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Building a Lifestyle Priority List

I wanted to write a few posts this week on changing our lifestyles and building a lifestyle priority list. This is critical if we want to make the most of our lives. I know that I am probably not alone in the feeling that a lot of hours and days go by without really working on the things in my life that I feel, but have not acknowledged, are important to my life.

What are our top 10 list of things to do? Do you know what your priorities are at all? I know that I have a list that helps and I wanted to share a bit of a process on building a lifestyle priority list.

Why Building a Lifestyle Priority List Is Important

building a lifestyle priority list

building a lifestyle priority list

The beginning point of building a priority list is to make sure that you know what your goals and where you are headed. I find that most of us may try to make changes in our lives but other people and situations will force us to give these up and stay a bit more mainsteadm. Do you feel this way as well?

For you, building a lifestyle priority list is your chance to decide what in your life is important. We all have to work or have an income to stay living indoors and have food in the cupboard but work only takes 40 or so hours a week for many of us. The questions really comes down to how much control do you exert in your worklife for the changes that you want to see, and outside of work how do you spend your time.

I know last year at this time I was very much a couch potato at home after work and workouts but now I have fallen behind on almost all of my TV and am spending more time online seeking to learn how to make change, spending more time with my kids, and getting involved a lot more with both of my kids schools parent associations.

What is a Priority List?

So make a list. Start the list today and let it get bigger. Remember this list is not a todo list (my todo list has over 100 items just for my online stuff on it). But a priority list is really a way to get around those mission, vision, and value statements that people almost never do and that companies love. I have mentioned making mission and vision statements for the family before and my life looks at my like I was growing an extra head.

This priority list is certainly less formal than making a statement but I like to put action kinds of terms on there and it really makes sure that you are “heading” in the right direction where a todo list is just making wure you have stuff to check off when complete.

Here are the kinds of things that I have on my priority list. Traveling overseas, buying less “stuff”, spending better time with the kids, losing track of TV shows, exercising every day, posting, and tweeting often.

You see this list may look obvious but it is not always true. I will spend a lot of time online (I think we all tend to) and then realize that this time should be spent with the kids, or working out. I don’t plan vacations but when we go away I force us to go on a plane instead of just spending a week at home.

What About a ToDo List?

So I still do have a todo list. I keep on my itouch. I find that I get ideas and then they float away so I don’t get very emotional usually about how big this list is and then every once in a while I realize that one of those parts of my life has really drifted in priority and I get back to knocking things of the list. This happened to me this weekend when I was doing some modifications to this blog, hanging with the kids a lot and not getting any posts out.

I think that giving everything that I can to this blog is important and tweaking things may make your experience a bit better but content is more important than how pretty that page is. I started looking at my list and decided that I needed to write more so here it is. One more thing off the todo list.

Getting Started With Priorities

So today is the day that you should start this. Make sure that you have an angle, a direction, priorities, lifestyle that is important to you and then you have a way to live a better life. Make priorities and then you will be able to move forward and get rid of those3 conflicting feelings when you are doing something when you know you should be doing something else, whatever that is.

I will be furthering some of these concepts more this week on building a lifestyle priority list as I have not done any of these kinds of posts since I did a motivation week on the blog a couple of years ago. I think it is important to get away from post after post of loss and muscle gain and improve our lives a little.

Are you going to do this? I would love to see some comments as I never know if I am going off topic too far on this blog.  Is building a lifestyle priority list something that you feel would be important to you and to know more about?

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This is the end of this set of posts. I have wanted to look at the inner workings of our head and what we can do to really make a difference in our lives and now I think is the final chapter. Accountability to yourself.

What is Accountability?

Accountability is the answering for our actions. Most of the time in families and at work there are certain expectations that are put on us and we are able to live up to these expectations, usually because they are expected of us.


In our personal lives though this is the difference between success and failure. The only person that we are accountable for our success in health, fitness, financial success, and personal happiness is ourselves. No one to answer to but ourselves may mean beating ourselves up about lack or accepting and blaming outside forces for it.

Do We Really Have Personal Control? Can We Be Accountable to Ourselves?

This is one of those questions that I believe is an easy answer. Yes, I do believe that we have control over our destiny. Sure there are always roadblocks that we have no control over, there are others that may be against us, but if we want to make change, if we want to succeed in something, almost anything, then yes we can make changes, make plans, execute and alter plans until we succeed.

Accountability is in our control!

Yes in fact even though we see and tend to listen to others in either laziness or their own agendas we do in fact have ourselves to answer to and it is critically important to make sure that you always do what YOU need to do for yourself before worrying about what others need. It reminds me of when you are on a plane and they do the oxygen mask demo, ever notice they say put YOUR mask on before putting your kids mask on. This makes sense, think if you put your kids mask on but pass out first then you can’t save either of you.

One of the greatest things that I learned from The Biggest Loser TV Show was that people, no matter what position that they find themselves in can make changes in their lives. Of course on that show they have a lot of things going for them (we will look at this) but still almost everyone on that show during the season makes huge changes.

