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A little wisdom..
People are unreasonable, illogical and self-centered; forgive them anyway. If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives; be kind anyway. If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies; be succesful anyway. What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight; build anyway. If you find serenity and happiness, others may be jealous; be happy anyway. The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow; do ...
A little wisdom..
People are unreasonable, illogical and self-centered; forgive them anyway. If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives; be kind anyway. If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies; be succesful anyway. What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight; build anyway. If you find serenity and happiness, others may be jealous; be happy anyway. The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow; do good anyway. Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough; Give the world your best anyway. In the final analysis, it is between you and God; It was never between you and them anyway. -Mother Theresa
The strongest oak of the forest is not the one that is protected from the storm and hidden from the sun. It's the one that stands in the open where it is compelled to struggle for its existence against the winds and rains and the scorching sun.
~~Napoleon Hill~~ "We must spend most of our lives conjugating three verbs: to want, to have, and to do"~Evelyn Underhill



"The most basic and powerful way to connect to another person is to listen. Just listen. Perhaps the most important thing we ever give each other is our attention...A loving silence often has far more power to heal and to connect than the most well-intentioned words."~Rachel Naomi Remen









We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When a mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves. --Siddhartha Guatama (563-483 B.C.)

The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, gifted ability, or skill. It will make or break a company, a church, a home.
The remarkable thing is we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we will embrace from that day. We cannot change our past, we cannot change the fact that people will act in certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing that we can do is play on the one string that we have and this string is, Attitude. I am convinced that life is ten percent what happens to me and ninety percent how I react to it. And so it is with you....We are in charge of our Attitudes.
-- Charles Swindoll

















“Compassion costs. It is easy enough to argue, criticize and
condemn, but redemption is costly, and comfort draws from the
deep. Brains can argue, but It takes heart to comfort.” –Samuel Chadwick



"You can't sit around and wait for the storm to be over.
You've got to learn how to dance in the rain."

"The battle is won or lost in the mind"

"Your thoughts become your destiny"




Keep posted as I melt to a healthy and thinner Bella! I am doing awesome and a big thank you to some sweet people here! Don't let the negative ugly hearted people drag you down to their level! We may be heavier but they are ugly inside and out. We are beautiful but they can't change the ugly. Thanks friends, I love you for your positive attitudes!
"I Can Do All Things Through Christ Who Strengthens Me"
Philippians 4:13

"If you lack the courage to start, you have already finished"



"If I am not good to myself, how can I expect anyone else to be good to me?"
— Maya Angelou

"Promise yourself that just for today, you will not give up, that you will keep trying, and tomorrow will take care of itself."
Lucy MacDonald




“Every person has the power to make others happy.
Some do it simply by entering a room --
others by leaving the room.
Some individuals leave trails of gloom;
others, trails of joy.
Some leave trails of hate and bitterness;
others, trails of love and harmony.
Some leave trails of cynicism and pessimism;
others trails of faith and optimism.
Some leave trails of criticism and resignation;
others trails of gratitude and hope.
What kind of trails do you leave?”

William Arthur Ward



What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

All battles are first won or lost, in the mind.
Saint Joan of Arch



"There's a difference between interest and commitment. When you're interested in doing something, you do it only when it's convenient. When you're committed to something, you accept no excuses; only results." ~ Kenneth Blanchard

"If you wait for the best moment to begin, you may never finish." -- Author Unknown




Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that,but the really great ones make you feel that you too, can become great.
Mark Twain

"One person working toward a dream is worth 99 people just working." -Lani Kraus





WHEN YOU THOUGHT I WASN'T LOOKING (Written by a former child)
A message every adult should read, because children are watching you and doing as you do, not as you say.

When you thought I wasn't looking, I saw you hang my first painting on the refrigerator, and I immediately wanted to paint another one.

When you thought I wasn't looking, I saw you feed a stray cat, and I learned that it was good to be kind to animals.

When you thought I wasn't looking, I saw you make my favorite cake for me and I learned that the little things can be the special things in life.

When you thought I wasn't looking, I heard you say a prayer, and I knew there is a God I could always talk to and I learned to trust in God.

