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The 7 Secrets of Slim People

Saturday, October 02, 2010

The 7 Secrets of Slim People

Several years ago I bought the book titled: “The 7 Secrets of Slim People.”
I hoped that by reading this book I would learn the ‘secrets’ to getting and staying thin.

I reasoned that if I acted like a thin person, I might become one. I already knew at that point that dieting doesn’t work – or at least, it doesn’t work for me! I was really looking for a saner way to lose the weight.

Well, reading the book didn’t change me – probably because I didn’t incorporate these “secrets” into a sustainable lifestyle. I just read the words on the pages and agreed that they made sense, they sounded good and they should help a person become thin.

So, today I pulled that book out again.
And today, the words seem to make more sense to me...especially after 3+ months of tracking my food and exercise, of reading articles daily on health and just changing my mindset to embrace the idea that it WILL take a lifestyle change in order for me to get healthier and stay that way.
I will read this book again. Only this time I will let each secret and each chapter sink in. Because this time, I want to start believing that I can become a slim person…now and not just someday in the future. This is my next personal challenge…to read this book and do the writing exercises.

I’d like to just share a list of those secrets with you today…if they get you thinking too, great! The book goes into way more detail on each secret and offers a lot of practical advice. It dedicates a week to each secret with some hands-on exercises that one can do to really make this material become part of a lifestyle.

Secret # 1. Listen to Your Body, Not Your Mind

Secret # 2. Eat With Awareness and Without Judgment

Secret # 3. Eat Only When You are Physically Hungry

Secret # 4. Stop Eating When You are Satisfied, Not Full

Secret # 5. Eat What You Want Most

Secret # 6. Notice How Your Body Feels After Eating

Secret # 7. Honor Your Feelings; Don’t Bury Them Under Food


From: The 7 Secrets of Slim People – by Vikki Hansen, M.S.W. & Shawn Goodman





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COOKWITHME65 10/4/2010 6:35AM

    #3 hits a spot with me. I eat sometimes due to boredom. I try and have a full glass of water first and see how that works.

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SNARDEESNIFF 10/3/2010 11:02PM

    I have been trying to learn to listen to my body for about 13 years now, and I am finally starting to achieve this. Starting, I say! But at least 'starting' is a...start! ;-)

Thanks for sharing, Maria.

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WOMANCHEF 10/3/2010 7:57PM

    Great list! I'm going to have to check out the book.

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ROSEWCI 10/3/2010 4:54PM

    Food for thought! Thanks for sharing! I do think #5 would give me a problem though...cause if I TRULY ate what I loved most, well....

I'd be in BIG trouble! emoticon

Thanks!
Rose



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REEDSKI 10/3/2010 10:12AM

    And fortunately the food of a my #5, Eat what you want most, became healthier. Once I stopped or cut back the high fat, high sugar, high sodium foods and ate more vegetables and fruits I began to crave salads with a variety of vegetables and seasonal veggies (right now I can't get enough squash!)



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DIANE7786 10/2/2010 10:58PM

    Great list. Thanks for sharing.

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SMILESWITH7KIDS 10/2/2010 3:47PM

    Excellent list, now to live the mindset.

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SOUPBOWL1 10/2/2010 3:18PM

  Loved the first secret, "Listen to your body, not your mind." I'm going to work on that one this week. I know it will help control "stress" eating. Thanks for sharing.

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