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Living Well In Yalobusha County

Get Your Motivation Kit Together

By Pamela Redwine

Here is what is happening at the Extension Office:
Healthy You exercise classes meets each Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 9 a.m. at the Extension office in Coffeeville.
The crochet group meets twice a month. This month they will meet on Thursday, January 9 and January 23 at 10 a.m. at the Extension Office. The class is free, please bring a crochet hook and yarn.
Join us Thursday, January 9th from noon to 1 p.m. for a Floral Design Class by Lynette McDougald. This is part of our Quickbites noon time programs and will be presented by Lynette McDougald from Univer-sity Florist on the campus of MSU.
Lynette will show us how to warm our interior spaces and our disposition with different types of plant materials and designs. You can come and watch Lynette or you may choose to make an arrangement along with her by getting a supply list from the Extension Office.  The class is free, however please contact the Extension Office at 675-2730 if you plan on attending.
Did you make a New Year’s Resolution to save more this year?
Whether saving for a new home, special occasion, retirement or just saving more of your income, attend the January 16 program to learn how to set achievable goals in the new year. Join the club of “savers.”
Family Resource Management Extension Professor Dr. Bobbie Shaffett will help you learn how to manager your household budget.
On Tuesday, January 21st at 10 a.m. the United Y.C. MHV Club will have Renasant Bank represen-tatives on hand to tell about the 2014 Travel Tours offered by the bank.  
This is always a wonderful and informative program.  Please make plans to attend.
Get your Motivation Kit Together

If you are like many people, getting healthy is on your New Year’s resolution list.  And the most common spoiler for this resolution is lack of motivation. It is also a big player in achieving your goals.
Motivation readily waxes and wanes. It’s both common and normal. Nurture your motivation by creating a Motivation Kit when you’re feeling most ready to get out there and meet your goals.
Gather things that remind you of the importance of your efforts, so that you can refer back to them later. In a box or a notebook, you can collect photos, a list of reasons to get healthier, magazine articles, motivational sayings – anything and everything that pumps you up. When you can’t remember why you need to keep up your efforts, it’s time to dig through that Motivation Kit and get inspired all over again.
So, are you ready to build your Motivation Kit? Check out these ideas for what you can use…
• List of reasons to lose weight, including better blood glucose control, making your family proud, maybe taking less medicine for diabetes, blood pressure, and cholesterol, etc.
• Wedding picture
• Photos of your children or grandchildren
• Magazine article about people in the National Weight Control Registry
• People magazine issue about losing half your body weight
• Progress report including things like being able to cross your legs, sleep better, get compliments, etc
• Exercise is more fun
• Motivational saying such as “We can do anything we want as long as we stick to it long enough” (Helen Keller)
• Lab reports about your health
The above is not an actual kit, but a compilation of several. The key is that it must be personalized.

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