Excerpt of MindBody FX Lifestyle by Melonie Dodaro
Instead of giving myself reasons why I can’t, I give myself reasons why I can. – Unknown Author
Autobiography in Five Short Chapters by Portia Nelson
I. I walk down the street. There is a deep hole in the sidewalk. I fall in. I am lost…I am helpless. It isn’t my fault. It takes forever to find a way out.
II. I walk down the same street. There is a deep hole in the sidewalk. I pretend I don’t see it. I fall in again. I can’t believe I am in the same place. But it isn’t my fault. It still takes a long time to get out.
III. I walk down the same street. There is a deep hole in the sidewalk. I see it there. I still fall in…it’s a habit. My eyes are open. I know where I am. It is my fault. I get out immediately.
IV. I walk down the same street. There is a deep hole in the sidewalk. I walk around it.
V. I walk down another street.
Imagine this street. It’s a picturesque street, lined with gorgeous flowering trees whose canopies surround you like a warm sweater. Their scent wafts down around you. The sun is streaming down, warming the pavement under your feet. The breeze is light and soothing. Homes along this street are welcoming. Children are playing and laughing. People you see are smiling and happy. They wave to you. You’re standing at one end of the street. At the other end is yourideal weight. You know it’s there; you can see it and it seems like an easy stroll down the street toward it, so you start walking. One foot in front of the other…how difficult can it be, you wonder, to reach the end of the street and your ideal weight?
It’s a clear path. No worries. One step, then another and another…you stumble on a stone…another step…a car backs out of a driveway and doesn’t see you. You stop short. Carry on. Your ideal weight is just over there ― easy to get to, you say to yourself. You move forward. There’s a sidewalk café…with a tempting aroma coming from inside. A hot, creamy cappuccino and warm pastry would be nice. You sit down. Relax. Enjoy.
It’s time to get up now. You linger. It’s hard to leave the comfort of the café. In walks Melonie Dodaro. She knows the path to your ideal weight.She beckons you to follow her. Go ahead,and don’t look back; Meloniewill guide you past the potholes and obstacles along the street and give you the key to unlock the box that holds your desired weight.
You’ve very likely walked down that street and fallen in the same hole Portia Nelson refers to in her poem ― and you’ve probably done it more than once. We’ve all started a diet, started walking down that street and were able to get through a week, maybe even three or four, figuring this was the last time we’d have to diet. Then the dreaded day comes when something just throws you for a loop and you reach automatically for that treat, and then another, and before you know it the box of donuts, bag of candy, or tray of freshly baked cookies has disappeared. Without thinking, you’ve stuffed temptation into your mouth and started sliding back to your old weight. You’re not alone; we’ve all gone through some version of this scenario. The secret is to figure out why you keep falling in that hole. By reading this book, you’ve already taken the first step to learning why success has eluded you and how to permanently achieve your ideal weight.
If you have any type of problem—weight, money, relationship or business—understand this: your woes originate from the inside. They originate in the non-physical world and merely manifest in the material world. The MindBody FX Lifestyle deals with thoughts and beliefs—the primary cause of all problems. Although this book deals specifically with weight, you’ll become aware that the philosophy that builds its foundation can be used to accomplish any goal in your life, from health to wealth.
Welcome. As the CEO and founder of MindBody FX Weight Management Company Inc., I’m so grateful and excited to introduce you to The MindBody FXLifestyle.I’m going to show you to the missing link to weight loss that has eluded you and kept you from achieving your ideal weight.
Have you found yourself wondering why you haven’t accomplished the things you desire in your life? For instance, how often have you have tried to reduce your weight? I’ve was in the weight-loss industry for more than a decade as the owner of many weight-loss centers, and I’ve worked with thousands of clients. Over time,Inoticed that clients who had positive attitudes and believed they would achieve success were always successful at achieving their goal weight. Conversely, clients who made excuses for why they gained weight and had negative thoughts and attitudes (whether they realized it or not), rarely achieved their desired goals. You can’t imagine the comments I’ve heard, starting with statements that begin with “I can’t”: I can’t eat breakfast; I can’t live without my coffee; I can’t get up at 6 a.m. to exercise; I can’t feed my family this way; I can’t seem to lose weight! You name it…I’ve heard them all.
My Realization = Your Path to Change
After watching The Secret, I was inspired by its premise and began studying with many mind potential and human behavior experts. I’ve learned we attract into our lives whatever we give our attention to, whatever we focus on ― good or bad. We’re made up of energy, which sends out vibrations that range in frequency, based on how you’re feeling. For example, when you’re going on a vacation, you’re excited to go; you feel free from your daily stresses and you get relaxed very quickly. These are good vibrations that lead to a positive state of mind.
Then there are the days you wake up on the wrong side of the bed. You’re out of milk. The dog has left you a little reminder that you didn’t walk him last night. Traffic is a nightmare; you’re running late for work. You spill coffee on your shirt when someone cuts you off. You get to work and your boss wants to see the project you were supposed to finish, and ― oh, no! ― it’s on your kitchen table. Then to top it all off, in walks the customer from your worst nightmare. Nothing is going right. You wonder, why me? What did I do to deserve such a rotten day? Let me tell you…and you may have already guessed that it has something to do with vibrations.
