Our Struggles Determine Our Successes

Rob Lagana BodybuilderHow Our Struggles Determine Our Successes

It sounds like one of the biggest contradictions in the world – our struggles determine our successes. At face value it doesn’t make much sense and it’s much easier to write it off as some old wisdom that was never useful in the first place. But take another moment and read it again, but slower this time.

Struggles Determine Successes

If only for a second, linger on the words and forget your logical approach. All of a sudden it starts to seem more realistic. The subtle hint that our perspective on life is the dictating factor on how happy we will be begins to shine through.

How many times did you have to fall off your bike before you managed to master it? In fact, when you tried daring tricks you also fell, even though you knew how to ride. This is because you challenged yourself. You took it to the next level, but before you could reach it you had to struggle first.

The greatest teacher you can have in life is your mistakes, and it’s your choice whether you want those mistakes to take you forward or hold you back. Thomas Edison failed about ten thousand times before he successfully invented the light bulb. Walt Disney was turned down by several editors with feedback that he didn’t have enough natural talent. Albert Einstein was thought to be a dumb kid, because he only started reading at the age of seven.

All these people, and so many others who have reached great levels of success, had to endure self-doubt, setbacks and struggles. The only difference is that they saw their struggles as opportunities to learn. They didn’t give up because they couldn’t get it right the first hundred times. But they knew success was eventually going to come – they just had to keep on struggling to get there.

But how is it that our struggles determine our successes? In what possible way can something we consider as bad be so good in the end? For starters, struggling allows us to face our demons. While on our journey to reaching our goals we will be introduced to skills we lack and characteristics we might not like very much.

More importantly, struggling will show us what we need to change in order to reach our desired level of success. So when it comes down to it, struggling teaches us how to be successful. The more you struggle the more you are going to learn.

If you think these people are all special in some way or another, you would be wrong. They have the same weaknesses, emotions, tempers and flaws like everyone else. You might also be thinking that they were at the right place at the right time, but this isn’t true either. The simple truth is that their perspectives about life were determined by their desire to keep moving forward.

The thing to remember when you’re struggling and making mistakes is not to beat yourself up about it. Instead, learn to accept that failing is part of the process, and struggling only makes you wiser. It’s understandable that you’ll become negative at some points, everyone does, but you also have to get back up.

The reason why nobody can tell us the meaning of life is because we all have our own meaning. But there is something everyone can agree on, and that’s the journey we take. When you reached the end of your journey and you have had your share of struggles, then you can proudly say you lived. You took the time to get to know your limitations, to work on your weaknesses and to perfect your skills.

It’s true that we get caught up in the success stories of people like Henry Ford and Albert Einstein, but what is the story we all want to read? We want to read about how they beat the odds and how they made it to where they are now. We want to read about how they struggled until they achieved success. That will remain the most interesting part of their stories, because it’s not the success that matters. It’s about the struggles that got them there.

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.

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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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.

Developing a Practical Weight Loss Workout Plan means the following:

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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Your Key To Success: Your Goals And Your Mindset

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Great tips to ensure continued success with your fitness related goals.

  • Today, write down what you expect to benefit from this expert fitness program after a one month period of using the program. Do the same thing, 6 months from now and again 5 years from now.   Read your notes every week or when you feel like you need more momentum.
  • Repeat at least 5 positive affirmations about your self-image out loud or under your breath every day.
  • Visualize your progress and goals directly relating to your fitness and health every day, preferably before your workout or before going to bed.
  • Welcome change into your life and change your beliefs that may limit your success.

Positive Affirmations for Goal Setting

  • I now set new and higher standards for myself and I step up to every challenge in a state of absolute certainty and unstoppable confidence
  • I increase my hunger, ambition and desire to achieve my goals everyday
  • I now eat all the right foods for optimum health, energy, and peak performance
  • My body is now trained to burn fat and build muscle
  • I consciously control my biochemistry by putting my body into peak emotional states, by healthy eating, exercise, and adequate rest everyday

Steps to Start a Fitness Blog

  1. Decide what sort of fitness blog you want to start, a personal or informational blog. Many people just want to have menus, thoughts and progress, while others have knowledge and want to share medical and nutritional information with workout plans and tips.  What works is making it personal !
  2. Use a good blog provider, like WordPress. Get to know how it works.
  3. Log your daily, weekly, monthly and overall goals. Discuss how you feel about each goal, what you still need to do to achieve it and how you feel once you’ve accomplished it.
  4. Write about the workout plans you’ve already tried, what has worked, what hasn’t, and what you would like to learn more about in the future. Leave yourself notes and progress reports to keep you motivated.
  5. Take your stats. Blog about your weight, body fat percentage, hours of sleep, resting pulse, measurements, endurance and pounds and inches lost. List your current dumbbell weights used, or any other workout statistics that can help you track your progress. You would do this at the start and then on a weekly basis.
  6. Use your blog as a way to track your nutritional facts to stay healthy and fit. You can take pictures of your meals and talk about how your energy levels are with food. The more honest about your eating habits the better.. people love to know what you are eating.
  7. Communicate with other fitness bloggers to give and get new ideas and tips to keep you motivated. One of the great things about having a blog is instantly belonging to an Internet community filled with others interested in health and fitness.
  8. Make big big plans for change! Share examples

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