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With consistency in my program, I am seeing positive changes to my body shape and strength.

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Luv it!!!

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Thanks Val. My mantra...I am awesome and strong! emoticon

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Think Yourself Fit!
How Your Thoughts Affect Your Body

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“Whether you think you can or you can’t, you’re probably right!”

As in most of life, your attitude will determine how well you do. Believe in yourself and talk positively to yourself, just as you would encourage a friend or loved one. Tell yourself that you CAN do it! Visualize yourself living healthy and exercising and your body (and actions) will follow. Remember that negative talk will bring you down, but staying positive will help you to think yourself fit!



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Val, I have been doing this for a long time and it is wonderful!

Learned it back in my Amway days. emoticon Loved Amway and all the positive things I learned, from being in it.

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Oh Val, this is great..as I have been on a quest to remain positive!!!

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"How I Quit Being Negative & Got Happy"

www.mindbodygreen.com/0-8870/how-i-q
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4 Tips with more details covered in the above article are:

1. Make a gratitude list and write down three things you are thankful for every day.
2. Stop complaining.
3. Compliment at least one person every day.
4. Stop reacting from a fear-based place and start getting involved in community and sharing.

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Tracy, thanks for your comments! Sorry just noticed :(

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Wow, I hadn't noticed this thread but I'll begin reading it soon! Can't wait! Thank you! This is great. I did see your post Deb, that's terrible. I've had body issues all my life too, (along with others), thanks to all of my (not so great upbringing) and then just continuing with non-supportive, positive, happy people. It makes you stronger. . .But, it is so totally avoidable if people would just think about how they are hurting. Sometimes, the people emoticon in our lives are so "empty", that they don't even understand or care.

Here's to the "wonderful" people in each of our lives! emoticon

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Val, good read and I'm going to pay attention to my attitude. I'm definitely more optimist since I've become older, but being pessimistic was a big part of me for so many years.

Thanks for introducing me to the power of positive thinking!

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I am blessed with being positive, some genetic, the other I worked on until it was habit.

Always wonder how people manage through life, being negative on a regular basis.

Read your post, but will come back to the link, after work.

Thank you!

Wish everyone could read this. Can you imagine? emoticon

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Just noticed this, I'll have to read tonight after work..thanks so much for thinking of all of us!! I could surely used this :)

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A good article on how to switch up negative self-talk for positive.

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Talk Your Way To Being Happy

What would make you happy? A new wardrobe, a faster car, moving to a different city? People often think these things are the key to feeling good, but experts say only about 10% of a person's happiness is related to them.

Much more happiness -- 90% -- has to do with your general outlook on life. You can learn a lot about your own worldview by paying attention to "self-talk" -- the conversation you have in your head about yourself and the world around you. Even more important, changing how you talk to yourself can actually help shift your perspective, too. Here's how.

Accentuate the Positive

Martin Seligman, a professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, has studied the ways people explain the positive and negative events in their lives. Pessimists form worldviews around negative events and explain away anything good that happens to them, he says. Optimists tend to distance themselves from negative events and embrace the positive.

Say you stumble and spill your drink at a party. Was it because you were distracted or are you a total klutz? An optimist is more likely to tell himself it's temporary and fixable. A pessimist is more likely to say it's a reflection of his permanent state.

Which view you take is partly determined at birth. "There is a genetic component to pessimism, but it's not 100%," says Sonja Lyubomirsky, author of The How of Happiness: A Scientific Approach to Getting the Life You Want. But it's also possible to raise your general level of happiness by shifting your perspective.

Make Self-Talk Work for You

Self-talk can affect your perspective. It can boost you up or take you down. Athletes use positive self-talk to reach their personal bests. Some people use negative self-talk to justify the ruts they find themselves in. Here are some examples of negative self-talk and ways to make conversations with yourself more positive.

When Something Bad Happens

Start with daily setbacks. If you miss your train or come down with the flu, don't treat it as a catastrophe. Instead, tell yourself it's an inconvenience to cope with and then get on with your life.

(Go to the above link to the article for examples.)

