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“If I Eat What I Want, Will I Gain Weight?” (If This Is Your Fear, Read On)

“If I Eat What I Want, Will I Gain Weight?” (If This Is Your Fear, Read On)

When you’re obsessed with controlling your food intake, body size, and the number on the scale, the concept of “eating what you want” sounds foreign, frightening, and downright impossible.  Our biggest fear comes to light: “If I eat what I want, will I gain weight?!”. Left to our own devices, we’re convinced that we will inevitably gain 10, 40, 100 pounds.  Our thoughts go something like this: If I eat what I want, my clothes will no longer fit. I can’t allow myself a dessert today, or I’ll lose control of my diet. If I don’t carefully monitor my food intake
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The Why’s of Exercise

Once upon a time (not too long ago), I was “that girl” at the gym-the girl that spent forever and a day on the elliptical machine. I had a very scheduled, rigid routine, and devoted my gym time strictly adhering to this regimen.  Day in and day out, I dreaded the seemingly endless minutes I would spend on the elliptical. Despite my dread, I never questioned this routine. I blindly followed this monotonous, mundane habit because it was what I had always done.  In retrospect, I wasn’t doing it for the right reasons, really.  I wasn’t exercising to be healthier,
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Compare and Despair

After ranting about a friend who seemed to “have it all”-the perfect life, great friends, a flawless figure, a fabulous mate, and a wonderful job, a wise mentor put her hand up to stop my blabbering and told me, “Never compare, or you’ll always despair”.  The more I thought about it, the more it rang true.  Each time I compared my own body, job, friends, family, and life to someone else, I felt a pang of despair.  Mine wasn’t good enough.  Theirs was better. Every time I compared, I felt worse about myself and my progress.  What’s the secret to
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