We all know there are so many barriers to losing weight and meeting your fitness goals. Women have to juggle family schedules, work, PTA, sports activities and home maintenance. Some also have to be caretakers to their children and their adult parents.
On top of all the day to day realities women also have to battle changing hormones, undiagnosed illnesses, pre-diabetes and inflammation as well as lower back issues, knee pain, frozen shoulders or chronic neck pain.
Between all of these issues women are expected to be able to
make their body transform into a lean, toned figure because after all the
solution really is simple.
The formula requires eating well 80% of the time while getting in a reasonable form of exercise 2-3x per week preferably in some form of resistance training and getting your nutrient needs met so your body stays healthy and well balanced.
That doesn’t sound too hard – does it? Then why is it so hard to get into a good rhythm and make progress?
Why is it so hard for so many women to make what is really a simple solution to a common problem become routine and a lifestyle?
Why does losing weight seem so evasive? And more importantly why when we are making progress do we mentally self sabotage ourselves?
What we have found is that even though we may know all the metabolic issues our clients may be facing that make weight loss very difficult (such as autoimmune diseases, pre-diabetes, inflammation, etc.) and we may know all the physical mobility issues that impede effective training while devising a plan to conquer these issues so our clients have a smoother road to reaching their weight loss goals – the one factor that gets in the way time and time again is the inability to handle EMOTIONAL STRESSORS and NEGATIVE EMOTIONS.
How many times do we hear:
This mindset is enough to derail the BEST LAID PROGRAM because so much damage can be done simply by engaging in self-sabotaging behaviors.
“A survey, conducted by the Consumer Reports National Research Center, asked more than 1,300 licensed psychologists how they dealt with clients’ weight and weight loss challenges. When asked which strategies were essential to losing weight and keeping it off, psychologists cited "understanding and managing the behaviors and emotions related to weight management" as essential for addressing weight loss with their clients (44 percent). Survey respondents also cited “emotional eating” (43 percent) as a barrier to weight loss, and included "maintaining a regular exercise schedule" (43 percent) and "making proper food choices in general" (28 percent) as keys to shedding pounds. In general, gaining self-control over behaviors and emotions related to eating were both key, indicating that the two go together.”
We have to learn to be very aware of our:
Then we have to develop a plan to handle all of this and cope in a more effective and less SELF DESTRUCTIVE manner. This is what will create success.
One simple derogatory comment from a co-worker or spouse can easily strengthen the voice that makes you self-sabotage.
Addressing the fragility of your emotions and being 100% honest with how you are really feeling while learning to quiet the thoughts that do not serve us best is a start.
That’s why it's called “stinkin’ thinkin’ ” and it's so very hard to be alone with ourselves when we are engaging in STINKING THINKING.
We change when our habits change. Try applying some of these tools when you know you are self-sabotaging or when your mindset is spiraling downwards.
I worked daily to change my thoughts through journaling, vision
boards, mantras, quotes, etc. and ANYTHING that served as a reminder of how I
SHOULD be thinking.
You can do the same but it takes doing things DIFFERENTLY for you to change your ways.
While you begin using techniques to address your negative thoughts you also have to avoid GIVING IN TO YOUR EMOTIONS because FEELINGS ARE NOT ALWAYS FACT.
Lastly, do yourself a favor – make yourself a MINIMUM BASELINE RULE for yourself that you absolutely no matter what will not go below unless you are in a situation where you truly cannot hold your commitment to yourself (ex: illness, injury, family extreme emergency, arm fell off or bleeding from every pore).
For me it’s getting my allotted amount of protein in and getting some sort of workout in minimum 4 days per week NO MATTER WHAT even if all I do is core and leg circles on the floor in my living room.
Lastly, avoid the DEFINITION OF INSANITY which is doing the same thing again and again while expecting a different result.
If you want something different to happen – DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT.
You will be glad you did. I promise!
Then it’s simple – RINSE AND REPEAT.
(n.d.). Retrieved September 9, 2018, from http://www.apa.org/news/press/releases/2013/01/emotions-weight-loss.aspx