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My Gab with the Gurus Podcast Returns

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It’s my pleasure to announce that on June 12, my Gab with the Gurus Podcast returns. You’ll be able to hear from motivating gurus (hence the title) from a variety of fields (such as health, wellness, personal empowerment, relationships, fiction, etc.), who will give you powerful insights, brilliant takeaways, and easy takeaways, which you can […]

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Should You Never Diet Again?

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Are you frustrated that you often blow your diet? Do you feel that you lack will power? So does this mean that you should never diet again? After 20 years of researching eating, psychology professor Traci Mann, Ph.D., has come up with intriguing theories, which she shares in her new book, Secrets From the Eating Lab: […]

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Gratitude Week on Gab with the Gurus

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It's Motivating Morsels time. This is a special week to motivate you bigtime. Today is Day 1 of a 5-day Gratitude Week featuring 20 top gurus, who will share great tips and tidbits about gratitude. You can listen to all 5 shows either live at 2 pm Eastern — or later at your convenience. Learn […]

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Connect on Facebook, Master Your Subconscious Mind & Name My Next Book

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Motivating Morsels
This week’s Motivating Morsels will be quick, because I’m supposed to be on bed rest, according to my new neurologist.
4 Quick Things:
IN THIS ISSUE:
1) Post-Concussive Syndrome
2) Name My Next Book – The Follow-Up to Sugar Shock
http://tinyurl.com/NameMyBook-SugarShockFollow-Up
3) Master your Subconscious Mind with Debra Berndt & Bob Doyle of “The Secret”
4) Connect With me on Facebook & Follow me on Twitter
5) Are You Single? Learn about Love Mentoring with Dr. Diana Kirschner
Now here’s this week’s Motivating Morsels.
1) Post-Concussive Syndrome
Well, my suspicions were correct. My aching head was telling me something.
Learn more here: http://www.sugarshockblog.com/2010/07/postconcussive-syndrome-dr-says.html
2) Name My Next Book – The Follow-Up to Sugar Shock
http://tinyurl.com/NameMyBook-SugarShockFollow-Up
Have you shared your ideas yet on what to name my next book, the follow-up to Sugar Shock?
Please let me know what you recommend – http://tinyurl.com/NameMyBook-SugarShockFollow-Up
Power-of-your-subconscious-mind 3) Master your Subconscious Mind
My hypnotist friend Debra Berndt – whose healing downplay is helping my head a lot – is presenting an amazing 4-week program, beginning Tuesday night, with Bob Doyle of “The Secret” on how you can Master Your Subconscious Mind. Sign up now here: http://letloveinbook.com/MasteringSub.html
4) Connect With me on Facebook & Follow me on Twitter
Are we connected yet, thanks to social media? I invite you to take the next step.
My goal is to inspire, motivate, educate and nurture you using a variety of social media platforms.
First off, I invite you to become one of the Smart Habits Fans on Facebook. There you’ll be able to get links to interesting articles, Daily Smart Habits Tips, pointers to break free of your sugar addiction and other bad habits and much more.
Facebook-logo Just go here: http://www.facebook.com/smarthabitsfans
Once you connect, please make sure to post your thoughts, comments and insights.
Twitter_logo_header Also make sure to follow me on Twitter. Just go to http://www.twitter.com/smarthabitsgirl
(If you don’t have an account yet, just start one at http://www.twitter.com and then follow me. It’s that easy.)
I hope I inspire you!
Feel free to share interesting articles and ideas, too.
5) Are You Single? Learn about Love Mentoring with Dr. Diana Kirschner
If you’re single, you’ll definitely want to know about this exciting fr*ee program on Wed., July 14 at 9 pm Eastern (6 pm Western) with my friend, the acclaimed relationship expert Dr. Diana Kirschner, author of “Love in 90 Days.”
Diana — who has helped thousands of people find love — is doing a a wonderful fre*e teleseminar with another friend Cynthia Rowland, to tell you about the value of love mentoring to find love.
Study after study has shown that adults who are mentored are more successful in their careers and in school. Women, in particular, have greatly benefited from mentoring with reports of greater self-esteem and a heightened ability to break through the “glass ceiling.” And love is no different. Learn more here about this fr*ee program to educate you about love mentoring: http://tiny.cc/ks0su

