Five-Year-Old Boy Motivates Santa to Lose Weight

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Martin as Santa with his elf (daughter, Amanda)

The best weight loss compliment I ever received came from a five-year-old boy.

It was Christmas Day 2012, and there was a major emergency at the homeless shelter. We had just served lunch to about 50 homeless families, and it was time for Santa Claus to make his appearance and hand out gifts.

But, unfortunately, Santa was AWOL. He was nowhere to be found. I did not want to disappoint the children so I volunteered to be Santa.

I put on the Santa suit, beard, practiced my “Ho, Ho, Ho” a few times and then made my appearance. A five-year-old boy came up to me and gave me the best compliment you could ever give someone trying to lose weight.  He said….

“You are not Santa Claus, you are way too skinny. The real Santa Claus is a lot fatter!!” This made me laugh, and I enjoyed his unintended compliment.

Weight loss idea 3 of 100: Self Esteem is more important than cookies and cream.

It is extremely important to keep your self-esteem as high as possible every day when trying to lose weight. When someone gives you a compliment, be sure to thank them for noticing, and make a mental note of what they said. I would suggest keeping a page in your journal where you can list all of your compliments, including who gave you the compliment, what they said and how it made you feel.

I also would strongly encourage you to shower people in your life with appreciation and compassion. If you love yourself and others every day, your self-esteem will rise and your stress and pounds will fall.

Happy holidays from all of us that work on Skinny and Debt Free.

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Martin Sher, Co-CEO of AmSher Compassionate Collections® is on a mission to help 5 million people lose weight and be debt free. 

Martin is past president of ACA International, and author of the Collector’s Pledge — hundreds of thousands of collectors all over the world have signed this unique document committing to treat people with dignity and respect.

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