A full, thoughtful breath is the quickest way to short-circuit your stress response. First, sit up tall and place both feet on the floor. Rest one or both hands on your stomach, just below the navel. Inhale through your nose, taking in as much air as you can. Allow the breath to seep out slowly through your nostrils. Repeat as needed.
HEALTH TIP - Set goals and focus on them. If you're healthy on the inside, the journey to a healthy body will unfold all on its own.
GIGGLE - Did you hear the one about the duck who robbed banks?
He was a safe quacker.
and still feel full by pulling the plug on distracted eating. Research shows that people who multitask while munching have trouble remembering what they've eaten, don't feel full, and are more likely to snack.
I am SO guilty of this mindless eating...I eat in front of the tv with my husband every night. I'm really going to try not to do that any more!
You're probably familiar with this saying's first cousin: "Winners never quit. Quitters never win." I like the idea of redefining success much better. If you see your sole options as winning, losing or quitting, that leaves you with only one happy outcome of the three. But if you give yourself the choice of reconfiguring your goals as you go along, the odds of coming out feeling good about yourself and your efforts rise exponentially.
Let's say your aim is to lose 10 pounds in a month and instead you lose 5 (or even 2). You can say, "I didn't lose 10 pounds and so I failed. Pass the M&Ms." You might also say "I lost 5 pounds, but I'm still on track and I feel happy with what I've achieved." (Success redefined.) Healthier yet: "I lost weight - good for me! But I haven't reached my final goal, so it looks as if I might have to give myself some more time to lose those 5 pounds." (Success still pending; original goal slightly altered.)
Rather than focusing on how you've fallen short, you're taking into account the wisdom you've gleaned from your attempts at achieving the goal. That's empowering and will spur you on.