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Issue 18,  August 17, 2009     —      Sharon Elaine, Love Yor Body... One Day at a Time

In this issue:   FEATURE: Elinor Stutz, The Sales Personality     Michael Michalko, Carpe Diem     Linda Sapadin, Can Men and Women Be Friends?     Guy Finley, Enter Into The Untroubled Now   Sharon Elaine, Love Yor Body... One Day at a Time   Gabriella Kortsch, Cellular Responsibility   Wider Screenings, Beyond the Boomers   Events   Reviews   Earlier issues   Submit Article


It’s hard to love your body sometimes.  Especially when television and magazines try to show you “perfect” bodies that seem miles tinier than you could ever hope (or want) to be.

Sure, you want to lose some pounds to be healthier and to perhaps stop huffing and puffing when walking up a flight of stairs.  But, why even try, when it seems like you have to work out for hours a day, eat nothing but lettuce and generally not enjoy your life (or body) at all.

What if you could take some small steps which could not only help you drop a few pounds, but could help you love yourself in the process?  Each of the following steps helps keep you focused on your body in a very positive way.  If you wish to add a specific diet plan, or extra workouts to your day, that’s up to you.  But this is about going back to the basics and beginning to truly love your body, just as it is, one day at a time.

Just for today, try these steps:

Take deep breaths.  Stress is detrimental to our mind, our body and our sense of well being, yet we often feel powerless against it and let it take over our lives.  Often without realizing it, we spend our time shallow breathing.  Not enough oxygen gets to our brain and other vital organs, and it begins to limit us mentally and physically.

Therefore, today (right now) forget everything else for a moment and practice deep, diaphragmatic breathing. 

1.      Begin your breath by breathing OUT, and emptying your lungs completely.  Blow all air out through your mouth until you feel your lungs are empty.
 
2.     Breathe IN completely through your nose.

3.     Notice your diaphragm as you are breathing.  (This is an area approximately by your naval).  Does your diaphragm push OUT or in when you breathe in?  Your diaphragm/navel should be pushing OUT when you breathe in!  Most people do not breathe properly, and do what is called “chest breathing”, where they only use their upper lungs.  This is the shallow breathing I referred to earlier.  It is not a complete breath, nor does it relax and fully oxygenate the cells in the body.
 
4.     Hold the IN breath for a few seconds to let it fully expand the lungs
 
5.     Breathe OUT completely, though your nose or mouth.
 
6.     Breath IN again, once again making sure you are breathing from your diaphragm.
 
7.     Repeat this for seven to ten breaths or until you feel relaxed and more alert.

Drink more water.  Of course you know how helpful water is to the body, and to losing weight.  You know it keeps you feeling fuller, washes toxins out of the body and even keeps you younger looking.

However, you may wish to look up online studies which indicate the many other attributes that healthy water consumption provides.  For example, if you have a lot of mental work to do and are not feeling particularly coherent, grab a full glass of water and drink it down.  You will find that water has replenished your mental capacities and will allow you to complete your work.   Your brain needs lots of water to function properly.

Therefore today (right now)

1.      Resolve to drink at least one full glass of water in between any other beverages you drink, or at least one full glass of water every 2 hours (preferably every hour).

2.     The next time you have a choice of beverage, try choosing water instead of coffee or soda.

3.     Before your meal at a restaurant, make a point of finishing a whole glass of water before you place your order, and ask that more water be brought to your table.

4.     Have a filtered water pitcher at your desk, and drink from it often during the day, refilling it in the morning, and at lunch.

Do body Isometrics.   You know, of course, that physical movement will help you in your weight loss goals, as well as in how well you feel.  I have worked up from couch potato to marathon walker myself, but if you feel you can’t do any of those “sweaty, traditional” exercises, at least promise me you’ll do some Isometrics at your desk or in your vehicle on your commute.

Therefore today (right now)

1.      Tighten up your bottom.  That’s right, as you read this, squeeze your butt cheeks together and hold it.  No one will even notice, trust me.  Hold it for a minimum of 60 seconds, or as long as you can stand it.  Release for a bit, and then go at it again.

2.     Pull in your tummy.  Pull it in hard.  Feel as if a string is coming from your back, through your navel, and pulling your entire stomach area all the way to your back.  Hold it tight for at least 60 seconds or as long as you can.  Release for a bit, and then do it again.

3.     Hold your legs straight out in front of you and tighten up your leg muscles, especially your thighs.  People might notice this one, so only do it in the privacy of your office.  Hold them tight, tighter, tighter, pushing your kneecaps closer together, then release.

