Do The Simple Stop-Pigging Out Tactic This Thanksgiving

Foolproof Temptation Tactic

Most of my fellow Americans will be at Thanksgiving feasts again this year.

This time of year is when many, if not most of you, will blow your diets.

That’s because you may feel that you need that junk food.

You just can’t say no to x-y-z [the junk food you most like].

But for many of you, once you get going on Thanksgiving, it’s uh-oh time! The proverbial pig-out train has left the station.

As thousands of you have shared with me over the years, one bit leads to a binge.

But for this Thanksgiving week, I invite you  to Claim Your Power.

Learn my Simple Thanksgiving Switch. This is all you need to do:

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3 Ways Gratitude Helps

It’s now officially the week to be grateful (at least in the United States.) But of course, no matter where you live, it’s you want to be thankful every single day. Of course, on Thanksgiving, you want to be especially grateful.

Now discover 3 Ways Gratitude Helps.

  • You’ll feel physically better: Researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign and the University of Zurich in Switzerland found a direct link between people who expressed gratitude and reported being in good physical health. The study suggested that giving thanks helps people appreciate and care for their bodies.
  • Your love life can get a boost: Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, who compared the impact of both gratitude and indebtedness in romantic relationships, discovered that for both sexes, feeling grateful for your honey led to a better relationship and satisfaction the following day. Gratitude, they hypothesized, acted “as a booster shot for the relationship.”
  • Gratitude helps you sleep: In another study from three U.K. universities of more than 400 people—40 percent of whom had significant sleep problems—participants who displayed higher levels of gratitude answering survey questions were found to enjoy better

Join the Conversation on This Blog or on Facebook: For what are you grateful? 

 

Please Help Me Pick a New Logo

Which One Do You Like Best?

This blog is getting a major uplift, as I’ve shared earlier.

One of the big things I’ve been needing is a new logo, which better reflects my upbeat personality and my focus to help you Rebound After Relapse.

After lots of back and forth with my designer, we’re down to several top contenders. (Options 39 to 43.)

This where you come in.

Which of these logos do you like best to convey my spirit of compassion, energy and determination to help you Rebound
after Relapse?

Share either here, at the end of this blog post, or on my Facebook page which one you like best. Thanks in advance!

Create Your Love Potion

Start-Again Monday Fun

Even if you blew your diet last week, this week you can Start Again.

Today’s Adventurcise™ (my word for Adventurous Exercise) will be fun to do.

The best part is that you’ll be able to benefit ALL week, month, year long.

Today’s Adventurcise offers you an easy way to take an important first step to get the slimmer, happier, lovely body you want.

Here’s what you’ll do today.

Find three words to describe the body that you want to have.

Now bear in mind that slim isn’t all you want.

You want — and already have a body — that nurtures, supports
and helps you all day long.

Ready for some fun?

Here are a few words you can choose/use:

Agile
Alert
Amazing
Attractive
Awesome
Beautiful
Fabulous
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Why It’s Now Start-Again Monday

Wow! The smartest people are on my mailing list. Yesterday, I sent out my weekly email to the thousands on my list to announce that henceforth, I’ll be calling the first day of the week Start-Again Monday™ instead of Cravings-Crushing Monday.

Before telling you why I’ve renamed it that, I decided to ask my those people why they thought I was renaming the day, Start-Again Monday.

Of course, I was opening myself up to a deluge of emails! Anyhow, since I received so many emails, I’m choosing some of the most clever responses I received.

So to fill you in on this, my question was, Why do you think I’m renaming that first day of the week Start-Again Monday?

Here are the best replies:

      • Lorene said: “It is because Monday is a new day to start from where you were and got lost, to getting back on track.”
      • Enid wrote: “Because we all think we can just Start Over on Monday.”
      • Jan was also dead-on correct: “Compensate for weekend failure.”
      • John’s reply was so true that it cracked me up: “Because of relapse Sunday?”
      • Kim realized:  “I think it’s because of straying from the diet and workout later in the week, so we say, `I’ll start over on Monday and stick with it this time.’ That’s been my experience many times, anyway.”
      • Traci replied: “To provide everyone with a reset –  to keep trying & never give up. To instill hope and encouragement.”
      • And K identified a lot: “Can totally relate!  We start the week being careful about not having sugar and other good food habits, and by the time the weekend is over, we’ve blown it, so we start again on `start again Monday.'”

I couldn’t have summed up these reasons any better.

Do why else do you think I renamed the first day of the week, Start-Again Monday?

What No One Tells You About Carbs

If you’re a fan of the TV show, “How to Get Away with Murder,” you remember the episode. Addiction psychologist and former heroin addict Isaac Roa (portrayed by Jimmy Smits) — the therapist for recovering alcoholic Annalise Keating (Viola Davis) — has a relapse and ends up in the hospital.

In short, the therapist got depressed, bottomed out and returned to heroin, his substance of choice.

What happened to Roa’s character in “How to Get Away with Murder” reveals that health care professionals with substance abuse disorders have had their share of relapses, as you can learn from this study and this research project.

Of course, the alcoholics and addicts the therapists are helping often have relapses, too, as this USNews.com article points out.

But I’ve been talking about drugs or alcohol.

Although, the term, relapse, is usually used to refer to people, who’ve fallen off the wagon after a period of recovery from alcohol, illicit drugs, or non-prescribed meds, it’s high time to expand the definition of which substances can hook you.

