The mind is a powerful agent for change. Just ask Ellie Peterson of Chanhassen. Early in life, she learned that if you can change your thoughts, you can change your life. At the age of 23, Peterson, a St. Paul native, found herself divorced and a single parent raising three children, 6, 4, and 1. Life was painful, she recalls, and she felt like a failure. "I was suffering physically, mentally and spiritually. Once I started replacing my negative self-talk with positive affirmations and exercises, changes began to occur in my life. I found the confidence and energy to raise the children on my own, I quit smoking, I maintained a healthy weight, I graduated from the College of St. Catherine in 1992 with a business administration degree and nine years ago I remarried and moved to Chanhassen. Today, my children are 32, 30 and 27 and my newly arrived grandson is 6 weeks old. "
Peterson's on a mission to help others change their lives and has created a workout program DVD called "The Power of Positive Aerobics" a synergy of positive affirmations and exercise.
The Power of Positive Aerobics DVD is available at health stores such as Park Nicollet and from her website at meditativemovements.com. "Since this technique can be applied to most exercises, a guidebook and other home use products are being developed," Peterson said. "We are also designing a certification so that instructors can teach in a classroom setting like I am currently doing with seniors."
Approaching life with positive affirmations has given Peterson a rich life filled with enjoyment that includes time with family, travel, speaking French with other French language enthusiasts, and reading books.
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