in between one and one and a half protein grams for each pound of your overall weight.

After taking on this step, you might find out that two grams of protein is your ideal number. Bodybuilders especially start packing on the protein at greater levels as they up the intensity and really start to build those big muscles.

For fats, you want to make sure your getting in a mix of healthy fats, mostly from unsaturated sources. A rule of thumb for healthy fats is anywhere from .2 gram to 1.2 gram per lean pound of muscle mass. Its a wide range, but it all depends on your carb intake and your recovery.

Milk Proteins

What do you know about milk proteins? There are different types of proteins of course, each of them digesting at different rates. Many bodybuilders hear the word protein, and the first thing that comes to mind is whey protein powder. Of course you’re going to use whey protein powder, but you also want to have a protein working for you that doesn’t digest so quickly.

So what are your options? First, you have soy protein, which I don’t recommend, egg protein, beef protein, rice and hemp protein and last but not least, milk protein in the form of Casein. My choice for you would be to use both a Whey protein such as Dymatize ISO-100 and Casein protein such as Dymatize Elite Casein.

A recent study at Maastricht University in The Netherlands discovered Casein Protein before sleep increased muscle mass and strength gains in response to prolonged resistance training in healthy young men. In other words, an Elite Casein shake before bed can help you grow bigger and stronger!

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Meal Frequency

As you would have guessed, it’s not just about what you eat but when you eat. Meal frequency plays a huge role in muscle building and proper nutrition. You might have heard that protein synthesis gets a big spike when there is more time in between your meals. However, did you know that this also makes your muscles more susceptible to breakdown?

You’re working so hard at building up those muscles, that the last thing you want to hear is the words ‘muscle breakdown.’ So forget all about that protein synthesis garb, as you’re upping your protein levels, and the protein is going to work for your body. It is a known fact that people build more muscle by eating more frequently. Of course, you need to be eating the right combination of foods as well and train hard and smart in the gym.

The simple steps laid out before you according to muscle building nutrition rules are the best way to work towards building muscle correctly. All the effort and careful calculations need to pay off, right? Don’t get lost in the world of bodybuilding trying to take on everything you read. Understand the basics of building muscle as brought to you by the experts, and put them to use.

If you want a custom tailored lean muscle building plan, please contact me.

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Top 4 Healthy Effective Supplements for Weight Loss

Coach Rob LaganaTop 4 Healthy Effective Supplements for Weight Loss

When making a decision about the best weight loss supplements to take, the information available can get somewhat confusing. After all, every company thinks that they put out the best supplements for weight loss, and their advertising will reflect that. However, the companies that are putting out the supplements are hardly the most unbiased sources when it comes to getting information about which supplement will serve you
best. So how can you make that determination?

First of all, you need to do independent research. Make sure that the properties of the supplements that you are considering taking match up with what your weight loss or fitness goals are. If they do, then move on to the next piece of the puzzle and get real testimonials from people that have used the supplements. Find out if those people found them effective. Lastly, do your independent research and try to find out how safe the
supplements are. A lot of what is available is merely anecdotal, but you can get a good idea from that.

The following are some of the most popular weight loss supplements. When choosing the best supplements for weight loss, it is always easiest to start with the most popular and try to move on to the more obscure supplements if none of the most popular meet your needs. Not only are the most popular supplements more readily available, but information about them is more readily available as well. They will be easier to research and easier to procure.

1. L-Carnitine

L-Carnitine is an amino acid known for promoting growth and development, fat-burning, increasing energy, and improving resistance to muscle fatigue. It is also great in dieting, as it can reduce feelings of hunger and weakness.

L-Carnitine plays a critical metabolic role in stimulating weight loss as it helps transport fats to the mitochondria where they are burned for energy.

Clinical research has shown L-Carnitine supports athletic performance and endurance. Through a greater reliance on fat for energy, the body reduces depletion of muscle glycogen. This combined with the reduction of lactic acid accumulation in muscles can extend exercise capacity before fatigue.

2 – Yohimbine HCL

When ingested, the body converts it to yohimbine and assimilates it into the bloodstream. Research suggests it is a vasodilator, which means that it increases blood flow to the extremities and appendages. Not only does yohimbe help maintain a healthy heart, but yohimbe also has been suggested to decrease fat synthesis in the body by increasing fatty acid mobilization.

