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I have read and re read the different e books when I need inspiration to do my work out. By the time I am 2 paragraphs in (to Female Fat Loss Over 40), I am ready to get my work out clothes on and go for it. I really enjoy the challenging work outs and the audio book with the different timing intervals makes it easy!! I am really enjoying your program, particularly these 2 months which are especially busy for me. I can’t always make it to Boot camp but I feel so much better when I exercise. It’s great to have the option of doing a challenging workout at home. I am looking forward to taking your program on my next vacation. Thanks!!

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Hey Shawna, I bought the FFLO about a month ago and have finally started using it on Tuesday. I quit waiting for Monday to start it. It's just been 3 days but I can already tell that it is working. I sleep better and want to eat better so that I'll see results. How can I mess up with menus and workouts spelled out for me? I know what I need to do and have worked with trainers over the years to know that your program will work. For me it has just been a matter of getting started. I gained 15 lbs over the winter and need to get it off. I was diagnosed 2 years ago with Type 2 diabetes so exercise is a key part of my health. I love to walk / run but I know that with the interval training I will not only see the results I want on my body but my blood sugar will be where it needs to be. The interval training is a great workout for me in the morning. Then in the evenings I can walk for stress relief and to just relax. I saw myself in your message yesterday about the woman who still tries to walk everyday for 2 hours - who has time for that? I enjoy your blogs and am glad that I found you on Facebook! To good health!

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Keep Your Mouth Shut

Things you shouldn’t say to people dealing with a mental health disorder.

Anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, bipolar disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder are more common than you may think. When someone lives with one of these, it’s hard to know what to say.

Unless you’ve personally experienced a mental health disorder, you’re likely to make faulty judgements, assumptions, and comments that may do more harm than good, even if your intentions are right.

Instead of saying these potentially offensive comments, keep your mouth shut. Instead of speaking, listen. As you do, be supportive, know their pain is genuine, and educate yourself on their condition.

“It’s All in Your Head”

While mental health disorders originate in the mind, they’re not imaginary or made up. The feelings and thoughts of anxiety and depression affect much more than just the mind. People may suffer from sleep disorders, digestive problems, fatigue, appetite changes, relationship issues, and more. To tell someone, their condition is all in their head is insensitive and hurtful.

“Snap Out of It”

Mental illness isn’t something you can choose to turn off and on. Telling someone to snap out of it is ignorant and insensitive. Similar comments might be telling someone to let it go, move on, or cheer up.

“I Know What You’re Going Through”

Occasionally being moody, stressed, or obsessive over certain details of life is not the same thing as dealing with a diagnosed mental disorder. Unless you’ve experienced the same disorder, you have no place telling someone you can empathize. While you may only be trying to comfort or relate to them, it may sound like an attempt to compete with them or minimize their struggle. Also, if someone is led to believe their condition is “normal” they’ll be less likely to seek the treatment they need.

“Try These Supplements”

If only there was a magic supplement to cure mental illness! You may mean well when you recommend an herbal tea or a vitamin supplement, but a mental health condition is far more complex. A combination of therapy and medication is often the recommended form of treatment.

“Focus on the Positive”

Many mental health disorders have no identifiable triggers. Someone dealing with severe anxiety or depression can’t just make an attitude adjustment and focus on the good things in their life in order to feel better. They may have a loving family, a good job, and plenty of friends, but that won’t make their brain chemistry work the way it should. It’s best to leave the counseling to a trained therapist.

“Things Could Be Worse”

It’s easy to say that things could be worse when you’re not the one living day in and day out with crippling anxiety or depression. This comment will make someone feel guilty for their pain or like their pain is insignificant. Knowing things could be worse doesn’t negate or erase the pain they’re experiencing.

“You Seem Fine to Me”

Most people are quite successful at hiding their mental health struggles. Like you, they want to appear healthy and strong to others. Someone who confides in you about their anxiety or depression is most likely not lying. Even though they may seem fine on the outside, you have no idea what they’re dealing with on the inside. Telling someone that they seem fine sounds like you don’t believe them or that you’re belittling their pain.

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