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Vote for Talented Colleagues to Host Oprah’s New TV Show & Single Ladies, Get Engaged Soon

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Welcome to your weekly Motivating Morsels Ezine, where you get entertained, educated and motivated.
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IN THIS ISSUE
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^ (1) Vote for My Talented Colleagues Betsy Rosenberg, Donna Sonkin & Andrea Beaman in Oprah’s Host-Your-Own-TV-Show Contest on OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network)
^ (2) Why You Can’t Find My Video for the Your OWN Show Competition (Yes, I’d Love My OWN TV Show, But…)
^ (3) Is Your Summer Intention to Find Love? My Friend Lauren Frances Wants to Help You Single Ladies Become Engaged by New Year’s
^ (4) Please Vote for the Name of My Next Book – The Follow-Up to Sugar Shock – Everyone Who Enters Competition Gets A Gift
^ (5) Struggling with Your Relationship to Food? Connie Recommends: Geneen Roth’s “Women, Food and God”
^ (6) I’m Biking for Charity: Would You Donate, Please, to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society? (My Team In Training (TNT) Bike Ride)
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^ (1) Vote for My Talented Colleagues Betsy Rosenberg, Donna Sonkin
& Andrea Beaman in Oprah’s Host-Your-Own-TV-Show Contest on
OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network)
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Oprah_beta You may have heard that Oprah and TV producer Mark Burnett have been inviting people from around the country to apply for the Your OWN Show video competition.
(Just in case you don’t know, Burnett has received accolades for introducing competition-based reality TV show to the United States. (He’s the one behind “Survivor” and “The Apprentice.”)
Anyhow, Oprah and Mark are looking for the next great TV talk show host to appear on Oprah’s new network, OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network).
Betsy Rosenberg Many talented people have applied, but in particular, I invite you to immediately check out the videos submitted by my talented colleagues/friends Betsy Rosenberg, Donna Sonkin and Andrea Beaman.
Then vote for them if you like what they submitted.
(I’m sure you’ll love what they did!)
Please watch their short videos now – and then cast your vote.
First, I urge you to watch Betsy Rosenberg. She’s truly amazing. She’s like the Eco Queen — in other words, she was a pioneer in the go-green movement, who was talking about recycling when many of us didn’t know what it was. (OK, I’m exaggerating a bit.) Betsy has an amazing background, too.
Please watch Betsy’s video now and vote for her:
http://myown.oprah.com/audition/index.html?request=video_details&response_id=12004&promo_id=1
Donna_sonkin Donna Sonkin — she’s a talented, funny, charming friend from IIN (Institute for Integrative Nutrition). It’s been wonderful to watch her collect a following for her fabulous work to help women get Thin for the Camera.
Watch Donna’s video and then vote for her:
http://myown.oprah.com/audition/index.html?request=video_details&response_id=22883&promo_id=1
And then I urge to see another wonderful woman in action.
Andrea_Beaman Please view the video from Andrea Beaman, who I met because she taught at IIN. You may recognize Andrea from her “Top Chef” appearances. She’s personable, funny and dynamic, too.
Here’s Andrea’s video. Make sure to vote now for her, too.
http://myown.oprah.com/audition/index.html?request=video_details&response_id=18389&promo_id=1
To learn more about this exciting completion, browse for videos here: http://myown.oprah.com/audition/index.html?request=browse
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^ (2) Why You Can’t Find My Video for the Your OWN Show
Competition (Yes, I’d Love My OWN TV Show, But…)
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Many of you have asked me whether or not I applied for Oprah’s competition and where you could find my video. You can’t find my video, because I never submitted one. Let me tell you why.
First of all, I gave this very serious consideration. I even developed a fascinating concept for my own TV show. (In fact, I’m really excited about my idea for a show, which I’ve never seen anywhere.)
But after reviewing the guidelines for the Your OWN Show Video Competition, I realized – regretfully – that I just could not apply right now.
Hay House images Here’s why: As I announced here last week, I just got a deal for my next book from Hay House, the leader in self-help and transformational publishing.
I’m very excited, honored and committed to writing the best book that can help, I hope, millions of people, break free of their sugar addiction for good.
