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Use time to brainstorm a new business idea or plan your day. If you’re on treadmill at home or go to gym you can read while on cardio machines. You can even listen to latest teleseminar you downloaded to your mp3 player.
Exercise gets your blood going and your body producing those “I feel good” chemicals. You will have more energy and less stress if you exercise. Your day will be more smooth and productive because of positive attitude you get from exercising.
It’s important to exercise in morning because if you wait until later in day surely something will happen and you won’t have time to do it or you just won’t feel like it. The later in day it gets more excuses you’ll come up with why you can’t exercise.
And don’t buy into all “lightweight” exercise advice from diet doctor gurus who’ve never had a weight problem in their life or some government agency mouthpiece that you only need 30 minutes three days a week. B. S. As I once heard a cardiologist claim “if you’re not sweating you’re not exercising. So, make it count, get that heart rate up there, that’s why they call it cardio.
Act Like Your Going To The Office
Even though you work at home act like you are going to office. Do what you would normally do to go to work. Take your shower, shave or put on your makeup, do your hair. Get dressed. Now you don’t have to go so far as to put on a suit and tie or wear high heels, but do dress up a little. Business casual would be good.
A home business can be very lonely and isolating. You can lose your sense of professionalism real easy. You get sloppy. Put up a mirror by your workspace. Look part. Be part. After all, you are proud owner of a successful and profitable home business right? You’ll be surprised how it will improve your attitude, your performance and your results.
Schedule Your Lunch And Break Times
When you have a “regular” job there are breaks and lunch times in your workday schedule. Have a regular start time, break times and lunch times. Eat breakfast before you even start up computer. If you work through evening make sure you have a regular dinner time.
Plan ahead. When you cook, make enough for a couple more days. You can do this especially when making soups or stews. Know ahead of time what you are going to eat. Don’t just open pantry or refrigerator and ponder. That’s just asking for trouble. Trouble in hips and waistline that is.
Eat at regularly scheduled time. Remember routine? Don’t eat at your desk. That’s a very dangerous habit. If you do and you want to stop it just put up a big mirror by your workspace and I bet you stop soon. Having something nutritious between meals is a good idea. Just go to kitchen and sit at table.
Try to include protein at each meal and snack. Protein will satisfy you, curb cravings for junk and keep your mind sharp and alert.
Drink Plenty Of Water
Water plays a big role in weight management. Most people are dehydrated. Many times when we feel hungry we are just thirsty.
It is widely recommended to drink 8 eight-ounce glasses—64 ounces—of water a day. That’s not enough. Your body uses 32 ounces a day just to aspirate your lungs. Your liver, heart and kidneys need water to function properly. Your skin, largest organ needs water and it gets it last after everything else. So if you’re looking a little wrinkly lately drink up. It’s difference between a grape and a raisin or a plum and a prune.
A minimum of 12 eight-ounce glasses is recommended for good bodily functions. Water flushes metabolic waste from your system when you are trying to lose weight. Most importantly your liver produces bile, which metabolizes fat, and it needs plenty of water to function properly.
Get Plenty Of Sleep
Recent research has shown that not getting enough sleep causes weight gain. Lack of sleep puts your body in stress mode and you produce certain hormones like cortisol that cause you to store fat especially in belly. That’s not good.
You need 7 – 8 hours of sleep a night. Many people walk around sleep deprived. They are not functioning at their best. Poor judgment and cloudy thinking are results of lack of sleep. To be successful with your web business you need to be awake and alert.
For a good nights sleep go to bed at a regular time every night. Drink a cup of chamomile tea to help you relax.
Copyright © 2005 Sheri Graber. All rights reserved.
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Sheri Graber understands the pain and frustration of being overweight. She lost 87 pounds in 6 months following a simple plan and has kept it off for 4 years. She writes and speaks about obesity and weight loss to help others experience their own weight loss success. She is the author of Automatic Weight-Loss Plan: Program Yourself Slim the Simple Simon Way. http://www.AutomaticWeightLossPlan.com