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Just vow to be mindful. Aim to make more healthy choices this season than last.
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When you respond appropriately, you don't delude yourself, but you also don't make something a bigger deal than it needs to be.
If you're at a critical point with your weight and your health is going to suffer, drugs or surgery may prove to be a lifeline worth grabbing hold of.
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"I felt like he deserved so much better."
Your body relies more on conditioning than you realize.
Going to the gym was a chore to me and became a routine I just couldn't settle into.
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Condition your mind not to expect results in the extreme short term and prepare for the long haul.
There is a lot of shame in the world of food and exercise habit change.
"Believe in yourself, and care enough about yourself to invest the time in you."
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There are definitely positives, but you should be aware of the negatives too.
Find your "linchpin" habit: the one that, when adopted or deleted, creates a huge ripple effect.
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'It made me realize very quickly just how bad it had gotten.'
"You can combine foods to get adequate protein, but this takes effort and mindfulness — skills a vast majority lack."
The calorie as a measure of food energy is inaccurate and variable.
And all without counting a single calorie!
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The mirage of the "perfect" diet just sets us all up to be disheartened and discouraged.
Fasting diets work for weight-loss just as well as any other traditional caloric restriction diets — which is VERY POORLY.
"I wanted to lose weight and I was tired of waiting around for a hero to come and save the day."
Just because something is called a salad does NOT make it the best choice.
"I'm excited to get up in the mornings now."
You shouldn't judge a person by their exterior because you don't know their story.
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"I had to stay focused, develop discipline, and to be honest with myself."
The diet industry will constantly tell us that we need to lose weight, sell us a cure that will fail, make us feel like the failures and then sell us something else. STOP! It's not just about losing weight, it's about gaining health, and that's not all about a number on the scale or the size of your jeans.
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You don't gain weight from vegetables!
One of the most misleading messages given by many commercial weight loss plans is that you don't have to make serious changes to your existing eating and lifestyle patterns. No need to starve yourself, or even feel a little bit hungry. No need to forego your favorite dishes, not even pizza or sugary desserts.
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"I just ate in moderation."
If you struggle with your weight or if you are stuck in a routine that has you emotionally drained, understand you are not alone. Also understand that an entire industry has been created to sell you products, diets and fad workouts that you just don't need and, usually, don't work.
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"I wanted to run with my kids and not just stand on the sidelines any longer."
Being physically active needs to stop being treated as a means to an end. Our bodies were made to move and that's just what they should do - not to fit into a pair of jeans, or to look good for beach season, and certainly not for more Instagram likes - but because much like eating, breathing and sleeping, it's a vital part of life.
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"It will require sacrifices, but in the end it will be worth it."
I am not arguing that to be successful you need to eradicate unhelpful thoughts, cravings, and urges altogether. That goal is unrealistic and simply sets you up for failure. Having desires makes you human. I love training and I still sometimes want to skip it. Instead, learn how to manage cravings and urges.