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Happiness... a state of mind

Monday, January 25, 2010

Yesterday's SparkPeople's Healthy Refelection: Understanding happiness

Happiness is a state of mind, not a way of life or a destination that you'll reach one day. Satisfaction can only come from within, through truly accepting yourself, your life, and your circumstances.


This is so true and yet can be so hard. It has taken me years to figure how true this concept really is. I have learned to focus on the things that make me happy about myself and my life, to be thankful for everything that I have, and to enjoy everything that life brings me. Only I can create true change and happiness in my life.

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JAMESGIRLLL 1/25/2010 5:58PM

    i really like what you had to say....

thanks for reminding me that i am responsible for my own emotions..whether that is happiness or sadness.... by my response to suffering, etc

i like to practice mindfulness has been too long since i have done that.. need to get back to it.......

i feel like i have been whining a lot lately...but i am grateful to have a loving husband....three mostly healthy children.....a house ....a van that works (not well, but it works)


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Making progress!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

After a week of counting all of my calories, going to gym, and trying to drink eight glasses of water a day is paying off. Two and half pounds gone the first week.

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STILLSHINING 1/16/2010 8:51PM

  GREAT JOB. I'M NEW TO THE TEAM THANKS FOR THE INSPRIATION. I'm glad I'm not the only one writing down every single thing I eat. Here is to happy counting.

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TRACEE5 1/14/2010 9:18PM

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Awesome job!! Keep up the excellent work!

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Letting go of the Trigger - Emotional Eating

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

This is an awesome idea for helping to distinguish between actual hunger and emotional eating...

Jillina has a lot of good information in her enewsletters. You can sign-up for them here


Losing it! with Jillian Michaels - Weekly enewsletter 1/27/09

For a week, before you eat anything, whether it's dinner or a small snack, I want you to answer these two questions in your journal. By doing this, you'll begin to distinguish between real hunger and emotional triggers.

1. Are you hungry?
Are you experiencing any physiological conditions that are signaling to you that you are hungry? Is your stomach growling? Do you feel weak or tired? Has it been longer than three or four hours since you last ate? If you concentrate on answering these questions, it will be very easy to determine whether you are genuinely, physically hungry or whether you are eating for a different reason. If you've determined that you are hungry, then it's time to eat. If not, it's time for the next question.

2. Are you depressed or anxious?
Did you just get into a fight? Are you anxious about a work-related deadline? Whatever it might be, write down what you're feeling and why you think you're feeling it. Getting in touch with your emotions here is critical. If you can't, you're going to have an incredibly difficult time reaching your weight loss goals. Dig deep, and get it in writing.


My "Happy List"

Monday, January 19, 2009

I really need to start using my list more. So I thought I would take a few minutes to really update it.

Things that make me feel happy...
• Taking a bubble bath
• Doing some yard work
• Taking a walk
• Playing kick ball with our dog
• Painting
• Printmaking
• Getting a massage

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STILLSHINING 1/16/2010 8:57PM

  These are great suggestions. I also keep a gratitude journal. Every day I write 5 things I am thankful for. Give it a try it really takes the focus off the negative and puts it on the positive. Keep it up strong women.

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HAPPYGIRL22 1/27/2009 1:34PM

    Just wanted to thank you for this idea. I think a lot of us don't make a happy list, we just focuse on what we didn't get! i am going to make my happy list now. You dog is adorable!

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TMSMITH234 1/27/2009 12:56PM

    Yes. I subscribe to Jillian's Michaels daily emails. It was in one of her emails a couple of weeks ago. I looked through my old emails, but must have deleted it.

She said to make a happy list and when you are bored and looking for something to eat, do something on your happy list instead. It will save you from eating those extra calories you don't need. It is even better if you can include some items on your list that make you active.

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TESS504 1/23/2009 10:50AM

    Great list! Did you read an article that said you should write a "happy List" ? If so i love to read it. emoticon

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My "Rescue Me List"

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Jillian's Tip of the Day - 09/30/08

When life throws you curveballs, you can dodge them or let them hit you right between the eyes. Sometimes, though, you don't get a choice. For the moments when you can't avoid them, create a "Rescue Me List." What kinds of healthy things make you feel better? How about a bubble bath, taking a walk, or getting a massage? The next time you're staring down a crisis, reach for the list, not a bag of chips.