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Staying Positive Secrets

How do you achieve and maintain a positive outlook?

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Talk positive to yourself

If you catch yourself with negative thougts counter them with positive self talk. Don't dwell on the negative.

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Be Selfish

Too often we give ourselves to everyone or everything else. Our families, significant other, jobs ... we need to remember to put the same effort into ourSELVES. (At least I do!)

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DAY ALMOST OVER

HAD MY 6 YR OLD GRANDDAUGHTER AND I WORKED OUT. BEFORE SHE CAME I SPENT 2 HOURS IN THE GARDEN PLANTING ALL THE VEG & FRUITS, WATERED AND WEEDED. WHEN SHE CAME WE PICKED STRAWBERRIES 6 QUARTS, CUT ASPARAGUS. MADE DINNER, CLEANED KITCHEN AND BOTH HAD A SHOWER. RELAXED. PLAYED GAMES AND ATE POPCORN.

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Practicing Positivity

In a world that bombards us with negativity, added to our own internal messages, it takes practice to switch directions. I stay mindful of every negative thought and balance it immediately with it's opposing positive one. With practice, the positive direction will take-hold.

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Believing the good things people say about you

One of the hardest things I have ever done is staying positive. I would believe anything bad about myself (stupid, fat, ugly etc....) until I met my wife. she was harder on herself than I was on myself. and that would tic me off. We finely talked before we got married and I told her that hearing her

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Don't use the word DIET!!

I hate it when people ask me how my "diet" is going because I'm not on a diet. There is so much negative attached to that word. I find that saying I'm on a journey or lifestyle change is much more positive and easier to stick to. Also, you can't cheat on something your not on. ;)

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Play to Your Strengths

No matter what you weigh choose your favorite body part and play it up. Do you have pretty hands or feet? Get a pedicure or manicure! A beautiful smile? Emphasize it with some fun lip gloss. Nice calves? Wear some fun heels! Feeling beautiful daily will help you stay positive and motivated.

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A Postive Snooze Button

One of the Emotion Eaters (Spark Team) goals is to start your day with a positive talk to yourself. What I do is set my snooze button for 5 minutes, but instead of rolling over an going back to sleep for those 5 minutes, I give myself a pep talk. Starting my day on the right foot is too important.

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Use Every Single Penny of Your Health Spending Account

Many employers' health insurance plans include a flexible "health spending account". Use every penny, every year! Even if you just use it for massages, it's your money and you should use it!

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Learn from Mistakes, Forgive Yourself, Take Baby Steps

Mistakes will happen. Recognize your mistakes, & figure out how to take corrective measures. Take baby steps to learn from mistakes; forgive yourself; and move forward as slowly or as quickly as you can. Love yourself first, and you will be able to take care of your loved ones for a longer time.

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