When Something Good Happens

You aced the test. Is it because you are a good student who will go far in life, or did you just get lucky? When good things happen, internalize success with some self-kudos.

(Again, go to the above link to the article for examples.)

In Social Situations

Negative self-talk can be rife in social situations, especially if you feel nervous or "on display." Positive self-talk can help you put social gaffes in proper perspective.

(Again, go to above link for examples.)

Keep at It

The process of shifting your language is a lot like getting in shape. "If your muscles haven't been worked in a while, guess what? It's going to be uncomfortable at first," Beneduce says. Over time, negative words can take on the quality of a broken-in pair of jeans -- they just seem to fit. And some pessimists don't want to look on the bright side, Lyubomirsky says. "They think it would be deceiving themselves."

Adopting a more positive language and worldview can pay off, however. People who focus on the present and appreciate what they have today are more happy, energetic, and hopeful. Happiness opens your mind to new possibilities, creative thinking, and interest in social situations. Happier thoughts could give you fewer things to feel bad about.






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Nice Val. Thank you.



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Thanks Val, good read, and working at applying positiveness to my life :)...

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"...although 50% of our disposition is indeed a result of genes, only 10% is due to circumstances. What that means is that despite our inherited level of happiness, and despite the complexities of our lives, a whopping 40% is due to our behavior, over which we do have control.

Based on the increasing research emerging in the field, we can learn to be happier no matter what life hands us or to whom we were born."

Another excellent article from SP that gives us tips on how to "Let Go of Negativity and Increase Your Happiness Set Point" can be found at
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Interestingly, the article points out that " we don't want to eliminate all negative feelings. Negative emotions are proper and helpful at times. It's appropriate to mourn the loss of a loved one. Anger often propels us into action to improve a situation or right a wrong. And fear is a warning to avoid what could be a dangerous and damaging situation.

However, if you find yourself honking wildly at the car in front of you whose driver didn't instantly notice the light turned green, berating yourself for eating a cookie when you swore off sugar, or snapping at your kids for laughing too loud while you are on the phone, then unwarranted negativity creeps into your daily life too often. And that's the kind you want to reduce."

"By making a conscientious attempt to notice, step back and analyze those feelings, you can begin to turn them around. Here's how.

1. Dispute negative thinking. Notice when you overreact, blow things out of proportion, or talk to yourself in a way you never would a friend. Stop, be mindful, analyze the facts, and reverse your limiting beliefs and negative thoughts.

2. Stop ruminating. Constantly going over and over negative situations and thoughts perpetuates bad feelings and doesn't accomplish anything. Look for healthy distractions that focus your attention on something else. It's particularly helpful if it's an activity that brings you joy.

3. Try meditation. Meditation helps you to attend to your thoughts with awareness and without judgment. We all have negative thoughts, but we can accept that it's just that: a thought. We don't need to react to it emotionally.

4. Diffuse your negativity landmines. Look for the situations and people in your daily life that bring up negativity. Minimize or change the environment. If reading fashion magazines lead to your feeling horrible about your body, switch to a health magazine. If your daily commute is unbearable, can you move closer to work, or listen to books on tape to pass the time?

5. Assess your media diet. Watching the news on TV often affects us in ways we are not aware of. Try staying informed online or with newspapers, so you can pick and choose what to attend to. You may want to know about the earthquake in Japan, but can skip the fire in the Bronx.

6. Avoid gossip and sarcasm. By its very nature, gossip is negative, and sarcasm usually hurts. If you must talk about others, bring up their good qualities. If jokes hurt others, don't use them—and walk away from others who do.

7. Reframe your relationship with negative people, or reduce your exposure to them if possible. It's easy to eliminate an acquaintance from your life who always brings up negativity for you, but not so simple if you work or live with the person. Be honest with yourself and examine your feelings towards this person, asking if there is anything you do that fuels the negativity. Look for the positive traits (everyone has some); infuse compassion, love and understanding into their situation; and finally, ask yourself, "What can I learn about myself by having this person in my life?"

While working to decrease negativity, you might also like to try increasing positivity with the things positive psychology research has proven will help.

