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It’s a new year and a new you….

The holidays were nice but I’m glad they are over.  I love the New Year because it’s the time of year for fresh, new clean slate starts.  Personally, I find the holidays are very stressful with so much to do, so many special foods and traditions, so much busy work and the hustle and bustle of getting things done.  When January comes around, I find myself looking for quiet times and some inner peace.  Diane has set us up with a MM commitment contract to set us up to do well on plan for the new year.   After the holidays are over and the new year begins, Diane is so right;  it’s always a good time to commit or recommit to plan.   I was thinking, why not add a whole component of finding that inner peace within ourselves as we commit to plan too?  In this Lynn’s place article, I thought about applying a sense of inner peace to our MM commitment.

Reasons for Seeking Inner Peace

Better Manage Worry, Anxiety and Guilt

For those of us that went off plan during the holidays, we can find inner peace in that there is a solution to easily get back on plan.  Diane gives us all the tools and knowledge to do so.  We have a plan in place so we don’t need to worry about it, have anxiety over going off plan and the guilt that goes with beating ourselves up for partaking in the wrong foods as Met B’s.  It is very comforting to know we can recommit to our lifestyle we lived before the Holidays came around and we can do this thing easily and effortlessly. 

Better Clears the Chatter in the Mind

How many of us talk that negative talk to ourselves if we fall off the wagon?  We can be at peace with ourselves as know we had our holiday fun; however, now it is time to do well for ourselves again with a fresh start. This puts the focus on the positive reclaiming of our commitment, not the anguish of regret for going off plan.

Being in the Present Moment

Live in the present by letting go of the past and not worrying about the future.  Concentrate on what step you need to be on at this time.  Make sure you do whatever step correctly and don’t worry about having to do a re-start, or checking your numbers over & over again  on the scale.  I don’t even think we need to have a set weight loss goal for the future because if we are doing MM right, we will lose the weight.  That is a scientific fact.  No need to worry about those future stats.  Be in the present by noticing how you feel, how your clothes fit and how you may be emotionally at peace because you are doing something good for yourself.

Ways to Cultivate Your Inner Peace

Clear your thoughts

Take a few minutes each day to clear your thoughts.  Our busy lives makes great demands on our time and energy.  Spend a few minutes to be peaceful within your thought process.  This does not have to be a long drawn out process.  If negative thought creeps into your mind spend a few minutes consciously changing them to more positive ones.  Turn off the news, the television, the internet, smart phone, etc, for a few while you do this.  Make this a little habit you do for yourself.

Exercise

 Diane always says to exercise for 30 min 5 times a week.  As Met B’s this keeps ourselves in balance.  Exercise also clears our mind, makes us feel good about ourselves and gives a a feeling of accomplishment.  A good outdoor walking meditation lets us enjoy some inner peace time with getting our body in shape,  makes us be in nature and gives us time free our mind.

Let go of old emotional attachments

While on plan, train your mind to focus on all the good things you CAN have, not the things you must resist or not be tempted by.  It’s always easier to align with good healthy food choices we can have as opposed to resisting things we cannot have.  Let go of old food associations you are “rooted” like the old classic burger & fries and make new food associations like burger & salad.

Be optimistic and expect the best

Tell yourself you “can do this thing”  Be open-minded to the fact that you can change and live this MM lifestyle.  Always believe in yourself and let go of self-doubt.  Make your dreams of being healthy come true by committing to plan with the full knowledge that you can do it.

Support

Surround yourself with positive, supportive people.  Stay away from the naysayers and the saboteurs.  As you continue on your MM journey, the folks right here in Miracle-Ville are so supportive and understanding.  There is so much positive energy in our MV community.  It is always comforting and gives us a sense of peace to know we do not to go on this MM journey alone.

Peace of mind is one of the most valuable things we can cultivate for our lives.  Inner peace is a state of mind that gives us a sense of freedom from old thoughts and habits that bind us, old beliefs that don’t serve us well and old emotions we can release.  Just imagine this new found peace and you will feel it on all levels.  Out with the old and in with the new.  A new year, a new you and a commitment to being the best you can be.  It’s that easy!!!

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