4.     For saggy neck muscles, you may of course do the exaggerated vowel sounds.  You don’t need to repeat them aloud, but this is still an exercise best done in the privacy of your own office (if you do them in your car and someone notices, who cares really?  You’ll never see these people again).  Simply over-exaggerate each vowel and hold your chin up high and tight as you say Aaaaaa, Eeeeeee, Iiiiiiiii,  Ohhhh, Uuuuu.

There are many more which can be found online.  The point is that your body will feel more alert, and more taken care of, when you devote even small amounts of time to tightening it up.

Stretches can also be done anywhere, and I would suggest sitting up tall at your desk (or in your car) and putting your chin to your chest to stretch your spine, and any other stretches that come to mind.

Here’s another suggestion which may sound odd, but try it.  The next time you’re about to reach for food, massage your hands instead.  Use lotion if you like, but just deeply massaging your fingers and hands, one at a time, is a reflexology exercise which can not only take your mind off of food, it can relax your body and bring your focus to something more positive.

Affirmations!  Of all of the ideas listed here, I would rate this one the highest.

•        The way we talk to ourselves determines what we choose to believe

•        What we believe determines what we will create

•        What we create is what we experience!  It becomes our reality.

Positive self-talk is not just some new-age, unfocused bandage.  It is a daily (hourly) reminder of what we are choosing to create and experience.

Therefore today (right now)

1.     Catch any negative self-thoughts and turn them around.  If you hear yourself thinking “I’m fat and will always be”, change that to “I love to treat myself well and now choose to make a healthier body”.

2.     Start each day with positive self-talk.

3.     Do affirmations in your head during your lunch time, bathroom breaks, and any other time when you usually just let your mind wander.

4.     Do positive self-talk before you go into any meetings at work, or in any traffic on the highway.

5.     Repeat positive self-talk affirmations when you are about to eat something that wouldn’t be in your best interest.

6.     Do affirmations when you feel you’re too lazy to do the workout you have planned.

7.     Buy my book, “The Book of Affirmations”, which contains over 5,000 categorized, positive self-talk statements.  They are specially designed to work quickly and effectively.

I’d like to say a quick word on visualization as well.  Remember, the more often you see and feel yourself at the weight and size you desire, the quicker you will create that as your reality.  Saying affirmations WHILE you are visualizing yourself at your ideal size and wearing clothes you are excited to wear, will heighten their effectiveness.

Only you have the power over:

•        What you put in your mouth
•        How much exercise you give your body
•        How much water you drink
•        How you talk to yourself
•        How you see yourself in your own mind
•        How much you love yourself

Therefore, don’t look to others to get the job done.  Look within and begin with these simple improvements to your daily life, and you’ll find your body more than happy to work with you to make a healthier you.

I have a new Weight Loss Adventure group starting up on September 1, 2009.  Come to my web site and check out the details.  I hope you’ll join us!  http://www.unleashedminds.com




Sharon Elaine has a new Weight Loss Adventure group starting up on September 1, 2009.

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With The Book of Affirmations the reader can make a powerful, positive difference in their life with only a few minutes of positive self-talk a day.  We do have power over our thoughts!

This books shows that the future is ours to create whatever life we want for ourselves.

In this book Sharon Elaine has created carefully worded affirmations for almost every possible need.

The Book of Affirmations contains over 5,000 categorized, positive self-talk statements. NO longer will you need to struggle to create your own affirmations. The Book of Affirmations has done all the work for you! Each affirmation is numbered and written in the present tense, and has been carefully worded to be positive and effective.

It's fun to pick a number that pops into your head, then find the numbered affirmation and see if it speaks to you. Or open the book at any point and see which affirmations jump out at you. Or you can look up the affirmations you want, from the category list of over 60 different categories!

You CAN make a powerful, positive difference in your life, with only a few minutes of positive self-talk a day. You DO have power over your thoughts, and can change your old, limiting beliefs about yourself and your life. The future is yours and you can create whatever life you want for yourself. Don't wait! The time to begin is now!

Change your mind and you change your reality!

The Book of Affirmations is personally recommended by Dr Deepak Chopra:
"Sharon's affirmations will undoubtedly help anyone on their spiritual journey."

“Even the most secure of us let doubts creep into our everyday lives. Sharon Elaine has provided us with a handy source of reinforcing the positive attitudes we work so hard to acquire. Her concise statements allow the reader to get a quick "pick-me-up," and may even be used in meditation.”




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