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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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Gratitude:The Small Tool for BIG Changes

Gratitude:The Small Tool for BIG Changes

When I was in high school, I went out for the track team. I wasn’t particularly fast, but I found that I could endure pain well enough to be a middle distance runner. And I was crazy enough to love it! The workouts were not easy. Often, we would run repeats of a certain distance, maybe 300s, or 600s, and we had a goal pace we were trying to hit each time. These workouts were great for increasing our speed…

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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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Food = Fuel

Food = Fuel

Two years ago, I participated in a weight-loss challenge. I had just had my fifth baby and wanted to lose the baby weight as quickly as possible. I worked hard, I was super disciplined, and I won! And then, in the following year, I gained over half of the weight back. Last year, I wanted to become healthier and just treat my body better. I joined a challenge that focused on practicing and creating healthy habits rather than focusing on…

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