A lot of the time when people start a new diet or exercise routine it’s because they are really dissatisfied with their current weight. They berate themselves day in and day out, and deny themselves some of the greatest pleasures like eating out with friends or being active outside of the gym setting.
If this isn’t your first rodeo with dieting you probably know what I’m talking about, and because this isn’t your first time you probably realize that this tactic of self blame and impossible standards didn’t help you actually reach any of your goals.
You may have heard about the chemical cortisol, which the body uses to regulate insulin and blood sugar, but it is also released when you are stressed out. Too much cortisol has been proven to cause weight gain! Not only does it cause weight gain, it causes weight gain in your abdomen, an area where too much fat storage has been known to have a direct correlation to heart attack and stroke. (Yikes! I know, my stress levels increased just typing that, but take a breath and calm down, there’s good advice right around the corner!)
When you beat yourself up and force yourself into rigorous diets and exercise routines you are often adding undue stress into your life and actually working against your goals. Now that doesn’t mean some lifestyle changes aren’t a good idea, of course they are, but moving forward with JOY is a huge step in the right direction.
Watch your calorie intake but never deprive yourself meals or the social aspects of meal time, if you are going out to eat, many restaurants offer lower calorie suggestions that are just as delicious. Plus, sometimes it’s OK to order that awesome cheeseburger on the menu, but maybe skip the soda, alcoholic drinks, and dessert that time around.
Sure spend some time at your gym, but don’t forget just being more active can change your life! On a sunny day ride your bike to the store, or take a stroll with friends. Get out and swim! Changing your life doesn’t have to be misery UNTIL you’re the size you want to be.
You’re beautiful now! A goal is great, but don’t forget you’re as awesome now as you will be a few sizes smaller, so don’t turn your life upside down to achieve a smaller size! Make changes towards a healthier happier you every day and I think you’ll be very pleased with the results!