When you thought I wasn't looking, I saw you make a meal and take it to a friend who was sick, and I learned that we all have to help take care of each other.

When you thought I wasn't looking, I saw you give of your time and money to help people who had nothing and I learned that those who have something should give to those who don't.

When you thought I wasn't looking, I saw you take care of our house and everyone in it and I learned we have to take care of what we are given.

When you thought I wasn't looking, I saw how you handled your responsibilities, even when you didn't feel good and I learned that I would have to be responsible when I grow up.

When you thought I wasn't looking, I saw tears come from your eyes and I learned that sometimes things hurt, but it's all right to cry.

When you thought I wasn't looking, I saw that you cared and I wanted to be everything that I could be.

When you thought I wasn't looking, I learned most of life's lessons that I need to know to be a good and productive person when I grow up.

When you thought I wasn't looking, I looked at you and wanted to say, 'Thanks for all the things I saw when you thought I wasn't looking.'

I AM SENDING THIS TO ALL OF THE PEOPLE I KNOW WHO DO SO MUCH FOR OTHERS AND THINK NO ONE EVER SEES.

LITTLE EYES SEE A LOT!



All works of love are works of peace. If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other."

—Mother Teresa


My thoughts March 2008
1. I have value just because I am.
2. I cannot change anyone but myself.
3. I live only in this moment. The past is over and cannot be changed so why torture myself thinking about what IFS. The future cannot be forced into what I want it to be, so do not torture myself trying.
5. It is a natural law of the universe - you must give in order to receive.
6. I am my spirit, I live in my body. Food is fuel for my body, not my spirit.
7. It is just as easier to eat a grape than it is to unwrap a candy bar.


Info on Jack LaLanne, www.jacklalanne.com.

from Jack,

“Anything in life is possible if you make it happen.”

“Your waistline is your lifeline.”

“If man makes it, don’t eat it.”

“If it tastes good, spit out.”

“Ten seconds on the lips and a lifetime on the hips.”


Taken from Karen's weight loss tips

1. Put yourself first. You are worth it.

2. Work out every day -- no matter what. Some of your best workouts happen on days when you're tired or feeling bad.

3. Count calories and write everything down.

4. Drink lots of water.

5. Avoid salt and processed foods. Eat fresh as much as possible.

6. If you can't be honest with other people about your weight, be honest with yourself. Sometimes it is the hardest thing you have to do.

7. Ask for help if you need it -- people are willing to support you. Limit your time with those who sabotage you or don't support your goals.

8. Keep a journal and take pictures so you can see how far you've come emotionally and physically.

9. If you go off your program, get right back on. Don't wait until tomorrow, Monday or the New Year to get started. Just do it and don't beat yourself up -- no one is perfect

25 Things to do Each Day!

1. Take a 10-30 minute walk every day, and while you walk, smile.
It is the ultimate anti-depressant.

2. Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day. Talk to God (or to your higher power or meditate) about what is going on in your life. Buy a lock if you have to.

3. When you wake up in the morning complete the following statement,
' My purpose is to__________ today. I am thankful for______________ '

4. Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less food that
is manufactured in plants.

5. Drink green tea and plenty of water. Eat blueberries, wild Alaskan
salmon, broccoli, almonds & walnuts.

6. Try to make at least three people smile each day.

7. Don't waste your precious energy on gossip, energy vampires,
issues of the past, negative thoughts or things you cannot control
Instead invest your energy in the positive present moment.

8. Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a
college kid with a maxed out charge card.

9. Life is not fair, but it is still good.

10. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.

11. Don ' t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.

12. You are not so important that you have to win every argument.
Agree to disagree.

13. Make peace with your past so it will not spoil the present.

14. Don ' t compare your life to others. You have no idea what
their journey is all about.

15. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.

16. Frame every so-called disaster with these words: ' In five
years, will this matter? '

17. Forgive everyone for everything.

18. What other people think of you is none of your business.

19. GOD (depending on your beliefs) heals everything - but you have to ask Him (translate to your religion).

20. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.

21. Your job will not take care of you when you are sick.
Your friends will. Stay in touch!!!

22. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.

23. Each night, before you go to bed complete the following statements:
I am thankful for__________. Today I accomplished_________.

