I ain’t happy, I’m feelin glad,
I got sunshine in a bag.
Remember this Gorillaz song?
We aren’t talking about The Gorillaz or Clint Eastwood today, but I did think of this song when writing this post because weight loss is all in your head.
I read an article in the Huffington post yesterday with advice from people who have lost a significant amount of weight, and all of them agreed that it had more to do with getting over the emotional baggage rather than the fatty baggage.
It really does amaze me how many people think losing weight does not have a mental aspect to it; they truly believe it is all about diet and exercise- if they can’t lose weight it is because of their genetics, or they just don’t have enough will power.
Sweet friends, please believe me when I tell you this, you deserve to feel beautiful and healthy.
Most people do not even realize they have destructive self- talk until it is brought to their attention- with a conscious awareness of this you can stop it before it starts.
Whether your psychological road blocks have to do with not feeling worthy of a healthy life, using food as a source of comfort, or secretly feeling more comfortable overweight because you think that is what defines you, I want to share some positive ways you can move forward and break through these emotional and mental roadblocks.
*If you feel like your issues are deeper than being able to help yourself, I encourage you to seek professional help, and don’t feel ashamed about it- you are doing it for your health and well- being, and that is nothing to be ashamed of.
1. Take care of yourself first. In order for you to care for your loved ones, you must care for yourself first.
Don’t feel bad about spending time on yourself to become a better you by losing weight and living a healthy life. Everyone will benefit
2. Be mindful of WHY you are eating when you are not hungry. Are you bored? Stressed? Overwhelmed? Or is it deeper issues from your past?
If you don’t deal with negative experiences from your past they will always pop up to sabotage your weight loss goals.
3. Don’t sweat the small stuff. Because it IS small. So you ate one too many cookies, maybe you ate the whole damn box. Big deal. It happens, and the best thing to do is shake it off and move on. Stressing about it will only cause further anxiety and inner turmoil, leading to more unhealthy behaviors.
Don’t give up your healthy living goals because of one mistake.
4. Take a look; it’s in a book– Seriously. Read books and articles from people who have struggled with a similar situation. If you struggle with binge eating, then research it and find books with authors who have actually struggled with it as well. Someone who has never dealt with this issue can talk all day long, but at the end of the day their words are empty because they have no clue what you are going through.
Knowledge is power, so the more you know, the easier it is to get a grip on your situation
5. Stay in a positive frame of mind. This is crucial for life in general. We must be aware when we are allowing our minds to listen to our little devil angel on our left shoulder, Miss. Negative Nancy.
She is a bitch who is jealous of you.
Negative thinking leads to destructive behaviors. If we are aware of this and try our best to control our thinking, we have these thoughts less often.
Take care of yourself and fight for the healthy life you deserve.
“When I feel grace is with me, it is as if the universe enters my soul and fills me up with promise. I am exploding with potential.” Michelle Berman Marchildon
Have a great day, beautiful.
Have you guys ever struggled with losing weight?
Do you have any advice on how to get past the emotional roadblocks?