And with the crisp cool air comes the feeling of a new beginning.
And with the feeling of a new beginning, almost inevitably, comes the feeling that we need to change our bodies - to be better, lighter, newer, fresher, and healthier.
Can you relate?
You know the drill....
- You decide to back on track, starting Monday.
- You cut out gluten and dairy and caffeine and promise yourself you'll run 4 times a week.
- Things start out well. It actually feels good to increase your fruits and vegetables and get your body moving, you feel in control, and little superior because you're being SO good!!!!! LIFE IS GRAND!!!!
- Then a small hiccup - a week or two weeks or three weeks in - you get invited to pizza night on Friday, or brunch on the weekend, or drinks with the girls on Thursday night and you don't know what to do......do you skip or cheat or go and try your best not to mess up?
- If you "cheat" can you get back on track the next morning...orrrr....maybe you'll just let it go until next Monday.
- And until then you eat all the things you cut out last week because your clean eating plan is blown anyway, right??
- And then you feel terrible physically & emotionally and you promise to start again Monday.
- But this time it feels a little harder......
This is the natural order of things.
While I won't say it's IMPOSSIBLE to struggle your way to health and a better body, I will say that it's miserable.
And whatever misery it takes to get to that magical place you aspire to is the misery it will take to stay there.
Think about that for a moment.
Can you even call that health? Or happiness? (Cuz happiness is what we're really after when we want to change our bodies:)
You don't need a newer, better food plan or more self-control.
What you need to do is to tap into what feels good in your body.
To tune in to what's working already.
Make a list of at least 3 things you currently do that you know improves your health, body, and overall well-being - things you do naturally. Things you LOVE to do. That you do without effort or intense planning or a feeling of lack/restriction.
Now, HOW can you build on THAT????
How can you begin to improve your health and body from a place of abundance and joy...where your brain and body aren't in an all out war?
1. I love to move. It comes naturally. I did get a little side-tracked over the summer but this is an area I naturally gravitate toward when I want to feel better. I can easily up the movement in my life to feel better because I genuinely love movement.....
2. I drink coffee everyday but I can always tell when my body is asking for a break (I get head-achey, low blood sugar-y, and tired in the afternoon). Over the summer, I spent lots of long, lazy mornings chatting with friends/family while sipping on many cups of coffee. And now my body is asking for a break...I can easily, naturally cut back because my body feels "ugh". I'm not going cold turkey, I'm just cutting back and experimenting with adding fat and super foods to my morning brew.
3. In the summer I have almost no schedule. I squeeze in work where I can, I have the kids around all the time, we travel a lot....it's amazing but after a couple of months it leaves me feeling frazzled and tired. I naturally LOVE a good schedule....so, I'm starting there. I'm rearranging my work schedule, making time for exercise and cooking and massage, and lots of time to WORK - so when the kids get home I can give them my full attention AND get a good night's sleep.
These three things get me back on track, and typically, lead me to other healthy behaviours.
As opposed to all or nothing, black & white thinking - which tends to trigger our most negative, self-destructive behaviours.
How can you start off this September "new year" from a place of abundance and ease??
Leave a comment below!
PS My group program will be starting in a few weeks!!! If you are ready to stop feeling crazy around food and start enjoying & appreciating your body - stay tuned. More details to come!!!!