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When I first decided to quit drinking because it was thwarting my weight-loss efforts I felt deprived. "Everyone else was drinking - - Why can't I drink too? I want to join the party" But now I'm reminding myself of the benefits of staying alcohol-free. The main one is that I'm more alert and less tired now. No hangover for me now !
When I start to feel stressed out, I close my eyes and take 5 very long deep breaths. I breathe in through the nose as long as I can and then out through my mouth exhaling all the breath in my lungs. This is not only cleansing to the body, it's also cleansing to the mind.
Being in the health care field I decided to treat negativity with a "mind field enema" ! Literally to remove the bad build up of (forgive me here) "crap". I would immediately counteract the negativity with a sudden influx of nothing but positive images of where I wanted to be, positive self-talk reinforcement from supportive friends at Spark People. Believe me - it worked and continues to do so.
Who ever felt bad when they were dancing? Put on your favorite jam and just get jiggy with it!! It will make you feel better, and it might make you laugh as well. We all need a good laugh sometimes too!!
No one ever hated themselves skinny. Love and appreciate the body you have, dimples and rolls and cellulite and jiggle and all. You have a good body. It is worthwhile. Own your space. Love it before you get healthy. Love it while you're getting healthy. And accept it in all stages. Everything else gets so much easier if you can.
Focusing on the positive, rather than the negative, makes everything in life easier to bear, no matter how difficult the time is.