Most of us are programmed to think about what we will be missing out on when we have a big task ahead to complete rather than what we will gain in the process. So, we talk ourselves out of it!
Weight loss is one of these things we struggle seeing through!
It is one gigantic mission for many! Mission that many start and not complete or are on a roller coaster throughout life of completing and re-completing over and over again.
We know we should because it cuts down the health risks. But, it takes too much effort, too much time and, quite frankly, you might not even know where to start!
Most do not realise that if they perceive weight loss as hard – maintenance is even harder as it requires a whole new mindset shift.
I know, I have just made this whole thing rather depressing. LOL.
But, I encourage you to read on.
We come up with all the possible excuses why now is not the right time, how we have not found the plan that works for us, etc. Like most of it is not just common sense – drop added sugar and processed foods, increase water and exercise, make portions smaller and you are half way there already.
Yes, only half way as there is more to it and everyone’s understanding of what this really implies can vary. But, half way is always good enough place to start.
Beats not starting any time, right?
I know! It is all easier said than done!
Partly because food industry has made us addicted to sugar, flour and salt and we are just digging the hole even deeper and unable to get ourselves out of it.
Did you know that the food industry invest billions on research linking their products to happiness?
They bring in special experts who make combinations of salt, sugar and flour so perfect that we are addicted to the high it gives us from the first “hello”! And then we are so hooked that we keep seeking that same high… Which is why we sometimes eat even without thinking!
So, they play with our minds and body chemistry making us addicted to consuming way beyond our energy requirements. And way below our nutrition requirements.
This also means that it is time to stop blaming yourself for having a few pounds extra… or a lot more… System is clearly rigged and designed to keep us addicted and sick.
And I really believe this. There are forces out there who profit on our addictions and sickness. And are allowed to do so.
However, knowing this does not diminish our personal responsibility and the power I believe we have!
I believe when human mind is open to receive the knowledge it also has the power to make different decisions for themselves. And one decision at a time can have a compound effect on our future life.
Did you know, that if you have a smart phone these days – you have access to more information and knowledge than what President of the United States had 20 years ago?
I heard this over the weekend and I believe it. And I love it.
So, no excuses!
When eyes see things and ears hear new information – you can never undo it! When your mind expands with knowledge, it can never be retracted.
There is nothing that we can not do!
We just need to be willing to learn and seek knowledge!
And, how to be excited again about losing weight?
First, do not make it about weight loss! That is the first rule!
Because it truly is not about losing weight!
Second rule is figuring out what drives you to be HEALTHY instead?
How would your life be different? What could you do that you are unable to do now? What would you be able to wear? How would that make you feel?
What do you worry about when it comes to your health? You know weight is big part of those worries. Because you understand the risks. So, figure out how good would it feel not to have those worries.
If you come from a family that is overweight or obese, let me tell you… It is NOT in your genes! We can live to be 100 and have six pack well into our 60s or 70s or even 80s with the right lifestyle practices.
That is a fact!
OK, you don’t want a six pack! And that is more than cool!
Good news is – six pack is not a requirement for a long and happy and healthy life!
But right lifestyle practices and routines are!
Get excited because of how amazing it would feel to have the energy to face all the life’s challenges!
Without nourishing and looking after our bodies – it simply will not serve us well or to our full potential.
With health – we can achieve anything! That is why our health is our biggest wealth!
And if you think that it is easier to be healthy when you are wealthy… well, maybe you are right, but how about turning this on its head and think:
… if I achieve my best health, it is way easier to achieve wealth I desire!
If that is what you desire, of course!
Anyway, does the idea of being at the best shape and energy excite you?
Seeing and feeling how your life would be different is a good place to start because you must find what excites you about achieving (and keeping) great health in order to ever be able to achieve weight loss and keep your weight off!
Weight loss is just a by product!
Can you see that to be the case?
Mindset shift on getting excited about having a healthy, active lifestyle that will inspire you as well as the others around you is the key!
Then you just get through the motions of creating a brand new YOU and, you’ve guessed it – leaner figure just happens.
You can not solve the problem with the same mind that created it. And I am not the smart cookie that said this. But, I use it often as it is one of the fundamental truths around!
Stop worrying about weight as that will just keep you chained to a weight loss prison!
Get excited about health and let the vision of your NEW YOU make you take an inspired action!
Then, you need to get consistent and develop resilience, but that is another topic.
For now, just get excited and take some steps. Because when you are excited, truly excited and able to hold that vision – even if you do not see the whole road ahead – you will be less likely to give up.
So, drink more water.
Stop skipping breakfast.
Have a nourishing breakfast that is low in sugar and high in protein.
Start somewhere. One healthy habit at a time and solutions will present themselves.
Because, if you change nothing – nothing will change!
We all had to start somewhere!
I believe in you!
Yours in health,
Nutritional Therapist and a Herbalife Nutrition Health Coach