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We had to bring Naomi back because so many of you reached out asking for more from her! She left us with so many questions after our first episode together. If you haven’t listened to that episode yet, do!! This one will not make much sense if you don’t.

Naomi’s original motivators to lose weight did not work in the long term. This was partly because they were all about avoiding something negative, not about gaining a positive (“I want to lose weight so I won’t be judged by strangers” vs “I want to lose weight so I can run around with my children”). The people surrounding her encouraged her to change focus. She calls these people her “team.” This includes not only her friends, colleagues, and family but also podcasters whom she listens to and authors she reads regularly, but has never met.

Naomi has developed many new habits over the last three years. The only way she has been successful in any of them is that she made one small change at a time and committed to being consistent at it for a few weeks before adding anything else. And as she saw the benefits of those commitments, they became easier to stick to because she knows how they positively affect her life and the life of her community.

Instead of getting caught up in how hard a practice is to do, she focuses on how good it will be to have accomplished it. Our bodies are capable of more than we often give them credit for. If we don’t have a medical condition or disability, there’s no reason we can’t accomplish the same feats someone else has. Even if you do have limitations, there’s often a way around the obstacles. We just have to tell our bodies it is possible. The important thing to remember in all of this is that we always have a choice. We can choose to see what’s positive in our situation. We can choose to accomplish our goals. We can choose to step away from negative influences.

A powerful practice Naomi implements is declaring her desires as if they have already come to fruition. Every day, she says them to herself in the mirror. If she has a more short-term goal, she will write it out and say it 50 times every day for up to five days until it becomes her reality. So far, she’s never done this with something that hasn’t happened. It is important to select realistic goals for this practice. Don’t set yourself up for failure. Break up huge goals into smaller steps and do this for each one.

Everyone’s path to health looks different. A positive mindset is essential for whatever goals or desires we are chasing, but the practices, communities, and medical interventions we use to embrace positivity and reach our destinations will differ from person to person. We each must give different methods a chance until we find what leads us to peace and health.

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Weightloss Journey Video



“Even when the negative comes, it’s for the good of us.” @MatanaJacobs #HopetoRecharge
“There’s no tapping into the next thing before you complete your foundation.” @MatanaJacobs #HopetoRecharge
“If someone else could do it, so could you. There’s no disability — even with disabilities, we can find a way.” @MatanaJacobs #HopetoRecharge


Topics Discussed:

  • Mindset affects physical health
  • Finding a positive ‘why’ to accomplish one’s goals
  • How to stick with a new habit
  • Gratitude practice
  • Choosing positive voices to surround you
  • Writing what you want as if it is already true; manifesting


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