There’s so much advice out there about health and fitness. If you want to see results, then you just need to do CrossFit. Or Spinning classes. Or cut carbs after 6pm. The sheer amount of information can be overwhelming – so, where do you start?
We put so much pressure on ourselves when it comes to our weight and body shape. Almost half of all women are on a diet at any given time and 35% of people become addicted to it. An incredible 45 million Americans go on a diet each year, yet only 5% manage to lose weight and keep it off over the long-term.
So, what if I told you that there was ONE thing that’d set you on the right path? A strategy you can use to kick start results and make a meaningful change to your health… But one that didn’t involve depriving yourself or putting in hours in the gym? Yep, it sounds too good to be true, but it’s actually quite simple.
The Power of Accepting Yourself
The key is to accept yourself as you are, in your current place within your journey. Instead of wishing you were thinner, leaner, or more toned, accept your body as it is. Accept that it is operating within its current capabilities, even if you wish it was capable of more. With dedication and training, it can be, but you don’t need to wait to get there to be happy.
There’s an entire industry built around feeding our insecurities but we ARE capable of rising above it. We can choose contentment over self-criticism. Don’t get me wrong here, it’s great to have goals, but don’t let not being at that goal ruin your happiness. Acceptance takes the pressure off and is also where results start to happen.
Here’s the thing gorgeous, when you are striving for a goal so much 1) it puts tons of pressure on you to be perfect which you can’t be (perfection doesn’t exist!) and 2) it actually will make you gain weight! I can go into loads of stories and examples about the law of attraction here, but here’s a summary:
What you focus on, you create more of.
So, if you are focusing on your weight and how unhappy you are, you will keep getting that!
The last thing I want to mention is if you’re stressed about your weight or constantly dieting, your body will produce an excess amount of cortisol. This stress hormone is usually secreted when we’re in real danger, such as fight or flight reactions, or during prolonged starvation. It causes the body to store energy in preparation for dealing with the danger, but in the modern world, this can decrease or stall weight loss. Higher stress levels mean the body holds on to fat, despite our best efforts to burn it off through exercise. This is also the reason that overtraining can sabotage our weight loss efforts.
So taking the pressure off yourself can reduce your stress levels and allow the body to regain its natural balance. This is where the magic starts to happen! If you’d like help to accept your body as it is and work on your health from a positive place, then my online program can help. Break Free is a 7-day challenge designed to help you slash the negative thoughts, doubts, and fears that keep you stagnant in life. Learn more here.