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The Hope Diet: How to Nourish Your Belief in Your Ability to Lose Weight

By Jackie Stanley

Helen Keller's life is a testament to the power of hope. When she was about two years old she contracted a disease that robbed her of both her sight and hearing. When you consider that she could neither see nor hear, it seems impossible to believe that she would grow up to be one of the most revered personalities of the 20th Century, working tirelessly on behalf of world peace, women's suffrage and civil rights.

What makes Helen Keller's story even more remarkable is the fact that she was born in 1880, which meant she lived during a time when being a woman was considered a disability and being physically disabled was perceived as being less than human. So how was Keller able to accomplish so much with such formidable obstacles? She believed in the power of hope and confidence.

Unfortunately, when it comes to our outlook on losing weight too many of us seem to be on a starvation diet of doubt and lack of confidence. To remedy this, we are going look at some practices that will nourish the belief in our ability to lose weight and live healthier lives.

Binge on Books

Books that make you feel optimistic and help you look forward to the positive possibilities that lie ahead can be wellsprings of hope. Read from such books every day - even for only five or ten minutes. You can turn to spiritual texts, books of poetry and quotations, novels or pages you have written in your personal journal. Copy particularly "hope filled passages in a scrapbook so they will be readily accessible on occasions when you need a quick fix.

Think "As If"

Pause at least five minutes each day and think healthy thoughts. Think about your life as if you have already achieved your weight loss and healthy living goals. Think about not only how you will look but about how you will feel. Look beyond the weight loss goals toward what will happen next and what else you hope to do and where else you expect to go with your life.

Weigh the Benefits

Simply getting on the scale every day is not an effective way to "keep hope alive." On the other hand, a daily practice of weighing our bodies along with the benefits of losing weight and living healthier can help bolster our hope and confidence. When making a list of weight and wellness benefits, focus on things that matter to you, and be very specific about what you will derive from succeeding in this area of your life. Once you complete your list, make copies so you can post it in your home and carry a copy with you wherever you go.

About The Author
Jacqueline D. Stanley: Author, Speaker, Chief Encouragement Officer at Lettuce Is Not Enough University: The Place to Learn How to Live Well and Lose Weight.

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