24. Remember that you are too blessed to be stressed.

25. When you are feeling down, start listing your many blessings.
You will be smiling before you know it.


What life means to us is determined not so much by what life brings to us as by the attitude we bring to life; not so much by what happens to us as by our reaction to what happens.
- Lewis L. Dunnington




"Don''t sacrifice what you want the most for what you want right now."

Being defeated is often temporary, giving up makes it permanent.

~Marilyn vos Savant

The Ten Commandments of Permanent Weight Loss

1. Thou shalt honor and believe in thyself.

2. Thou shalt move thy booty. Move it and move it some more.

3. Thou shalt never go hungry again. Eat small meals and healthy snacks throughout the day.

4. Thou shalt stock the fridge with the right stuff - the fruits and vegetables of the earth, the melba toast of men who walked before us.

5. Thou shalt honestly write it down. If you bite it, you must write it.

6. Thou shalt weigh and measure thy food.

7. Thou shalt drink enough Holy Water to frighten Noah and map out all the restrooms in thy village.

8. Thou shalt not deny thyself a treat or two now and then.

9. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's plate.

10. Thou shalt not eat out of misery, boredom, anxiety, or ...; but should thou over-indulge, forgive thyself immediately.
________________________________________



Consume at least 8 cups of water per day.
Stand instead of Sit/ Take fitness opportunities
Get moving for at least 10 minutes
D.A.S. (Dress the part. Act the part. Suck it up.)
Stay within calorie range
Stay within fat range
Stay within carbohydrate range
Stay within protein range
20+ Fiber
2+ Organic dairy
5+ Fruits and vegetables
2+ Whole grains
Vitamins taken
Practice portion control
Use a 9 inch luncheon plate
Eat a 3-4 hour mini meal schedule
Blood sugar check
Do something productive
Kepp the house junk food free
Be the girl who orders small
Avoid sodas and sugary drinks
Binge free

It is only what you say to yourself that has any importance in your life. If you tell yourself that what others say is important, then what they say will be important. If you tell yourself that what others say is unimportant, they what they say will be unimportant.

Since I cannot control what other people say, I listen with a critical ear. Merlinandme

Noone can make you feel inferior without your permission. E. Roosevelt

Love This....Mirror, Mirror on the Wall
Daily Inspiration
By John H. Sklare, Ed.D,


I have an experiment that I would like you to try. It revolves around the concept of change, but with a twist. I want you to pick some habit that you’d like to change or stop. For example, maybe it’s starting to exercise, eating better, not smoking or looking for that better job. Whatever you choose, I would like you to commit to it for two full weeks. Now for the twist.

At the end of each day during these two weeks, I’d like you to look at yourself in the mirror and rate yourself from 1 (meaning not at all) to 10 (meaning very much) on the following:

I like myself.
I respect myself.
I am proud of myself.

I firmly believe that healthy change brings with it significant internal satisfaction. You can test my theory by participating in this two-week experiment. So pick something to change in your life for two full weeks, rank your self-image in the mirror daily and see if there’s any difference in your scores after the two weeks. Chaos Theory teaches us that even the smallest of changes can bring with it significant and monumental results.



If You Think You are Beaten
Walter D. Wintle

If you think you are beaten, you are.
If you think you dare not, you don't.
If you'd like to win but think you can't,
It's almost certain you won't.
Life's battles don't always go
To the stronger or faster man,
But sooner or later, the man who wins
Is the man who thinks he can.

An interpretation of Psalm 27

You, God are my light and salvation. Whom should I fear?
Within your fortress, what can threaten me?
Even when everyone is against me - even myself-
I'd be a fool to fear when you call me friend.
I ask only to live all my days in your house,
sheltered from all that seeks to ravage my soul.
No matter what comes, I will face it, head held high,
No matter my frailty, you, my God, have chosen me.
by
William J. O'Malley




Read this on Kitt's blog....good Stuff
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
I finished my 100 Days of weight loss book today...
an interesting thing I read went like this"No matter how long you stay on your diet or maintenance plan, food will always look good.. You will never be completely free of the temptation to eat when you feel stressed, or upset or lonely or any other reason you turn to food, for nurturing and solace."
I did not write word for word but you get the idea, ...her idea is to write yourself a sign or note and put it on the fridge, pantry cupboards or where you keep food that says "IT'S NOT IN THERE" food can't give you what you need or want....

one of the most powerful statements I found way back that really turned me around was this
"FOOD SOLVES NO ISSUE BUT HUNGER"......I had to read and reread that statement, then it was OMG that's right, not a cheese burger, 10 pounds of chocolate, or any food is going to make me feel loved , or wanted or needed....those things can't make you healthy, be active, help me live longer, make me the skinner sister, help me look better in my clothes, ......

