Sometimes we use “thinness” and diets as a metaphor for what we really want in life. We think, “When I lose weight, I’ll finally be happy.” Being thin won’t make you happy. Being healthy and well will improve your sense of satisfaction with your life. You’ll have more energy; you’ll sleep better; your moods might be brighter; and in turn you will lose weight, maybe not be thin, but you’ll feel better and be in better health.
Those feelings of well-being that come from taking good care of ourselves – eating good foods, letting our bodies move/exercise, giving ourselves time to reflect, spending time with God, and having meaningful relationships with people. Being thin alone won’t make you happy. Let’s say it again: being thin won’t make you happy. You will still be you, with your same issues and concerns, just in a smaller package. What is it you’re really trying to get from your life?
First step…make a list of barriers you have in your life. Once you put those barriers on paper, you can approach life in a new way! Your exercise will have more meaning. You’ll put in the sweat equity time and eat healthier foods because they will fuel your body. You’ll be in a better mood because you exercised and ate better. It is a vigorous cycle, instead of the vicious cycle too many of us get caught up in that leads to defeat, being unhappy and being dissatisfied with your life!
Second step…check your current fitness level. Do a few “tests”…Do a one-minute test of how many push ups, sit ups or squats you can do. Do you progress yourself? When was the last time you changed up your workout, or added a new exercise, or totally revamped your program? Tried a class?
Third step…take a GOOD and honest look at your food! Are you eating too many calories for your body to burn off? What are those calories made of? When do you eat? What are your go-to foods?