Yay!! I’ve lost 25.6 pounds total so far with 54.4 pounds to go to reach my goal! My BMI has dropped from 36.9 to 33.1 and my goal BMI is 24.9.
Natural Weight Loss
Be Good to Yourself
REBALANCE ENERGY TACTIC #3: BE GOOD TO YOURSELF
Would you treat your kids the way you treat yourself?
Would you want them to go without love, nurture, sleep, play?
So why on earth would you treat yourself that way?
If I could burn one message into your brain permanently, it would be this: Selfish is not a 4-letter word.
Selfish doesn’t mean narcissistic or conceited – it means healthy.
The only way to accomplish this is to put yourself first.
Detox your circle of friends.
We have specific neurons in our brains that make us automatically reflect the emotions of the people around us.
Ask yourself: Who makes me feel bad about myself when I hang out with them?
Who leaves me feeling drained?
Take steps to minimize any time you spend with that person.
Ask for help.
No one gets anywhere in life without help.
Ask for the promotion at work, ask the in-laws to watch the kids so you can fit in your yoga class, ask a trainer to teach you about exercise.
One Journal of the American Medical Association study found people who had a brief monthly chat with a coach – usually just 10-15 minutes – maintained more weight loss than people who didn’t have any kind of personal contact with one.
Identify your sources of stress.
When I lie awake at night with thoughts swimming around in my head, I get up and write them all down.
I identify what’s bothering me and I create a game plan to fix it.
Learn to meditate.
Meditation is to your mind what exercise is to your body.
It strengthens your prefrontal cortex, a part of your brain that regulates emotion.
When that part of your brain becomes stronger, research shows people tend to be happier and bounce back faster from negative events.
Try other forms of exercise.
People who did tai chi and Qigong 3 times a week for 12 weeks significantly lowered their BMI, waist circumference, and blood pressure.
The participants had high blood sugar at the beginning of the study, but after 3 months, their Hb1Ac, fasting insulin, and insulin resistance had all decreased.
Get a weekly massage.
In a study of teenage girls with body image issues, those who received a massage had lower levels of anxiety, depression, and cortisol, and higher levels of dopamine, a neurotransmitter that enhances mood.
Massage also elevates serotonin, the same action produced by many antidepressant medications.
Please take your vacations.
Working more than 40 hours a week doubles women’s risk of depression and increases men’s risk by 33%.
But even with all this overtimes, 1 out of every 3 of us don’t take our allotted vacation time.
Don’t make yourself a sitting duck for a heart attack.
You earned that vacation – take it.
Come join me on my weight loss journey! I’d love to have you along!
Have an awesome day!
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