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The Power of the Mind

Where are you with your health? What direction are you headed? How will you get to your goals? Many of us are walking around in circles undoing all our good intentions. Did you have a healthy grilled chicken salad for lunch only to pick up dinner at a drive thru? Did you set your alarm to get up earlier to do that cardio session only to skip breakfast? If this sounds like you, then read on.  You only have one body and one mind, don’t you think it’s about time you put it as a priority in your life? Forget all the crazy infomercials you’ve seen or the nutty Hollywood diets you’ve read about. Life is not about quick fixes and your health is no different. I know you’ve heard the saying, “You didn’t put the weight on overnight and you’re not going to lose it overnight” This is the truth!!!  You have to give your body time to trust that you are going to take care of it. When you’ve spent endless hours feeding your body nothing but crap, skipping meals, missing workouts, sitting on the couch surfing through television channels, staying up late, and stressing out- your body is going to lash out. How can you expect your body to be a smaller size, free of illness, with boundless energy treating it that way? It’s simply not going to happen!!! Take the time to provide your body with the TLC it deserves. Don’t think for one minute because you’re not in pain now, skinny, or without disease that this will be the case forever.   The longer you take your health and body for granted the more time it has to get its revenge against you. Get in tune with yourself. How many times have you grabbed a pair of jeans out of your closet only to fight to zip it up and thought to yourself, “How did these get tight?” Really?? Do you really wonder how?  Chips, soda, and the couch do not make up a healthy lifestyle. What did you think was going to happen? Did you know that 1 lb of fat = 3500 extra calories? That’s a lot of forgotten calories and I am assuming most of you have more than just a single pound to lose.  So how do you get your life back under control? You schedule in some “ME” Time. You don’t have to take 2 hours either, simply 30-45 minutes most days of the week and a little prep time in your diet and you are on your way to a healthy, vibrant new you. Let’s do something together, shall we? First I want you to think of the fitness goal that you would like to reach. It could be to lose 10 lbs of body fat, to fit into a smaller healthier size, to be more energetic, to eat healthier, to lower your cholesterol, to cure your sleep disorder, to breathe easier, etc. Whatever it may be, I want you to vision it. That’s right; don’t feel silly, no one is watching you. Close your eyes and really picture yourself standing in that mirror in that new fit slimmer outfit! Can you feel the self confidence rising? Can you see how others are looking at you? Can you see yourself walking up a flight of stairs more easily? Can you feel how proud you are, how about your walk? I bet your strutting just a little bit more? How does your significant other react to you now? How do your friends and co workers treat you? How good do you feel now that you have achieved your fitness goals? This is the vision you need to keep in your mind. You have to feel it in order to make it a reality.