7 Tips to Making Exercise a Habit

If you’re like most beginner exercisers, you start off doing too much too soon and either get sidelined by an injury or overwhelmed by the amount of time and energy involved. What’s going to make this time different? Here are seven tips that will get—and keep—you in the game long after the strains of Auld Lang Syne have faded. Visualize your active self. Create an activity “vision” that will...
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5 Mental Tricks to Transform Stressful Moments

Stress—at least the kind most often felt at work or home—starts in the mind. That’s why it’s important to combat it by becoming aware of how and when it’s likely to build, learning to shift your perspective, and taking quick and effortless action. Any one of these tips would be well worth practicing for a few weeks, a few months, or even all year long until they become your go-to habit in times...
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How to Compromise Your Way to a Healthy Lifestyle

I’m convinced that nothing matters as much as your health and experience of well-being. So much of the rest of life hinges on it. Yet, with school well underway and the holidays on the horizon, it’s only a matter of time before you’re tempted to blow off your commitments. Don’t! Those who are most successful at achieving and maintaining a healthy lifestyle do so...
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What to Do When Your Diet Fails

The statistics are grim. Eight out of 10 dieters regain their lost weight within two years, and two-thirds put on even more weight. Note: The operative word here is “diet.” I have personally and professionally been in the non-diet camp for years, fighting my own war against the diet industry, and asking—sometimes pleading—with women to call a truce with themselves. Yes, carrying excess weight is...
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End Procrastination in 5 Minutes

Quick! What have you been procrastinating today, perhaps even right now? A work report or phone call? Laundry or tidying the house? A family scrapbook you nearly-but-not-quite finished? What about something bigger, such as finding a more fulfilling career or releasing excess weight? There’s a phrase I’ve learned in coaching: “What you resist, persists.” Boy is that true....
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The Power of Asking for Help

I just finished a coaching session which testifies again to the power of resource, and specifically, to resourcing others. My client Megan* had such a busy work week running the retail store she owns that she neglected exercise and ate mindlessly. She was so frustrated with herself that her diaphragm felt constricted and her hands were jittery, as if she had too much caffeine. The metaphor we...
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