All morning you’ve been cursing everyone else, feeling sorry for yourself and screaming inside “why do these things always happen to me?” It’s likely that you woke up worrying about your day and have been running various negative thoughts through your mind without even realizing it. Those thoughts are associated with negative vibrations that are sent to your body and to those around you…and they’re the reason for your misfortune.
Have you ever been around someone whose negativity you could sense? Did you notice how it affected you? It will usually change how you feel and think. The vibration of thoughts and actions will affect you and those around you.
Once I truly understood this and began to relate these theories to my reality, I realized what was missing in the weight loss industry was the power of the mind. That explained why some people were successful and some were not. Just eliminate the words don’t, won’t, can’t, shouldn’t, not, and no from your vocabulary and watch what happens. You’ll quickly find you can do anything to which you truly commit; it starts with choosing the thoughts that will lead you take the actions necessary to achieve your goals.
Everyone you meet claims to be concerned about health and weight, but few seem to make positive changes. Why? Working in the health and wellness arena for over a decade, I’ve seen this problem reach frightening levels…because we focus solely on eating healthy and exercising to achieve our ideal weight. While both those things are important components to a healthy lifestyle, if your mind’s not on board, you’re wiring yourself to keep falling into that hole.
Stop thinking about what you don’t want; start thinking about what you want. Stop avoiding change. Start listening to yourselfand to the excuses you use to keep from moving forward toward your dreams and aspirations. You may say things such as “I’m too busy to…, I’d love to but…, If I were slimmer I’d…” You have to set your mind on your chosen goal and visualize it as though it’s already yours ― then watch as your dreams come true. When you really believe in something or really want something, you can have it. The only one who’s prevented you in the past is you ― your own mind. I’m going to show you how to control your mind so you can control your results in life.
Start your journey today toward your ideal weight. Whatever it is, it can be done. When your thoughts turn negative, turn them around. Believe in yourself and your goal and follow the steps outlined in this book.
The Need to Change
It’s no secret that we, as a society, are obsessed with diet and weight. Proof of this can be seen every day in the media with the promotions of the latest fad diets featuring slim models from Hollywood and Madison Avenue. You’d think we’d all be fabulously healthy and living life at our ideal weight without a care in the world. However, in a horribly warped contradiction, studies show that U.S. obesity rates have reached epic proportions. What’s really going on?
Much of the frustration surrounding our weight loss issues stems from the lies we create, the excuses we give and what we believe. The good news is that it’s also within our power to change…and it’s becoming more urgent that we do so with each passing day. Just look at these grim statistics:
• Results from the 2003-2004 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey estimate that 66% of American adults are categorized as either overweight or obese.
• One-third of children and teens between the ages of 2 and 19 are overweight or at risk of becoming so. This has nearly tripled since the 1970s.
• Nearly 78% of Americans are not meeting basic activity level recommendations.
• Approximately 25% of Americans live completely sedentary lives.
• Since 1990, there’s been a 76% increase in Type II diabetes in adults 30-40 years old.
• About 300,000 deaths are attributed to obesity each year.
• In 2000, the economic cost of obesity in the U.S. was $117 billion.
The American and Canadiangovernments, faced with the distressing reality that two-thirds of all Americans and half of all Canadians are overweight or obese, have redesigned their food pyramid guides, hoping to encourage people to eat healthier. Until recently, the food guides placed emphasis on cereals, breads, and other grains; fruits and vegetables; dairy and meats; and fats and oils. The new food pyramid guide recognizes that one size does not fit all, and say you should “make smart choices from every food group…and get the most nutrition out of your calories.” In other words, it’s best to emphasize “smart choices” such as whole grains, fruit and vegetables, nuts and seeds, and healthy fats, while reducing the intake of sugar, alcohol, red meat, dairy, starchy vegetables, white pasta, and white bread ― the foods that often cause weight gain and digestive problems.
How do we stop this ridiculous spiral of poor health and obesity? How do we as a collective consciousness end the madness and stop killing ourselves with the effects of processed food and sedentary lifestyles? Whatever happened to survival of the fittest? If our ancestors had eaten as we do today, a very high percentage of us wouldn’t be here.
Studies suggest that for the first time in history, American children’s life expectancies are now less than those of their parents. That’s not because our medical system is worse, but because of what we feed our children. This is a scary statistic and one that should wake us all up. Stop bringing processed foods into your home! Get your kids moving ― and that doesn’t mean they should just use their video-gaming muscles! Don’t go to fast-food restaurants that don’t offer you wholesome, healthy options! We the people can make a difference. We just need to change our behavior and ― most important of all ― our attitudes and mindset. The MindBody FXLifestyleis about how you can create a new mindset that will create the changes you must make to be healthy…and it’s a lot easier to be happy when healthy and to be wealthier when healthier. Why not make the decision to be healthier. If you have a strong reason — one that revolves around you, not someone else — you’re more likely to be successful.