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Say “No” To Weighing Yourself & “Yes” to Loving Yourself

By: Angela Ciroalo

Weighing ourselves is a common thing that we all likely do.

We tend to weigh ourselves as we exit the bathroom, enter our bedrooms, or even just before we leave the house.

Instead of placing the number in your mind, I am going to give you an alternative for ONE week.

I am challenging you to go one full week without weighing yourself.

Take The Challenge

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Use this week to instead focus on the successes that you experienced (going to the gym, eating a banana instead of cookies, sleeping an extra hour, drinking several cups of water).

Remove all negativity: Remove your thoughts about how many pounds you want to lose, the areas of your body you are unhappy with and, overall, any thing that brings you stress or unhappiness.

Too often we place our focus on what we did not do, what we have done wrong or what we still need to do — instead of all of the wonderful things WE DID DO!

No hate zone

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These are all negative thoughts that poison the mind and prevent improvement.

These thoughts weigh you down, bring you stress and aggravation, prevent you from being happy — and decrease you opportunity for success.

Therefore, use the next week to detox your negative thoughts (including the number on the scale) and instead begin taken steps to learn to love yourself.

Love yourself for all of the wonderful things you have accomplished, done correctly, succeeded in, and so forth 🙂 I am sure there are a TON, but you have overshadowed them on all that you did not do right. Stop that!! ❤

Love yourself

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Those few minutes that you would have spent weighing yourself, you can instead look in the mirror and remind yourself of you beautiful or handsome you are.

This sounds silly, but it is really nice to hear from yourself. The more you tell yourself how much you truly do love yourself, the more you will believe it and then express it in your actions and behaviors.

Loveing yourself

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Loving yourself expresses confidence, which allows you to be positive, thus happier and overall successful in all that you do. 

Try this one week challenge and take note of the changes that you feel each day.

You will be very surprised of how much this small change will impact your life!!

Choose Happiness

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Take the challenge today: Say “No” to weighing yourself and “Yes” to loving yourself 🙂

Good luck with this exercise. Let me know how it works out.

Beauty

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Beautiful

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❤ Wishing you love, joy and blessings!

Best,

Angela Joy xo

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Eat More Kale: Here is Why

By: Angela Ciroalo

The green leafy vegetable KALE has received national recognition over the past two years or so.

People are adding it in their salads, wraps, smoothies and juices.

But why kale? What is so great about this green leafy vegetable that people are going crazy over it?

Kale

According to a report from Medical News Today, kale is PACKED with nutrition.

Kale can improve the health of your skin, hair, bones, improve digestions, while also lowering your risk of heart disease.

Medical News Today also reports that consuming kale can improve blood glucose control amongst diabetic patients, lower the risk of cancer, lower blood pressure, lower the risk of asthma, and much more.

Kale

Medical News Today (MNT) found that kale is a leafy green cruciferous vegetable that is chock-full of essential vitamins A, C and K as well as minerals like copper, potassium, iron, manganese and phosphorus.

A cup of fresh kale contains an average of only 40 calories, while providing an average of three grams of protein!

Furthermore, MNT stated that one cup of cooked kale has over 1000-percent more vitamin C than one cup of cooked spinach — and unlike spinach kale’s oxalate content is very low which means that the calcium and iron in kale are highly absorbable in the human digestive system. (Which is a HUGE plus!)

Mind Body Green created a list of 10 reasons why KALE is simply amazing 🙂

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TEN reasons to LOVE kale: 

1. Kale is low in calorie, high in fiber and has zero fat. One cup of kale has only 36 calories, 5 grams of fiber and zero grams of fat. It is great for aiding in digestion and elimination with its great fiber content. It’s also filled with so many nutrients, vitamins, folate and magnesium as well as those listed below.

2. Kale is high in iron. Per calorie, kale has more iron than beef. Iron is essential for good health, such as the formation of hemoglobin and enzymes, transporting oxygen to various parts of the body, cell growth, proper liver function and more.

3. Kale is high in Vitamin K. Eating a diet high in Vitamin K can help protect against various cancers. It is also necessary for a wide variety of bodily functions including normal bone health and blood clotting. Also increased levels of vitamin K can help people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.

4. Kale is filled with powerful antioxidants. Antioxidants, such as carotenoids and flavonoids help protect against various cancers.

5. Kale is a great anti-inflammatory food. One cup of kale is filled with 10% of the RDA of omega-3 fatty acids, which help, fight against arthritis, asthma and autoimmune disorders.

6. Kale is great for cardiovascular support. Eating more kale can help lower cholesterol levels.

7. Kale is high in Vitamin A. Vitamin A is great for your vision, your skin as well as helping to prevent lung and oral cavity cancers.

