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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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    #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.
    2791 days ago
    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.
    2792 days ago
    Great list! I'm going to have to check out the book.
    2792 days ago
    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


    2792 days ago
    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!)

    2792 days ago
  • DIANE7786
    Great list. Thanks for sharing.
    2793 days ago
    Excellent list, now to live the mindset.
    2793 days ago
    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.
    2793 days ago
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