Perception

If you’re having a bad day, month, or even year – instead of waiting for your happiness to come in some achievement or big life change, start small by shifting your perception. I am reading a new book about the Dalai Lama. He believes people can change. We can. I know I have. You can too if you want to!   Here are 10 simple ways to change:   1. Remind yourself as much as you need to that you get what you focus on. If you don’t like what you see, change your focus.   2. Instead of asking “How can I get…?”, ask “What can I give?”. The energy of giving rewards your soul. Giving makes me feel so happy and loved.   3. Joy is contagious. When you do what brings you joy, you uplift the world.   4. Remember that what’s meant to be will always find a way, but you must do the work for your goals.   5. Any troubling situation is designed to show you what needs to be worked on.   6. Maybe you’re exhausted because you’re tired of acting stronger than you feel. It’s okay to be vulnerable.   7. They say that we should say what we need to say. There is freedom in self-expression, but I believe it’s all in the delivery. You can say it. Just be calm and loving.   8. Things don’t happen to you; they happen for you. We can change our lives.   9. They say, “Treat yourself kindly.” When you nourish the inside, the outside will flourish.  I think it’s better if we say treat ourselves healthy. Often times people think kindly is a big...

Mindset Shifts

Stop blaming your weight gain on your genes. Realize your weight is a symptom. Realize the importance of a healthy lifestyle. Surround yourself with this and like minded people! Understand that your weight does not define you. Raise your standards­. Your body is a direct reflection of your standards. Enjoy the journey of improvement. Motivation can only come from within. Success is 10% talent and 90%...

Age Is Just a Number

A fascinating article was published last week In the British Publication for Internal Medicine – Not that any of you are remotely approaching old … but if you start now you should have remarkable executive function by the time you are…. Older women and men who did an hour or two or strength training exercises each week had improved cognitive function a year later, scoring higher on tests of the brain processes responsible for planning and executing tasks, a new study has found. Researchers in British Columbia randomly assigned 155 women ages 65 to 75 either to strength training with dumbbells and weight machines once or twice a week, or to a comparison group doing balance and toning exercises. A year later, the women who did strength training had improved their performance on tests of so-called executive function by 10.9 percent to 12.6 percent, while those assigned to balance and toning exercises experienced a slight deterioration – 0.5 percent. The improvements in the strength training group included an enhanced ability to make decisions, resolve conflicts and focus on subjects without being distracted by competing stimuli. So now you see, age is no...

14 Choices That Will Make You Happy

1. Stop planning and do it. 2. Get moving. 3. Help yourself and others. 4. Make everyday a treat day (and I don’t mean candy, I mean buy yourself some flowers!) 5. Move and meditate. 6. Do burpees, bounce and jump 7. Once a week, lie in bed an hour longer or 2 – not sleep, just stay in bed. 8. Be good at what you do. 9. Try hard, make your best effort. 10. Wear clothes – stop with that sloppy gym gear where you can hide your sins. 11. Live with passion. 12. Trust your gut. 13. Make a date in Central Park and have lunch at Le Pain (make sure you walk to and from) 14. Be...

Don’t be Afraid to Ask

Over the years nutritional consultations have become one of the more popular services that I offer to clients. How you eat is an extemely important part of reaching your fitness goals. One the the things I’ve always said to people is, ‘those who are the most successful when working with me are the ones that abuse me.’ What I mean by this is that they take advantage of all I have to offer. They really do send me their food and exercise reports every day. They check in constantly. Whether it be training for a marathon, trying to get themselves to eat healthy, or even just simply getting themselves up and going on a day to day basis and be more productive in their day. Being able to check in with someone allows you to look at what you are doing and ask for help when you need it. Dont be afraid to get someone to help you especially with things like exercise, training and keeping up with your BrowningMETHOD workouts. Ask your friend to come with you as you go for a run in the park. Having someone with you pushes you to work harder. Ask someone to guide you and help you with your eating. You could ask them to check in with what you eat each day, and keep a log. This way you will be much more accountable and we’re all less likely to cheat if we know someone is...

Smiling Is Contagious–Pass It On!

You know what they say: germs are contagious. People catch colds, they spread germs. However, the word contagious does not only apply to negative things. Smiling is also contagious, as is being happy, and being productive. Did you know that if you are happy in your work environment, when you get a cold, you actually don’t feel as sick? You are much more productive. You can get up and face your day and not be hindered by your symptoms. I’ve always wondered why when I get a cold I never feel ill, knock on wood. I’m always happy to be at work and I keep training. The same goes with smiling. If I walk into a room with a smile on my face, it’s contagious. If my clients are down or blue or don’t feel like working, if I arrive and talk about how down or bad or blue I feel, it makes them feel even worse. Or if they did feel great, I bring them down. Instead, if I arrive for our session positive and energetic, they will leave feeling the same way. Our moods are contagious. Think about how your mood affects the people around you. Not only in your work environment, but with your friends, with your children. With people you see in the street. When you smile, people smile back. When you are positive, other people are more positive around you. Isn’t that a wonderful thing that we are able to do? If we imagine that thread of happiness passing through the world, what a wonderful day it’s going to...