Hi all, with all the extra time that self isolation and social distancing is providing a lot of us right now, I thought this would be a good time to start blogging again. So much has been going on it was hard to know where to start! For us 2020 started off great, sold our home and moved into the tiny house full time in the country in the woods on a lovely piece of property that my friends have so graciously allowed us to park on for the time being. Then we headed off to Costa Rica for 5 weeks, had tons of fun with friends and family, and then we came home to this new reality.
Some of us are scared, some sick or have friends or family that are sick, some are working in essential services and are stressed and overwhelmed, and most of the rest of us are bored or just unsure of what to do with the time on our hands from not working. I certainly do not want to minimize what anyone is going through right now and for those who are having a hard time for whatever reason I emphasize and sincerely hope that you are feeling supported. If this post seems frivolous during these trying times please understand that a lot of us are using this time to stay positive, learn about things we may be interested in that we don’t normally have time to read up on, and we may still have goals and things we’d like to work on to feel like we have some semblance of control in these unpredictable times.
So with all that being said, today I wanted to blog about healthy living versus dieting. So many of us are working on weight loss goals after the holidays before the summer hits and I’m sure that these times have taken their toll on those plans. I’m sure you’re also wondering if right now is even the right time to be dieting? When we diet, we are in a state of deprivation, not just with the amount of food or calories, but also in the amount of vitamins and minerals essential for protecting our immune system. Also, to inevitably keep the weight off that you’ve lost, you have to switch your mindset to a healthy lifestyle or all your hard work will be for nothing.
Changing Our Mentality from Dieting to Healthy Living
Every year at this time millions of people who embarked on changing their lives 10 weeks ago have already thrown in the towel because they didn’t see or get the results they expected. Becoming frustrated with the process is a big reason many of us find it easier to give up then to face the challenge of slow and steady progress. And with all that’s going on in the world right now, it can be really easy to pack it all in and start stress eating.
The mind is a very powerful tool when it comes to weight loss, perhaps our most powerful. When we make the decision to become healthy and lose weight, many of us expect those changes to happen within a matter of days. But for many of us it may take as long as six weeks for the changes to become visible on the scale and even longer in the mirror. The key to sticking with it is to view the changes you’re making from a new perspective, one of self care through healthy lifestyle choices, not dieting and deprivation. Loving yourself and the things you’re doing to make yourself look and feel good goes a long way towards achieving your goals and ultimately keeping those results with greater ease.
Here are my top ways of changing your mentality from dieting to healthy living.
1. Let go of the need to be perfect
Healthy living and perfection do not have to be in the same sentence for you to be successful. There are times when we do indulge, but this is all a part of living. Perfection, and many times the guilt that follows, will keep most of us from our goals. We’re all human. Observe the action with kindness, forgive yourself for any judgements you made against yourself and move on.
2. Write down your goals
Put them in a place where you can see them every day. Write down realistic short term, mid-term and long term goals. While it would be nice to lose 20 pounds in four months, we don’t always have control as to how quickly our bodies will let go of the fat, so consider a goal you can control. For me, working out 5 days a week or eating 5 to 6 servings of fruits and veggies a day is well within my control.
3. Lay the Foundation
The healthy things you’re doing for yourself and your body are setting the stage for how you want to live and feel for the rest of your life Think of your new healthy ways of living as becoming habits and soon they will be!
4. Consistency is Key!
Consistency is what can make or break your results. What we consistently do or don’t do is what will eventually get us to our goals. Think progression not perfection.
5. Educate yourself
When we educate ourselves that there isn’t just one single way to lose weight and get fit, then we can better understand the pitfalls that will arise for many of us. Learn what healthy things work for you, your body, your lifestyle, adopt the ones that work and don’t worry about the ones that don’t. Every health and fitness trend will not necessarily work for everyone!
6. Be the gentle observer of your thoughts
Allow yourself to be frustrated, sad or angry when things don’t go as planned. But don’t allow the frustrations to knock you off the wagon. Vent if you need to. Observe your feelings and thoughts, look at each one (write them down if that works better) and examine if each one is ultimately true, and if not, decide how you can reframe it and move on.
7. Accept plateaus
Realize that you have caused your body to adapt to a new way of living. This is great! You are now more fit and healthier today then you were when you started, now you just need to find a few ways to shake things up again.
8. Be kind to yourself
I am so saddened when I read posts where people literally state that they hate themselves for being overweight. We all have something to offer the world and we all deserve to be treated with respect and dignity regardless of our size. Treat yourself as you would want others to treat you. You can’t lose the weight and keep it off from a space of hating yourself. You are worthy of love and kindness, especially from yourself!
These tips have helped me lose 60 lbs. and keep them off now for 20 years now, I hope they can help you on your journey. I will be posting some workouts and challenges you can do at home this week, possibly even a few video workouts if all goes well! Stay safe, much love xo
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