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Friday, September 10, 2010

Don't talk yourself out of something before you even start!

When facing an intimidating task, a simple switch of words - thinking of a job as difficult instead of impossible - can make all the difference. The brain does what we tell it to. If you send it the message that whatever you're attempting can't be done, it will give up without trying. But if you just admit that it's going to be tough, your brain will begin to engage in the task and come up with a plan. While changing your mindset doesn't guarantee success, it does ensure you'll get one step closer.

  
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DENI_ZEN 9/10/2010 8:30PM

    I love your wise words, too, Judy! This one really says, "Attitude is altitude!" to me :) Thanks for a VERY vital reminder! - Sandi emoticon

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SVELTINGTON 9/10/2010 11:51AM

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55WALKER 9/10/2010 8:03AM

    Or "challenging" instead of "difficult"!
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BIGMAMAT 9/10/2010 7:03AM

    Oh how I cherish your words of wisdom! emoticon

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RESIST TEMPTATIONS...

Thursday, September 09, 2010

Whenever a craving for a bag of chips or a chocolate cupcake hits, it's usually all you can think about. But according to Australian researchers, if you focus on the image or scent of something besides food, your desire for that treat lessens. So try to remember how a rainbow looks or the way roses smell, and you just might forget all about that greasy burger.

  
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CARMEL466 9/9/2010 12:27PM

    Great tip! Thank you.

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SVELTINGTON 9/9/2010 11:18AM

    I will try this; lately I have been craving salty treats.

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PJSTIME 9/9/2010 7:12AM

    I will give this one a try when that bag of chips is calling my name. Thanks

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55WALKER 9/9/2010 6:56AM

    I need this about seven o'clock every night when the fruit and nuts are calling my name!

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OUT OF SIGHT = OUT OF MIND

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Losing weight just got easier.

New research shows that people who focus on changing their surroundings - ditching the candy bowl and moving junk food out of sight - are more likely to stick to their diets than those who try to cut out dessert or drink less soda. Environmental changes are simpler to make because they don't require a lot of willpower. For instance, instead of swearing off soda, keep just one can in the fridge at a time and store the rest in your basement. Having to make a trek every time you want another one will force you to stop and think. Chances are, you'll decide the extra calories aren't worth it.

  
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DENI_ZEN 9/8/2010 12:45PM

    You bet! Out of sight, out of mind, although I've been known to go "out of mind" when my fave foods weren't even in view :) - Sandi emoticon

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SVELTINGTON 9/8/2010 10:36AM

    I agree. Living alone makes this easy though. But sometimes the smell of my dogs treats . . .
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WHILE YOU ARE SLEEPING

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

For the healthiest skin, you need seven to nine hours of zzz's. Here's why:

First 3 hours: You get the deepest sleep of the night. Your body produces the most human growth hormone, which is crucial to skin and hair repair, during this time.

Middle 2 hours: Deep sleep shortens and rapid eye movement (REM) sleep begins. Melatonin, a hormone that's also a sking-protecting antioxidant, increases.

Last 3 hours: This is when you get the most REM sleep. Your skin's temperature reaches its lowest point and your muscles relax, giving skin its deepest recovery.

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DDOORN 9/7/2010 10:41PM

    It's always a struggle for me to nail 7-8 hours of sleep!

Don

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SVELTINGTON 9/7/2010 3:14PM

    Great info!

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PJSTIME 9/7/2010 7:39AM

    That is one thing I do get is my sleep everynight.

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TALK A BIG GAME

Monday, September 06, 2010

No one ever wins by believing that they can't. That's why athletes pump themselves up with positive self-talk. Repeating "I can do this" to yourself is a way to replace the negative thoughts that pop up when you're under pressure. It helps you focus on what you CAN do rather than on what you fear you can't.

With practice, you can turn your inner Eeyore into your biggest supporter. Every time your internal voice goes rogue, counter it with a cue statement-a brief phrase that shuts down the critic, such as "I'm strong and in control" or "It's not a problem." Single words like "Go" or "Relax" are also good. Experiment to find out what sticks, or arm yourself with several. Saying your cue aloud can help, as can writing it in visible spots. In time your affirmative thoughts will become automatic, heading off self-doubt before it appears.

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SVELTINGTON 9/6/2010 11:50AM

    Great!

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MYFEETHURT 9/6/2010 10:55AM

  I just realized my cue word is O.K. I find myself thinking that when I get flustered or frustrated. I try to reassure myself that things will always turn out that way...O.K. Still need to work on positive self talk. Thanks, Judy.

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MRSUKYANKEE 9/6/2010 10:43AM

    I talk about this in my Psychology course and work with teens on doing positive self talk all the time. It truly does work. It's called a self-fullfilling prophesy...and it has great power to do good or evil! Glad you are using your power for good!

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BIGMAMAT 9/6/2010 9:07AM

    I like the little engine that could. I think I can, I think, I can, I THINK I CAN!!!!! emoticon

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DDOORN 9/6/2010 7:37AM

    We can DO IT!

YES! :-)

Don

ps...thx so much for stopping by my blog...!

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PJSTIME 9/6/2010 6:59AM

    I give myself pep talks all the time.

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