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August Monthly Mantra

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“Number one, like yourself. Number two, you have to eat healthy. And number three, you've got to squeeze your buns. That's my formula.”   —Richard Simmons

It would be remiss if we didn’t include Richard Simmons in one of our monthly mantras. Known for his upbeat personality and energy, Simmons has long been looked at for fitness motivation.

This month’s mantra is Simmons’ special formula and it is a reminder that it doesn’t matter how much exercising you do, you won’t see results unless you pair it with healthy eating. A healthy lifestyle isn’t just an hour of your time each day set aside for the gym, it plays into so many more decisions than how you are going to spend your morning. Being healthy is about what you are going to do for that hour each day and also what you are going to eat for lunch, dinner and whether you are going to take the stairs or park right by the door.

But most importantly, a healthy life needs to start with you and how you see yourself. It’s possible to be eating healthily and exercising but to still be unhappy with yourself. You won’t see results unless you learn to change your view of you. Our mind has a great power that distorts how our eyes see our bodies, and if we are unable to see our beauty and like—love!—ourselves, then we will never be happy with even the smallest change (whether it be 5lbs or finally sticking to a monthly menu).

Start today by changing your attitude about you and seeing the beauty that emanates so brightly from yourself. You will be surprised by the power it has to motivate you and even fill your life with a love and brightness. Once you learn to like yourself—to love yourself!—you will see far more results than a flatter tummy. You’ll begin to see a happiness in your life that wasn’t there before.

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