You want to get healthy. Really you do. At least that’s what you tell yourself.
But deep down you’re resisting.
It just feels So. Damn. Hard.
And it’s not like you haven’t tried. Lots of times.
Sometimes it even feels like you’ve tried everything. But nothing’s worked.
The problem is that we’ve somehow got it all wrong.
When we talk about getting healthy and maybe losing some weight, we immediately think deprivation, restriction and workouts that punish our bodies for imagined transgressions.
We’re after a quick fix and put our lives on hold until we achieve our goals.
It’s temporary and it’s difficult and a bit like holding our breath under water. Sooner or later we’ve got to come up for air.
Until the next time.
Are you ready for a better way?
Let’s see what that might look like.
1. Reframe and think health not diet
It’s not that I think that the ‘diet’ word is evil. I often use it myself but it just generally doesn’t serve us very well. For many it conjures up a temporary period of deprivation until finally we can go back to living how we REALLY want to live.
Don’t think about ‘going on a diet’. Think about taking some small steps towards a healthier you.
2. Think small changes. Tiny
Yes, I know you’re wondering what the ‘bleep’ good that will do. Because I used to as well. Before I knew better. While rapid weight loss initially IS motivating, it just isn’t sustainable long term. And we know that you’ll naturally build on those tiny changes as they become your new habits. From little things big things grow.
3. Think self love now and not sometime in the future
I know this can be a struggle and it sure has been a work in progress for me too. So I’m going to propose a game of make believe.
For the next five minutes, just imagine that you DO love yourself – madly, deeply, completely. You love your little quirks and even those bits of you that don’t fit society’s view of ‘perfect’.
Immerse yourself in the gorgeous deliciousness of that beautiful self love. Just be willing to receive it.
There are lots of exercises you can do in this area (maybe a good idea for a future post!) but for now, just try this one. You could even try it through the day.
Hopefully this makes you feel wonderful and everyone will wonder what you’re smiling about!
4. It’s all about more, not less
Often when we think about getting healthy or shedding a few pounds, our focus is on what we’re missing out on. Having less of what we love. Is it any wonder we’re less than enthusiastic!
How about a reframe to what we’ll be gaining?
Think adding in even just one extra serving of a beautiful fresh vegetable.
Or moving your body just for the sheer joy of it.
More time for you. And making yourself and your health a priority for a change.
5. Think about moving your body instead of exercise
If you’re not a natural exercise lover, I can relate. This one might seem a bit of a stretch, at first.
Our bodies are meant to move but somewhere along the way we’ve forgotten this. If exercise seems like some particularly nasty medicine you’d rather not think about, can you have a play and
think about how you can make it more enjoyable?
What’s the ‘spoonful of sugar that’ll help the medicine go down’ as Mary Poppins would say.
While we can’t all have as much fun as this crowd, I bet you can come up with something!
Perhaps it’s a playlist of your favourite tunes, a catchup with your bestie or even a short walk in nature to soothe your soul.
I know I’m sounding like a broken record but start small – your beautiful body will thank you!
6. Change the way you view yourself
How do you view yourself? As someone who is struggling with their weight or as someone who is brimming with health and vitality?
This can be SO important and I’ve talked about it more here.
Because our behaviours are influenced by our mindset. if you view yourself as someone who struggles to lose weight, guess what?
Your actions will follow suit.
If you valued your health, what would be different? What would you eat? How would you move? What would you tell yourself?
7. Think a way of life, not a short term fix
We’re an instant society. It’s human nature to be after the quick fix.
And so we get sucked in by the latest ‘sure thing’.
Slow and steady is the way to go here.
Enjoy the journey. Nurture and love yourself along the way.
You’re not broken. You don’t need to be fixed. You are enough.
It’s definitely a different way of looking at things and having a coach nudge us in the right direction as we make those changes can make all the difference.