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Staying Positive Secrets

How do you achieve and maintain a positive outlook?

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Small Steps

Set one attainable change for each month and work on that one. By the next month, that one will have become a habit and you can then set another one.

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Do Not use the word BAD

It is very important that we do not tell ourselves or our children that they are BAD. It is best to use the words wrong choices. Or ask "What others choices could I have chosen?"
No one is truly BAD. Telling a child or ones selve we are Bad is a negative impact on oneself.

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Guilt

Guilt is a punishment that EGO puts on us for something we didn't complete. It has no value in our lives and leads to stress. We do the best that we can.

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Remember why you are doing this

It helps me to remember the reasons why I want to be healthy and loose weight. It increases my mood and energy, plus I am getting ready for vacation this summer (Jamaica) and a wedding next summer. I want to look good in my wedding dress and have energy to get through the day :)

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Prep meals earlier

Do your prep work "I fix the next day's food as I'm making dinner. I'm more likely to pack a nutritious lunch when I have the cutting board and vegetables out already."

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A Positive Reminder

I made my password a positive reinforcement of what I'm trying to do. Every time I log in I am reminded and it makes me smile and helps me stay focused on my goal.

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The Power to Recreate

Not just every day is a new beginning, but EVERY MOMENT is a new beginning and a new opportunity to recreate yourself into the person you were meant to be.

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Relying on Prayer

Believing that all will be well in the end. Not trying to rush things. Trying to put in effort into making it work. Having faith and a frame of mind of the person I want to become physically and mentally. Relying on God.

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You make your decisions.

True friends - they are not looking to change me or make me into something that I am not. The world is a better place because I am in it. I can spread gloom or I can spread cheer I decide and I make MY own decisions I choose to smile - a smile is contagious a frown is not.

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How I stay positive

At age 70, I can usually look back and remember other times that are similar and also remember I survived. In addition with the experience I have gained through past mistakes, I will be successful this time.

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