This week, I ‘are’ mostly been discussing…. Diet Chef! (to be said with a west country accent, a la Fast Show!)
Yes, it’s true. After my first week on the programme, having lost over 1.9 pounds, I’ve been finding out how some of the others at QVC have been doing. Some of my colleagues are discussing eating habits and following each others’ progress as they embark upon QVC’s easy-choice weight loss product, Diet Chef. (see below for info about forum).
An insight to how I deal with problems
Comfort eating has come up a couple of times, hence the discussions about how to deal with things differently. So it’s made me wonder… what are your favourite philosophies in life? What’s helped you in times of trouble? Has someone ever said something that’s changed your life? (she says in a cheesy, presenter-type way!).
I’m a great lover of books and CD sets and it all began in 1997 on QVC when I was asked to do the first Tony Robbins shows. His tapes later helped me cope with lots of life-changing events, especially during my nine years away from QVC, coping with being a single mum, running a business, redundancies and lots more.
What are your main concerns? What makes you reach for the biscuit tin? Is it teenage kids, challenges in career, troublesome people? One common theme crops up time and again when I talk with my mates about why we stick to a diet or not – our problems and how we eat our way through them! So instead, how do we change the way we deal with them and make a diet more successful? Any ideas?
I’ve got several beliefs that have helped no end. Often they’re from 'self-help', a term I hate since seeing that scene in Bridget Jones’ Diary where she bins the lot!
Tony Robbins’ works led me to Wayne Dyer, Deepak Chopra and other best sellers. For instance, Kenneth Blanchard’s 'One Minute Manager Meets the Monkey' was a revolution to me. (Nothing to do with Jolee or Seamus from last week’s column – see blog below if you missed the clips from my trip to Monkey World.)
A monkey is in fact a problem and this book from his clever One Minute Manager series talks about how to stop being the person everyone dumps their problems on. Have you come across it?
Wayne Dyer’s work includes sayings and thoughts from many people, and some of his own, including 'give up your need to be right' and 'be independent of the good or bad opinion of others', and things like responding to someone telling you they don’t like your top, or car, by saying 'when I chose it I wasn’t thinking of you!' Love it!
And Steven Covey has the brilliant '7 Secrets of Successful People' where he recommends everyone should 'seek first to understand then be understood'. This philosophy prevents a lot of staff issues and helped me no end in my work running a company and then as an Operations Manager in the finance industry in the mid 2000’s.
So I’d love to know yours – do share. Whatever they are, they don’t have to be connected to dieting.
50 Life lessons
There’s an email doing the rounds at the moment written by a ladycalled Regina Brett. It’s got a lot of lovely sayings on them – the type you can use to help deal with problems differently should you adopt them. And basically, they’re just quite nice. So, I thought I’d include some of the 50 below. It makes this blog quite long but it’s worth a read!
"To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the lessons life taught me. It is the most requested column I've ever written. Here is the column once more", Regina Brett.
1. Life isn't fair, but it's still good.
2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.
3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.
4. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and family will… stay in touch.
5. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.
7. Cry with someone. It's more healing than crying alone.
8. Save for retirement starting with your first pay cheque.
10. Make peace with your past so it won't screw up the present.
12. It's OK to let your children see you cry.
13. Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn't be in it.
15. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.
17. Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.
18. Whatever doesn't kill you really does make you stronger.
19. It's never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else.
20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don't take no for an answer.
21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don't save it for a special occasion. Today is special.
22. Be eccentric now. Don't wait for old age to wear purple.
24. The most important sex organ is the brain.
25. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.
26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words 'In five years, will this matter?'
27. Forgive everyone everything.
29. What other people think of you is none of your business.
30. Time heals almost everything. Give time, time.
31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
32. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
33. Believe in miracles.
34. Your children get only one childhood.
38. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.
39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.
40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else's, we'd grab ours back.
(extracts from an email forwarded around the world based on a column written By Regina Brett, of The Plain Dealer, Cleveland, Ohio)
Which one’s your favourite? Let me know by leaving a comments in the box below.
Jilly and I both presented Kim’s anniversary shows on Wednesday with a lovely live audience! There are going to be some fabulous behind-the-scenes clips so watch out for them. Clare did a lovely job of looking after everyone during the day, and Kim specially enjoyed seeing everyone dressed up in their favourite Kim & Co outfits.
Diet Chef forum
Finally, if you’re also in the mood to share, don’t forget to check out the Diet Chef forum. It’s got some interesting points of view if you’d like to continue the debate or just find some other people going through the same thing you are.
I just got my pack this week and I’ve taken a bit of ‘before’ footage – is yours the same as mine?
Anyway enough for now, keep your eyes peeled for another instalment next week. Do come back each weekend for the next one.
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