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Power Your Motivation For Exercise With An Animal Companion!

By harrisjensen - Posted on 29 January 2010

Dogs come to the rescue to help us work out!

Unconditional affection and unbridled enthusiasm from dogs are infectious!

by Harris Jensen, MD

Editor, Good Day Journal

You can out think urges to eat too much.  Focus on your goals, move from the feeling step to the thinking step and then to the action step.  These are the three simple steps in the three step model for stress managment, as I've written about elsewhere.

Make all you actions revolve around you, what's good for you, what you love, what you are passionate about.

The addictive cycle of thinking has all these steps, thinking and feeling and actions, revolve around what is good for your addiction, whether it be for too much food or alcohol, or using marijuana, cocaine and the like.  Here there is a "disconnect" with your brain focusing on what is good for the addiction, not what is good for you, and it isn't caring about what is good for you.

While this was helpful for one reader, Kira, it is also alot of work.

Enter her animal companion!  This morning it was her morning to exercise.  Hey, she's lost 12 pounds in the past month or so, so she is on a roll. (See her blog at 

But where was the motivation?

It was frosty out there.  And foggy.  And the fog was freezing.  And her dog was wagging its tail, saying lets go, it's fun to run!  So they did!  And they had a great time.  Above you'll see Bailey's frosty mug shot, proof positive of the power of optimistic thinking and the power of love from our animal companions!

Way to go Kira!