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Monday, 08 March 2021 11:11

What Do I Need to Make this Work?

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The conventional wisdom around weight management says that in order for the changes we make to be permanent we have to make a lifestyle change. My personal viewpoint is that the change has to take place in our minds and in our hearts first. After that, the physical changes will follow easily and joyfully. Either way, the thought of making a lifestyle change can feel intimidating. When I would hear that phrase in the past, I would think that I had to completely disrupt life as I know it and learn to live some way that’s foreign to me, uncomfortable, and difficult. It never occurred to me that the lifestyle change could be made to my specifications so that it aligns with my core values and feels good. What would it take to make a lifestyle change work for me? What would that lifestyle change look like?

Monday, 01 March 2021 11:11

Maybe I Could Use a Change

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Do you know that feeling you get when things just aren’t going the way you want them to? Maybe you can’t exactly put your finger on what’s wrong, or maybe you know exactly what’s not going your way. You’re a little cranky all the time and no matter what you do, you feel unsettled, unsatisfied, just a little bit off. That’s what I go through when I know I need a change and I don’t want to face it. Part of me knows the solution to what’s ‘wrong’ and it always comes back home to me. If I want to feel better, I’m going to have to change something about my life or about myself.

Monday, 22 February 2021 11:11

A Powerful Choice

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In the past few blogs, I’ve talked about different aspects of making decisions and choosing among different options available to us. Now, let’s explore some of the ways we can make our choices powerful, or power filled. How do we make a choice from a position of power, taking an affirmative step forward, rather than from a sense of obligation or from a feeling of being helpless?

Monday, 15 February 2021 11:11

How Do I Choose?

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Have you ever had to make a decision among your options and you just couldn’t choose? Have you agonized over your options, finally making a decision and then spent more fretful hours second-guessing yourself? Have you ever made a choice that seemed like a no-brainer and then you got unexpected and unpleasant results? I think most of us have experienced some, if not all, of these aspects of making choices. And this is by no means the universe of all possible experiences we can have with making decisions or choosing among our options. I’ll spend some time in this blog exploring different ways we might go about making choices, but here’s the spoiler alert. No matter what we choose, we can’t get it wrong! Keep reading to find out why I can make that bold statement.

Monday, 08 February 2021 11:11

Making the Tough Choice

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What happens when we are faced with a choice of doing something we know would be in our best interests, but making that choice would take us out of our comfort zone, out of our current ‘normal’ pattern? We can be talking about procrastination, eating habits, aggressive driving or anything that we want to change. We are such creatures of habit! When we try to do something new, it seems like our old habits fight for their very existence. We avoid the unknown, choosing the safety of our experience. So how do we ever create new habits? What does it take to step out into the unknown and make a different choice? Even the fact that we believe in our minds that the new behavior is going to be good for us and will make our lives better and happier doesn’t seem to be enough to move us forward.

Monday, 01 February 2021 11:11

But I Don’t Have a Choice!

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How many times in my life have I said that? How many times in my life have I felt that way – locked into a situation, seeing no options, feeling obligated to continue on with something that was draining the life out of me! Those were the times of my life when I felt helpless, hopeless, and depressed. For me, feeling like I had no choice was a sure path to depression. The only way out was to find something, one single thing, that I had a choice about. Eventually, I built up a habit of looking for my choices in any situation and every circumstance. It took lots of practice, lots of starting over again from scratch, but it has been worth the effort. The feeling of seeing a tiny a bit of relief now and then grew into a positive outlook and feelings of joy most of the time. Naturally, I have my ‘down’ days now and then. But not nearly as often and I don’t go as far ‘down’ as I did in the past.

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