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Are you asking the right question?

Posted: 01/21/10 07:00 PM ET

Wow, I have some inspiration and facts for you today.

Inspiration

The end of January is almost here and the New Year's resolutions are still fresh in your mind. "This year I will change my body. This year, I lose the weight. And this year I will stick to my goals that I made in the beginning of this year," you say to yourself.

The goals are great, but they are time goals, weight goals, results-oriented goals. You do everything that you can to achieve them, but then reality kicks in when you take measurements again. The same weight? The same body fat percentage? The same "circumference measurements" ?

Your emotions are anything but joy. In fact, you're depressed, perhaps angry and disappointed. Maybe all three of them.

How long does it take to change your emotions?

If you change the meaning you give something, you can immediately change your emotions. Internal communication and the right questions can change your emotions instantly and with them, your focus.

The most powerful way to change the meaning you give something, say, weight loss, is to change your focus. And since focus is controlled by questions that you ask yourself, the key is to ask yourself quality questions.

It is simple: just ask a different question and you change your focus.

For instance, instead of asking, "Why can't I lose weight?" which in some cases will get you even into a more depressed mood or state, you could ask: "How can I appreciate my great health even more, and how can I better serve my body to stay young and healthy right at this moment?"

This question will result immediately into a positive emotion (no guilt, no despair) and will lead you to adopt strategies that are helpful to you.

Asking the right question can be your solution to changing your immediate strategies. Even better: This approach will result in constant, never-ending improvements.

And now for the facts:

1 gram of protein has 4 calories
1 gram of carbohydrates has 4 calories
1 gram of fat has 9 calories
1 gram of alcohol has 7 calories

A strategy for reducing your calories to control or reduce your weight could be to simply reduce calories from alcohol. Remember one class of wine has about 120 calories.

'Google's Calorie Calculator' can also help you achieve your goals.

Kind regards,

Stefan

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