When I need an instant shot of motivation (which is often!), I turn to happiness guru Karen Salmansohn. I just love (with a capital L) Karen’s “Inspirational Flashcards.” They’re so full of light, love, and positive energy, you can’t help but feel uplifted.
On a healthy and faith-forward path, an optimistic and can-do mindset is a must. I put Karen’s designs everywhere – I post them on Facebook, I tack them onto my vision board, and I have an entire Pinterest page dedicated to Karen’s awesome-grams. And Karen’s book, Instant Happy, sits on my bedside table (along with You Can Heal Your Life and A Return to Love.)
Karen, however, is more than just (just, ha) a designer, a motivational speaker, and a best-selling author of more than twenty-five (twenty five – holy moly!) books. She’s also a brilliant brand strategist. Her Pillage & Conquer program gave me a much-needed creative kick in the pants. Karen seamlessly transformed my personality, passion, and idealistic mission, into one Smaller Size. Bigger Life. package!
I love Karen, and I know you will too. You can check out my Instant Happy Pinterest board here, and find out more about Karen here. She offers (in her words) “easy-to-absorb insights and advice to help you bloom into your happiest, most loved, highest potential self.”
You’re just 10 seconds away from a brighter attitude!
My relationship with food used to be very complicated.
Although I really loved food (loved cooking, cruising farmers markets, reading food magazines, and eating out at all the hot spots – the whole foodie shebang), I was also terrified of gaining weight.
And not just a little fearful, but crazy, paranoid, over-the-top, freaked-out-all-the-flipping-time fearful.
I would constantly over-indulge, feel guilty and worry about it, severely restrict and deprive myself for days or weeks at a time, and then start the whole process all over again. I was a dietitian with a seriously dysfunctional relationship with food.
But I overcame my destructive eating behaviors, and I now enjoy a clean-eating and food-loving life without guilt or fear (thank goodness!). And you can too.
In this video, I share a powerful exercise that helped me unlock and understand my food craziness.
I also share an easy way to help you deal with your diet insecurities (don’t worry, we all have them!).
A decade ago, I was broke, alone, and on the verge of a complete mental breakdown. I had spent years abusing my body with alcohol, drugs, cigarettes, and food, and even though I DESPERATELY wanted to change, nothing would stick.
I would swear off cigarettes (yet again), only to find myself lighting up a few days later – smoking and crying and cursing myself for failing (yet again).
I would go to the gym for a week, but then have five too many drinks in a bar one night, and instantly slide back into my lethargic and inactive depression.
I felt like I was sinking in unhealthy quicksand. And I was scared.
How could I want to change with all of my heart, and still continue to sabotage myself over and over and over again? What in the wild world was wrong with me!?
When the daily panic attacks started, I knew I was in real trouble. I would sit in my teeny tiny studio apartment in Washington D.C. and say to myself (often out loud) – help me, someone please, please help me.
Then, almost like magic, I got an answer to my desperate plea. I discovered a book that basically saved my life.
And by making one simple change I was able to stop running around in self-destructive circles, and to finally (finally!) start healing. Now, ten years later, my life is healthier and happier than I ever dreamed possible.
YOU deserve a healthy and happy life too (we all do!), and I promise you that making this one change will help you get there…
It wasn’t a lack of willpower or desire that kept me stuck; it was my seriously debilitating and deeply subconscious limiting beliefs.
And if you’ve been trying to change your diet, your habits, and your life for many years, but find that you just keep getting in your own way, then the same could be true for you.
Lasting change (and lasting weight loss!) starts in the mind. Try this – I know it sounds simple, but this small shift changed everything for me.
When you change your thoughts, you change your energy, your attitude, and eventually, your entire life. I changed my life, one positive thought at a time, and so can you!
I am willing to change.
I create my healthy and abundant life.
I prioritize of my health and well-being.
I deserve to be healthy and happy.
I love my body and honor it with a healthy lifestyle.
Opportunities to improve my health are everywhere.
I deserve to be healthy and I am worthy of a wonderful life.
“You are not a helpless victim of your own thoughts, but rather a master of your own mind.” Louise Hay