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Say Ahh....

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Why relaxation can help your weight loss success and how to make it happen!
Say ahh... and shed stress so you can feel better!  Feeling better physically, mentally and emotionally - who doesn't want that!  unchecked stress can take a toll on your health.  research has linked high levels of stress to everything from the severity of a cold to an increased risk of heart disease.  It's also not good for your weight loss journey.  As you probably can guess one reason is that we often eat in response to stress.

According to Weight Watchers Weekly having a go-to technique to ease tension when you feel it building can keep you from turning to self-defeating solutions like comfort eating.  Its a double win, you'll feel better when you're equipped to handle stressors in your life and you'll feel goof about the choices you make.  The first step to handling stress is simply to expect it - it happens to all of us - though we may have different stress triggers.  Then when the st…

Stay on Course!

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"Lapses" happen - it's not, if but when.  What's important is what you do afterward.

It happens to all of us at some point.You have a slip, a setback, possibly even more than one.  Maybe you're tracking less, you missed a meeting or two, or you haven't worked out in weeks/  Maybe you've gained weight, maybe you haven't.  The important thing is that you get back on track at your next meal or opportunity.  So forgive yourself for that slip and keep going!

According to Weight Watchers Weekly how this helps is that because its important to know that setbacks happen.  They happen to everyone.  They are a part of life. Don't expect to be perfect and don't throw in the towel and berate yourself when you think you've failed.  That can trigger those unhelpful thoughts, which we all know can leaf to negative feelings, that then turn into further slips.  This then turns into a cycle rather than a one time event.  Remember that you didn't fail.  E…

Get in the groove to move!

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How to find physical activity right for you.
Thinking of physical activity as part of a full life helps you make it a priority.  Just like eating healthy meals and taking care of yourself.  When you let go of the beliefs that keep you from moving more, you'll find it easier to do and you'll start reaping those benefits!

According to the Weight Watchers Weekly - when you shift into a move more mindset, you'll likely to seek out ways of moving that make you feel good.  You'll also reap the physical and mental benefits that come with moving more.  You'll gain confidence, improve your mood, boost your health and be better able to achieve and maintain your weight loss.

During our meeting we discussed that not every exercise "works" for every person.  One person may love Zumba and another may hate it.  You have to find what works for you right now.  Even if it's just taking a walk - find out what motivates you.  Some people love taking the same route(s) eve…

Goals...

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Who knew they were so hard to set for yourself?
I mean seriously.  I look at my Instagram and Facebook feeds and they constantly have people setting goals or making goals.  Goals of all kinds too - not just fitness or weight related.  So I ask myself "why is this so hard for you to do?"  Sounds crazy to some (or all) of you I'm sure.  But I've never formally set goals for myself and I've been ok with that all these years (except for the occasional time someone made me feel bad about it).  I've never had career goals, which also probably explains when any ventures into things such as Mary Kay or the like never worked for me.  Products don't sell themselves (as I had hoped they would).
So as part of my journey to better overall health this year - by that I mean both mental and physical.  I would really like to set myself some goals.  I guess part of the reason I never attempted to set goals is because I tend to want to set them too high.  I ran into this pr…

Take good care of yourself.

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Self-compassion can help you succeed at weight loss!
This weeks topic in the meeting room was about taking care of yourself.  Reminding you to take good care of yourself.  There is a saying that if you can't pour from an empty cup.  It applies to self care.  We've discussed this many times and as humans we tend to take care of everyone else's needs before our own.  Which can end up burning us out and hurting us emotionally and physically in the long run.    By the time we reach the end of our rope we start lashing out at ourselves and sometimes our loved ones.  If we had just "poured from the cup" providing to ourselves first, we would have plenty to give to others.

The Weight Watchers Weekly reminds us that it is all about compassion.  Being kind, understanding and supportive of yourself no matter the situation - just as you would a friend.  It's giving yourself pep talks rather than put downs; taking care of your physical and emotional needs and giving your…

Are you an all or none thinker?

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Oh boy....My name is Jenn and I am an all or none thinker!

So I missed this topic in the meeting room, but was able to pick up the weekly reader the following week. I am so glad I did because this hits home in a big way for me. I am notorious for this. I take this so seriously - this all or none thinking that not only will I discount a whole day, but if my "major screw-up" with food happens mid to end of week, I count out the entire week calling it a loss and chalk it up to a start over on Sunday.  I know, I know it's a horrible mindset and I am working on breaking it.

The Weight Watchers Weekly on this topic reminds us that so many of our thoughts are automatic and that over time those automatic thoughts that don't help can turn into a thinking style that trips us up.  "All of none" is a common thinking style.  With "all or none" thinking it turns everything into good/bad, failure/success.  It's an unhelpful thinking style that doesn't r…

Protein Power!

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Boost your know how about this essential nutrient.
During the April 9th meeting we discussed protein and its importance in your daily diet.  It's something that will help you to sustain yourself a little longer with higher protein foods.  especially is you're working out.
According to the Weight Watchers weekly, you should aim for 8 grams of protein daily for every 20 pounds you weigh.  If you weigh 180, for example, you'd aim for 72 grams of protein per day.  Let's remember that protein is a nutrition hero! 

Protein can help to strengthen your bones and support muscles, cartilage, skin and blood health.  We all are fairly familiar with animal proteins such as poultry ,seafood, eggs and dairy.  But don't overlook vegetarian proteins like beans, peas, soy products, nuts and seeds.  Many high protein foods are rich in B vitamins, vitamin E, iron, zinc and magnesium, all of which help keep the body running smoothly.  Since much of our body is made up of protein eatin…