The reason that “weight loss” is between quotation marks in this title is because weight loss has played a role – but has definitively not been the only factor that has contributed to myself embarking on and living a healthier lifestyle. I am not underestimating the fact that losing weight has been a huge part of my journey towards health – but simply not the only part. I have achieved my “weight loss” goals in the past, watching the numbers on the scale go down as I stalked up on packaged diet foods and continued living a life without much activity… and then they slowly crept back up again as I slipped back into unhealthy patterns of living and eating. I focused on being “thin” but never really changed how I thought about what I was putting into my body as well as my lack of activity. This time was different and never before have I felt more in tune with my body and mind. I truly believe that this is because my focus has not exclusively focused on my weight but on truly feeling healthier inside and out as well as stronger and much more active. Here, I discuss some of the things that have kept me inspired as well as the benefits I’ve personally achieved from learning to truly enjoy food as well as since changing; the way I eat, my mindset and my day-to-day lifestyle. These benefits surpass the weight loss goals I at first had in mind by any means.
❤ Love yourself unconditionally as a complete and unique whole – this includes your body and your mind exactly how they are at this moment.
❤ Drop the guilt.
❤ Forget the word diet ever existed.
❤ Calm down and de-stress.
❤ Be active – introduce a little bit of activity, each day into your life…
You will be amazed what your body and mind are capable of achieving. Also, let’s face it, when we are active we simply feel better and are more likely to eat right! For me this meant starting with 10 – 20 minutes of yoga in the morning followed by a ten minute online workout as well as starting to walk as my main means of transportation. Eventually I started running and am now preparing for my first 16 km race! This just shows how a little bit of activity over time truly adds up!