It has taken me time and great soul searching to realize that food is not my best friend, it doesn't calm my nerves, it doesn't solve relationship issues, money problems..
so whats the secret ....you have to find different ways of coping....

I make lists, list like what to do instead of eat...it's a slow processes and it take trail and error to find what might work for you...but it can be done.....

in another blog i made a list of the things I do when I want to eat but not really hungry.....
the best tip is phone a friend or spark a friend get some way to express how your feeling...keeping a journal is great too....find a way to get in touch with your true , or real feelings...you know sometimes you say you are upset because your out of bread, but the real issue is your husband doesn't talk with you, you are feeling lonely or the kids have grown up and don't need you as much or any of a zillion reasons...it's the deep down fears and emotions we have to get too...any way I'm rambling here...

just needed to share my thoughts as I finish that book, learned lots of reason why I use food .
I know it will always be a struggle and I'm so happy that Spark friends are here when ever I need them.....
I'm here too for anyone who needs a friend, I don't have the answers but I'm a good listener.

BIG HUGS TO YOU ALL TONIGHT
LEARN TO LOVE YOURSELF NO MATTER WHAT THE SCALE READS.



There are 3,500 calories in one pound of fat.

"The bigger I get, the smaller my world gets." -Susan Blech

If shame could cure obesity, there wouldn't be a fat person in the world. - Susan Wooley

There is only one success...to be able to spend your life in your own way. - Christopher Morley

You need to move to Something better, not away from food.

There has got to be more to life than this. I don't believe I was born to spend my life worrying about my weight. - unknowen

Fall 7 times. Get up 8. - - Japanese Proverb

If your ship were sinking you would have to make a choice; sink or swim?
I decided on day one I was going to swim no matter what. -AK'Your body is one of the most fragile things you need to care for.












All too often we allow sickness, stress, and even other people run our lives. It's tough to consistently pursue your goals when you're laid up or constantly fighting illness. Take a preventive approach to your health. By eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly, getting plenty of sleep, and dealing with your emotions, you can build and maintain a healthy body that can help you improve other areas of your life!'

I really need to work more on this, rather than letting life get to me and get me down. I need to be able to say 'No' to people and the pile of papers on my desk. I need to say 'Yes' to me more often. I won't survive unless I do.



Email from Spark



Even though I lose the battle with food at times my TOPS pledge helps some. It says:
"I am an intelligent person.
I will control my emotions, not let my emotions control me.
Every time I am tempted to use food to satisfy my frustrated desires, build up my injured ego or dull my senses
I will remember even though I overeat in private my excess poundage is there for all the world to see.
I will take off pounds sensibly." Hi ladies! Mom just sent me the commissioning statement to post on the blog. She also wanted me to tell you that you’re the teachers pets. We love you! -Amanda

My Dear Sister from lpm blog by amanda's mom

If Christ is Your Savior

You are the dwelling place

Of His own Spirit

You have it IN YOU

to be secure.

Every day of your life

You have a choice to make

You can live in your old defeat

Or you can turn from your unbelief

And choose life

Make up your mind

To put off the old you

And put on the new you.

Never, ever, ever forget

That the Lord is your security.

He will keep your foot

From being caught in a trap.

He will take care of you

To your very last breath.

Now, leave this place

And go out into the world

And act like a person

Who knows she’s dearly loved.

You were born to be exceptional.

So, Girlfriend, go forth

And walk worthy of your calling.

You are clothed in strength and dignity!

Now unto Him

Who can keep you from falling

Be glory and majesty

Power and authority

Through Jesus Christ our Lord

Now and forever more

Amen.

