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Bob Greene's two secrets to life

  • Bob Greene is Oprah Winfrey's fitness adviser
  • "20 Years Younger" is Bob Greene's most recent book

We all want to be the best we can be, but sometimes we get in our own way!  

Health and fitness expert Bob Greene chatted with Robin Meade about breaking down the barriers that stop us from our full potential.  

Greene says you have to make time to take care of yourself.  He says that means the, “I don't have time,” excuse is out.  He says if you don't have time to take care of yourself, something is wrong. 

But Greene says that attitude can come from a lifetime of issues.  The classic example is not feeling worthy or deserving of what you seek, whether that's love or being healthy or being fit.  It can come from early childhood.  He says our core beliefs get wired in our brains in the first eight years of life and if that belief is, "I'm not deserving," we'll find ways to sabotage our own efforts.

There are other barriers to getting healthy. 

When it comes to diet, Greene says we're wired for pleasure and to seek things high in fat, sugar and sodium.  He says it's difficult to undo that wiring, but it can be done. 

As for exercise, Greene says people avoid discomfort, but he encourages us to work through the sweating and the pain.  It's all for a better, healthier you. 

Greene has two secrets to life:

  • Accentuate your strengths. 
  • Understand your weaknesses.

Work on those and you can resolve the issues that hold you back - that's the key.

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