“Some days making healthy choices is easy, some days it’s not. Some days we need to let ourselves rest, some days we need to work harder. There is most definitely a flow to our physical bodies that is important to pay attention to, but there is also a flow of our thought that is just as important to pay attention to. If we are not careful our thoughts, which often turn into our words, get on the wrong track and we start moving in the opposite direction of where we want to go. Our words and thoughts carry tremendous power and we need to stay very conscious of that power. If you don’t want something, by all means STOP thinking it AND saying it! Have you ever been around anyone who seems to suck the energy right out of you? Although you may really like the person and want the best for them, being around them is exhausting!!!! Have you been in that situation? Most of us have and we want to be careful that we are not being “that person” to ourselves!! Admittedly, I’m guilty of exhausting myself at times! Usually it revolves around worry, guilt, or the “disease to please” but I’m learning that this is self inflicted and we can turn it on or off as easily as we flip a light switch if we decide to. Growth can come from just saying a simple NO to the self defeating thoughts as they enter our minds. Nip them in the bud and move on. Once we decide that we are not going to allow ourselves to “go there” whether “go there” is saying things like “I can’t do this”, “Its too hard”, “I don’t have a supportive family” OR “this has never worked before”, “I’m not strong enough” “I have too much going on in my life to put myself first”, “I should be doing better” we can just stifle it with a simple NO. (Remember Archie Bunker- “Stifle it Edith!!!”. Lol.) By the same token, DO allow yourself to say YES to the good thoughts that come into your mind and feel free to talk out loud about them!! Rather than “Its been a year and I’ve only lost 25 pounds”, wouldn’t it be much more freeing and inspirational to realize you have successfully shed the equivalent body weight of a small child?!?! And isn’t that true?? Celebrate don’t deflate yourself. It is not only counter productive, it also not showing gratitude for what you DO have. With everything going on in our world today, we should be ashamed of ourselves if we are not counting every single blessing we have because there are clearly many, many out there with far less.—Our mission today: Police your thoughts and words and take control of them. Don’t allow negative self thought OR negative self talk to take over. Not only will you feel better, you will do better and have a more positive effect on those around you.