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Monday, 12 October 2020 11:11

Mental and Emotional Maintenance

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Recently I heard someone say that it takes five positive things to balance out, or cancel out, one negative thing. This includes thoughts, discussions, things we read, and things we hear. So, while I’m on the theme of maintenance, let’s take one of our tools, namely affirmations, and apply it to the maintenance of our self-esteem and our joy. You can think of this as your positive self-talk. Affirmations that work, and that bring about results, are positive, present tense and personal. I like to add another “P” word, and that’s powerful.

Monday, 05 October 2020 11:11

Tune Up that Self-Esteem

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Let’s look at a list of tools that we use on a regular basis to make changes to our attitudes, our bodies and our self-esteem. These are practical tools for everything from weight management to attitude adjustment to expanding the world of possibilities available to us. You may have more than the ones I’ve listed below, or yours might be different, but here’s a starting point.

Monday, 28 September 2020 11:11

Advance Planning

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We’ve talked about the different ways we can reward ourselves on an ongoing basis. Can you think of how you will reward yourself when you get to your eventual goal? In order to be ready to reward ourselves, we have to do some advance planning. If it’s a trip, we may need to save money, look into accommodations, transportation costs, things to do and see at our destination.

Monday, 21 September 2020 11:11

Every Breath You Take

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Once upon a time, my Dad told us about a book he read where the author said he was inspired to give thanks for everything, especially the ‘bad’ or challenging things in his life. So, my Dad tried this out one day when he was driving down the main commercial street in his neighborhood. This street had a traffic light at nearly every block and, as was usually the case, he was hitting every red light. He started saying, “thank you for the red light, thank you for the red light, thank you for the red light,” at every corner. Pretty soon, instead of being frustrated and angry, he was laughing!

Monday, 14 September 2020 11:11

You Can’t Eat That!

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No matter what food plan we’ve chosen to follow, whether it’s a strict diet that eliminates certain types of food, or a plan that allows everything in limited portions, at some point we find that we deprive ourselves of some type of food. We seem to have no self-control or ability to stop when it comes to that particular food. Quite often, we use that food as a reward for reaching a milestone weight, or for having done something over and above our normal exercise routine.

Monday, 07 September 2020 11:11

What’s In It For Me?

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I’ve decided I need to lose weight and I want to lose weight. I’m excited about the diet program I just enrolled in or the plan I just started. For the first few weeks I follow the plan to the letter and I see results! Hooray! The weight loss in the first few weeks is dramatic and I feel like all my hard work and all these changes are worth it.

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