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What can we do to regain control of our bodies and start the process of becoming healthier and happier? START SIMPLY, or SIMPLY START! We often decide to start an exercise program, but then overwhelm ourselves with our demands and torture ourselves with deprivation. When we fail to keep our commitments, we don’t feel good about ourselves. Set yourself up for success! Your primary goal for the first three months of an exercise program should be to develop enjoyment of the process. If you don’t accomplish this goal, your program will eventually fall by the way side and all your actions will be for naught. Set a goal to exercise for 5–10 minutes, five days a week. The hardest part of an exercise session is the first five minutes — getting started. Chances are, when you’ve done the first five minutes you will think, “That was easy,” and choose to do more. If not, at least you’ve kept your commitment to yourself. This pattern of success will start to change your self- image, and
Every American knows that the Fourth of July commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence in 1776 — it’s also called Independence Day, after all. The story behind the document, however, gets less attention than it deserves. It’s a fascinating tale, culminating with the birth of the United States of America as we know it. THE ROAD TO DECLARATION Even after the early battles of the American Revolution, which began in earnest during April of 1775, it was unclear what shape the rebellion would take. At that point, independence was still far from certain. As the Second Continental Congress convened in Philadelphia in May of that year, two groups formed around polar opinions. “The fundamental issue between them was were they fighting for their rights as Englishmen within the British Empire, or were they going to fight for independence?” says historian Richard Slotkin. It was not an easy choice, and both sides held passionate opinions. As the calendar changed to 1776, those in favor of breaking from King George III began to gain momentum. The growth of the revolutionary movement had a number of causes, but two in particular stand out. In late 1775, King George III spoke to Parliament with the goal of enlarging the Royal Army and Navy to quash the rebellion. He went so far as to solicit help from foreign mercenaries. Word of this decision reached the colonies in January 1776, making reconciliation seem less likely than ever before. During the same month, Thomas Paine published his famous pamphlet “Common Sense,” which advocated for outright independence. “The custom of all Courts is against us, and will be so, until by an independence we take rank with other nations,” Paine wrote. “Common WE HOLD THESE TRUTHS TO BE SELF-EVIDENT The Story of the Declaration of Independence
you will begin to see yourself as a person who exercises regularly
and honors their body.
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