Chicken Soup for the Dieter's Soul Daily Inspirations

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Chicken Soup for the Dieter's Soul Daily Inspirations by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Patricia Lorenz

The Inspiration You Need to Make Healthy Habits Stick—for Life.

Monday is for dieting. Tuesday is for cravings. Wednesday is for getting on the scale. And Thursday is for reflecting. Between struggling with cravings, deciphering nutrition labels, facing the scale, controlling portions, and setting realistic goals, it’s no wonder most diets fail… until now.

With a dose of Chicken Soup (low-fat, of course!), you can: Control cravings, Get back on track after straying, Eat out—and enjoy it, Set—and achieve—your weight-loss goals. With tips, motivational messages, and an exercise, food, and mood tracking system, Chicken Soup for the Dieter's Soul Daily Inspirations will help you tackle the issues on the way to a healthier you.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781453275924
Publisher: Chicken Soup for the Soul
Publication date: 10/09/2012
Series: Chicken Soup for the Soul Series
Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 392
Sales rank: 620,209
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Jack Canfield is cocreator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul® series, which includes forty New York Times bestsellers, and coauthor of The Success Principles: How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be. He is a leader in the field of personal transformation and peak performance and is currently CEO of the Canfield Training Group and Founder and Chairman of the Board of The Foundation for Self-Esteem. An internationally renowned corporate trainer and keynote speaker, he lives in Santa Barbara, California.
 Mark Victor Hansen is a co-founder of Chicken Soup for the Soul.

Hometown:

Santa Barbara, California

Date of Birth:

August 19, 1944

Place of Birth:

Fort Worth, Texas

Education:

B.A. in History, Harvard University, 1966; M.A.T. Program, University of Chicago, 1968; M.Ed., U. of Massachusetts, 1973

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Chicken Soup for the Dieter's Soul

Daily Inspirations


By Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Patricia Lorenz

Chicken Soup for the Soul Publishing, LLC

Copyright © 2012 Chicken Soup for the Soul Publishing, LLC
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-4532-7592-4



CHAPTER 1

January 1

For most of my adult life I've made lose weight my New Year's resolution. This year is different. This year, it's get healthy by making a commitment to eat better foods, less of them and to exercise more. It seems like a lifelong plan and not a diet. Let's do it together. The way I look at it, these bodies of ours are a gift and it's our responsibility to cherish them and keep them healthy.

Tonight when we undress, let's turn around slowly in front of the mirror. Look at that belly fat and/or those roly-poly hips and thighs.

Let's promise ourselves to get healthy by eating better, eating less and exercising more. Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines!


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January 2

If you're like me you hate to throw away perfectly good food, but sometimes that's the best thing we can do for our health.

This time of year I look at all the holiday cookies, cakes and candies. It's hard to just toss it all out. But then when I look at my goals for this year, I know that getting rid of all those white flour calories and fat is the best thing I can do for my body.

So out they go! Hopefully this year we'll be able to find many ways to make sure that all the food we put in our mouths is not only delicious but very nutritious as well.


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January 3

We may be asking ourselves, What exactly does eating better mean? Simple, just take all those articles we've read and the hundreds of TV shows we've watched about nutrition and fitness, and put that knowledge to work. We both know what eat better means. It means 100 percent whole-grain breads and pastas. Brown rice. Non- or low-fat milk, yogurt, cheese and salad dressings. It means eliminating most white sugar, white flour and high-fat products. Eating more fresh fruits and brightly colored vegetables. Less red meat. Healthy snacks.

We know the drill. We know what it means. We know which aisles to avoid in the grocery store. We already know and now we're really going to do it.


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January 4

Remember the word SPECIES from the introduction. It's an acronym that represents the seven essential elements to a truly healthy being:

Social
Physical
Emotional
Career
Intellectual
Environmental
Spiritual

As we work hard this year on the physical part of wellness, let's also study up on the other six. Just think what an amazingly wonderful SPECIES we'll be by December 31!


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January 5

For thirty-two years, my dad, who was born in 1919, was a rural mail carrier. Every year for Christmas his patrons gave him, in addition to about twenty bottles of aftershave, boxes and bags full of candy and cookies. The chocolate- covered cherries were my favorites. And every year in January, Dad started writing thank-you letters for each and every gift.

Today, let's write someone a handwritten thank-you letter. "Thank you, Mary, for being my walking partner and for helping me gets in shape."

"Thank you, Alice, for reminding me to eat more salads and fewer desserts. I treasure your help with my new fitness plan."

Get out the pen and paper and make someone's day.


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January 6

I learned years ago that clutter is not my friend. When my home is neat and things are relatively organized, I feel so much better.

