January 14, 2019
The new year always brings hope of new beginnings, advice, and meal plans.
Buzzwords grace the covers of magazines, blog titles (like this one), and social media posts.
Tips are available on just about any diet, device, supplement, or exercise that you can imagine. All promise that some new and innovative, or tried-and-true, method will deliver instant results. Or at the very least, quick results.
Some are outright DANGEROUS , promising to help you lose 10 pounds in 10 days or other similar claims. In most cases, what goes unsaid is that health, fitness, and weight management are a lifestyle.
A Healthy Lifestyle
Health incorporates more than simply the physical aspect of our beings. It is improved by addressing what drives us to make certain decisions over other, less healthy, ones.
Health is also not achieved in giant sweeping changes or in a week…or even a month.
It took you time to gain the weight and it will take time to lose the weight.
It is important to remember that implementing small changes that fit your lifestyle AND that are sustainable are imperative to achieving lasting results.
After I lost 40 pounds, I gained back 15–20 pounds of the weight.
Why? I stopped doing what made me successful. I didn’t truly understand that my progress was based on the habits that I had been developing. I thought that I had everything under control. I was wrong.
In health coaching, what happened to me is called a lapse and it is what really drove the point home that making healthy choices is a lifestyle and forever…
Since I struggled so hard to take the weight off the first time, I understood the importance of returning to my healthy habits. I went back to what worked.
By leaning on the habits that I had created, rather than day-to-day urges, I found myself heading in the right direction again.
New Habits and Consistency
I want people to know that it’s a process that they can adapt to…. But there must be an adaptation. There must be consistency.
Habits and consistency will be your home base when you have a lapse. Remember, lapses are completely normal.
Many, in an attempt to find a way to quickly lose weight, initiate a rollercoaster ride of yo-yo dieting. Unfortunately, this has a negative effect on physical and mental health, alike. Each time the new diet/supplement/shake/meal plan is discontinued, the weight comes back, and the person feels like they have personally failed.
In reality, they never learned to understand their why. Instead, they were relying on things outside of themselves….
For me, emotional eating was one “why” that I struggled to overcome. To be honest, I still must monitor my food choices when I am feeling stressed and overwhelmed. Relying on personal habits that I have established, and that reside within me, are where I find my strength.
It’s All a Part of the Journey
Over time, I have learned to identify when emotions, moods, or stress are dictating my food choice or exercise habits. Becoming aware of our triggers and environmental cues are just a couple of things that we can do to become mindful of the habits that keep us stuck.
I will not tell you that weight loss is quick or easy…I will not sell you a quick fix that is not sustainable…
Health and fitness are a lifetime journey.
There are no temporary fixes that lead to permanent results.
What I CAN tell you is that it gets easier…Maybe NOT immediately…
BUT…with knowledge, consistency and effort:
- Your confidence in YOUR decision-making abilities WILL grow…
- You will be empowered to make changes that you can and want to continue…
- YOU will be able to design your own meals based on your goals…
Our food choices are so much more about the WHY than the what…
Am I stressed or emotional?
Am I bored?
Am I self-medicating?
Am I eating while distracted?
Am I engaging in a bad habit?
There are many factors that influence our eating habits.
Some common situations are family traditions, socializing with friends, workplace parties, holidays, celebrations, driving routes, and more.
Each of us has our own personal reasons for the choices that we make.
Find your why…so you can be WHO you want to be.
Originally published at charbdollfitness.com.