Think To Shrink

September 8

Your mind is the main catalyst for bringing about change in your life. Your brain is so powerful that it can alter your mental and physical health. Have you ever worried about something so intensely that you made yourself sick? That is the power of the brain. {+}

Many people sit around worrying or feeling depressed because they wish they could lose weight or they wish they were in better shape. This is not a good way to use that brain-power. In fact, worrying can make you feel worse and possibly cause you to overeat and gain weight rather than lose it.

Your own mind can work for you or it can work against you. It does not differentiate between bad and good; it just reacts to the stimuli. By controlling what you think about most of the time, you can bring about positive change in your life.

Anytime you set goals, you have to think about what you really want and how you will achieve it. You’ve really got to Think to Shrink your dress size, waistline or any other part of your body.

Think about your fitness goals and achievements. What changes would you like to see in your body? How will you bring these goals to reality?

Writing your goals on paper will transform them from a thought into something you can really work with. The brain feeds on this validation and begins to work hard thinking of ways to bring those goals to fruition.

For best results, start each week by writing down your goals. Now you have set the stage for your brain to react. Since the brain is wired to achieve, it will want to master the goals that you write down.

By keeping a journal for 90 days and monitoring your exercise and weight, you can get a good idea of how the Fitness4Her program is working for you.

Throughout the day, write down everything that you eat. By doing this, you are taking responsibility for the food that you put in your body. You can even track the calories, fat and carbohydrates that you consume, if you desire.

There are two problems with basing your diet on strict calorie-counting: 1) some find it difficult or dull, and dieters with the best of intentions often give up on calorie-counting after a few days; 2) it’s almost impossible to do with any great degree of accuracy.

Diet and exercise are equally important in this program. Just as calorie counting is difficult, it is not always easy to track how many calories are expended by exercise. Most treadmill and other aerobic machines will do this for you, but if you take a walk around the neighborhood, engage in a set of tennis, or play nine holes of golf, you can only guess how many calories you’ve expended.

Remember, it’s not so much the exact amount of calories burned that you need to track, but the trends in your exercise. Is exercise becoming easier and more enjoyable? How do you look, how do you feel?

To keep your exercise and activity plan working for you, record what you do each day and the amount of time that you spend. As you become accustomed to the exercise routines, you may want to step them up. Setting weekly goals is a great way to challenge yourself to take it to the next level.

At the end of the day, write down how you feel. If you feel fantastic, stressed, overworked, happy, disappointed or ecstatic, write down your feelings. Record your progress for that day. Did you meet your goal today, if not, what stood in your way of success?

If it turns out that you didn’t reach your goal, don’t let feelings of discouragement cause you to give up. Begin the following day by writing down your goals and setting out to achieve them. Identify the obstacles that you need to overcome and make a plan to succeed.

This act of writing down your goals and accomplishments will train your brain to Think to Shrink. Your brain will become so committed to bringing about your success that you will wonder why it took you so long to get started.

Brainpower and exercise go together. A dwindling memory and decreased concentration are usually caused by a decreased blood flow to the brain.
Regular exercises, like brisk walking, slow jogging, biking, or swimming, improve circulation to the brain and can help improve memory 20 to 30 percent. Exercise is good for the brain and the brain is good for exercise.

You are an entire person, not just a waistline or a firm behind. I want you to utilize all of your resources, including your brain to empower the beauty that lies within you.

Think to Shrink…imagine how you will look after 90 days of following the Fitness4Her Diet and my 30 Minutes To A New You Exercise Program.

Think it, believe it, you will achieve it. You’ll feel empowered once you see how you can Think to Shrink.

~ Karen Ficarelli

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One Comment

  1. I have read yr pages…then gone back and read them again…they are fab!!!! I have already started my journey…joint a gym..I do just 30mins ,five times a week…and i walk everywhere…
    I have actually started to wake up in the mornings WITHOUT my alarm clock going off…lol..
    My diet has been i have come to realise that i need a good breakfast..a good lunch and dinner and even some inbetween snacks..(( dried fruit.,fresh fruit..)..I wasnt eating enough at the beginning and this i realised was going to be the end of my healthy eating if i didnt find a solution other than starving myself..becoming cranky..hahahah..and a nightmare to live with because i was starving myself…

  2. sarn on 09/27/2009 at 3:25 am

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