Believe in Yourself to Make Your Weight Loss Goals Work

OVERHEARD:  “I can’t believe you!  That’s not what I said!  You weren’t listening to me — you never listen to me!!  You just go ahead and make these decisions and plans by yourself and pretend you don’t know what I’m talking!!!” On and on she goes.

I listen with rapt attention — this is waaaayyy more interesting than the newspaper I’m pretending to read  … Oh, NO!  She’s getting off!  WAIT!!!! Don’t get off the metro now!  Don’t leave me hanging!  I want to hear the end of the conversation!  Out the door and into the crowd she goes, phone glue to her ear.  Gone …

For better or for worse, one-sided, unended conversations like this are part of our lives now.   There’s a far more important one-sided, unended conversation going on that has nothing to do with a cell-phone.  It’s the dialog inside our heads. Often it’s as angry as the woman on the cell phone.

Listen carefully to the 24-7 conversation inside. Countless dialogues, both real and imagined, good and bad, false and true — create themselves constantly in our minds.  Some are beautiful friends, the voices that nurture every love-based need we have.  Others are fear-based, contentious devils that effectively drain personal peace, progress and a healthy eating plan.

How to stop  the destructive ones?  Replace them.  Your mind can only think one thought at a time.  When the negative inner-dialog starts, replace it with a thought or a quote, an empowerment, count blessings… or hum a song even if just to yourself..

Here are the words to one that will help you conquer the demons of fear and inner contention today:

God bless Rodgers & Hammerstein for this memorable classic:


Whenever I feel afraid, I hold myself erect

And whistle a happy tune, so no one will suspect I’m afraid

While shivering in my shoes, I strike a careless pose

And whistle a happy tune, So no one will suppose I’m afraid!

The result of this deception is very plain to tell

For when I fool the people I’m with, I fool myself as well

So I whistle a happy tune and every single time

The happiness in the tune

Convinces me that I’m not afraid.

Now that’s a way to end an argument with yourself.  Go get a big drink of water — and start whistling.  I’ll bet you can hear me whistling too.  Hey!  We’re sounding pretty good!


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