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Wean Yourself From Willpower

Wean Yourself From Willpower

Have you ever wondered about those people who can stick with healthy habits? People who exercise daily, year after year? People who eat healthy consistently, not just when they are on a diet? How do they do it? How do they stay motivated? How does their willpower last so long? Let me tell you a secret. They’re not using willpower. WHAT?? They have TONS of willpower, right? No. They’re just really not using it. Not often anyway. So now that…

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From Hate to Love: How to Cross the River

From Hate to Love: How to Cross the River

On our ranch, we have a beautiful, secluded place that we simply, but affectionately, call “The River Bottoms.” It’s only about a mile from our home, but it sits down lower and is out of the way, away from any roads and houses, and when you go there, you just feel like you are the only people in the world. Completely away from it all. We love to go there for picnics, campfires, family get-togethers, friend parties, and camping trips….

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The Feel-Bads: What To Do With Negative Emotion

The Feel-Bads: What To Do With Negative Emotion

In my recent post, Feelings Drive Actions, I briefly mentioned negative emotions. Simply put, these are all the feelings that don’t feel good–the “feel-bads,” as a friend of mine used to call them. Shame, discouragement, frustration, restlessness, boredom, anger, sadness, and hatred are all feelings that fall into this category. Although I don’t believe that negative emotion can inspire positive action, we all feel negative emotion. It is part of the human experience. And I think it is supposed to…

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Negative Body Obsession: Is It Affecting YOU?

Negative Body Obsession: Is It Affecting YOU?

I see it everywhere. The friend who sends a Christmas card every year with beautiful photos of her children, but never herself. The lady on the side of the pool who hasn’t been swimming with her kids for years because there is no way she is wearing a bathing suit. The neighbor who loves hearing about your vacation, but still needs to lose 30 pounds before she can go.  The beautiful woman who has been hiding in her sweatpants and…

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Feelings Drive Actions

Feelings Drive Actions

What’s the big deal about positive thinking? Why is it so important? Sara Maria, author of Love Your Body, Love Your Life, states, “Thoughts are energy and have the ability to influence our psychology and biology in profound ways, either for good or for ill. Thoughts play an integral role in the development of our lives and in the development of our health and well-being, or the lack thereof.” Psychology, biology, development of our lives, health, and well-being?? Sounds like…

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Changing Our Thoughts

Changing Our Thoughts

Hey crew! Welcome back to the project. In the last post, I shared an idea that has changed everything for me. Our thoughts create our feelings. This idea, when new to us, is easy to resist. It is easier to continue to blame my circumstances for the way I feel than to realize that a lot of what I have deemed facts about my life are merely thoughts I am choosing to believe about my circumstances. And those thoughts are…

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The Power of Our Thoughts

The Power of Our Thoughts

So you want to love your body more, but it seems so overwhelming. What a project! Where do you even start? The more I have thought about and studied this topic, the more I realize how important our thinking is in this whole process. Maybe that sounds obvious, but I think most of us don’t truly understand our thinking, or the power our thoughts have. I know I have overlooked and underestimated my thoughts for most of my life. But…

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