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Surround Yourself with the Positive

Picture Yourself in a Positive Light

-- By Mike Kramer, Staff Writer
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Everyone runs into a wall at some point. You’re not alone if you feel discouraged. To keep it from happening, or to deal with it if it does, try these ideas:
  • Use positive images. Find a visual that shows why you want to get healthy in the first place, or what you’ll be doing after you reach your goal. A picture of your family, the new dress you want to wear, or a basketball.
  • Use positive words. Keep notes of encouragement with you or choose a few favorite inspirational words. You can get plenty of these words on the Message Boards.
  • Use positive books and movies. Watch and read positive things that show you what’s possible. Trade your favorites with friends. Find a hero and try to adapt their qualities to your journey.
  • Use positive quotes. Check out our quote library, or keep some inspirational quote books handy. They could give you that lift right when you need it most. Choose one as your personal motto and plaster it everywhere.
  • Use positive music. Let music that makes you feel good become the background theme of your life.
With a visual nearby, your goal is right there. It’s clear what you want. It’s clearly within your grasp. You have the power to reach out and just take it. Click Here
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  • This is a great article! Just what I needed since I stepped out of my safe place this morning. Being tired and lazy I grabbed 2 big slices of chocolate cake on the table then threw extra pecans on it. I knew this was wrong and felt very guilty afterward. I then went to sleep on it. I think I am in a pre diabetic stage and this doesn't help I know. I have decided to stop thinking about my mistake but try even harder to seek help and never give up. That's why I am here... receiving the best dose of inspiration for my day. I will try not to just read but take the advice given. Ok, this will be another report to add to my blog which helps me to track my mistakes and successes. I may fail but I am determine to fail forward! - 8/16/2013 5:43:36 PM
  • Loved this article, I'm trying to be more positive and this is exactly what I needed - 4/30/2013 10:40:54 AM
  • MERRYMERRY6
    Just what I needed today to remind myself the more positive my surroundings, thoughts, words and actions, the more I will experience positive change. Thanks! - 3/12/2013 9:55:20 AM
  • This is a great article! - 1/7/2013 11:48:37 PM
  • Thank you for sharing... - 7/11/2012 10:41:23 AM
  • DJE223
    DEBCYN22 --Having been through some dark places myself, I can say that you have just done the hardest step--seeing the darkness for what it is and that you are, indeed, in it. After that the light comes, sometimes in small doses, sometimes in great beams. Be open to it all. Stay strong, it gets better. - 1/2/2012 4:22:12 PM
  • _SPARK526
    DEBCYN, you are in exactly the RIGHT place, you are in a good place, a safe place. You will survive your obstacles and thrive in your environment, now and always. There is no need to be overwhelmed when you have others ready to shoulder some of the burdens. You will learn and grow. You are in a good place! - 10/17/2011 6:44:19 AM
  • DEBCYN22
    I'm just starting to get into spark people. I'm in a really bad place in my life and I kno it. I'm hoping this will help me to find some motivation and some inner peace. I know these are the things I need in my life but I also need to work my way out of my problems. Sometimes they just overwhelm you, - 9/14/2011 12:48:58 PM
  • DEBCYN22
    Really great article - 9/14/2011 12:45:52 PM
  • self motivation can be a girls best friend~ - 7/2/2011 9:47:30 PM
  • CINNAMONBARK
    I'm glad this was posted. - 4/30/2011 12:49:33 AM
  • We all know these things that you so beautifully write but reading the article and ones like it is what I do, I want to reinforce my mind and constantly imput such wisdom into my brain. In order to reach my goal and to maintain my weight loss I know that I have to now make a lifetime committment. Thank you, looking forward to many more such wonderful articles. Missnuggy - 4/29/2011 9:14:42 AM
  • I find the best way to chase my "negativity parrot" away is to yell at it. LOL! Sounds weird and I know people occasionally think I'm crazy but, for me, my negativity parrot - or internal tape, if you will - is my mother. I grew up on a steady diet of negativity. I have learned that, when one of those old tapes start to run, if I just stop and say, out loud and strongly, "No! I am not stupid!" or "No! I am not going to fail!" it goes a long way. Just hearing myself say it with conviction is enough to chase it away...until next time. But there is no limit to the number of times you can should "NO!". LOL! - 3/14/2011 10:31:40 AM
  • I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in December and have been working very hard to lose weight and make exercise a habit. My doctor gave me 3 months to get the diabetes under control. When I saw him in Feb on another matter, he gave me a printout of my weight loss so far, a graph. Then he marked it with an "A+" and a big smiley face. When I saw him last week, he printed a new graph and again gave me A+ and a smiley AND added my new, lower A1C score. I posted these on my 'fridge and look at them many times through the day. They make me feel good about what I've done so far and encourage me to continue. Maybe I can get an "A++" next time. ;-) - 3/14/2011 10:25:58 AM
  • Positivity does really work!! I have a picture that was taken 3 years ago while we were in Maui. I was at my lowest weight since high school. We were on a volcano 10,000 feet up. The way the picture was taken it looks like I was flying. It is one of the few full body pictures I have of myself. Last year, my daughter blew up the photo and framed it for me. It sits front and center on the top of my desk. Every time I look up, I can see and remember how awesome I felt then and I really want to get back there. - 2/22/2011 4:19:44 AM