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Stop Stressing - Just Say No

As many people have commented at one time or another, we could get so much more done if there were just more hours in the day. Obligations pile up everywhere: duties at work, commitments to social groups, quality time with the family and time out to spend with friends. For whatever reason, there always seems to be some kind of demand (or worse, a polite request) on our time. Yet this wishing for more time in the day is missing the real point of the problem, which is actually quite different.

What's the problem, then?

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Losing Weight - Counting and Setting Goals

Effective weight loss hinges on goal setting. While weight loss itself is our final goal, the end product we want to achieve, our weight loss journey isn't just a one-step process. If it were that easy everyone would likely have done it already.

The truth is that the ideal weight loss program will incorporate many smaller goals that will be set and reached before the end of the journey. Similar to the process of breaking a difficult project into smaller and easily managed tasks, incremental goal setting is key to making a weight loss dream into a reality.


Stop Stressing - Just Say No

As many people have commented at one time or another, we could get so much more done if there were just more hours in the day. Obligations pile up everywhere: duties at work, commitments to social groups, quality time with the family and time out to spend with friends… For whatever reason, there always seems to be some kind of demand (or worse, a polite request) on our time. Yet this wishing for more time in the day is missing the real point of the problem, which is actually quite different.

What's the problem, then?


Losing Weight - Weighing In

Part of our ultimate goal in doing all this habit changing is to lose weight, of course. We've talked about making goals and keeping our eye on them, and how to set achievable benchmarks for ourselves as we do what we can to make ourselves healthier. Part of that is the practice of weighing in and seeing what our progress has been. Unfortunately, this is another area where people too frequently miss out on developing a good habit, and find instead discouragement and frustration.


Losing Weight - Discourage Discouragement

One thing we all really understand is that dieting is hard. It isn't just a case of 'not eating so much' or 'showing a little willpower.' Our bodies have been evolving over millions of years into very efficient energy storing machines. There wasn't always as much food as there presently is, so our systems are naturally inclined to want to store up energy whenever they can. When we try to short-circuit that process and control our diets, our bodies often argue with us! We get hunger pangs, fatigue symptoms, and all the other things we've discussed so far.


Losing Weight - The Addiction of Comfort Food

Its very name is appealing - comfort food. What could be more wonderful than a food that helps us feel better? Almost everyone can name something that they eat when they're just feeling sour or sad. Chinese take-out, chocolate cake, raspberry ice cream, banana pancakes and many others make the list.

Of course, we know that food can't be the solution to our problems, especially the problem of trying to lose weight and keep it off. So why do we find ourselves trapped in the eat/feel better/feel worse/eat some more cycle?

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Stop Stressing - Getting Away from Should

People like to have a sense of purpose about things. We want to know that we're doing the right thing, and that our activities are going along according to "the plan." In short, we spend a lot of time either saying "I should..." or asking ourselves "what should I..."


Stop Stressing: the STOP Method

Stress is a universal part of the human condition. In short, just about everything in our lives can be a source of stress. The key is not avoiding stress, but learning how to filter what kinds of stress we allow to affect us, and to stop the influence of the worst sources.


Stop Stressing: Visualize Success

Our vivid imaginations often have the power to alleviate or exacerbate stressful situations. On the one hand, we can come up with a lot of different solutions for the same problems; yet on the other, we also can create all manner of roadblocks for ourselves almost out of thin air.


Losing Weight - A Body in Motion

Newton tells us that a body in motion will stay in motion unless acted upon; likewise, a body at rest will stay at rest until acted upon. This gives us a powerful metaphor for the difficulties of getting into a proper, healthy exercise habit that can help shed weight and keep it off.


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