8. Kale is high in Vitamin C. This is very helpful for your immune system, your metabolism and your hydration.

9. Kale is high in calcium. Per calorie, kale has more calcium than milk, which aids in preventing bone loss, preventing osteoporosis and maintaining a healthy metabolism. Vitamin C is also helpful to maintain cartilage and joint flexibility

10. Kale is a great detox food. Kale is filled with fiber and sulfur, both great for detoxifying your body and keeping your liver healthy.

Incorporating Kale In To Your Diet

Now that you have learned WHY kale is so wonderful, here are a few ways that you can begin to incorporate it into your diet.

I consume kale almost every day.

Photos below were all taken from huffingtonpost.com

Some of the ways that I eat kale will consist of:

  • Using one or two leaves in a fruit/protein smoothie

Kale Smoothie

  • Baking kale topped with nutritional yeast for a kale chip snack

Kale Chips

  • Adding some kale leaves to a salad

Kalee salad

  • Making a kale wrap – Instead of the bread or create a kale lettuce wrap (YUM)
  • Juicing with kale
  • Adding kale into a soup

Tofu and kale

  • Sauteing kale with spinach and garlic
  • Adding kale to a sandwich – sub the lettuce

Kale Sandwhich

  • Placing kale in a casserole
  • Frying kale with eggs/tofu scramble
  • Cooking kale in a pasta

Kale salad two

The possibilities are endless!!

I will post some of these wonderful kale-inspired recipes soon 🙂

Until then, enjoy a delicious heaping of kale during your next meal.

If you decide yo make something special with kale, let me know. I would love to hear about it!

Wishing you love, joy and blessings XO,

Angela Joy ❤

Resources:
MNT: http://bit.ly/1j70cZD
Mind Body Green: http://bit.ly/1gCf0vo

A little organization & positive reinforcement can make a world of difference

By: Angela Joy

What does your work space look like?
Does it promote productivity? Do you feel motivated?

Each office has its own look and feel, depending on the type of profession, office space/location and person’s interest.

What every office may need, regardless of its look and feel, is some needed organization along with a taste of positive reinforcement.

Angela Joy’s Wall of Motivation – alongside a clear and organized workspace

Organization&Positive Reinforcement

Organization:

The photo above is an example of my current desk/office space.

All of the notes, paperwork, and books have been removed – only allowing items that I am using at the moment to remain.

Items, books, and paper work that were previously placed on the desk have been removed and organized in folders.

Now that my workspace is clear and organized, I feel refreshed and prepared to work.

More often than not people do not take the time to clear their workspace – leaving scattered paper work, pens, notes and to-do lists.

The result of dismissing time to organize your desk may lead to unproductivity, confusion, stress and aggravation – without you even realizing it.

Careerbuilder.com states that the benefits of an organized desk/office include:

  • Increased efficiency
  • Reduced stress levels
  • An enhanced image at work
  • The ability to retrieve forgotten/lost items
  • The opportunity to gain a sense of accomplishment

Information obtained from:  http://cb.com/1FQDyP2

Shape.com, also agrees. The health and exercise magazine printed a recent article proving the same facts: http://bit.ly/1DC4Tl1

If you are facing issues with lack of organization in the workplace, refer to TimeManagementSuccess.com, where they have provided tips for you to get organized and achieve ultimate productivity: http://bit.ly/1ACLnoX

Positive Reinforcement:

While organizing my new workspace I thought about different ways to decorate the area.

Have you ever heard that if you surround yourself with good people you will become a good person?

Well in deciding how to decorate the space I thought why not surround myself with encouraging and inspirational quotes?

As a result I began researching some quotes that are important to me and began collecting them. Over time I acquired enough of them that I started printing them to place on my wall.

The photo above shows the quotes I have placed at my workspace, I also placed quotes and encouraging words all throughout my bedroomtherefore completely surrounding myself with encouragement in every direction.

While placing these notes throughout my room I then decided to write down my weekly, yearly and life goals.

I then taped my goals next to my calendar, mirror and next to my door.

The goals are a constant reminder of the plans, dreams and hopes that I am working towards each day.

This effort has been extremely beneficial for me. Each time that I feel down I subconscious read the notes in my room while getting dressed or putting on makeup – and my mood and perspective is automatically changed.

I advise everyone, no matter how successful or not successful that you are to try this exercise.

We all have goals and hopes in life and it is important to remember and work towards them each day!

A  quote to get your own “Wall of Motivation” started is this:

“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.”
-Harriet Tubman

-Angela Joy

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