Amazon Sug Sh 51RDZ7DBVAL._SL110_ As I studied the submission guidelines, I realized that if I had been fortunate enough to be selected as a finalist that I just wouldn’t have had ample time to commit to it. (You need to be able to leave town to compete for 6 weeks.)
In addition, another guideline gave me pause. It said that if you have another contractual obligation that may interfere, you should not apply. That was the line that ultimately stopped me from applying. (I’m days away from signing my contract with Hay House, and I’ll be in writing mode as the contest cranks up.)
Anyhow, I’m not about to jeopardize my book deal with Hay House. Work wise, that must be my priority. And I’m having a blast so far writing it.
So, even though I’d very much like my own TV show on OWN (or elsewhere), the time isn’t right.
But I’m still hanging onto my idea, because it would make for a great TV show. And my intention is to make it happen – but not while I’m on book deadlines.
Right now, I need to finish researching and writing my book. Speaking of which, would you please help me name my new book?
Learn more now
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http://tinyurl.com/NameMyBook-SugarShockFollow-Up
or
http://www.sugarshockblog.com/2010/06/help-me-name-my-new-book-win-gifts.html
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^ (3) Is Your Summer Intention to Find Love? My Friend Lauren
Frances Wants to Help You Single Ladies Become Engaged by New Year’s Eve
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Lauren frances007 With summer here, it’s time get clear on your intentions. For those of you females who are seeking the love of your life, I recommend that you pay attention. (For the rest of you, please skip to the next item, in which I encourage you to vote for the title of my next book.)
If you’re a single lady, my friend Lauren Frances wants to help you. She wants to turn you into a “Dating Lovebird.”
Actually, if you’re a single lady who wants to be married, Lauren – a renowned celebrity love coach, who has been praised by actresses Amy Brenneman and Kate Walsh – wants to help you become engaged by New Year’s Eve.
Kate_walsh9 In fact, Lauren claims that in 6 short weeks, she’ll teach you to turn casual courtships into serious commitments.
You’ll learn her breakthrough ‘man-manifesting’ process and healthy manhandling techniques (i.e. relationship skills) to which successful men RESPOND.
You can jump into this course whether you’re actively dating or not, or really want to be!
“Dating Lovebirds,” Lauren says, will show you how to go from flirting to seriously dating, and how to do partnership potential tests so you’ll stop wasting your time on what she calls “the 70% suitors.” (You know, the guys who ultimately waste your time because they’re not really the right guy?)
To learn about Lauren’s program so you can (according to her) get engaged by New Year’s Eve, go here:
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http://tinyurl.com/GetEngagedNewYearLauren-Connie
Lauren’s claim that she can help you get engaged by New Year’s Eve may seem far fetched, but just listen to one of her clients:
“Lauren, Thank you! Thank you! Your coaching got me from a first date to my honeymoon in just 3 months. Literally, we left for our Bermuda honeymoon on 5/27/10, which was three months to the day of our first date. Many thanks to you for the great velocity with which I was able to classify my NEEDS vs WANTS and recognize the man of my dreams the minute I met him. Love Linda”
(Linda didn’t want her full name used, because her new husband is the head of a Fortune 500 company and doesn’t know she has a love coach. Her story is so powerful because Linda is in her early 50’s, had never been married before. She wasn’t dating much for years before Lauren helped her. While her betrothal might seem super fast, her romantic results are not unusual, or even the exception, for Lauren’s students. Lauren believes that once you get the right information under your garter belt, and know the right actions to take to make your romantic dreams a loving reality, you’ll have your very own lovebird, too.)
Single and eager to learn more now?
Go here:
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http://tinyurl.com/GetEngagedNewYearLauren-Connie
Here’s some of what you’ll learn in Lauren’s course:
* How to spot ‘buying signs’ that he’s serious about dating you.
* Relationship Negotiation Skills to go from dating to commitment.
* How to rate his ‘Courtship Performance.’
* How long to give your dates a ‘chance’ when you’re not sure if there’s chemistry, or connection.
* How to spot when men are seriously pursuing the relationship.