So Long, Insecurity!I hope today might be The Best Day of Your Life………

Today, when I awoke, I suddenly realized that this is the best day of my life, ever! There were times when I wondered if I would make it to today; but I did! And because I did I’m going to celebrate!

Today, I’m going to celebrate what an unbelievable life I have had so far:

the accomplishments,

the many blessings,

and, yes, even the hardships because they have served to make me stronger.

I will go through this day with my head held high, and a happy heart. I will marvel at God’s seemingly simple gifts: the morning dew, the sun, the clouds, the trees, the flowers, the birds. Today, none of these miraculous creations will escape my notice.

Today, I will share my excitement for life with other people. I’ll make someone smile. I’ll go out of my way to perform an unexpected act of kindness for someone I don’t even know.

Today, I’ll give a sincere compliment to someone who seems down. I’ll tell a child how special he is, and I’ll tell someone I love just how deeply I care for them and how much they mean to me.

Today is the day I quit worrying about what I don’t have and start being grateful for all the wonderful things God has already given me. I’ll remember that to worry is just a waste of time because my faith in God and his Divine Plan ensures everything will be just fine.

Tonight, before I go to bed, I’ll go outside and raise my eyes to the heavens. I will stand in awe at the beauty of the stars and the moon, and I will praise God for these magnificent treasures.

As the day ends and I lay my head down on my pillow, I will thank Him for the best day of my life.And I will sleep the sleep of a contented child, excited with expectation because I know tomorrow is going to be…..the best day of my life!

Author Unkown

I never want to forget that this life is a gift and I want to enjoy the journey!



What will Matter
Author: Michael Josephson
Ready or not, some day it will all come to an end.
There will be no more sunrises, no minutes, hours or days.
All the things you collected, whether treasured or forgotten, will pass to someone else.
Your wealth, fame and temporal power will shrivel to irrelevance.
It will not matter what you owned or what you were owed.
Your grudges, resentments, frustrations and jealousies will finally disappear.
So too, your hopes, ambitions, plans and to-do lists will expire.
The wins and losses that once seemed so important will fade away.
It won't matter where you came from or what side of the tracks you lived on at the end.
It won't matter whether you were beautiful or brilliant.
Even your gender and skin color will be irrelevant.

So what will matter? How will the value of your days be measured?

What will matter is not what you bought, but what you built; not what you got, but what you gave.
What will matter is not your success, but your significance.
What will matter is not what you learned, but what you taught.
What will matter is every act of integrity, compassion, courage or sacrifice that enriched, empowered or encouraged others to emulate your example.

What will matter is not your competence, but your character.
What will matter is not how many people you knew, but how many will feel a lasting loss when you're gone.
What will matter is not your memories, but the memories that live in those who loved you.
What will matter is how long you will be remembered, by whom and for what.

Living a life that matters doesn't happen by accident.
It's not a matter of circumstance but of choice.
Choose to live a life that matters.

This is Michael Josephson reminding you that character counts


What Makes a Beautiful Woman




For Attractive lips, speak words of kindness,
For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people,
For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry,
For Beautiful hair, let a child run their fingers through it once a day,
For poise, walk with the knowledge that you never walk alone

"No matter how far you have gone on a wrong road, turn back."
~Dr. Wayne Dyer

Galations 5:22
But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.

Poularity comes from pleasing people...but greatness comes from pleasing God.

If you think you are beaten, you are. If you think you dare not, you don't. If you'd like to win, but think you can't it's almost a cinch that you won't. If you think you'll lose, your've lost. For out in the world you'll find, success begins with a person's will and it's all in your state of mind!!!


i believe in pink. i believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. i believe in kissing, kissing a lot. i believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. i believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. i believe that tomorrow is another day and i believe in miracles. --- audrey hepburn.



Some Days Never Come
"Someday, I can take her on a cruise."
"Someday, I will have the time to call and chat."
"Someday, the children will understand why I was so busy."
But you know the truth, don't you? You know
even before I write it. You could say it better than I.
Some days never come.
And the price of practicality is sometimes
higher than extravagance.
But the rewards of risky love are always greater
than its cost.
Go to the effort. Invest the time. Write the
letter. Make the apology. Take the trip. Purchase the
gift. Do it. The seized opportunity renders joy.
The neglected brings regret."
~Max Lucado



View from the Hill

Worry is like a distant hill

We glimpse against the sky.

