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Staying Positive Secrets

How do you achieve and maintain a positive outlook?

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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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A Bad Decision Does Not Make A Ruined Day

It is possible to come back and do well for the remaining decisions in the day. Throwing all caution to the wind after a bad decision would be like getting a tiny spot on your white shirt, and then just taking a sharpie marker and marking up all the rest of it.

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Like water off a ducks' back....

I was asked how I keep a smile on my face (most often than not, LOL). Simple; I try not to sweat the small things and things I can't control. I exercise, which helps with stress relief, laugh often, and most importantly let things roll off me like water off a ducks' back. Smile!

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