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Top Three Tips for Successful Weight Loss
By Diana Fletcher

1. Write it down. Write everything down. This is a way of observing yourself and being truly honest. Write down everything you are eating, and when and if you are exercising. There it is. Right there on the page. Within three days you will see what you need to do and what you need to change. This was ALWAYS an eye opener for my weight loss clients, and always helped them achieve success. (Seriously, ALWAYS)

2. Start with building new habits. Instead of always looking at what you have to "deny" yourself, think about what you want to give yourself. What habits do you see in other people that you wish you had? What habits would you LOVE to have? The habit of walking every morning? The habit of ordering salads for lunch? Pick one, and concentrate on that one new habit. Build the habit and you change the behavior. By the way, building the habit is more important that the time spent on it. For example, if you want to walk every day, start with ten minutes a day instead of 45 minutes. The ten-minute walk will be easier and more appealing. Once you have built the habit, you start adding to the activity time. Once you have the new habit in place, add another new habit. AND, here is an additional bonus: you will eventually squeeze out the bad habits—there won't be room for them in your life!)

3. At the end of each day focus only on successes. If your mind drifts to what you didn't do, and it will, give a quick thought to what you can change tomorrow, and move on. Dwell on failure and you will have more on it. Dwell on success and you will have more of it.

Remember, YOU are taking control of the situation. YOU are taking control of you life. YOU are deciding to be happy and successful. Now, GO FOR IT!

Diana Fletcher is the author of Happy on Purpose Daily Messages of Empowerment and Joy for Women, and Reduce Your Stress Month by Month Stress Reducing Strategies. Her books are available on amazon.com in both print and Kindle versions. They are also available for the Nook at barnesandnoble.com. Diana can be reached through her website, www.thoughtsbydiana.com or (412) 612-5977.

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