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Do Your Moods Control You?

Spring Clean Your Body LogoThe secret to successfully sticking with a healthy diet or exercise routine is the mastery of your moods.  When I quit smoking 20 years ago, I used to say “I’m too bummed to eat a salad” and I’d order a cheeseburger and fries.  I wanted comfort foods because I no longer had the comfort of my cigarettes.  Since then I’ve learned a hundred ways to self-soothe, and still my moods challenge me to stay the course at times.  Og Mandino has the key:

“Henceforth I will recognize and identify the mystery of moods in all mankind, and in me. From this moment I am prepared to control whatever personality awakes in me each day. I will master my moods through positive action and when I master my moods, I will control my destiny.” Og Mandino

What positive actions can you take today to help you stay the healthy, happy living course?  Some possible actions include having a personal vision for healthy living, keeping healthy snacks in your desk drawer at work, planning the meals for the week so you aren’t caught at 7pm with no healthy food in sight.  What ideas do you have?  Please comment at the link below.

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  1. Kathleen Butler says:

    I have been unable to log in to get the FREE Wellness Pack and 7 Lessons – I keep geting a message to go to the confirmation e-mail and click on the link. But it still doesn’t work. Is that no longer available to me?

    I sorely need to lose weight, to rid myself of lots or clutter, and to stop procrastinating.

  2. @LenaWest says:

    This was a great post and an excellent reminder of something I read somewhere once. Essentially, the writer was saying that when you are a slave to your moods, you can never expect to build a successful business because REAL, TRUE successful companies require leaders who will lead no matter what or step out of the way and let someone else lead if they feel they can’t. Whoa.That’s a kick in the pants!

    My positive actions are a total focus on overall wellness at my core. I’m not obsessing about wellness, but I’m thinking more and more along those lines and I find that having a wellness lifestyle is infiltrating everything I do — in a good way!

  3. cheryl says:

    Kathleen – I’m glad we got you hooked up with the wellness pack. Good luck with your weight loss vision.

    Lena – I love what you’ve said about living a wellness livestyle to your core – so important. Great to add that you’re not obsessing about wellness – obsesions can go bad. I love your last sentence. You’ll go far in life (and in business) with this approach.

  4. Beth says:

    This is just what I was reminded of this past weekend at Leadership training. I must master my emotions BEFORE I make a decision. I have a lot of work to do on that one!

  5. cheryl says:

    Beth – I do too! So emotional at times. There’s a gift in that too. Sensitive people see and feel things that others don’t. Perceptive. I know you are……

  6. Love this post. I too have noticed how connected my moods are with my healthful living routines. One thing that has helped me is that I’ve worked on not judging my “moods.” I used to feel like I screwed up again when I was in a bad mood, and that I “should” feel balanced all of the time. Now I try to embrace what I’m feeling and adjust what might be contributing to my funk. (Easier said than done of course!). Balancing the not-judging with the healthy actions usually does the trick.


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