So here we are, caught somewhere between New Years Resolutions and post Holiday Hangovers.
Some of you may be right on track with your progress, while others may be struggling to find your groove. Wherever you stand, it’s okay, and both feelings WILL pop up at some point on your health journey. What matters most is that you have a plan, which should consist of how you want to live your life overall… when you are not at a wedding, on vacation, or enjoying the holidays with family.
It’s important to understand that your body is unique and requires it’s own set of tools to successfully lose those extra pounds for good, feel your best, and glow from inside and out.
Here are my tips to help you do just that, while learning how to love the gorgeous person that you are, NOW!
- You Are Not A Specific Diet.
Where you live, your body’s genetic make up, and your activity level, are all factors that need to be taken into consideration for adequate nutrition and thriving energy. If you are an olympic athlete, you have different requirements than a secretary or a teacher. If you are raw vegan and live in colder climates, it may not be sustainable to eat tropical fruits all year round. If you are overweight, or underweight, your body requires two different strategies in order to be healthy.
Like I always say, meet yourself where you are at NOW, in order to become who you want to be. Work with your circumstances and devise a plan that makes this new lifestyle sustainable.
2. Your Mind Matters.
It’s not only about what goes into your body for fuel, but also what you take in emotionally. For the most part, struggles with eating stem from unresolved emotion. Whether you over eat or over exercise, there is a mental connection to both. This may have to do with past trauma or a current situation that has you feeling overwhelmed.
Incorporating meditation, yoga and stress management will help you battle the roadblocks that keep your from moving forward and building better habits. A calm mind is a clear mind, and a clear mind knows where it’s going.
3. Start With A Power Walk.
The saying “don’t get in over your head” is true. If you are new to healthy eating and exercise, and you suddenly decide to only eat salads and take 6 spin classes a week, you are going to exhaust yourself from the get-go. Again, meet yourself where you are at now, and take small steps to build a strong foundation. If you cut a pie too soon, it with crumble, the same applies for creating a new habit. Fall in love with your new life instead of forcing it. Anything that feels extreme, probably is. Ask yourself.. “Am I able to sustain this lifestyle long term?”
4. There Is No Final Destination.
A specific number on a scale, or number of miles clocked in, will only fulfill you for so long. We often think that happiness will come once we “lose these final 10 pounds or eat perfectly all week” However, once these goals are met, now what? More goals must be created. This may be deciding to run a marathon, taking a healthy cooking class, deciding to eat out only once a week, or finally lift heavier weights than you ever have before.
The ultimate destination is finding happiness wherever you are, while continuing to make small goals to keep your motivation in full swing.
5. Know Your Worth.
Whatever you do, come at it from a place of love. Exercise because you love your body and want to feel good, not because you need to hold onto to your size 2 jeans. Eat more vegetables because they provide you with nutrients and help you age better. Wear sunscreen, take naps when you can, and drink plenty of water. Understand how important you are, and that YOU COME FIRST. Stop punishing yourself, and start loving yourself.
Be your own best friend.
So, what are you?
You are a unique body who has it’s own specific needs. There is a reason behind any bad habit that you have created, so it’s time to get to know your true self in order to break free from any roadblocks. You are not born an olympian, so be kind to yourself and start small in order to build strong foundations and practices to last a lifetime. You have no final destination on your journey, so keep making new goals for yourself and keep it fun! And lastly, YOU ARE WORTHY, so get rid of any habit or person that no longer serves you.
Breathe in joy, exhale gratitude. Let it go.
Stay strong, stay FIT! xoxo