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Monday, February 18, 2013

Keeping Weight Off With Intuition



Intuition works like a vitamin that you take to stay good to yourself. It helps keep off the weight you lose by keeping clear about what feels good to your body, heart and mind.
Take this Intuitive Vitamin every morning to reinforce smart choices and stay clear about keeping weight off:

      • Every day before you get out of bed, say out loud, "I will notice how I feel before I eat. I will remember my body is the home of my heart and treat it with respect. I will see, smell and taste all food that I eat." 
Intuitive eating works because you learn to know when you're physically satisfied and when you're being physically abusive. For example, you're at a party and aware that your favorite party pants are feeling tight, but there is a tray of your favorite cookies. You don't feel hungry but your friends are eating the cookies and you want to be 'social'. Also, you know you can't eat just one.
    • Ask for help: Friends will be surprisingly supportive. Tell the truth - you're not really hungry. 
    • Help yourself: Grab a glass of something to hold or put something you don't really 'want' on a plate and hold it as you socialize. It's intuitive to protect yourself from old defeating habits.
    • Reward yourself at the end of the evening: Look back at the evening and the way you handled yourself. Give yourself credit for taking steps to keep your body looking and feeling good.

Intuition works like common sense.  For example, you lose 15 pounds:
  • You like the way you look and feel. 
  • You decide you want to stay looking and feeling good. 
  •  You commit to yourself.
If you're not sure how recognize your intuition, then grab a copy of Am I Really Hungry to learn how to defeat social and emotional hot buttons that make you feel like overeating. Or download a copy so you can refer to it any time. Intuition is something you were born with and you can connect with it 24/7.
Be good to yourself. Use your intuitive vitamin to keep weight off long-term:
  • Feed the body you like.
  • Eat when you are hungry to maintain your energy and health.
  • Choose not to eat what you don't need by respecting your body.
Keeping the weight off is really satisfying.
It gives you time and energy to focus on finding satisfaction in other areas of your life - and you will!

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Over-indulge Yourself for Valentine's Day

When you eat, you are offering strength and pleasure to your body. 

It's sensual and practical. The truth is that when you love yourself, you can be open to loving others. Don't be afraid to feed yourself some love.

Instead of approaching Valentine's Day from the place of thinking about what you don't have, feed yourself love by making an unconditional commitment to be kind to yourself.

Obsessing about weight is a kind of fear. You experience it by measuring, hoping, anticipating or dreading your meals. All of this results in defending, contriving and forcing yourself into a defeating emotional and ultimately physical pattern.

Instead, decide to be open to seeing yourself at your healthy weight and use your senses, including common sense, to eat for health and pleasure. You can be sensual and practical.
  • Give yourself a fresh perspective by realizing that every day is new. 
  • Remember : You deserve the best of everything life can offer. 
  • Never settle for fear.
Valentine's Day can be a time of overindulgence if you go out. Instead of overeating:
  • Overindulge in complimenting your Valentine. 
  • Overindulge yourself with a clear vision about keeping your body healthy so that you can do everything that feels good. 
  • Forgive the past. Accept the present. Keep an open mind about tomorrow.

If you're alone,  frustrated, angry or sick, Valentine's Day can be an arrow going through your heart. Think of the arrow as a strand of warm light that is part of who you are. 
  • Use Valentine's Day to love yourself and eat a meal that feels good.
  • Reach out to help others on this day. Share the love by giving a smile to a sick child, an elderly acquaintance or a total stranger.
  • Make a pact to indulge yourself with respect, dignity, courage and kindness. That's real love.
Follow this 30-minute rule.
No matter how busy you are, take a half-hour each day just for yourself. Go for a walk, plan healthy meals or simply relax and recharge. You're not being selfish—you need the time to focus on your own well-being. After all, if you're not healthy, how can you take care of anyone else? I did feel guilty at first, but following this rule helped me lose the weight, and it enables me and my family to live a healthy lifestyle. (Abigail Cuffey)

Indulge yourself with kindness this Valentine's Day. 
"There is a voice inside of you that whispers all day long, 'I feel this is right for me, I know this is wrong.' No teacher, preacher, parent, friend or wise man can decide what's right for you - just listen to the voice that speaks inside." (Shel Silverstein)