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Work Out and Work In

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Let’s work "out" and work "in" at the same time. Changing your mind – and you must, because if you have been trying to lose weight, but cannot, there is something inside of you that is disallowing it. You can change this pattern, improve your self-esteem, increase your joy, and change your body for good by focusing on changing your mind, too. This is training for life.

Work-ins will recondition your mind, improve your attitude, change your perception and stimulate motivation at the same time you are conditioning your body for weight loss, shaping, strength and endurance.

If you repeat a positive statement over and over to yourself, your mind will change, the same way your body does, even if you don’t believe it. Like lifting a weight over an over, your muscle changes – even if you don’t believe it.

Try it – what have you got to lose? Say, “I am ready for my body to be healthier, leaner, and stronger. I love it already."
Say it over and over while you are walking or running or doing any exercise.

Try these "WorkIns":

1. Imagine yourself as the person you want to be, doing the things you want to do, looking the way you want to look. If this doesn’t make you happy, then you have been misleading yourself because there is no point to being that person if it isn’t going to make you happy.

So fixate on it, feel it, focus on him/her daily, hourly, constantly. Feel what it will be like to be that person, and if it makes you feel good – then think about it more and more and more.

2. Make a happy list every day. List on a piece of paper all of the things that you are proud of, happy about, grateful for.

You will be inspired to do something if you really do these “workins” consistently. You may spontaneously desire different foods; you may all of a sudden love exercising. You may find a new job, meet someone special, get introduced to someone or something that changes your life to ultimately bring every part of you – physically, mentally and emotionally in line with the happy you.

Enjoy the process – make it fun – you can be happy now. Pick a statement that works for you – something positive and in the present tense. You have nothing to lose but the extra weight. Try it!
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