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๐‘ซ๐’ ๐‘ฐ ๐‘ญ๐’Š๐’• ๐‘ฏ๐’†๐’“๐’†?

Feeling like part of the crowd has always been a bit of a challenge for me. It was all I knew as a child, so
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๐‘ธ๐’–๐’Š๐’• ๐‘ด๐’†๐’”๐’”๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ ๐‘จ๐’“๐’๐’–๐’๐’…

That was the advice. Sought after advice. Eagerly awaited advice. Kindly delivered by my wise mentor. Kind because I know she wanted to use the
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๐‘พ๐’‰๐’๐’”๐’† ๐‘น๐’–๐’๐’†๐’” ๐‘จ๐’“๐’† ๐‘ป๐’‰๐’†๐’”๐’†?

Brush your teeth. Every day. Drive on the right side of the road. Eat three meals a day. Who made all this up? And why
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๐‘ฐ ๐‘ญ๐’†๐’†๐’ ๐‘ญ๐’‚๐’•

I have said that to myself hundreds, no, thousands of times over my life. Maybe millions. And I am thinking that right now. Luckily, I
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๐‘จ ๐‘ช๐’“๐’๐’˜๐’… ๐’๐’‡ ๐‘ถ๐’๐’†

Time alone. Cherished time alone. Itโ€™s every mamaโ€™s secret desire (at least the mamas I know.) Even now that my kids are grown, I still
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๐‘ฐ ๐‘จ๐’Ž ๐’‚ ๐‘บ๐’–๐’„๐’„๐’†๐’”๐’”!

I did not finish my list today. I did not eat on my protocol today. I did not get out and hike today, like I
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๐’€๐’๐’ˆ๐’‚ ๐’‚๐’๐’… ๐‘ฏ๐’‚๐’Ž๐’Ž๐’†๐’“๐’”

There we all were. Yoga mats scattered throughout my living area. My furniture banished to outer rooms. My friends and neighbors invited in for yoga.
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๐‘ฐ ๐‘จ๐‘ด ๐‘บ๐‘ถ ๐‘จ๐‘บ๐‘ฏ๐‘จ๐‘ด๐‘ฌ๐‘ซ

Brene Brown said, โ€œFor me, vulnerability led to anxiety, which led to shame, which led to disconnection, which led to Bud Light.โ€ My shame path
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๐‘ณ๐’๐’”๐’† ๐‘พ๐’†๐’Š๐’ˆ๐’‰๐’• ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐‘ฏ๐’‚๐’“๐’… ๐‘พ๐’‚๐’š

Who would want to sign up for that? Isnโ€™t the idea to find the ๐’“๐’Š๐’ˆ๐’‰๐’• weight loss program, so it will be easy? I can
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๐‘ต๐’†๐’—๐’†๐’“ ๐‘ฎ๐’Š๐’—๐’† ๐‘ผ๐’‘

My mom struggled with her weight for most of her very long life, from puberty to now; sheโ€™s 91 years and counting. (Or in her
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๐‘ฐ๐’•’๐’” ๐‘ป๐’๐’ ๐‘ณ๐’‚๐’•๐’†

Iโ€™ve always loved that song. I know all the words. I love the peppy melody and toe-tapping rhythms. I love that those elements are in
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