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The 15 Minute Rule

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Friday, September 27, 2013

The 15 Minute Rule

She was a vibrant picture of health and an inspiring speaker. The audience was stunned to see a slide of her when she was morbidly obese. She had lost 125 pounds. She spoke about how diet and exercise saved her life. During the question-and-answer session, a middle-aged man asked her what she did when she wanted to go off her diet and when she didn't feel like exercising.

"Let me tell you one of my secrets," she said. "I call it 'The 15-Minute Rule.' When I crave something I shouldn't eat, I tell myself, 'I CAN eat that, but I have to wait 15 minutes.' Invariably, something happens in that 15 minutes to get my mind off food. I get a call, I get an e-mail, or someone stops by to visit. Sometimes, believe it or not, nothing happens, but the craving goes away on its own anyway.

"As for exercise, whenever I don't want to work out, I have a little negotiation session with myself. I tell myself that I'll work out for 15 minutes and then I'll renegotiate. Ninety percent of the time, that 15 minutes of activity breaks down my resistance. But there have been a few times when I've walked out of the gym after just 15 minutes.

"So the next time you're confronted with a huge project, a mundane task, a craving, or whatever--try the 15-Minute Rule."

by Rob Gilbert
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