- If you habitually view the glass as half empty, challenge yourself to find the half that's full. Look for the silver lining in challenging situations.
- Savor goodness by stopping to notice beauty around you, the joy of being with a friend, anticipation of upcoming exciting events, and sharing good news and happiness with others.
- Develop the habit of counting your blessings, both big and small. Refuse to take for granted the good things in your life, and give thanks to those who help make your world a better place.
- Be generous with your displays of kindness on a daily basis. Consider choosing a particular day of the week or month to magnify your kindness, through activities such as volunteer work or helping out an elderly neighbor.
- Engage in activities that you feel passionate about. Whether it's the business you've created, a hobby you love, or a challenging sport, do something that totally engrosses you and makes you lose track of time.
- Dream about your future and visualize your future successes.
- Apply your personal strengths in the work you do on a daily basis and in creatively solving problems.
- Develop and nurture warm and trusting relationships with others, and connect often. Relationships are the backbone of our happiness. If you don't have many in your life, join clubs or associations or go to outings where you can meet others with similar interests.
- Spend time in nature. Fredrickson's studies have proven that those who spend more time outdoors, and/or participate in nature experiences demonstrate improved mood, open-mindedness and broadened thinking.
- Consider mindfulness and meditation training. Just as they will help deal with negative feelings, these disciplines have been shown to increase positivity as well.

Looking at the many ways to decrease negativity and increase positivity may feel overwhelming. Just pick one or two ideas for starters, and try them out. Soon you'll discover why actively pursuing happiness really pays off!



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Wow you got that right Favall, we forget the things told to us, but live them in our minds without even realizing it.

My step dad, God rest his soul as he past and I have forgiven him, but would yell at me "leave the milk for the little ones you f.....ing ass". I always always no matter how thin I was believed in my mind he was right, after all he sees my behind. My mom had wide hips which makes for a wide hinny, so I do have the same only with being overweight it is much more.

I have tried to remove these words that were hurtful and truthful at the same time for me. I have been very very self-conscience since I was about 14, uncomfortable in my own body.

Thanks Val, really is helping point me in the right direction, trying to wipe the negatives out!



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For me, one aspect of positive self talk starts with always telling myself the truth. I had a habit in the past of repeating internally the messages that I'd heard from others but they weren't alway based upon the truth. I've learned now to logically evaluate the messages I hear and then change the internal message to be the truth. An example is that a parent told me that I was clumsy and I carried that message for a long time. A couple of years ago I decided to test the message and it confirmed that I'm not clumsy at all. I have great balance, good spacial awareness, strong leg and muscle control, and accurate fine motor skills. Confirmation of those realities has given me the truth and allowed me to replace the initial inaccurate message with the truth.

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emoticon LOVE THEM BOTH VAL AND IT IS VERY TRUE.

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Positive Self-Talk 101

"I am good enough. I am smart enough and doggone it, people like me."

Remember Stuart Smalley, the character on Saturday Night Live who did those positive affirmations in front of a mirror? It was a funny skit—but he was actually onto something that works.

We all talk to ourselves every day, and most of the time what we say to ourselves isn't that nice. In fact, studies show we have tens of thousands of thoughts a day and 70% are negative! And we wonder why we feel defeated? Changing how you talk to yourself can be one of the most important things you can do for your health, your mood, and your body because the voice you let play inside your mind determines how you feel.

So each morning, remind yourself to pay attention to your thoughts. Are your thoughts positive? Negative? Depressing? Discouraging or empowering? If your internal dialogue is positive and you encounter a setback, you can talk yourself through it. You will automatically say things like: "I can do this. I have overcome challenges before. I know this is temporary. I will turn things around." Positive self-talk is comforting, empowering, and contributes greatly to ease of mind and happiness.

So how do you start? Practice saying, "STOP!" whenever you notice that your internal dialogue isn't positive. When you think a negative thought, replace it with a positive statement about yourself, written in the present tense. Here are a few examples:

I am strong.
I am confident.
I believe in me.

Tell yourself these things every day. You really can have control over your thoughts, and with some practice, you will be amazed at the results.

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Wow Val, thank you very much.......great read and a keeper!!!

