“How do you feel about your weight?”
Back in March, I took a different approach to building my business by putting my best face forward. From there I addressed the importance of inside beauty; and used quitting smoking as an example. Changing a bad habit requires dealing with hurts, habits, and hang-ups. Today we’re going to go a step further by addressing the question – “what is your best weight?”
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It’s more than simply losing pounds. Reducing excess weight is still a good goal, but not at the expense of sacrificing our health. These days I think we’re getting a better understanding of what constitutes a “healthy” weight.
In January of 2020, I was diagnosed as being pre-diabetic. It served as a Red Flag to do something about my sugar intake, as well as my weight. In working with a nutritionist, I realized I had no boundaries with food. This meant I had no control – which is why I was able to eat a gallon of ice cream in one sitting. My relationship with food was toxic. I also needed to move more. Like so many, I joined a gym…only to waste my money because it was too easy not to go!
I am the girl who will spend $10-$30 a month for a gym membership and go maybe once a month. Then Covid chaos hit, places like gyms, spas, and other health-oriented businesses were shut down, only to make weight gain even easier. However, I met two women who did the opposite. They introduced me to BeachBody – a home workout program that includes one meal replacement a day. Working out in my home for about 30 minutes for less than the cost of a gym membership?? Yes please!!! This is not a “get-thin” program, and it’s important to remember that being too thin is not the best goal either.
The key is to find a healthy balance. I could state a goal of losing “X” number of pounds; or reaching a certain clothes size. Be sure to do what works best for you. Personally, I don’t have a scale and I’m not looking to purchase a whole new wardrobe. I want to improve my health. I had to identify what triggered the feeling – that created the attitude – then lead to the negative behavior working against my health. My problem was boredom. It’s my personal enemy and I had to learn how to listen to my body. Now when the desire to eat happens, I take the time to decide if it’s my mouth – or my stomach that’s hungry. Differentiating between the two keeps me from eating more because it’s almost always my mouth directing the behavior!
And when it comes to dining out, I learned to mentally divide my plate and take half of the meal home. I will even ask for a “to go” container at the time my food is delivered and box it immediately to remove temptation. It’s really become easy to save that second half for later.
It’s not about managing our weight, it’s about personal management. We need to manage ourselves and I’m managing myself by nourishing my body the way my skincare products nourish my skin. Changing my diet and adding exercise gives me more control over my body. What’s fun is how people are noticing!
This is not magic.
I often refer to the process as “eating the elephant one bite at a time.” I choose a step and practice it until it becomes natural. This is also how I became cigarette, alcohol, and drug free. And notice the word FREE. Dealing with the hurts, habits, and hang-ups helps you manage yourself and exercise your greatest freedom.
It makes you more comfortable within yourself and gives you more confidence when you approach potential customers – or anyone you talk to for whatever reason. As always, call or text me at 480-684-2866. You can also contact me here to either share your successes, get more details on my BeachBody journey, or how to change your approach to bring out the best and beautiful you!