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Boosting your self-esteem

Have you heard yourself say, "I need to" or "I want to make the necessary changes to lose weight?" Then you find yourself sad or depressed and not motivated to make those changes.

Making an effort to lose weight and reaching your goal will improve your self-confidence. However, if you have low self-esteem, you may find yourself overwhelmed with challenges. Feeling good about yourself when you're not happy with your weight can be difficult. Here are some suggestions that will boost your self-esteem:

• Like yourself: Tell yourself that you respect and value who you are, no matter what your weight is.

• Live your life: You don't have to put off taking a vacation, achieving higher education or buying a new outfit.

• Know that you can look good now! You can dress up, get your hair done, etc., to look and feel great.

• Look at your achievements: Focus on your accomplishments, skills, talents, etc.

• Be active: Studies show that people who are more active generally have better self-esteem and higher weight losses.

Part of liking yourself is taking care of your body and mind even when you don't feel like it. Taking measures to improve your self-esteem can improve your chances for success. Never forget, it takes action to make you feel good about you!

Spring is here, and so there are perfect days for a Power Picnic! You can have a Power Picnic packed with high-fiber foods, low-fat protein, and vitamin- and mineral-rich fruits and vegetables. A picnic provides the perfect environment in which you can eat slowly and focus on enjoying your meal. It also provides an environment in which you can take time to take a walk, toss a Frisbee around, play catch with a dog, or spend time with kids.

There are so many options of healthy food you can pack your Power Picnic with. You can prepare bean salad or salmon salad made with low-fat ingredients (fat-free salad dressing, olive oil, fat-free mayonnaise, mustard and lemon juice). Fresh carrot sticks, brown rice mixed with peas and diced green peppers, or a bowl of salad greens with tomatoes, onions and cucumbers are just a few suggestions for side dishes.

If you are tired of not knowing what and how much to eat to lose weight, call the Diet Center today at (928) 753-5066.

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