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I love this article from www.selfgrowth.com/articles/Tuttle2.
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Whatever you focus on multiplies. Your thoughts are energy, your words are energy and your emotions are energy. At a quantum level we are all just a big bundle of energy.

Whatever you think a lot about, speak a lot about, and feel a lot of emotion about, you flow energy to and it grows.

You have a relationship with your body and YOUR BODY IS LISTENING TO YOU!

If you keep telling your body it is FAT, it will continue to be fat for you. Your cells are an intelligent system that you communicate with. Whenever you say, “I am fat” your fat cells are listening and responding.

Most people with weight issues are very practiced at speaking negatively about themselves and their body. The problem is by doing this you keep adding to the problem. It is difficult for your body to change when you keep sending it negative messages. As long as you say, “I am FAT” you give your body more instruction and power to BE FAT!

I teach my clients to change their language to support their body in changing. Changing the negative “I am’s” to positive “I am’s” is a powerful first step.

Change the “I am fat” to “I am slimming down.” Change the “I never get results, it is hard” to “I am getting results, it is getting easier.”

Some people have a hard time saying positive “I am’s” when it is not their current reality. The point is if you want to change your reality, you better start changing the way you think and how you speak about it.

Your body’s inner intelligence is smart. I believe the natural state of the body is to be lean and healthy. It is always striving for this outcome, yet the power your mind has to disrupt this natural outcome is strong, especially when your body keeps getting daily doses of the negative from you.

Trust your body to start doing the job it was created to do for you. If you despise your body, you weaken it and block its power. Love your body in its current condition. The body is in many ways like a small child, just wanting to do a good job and be appreciated and loved. You wouldn’t tell a 4 year-old child they were no good and unlovable. Imagine your body like it were a small child that your thoughts and words are directed to everyday. Are you being an abusive adult to your body? Stop abusing your body with your thoughts and words. Start loving your body and you will be amazed how it will start working even harder for you to get the results your are looking for.

Below are some of my client’s favorite affirmations that can be used to empower your body:

I am healthy and lean
I give myself recognition beyond food
I love myself, I love my body, and fat just disappears
I look nice, I am active, I am enough, and I count
I am my ideal weight
I feel great in my clothes
I enjoy exercising several times a week
I can say no
It is easy to find other things to do in the evening besides eat
I let down my walls
I am proud of my body; it did what I told it to do
My bodies' natural state is to be lean
I am fulfilled
Food is a resource I manage wisely
My metabolism works great
My body knows what do with what I give it
I am patient with my body as it learns new habits
Others notice how great I look and feel
My organs are relieved of overworking
I am slim and trim
My body responds to my thoughts
I am physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually balanced and healthy
I am whatever I think and feel I am


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Great, thanks for sharing..my book arrived today....

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"... getting support from others is only one part of the formula for success. Equally important is your ability to support yourself ..."

For another pep talk, read,

Talk Yourself into Reaching Your Goals
- How Self-Talk Can Help (or Hinder) Your Progress
www.sparkpeople.com/resource/motivat
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"Recognize that what you say to yourself has the same emotional effect that it would have on another person. If you wouldn’t say this to others, don’t say it to yourself."



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Yes, I agree with positive self talk and seeing the bright side of everything. Even the slip ups have a bright side. emoticon

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This is great, thanks for starting!!!

Reading articles like this motivates me even more to work on my negative thoughts....you have inspired me as well..



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Whenever we're trying something new it's easy to be motivated and optimistic, but as time goes by it may become more difficult to maintain this positivity.

This thread will be a place where we can post any articles or tips we come across that help us keep our inner spark burning as we continue on this lifelong journey of being healthy and fit.

I'm a big believer in positive self-talk! Here's a short SP article that provides some tips on how we can be our own best friend and coach by talking positively to ourselves negating those self-defeating thoughts that many of us have carried inside us far too long.

Positive Self-Talk Leads to Success
- Good Things Come to Those Who Believe
www.sparkpeople.com/resource/motivat
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n_articles.asp?id=1206


Edited by: EDWARDS1411 at: 4/10/2013 (14:05)
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