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Hello, Vibrant Reader!
We celebrated a grand Christmas with family. In our tradition, it's a two-part gift opening session--one after Christmas dinner on Christmas Eve, and the other first thing Christmas morning mainly for the kids. They were up and jumpin' by 6 AM, and had to spend an eternity waking everybody up. The big hit was the Wii game from grandpa, which wasn't easy to get at retail price--apparently he's got connections...
It was such an abundant atmosphere, so full of love and joy, the vibe ushered us through with high spirits the next couple of days. I can still feel the connection of it, and am committed to feeding and spreading it in the coming new year.
I found an article on the AARP website that we have excerpted for our Vibrant Living Tips (below). One section included "worst excuses" given during a survey by the American Council on Exercise. They found that 19 percent of respondents don't exercise because they're out of shape. Duh, what?? Here are some more:
"Whenever I ride my bike in the park, some thief tries to get it away from me. And the last time I rollerbladed, I broke my arm in two places at the shoulder." -Gina Ross, 65, Chicago, Illinois
"My dog had surgery and couldn't walk with me. And he cried if I went alone, so I had to stay home." -Jacy Wade, 52, Charlotte Hall, Maryland
"I'm trying to gain weight, so when I do start my exercise plan, it will be more of a workout." -David McDaniel, 44, Covington, Tennessee
In vibrant health,
5 Foolproof Ways to Keep Those Resolutions
Weve all heard the conventional advice for setting and keeping goals-write them down; choose small, reasonable goals (rather than gigantic, unobtainable ones); enlist your family and friends. All good suggestions, but we know from past experience that these tricks don't always work. What does? You might be surprised...
Change all your bad habits at once: "Conventional wisdom says that if you're going to try and get someone to change their behavior, don't ask for too much," says David Hyman, M.D., chief of general internal medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, who coauthored a study challenging that notion. "We thought, maybe if we ask for everything, we'll get something." The results, as reported in the Archives of Internal Medicine: those who were asked to change all their bad habits at once (rather than one habit at a time) tended to fare better.
Think negative: Another common refrain is "Focus on the positive." But Greg Helmstetter, CEO of myGoals.com, an online goal-setting site, would have you do the opposite. List all the reasons why you can't exercise. Next, each day after January 1, tackle one of those obstacles, and so on, until you've run out of excuses.
Distract yourself: Sometimes, thinking about anything but exercise can keep you on the straight and narrow. In studies of older women, it was found that background music, dimmed lights, pictures of vacation spots, and small talk helped exercisers stick with a program.
Change your mind: Visualize what you want to be doing in five or ten years (traveling, running around with the grandkids), and then list the three or four activities you truly enjoy that will help you stay active enough to do those things. So, your 20-minute walk today isn't about losing 20 pounds; it's about leading an active lifestyle.
Save the world: To some people, exercise is selfish--it takes time away from family, work, or other, seemingly more important obligations. If that's what's holding you back, sign up for one of the options on the growing list of activities for a cause. Register for a diabetes dance-athon, the AIDS Walk, the breast-cancer Race for the Cure, or another cause-related physical activity. >>> MORE
Resisting the Roadblocks to Your Success
Our resident Life Coach and Synergy Specialist, Charly Emery, ruminates on the wastefulness of guilt, especially relevant in the holiday season. Let's see, there's food, there's gifting, there's Uncle Henry--all ripe opportunities to guilt ourselves out of the good time. Charly says, "On the road to manifesting what you desire, there are so many little deterrents that can pull your focus away from creating what you want, or interrupt your ability to receive what you wanted when it comes to you. However, few things steal your dreams and your time like guilt. It is incredibly insidious as it often disguises itself as something worthwhile--like a bridge to your conscience--when in reality it serves only to prevent you from moving forward..." >>>> MORE
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