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Did you over-eat today? Did you feel too lazy to exercise? Forgot to meditate? Then here's a thought: Set a timer for exactly five minutes. Go to a private space. Rant, rave, pound a pillow fuming at your "misdeeds." When the timer goes off STOP. No more negative thoughts for the rest of the day. Stay focused and positive. Be nice to yourself. Follow your dreams and goals, for tomorrow you'll again have your five minutes, if you need them, to tell off that pillow.
A thought: We all have set-backs and it's so easy to be hard on ourselves, endlessly. If we allow the negative feelings, just for a brief time, then focus only on our objectives, it's easier to give ourselves a break. Just my two cents!
I've picked one objective to focus on for a few weeks. After a while, it just ebcomes habit. I like to pair it with a great reward. First, I gave myself a great fitness reward every week that I hit 210 fitness minutes (a new workout shirt or shorts, a subscription to a fitness magazine). After several weeks, fitness became a fun habit and something I would never miss. Next, I aimed for 8 servings of fruits and veggies a day, which went well. Now, I'm finally trying to hit my calorie range.
The calorie range is the toughest (for me) so I'm stepping up the self-rewards. Each *day* that I hit my range, I can spend a few dollars on a new ebook. Talk about instant gratification! I'm an evening eater, so when I wanted a cookie, I instead said, "I would really like that book!" It helped.
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