Indeed, you also can relapse with either sugar and/or processed carbs, as I’ve witnessed with my clients and myself.

In fact, after I came clean about my Carb Relapse in late 2012 after after my Mom died and I’d been eating cleanly for 14-plus years, your incredibly supportive response helped me realize that I was onto something.

Millions of you, too, may have had relapses, but not with drugs. You may have relapsed with sweets and quickie carbs.

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Celebrating 20 Years Sugar-Free

But No, I Wasn't Perfect -- I Had a Major Carb Relapse in 2012

This is a big week for me. Specifically this Sunday.

On that day, I’ll have gone an entire 20 Years Sugar-Free.

I’m announcing this in advance, because I know that I’ll make it.

But bear in mind that when I state 20 years:

  • I’m not including my lengthy Carb Relapse and 21-pound weight gain during the grueling time from late 2012 to mid-2013, when I was pigging out on quickie carbs after my mother died.
  • I’m also not counting the very few times that I had a bite or two of sweets to experiment with having tastes of sugar here and there. (For years, I don’t even do that.)
  • And I’m not counting a few slips at the beginning of my cutting out sweets.

Stay tuned, because soon, I’ll host a webinar on How You, Too, Can Stay Sugar-Free & Healthy.

Talk to us: What’s the longest you’ve gone without sugar and/or processed carbs? How did you feel? Just go here to post your comment.

I Was So Ashamed and Embarrassed

Wow, You Related! Read Some of Your Confessions, Then Share Your Tale, Too

Wow, you so related to my tale of shame, embarrassment and self disgust when processed carbs had me under their control.

You knew exactly what I meant when I said that those toxic carbs (movie popcorn, corn snacks and other chips) cast a spell on me.

You, too, have felt Crazy Cravings™, which have led you, too, to do so much Heartbreak Bingeing™ that you gained a lot of weight quickly.

A little history is in order. Recently, I confessed to the thousands of people on my mailing list, which you, too, can join that back in late 2012 to mid-2013 after the death of my Mom and the grueling last year with her, during which my cancer-ridden mother inadvertently angrily abused, belittled and betrayed me, I mindlessly rushed to nutrient-poor quickie carbs. Months later, I’d gained 21 pounds.

At last, four-plus years later, I have the courage to easily confess to my extended Carb Relapse without shedding a tear, getting choked up or feeling mortified. I’m now vulnerably but confidently confessing that for some six months after Mom left this earth that I mindlessly, powerlessly shoveled processed carbs into my mouth with an irrational fury and velocity and completely blew my diet.

After coming back from an awesome Tony Robbins mastermind, I felt moved to write to the confessed to my list.

Read some comments I received from people who felt fed up with having sugar or carb relapses. I’m only using first names to protect the people, who’ve slipped with sugar or carbs.

One email was more poignant than the next. Linda wrote:

Hello Connie,

Thank you for being truthful and honest with your readers. 

I have been on a detox diet, lost a bunch of weight and am now trying to figure out my new eating.

Unfortunately, I am a sucker for free food. 

Yesterday I was at a wine tasting fundraiser and overate because there was food that I hadn’t had in a long time and “wouldn’t be able to eat again.” Tonight I went to a networking event and the same thing happened. 

You would think I lived in a 3rd world country with no access to good food. (Note from Connie: My emphasis.)

FOMO, feeling deprived, feeling like I deserved it……., all feelings that I didn’t know how to handle.

I’m terribly afraid that my hard work will be undone. This all or nothing thinking has got to go!

Would love to hear how you got back on track. Thank you!

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Celebrating 20 Years Sugar-Free

Let Me Help You, Too, Reach Sweet Sugar Freedom

I just couldn’t contain my excitement or wait any longer to make my big, sweet announcement.

Woo Hoo! It’s with great joy, tremendous pride and awesome peace of mind that I’m here to tell you that I’m now celebrating 20 Years Sugar-Free.

Although my actual anniversary date is two months away (on April 15), I feel that I can confidently announce now. At this point, it’s a no-brainer that be eating right for the next two months.

If you’re on the fence about whether or not to kick sugar, consider some of the many, truly amazing benefits that I received: (more…)

Off to Get Inspired, Intrigued & Challenged

Attended a Tony Robbins Conference to a Bulletproof Conference: Seeking to Serve You Better

Lately, I’ve been taking lots of time for me — so I can grow, heal and become better at serving you.

I’ve been in major planning mode so I can create a better future.

Just check out Abraham Lincoln’s quote to get an idea about what I mean.

In order to create an awesome future, I’ve been in conference-attending mode.

That’s why, last week and earlier this week, I attended the Tony Robbins Plat Relationship Event in Hawaii, at which I was introduced to some amazing, intriguing speakers and some intriguing ideas.

Now, after only a day of rest — during which I did some life coaching to get recertified and other projects — I’m headed out to the Bulletproof Biohacking Conference with Dave Asprey and many exciting speakers.

So tonight I need to get some zzzs so I can drive up early to Pasadena.

I invite you to think about your potentially glorious future, too.

You can create an awesome one in which you’ll find it easy to Crush Your Cravings for junk foods.

So please know that I’m off thinking about you often. In fact, soon on my Gab with the Gurus Show, I’ll be introducing you to some awesome products and people, who seek to help you to Get a Life that Rocks, as I like to put it.