* How to not get boxed in by one suitor until you’re SURE about him.
* How to inspire men to commit to you and your relationship goals.
* How to put men in a pecking order without ruffling their feathers
* How to tell when men are in ‘buying mode’ with you romantically, and falling in love with you.
* How to keep your freedom to keep shopping for The One when you’re just having fun
* How to turn a serious dating relationship into a serious commitment.
* How to tell if he’s a player who will only disappoint you down the road.
* How to stay committed to your romantic roadmap and MANifest it.
Please note that I’m an affiliate of Lauren’s – which means that if you sign up, I get compensated. FYI, I only recommend something unless I know it works. And in this case, I just had to become an affiliate after hearing about the success she’s had with clients.
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http://tinyurl.com/GetEngagedNewYearLauren-Connie
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^ (4) Please Vote for the Name of My Next Book – The
Follow-Up to Sugar Shock – Everyone Who Enters Competition
Gets A Gift
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As I just pointed out, my next book is in the works.
It’s a follow-up to my first book, Sugar Shock, and it features a simple, compassionate, step-by-step plan to help you break free of sugar for good.
You’ll even have fun following the advice.
But I’d like your help.
Right now, Sugar Shock’s successor doesn’t have a title yet.
So I decided to hold a Name My Next Book Competition.
Then my fabulous editor and I can pick the title that work best.
Already, I’ve received some great ideas, but I’d love to get many more.
Please learn more about the Name My Next Book Competition, and then submit your vote here:
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http://tinyurl.com/NameMyBook-SugarShockFollow-Up
And spread the word to your creative friends, too, please.
FYI, even if I don’t use your idea as the book title, I may use your clever phrases within the book itself.
Anyone who submits an idea will get a gift from me.
That’s right. All of you will get gifts.
First off, the final prize winner gets several gifts as you can learn here:
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http://tinyurl.com/NameMyBook-SugarShockFollow-Up
But everyone who submits a title idea will get invited to a special teleseminar during which I’ll answer your questions, give you some tips to kick sugar and present a special guest or two.
So please share your clever, creative ideas for the title of my next book.
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http://tinyurl.com/NameMyBook-SugarShockFollow-Up
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^ (5) Struggling with Your Relationship to Food?
Geneen Roth’s “Women, Food and God”
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If you’re struggling with your relationship to food, I strongly recommend the new book from Geneen Roth, Women, Food and God.
Geneen Roth is an engaging writer, who, with penetrating insight and irreverent humor, discusses our food compulsions.
She teaches personal examination, showing readers how to use their relationship with food to discover the fulfillment they long for.
Get Geneen’s book now:
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http://tinyurl.com/WomenFoodAndGood-Connie
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^ (6) I’m Biking for Charity: Would You Donate, Please, to the
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society? (My Team In Training (TNT) Bike Ride)
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One of my intentions this summer is to get amazingly fit and toned (better than I am now) – and help a worthwhile cause at the same time.
Therefore, I’ve joined the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training’s program.
It’s an amazing program, where we get the support of coaches and fitness trainers, meet great people and at the same time raise money for this worthwhile organization.
My goal is to bike 100 miles on Oct. 9 in the Seagull Century ride in Maryland. (Gulp! The most I’ve ever gone is about 35 to 40 miles. But they assure me that the training will make me more than ready.)
Anyhow, I invite you to make a donation – no matter how small.
All of your donations will go directly to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
I urge you to donate now.
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http://tinyurl.com/TeamInTrainingBikeRide-Connie
Thank you in advance for your generosity.
Have a sweet week.
To view this issue online, just go to:
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http://www.MotivatingMorsels.com

