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Put the ''I'' Back in Your Vocabulary

Increase Your Chances for Weight-Loss Success

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DAVIDPRESCOTT

12/10/2010 5:11:31 PM

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I am not doing my cardio this morning because.. well... I don't want to - no that can't be right its not a good enough reason - try again. I am not doing my cardio this morning because...Iiii - well - its just that... crap! I AM doing my cardio this morning! :)

I love this simple concept - it makes you confront yourself and be accountable - it's giving me back the power I gave to everything else that was holding back when it was really me.

Only yesterday it became clear that the journey is not just about watching calories and exercising - for me especially the emotional and psychological journey is SO much more important to master.

Nice one - thanks!

JIMINYC

12/10/2010 5:52:28 AM

Priorities and problem solving. We're good at listing the things we can't do and the reasons why. So what CAN I do if it's icy out, and I have to take the kids to school at 6:30 am, work, and attend meetings in the evening then take care of my family at night. That's where the problem solving comes in. If I'm a priority in my life I'll take care of myself too. There's always a way to do it. Good article, thanks.

DIVALOVESSHOES

12/3/2010 10:30:08 AM

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I would like to say I am learning so maney things on Spark!!! Thank you so much, I am thinking that if i read the instructions I would be further ahead. LOL

MISSFYING

12/2/2010 7:25:34 AM

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I feel this is highly simplifying things. What about obligations. What about external situations beyond your control. As an example you use 'not wanting to walk in cold weather'. Well, maybe I like my legs in one piece instead of breaking them on a slippery sidewalk. At the moment I can't cycle to work because the city doesn't put salt on the cycle paths, so they're pretty much unusable at the moment. Where is the 'I' in that.

MALICH

11/24/2010 12:50:26 PM

Wow! I can't wait to start practicing "I" statements to re-frame my excuses and begin problem solving instead of procrastinating!!!!!!!!

NAMASTE71

10/20/2010 10:50:11 AM

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One of the most helpful articles I've read! Thanks for writing it.

SCMAMAJONES

9/30/2010 1:38:40 PM

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I loved this article. This will help me conquer my afternoon snacking issues.

SILLYBULLDOG

9/27/2010 9:01:14 AM

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This is such a great article. It's interesting to realize that I've been brought up to think of everyone else first and myself last but that I need to think of myself so I can be healthy and be a better parent, etc. In the last couple of months i have started thinking of myself first. it is very hard to do. It feels like I'm doing something bad or wrong. I actually have noticed improvements in my family's life since i've started to think this way, their health is improving etc. This article was a great reinforcement for me and came at a very good time. Thanks again.

LEWCLAR86

9/21/2010 4:23:56 PM

Great article. Soooo helpful! Thanks Dean.

CALLMIBREE

8/19/2010 12:17:14 PM

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As a counselor, I teach "I" statements all the time. It's now time for ME to apply "I" statements to my eating and exercise life. I added this as another goal for me to track. Thanks for the reminder!

KGRIMES371

8/18/2010 9:47:25 AM

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You have no idea how much this article hits home for me. I have been saying for years "I know WHAT to do, I just don't do it for some reason." Thank you for your story and what you have done to get to this point so it could help me. Things really do happen for a reason.

BEACHGIRLKIM

8/4/2010 4:53:30 PM

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I am so excited to say that I posted a blog today with "I" all over it and this article makes so much sense. When I wrote the blog I felt so much more power in it!

LIVELOVEHAPPY

7/10/2010 7:41:07 AM

Excellent article, and so true. Just reading through it I started thinking of some choices I've recently made in terms of "I" and it really just breaks through all of my excuses. Thank you!

ACIMPEGGY

5/25/2010 5:25:00 PM

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I totally believe EVERYTHING is in our mind. I doubted "I statements" would work, though, until I read the examples. Now I see. I will start doing this immediately!!

JENESIS75

5/4/2010 12:23:19 PM

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I started writing down my "I" statements and it works! I'm seeing that I have a better alternative to my poor decisions. I've also started to write down positive "I" statements. Thank you Coach Dean!

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