How Can We Be More Accountable to Ourselves?

There are a few ways that we can become more accountable and I will use the contestants on The Biggest Loser to illustrate them.

Focus – On the Biggest Loser Ranch they do not exactly what they are supposed to be doing. They are there to lose . They rely on other people there, they have left their families, they don’t have access to junk food but when the cameras are rolling they know that the only thing that matters is the Big Giant Scale and the weekly weigh-in.

Adaptability – We all have the ability to change and adapt and that is a tool to our own accountability. On the Biggest Loser they have their bodies changes, metabolism changing, team dynamics changing and through all of this it still comes down to knowing what they want and accepting then the changes that they have to make.

Confidence – In our life as in our family and work lives we need to have confidence that we are good enough to make the changes that we need. If you have low confidence then you will not be able to make those changes but why would you accept yourself as being less. You are really the only one that matters for your own life so have the confidence that you can do whatever it is that you want. Live YOUR life to the fullest. (No Biggest Loser comment needed here)

Importance – The world needs us, all of us. You may be making great strides or not at work or home, but really there is a lot that the world needs. We live in the greatest time in the history of the world and at the same time there is the greatest stress on the planet, extinction of animals and the worst poverty in the history of the planet. It is important that we look at our lives as being an extension, a help to the planet and so be accountable not just to yourself but all of those around you as well.

I know that there may be a lot that I have missed on accountability. Wow, I bet we could do a book on it here today. But, the most important thing that i want to leave you with today is to realize that you are very important and it is this importance that means that you need to be accountable to yourself, that accountability will lead to a great self confidence and an opportunity to help yourself in all areas of your life.

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What is Resveratrol?

I see more and more news and studies about Resveratrol and its health benefits so today I wanted to take a look and see what I could find out about this apparent wonder substance.

Where does Resveratrol come from?

Resveratrol is a substance that has been isolated from the skin of grapes as well as in peanuts and a grass called Japanese Knotweed. The amounts are fairly small and a dose, whatever a dose is, is best absorbed through the mouth. Although many people think that they can get Resveratrol from wine in fact the only wine that can have it is red wine and your body can absorb the Resveratrol from the red wine while it is in your mouth. The trouble is that you wouold need to drink at least 100 bottles of red wine a day to get the dose of Resveratrol needed to show the health benefits of Resveratrol

What is Resveratrol good for?


Well this is where things get interesting for Resveratrol. It seems that there are studies always going on and the most popular ones were done by Professor Sinclair from Australia that did studies using larger and larger insects and animals and found that they lived longer as they took the Resveratrol. Finally in 2006 an Italian study found that a certain breed of fish would live 56% longer by taking this substance although I am not a fish so who knows.
Professor Sinclair’s work suggests activating the sirtuins can increase memory and endurance but also slow ageing and alleviate the impact of a high-fat diet.

”If the animal studies are borne out in humans, you would have a pill for arthritis that would prevent Alzheimer’s, cardiac arrest, would slow down heart disease and even protect you against cataracts,” he said.

Asked how he could say that without sounding like a snake oil salesman, Professor Sinclair, who grew up in St Ives and will speak at the Garvan Institute today, conceded: ”I’m sure I do.” ”Within scientific circles this is as cutting edge as stem cell research.”

Professor Sinclair said his parents, who both live in Sydney, and thousands of people who purchase resveratrol online were still taking the compound, originally found in red grape skins. He acknowledged there was a risk because the effects of long-term doses in humans were not known, but no side-effects in either animals or humans had been found.

In the wild the sirtuin genes are believed to regulate feast and famine, storing up fat in times of abundance and burning it in times of scarcity. Tricking them into seeing scarcity in the Western world’s mass consumption appears to be the key, leading some to consider it a pill for contemporary slothfulness.
There are also lots of other studies and medical claims for Resveratrol including Cancer prevention, better cardio performance, anti-diabetic, and anitviral effects. And there have been lots of studies showing that it is a superdrug for prevention.

Why no Human Studies of Resveratrol?

All of the studies have been done on animals and because the testing has only been going on for the last 8 or 9 years at all there has been no time for human trials to prove the effects of Resveratrol in humans

In the only positive human trial, extremely high doses (3–5 g) of resveratrol in a proprietary formulation designed to enhance its bioavailability have been necessary to significantly lower blood sugar. This 28-day study was conducted privately in India by pharmaceutical company Sirtris, and was announced in at an investors conference in early 2008; but while it has been alluded to in review articles, the study itself has never been published in a peer-reviewed scientific publication.

Should you take Resveratrol?

Well the jury really is out on this stuff. I know that there is a huge market of people saying that Resveratrol is the great est stuff ever but with a lack of human tests it is really tough to say. I have not taken this before but if you are interested in testing out Resveratrol for yourself you can take advantage of a one month free offer.

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