Mindful Weight Loss
It’s mid-January and unfortunately most post-holiday New Year’s resolutions (92%) have gone by the wayside. Perhaps you are hanging on, but studies show and I have seen it countless times with people…they either:
- Give up on their goal because it’s based on perfection (I will never eat that again. I will work out every day)
- Have a goal that starts with guilt (I shouldn’t have done that, so now I’m going to so this)
- Have a goal that’s way too vague (I’m going to lose weight, I’m going to stop smoking)
- Believe that attaining their goal will make them happy (If you do make your goal…then what? Unfortunately most people fall back into previous routines and gain the weight back. WHY? Because we know we can achieve the goal and now we are certain we can do it again, but don’t because we know we can…does this sound familiar?? Also, reaching a goal does not make you eternally happy.)
How about reframing your goals, such as:
Creating daily intentions:
- I am finding ways to eat that help me lose weight
- I am keeping track of what I am eating
- I am tracking my exercise
- I am noticing how often I lose my patience and seek immediate gratification
- I am noticing how lack of sleep or stress affects what I put in my mouth
- I am excited about finding ways to increase my energy
These intentions are framed for success not failure because you are not breaking anything – you are simply observing, paying attention and making choices in the moment. These intentions will bring you into the PRESENT moment to start consciously paying attention to what is happening NOW.
Every moment is a choice…nothing starts on Monday, because it’s happening now. Let go of guilt and self-sabotage, rather allow acceptance and love into your daily adventure and intentions.
You definitely kick started me into being more mindful of the things that are under my control.
Tanya and I worked together for a few months and then I moved away. When we started I weighed about 175 lbs. Since I moved, I’ve continued to learn more about nutrition, sleep and moving my body and keeping on the path we discussed. I am now down to 145 lbs, eating better, sleeping better and much more active. Thanks for giving me that push to really start THINKING about what I was doing. Mindfulness has been a real saviour to improving my health. Thank you, Carolyn R.
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A recent Gallup poll said that 51% of people want to lose weight but only 25% are seriously committed to making the changes necessary. So if you are in the 25% – super – make long lasting changes void of quick fixes and empty promises, if you are in the 26% that want to lose weight and are hoping magically that it will happen….well, focusing on maintaining your weight may be a better choice.
I have worked with clients for the last two decades and to lose weight takes A LOT of commitment & dedication. Some of my clients have lost upwards of 60lbs and kept it OFF (that’s key!) Some clients have lost a significant amount of weight and still should lose more for health reasons, but have MAINTAINED their weight loss for 2+ years – this is FANTASTIC. And some clients have stayed the same weight but are stronger, leaner and healthier (less aches and pains).
Tanya Morrison has been in the Health/Wellness and Fitness Field for over two decades. She is the creator of the Busy Mama Detox which is a 12 week program that runs in January, April and September of each year. To find out more about this life changing program check out the testimonials and information at www.busymamadetox.com. For more information about Tanya, please go to www.moveyourbody.ca