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Part 2 - Pound Foolish: How To Avoid Setting Yourself Up For Failure

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By Mia Bolaris-Forget

One of the biggest mistakes, according to experts, that we make when it comes to weight control is not only reaching for the wrong foods but also reaching for unrealistic goals. Generally speaking we impose limits that set us up for “failure” and rarely do we consider other factors affecting our appearance including genetics, height, health, and body type. Most of us in fact aspire to a weight and physique completely out of proportion with who we (now) are and our current lifestyle. Most of us want to look like cover models, and almost none of us realize that cover models are young girls (and boys…most of whom haven’t hit puberty yet) and that we probably NEVER looked like that.

Professionals agree that the best recipe for success is recognizing that you are an individual with a specific blue print (that works best for you), that sexiness is “personal” as is ideal weight and that your better off striving for a healthy lifestyle than an unattainable image.

Your objective should be to maximize your well-being and to increase your confidence in yourself and your personal appearance. And, experts recommend reach for a goal that is comfortable and meets your emotional, physical, and medical needs.

Among your primary considerations:

· Working toward and achieving a goal weight independent of number on a scale.

· Understanding your body frame and happily accept certain flaws and a certain size.

· Accept and appreciate you OWN look and beauty and learn how to work with and around your “limitations”.

· Have confidence in your appearance and what you have to offer.

· Make choices that ensure you feel good (and stay healthy) as well as look good.

Experts maintain that having a realistic attitude, approach and expectations with practical lifestyle alterations are the core of a happy, healthy road to success. Not only will you reach your desired goal, but also you’ll be happy with the results instead of experiencing frustration at your inability to achieve a less realistic objective.

Next: Part 3 - Think Thin >>

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