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Saturday
Mar152014

7 Signs You’re in an Unhealthy Relationship – with Food 

Every day our lives are influenced by our relationships – those we have with family, significant others, friends, co-workers and neighbors. Many of our relationships are life-giving, while some are not. Relationships of all types play a role in shaping us into who we are, how we think, and how we feel. One important and often overlooked relationship is the one we have with food. Our relationship with food plays a critical role in our choices, habits and well-being. What words come to mind that describe your eating patterns? Would it be examples like “balance,” “commitment,” and “consistency,” or others like “frustration,” “cheating,” or “embarrassment”? Recognizing the red flags in our eating patterns is the first step in taking action to fix them. Check out seven possible signs that your relationship with food might need realigning.  

 

 

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Monday
Mar102014

What's Your Biggest Mindset Challenge? 

You’ve likely heard the saying about successful weight loss being 90% diet. No matter what you think of the diet-exercise-lifestyle breakdown, the equation will always necessitate 100% mindset commitment. Our motivation is what gets us started on the journey, what encourages us through the plateaus periods, what helps us persist when others give up. That doesn’t mean, however, that motivation always comes easily. There are countless mental dimensions to our weight loss journeys. It’s as important to identify our mindset related challenges as it is our nutritional or fitness challenges. In doing so, we can equip ourselves with the messages and support that will refill our motivational wells and offer us the mental stamina to make it to our goals. Consider what questions, quandaries and self-doubts have gotten the best of you in the past. Then check out these Flourish resources for inspiration that can take you beyond any motivational challenge to your ultimate end success.

 

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Monday
Feb102014

90-Day Primer: Balancing the Basics

With the 90-Day Challenge now underway, many of you are out of the starting gate this week with your in-it-to-win-it strategy. More than the competition itself, you’re committed to come out the other side of the 90 days a healthier, happier you. Reading through our success stories on the Life Time Weight Loss blog, you’ll notice how these men and women have achieved great results. They’ve shown the personal responsibility it takes to start new habits and stick with them. They’ve at times overcome major obstacles with perseverance, discipline and flexibility. It’s not an easy task to say the least. As these stories illustrate, our success depends largely on how we direct our basic resources (time, money, energy, support and psychology). When we acknowledge our personal needs in our health (and competition) journeys, we’re better able to make the best use of those resources and enhance our chance to meet the goals we’ve set.

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Wednesday
Jan222014

5 Ways to Maintain Motivation

They’re rather bleak statistics…. The average American who wants to lose weight will make four attempts this year. Only one in six of them will see long-term success (if you consider success as maintaining at least five percent of their initial weight loss). As negative as this picture looks, what can we glean from these National Weight Control Registry insights? Most importantly, I believe, we can understand that we shouldn’t take our motivation for granted! Filling the “wells” of our initiative is as crucial to a successful weight loss/body transformation journey as is maintaining our good eating and exercise practices. Just as we invest in our lifestyle habits, we need to consistently invest in our mindset. Our results depend on this investment! As you renew your personal resolutions this month, check out these five strategies to recharge your health engagement.

 

 

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Saturday
Jan112014

6 Reasons the “Diet” Mentality Fails 

Millions of Americans will start a diet this month. More than a common resolution, however, weight loss is a cultural activity and even its own financial industry in the U.S. With all the diet programs out there, the media attention paid to dieting and the collective focus on it every New Year (and throughout the year!), it’s easy to wonder why so many continue to struggle with weight management issues. One key factor is the concept of “dieting” itself. How does it sabotage our success, and how do we move beyond the deprivation dieting model? Below are six ways the “diet mentality” fails along with strategies for a better health and weight loss approach. 

 

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