We often ask our clients, “if we could grant you one wish in relation to your health, what would it be?” 9 times out of 10, the answer is to lose weight. We all know that healthy weight loss can be extremely rewarding both physically and mentally, but it can also have many negative implications. So the question is, why do you want to lose weight? To be healthier, look better, fit into my old jeans, go on a trip, play with my kids, fit comfortably on a plane, climb stairs, etc…whatever the reasons are, it starts with a motivator.
The number one challenge when trying to lose weight is staying motivated. We hop on that motivational wave, and try to hang on, but time and time again we tend to fall off. When the motivation wears off, we fall into a “FU&% it” and go back to our usual routine and habits. Then sometime down the road, we try again…and over time we develop chronic issues such as diabetes, high blood pressure, digestive issues, cancer, and inflammation.
We battle our internal voice that feeds our insecurities, doubts and disappointments that eventually leads us to throw in the towel. Ultimately, the power struggle between YOU and your MIND is the key to derailing the cycle. It is a very tough battle, but there is only one opponent; YOURSELF. Easier said than done, right?
Ok, Ok, we get it, it’s hard. But have you ever asked yourself, what is harder? Unhealthy lifestyles are wreaking havoc on individuals, families and our healthcare system with increased chronic conditions, mobility issues, medications, loss of work, loss of life, etc. So what is harder, developing a healthy routine with nutrition, exercise, mental focus, and sleep, or having to live life with health issues that are preventing you from doing simple things, the things you love, living longer, or even happiness?
Weight loss is prevention. Prevention can mean one of two things when it comes to your health. Living a healthy lifestyle to prevent chronic illnesses OR your unhealthy lifestyle is preventing you from doing things you love, having energy, focus, or just being happy. Weight loss factors into this equation as your primary motivation. You know those times when you negotiate with yourself to do something, like going to the gym or a walk and you just don’t feel like it, but do it anyway and you feel fantastic after. Weight loss is a prime example of talking yourself into doing something.
You have to work on discipline in your mind to see what the consequences are to your health and if that prevents anything in your life that means something, use it as your motivation to keep going, build your health and invest ultimately in YOUR LIFE. Embrace weight loss for health rather than body image. Health empowers your life - S I M P L Y F O R L I F E .
(The Simply For Life Program focuses on customised nutrition and lifestyle transitions for everyone. Whether its for weight loss, health & disease management or general health strategies, we build a plan that fits your needs) Why weight? Start today!