We wonder how we ever will

Get up a hill so high.


Yet, when we reach the top, we see

The roadway left behind

Is not as steep and sheer as we

Have pictured in our mind.

Author Unknown
Phillipians 4:6 says, “Don’t worry about anything, but pray about everything. Ask God to supply your needs, and don’t forget to thank Him for His answers.”

What others think is not important as long as I am happy and the Lord is happy with me.

I know that justice is great, but mercy is greater. Praise God for His mercy on us...

On lifewithconfidence.com there is good info to be positive in life!

There is nothing more galling to angry people than the coolness of those on whom they wish to vent their spleen.
~Alexandre Dumas


Thanks to JGRIFF2712 for his words of wisdom
"The greatest revenge is to accomplish what others say you cannot do."

If
you can forgive yourself as well as others and learn from your mistakes
, problems and heartaches will be steppingstones on your path to
growing wiser and stronger. If you can love yourself as well as others ,
you will learn acceptance and understanding.


Smiling and a good laugh can change your mood, no matter what kind of day you’ve had. So do some self-medicating every time you feel your mood darkening; watch a funny movie or spend time with a friend who tells good jokes. Just laugh damn it.

Now I want to help others the way I helped myself. No matter how many road blocks life puts in the way, jump over them and keep plugging away. You will be happy you did. I know I did!

The power of prayer and determination is unstopable

...''Today, I am fortunate to have woken up, I am alive, I have a precious human life, I am not going to waste it." - the Dalai Lama

There are no secrets to Success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, learning from failure

...Just for today, I
will not worry. Just for today, I will not be angry. Just for today, I
will give thanks for my many blessings. Just for today, I will do my
work honestly. Just for today, I will be kind to every living thing. I say this twice a day and try to live my life with these beliefs

Never give up. Never give in. Never quit trying. Your dreams WILL come true...NEVER stop believing

The day you decide to change your life....It wont be easy.....It will cause you pain.....you will feel loss....It will be difficult at time...But always remember, NEVER GIVE UP!!!! Because one day in the future it WILL be easier....you WILL heal.....you WILL find a new life......& you'll be so glad you went through it all & came out the other end!
JGRIFF2712 (Updated August 29)
Good Stuff from the coach at Sparkpeople as follows!





Ask anyone who has been struggling to achieve a healthy weight and lifestyle. They’ll tell you that it's not an easy thing to do, mainly because there is a huge difference between knowing what to do and actually doing it.

There is no magic pill, no secret technique or approach that can solve this problem for you. It will take time, hard work and persistence to get yourself where you want to be. But there are several things you can do (and think) that can make all that hard work a little easier and greatly improve your chances of success.

SparkPeople's Mind Over Body plan is designed to give you the tools you need to identify, work through, and overcome the most common emotional and mental (attitude) problems that people face when they set out to change their lifestyles.

Mind Over Body is a 10-step plan. The first five steps describe tools you can use to get past the five most common problems that people run into:

inadequate problem-solving skills
unrealistic expectations
toxic guilt & negative self-talk
emotional eating
lack of intrinsic motivation
The second five steps will help you make the shift from “diet” to “lifestyle" change - whether you need to lose weight or not. Diets don’t work. Even if you manage to survive all the unpleasantness of depriving yourself long enough to get to your weight goal, your odds of regaining the weight when you stop "dieting" are higher than 90%. By making the shift from diet mode to lifestyle mode, you'll be able to put aside the habits that got you overweight or unhappy once and for all. You'll develop skills that will not only make these changes less stressful and more enjoyable, but also keep the weight off and help you achieve other important life goals.

Here are some of the basic differences between a diet and a lifestyle change:




The goal is self-limiting.
When you get to your goal weight, you stop the diet The goal is open-ended.
Weight management becomes part of your daily life, with strategies that vary as circumstances, priorities, and needs change.

