We have vision boards of the life we dream to live and business plans to help plan for future growth and prosperity in our companies but when it comes to our health and weight loss we just expect our bodies to catch up, lose the weight and all will just fall into place. What we don’t take into consideration is the mindset we are in when we start our new diet or eating plan.
Rather than focusing on how weight loss and healthy eating will change your entire life we tend to focus on the trouble spots (cellulite on your thighs or the fat around your abdomen) and all our attention and energy goes into self deprecating comments about our bodies and self worth.
𝐇𝐨𝐰 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐬𝐞𝐞 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐬𝐞𝐥𝐟 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐜𝐨𝐫𝐞 𝐢𝐝𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐭𝐲 𝐰𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐧 𝐩𝐫𝐞𝐝𝐢𝐜𝐭 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐚𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬. If you see yourself as overweight with no way out of it you are quicker to give up on your goals when life gets hard. This negative mindset can also affect your biology. Research shows that the stress hormone cortisol (which your adrenal glands secrete every time you get down on yourself or worry about how you measure up on the scale) increases distribution of fat around the abdomen.
Fortunately, the mind is a flexible thing...𝘸𝘩𝘦𝘯 𝘸𝘦 𝘴𝘩𝘪𝘧𝘵 𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘮𝘪𝘯𝘥𝘴𝘦𝘵 𝘢𝘳𝘰𝘶𝘯𝘥 𝘸𝘦𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘵 𝘭𝘰𝘴𝘴 𝘸𝘦 𝘤𝘢𝘯 𝘧𝘪𝘯𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘺 𝘴𝘦𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘸𝘦𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘵 𝘭𝘰𝘴𝘴 𝘪𝘴 𝘮𝘦𝘳𝘦𝘭𝘺 𝘢 𝘥𝘳𝘰𝘱 𝘪𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘣𝘶𝘤𝘬𝘦𝘵 𝘸𝘩𝘦𝘯 𝘪𝘵 𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘦𝘴 𝘵𝘰 𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘰𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘢𝘭𝘭 𝘩𝘦𝘢𝘭𝘵𝘩.
Here are a few things we can do to change our mindset around weight loss...
✨ 𝐂𝐡𝐚𝐧𝐠𝐞 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐠𝐨𝐚𝐥𝐬
Small, sustainable changes that we have full control over (i.e. eating protein at breakfast or adding vegetables to every meal) rather than radically decreasing our calorie intake or doubling our efforts at the gym to burn more calories.
✨ 𝐑𝐞𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐤 𝐫𝐞𝐰𝐚𝐫𝐝𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐩𝐮𝐧𝐢𝐬𝐡𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐬
Making healthier choices is a way of practicing self-care. 𝐅𝐨𝐨𝐝 𝐢𝐬 𝐧𝐨𝐭 𝐚 𝐫𝐞𝐰𝐚𝐫𝐝 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐞𝐱𝐞𝐫𝐜𝐢𝐬𝐞 𝐢𝐬 𝐧𝐨𝐭 𝐚 𝐩𝐮𝐧𝐢𝐬𝐡𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭. They are both ways of caring for your body. You deserve both.
✨ 𝐓𝐡𝐫𝐨𝐰 𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐜𝐚𝐥𝐞𝐧𝐝𝐚𝐫
True long term weight loss takes time as there are so many intricate pieces of the puzzle to consider before the body will actually drop the weight it has been holding onto for so many years. Start with short-term attainable goals such as getting in your 10,000 steps instead of losing a certain amount of weight by a specific date.
✨ 𝐓𝐚𝐤𝐞 𝐧𝐨𝐭𝐞 𝐨𝐟 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐢𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐧𝐚𝐥 𝐝𝐢𝐚𝐥𝐨𝐠𝐮𝐞
What do you think about your body when you look in the mirror? What are the thoughts that swim around in your head when you put on a pair of jeans that are tighter than normal? When these thoughts sneak up on you, stop them by saying a loud - STOP. Then change the dialogue and tell yourself you are beautiful and loved.
✨ 𝐓𝐚𝐥𝐤 𝐭𝐨 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐬𝐞𝐥𝐟 𝐥𝐢𝐤𝐞 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐰𝐨𝐮𝐥𝐝 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐛𝐞𝐬𝐭 𝐟𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐧𝐝
We are quick to build others up when they are feeling low but when it comes to our ideals of beauty and body image, we are incredibly hard on ourselves. The standards we adopt for ourselves are punishing. We would never hold our friends or loved ones to many of those standards. You deserve the same respect and compassion as anyone else; treat yourself like it.
✨ 𝐓𝐚𝐤𝐞 𝐚 𝐛𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐭𝐡
Taking a few minutes at the beginning of your day or beginning of your workout to set your intentions, and connect with your body can dramatically lower your body’s stress response. Breathe in through your nose for four seconds, hold for two and then exhale through your mouth for six. With each breath, the hand placed on your stomach should be the only one to rise or fall.
✨ 𝐃𝐨𝐧’𝐭 𝐛𝐞 𝐚𝐟𝐫𝐚𝐢𝐝 𝐭𝐨 𝐚𝐬𝐤 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐡𝐞𝐥𝐩
Support from a friend or a health coach can help to remind you of your goals and self worth. Having positive energy and reinforcement around you when life gets hard can have a positive impact on your self talk, and the actions you take when it comes to the choices you make around your health.
𝐍𝐞𝐞𝐝 𝐬𝐨𝐦𝐞 𝐡𝐞𝐥𝐩 𝐚𝐫𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐝 𝐦𝐢𝐧𝐝𝐬𝐞𝐭 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐰𝐞𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐭? 𝐈’𝐯𝐞 𝐨𝐩𝐞𝐧𝐞𝐝 𝐮𝐩 𝐦𝐲 𝐜𝐚𝐥𝐞𝐧𝐝𝐚𝐫 𝐭𝐨 𝐬𝐮𝐩𝐩𝐨𝐫𝐭 𝐲𝐨𝐮. 𝐘𝐨𝐮 𝐜𝐚𝐧 𝐛𝐨𝐨𝐤 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐜𝐚𝐥𝐥 𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐞: https://thenourishedmaman.as.me/nourishedmethod
During our call we will discover what is keeping you stuck when it comes to weight loss and determine a path forward to get you on a path that makes sense for you and your goals.