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  1. Boy does this ever apply to my "instant gratification" mentality - seems stronger than ever now with the advance of apps, etc. Just saw the pics with requests for captions - cute idea!
  2. bingo. it's my why that needs more reminders great quotes
  3. Read Duroc's thread about putting it all in perspective below. Another great reminder.
  4. Focus on just one for a week -good advice-worked for Ben Franklin and it obviously works for you. Needed that reminder. Thanks.
  5. COOKBOOKS? Please share the ones you love. No ads, please. Ann, I'm hoping you'll post the names and authors of your favorite, tried and true cookbooks that you so often refer to or talk about. I'm sure others who don't read that other thread would benefit. for individual recipes, folks can just go to the recipe threads.
  6. Peg, thought this could be a good adjunct to your thread - folks can post links, books, and other resources that inspire them. Might get lost in the other thread. BOOKS I like or have found helpful (enough to both recommend and re-read) "Get Out of Your Own Way" i liked the practical tips for self-defeating behaviors like negative self-talk, procrastination (and I remembered / love the title!) "Eat to Lose, Eat to Win" by Rachel Beller, nutritionist and adviser to BiggestLoser
  7. Peg, your post "We are as fat as we are dishonest" really hits home for me. I've always considered myself an honest person. Makes me question how honest I am with MYSELF. Challenges my integrity. That's something I honor, so that's a good thing to have slapped in my face.
  8. Great idea to set up ONE THREAD for all these pearls of wisdom, Peg. It feels like I'm in a meeting.... LOVE it. I'm moving a few I found elsewhere to this thread... From Peg on another thread: "My body keeps an accurate record of what I've eaten even if I don't."
  9. From Icinglady1 on another thread: I CHOOSE: to live by choice - not chance, to make changes - not excuses, to be motivated - not manipulated, to be useful - not used, to excel - not compete, self-esteem - not self-pity, to listen to the inner voice - not the random opinion of others.
  10. Peg, I just read your link to the SECRETS of the 5% on Spark People on your "What One Thing" thread. I thought it might be helpful to post here for inspiration (also since the link might fail in the future). Mike Kramer's key strategies and tactics of folks who succeed (the numbering got messed up when I copied but you get the gist).. The 5%… …Make It Public. The 5% generally don’t keep their weight loss efforts to themselves. They recruit supporters. They ask for help. They swap war stories with friends. They give and take encouragement. Often a goal buddy is involved, or at least a positive, supportive friend who holds the dieter accountable. Studies show that just by writing down or announcing your goals, you automatically increase your chances of success. Keeping a Community Journal or blog is a non-threatening, productive way to make your goals public. …Pay Attention. A permanent, healthy lifestyle is created on purpose. Planning, tracking, reading menus, asking questions, following progress reports—they’re all part of the 5% strategy of knowing what’s going on and preventing setbacks. This crowd doesn’t believe in fooling themselves or relying on chance to make things happen. Usually (if not always) aware of the foods they eat, and on the lookout for opportunities to stay active, they know that good health is no accident. Nutrition Trackers and Fitness Planners play key roles in this strategy. …Enjoy Themselves. There’s a reason that a healthy lifestyle sticks around for this small minority. They make weight loss a positive experience and have fun with it. Because they feel good about their goals and their new habits, they also feel good about themselves and what they’ve accomplished. Programs based on negative messages, dread, resignation, or criticism are doomed to disappear. Optimists are proven to reach more goals than pessimists. They also live healthier, longer lives. …Make Gradual Changes. The 5% know that permanent change is a process, not a 21-day event. Able to see what waits on the horizon, they spend time building a few small habits at a time, rather than diving into a program that’s totally incompatible with their current lifestyle. Too much too soon is like moving to a new country and expecting to adopt the new culture and language in a week. It works much better if you simply stick around and pick up a few bits and pieces at a time. …Allow Themselves To Fail. It’s a guaranteed certainty. Every one of the 5% has failed at some point along their weight loss journey. The difference is that they learned to forgive setbacks and refused to beat themselves up. Every failure is simply one step closer to ultimate success. With this outlook, and using lessons learned along the way, they kept these setbacks from turning into full-fledged disasters. Not so mysterious, now that you know their secrets, huh? A permanent, healthy lifestyle may be closer than you think!
  11. Peg - my "one thing" today is reading your inspiration post thread - and adding to it! "I know the drill, but doing it is another story." Boy did you hit the nail on the head with that one, Peg! SOOOOOOO TRUE!!!
  12. ON THINKING TWICE (sorry, on a roll here... don't mean to be a thread hog): Ask yourself often - "Are your actions in line with your stated goals and objectives?" Peg - your comment about driving by Chinese takeout --- reminded me of this comment about DONUTS. (I think from a WW leader, but it was a long time ago so I don't recall the exact source). The gist of it was "Would you flush a donut down your toilet?" If not, then "Why choose to plug your own plumbing/arteries?"
  13. For stress eaters like me (like your quote about food never being enough, Peg): "Anytime something awful or horrible or stressful happens... " [literally every day in some way - doesn't have to be as huge as a car accident - could be related to finances or taxes, misplacing or not being able to find something (grrr!), or some of the stress that can come from family - or with any large gathering of people - whatever or whoever "gets" to you ... these are my comments in brackets, FYI] "TAKE 5 deep breaths - and then ask yourself the 5 questions... Will this matter in 5 hours? Will this matter in 5 days? Will this matter in 5 weeks? Will this matter in 5 months? Will this matter in 5 years? You'd be surprised at how things that seem earth shattering at the time, don't even pass the 5 week test. It puts things in perspective." (from a book I read recently but I didn't write down the source at the time and now I can't remember who to give credit to. I suspect this one has been around for a long time, though). I love this but keep forgetting it. I have a big puppy paw magnet on my fridge. I think I'm going to paste a big 5 on top of it to remind me... Susan
  14. Here's another reminder (especially appropriate for those battling with maintenance): "You have, you can, and you will." from one of our BCB buddies, Judee.
  15. Love this thread - thanks, Peg! I really like Napoleon Hill's sayings, too. Here are some of my recent favorites: "When you are famished... your powers of resistance become as stable as a soap bubble." from Rachel Beller's book "Eat to Lose, Eat to Win" (nutritionist and consultant to Biggest Losers). Not exactly inspirational, but I think we all can use a laugh occasionally. She talks about planning a mid-afternoon snack (and why) and refers to it as the PM snack (positively mandatory)." I love how she turns a phrase in a way to help you remember things. Such as her advice: "Tame your inner "Bread-ator" with a 150-175 calorie snack." [re portion control, a big weakness of mine]. Speaking of personal weaknesses (red light foods, attitude, or whatever), here's a really old one of my favorites as it hits the nail on the head for me - like beating your head against a wall... "If you always do what you always did, you'll always get what you always got."
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