3 – BCAAs

BCAA (Branch Chain Amino Acids) is designed to provide pure, free form amino acids L-Valine, L-Leuceine and L-Isoleucine in every serving. These three protein-sparing amino acids are known as the branched chains. The Branched Chain Amino Acids (BCAAs) got their name because of their unique branched chemical structure. All Branched Chain Amino Acids are essential amino acids, which means the body cannot make them from other compounds – they must be consumed in the diet. It is a well known fact that amino acids are responsible for protein synthesis, hence the nickname “building blocks.”

In recent times, these BCAAs have been investigated for their potential anit-catabolic (preventing muscle breakdown) and anabolic (muscle building) effects. Investigative studies have shown BCAAs are an important component for effective muscle growth, muscle energy and recuperation.

4 – Green Tea Extract

Green Tea is widely considered an A+ antioxidant due to its high concentration of polyphenols, which are compounds that help destroy potentially harmful free radicals. Green Tea Extract is incredibly pure and powerful, providing 98% polyphenols for maximum antioxidant support.* Green tea extract may also help support normal, healthy immune function.

A good Green Tea Extract should contain 45-60% EGCG, a particular polyphenol that may promote fat loss and support weight management by increasing energy expenditure! By increasing your overall metabolic rate, green tea can be used in combination with exercise to assist your fat-loss physique goals. Green tea extracts also contain a small amount of natural caffeine, which can help increase energy.

When choosing the best supplements for weight loss, these four are a good place to start. Chances are, one of them – or a combination of more than one of them – will meet your weight loss needs perfectly. However, even if they don’t, do not give up – the perfect supplement is out there somewhere, just waiting for you to find it!

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Hard Work Pays Off

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Hard Work Pays Off. The storm has settled from the Toronto Pro SuperShow.  Tatiana Green and I competed at the OPA Provincials and both came home with 2nd place finishings! We would like to thank Ron Hache and all OPA members and athletes for putting on an amazing event. The flow and timing of stage events went very nicely this year.  Time to get ready for the Nationals !  Thank you all for your support.

Overcoming Emotional Eating Is In Your Power To Accomplish

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Many women have a problem with emotional eating. They get stressed by all of the problems that loom over them, and to top it off after eating too much due to stress that gives them an air of self defeat. If your a woman reading this and want to learn about overcoming overeating problems due to emotions and stress, you have come to the right place. If you care about the woman in your life, whether it’s your mom, friend or partner, please share this information with her at Lagana Fitness

Are You Getting Enough Rest?

One thing that is common among women that overeat is that they don’t take time out to quit stressing. You may want to consider getting that massage you want, or if you don’t have the money just taking a “me day” to yourself. Try to keep your mind busy with anything but what needs to be done during your day.

Not sleeping enough can cause you to feel far more stressed, and it can make your brain send your body mixed signals about how hungry it is. If you are not getting 8 full hours or somewhere around that, you need to rework your schedule. Try to get things done early if you have to get up anyways, and try to avoid exercise or caffeine right before you get into bed. When your stressed, you should deal with the stress, by showing your real true emotions. In an adult way, get angry, get upset, express and vocalize your feelings. You’ll
also sleep much better, with less overall stress.

Pay Better Attention To Foods

Eating junk is something that is a big problem for people all around the world. Because you can get this kind of food for cheap, and because you get cravings since it’s full of salt and sugar, it is hard to say no. Take a look through your cabinets and think about what you eat all day. Remember, while junk food seems to be helping you deal with stress, you are hiding behind the comfort of saturated taste. This taste creates a release of serotonin, which puts you immediately into a calm mood, however this will not last. As your
pancreas increase production of insulin, your body needs to remove the excess sugar from your blood and if when your muscles don’t demand the storage for extra sugar, your insulin then drops and you will go into a vicious circle of cravings. With these cravings come mood swings and depression, an obviously lethargy.This eventually leads to weight gain.

Emotions And Eating During Childhood

Do you have memories of your parents feeding you any time you had an issue to calm you down? This can be something that carries over into your adult life. As you start to notice that you eat when you are stressed, you will probably find that it quells some sort of deep rooted problem for a little while.

What can you do to deal with childhood habits you haven’t broken yet? One good idea is to get into therapy. Don’t think the stigma of mental illness is true, it is just like any other kind of health issue. It is something that you can keep between yourself and a therapist, and they may be able to undo a little of the things growing up with eating problems can do to you.

Are You Surrounded By Supportive People?

Support is something anyone needs, especially if you have emotional issues that cause you to eat more than you should. If you are looking to get to know what kind of people you should surround yourself with, consider looking for these traits.

  • Supportive of your likes.
  • Able to help with your wants.
  • Can be nice about telling you when you are getting emotional.
  • Not likely to cause you stress by telling you unimportant gossip.
  • Is wonderful at listening.

