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8 10, 2020

Helplessness or Optimism

2020-10-08T15:11:05-04:00October 8th, 2020|Motivational Letters|

As I was tidying up the other day, I came across some old lecture notes from an Obesity Medicine conference we attended about 9 years ago. I remember feeling privileged to listen to a keynote lecture by Dr. Denis Waitley. He is a Psychologist, and at that time, was an advisor to the American Olympic team. His talk was on how we, as individuals, have choices: emotional choices. We can listen to the internal voice of helplessness or turn our minds towards optimism. He noted that it takes about 600 days for an athlete to develop a consistent habit of [...]

14 08, 2020

Perspective and Self-Talk

2020-08-14T12:52:17-04:00August 14th, 2020|Motivational Letters|

I wanted to go back to a letter I wrote many years ago, as I’ve noticed so many patients falling into the spiral of negative self-talk through the Covid-19 pandemic and all the nuanced issues are stemming from it.  To elicit change and create motivation, we must first look at how we are speaking to ourselves.  From there, we can work on shifting our perspective and acting on the things that are important to us. We are our own worst critics. We are at our worst when it comes to diets and exercise. One of the problems is that we [...]

17 07, 2020

Learning from your Life

2020-07-17T10:49:40-04:00July 17th, 2020|Motivational Letters|

On a daily basis, I chat with people about setting goals. Some of these goals will be weight related, some will be exercise, and some will just be getting through the week trying to improve previously self-destructive habits. Since we have no external guarantee of success, how do we develop an inner sense that we can accomplish what we have set out to do? First: From the outset of each day, you must believe that you will eventually achieve your goals no matter what. Second: It’s important to realize, that, no matter what happens, you must also believe that there [...]

22 06, 2020

Creating a “New Normal” Healthy Lifestyle

2020-06-22T17:39:52-04:00June 22nd, 2020|Motivational Letters|

Lifetime success in health and weight management involves not only changing the way we interact with food but also changing our mindset. Unfortunately, many of us continue in the attempt to get healthier without taking the time to reassess our strategies. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, many of us have been forced to develop new strategies to adapt to a new “normal” when it comes to our eating and lifestyle.  What may have been a good routine 4 months ago all of a sudden didn’t work anymore. We must stop and ask ourselves questions about what might have worked in the [...]

22 05, 2020

Choose Your Future Self

2020-05-22T20:53:34-04:00May 22nd, 2020|Motivational Letters|

Over the last few months, I’ve listened to many people tell me how they “just can’t stop snacking in the evening.” Or, they talk about how they “just can’t get back on track.” These are challenging times. Many have felt the burden of added stress.  All of us are on different boats in the same storm.  However, the comments above reflect choices being made. When people make comments like this, they have pre-determined that they are unable to stop snacking. When you choose to see yourself as incompetent or incapable, you will experience incompetence and incapability. When you choose to [...]

8 11, 2019

Focus on Belief

2019-11-07T16:50:05-05:00November 8th, 2019|Motivational Letters|

You haven't really been eating that well in the past month. Really, you've only ‘forced' an average of 2 or 3 exercise sessions weekly. You're feeling guilty that you aren't disciplined. You just can't "seem to get back on track”. Sound familiar? Actually it sounds like most of us at some point in time. Now, this is exactly the moment that you must believe in yourself. No matter how many times you may have failed, no matter how many times you've thought you'd do better, only to blow it again, do this one thing: Commit yourself to believing that winning [...]

29 03, 2019

Ways to control your mental life

2019-03-29T08:29:32-04:00March 29th, 2019|Motivational Letters|

James Allen said: "Dream lofty dreams and as you dream, so shall you become.” When I hear people say: "I've lost focus;” or, "I'm overwhelmed;” or, "I haven't got any more motivation;” or, "There is so much going on in my life, I just can't handle worrying about this program,” I'm left wondering about how I can help the individual regain the enthusiasm, drive, desire and tenacity to get back on track. You see, I say these things to myself also. I think most human beings do. The question is: "Are there methods to turn around self-defeating thoughts?” There are! [...]

19 10, 2018

Nobody Bats 1000

2018-10-19T08:16:38-04:00October 19th, 2018|Motivational Letters|

Many people I talk to tend to focus in on what they haven't achieved in their weight loss program rather than what they have achieved. For some reason, it is always the one bad choice that sticks out in a person's mind rather than the ninety-nine good choices. A problem that we all experience as humans is that we focus on our failures; we feel guilt and anger when we let ourselves down. Improvement, however, is all about filling our lives with more positive experiences and it is important to learn from our failures rather than dwell on them. The [...]

25 08, 2017

Focus on WHY you want to Lose Weight

2018-06-04T14:34:10-04:00August 25th, 2017|Motivational Letters|

A friend of mine has tried many diets, but usually quit on himself because the joy of food trumped losing weight. Recently, however, he developed type 2 diabetes. He knew his weight was what caused the diabetes and he wanted to be healthy long-term for the sake of his children. In one month he lost 12 pounds, and he has been steadily losing about 2 pounds each week. Why is he doing so well now, when all his other attempts were ‘failures'? He is succeeding because he has a strong reason to limit his portions; he knew the diabetes would [...]

24 03, 2017

Affirmations

2018-06-04T14:34:15-04:00March 24th, 2017|Motivational Letters|

Every one of you has the potential to achieve whatever it is you would like to have or become! I truly believe this. To quote Norman Vincent Peale: "Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble, but reasonable confidence in your own powers, you cannot be successful or happy.” But, we need the mental tools to accomplish the sometimes difficult task of self-confidence in oneself, a sense of purpose, and ongoing belief of our capabilities. We talked last week of one of the tools you can develop to help achieve your goals (visualization techniques). This week I [...]

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