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Thursday, December 30, 2010

Saying you "should" do something, like exercise, immediately implies that you feel the activity is a burden, says Michael Sachs, PhD, an exercise psychology professor at Temple University in Philadelphia."

How true is that?

In addition, to me, saying I "should" do something implies that I really don't have to BUT I will feel guilty when I don't!

He goes on to say that one would be better off with substitute words such as "want" "plan" "will" for the "should".

SOOO.....I'm "planning" to work on that self-talk in this new year since positive self-talk is the #1 predictor of success, according to several books I am currently reading.

On a positive note emoticon TC and I WANTED to walk 5 miles today, we PLANNED to do it, and we DID! In 87 minutes!

Positively yours,

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  • no profile photo CD7867181
    I remember somewhere in my past reading or college or some english class about the words "would" and "could". If you ask someone could you do something for me - yeah, they could but would they? But if you ask them would you do something, they are more than likely going to do it. I just remembered where I read that - the book Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus! LOL They were talking about how to ask men to do something for you!

    I also read in the Burn the fat, Feed the muscle ebook, you always have to set your goals as if you are already at goal. Like "I have lost 20 pounds and feel great" And never say I'm fat, cause you will remain fat! Say, I am losing weight, instead and reaffirm your goals.

    Great blog!

    3615 days ago
  • no profile photo CD4357551
    Great plan TG! That "should" thing is a biggie. Funny how the right words can send us to new heights or the wrong ones just bring us crashing down!

    I'm on board with your plan.

    I also like the article you attached on your previous blog. We should all print that and post it in our cars or wherever if we EVER even thing about a fast food stop. They don't care about us only the $$$$'s. Thanks for sharing that.


    3616 days ago
    Very nice!! I positively want to plan so that I will do what I need to do!!
    3616 days ago
  • NANCY-
    Hey TG,
    What works for me is to say "I need to...."
    ... go to the pool.
    ... eat 5 fruits and veggies /day
    ... eat healthy.
    ... breathe.

    In the hospital... I was getting a bit light headed and knew....
    I needed to eat.
    If it is a NEED we are more likely to do it.
    3616 days ago
    Ooooh, I have written down those three words; want, plan, will. I am currently reading Geneen Roth's, "Women, Food and God". I'll let you know if I garner anything new.
    3616 days ago
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