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Change Your Body (and Your Life) in 48 Hours

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We joined 50 readers at the Red Mountain Spa in St. George, Utah, for the Peeke Week Retreat, hosted by FITNESS advisory board member Pamela Peeke, MD, author of Body for Life for Women. Here we share a "make over your life in a weekend" guide of all the tips, recipes, and motivational tricks that helped us get stronger, fitter, and totally energized in just two days.

Step 1: Get Focused

This weekend, make taking care of yourself (and your body!) a priority. Use this as a guide to upgrade your self-image and set a plan to reach your goals. Do the "homework" in a quiet place, and share your resolutions with a friend, or jot them in your journal.

The Woman Behind the Plan

Pamela Peeke, MD, says, "One weekend is all it takes to inspire a healthier, fitter life. In two days you can lay the groundwork for smart habits, making changes that will truly last."

Start Here: Motivation That Sticks

"When a ginormous piece of chocolate cake is staring you in the face, having a short phrase or mantra to repeat can be a powerful push-it-away tool," says Dr. Peeke. Think about what you hope to achieve -- maybe it's running a race or dropping 10 pounds. Then summarize it in a short, snappy rhyme, such as "142 by September 2!" or "5K is the way."

Jump-Start a Better Body Image

"It's impossible to hate your body and feel good about yourself at the same time," says Adrienne Ressler, national training director at the Renfrew Center Foundation, an eating-disorders treatment facility in Philadelphia. Do these statements ring true?

"The scale determines how good or bad I feel about myself."

"When other people compliment my appearance, I think they're lying."

"I've avoided social situations because I feel unattractive."

"I regularly make negative comments about my looks to others."

"I won't be satisfied until I've reached my ideal weight."

Checked any? If so, it's time to give your body some R-E-S-P-E-C-T! Here's how: "Give up any fantasy you may have about how different your life will be when you lose weight," Ressler says. "Stop putting things off until later -- start living your life now." Be aware of how often you use negative words when you think about yourself, and replace them with positive phrases. Don't say anything to yourself that you wouldn't say to a close friend. Choose to surround yourself with people who love you as you are, not those who point out your imperfections.

Stick to Your Goals

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2/27/2012 04:18:59 PM Report Abuse

good ideas

12/10/2009 05:36:37 PM Report Abuse

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