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Delay to Conquer Sugar, Caffeine & Other Unhealthy Cravings

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Often, readers of my book SUGAR SHOCK!, participants in my Break Free programs or fans on Facebook want to know, “How do I kick sugar, caffeine or other bad habits? This is so hard!”
I feel empathy, compassion and sadness for these people, because at varying times in my life, I’ve been there myself, battling a host of bad habits, including addiction to sugar, refined carbs, diet soda, coffee, cigarettes and sugar-less gum.
Over the years, I’ve developed numerous tactics to conquer counter-productive routines, but in 1998, while quitting sweets and refined carbs on doctor’s orders, I came up with my best techniques.
In my book SUGAR SHOCK!, I share my Top 21 Sweet Sugar-Free Success Secrets and Strategies (plus a few more). Now, I’d like to share one tactic, which can be effective to help you conquer sugar, caffeine and other unhealthy cravings. Here’s an article I wrote to help you learn this invaluable technique.
Just Delay to Squash Your Sugar, Caffeine & Other Unhealthy Cravings
Creatively Procrastinate Your Way Out of Your Addictions
By Connie Bennett, M.S.J., C.H.H.C.
Quite often, people who want to kick sugar, curtail caffeine, stop drinking diet soda, lose weight or manage their diabetes ask me: “How can I conquer my cravings for these substances? Once I start, I just can’t help myself.”
One of the most powerful and potent strategies is so simple that you’ll wonder why you never tried it in the first place. Simply DELAY before you do anything – especially something that you’ll later regret.
Think about it: Most of us are pretty darn good at delaying or procrastinating, right?
You know how you keep putting off organizing your desk drawers, cleaning the house, giving your boss that proposal, helping your kids with their homework, donating old clothes or taking out the garbage? Clearly, we all have things we’ve been planning on doing but never got around to doing.
While quitting a bad habit such as a sugar addiction, I’ve found that you can actually transform delaying into something that’s fun, clever and positive. In other words, procrastinating can be a good thing — even wonderful.

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I’ll Be at Book Expo America This Week

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For this important week in publishing — during which Book Expo America takes place — my fun author friend Dr. Diana Kirschner and I are playfully going out on a limb to drum up interest in our books. Here’s a press release that’s now going out to the media today.
Authors Develop Zany, Outrageous Marketing Gimmicks to Nab Publishers & Fans in these Challenging Economic Times
NEW YORK—As thousands of authors vie for publishers’ and readers’ thumbs up in this uncertain economic climate, some innovative, pro-active authors are taking matters into their own hands by coming up with over-the-top, outrageous, humorous marketing gimmicks.
“It’s time to become an out-of-the-box-thinking author-preneur, who creates gutsy, captivating messages that nab the attention and tickle the funny bones of readers and publishers,” claims author Connie Bennett, who is laughingly walking around Book Expo America on Friday and Saturday sporting a provocative, 24”-by-30” sandwich board that says, “Are You ‘The One’?”
The amiable author’s “Are You `The One’?” message—which looks like a single’s ad—pokes fun of the fact that Bennett is both a single woman and an available author with a Big Platform, who’s seeking “a committed relationship” with a “compatible publisher” to release her second book.
“I wanted to playfully show that I have the guts, initiative and ingenuity to be a successful author no matter what the economic climate,” adds Bennett, an experienced journalist, certified health counselor, self-described “Ex-Sugar Shrew!” and author of SUGAR SHOCK! (Berkley Books) (www.SugarShock.com).
SUGAR SHOCK! (Berkeley Books)—a bestseller on Amazon—has a foreword by Dr. Nicholas Perricone and has been endorsed by Dr. Mehmet Oz, Dr. Christiane Northrup and film mogul Harvey Weinstein. The book’s contributing author is cardiologist Dr. Stephen Sinatra.
Bennett’s second book—for which she’s publisher hunting—is a fun, friendly, compassionate, diet book, The Better Habits Diet: Slim Down, Boost Energy, Rev Up Your Libido & Be Happier in Only 21 Days. Fans are already signing up in advance to buy it at a special website, www.BetterHabitsDiet.com.
[FYI, for those of you who are waiting for my next book, I just changed the title — it used to be called The White-Out Diet.]
The single author facetiously promises on her sandwich board, “Will put out on first date!!”—meaning that she’ll share information about her new book with interested publishers.
Admittedly, Bennett is “embarrassed” by her bold sign, and she’s even offering passers-by nuts to underscore the nuttiness of her marketing campaign.