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Your Mind is a Powerful Thing.

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Your mind is a powerful thing. When you fill it with positive thoughts, your life will start to change.

This one is for those of you that have "New Year's Resolutions".

I am not a big fan of New Year's...the parties, the fear that you need to have someone to be with for that kiss at midnight, the insipid drinking, the overeating...I COULD go on, but I won't.

I have not celebrated New Year's in any way, since I let my young daughter stay up to watch the TV celebration of the ball drop in New York City, on the Centennial 2000 New Year's celebration. She didn't quite grasp that it was still 11 here, and I didn't alert her about that, so we went to bed at about 11:05.

That is the last time I can recall that New Year's Eve had any impact on my life. Just like every single day of the year, when you wake up, you can erase everything that happened the day, the week, the month, the year before, and start with a new slate.

Positive thinking has been around since we have been thinking. To talk to yourself with love and respect is as important as talking to your most revered friend in the same way. You need to focus on all the great things about you, maybe even write them down, and look at them, to keep yourself understanding why you and your journey to good health are so important.

I have a list that I made a while back when I first read the Beck* book, about why it was important to lose weight, and why eating something unhealthy was not as important to me as the things on that list. I also wrote a "you are beautiful" list, that is taped to a bathroom mirror.

I don't really need that list to continue on this journey, but I do look at it every single day at 4 pm. It is a re-assurance for me, to remind me every single day, why this is journey is important, why I am important to me, and why my continued journey matters.

I just spent some time with my parents, who have really eaten healthy and exercised for the past 30 years. They are inspiring, to say the least. They reminded me, that you can feel and look good in your 80's, and by continuing on my path, I can too.

We all have negative thoughts enter our minds. We all have to be vigilant not to let them overpower the good and positive thoughts that should be there. By stopping negative thoughts at the door of your mind, and focusing on all the positive things about you and the positive things you are doing, you are setting yourself up for success.

Write two lists today. One should be the reasons you want to succeed on this healthy journey. The other one is why you are beautiful (handsome for all you awesome male friends of mine!!). Make no mistake about it, you are beautiful/handsome. Find five things that make you so, write them down, and tape them to a mirror you look at at least once a day.

If you were/are like me, mirrors were not my friends and I didn't spend much time looking at them. I think a list like this is important for just this reason.

When we can think about all that is good and positive in our lives, and why we are so worth this journey, it helps light the "spark", that sets this journey on fire.

Don't start on the first of the year. Start today. The first is just an arbitrary date, and there is a magnificent morning every single day.

Love yourself, use your mind to create positive loving thoughts, banish the negativity, and your life will start to change for the better.

Spark on.

*The Beck Diet Solution: Train Your Brain to Think Like a Thin Person
By Judith Beck

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  • no profile photo SWEET-4
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    Thank you for this blog. I am starting the Beck book. You have peaked my interest in the possible light it can shed on the subject for me. Keep up the good work and wishing you a very happy new year.
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  • L*I*T*A*
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    I love your blog, so much MEAT in it for me!

    Happy new year, Jane!
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  • HOLLYM48
    When I look back on old pictures, I see a happy person, but one that didn't want to walk very far or to be very active. Now, I see someone that looks she is on top of the world and who loves to be outside walking, running, hiking, being adventurous.
    It is never to late, as long as we are breathing, we can change our ways and learn to live a much more healthy lifestyle! Here is to another healthy and happy year in 2016!
    Spark on!
    1885 days ago
    Love your wisdom.
    1885 days ago
    Change your mind ... and the rest will follow.

    Thank you for sharing. I have the Beck book right now and I am reading it for the first time.
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  • no profile photo JEANNETTE59
    Totally emoticon !

    It all boils gown to this.....for each of us there is truly only one person that we must live with 24 hours a day, every day of our life. So each of us had better love ourselves! Of course there are other people in most everyone's life, but no matter how much we love and cherish each of them we have time away from them. And that is a good thing!

    Even if you are someone's caregiver, and I have been, you take a break to shower. Make your "Me Time" count. You are special and unique and deserving of your love.

    For the people in your live that you love....tell them, just make sure you are at the top of the list. You'll find that you have much more love to give, when you love you.


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  • no profile photo CD15733790
    Love it! You should be an inspirational speaker!
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  • no profile photo CD14959796
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    1885 days ago
    It is so important to feel good about yourself going into this journey and think positively, because what many people don't realize is how much better you'll feel about yourself when you reach your goals. There are so many rewards you'll receive - it's an awesome feeling!

    I used to hate New Year's, but as I've gotten older, I'm no longer afraid of the future and have learned to enjoy the potential of the year ahead. You're right that the date is totally arbitrary, but I still love the idea of new beginnings that the New Year symbolizes.

    One of the many blessings I received in 2015, in addition to reaching my goal weight and learning to successfully maintain a healthy weight, is getting to know you. i so look forward to your blog posts every day, because your wisdom and passion comes through so loud and clear.

    Thanks for being awesome and beautiful! XOX
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  • no profile photo CHAYOR73
    it's so great to read your blogs, you make me feel so good and remind me of the important things in life, never stop writing you inspire me so much! emoticon
    1885 days ago
    Life really DOES improve when we start to love ourselves and the self-talk is positive, being kind to ourselves. . . as kind to ourselves as we might be with OTHERS.
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