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“I’m good enough. I’m smart enough. And doggone it, people like me.” – Stuart Smalley

Our friend, Stuart was definitely onto something. Positive affirmations really do work. So can you think yourself thin?

Short answer: You bet you can!

Some people are natural optimists and some are not. Even if you don’t come by optimism naturally, there are ways to infuse positivity into your life and to even radiate it! According to the Huffington Post, when you experience positive emotions, you see more possibilities in life. Positivity tends to affect our life choices. Great thoughts = great choices.

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One way to be more positive is to infuse more play into your day. Whether you enjoy shooting hoops, exploring the neighborhood, or walking your dog, get out there and do more of that! More play will give you more joy about the beauty of life. This will only help you in your quest for a healthy lifestyle. Take the time to bring yourself some joy!

Positive thinking affects not only our mental outlooks, but also our physical well being. Don’t beat yourself up if you have a day where you indulged in junk food or desserts. Truth be told, bad thoughts do creep into your brain when you feel that you have broken your cycle of healthy eating. But, guess what? The “damage” you may have done is minimal and insignificant at the most. Tomorrow is a bright new day! Think positively about all of the goals you have made and have met because you are a strong, capable woman! Now go on with your healthy self!

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Say for instance, you wake up sore, tired, and not feeling quite up to the workout you had planned. It is perfectly OK, and in fact it is necessary to give your body a rest day. None of this, “My thighs are wobbly!” Instead, give yourself a pat on the back for listening to your body and knowing that rest helps build strength and preps you for your next workout. Besides, you look awfully cute in your PJs! Trust me, you and your thighs are A-OK!

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On a personal note, I love to start my day with words from my dog-eared and well-loved copy of “I Declare,” by Joel Osteen. This has made an incredible impact on my daily life. This book is 31 days of positive affirmations. Reading these uplifting and positive words from Osteen helps my day start off on the right note. I count my blessings and look forward to what the day has in store. That outlook helps when it comes time to choosing the right nutrition and giving my all in a workout. When you start your days off on a positive and happy note, it also radiates out to others. Bringing cheer to others automatically makes you feel good about yourself.

So always remember this: You are good enough. You are smart enough. And doggone it, people love you! Believe in yourself!