I've also learned that to stay on a healthy-eating plan and get into the habit of daily exercise, my surroundings have to be healthy as well. So today, let's put away all the holiday decorations. But let's only put out half of the usual knickknacks.

I've learned that a simpler life helps me stay on track when it comes to making new habits. One of those is walking. It's easy, free and perfect for those of us who are just starting to exercise again. Take a brisk walk today. Do it again tomorrow. See how many miles you can walk by the end of the month.


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January 7

Who says we have to give up our favorite treats just because we're trying to lose weight and get healthy?

I love almonds, especially chocolate-covered almonds. And since almonds are among the best nuts we can eat, I buy reduced-salt almonds and a small bag of chocolate-covered almonds every few months. For a mid-afternoon snack once a week or so, I'll eat five of the chocolate ones and ten of the reduced-salt ones.

It's a grand treat combining all three of the things we crave: sweet, salty, crunchy. But the secret is keeping the portions to a manageable, healthy size.


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January 8

It may be cold out, but bundle up and get some exercise outdoors. Nothing relieves midwinter blahs better than being outside in the fresh air and sunshine.

Whether you're sledding, skating or snow-skiing up north ... or biking, walking or playing golf down south, just getting outside is a great stress reliever. Whether you're shoveling snow or pulling weeds, moving around outdoors is great for your circulation.

Fresh-air exercise lightens your mood as well.

It doesn't matter if it's 75 degrees where you live or 5 below zero; either way, open that door and enjoy the great outdoors.


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January 9

What? You noticed your belt is a little loose this morning? Fabulous! Reward yourself with a new bottle of body cream or lotion with a calming scent.

Smooth it on your winter-dry skin. I have some thick face cream my friend Shirley bought for me in Italy that contains olive oil. When I rub it on my forehead and cheeks, I feel younger and radiant. Even if your skin doesn't feel dry, give yourself a creamy rubdown anyway.

Remember, our goal this year is a healthier allover body, and our skin is the biggest organ in our body. Take care of it.


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January 10

As I was struggling through my own overweight miseries and feeling grumpy because I hadn't done so well that day, I observed a waitress at a gala banquet I was attending. I watched her attend to everyone's needs with a giant smile. I finally pulled her aside and said, "Debbie, you are one of the happiest people I've ever seen. I just wanted you to know how much I appreciate your work, and I'm also going to mention it to your boss."

Well, Debbie's face lit up like a moonbeam as she stammered one thank you after another. Her delight caused me to feel better than I had all week. Try it. Complimenting another is the best medicine for whatever ails us.


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January 11

My oldest daughter lives in the hills near San Francisco. Jeanne, who has a healthy appetite, has been thin her entire life.

I suspect her high metabolism is due to the energy she expends just getting to and from her house. After parking her car she has to walk up 167 steps to her house or up a steep path that meanders a half-mile from the road.

Today, let's park our car six blocks from our destination and walk the rest of the way. Or ride a bike to work. Take the steps instead of the elevator. Walk to the co-worker's office instead of phoning or e-mailing. Shake, rattle and roll! The ways to get thinner are all around us.


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January 12

I blew it today. I ate half a bag of bridge mix. What's with these chocolate cravings? Okay, I promise not to beat myself up every time I fall off the wagon.

Tomorrow is just a few hours away. Another chance to take a long, fast walk. Another chance to drink lots of water.

Tomorrow I'm going to buy a dozen things in the produce section, and I'll make the biggest, healthiest salad ever. And I'll invite my friend Brenda over to help me eat it. She's also trying to lose weight. Her son is getting married in September, and she's calling it "the wedding fitness plan."

Marriage is for life, and so is this eating plan!


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January 13

Oh what a salad! It was so good, I just have to share it with you. I'm going to buy a salad-crisper so I can make a large batch every few days. Then I'll always have a ready-made, healthy meal in an instant. Substitute or add other fresh vegetables you enjoy that are available in your produce department.

For dessert Brenda and I split a small container of fat-free, carmel-flavored yogurt with a bit of nonfat whipped cream.

Now we're cookin'. I'm glad I don't feel the least bit deprived as I change my eating habits. I feel so much better about me and about life, and about my determination to make this new health plan work.


AWESOME SALAD

½ package each fresh spinach, romaine and leaf lettuce
1 each red, green and yellow bell peppers
½ cup each red onion, broccoli, carrots, cauliflower and fresh mushrooms
1 (6-ounce) can olives (black or green, or mix them up!)

