6 Tips To Reboot Your Weight Loss Program

The New Year is in motion and how are you doing with your new year’s resolution weight loss goals?  Did you do well for a few weeks and now you are feeling depressed because you haven’t been able to stick with the plan? We have seen the amazing weight loss success of the singer and actress Jennifer Hudson.  Her amazing transformation was so impressive that it is even hard to recognize her.  But how did she do it?  Through the adversities in life, the brutal murder of her dear mom, brother and young nephew, Hudson has been able to find internal motivation to make healthy changes in her life.   You also have experienced adversities in your life; financial problems, a loss of a loved one, a break-up, disappointments, frustrations, and changes in your schedule, making it very difficult to focus on dieting.  Jennifer Hudson speaks about the love for her son and husband as a source of energy she used to stay focused.  What are some of the positive things that have helped you stay focused on your wellness plan?  Maybe your family, children, friends and workout buddies have helped you stay focused in the past.  Select key people in your life to hold you accountable and to get you back on track. First of all, before starting a diet or exercise program, make sure you have consulted your doctor.  If you have started your program but have not been able to stick with the plan, here are some tips to reboot your weight loss program. Learn the Oh, Well technique: when you start to feel deprived about restricting your food, work toward acceptance:  If I want to lose weight, be healthier, I have to [...]

5 Tips for Long Distance Relationships

Are you stressed about your long-distance relationship? Are you ready to break-up? Long-distance relationships are becoming a fact of life. As we advance in technology in the new world of social media with facebook and myspace, relationships are also changing. You are in a business trip and you meet someone at the airport, or you are using an online dating program, you find a potential mate, and you decide to pursue a relationship with that person.  According to a recent research, long-distance relationships are more stable than we think.  It was found that long- distance relationships are characterized by commitment, which is influenced by satisfaction and happiness with the relationship (Pistole, Roberts & Mosko, 2010). However, after a while it can be tiring and overwhelming trying to be in a long-distance relationship, especially when you have family and friends telling you that long-distance relationships do not work. Couples end up focusing on the frustrations of the distance and forget the reasons why they got together in the first place. Before you “call it quits”, here are some tips to making your long-distance relationship work: 1.Describe to your partner what the relationship means to you. This is the first step in moving forward with your relationship. Defining the relationship will help you create boundaries that will be used when things get difficult. Ask yourself, “Should we be just friends? Can we have a solid relationship?” 2.Be truthful to yourself and your partner. Be honest about your needs and don’t be afraid of sharing your feelings. Communication is going to be to most important element in your long-distance relationship and it will help create the strong foundation necessary to make the relationship work. 3.Be patient. Sometimes the [...]

7 Tips for Coping With Loneliness

The holiday season is here. You see people decorating their houses, wrapping gifts and placing them under the Christmas the tree and you feel the warmth and the joy of having your family and friends close to you. The magic of the holidays bring people together and we look forward to this celebration all year-long. However, for some of us, this season is a reminder of the mistakes we have made and the people we may have hurt along the way.  Maybe the loss of a loved one and the end of a long-term relationship can bring up sadness and anxiety during the holidays. It is very common for some people to feel extremely lonely during this season. Loneliness has been described as an emotion that is characterized by a feeling of emptiness and solitude.  Some words people use to describe loneliness include: lost, afraid, numb, pain, nothingness, overwhelmed, and so on. According to Carlson and Love (2010), recent studies have revealed that about 25 percent of the American population has not talked to anyone about anything important to them in six months. Also they found that another 19.6 percent of the people surveyed said that they only have one close friend  they can talk to. These numbers show that close to 50 percent of the population has one close friend or none at all. How did we get here? Today we live in a fast-paced world; we work longer hours or we may even have two jobs. Also, we have distractions such as the Internet, social media, and cellphones. It’s becoming more and more difficult to develop and nurture relationships. This lifestyle eventually leads to isolation and after a while we start to struggle [...]