Posts tagged ‘Diet’

September 22, 2012

Rule #8 Small Steps (25 Rules For Better Health)

by Patrick Dykie

      I can still remember my son’s first small, tentative steps as a toddler. My wife stood across the room with her arms held wide open, while I held him up. We had tried before over the preceding weeks without much success. This time we felt his legs were strong enough, and he was ready for the big moment. My wife called out to him,

“Who’s mommy’s big boy. Come to mommy.”

     As I released his arms, he took a small shaky step, stretched out his arms, and moved slowly and awkwardly towards my wife, wobbling from side to side in a series of short, shuffling steps. As he picked up speed his body leaned forward as if he would fall at any moment. Somehow he maintained his balance, and continued his journey before falling safely into my wife’s waiting arms. It seems that anything worth achieving in life requires a series of small steps before we’re able to walk, and then eventually run. From a child’s first tentative steps to learning to read and write to getting that first job it seems that everything involves small steps.

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July 7, 2012

Rule #7 Facing Barriers (Getting Over Those Humps) 25 Rules for Better Health

by Patrick Dykie
     I hope you’ve enjoyed my first six “Rules for Better Health.” We’ve already looked at such things as not dieting, but rather making meaningful lifestyle changes, honestly evaluating yourself, forging a belief system, hiding your scale, realizing that perfection is an illusion, and setting realistic goals to strive for. As you can see, while dieting and exercise are important to our overall health, there are many more things we need to look at, including many psychological and behavioral factors. I hope you take something with you today, but more importantly, I hope you all live happy, healthy, and fulfilling lives.
May 27, 2012

Rule #6 Put Away the Scale (25 Rules for Better Health)

by Patrick Dykie


     I understand that many excellent weight loss programs like Jenny Craig and Weight Watchers use scales and weekly weigh-ins as an integral part of their programs. I’m not saying to completely ditch the scale. I believe that watching your weight drop can be fun and exciting. It is also something that those of you who are losing weight should be proud of. What I am saying, is that you should not let the scale, and those big black numbers take over your life. Yes, they are important, but there are other things that are more important. Bring it out of the closest once in a while or on special occasions, brush away the accumulated dust and cobwebs and enjoy the accomplishment of all those disappearing pounds. 

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