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19 10, 2018

Nobody Bats 1000

2018-10-19T08:16:38+00:00October 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+00:00August 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 [...]

12 05, 2017

Focus on Belief

2018-06-04T14:34:12+00:00May 12th, 2017|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 [...]

24 03, 2017

Affirmations

2018-06-04T14:34:15+00:00March 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 [...]

26 08, 2016

Choices We Make

2018-06-04T14:34:19+00:00August 26th, 2016|Motivational Letters|

Over the past little while, 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.” What they are describing is a choice they have made. 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 see yourself as unable to control your food intake, you will simply eat and confirm that you cannot lose weight. How do we arrive at such self-defeating [...]

16 10, 2015

Our Purpose

2018-06-04T14:34:48+00:00October 16th, 2015|Motivational Letters|

As I was reviewing one of my favorite bedtime books I was once again struck by the simplicity and directness of our reasons to be alive and to continually attempt to change. The book is titled "HIT” which stands for ‘Humans in Training' by Jay D. Allen. I'm hoping the author would not mind me passing on some significant passages to you. There is an excellent quote by George Bernard Shaw which states, "People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don't believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who [...]

22 05, 2015

The Dimmer Switch

2018-06-04T14:34:51+00:00May 22nd, 2015|Motivational Letters|

Many people treat their overweight condition based on whether they are "on” or "off” a diet. Usually they would say to themselves that they have to do something about their weight and would go "on” a diet. They would then proceed to do all the right things that are on the "diet on” list (i.e. drink water, exercise, and of course, follow the diet exactly). This kind of thinking actually sets one up for failure because the only way to always be "on” is to be perfect. Since no one can be perfect all the time we'll actually be "off” [...]

29 01, 2015

Defensive Barriers and Rationalizations

2018-06-04T14:34:53+00:00January 29th, 2015|Motivational Letters|

If life were as simple as a game of basketball or hockey, I might say that success depends on simply keeping an eye on the puck (or ball). What is it that allows us to take our eye off our desire for successful weight loss? We all have that wish, or hope, to lose a certain amount of weight so that we can look better or feel better about ourselves. Yet, in a flash, our minds come up with some pretty ‘acceptable' rationalizations. Look at some of the following and see if they sound familiar. • "I deserve this; I've [...]

12 09, 2014

Ways to control your mental life

2018-06-04T14:34:56+00:00September 12th, 2014|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! [...]

30 05, 2014

I’m an All or Nothing Person

2018-06-04T14:34:58+00:00May 30th, 2014|Motivational Letters|

I frequently hear the expression: "I'm an all-or-nothing person.” Actually, it's an extremely common phrase. As I heard it again from a client who was struggling with controlling food, I began to wonder what, truly, did the person mean? On the surface it becomes a "reason” not to try. Worse, we tend to label ourselves with something that simply isn't true. If you think about it, what does it really mean? Does it mean that when we go to school if we don't get 100 per cent on our exams we quit? In our jobs, does it mean that unless [...]

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