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I realized one day that I wasn't very happy and I had heard in Al-anon a quote by Abraham Lincoln "Most people are as happy as they decide to be". So I decided to be happy and knew I needed to reduce stress in my life. Then I saw a quote on FaceBook " Saying yes to happiness means learning to say no to things and people that stress you out." by Thelma Davis. That day I stopped taking on other people's issues and responsibilities. Since that day I try each day to decide to be HAPPY!
When I could SEE the vision of what certain foods did to my body..health..results, I knew I needed to change my eating habits.
I stay in my calorie range more often during the week than on the weekends. I find it helps me stay motivated to weigh myself only on Friday morning. I feel upbeat knowing I've had a good streak of days being on track, and it helps keep from being too overindulgent over the weekend.
Friends will celebrate your successes. I try to be a supportive friend. I believe askingfor help is one thing, getting it crammed down my throat is another. One person's way does not work for everyone on here.
It's much more motivating to hear something positive and kind than negative and mean. I would never let my child feel bad about herself no matter what she looks like. I would do whatever it takes to make her happy and healthy both physically and mentally.
When I track my food daily and stay in the budget; I also take a few minutes end of day to track out the 'next day'. This keeps me positive w/ my food, my choices, and I plan a weekly menu as well ..........It all helps to be organized and stay on track day to day! It is worth the time!
When I bike on my indoor cycle I listen to super upbeat music. When my momentum really gets going and I am in the zone I yell out positive affirmations, such as: "I am good enough." "I deserve great health." "I love myself." "I can do this." "I love to sweat." It really pumps me up and I feel great. My dogs must think I am crazy. LOL, LOL