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Posted on November 22 2016
Why you’re more than a number on the scale.
Take a moment. Breathe. Let’s get a few things straight right now. STOP BEATING YOURSELF UP for not attaining that size 6 in 8 weeks or…ever. Maybe you are being too hard on yourself. In fact, if you’ve been on the diet train for awhile, YOU have most definitely been too hard on yourself.
The psychological strain that diets can cause can be as damaging as extreme calorie counting or harsh food plans. And what happens when we are stressed? We eat more, exercise less and feed our down-in-the-dumps feelings with a myriad of behaviors that are not good for us.
We need to stop viewing the way we eat, move and feel in a drastic manner as this can have truly damaging effects. So case in point…
First, let’s talk food.
Any “diet” plan, whether it be a trademarked diet or a self-imposed one, should not be too severe. For example, I decide that I will never eat another potato chip. I am determined, I can do this, I tell my gung-ho self. And guess what? I can live without a potato chip for a week, then a month, then maybe even a year. Then, it happens. I’m at a friend’s house and we’re having a harmless discussion about life and she decides to put a bowl of potato chips in front of the two of us. Engrossed in conversation I barely notice my hand reaching into the bowl and feeding my mouth the salty snack. Now, the floodgates are open and I feel like a failure. How could I have avoided this? Simple, by…
REDUCING my consumption, not ELIMINATING it! If you are anything like me, the more you tell yourself you can’t have something, the more you crave it. Do yourself a favor and do not cut food items completely out of your diet. Just reducing will help shave a few pounds off.
Next, let’s talk exercise.
The word itself conjures up horror stories about stationary bikes and that ab-thingy that’s collecting dust in your basement. Why? Because when you bought those items you had the energy and mindset of a person training for a triathlon. Used the contraption every day and boy did it feel good! Then you read that exercising every other day was more beneficial so you did that. You were really disciplined and then, one day, you looked over at that ab-thingy and began to feel resentment build up inside of you and thought, “Oh I think I’ll pass today. There’s a show I really want to watch anyway”. The truth is, you set out with great intentions but unrealistic expectations. You also didn’t give yourself the chance to discover what types of activity you actually enjoy doing in a consistent way. Any activity, no matter what it is, can be beneficial to your health and promote healthy weight loss. The key is…
MAKE it ENJOYABLE and SUSTAINABLE. Just walking can be a great activity to implement. Set yourself a realistic goal like, “I’ll go for a 15-minute walk twice a week”. That’s sustainable and gets you out of a sedentary rut. Do what feels good for you. Of course you can increase the intensity or change the activity altogether but go into it slowly and set your intention to “feeling good” mode.
That brings us to the last key point in attaining a healthy weight…
Our emotions… It’s been proven that stress increases our levels of cortisol, which then increases our blood sugar levels which ultimately is very bad. Think about it, 8 times out of 10, we reach for food or alcohol when we feel stressed and this just keeps the vicious cycle of emotional eating/drinking and lack of weight loss, alive. Now, more than ever, it is imperative that we implement tools that will help attenuate the stressors in our lives. It’s essential to…
FIND the time to APPEASE your mind. It could be as simple as taking a few minutes to meditate or read, or grab a coffee with a friend, anything that forces you to just SLOW DOWN. Not sure what type of activity can have a calming effect on you? Try at least one new thing a month to see if it’s something that calms you, even slightly. It could be taking a painting class, soaking in a tub, sitting on your porch and watching birds. It is an absolutely personal choice but one that can dramatically reduce stress in your life.
So, starting today, no more pity parties, okay? It’s time to enjoy your food again, just reduce how much of it you eat. It’s time to get moving a little but do what you like and go easy. And, most importantly, it’s time to give that beautiful mind of yours a break. You’ll think more clearly and you’ll do your entire self a world of good.
If you adopt these new ways of looking at food, exercise and stress, chances are that number on the scale will come down but what’s more, your sense of well-being will skyrocket so much that that number won’t even matter anymore.