Stop and smell the flowers

You need to stop sometimes. Coming back to the present moment is a gift to yourself.

You may be the most productive and creative person, with a head filled with new ideas, important tasks to complete, people to talk to, etc. Or you may be someone with a lot on your mind that you wish wasn’t there, worries, regrets, resentments, that you can’t seem let go of. You may spend a lot of time thinking about your next meal, what you should or shouldn’t eat, what you would like to eat, your mouth watering in anticipation. You may be excitedly thinking about your exercise routine and the great progress you’re hoping to make and next challenge you want to accomplish and can hardly wait to do more. Or you may be thinking about the dinner party you’re arranging or invited to attend, and what to wear, what to bring, and how much you want to go, or not go…

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What is your history of weight gain?

If you’re struggling with your weight, think back to how you put on the extra pounds. Actually, think about “when” you gained them. Was it a slow a steady gain, or a periodic jump? Did it correspond with a certain time of the year? Was it mostly a side effect of the holidays? Your birthday? Vacations? Tax season (for accountants), or exam time (for students)?

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Social influence and eating for the wrong reasons

Many people who are obese or overweight are like that because they don’t have the right relationship with food. They may use food as a way to comfort themselves when they’re sad, or to keep themselves occupied when they’re not busy. Still others eat for the enjoyment of it. Just look at the way we entertain our friends. Everything revolves around food. We usually meet our friends for dinner at a restaurant or we invite them for a feast at home. Everything is about food and lots of it. This is a problem because when you think of food in this way, it’s hard to change what you’re eating.

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The Awful Truth About Television: “Heavy” TV watching is a risk factor for obesity

This large amount of time spent motionlessly staring at a screen can be hazardous to your health. Numerous studies show a relationship between TV watching and obesity. The most striking were several studies published in The American Journal of Public Health. These studies found that people who watched three or more hours of television per day were almost twice as likely to be obese compared to people who watched less than one hour per day. Men, women, and children all had similar results. The waistlines of men, women, and children are all victims of their TV-watching habit. How does TV (and other screen watching), make us heavier?

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Weight biases in the job market

In the workforce, one’s weight can influence outcomes including getting hired or getting a promotion. Although this runs against the rules of ethics and fairness, and the law (!), numerous studies point to discrimination against obese job candidates and employees. In the conscious or unconscious minds of certain employers, an association is made between the failure to control one’s weight and the ability to succeed in a job.

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