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MOTIVATION MATTERS

Monday, August 30, 2010

Be your own inspiration. People who dropped pounds for personal reasons such as feeling confident were more likely to lose weight than those driven by external forces like a high school reunion. Internal incentives are more stable than surface ones. Write down your motives to read when your drive flags.

  
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LLLAWSON 8/30/2010 6:25PM

    Totally agree!!

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SVELTINGTON 8/30/2010 12:27PM

    I agree!

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BRENRW213 8/30/2010 8:49AM

    Great idea!

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55WALKER 8/30/2010 7:28AM

    My home looks like a dorm room sometimes with all the notes and messages to self on bulletin boards and dry erase boards everywhere. Definitely helps the focus.


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HAPPY AND HEALTHY

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Did you know that if you think positive, you can avoid getting sick this season? Well, it's true! An important part of the immune system strengthens as people become more optimistic and weakens as they become more pessimistic. Sunny thoughts influence hormones that aid your ability to fight off invaders. Now THAT'S something to smile about!

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SVELTINGTON 8/29/2010 6:21PM

    I agree. I do not even recall the last time I was ill. I am always happy and thinking happy thoughts and smiling at strangers.
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PJSTIME 8/29/2010 3:58PM

    I also think that guilt worry and not forgiving can lead to sickness too

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DENI_ZEN 8/29/2010 9:23AM

    Fascinating! I almost never get a cold or sore throat...and as 55WALKER said, "It's half full!" That goes for me, too. But aside from that benefit, life is just a whole lot more enjoyable when I manage to stay optimistic. - Sandi emoticon

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55WALKER 8/29/2010 9:09AM

    It's half full!
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Weird diet tricks that really work - #6 of 6

Saturday, August 28, 2010

MAKE LIKE A MONK

Eat one meal per week in complete silence. Turn off your iPod and the TV, and even tell you dining partner to pipe down.

WHY IT WORKS

Research shows that a noisy environment leads diners to speed-eat, so that by the time they realize they're full, they've already taken in too much food. But slower tunes are not an antidote, because soft music can make you linger at the table longer, leading you to eat more. Dialing down loud distractions during meals also can enhance the flavors, smells and textures of each dish, so you actually enjoy every bite more. Peaceful eating!

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SVELTINGTON 8/30/2010 12:28PM

    Good advice.

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DENI_ZEN 8/28/2010 8:39PM

    emoticon emoticon I've found this to work like a charm, Judy! It doesn't come easy, especially since I'm usually listening to my iPod or the radio as I go about my business every day, but the payoff makes the practice very worthwhile - even if it's just an occasional practice. Enjoy every bite :) - Sandi emoticon

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Weird diet tricks that really work - #5 of 6

Friday, August 27, 2010

DO DOWNWARD DOG

Hit the mat at yoga class. Try Anusara, a style focused on alignment and concentration.

WHY IT WORKS

People who did yoga regularly had a lower body-mass index than those who didn't. But don't credit calorie burn: Yogis were more mindful when dining-which helped them feel satisfied without overeating. The practice teaches people to tune in to their body, a key skill for sensing fullness. Remind yourself that if you can stand to hold Pigeon pose for six minutes, you can resist those brownies, too.

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LLLAWSON 8/27/2010 5:23PM

    Love yoga. Need to do more. It makes me feel so much calmer. emoticon

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55WALKER 8/27/2010 7:36AM

    I'm still loving these. Hope there will be a sequel.
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Weird diet tricks that really work - #4 of 6

Thursday, August 26, 2010

CARRY MORE CASH

Keep dollars and cents on hand when you head to Starbucks, happy hour or dinner out.

WHY IT WORKS

People who pay for their food with cash make healthier purchases than people who pay with debit or credit cards. Consider paper money an easy willpower booster: It appears that people who pay with cash give more thought to what they buy and are more conscientious of the nutritional value of their purchases. So someone paying this way could be more likely to choose an apple instead of a cookie.

  
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LLLAWSON 8/27/2010 5:24PM

    Interesting.

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DENI_ZEN 8/26/2010 10:04PM

    It's so true - credit-card purchases often fail to "register" in our minds, so we feel as if we haven't really exchanged $$ for something. I imagine that's especially true with food! - Sandi emoticon

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