Thursday, May 8, 2014

Accepting Praise for Your Successes

Brian Dunning is from the podcast, and he was the most recent guest on my podcast Make Your Someday Today.

Success will bring recognition. In business, that could be in the form of a pay raise, a bonus, a promotion, or a bigger office. In sports, that could be medals or sponsorships. Those are relatively easy to accept. They are tangible rewards, something that is measurable and comparable to other people.

In weight loss, the recognition is different. People will say things like "Have you lost weight?" or "You are getting so thin" or "You really shouldn't lose any more weight." Those can be handled with a simple "Yes", "Not really" and "My goal is to be healthy", respectively.

But what do you say to people who give verbal praise? (This can be in any of the above successes.) Peers and family who are unable to give that tangible recognition but are only able to say "You did great on that project" or "You were the fastest in that race" or "You look great!"

Think about those comments. What are your first responses that come to mind. Most likely the response will sound something like "I was just doing my job" or "That's just because I practiced a lot" or "Oh, I didn't lose that much!" People tend to be humble when presented with praise. We downplay our successes. We try to not seem boastful.

That is really wrong. In my Booster episode from today (May 8, 2014) I talk about this problem in greater detail. Listen to the entire show for my rationale and a challenge that I am putting out to everyone. You can find the show in iTunes here, in Stitcher (for non-Apple devices) here, and directly from my website here.

Also, I gave a few more shout-outs to reviewers. Do you want to hear your name? Give me a rating and review on iTunes today!

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Delicious Foods!

There are some foods that are just needed. Comfort foods. Foods from your childhood. These are foods that rarely get mentioned in trendy food magazines, but never go away from the shelves in your local store. And they never will.

They are the "processed" foods of convenience. In this case, "processed" means (I think) chopped, formed and canned. Regardless, this food will stay fresh on you pantry shelf for a long time, until that cold and dreary day, when you need a bite of childhood memories.

When I was growing up, we ate Spam. Not all the time, but often enough. Sometimes it was sliced and fried at breakfast, sometimes sliced and made into a cold sandwich. But my favorite way of eating it is to slice it, lay in on a hamburger bun, top with a slice of onion, and then add a second bit of yellow processed comfort food, Velveeta.

It must be Velveeta, not real cheese. Nothing else melts and browns the same.

This will last for a long time in your pantry!

Processed food marriage of perfection.

Broil for about 5 minutes, or until it gets soft and browned.

I sort of don't want to do this part, but I need to keep the pattern.

Nutritional data for 1 portion (as above with 2 ounces of Spam and 1 ounce Velveeta):
Calories:        348
Fat:                 22g
Sat fat:            10g
Chol:            65mg
Sodium:    1401mg
Carb:           21.9g
Fiber:             4.3g
Protein:        16.2g

Another unique food is Vegemite. Those of us of a certain age will immediately start thinking about a certain "Men at Work" song from the mid-80's. Vegemite is an Australian food, a by-product of the brewing industry. It is essentially a yeast paste, with some malt extract for flavor. And salt. A lot of salt.

Never confuse this with Nutella!

I find it to be a food that you will either love or hate. I fall into the "love" category. I prefer to toast an English muffin, butter it, and then spread a bit (1/2 teaspoon) of the paste on each half.
Incredibly savory, this really is delicious. For some people.

Sometimes I add a fried egg on top.

I'm just going to give nutritional data for the Vegemite, since it is more of an ingredient than a stand-alone food.

Nutritional data (per 1 teaspoon)
Calories:      10
Fat:              0g
Sat fat          0g:
Chol:            0g
Sodium: 160mg
Carbs:       0.8g
Fiber:           0g
Protein:         2g

On the upside, beside a TON of flavor, it also provides a LOT of B vitamins.  If you are curious, the only place I've found Vegemite is on Amazon.

These were some of the foods that my most recent podcast guest, Brian Dunning, talked about. You can hear the entire show here (in iTunes) or here (in Stitcher) or directly from my website.

Make Your Someday Today is a twice-weekly podcast, where we talk to successful people in all walks of life and around the world on Monday, and then on Thursday, I take a specific message from the previous guest and give my "Trevitorial", where I help you apply that message to your life. The entire purpose of the show is to help all of us overcome our challenges and fears and become the person we want to be, the person we deserve to be.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

A Success Story! Have You Heard It Yet?

This is a shameless plug for my podcast.

You can easily find MakeYourSomedayToday (in iTunes) or (in Stitcher). If you like what you hear, please leave me a review on one of those sites (or both!) Ratings and reviews serve to demonstrate to each company that my podcast is worth promoting. That is the only way I can grow--if you, my readers and listeners give feedback to iTunes and Stitcher!

I am asking for everyone here to listen to a show or two (or all 10?) and then give me honest ratings and reviews.

The next show that I will promote here is the most recent episode, and it will feature a few unusual foods. If you listened already, you know what I am talking about. I will show pictures and give basic recipes.

By the way, if you want to hear my story, you can find it in MYST Episode 1 at either of the links about or directly from my website.