1. Wash and dry the vegetables and drain the olives.

2. Slice the peppers thinly, lengthwise and chop the other ingredients into bite-size pieces.

3. Mix all the ingredients and store in the refrigerator in an airtight container (it will stay fresh for days).

4. When you're ready to serve, top with a sprinkling of Grated cheddar cheese, sunflower or sesame seeds, or sliced almonds and low-calorie dressing

Makes about 6 servings


January 14

It's never too late to start an exercise program, just like it's never too late to take music lessons. Studies have shown that music lessons dramatically improve reasoning skills needed for math and science.

Music strengthens the links between brain neurons and increases spatial reasoning by 46 percent. Physical exercise provides as dramatic a benefit for our physical bodies as music does for our brains.

As adults, we need to make daily physical exercise our priority. It's a simple fact. Our health improves drastically once we get in the exercise habit ... and that's music to our ears.


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January 15

Today is Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday. One of my all-time favorite quotes came from Dr. King:

"If a man is called to be a streetsweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry.

He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, 'Here lived a great streetsweeper who did his job well.'" Today I am going to do my job well. I am going to eat healthy foods. I am going to eat smaller portions.

I am going to walk on the treadmill and think about the freedoms that Dr. King helped bring to our country.


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January 16

Tonight take a look outside. See any stars up there? A star is nothing more than a self-luminous, self-contained mass of gas.

From earth, a twinkling star can light the way and make all seem right with the world. Now, let's take a look at the stars in our own lives, right here on earth.

It's time to bring them close and let them know that we're trying to eat better, eat less and exercise more. It's time to tell our families and fitness allies how much we appreciate their support.

Let's ask them to send their success ideas and encouragement our way. We need an army here!


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January 17

Is today one of those cold, gray-sky days? I almost put on my old navy flop suit this morning, the one that's paint stained, big enough for two and the most unflattering thing in my closet.

Wearing it makes me want to eat a whole bag of family-size chips and top it off with a bag of malted milk balls. So, I get it. I won't wear the flop suit anymore.

I'll dress nice, pull in my stomach, stand tall and look like a woman on a mission. My mission? To make changes this year that will last a lifetime.

A lifetime of fun, fitness and fabulous health.


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January 18

I love public speaking because I feel passionate about so many things. One of my favorite topics is Follow Your Dreams While You're Still Awake. Some people get so busy raising families and nurturing careers that they forget to nourish their own dreams. One of my lifelong dreams was to live in a warm climate near a body of water where I could swim every day. After raising my children and living twenty-four years in Milwaukee, I moved to Florida and bought a small condo.

Because I'm living my dream, I can now concentrate on fine-tuning my life ... and finally, after trying for so many years, actually get healthier, fitter, thinner. Do you have dreams that need tending?


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January 19

When I lived in Wisconsin, January was one of my least favorite months. I'd split wood for the woodburner, pile on layer after layer of clothing, shiver under the covers and eat like a whale working on an extra layer of blubber.

Now that I'm biking and swimming in January in my new warm-climate home, I love hearing from my kids who still live up north, about their winter adventures: sledding, ice skating, and frosty walks in the snow. Whether we live in the frozen tundra or the tropical sunshine, we can take advantage of a thousand ways to exercise. Just get out there. Doesn't matter if we're wearing a parka or a bikini, open the front door and start moving.


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January 20

I make lists of everything. Chores to do. Groceries to buy. Foods to avoid. Gifts to give. Places to visit. Lists keep me on track and give me a feeling of accomplishment when I check off the completed items.

Today let's make a list of nine things we can do that will help us meet our goals of eating better, eating less and exercising more.

Here's the start of my list:

Today I will give away all the white flour products in my pantry.

Today I will eat half of my sandwich at noon and the other half for my 3:30 snack.

Today I will walk a mile with an elderly friend to make her feel better, not me.


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January 21

Don't you love the word survivor? We're all survivors in our own way. I grew up in a happy, two-parent family, but I was married, divorced and annulled twice, and then raised my four children as a single parent for the next seventeen years.

I became a survivor because I started to think of myself as the happiest person I knew. It was a matter of attitude adjustment. Iwas thankful for my children, home, friends, job, woodburner, neighbor who used his snowblower on my driveway, my new roof, chocolate-covered toffee, my old beat-up car that kept chugging, my bicycle and the walking paths along the lake.

Today, let's make a new list of things we're thankful for.

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Contents

INTRODUCTION,
JANUARY,
FEBRUARY,
MARCH,
APRIL,
MAY,
JUNE,
JULY,
AUGUST,
SEPTEMBER,
OCTOBER,
NOVEMBER,
DECEMBER,

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This is a nice book if you're the type of person unwilling to read through tons of predictable pages you've seen in every other book and magazine. The author throws in little humor and tidbits to offer support, and to encourage you to support yourself. It's probably not the greatest out there, but I'm enjoying it.