#56 Lose Weight & Feel Great

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#56 Lose Weight & Feel Great

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My friend Crystal got me back into shape last year. I’ve given her a little plug after my main story. She really helped me lose weight & feel great!
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LOSE WEIGHT & FEEL GREAT—Back around 1978 I lost $400 in one day wearing that phrase! (or something that sounded just like it)

That was back in the ’70s when a company that sold herbal supplements via your typical pyramid multi-level marketing scheme recruited (by means of over-the-top “rah-rah” meetings & conventions) anyone who wanted to get rich quick & stay healthy at the same time. I bought into the dreamscheme, stocked my living room full of every type of supplement, tonic & snake oil the company had to offer, & headed out on my first day, wearing my shiny new Lose Weight—Feel Great lapel button nearly the size of a hockey puck, to make an overnight killing. After all, I was in top shape, toned & tan, & figured anyone would assume a few supplements a day took me from a fat slob to an Atlas in just a few weeks. (In actuality, I had been working out for years.)

I didn’t get a single nibble. Instead, I lost over $400 in one day. I was so excited about wearing that damn badge & making my easy fortune that I forgot all about my regular job, my loyal clients & deadlines for designs. (It was my fault, not the MLM’s. Just not for me.)

I tore that button off that evening & never did another MLM again. But at least the phrase, a slogan of the era, prompted this edition of AmperArt. (This completes the first Advertising Slogan series, one slogan per month throughout 2013. You can see the entire list here.)

(Well, I did try one more MLM—they really can hook you, you know. Promised to get something like 100 miles per gallon with this gas additive, & who wouldn’t go for that? I think the business folded a month or two later, & fortunately I said “no” at the last minute. Glad I didn’t suck my family & friends into that one. A bottle of the stuff spilled in my trunk & I still can’t get rid of the smell. Fortunately it smells like citrus.)

But each New Year does get people to set goals & promise changes. It can happen, but not with magic potions. One of the best means I’ve found to keep promises to myself (and to others) is this: Find an action partner with whom you can keep each other accountable on a regular basis. Here’s a great method, called “bookending“:

  1. You tell your action partner what you intend to do, perhaps discuss the plan, & set a time to call back with a report–it can be 10 minutes, 4 hours, or the next day. At a minimum, daily reports should be made until the project is complete. If it’s an exercise program, it doesn’t have a finish date but contact every day or two or three is necessary.
  2. You do what you intended.
  3. You call your action partner back at the predetermined time, give a report of completion or not, & discuss how to get it done or the next step & call.

This is reciprocated; you help each other with accountability, whether for different types of projects or a joint plan such as daily exercise or journaling. My best successes have come to completion thanks to action partnering. If you feel your action partner is not living up to your expectations, find another. There might even be a website to connect action partners. (If not, start one!)

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A little plug for my friend who got me back into shape…

I lost weight in just two weeks by enjoying a freshly-stocked kitchen & got back into shape doing fun things with friends. Tasty, healthy food & fun, exciting movement. My friend Crystal showed me how to have fun getting healthy & feeling great in just two weeks—wow!

Click here & select your weight issue.Do you know what your weight issue stems from? Click your problem area in the circle above at Crystal Hansen’s skinnylife.net Whether it’s bingeing, depression, anxiety, eating habits, cultural foods, or just plain mommy weight, see what Crystal suggests for you & discover the key to your future body & mind & enjoyment of life.

NOTE: I am not getting paid to recommend Crystal. In fact, I asked her if I could mention her free reports here (she’ll send you a free report when you choose your problem area). I sincerely believe in her excellent ways of working with people, as she got me back into top shape, healthy, toned & full of energy, after letting myself go for many years.

Enjoy your new healthy & fit lifestyle & see you at the beach!

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listen up!

Lose weight & feel great? Absolutely! Not instantly, no matter what anyone promises. Though it seems slow at first, losing weight one ounce at a time is progress—gaining weight once ounce at a time isn’t. So you might as well lose it slowly rather than gain it slowly.

Here’s some good news: You still must, eat, eat, eat—just differently & even more enjoyably.

Tempted to cheat? Good! You should build “purposeful cheating” into your routine, which means once a week eat whatever you want, or determine that if you are going to crave something beyond a threshold, give in & have it. Looking forward to these little enjoyments really helps you eat healthy most of the time.

In other words, losing weight & getting fit requires…FUN!

How about having other types of fun? Absolutely! Dance, walk, swim, you name it. The more you move–even dancing around the house (crank it!) or a walking around the block (especially with your action partner)—the more you will want to keep moving & eventually even begin exercising. You’ll know when you want to exercise, because you will feel the “ahhh!” not the “ugh.

When you realize that you have more energy & more zest for life—& that you are looking great—proper eating & regular exercise simply become second nature. Yes, once again, FUN!

Then…can you guess what the ultimate reward, the real booster, is? No, not lower numbers on the scale (because the scale doesn’t change if you’re gaining muscle while losing fat—in other words, getting in shape). No, the ultimate reward & motivation to keep going in the right direction are the compliments!

What is your weight issue? Choose here:

Click here & select your weight issue.

Like I said at the top, I lost a lot of weight & gained tremendous energy in just two weeks by listening to my nutrition & fitness friend, Crystal. Check out her QUADRANT OF PROBLEM AREAS (the circle above on her site), choose one, & she’ll send you a free report. That is guaranteed (by me) to shed light on how you can shed pounds. Go to skinnylife.net before next year!

Happy New Year!

PRODUCTION NOTES:
(This completes the first Advertising Slogan series, one slogan—or a newer term, “tagline,” if you prefer—per month throughout 2013. You can see the entire list here.)
Original size: 20×30 inches
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Fonts: Modern No. 20, Impact (modified), Edwardian Script (ampersand)
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Chaz DeSimone

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