Typically when we think about setting goals for ourselves dropping some weight isn’t far from the top of the list. How much we want to lose….when we will lose it by…what spots we want to lose it from (preferably the midsection of course).
….And so it goes year after year…after year. Sure we’ve dropped some L.B.’s but the chance that we’ll keep it off and accomplish all of this by your BIG bday is a lot of pressure…and pressure is the worst type of motivation.
Research shows that the most certain way to lose weight is to not intend to in the first place.
How does that work you ask? If you focus on changing your habits and improving your health and wellbeing you will reap the reward on the scale.
Here’s a few ideas on how to change your mindset of weight loss to wellness gain:
Check in with your body and see if there’s any ways you need to feel better, i.e. increasing energy, easing joint pain, decreasing your blood sugar, managing stress and anxiety, improving digestive problems.
Write down 3 categories from above and list 2-3 actions you can do to make it better, i.e. Ease joint pain- 1) practice 3 yoga poses each morning 2) find out which foods cause inflammation in the body 3) start taking omega-3 supplements
Continue to add the next level of each action plan once you’ve “mastered” it, i.e. you’ve successfully repeated your yoga poses every morning to the point that they are easier and take less time, you can move on to adding more poses OR taking a yoga class that will hit even more sore spots and improve your total body’s feeling of OM.
How will this help with your undeniable need to see the digits decrease?? By making healthy choices and improving how your body feels and functions you’ll inevitably move more and make better food choices so the body will respond by looking better…. and isn’t that what you wanted in the first place? So forget about weight loss… go for wellness gain.
As a mom, nutritionist, certified personal trainer, and wellness coach, it has been my passion for 20 years to educate others to live a life of clean eating, energizing fitness routines and lifelong habits for an overall feeling of wellness. Follow me in my pursuit to change the definition of the “over forty girl”.