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!

Send Your Favorite Sugar-Free, Truly Paleo Recipes for My Next Book

Experiment in the Kitchen for Start-Again Monday

Do you make a delicious gluten-free, dairy-free, low-carb vegetable-rich lasagna? Can you create delectable veggie fries that has everyone raving about how they’re better than French fries? Do you know how to whip up scrumptious, low-carb, sugar-free, Paleo cookies?

In short, do you have amazing Paleo recipes, which contain no agave, no honey, no maple syrup, no coconut sugar, and no wine? I call this way of eating Truly Paleo or Sugar-Free Paleo.

For years — especially since I first started my Sugar Shock Blog in 2005 — have been asking me for such recipes, so they can lose or maintain weight and lead a healthy Paleo diet. They’ve been getting frustrated, because many recipes call for adding sweeteners such as agave, honey, or coconut sugar, or even alcohol.

Now, I’d love to feature some of your healthiest, sugar-denying, carb-busting, sugar-free, Truly Paleo recipes in my next book, I Blew My Diet! Now What?  The Super-Simple Plan to Rebound After Your Carb Relapse to Lose Weight for Good. In addition, I’ll feature more recipes in another upcoming book.

So for this week’s Start-Again Monday, I invite you to have some sugar-free fun in the kitchen.

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Is Diet a Dirty Word?

Share Your Thoughts: Start-Again Monday™

Is Diet a Dirty Word? What do you think?

Let’s face it. In certain circles these days, people steer clear of the word “diet,” because it’s deemed politically incorrect. More important, it may mean deprivation, restriction, frustration, difficulty or even struggle.

Here’s the catch. What other word should I use to convey that you’re cleaning up your eating, mindfully consuming the best, healthiest,  nutritious, real foods into your mouth? Sure, you’re eating less, but you’re still going to feel full.

Is it wrong to use the word diet?

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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?

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.

Kicking Sugar Begins in Your Mind

Your Motivating Monday Message: Get Inspired by Napoleon Hill

Do you doubt your ability to kick sugar and ditch processed carbs?

cravings ninja

Are you tired of failing diet after diet?

Take heart.

Today, I invite you to see it, feel it, enjoy it.

By “it,” I mean your new joyous, freedom-filled life, where you have outgrown your addiction to sugar or carbs.

Back in 1998, when I kicked sweets and processed carbohydrates on doctor’s orders, I discovered that conquering my sugar and carb addiction began in my mind.

After initially doubting myself, I decided and knew without a doubt that I would succeed in kicking the dangerous foods.

Believing that I could do it helped me accomplish what I once thought unthinkable.

If you’ve been finding it tough to turn down tempting, but unhealthy sweets or fast carbs or break other bad habits (what I call “babits™), you need to know that it’s possible.

You need to believe first that you can succeed.

You want to see yourself breaking your horrible habits to accomplish your dreams.

That’s why I encourage people, who seek to kick sugar or get better habits to immerse themselves in positive literature, movies and thoughts.

In fact, while quitting sugar, I heavily relied on can-do books and thinking, even if I was feeling low on will power and uncertain of my eventual success.

Now, thanks to YouTube, you can listen get encouraged by master motivator Napoleon Hill, who shares how Andrew Carnegie inspired him to have loftier thoughts and dreams.



Of course, Napoleon Hill — who has inspired millions — is author of the huge bestseller, Think and Grow Rich.

Today, I invite you to get inspired by Hill. First check out some of his motivating quotes.

Then watch this inspiring great Napoleon Hill video.

Again, remember, as Hill advises, no matter what your goals, you should begin with a clear picture of what you’d like to achieve.

Can you envision your Freedom from Sugar Shock?

Thanks to my Facebook friend Vanessa Bey for turning me onto this inspiring video.

I Was Furious at their Customer Service

How I Stumbled on the BEST Way to Resolve a Problem with a Company That Messes Up -- Off Topic

Note from Connie: This is off topic but it can help so many of you to resolve bad customer service that I just had to post it.

How did I raise my voice to angrily declare my outrage and shock!

I simply had no choice.

I’d just returned from an empowering, butt-kicking, financial mastermind with Tony Robbins, and I was eagerly looking forward to implementing so many wonderful things.

And then with suitcase in hand, as I neared the door of my new place, I found that a vendor for one of my new had a delivery service dump five boxes right near my place.

I lost my cool.

For days, it was as if there was a sign saying, “Hey, the tenant isn’t home.”

Scared, I opened the door to my new place hoping that I wasn’t robbed.

You see, I’ve been robbed something like four or five times in three different cities (Chicago, New York City and northern California) over the years. So, I’m ultra careful these days.

There went calm, focused, excited Connie.

Instead, Connie the lion appeared out of nowhere. (I’m a Leo by the way.)

Yeah, I know that anger harms your heart, weakens your immune system and harms your health.

But I could have been robbed yet again.

I called the company to declare my outrage and their callous disregard for my safety.

Multiple phone calls later and the issue still unresolved, I hit on a fast, speedy, savvy way to resolve my customer service problem.

It was so simple and brilliant.

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