A diet is a surface level change.
It involves simple changes in behaviors you are already doing (or not doing). You take in fewer calories from food and (maybe) expend more calories on activity. Foods are "good" or "bad" based on calorie content.
Lifestyle changes are made on many levels.
In addition to healthy changes in your relationship with food and exercise, you will challenge the basic attitudes, beliefs, thoughts and feelings that made you overweight (and unhappy) to begin with.

Progress and success are measured by the scale.
Anything that results in weight loss is considered acceptable, even if it poses potential problems or risks. Failure to lose weight as fast as desired is very upsetting, and the process feels like a constant battle. High stress is constant.
Progress and success are measured in terms of satisfaction & quality of life.
Weight loss and maintenance continue to be important, but are put in perspective as one way you can move towards larger, more rewarding goals. Daily ups and downs become much less stressful.

Results don't last.
Even if you manage to stick with all the unpleasantness of a diet long enough to reach your weight goal, your odds of keeping it off permanently are less than one in twenty.
Results are lasting.
Your lifestyle change is an open-ended, ongoing process with goals that continue to expand and grow. There is no reason to go back to the habits that got you overweight in the first place.





Within each of the 10 steps in the Mind Over Body Plan, you'll find two basic types of information. First, you'll see something similar to the “emergency treatment” you get from your doctor when you are having a medical problem. This advice is designed to deal with symptoms and help you get back to “normal” functioning as quickly as possible. Second, each step will link to information that is more similar to “preventive” medicine. It's designed to help you improve your health and wellness so that you are less vulnerable to illness and injury in the first place.

Both sets of information are necessary and important for long-term weight loss success.

We strongly encourage you to read through all 10 steps as soon as you can and follow the suggestions provided. During your weight loss journey, forewarned is forearmed; knowing which problems you’re likely to run into (and solutions that really work) can help you minimize the effects of these problems, and get on top of them quickly. Then, if you find yourself struggling repeatedly with a problematic behavior, attitude, or feeling, you can come back and do some more detailed work on the step(s) relevant to that problem.

And remember—whatever information or practical suggestions you might find in these articles is no substitute for the kind of mutual support available out on the Message Boards. So, make sure you don’t stop after reading this material. Visit the Message Boards to give and receive the support we all need to be successful at lifelong weight management.



Mind Over Body
10 Steps to Achieve a Healthy Lifestyle



Put the “I” in Your Weight Loss Plan. Learn how knowing the answer to one simple question can improve your chances for success by up to 100%.

Take the stress out of weighing in. Is your scale making you crazy? Read about three things you can do to take the stress out of your weigh-ins.

Tame your " toxic guilt" before it wipes out your will power . Learn how to exercise your healthy lifestyle conscience and avoid those bad feelings that send you running to the refrigerator every time you slip up.

Tame your Emotional Eating Beast . Find out how to inoculate yourself against emotional distress before it leads to mindless eating.

Take the mystery out of staying motivated. Take steps to become your own best motivator, and put the problem of disappearing motivation behind you for good.

Write your vision statement. Learn why a good vision statement is crucial to success, and what you’ll want to include in yours.

Plot your strategy. Read about setting effective lifestyle goals and finding strategies that work.

Give yourself a reality check-up. Make sure your own beliefs aren’t getting in your way.

Pave the way for persistence. Organize your personal world so that it keeps you going when the going gets tough.

Learn from yourself. These important tips explain how you can let your own experience help you create the plan that will work best for you.















Put "I" into Your Vocabulary
Take the Stress Out of Weighing In
Move Beyond Toxic Guilt
Taming the Emotional Eating Beast
Take the Mystery Out of your Motivation Problems
Write Your Vision Statement
Plot Your Strategy
Give Yourself a Reality Check-Up
Pave the Way for Persistence
Learn From Your Own Experience
































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GRETA242
9/5/2014 9:03:57 AM

Hi Welcome to the 400 group. Let me know how we can help you on your weight loss journey.



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9/1/2011 7:43:35 PM

Hi Yogabelle, I am not doing the 5 week challenge (Neal Barnard), but Barnard's book started me on the path toward a 90% plant-based diet. I have a little dairy every once in a while, and some fish every once in a while, but not often.





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Thanks! Feel it to!



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