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Attitude is everything

Attitude is everything, especially when it comes to being a winner in life. When it comes to weight loss, too many times you can feel anything but a winner so if you are feeling fed up and are ready to create the new healthier and slimmer you then let’s get started.

Re-education is the first step, scrambling the old thoughts, attitudes and habits that have held you back in the past. If you want to lose weight and have had little success from previous attempts, then you need to look for new ideas, new ways, and a new attitude that will help create the person you want to be. Now is the perfect time to do a spring-clean of your eating and health regime. If you are fed up and ready to do what is necessary to get yourself into your healthy weight range, then now is the time to get ready to take charge of your life, and more importantly take responsibility for what you eat, how much you eat, and how to change any habits that aren't working in your favor.
You firstly have to understand that learning new habits does take time, and isn't always easy but if you don't change what you are doing then you won't get the results you want. Remember when you were at school, to learn anything new you had to practice, practice, practice. Well its no different now, the more you practice new habits the easier it becomes. To start you will need to take responsibility for your past actions, and from now on make the right choices when it comes to your attitude and commitment to becoming a healthy person. It is time to forget all those lame excuses and reasons, and placing the blame on someone else. If you are overweight, it is no ones fault but your own.

I speak from having had a weight problem for so many years myself. Please do not think I am being hard on you, I am just being honest, and having battled obesity myself for so many years and eventually coming out the winner, I want to share my experiences to help you. If you have battled for years with your weight then rest assured, I know exactly where you are coming from. If I can help in anyway to help you understand the importance of stepping up to changing those habits that have held you back in the past then fantastic! Today is a new beginning, so get started on your new belief system that puts you in control.

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Become the healthy person you want to be

I remember when I was hitting the scales at 220lbs and felt unwell and very self-conscious of my size. The day that I received a photo, taken when I was in my swimming costume was the catalyst to the start of the new healthy Annette. I remember crying over that photo feeling very sorry for myself, but something different happened that day. As I washed away my tears, I decided that something had to change and so I got out a pen and paper and wrote down the things that I felt I needed to do if I was to become a healthy person. I was over being a dieter as it had led me to this moment, crying on the couch weighing 220lb, so obviously they did not work. Here are my 12 tips to becoming a healthy person:-

1.  Think and act like a healthy person.
2.  Take control of food – do not allow food to control you
3.  Reduce the stress in your life
4.  Reduce, or better still omit salt (sodium)
5.  Reduce, or better still omit caffeine
6.  Reduce, or better still omit alcohol
7.  Reduce the fats especially saturated fats in your diet
8.  Exercise at least five to six times a week
9.  Stop smoking
10. Drink at least 8 glasses of water every day
11. Eat the quantities of food that your body needs, not what you want
12. Be happy and enjoy the journey – think positively and live life to the fullest every day.

No one is perfect and you can just do the best you can. I found that writing a journal helped as well. This may help you lose weight and may help you learn what are your strengths and weaknesses. I am not asking you to do anything that I have not already done but learn from the things that I taught myself. As I followed these 12 tips, it was not only a way to lose weight, but also a way to maintain it, which I have successfully done for over 16 years. Changing habits is not always easy but if you make small but significant changes as you go along, you will be blessed with abundant energy, good health and pride in yourself. 

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