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Hello Everyone,
Welcome to The Quest, a newsletter intended to inspire and inform those interested in experiencing optimal well being in mind, body and spirit.

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June, 2002
In this issue of The Quest:
1. The Quest Quote
2. The Quest Q & A
3. Quiz: Are you a compulsive eater?
4. The Quest Funnies
5. News ~ Deborah’s interview on HALO will be airing Sunday’s, 10am PST. For more information visit halo-on-air.com

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *   1.  “No punishment anyone might inflict on us could possibly be worse than the punishment we inflict on ourselves by conspiring in our own diminishment.”
Parker Palmer quoted in I Will Not Die an Unlived Life by Dawna Markova

Just for today, try to conspire in your own enhancement! Right now, name three qualities or accomplishments that you cherish in yourself. Many of us find this simple exercise difficult, as if it’s vain or self-serving to recognize the great things about who we are; yet only when we see ourselves to be worthy of respect do we choose to act and live in a manner that reflects this belief. I feel that failing to recognize our inherent value and worth is the biggest obstacle in our quest to lose weight and achieve optimal well being.  

2. Question:

I heard that Ab-Rollers are an extremely effective method for toning abdominal muscles. Is this true?

Answer:

Although the American Council on Exercise (ACE) hasn't found anything inherently wrong with the various ab-rollers that you see on TV infomercials, they still do not recommend them as the perfect solution—as many manufacturers claim them to be—for a good reason: These machines don’t do anything better than what you can already do at home, given a few good abdominal exercises and a floor. Further, many manufacturers claim that you can lose pounds and inches effortlessly with their product, but then they also recommend diet and exercise as part of the prescription. In other words, eating a healthy diet is imperative to a healthy waistline, not just sit-ups. So get rid of the junk food and give me 10!

3. Quiz:
Compulsive Overeating Quiz
All of us have tendencies to overeat now and then, but when it affects your life negatively, it’s time to get back in touch with the real issues in our lives that affect our emotional and physical well being. This series of questions may help you determine if you are a compulsive overeater.

If you answer YES to several of the following questions, you may be eating for emotional reasons, not physical ones. These questions are from Overeaters Anonymous, Inc.
1.      Do you eat when you're not hungry?
2.      Do you go on eating binges for no apparent reason?
3.      Do you have feelings of guilt and remorse after overeating?
4.      Do you give too much time and thought to food?
5.      Do you look forward with pleasure and anticipation to the time when you can eat alone?
6.      Do you plan these secret binges ahead of time?
7.      Do you eat sensibly before others and make up for it alone?
8.      Is your weight affecting the way you live your life?
9.      Have you tried to diet for a week (or longer), only to fall short of your goal?10.  Do you resent others telling you to "use a little willpower" to stop overeating?
11.  Despite evidence to the contrary, have you continued to assert that you can diet "on your own" whenever you wish?
12. Do you crave to eat at a definite time, day or night, other than mealtime? 13.  Do you eat to escape from worries or trouble?
14.  Have you ever been treated for obesity or a food-related condition?
15.  Does your eating behavior make you or others unhappy?

* For more for information on dealing with emotional eating, re-read pages 89-93 in my book. The philosophy, tools and tips that I discuss here still help me to this day. See also www.anred.com for information on various issues regarding disordered eating.

4. An all-to-honest Cartoon
The QUEST Funnies

5. News
Listen to Deborah on HALO.tv
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The Quest for Peace, Love & a 24-Inch Waist
www.deborahlow.com