While nobody is perfect, the last thing you need is for someone to be on your case or surrounding you with more drama. If you already have kids and family members that stress you out, it’s best not to take on friends that do the same thing.

Lagana Fitness Coaching Is Here For You!

2015 can be the year you finally stop all of this and learn more advice on this kind of matter. Anyone that is tired of living a life of overeating, being stressed, and dealing with people who are no good for them would do best to check into our great coaching.

Lagana Fitness coaching has had an effect on many people that is positive, and those people have gone on to lose more weight than ever. To be very honest, You can buy into all of the diet and exercise plans that you want, but if you don’t get a handle on your emotional eating issues there is nothing you can do to stay at a good weight.

Getting Over Mistakes You May Make

Of course, there are going to be times when you slip up and that’s okay. Even though you may get coaching, it’s important to realize that you are a human being, and there’s nothing you can do perfectly all the time. If that was the case then nobody would be having issues with anything at all!

Each person is going to walk a different path in different shoes to overcome any kind of issue such as this. That is why coaching is such a good thing. You can internalize the information and use it to meet your particular needs.

Have You Thought About Making A Change?

Anyone that makes a change has a couple of ways to accomplish that. On their own, or through getting assistance with it. If you are like many other women who wish to make sure they do not overeat, then you probably have tried this already on your own. Why not get some coaching and join other like-minded people while doing so?

When you get to where you want to make a change here are some goals for you to reach.

  • Write down and remember the information on making changes.
  • Do something every day that leads you to creating a situation that benefits you more.
  • Don’t let failure get to you, learn from your mistakes instead of repeating them.
  • Beat emotional eating by coming up with small goals that you can slowly conquer.

A good plan can have you able to take on any kind of problem like this in your life. If you start to better care for yourself physically and emotionally, the emotional eating you engage in will be easily taken care of.

The real reward is to stop eating whenever you are stressed or for any reason besides you need to. After you do so it will be a lot less stressful for you when having meals or wanting a snack. When you have more cognitive self-control over your life in this aspect, all of the coaching and hard work will pay off with a great figure.and a nice feeling any time you tell your urges no!

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Developing a Practical Weight Loss Workout Plan

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Developing an effective workout plan is one of the keys to feeling and looking your best. Regular exercise can elevate your mood, help you maintain your muscle mass and flexibility, assist with weight loss and keep you feeling young, healthy and fit. When developing a weight loss workout plan, there are a few things you should keep in mind. The following tips will help you design a custom workout plan that you can stick with for the long haul so you can reach your weight loss goals.

Be Realistic about Your Current Level of Fitness

When you first decide to get in shape, it is only natural to want to get results as quickly as possible. Many people make the mistake of choosing a workout plan that is too difficult for their current level of fitness. As a result, they are unable to stick with it long term. When developing a weight loss workout plan, you need to be realistic about whether or not it is something you can do at your current level of fitness.

It is best to start out slowly and build up your strength, stamina and endurance over time instead of trying to take on too much right out of the gate. Look for a workout program that is challenging, but not impossible for you to do. As you get in better shape, you can reevaluate your workout plan and take it to the next level whenever appropriate.

Set Achievable Goals

Running a marathon is an admirable goal. However, if you’ve spent the last five years sitting on the couch eating potato chips instead of exercising you may want to break that down into smaller, more achievable goals. For instance, set a goal of being able to run a mile without stopping. Once you achieve that goal, increase the distance to two miles and so on until you reach your ultimate goal. Setting smaller goals can give you a feeling of accomplishment that can help keep you motivated as you work toward your larger goal.

Set Aside a Specific Time for Exercise

Don’t allow your schedule to get in the way of achieving your goals. Instead, set aside a specific time each day where you will exercise. Write it in your daily calendar or set a reminder on your phone to help keep yourself on track. Treat this time the same way you would any other appointment. Only cancel if absolutely necessary, show up on time and stay until the end. After couple of weeks, exercising will become second nature, making it easy to stick with your workout program.

Developing a practical and achievable weight loss workout plan starts by taking into account your current fitness level. By choosing a plan that challenges you, but doesn’t leave you feeling discouraged you can maintain your motivation as you work toward your weight loss goals. Break down your long-term goals into small steps and work hard to achieve each one. Finally, set a time each day specifically for exercise and make sure you show up and commit yourself fully to the process.

Would you like to discuss weight loss workout plan with me? Please feel free to book in your 30 minute consultation with me.

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