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Put the ''I'' Back in Your Vocabulary

Increase Your Chances for Weight-Loss Success


  • I needed this. - 12/29/2010 8:38:45 PM
  • You always inspire me, thank you! - 12/28/2010 8:39:25 PM
  • Such a timely article!
    I was just thinking today about how I quit smoking 15 years ago. No matter what, I never smoke. There's a little voice that goes off in my head that says "I don't smoke anymore" and "I don't really want to wake up tomorrow knowing I smoked today," every time I consider it - even if I've got a few drinks in me. The same thing could apply to eating and exercising! I can't wait to make this happen for myself! Thank you :) - 12/28/2010 3:37:45 PM
    This is such a fantastic article. Thanks so much for helping all of us take accountability for what we do. - 12/28/2010 8:34:05 AM
  • 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! - 12/10/2010 5:11:31 PM
  • 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. - 12/10/2010 5:52:28 AM
  • 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 - 12/3/2010 10:30:08 AM
  • 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. - 12/2/2010 7:25:34 AM
    Wow! I can't wait to start practicing "I" statements to re-frame my excuses and begin problem solving instead of procrastinating!!!!!!!! - 11/24/2010 12:50:26 PM
  • One of the most helpful articles I've read! Thanks for writing it. - 10/20/2010 10:50:11 AM
  • I loved this article. This will help me conquer my afternoon snacking issues. - 9/30/2010 1:38:40 PM
  • 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. - 9/27/2010 9:01:14 AM
    Great article. Soooo helpful! Thanks Dean. - 9/21/2010 4:23:56 PM
  • 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! - 8/19/2010 12:17:14 PM
  • 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. - 8/18/2010 9:47:25 AM

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