Want to feel Ah-MAZING in your own body?
If you answered yes, this is for you.
If you want to go from cringing every time you look in the mirror to loving the skin you’re in, then you have to STOP telling yourself these 3 things:
You’re probably asking yourself, why does this matter to me right now, at this particular moment in my life?
Here’s why this matters (or it should matter) to you most…
Our beliefs dictate our behavior. This simple statement has proven itself true again and again, especially when it comes to weight loss or creating healthy habits.
I constantly see 3 beliefs that lead to failure in this area. And I consistently see that people harboring these beliefs don’t know they’re there. I’m going to share the beliefs, tell you how to recognize them and (the best part), tell you how you can kick them to the curb to become the healthy, strong, confident person you are meant to be.
Belief #1: I’m not worthy or I don’t deserve to be healthy, strong, happy.
Have you said this to yourself? “If only someone would tell me what to eat, I’d be so much healthier.”
Or, even better, “If someone would come to my home and cook healthy, delicious meals for me, I’d finally lose the weight (or lower my blood pressure or not be pre-diabetic).
I have some bad news for you.
It won’t work.
It never does.
How do I know?
I’ve handed out hundreds, if not thousands of meal plans to as many people. Each plan was customized to their caloric needs (for weight loss, maintenance, or weight gain). I customized the plans for different food preferences (gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian, low-carb, even fast-food and dozens of other options).
Do you want to know the truth? The overwhelming majority of people don’t follow a plan.
Yes, there are a few that do follow the plan, but they are not the norm. The people that do follow the plan all have one thing in common,...
"Set SMART Goals," they said.
"SMART Goals are how to get things done," they said.
"SMART Goals are the secret to success," they said.
I thought and thought. I diagramed, white-boarded, and analyzed what I wanted to achieve. I refined, re-framed, and word-smithed. Finally, I had it. I had a SMART goal.
You know that feeling? You're struggling with a concept, and your brain hurts from thinking about it so much? It's followed by a flood of relief when you realize you've worked out the problem. I was at that point. I thought, "I've got it! I've figured it out." I have my goal, and it's SMART, and now everything is going to change.
But it didn't.
The goal was there. It checked all of the boxes. It was SMART. Apparently, I wasn't quite so smart.
What was the goal?
I will lose 25 pounds by (insert date here, usually six months out).
Let's double-check it for SMARTness.
Specific? Yup…25 pounds.
Measurable? Yup…25 pounds.
Achievable? Yup…6 months is 24-26 weeks, 1-2...
"Whatcha thinkin' about?" may seem like a silly question in a blog post. Stay with me because what you think about most creates your success or failure.
What you think about yourself is reflected in the mirror.
That means that if you can change what you think about, you can change what is reflected in your mirror.
In the 1950s, a plastic surgeon named Maxwell Maltz noticed that his work improving his patients' faces didn't always have the life-changing, positive effects he anticipated it would have. Every so often, he would complete a nose job or repair a scar for a patient, and post-surgery, the patient would complain that nothing changed. He would show them their "before and after" photos, point out the dramatic improvements, and the patient would say, "yes, but nothing has changed." His explorations into this phenomenon resulted in the classic book, Psycho-Cybernetics.
Here's what he found:
How do you feel about Mondays?
I know, there are people out there who LOVE them. “It’s a brand new week!” they say. “It’s another opportunity to change my life!” they say. They begin the week fully charged after a weekend of resting and relaxing.
While I don’t hate Mondays, I generally don’t come rushing into them ready to take on the world. I’m more of a mellow-Monday kind of woman. I try to gather my thoughts and make a plan for the week. I tend to see Monday as a day to get organized. It’s more of a “start your engines,” kind of a day.
Then there are the Monday-haters. I had a friend in my 20s who used to drink to excess on Sunday evenings on purpose. “Mondays suck anyway,” was his philosophy, “so why not be hungover?”
Monday can be a smack-in-the-face, return-to-the-grind kind of day. On Monday we may find ourselves facing what we put off on Friday. I know many who feel the dread...
“I just need a little motivation,” she said as we sat sipping coffee and deciding if we should work together. She had over 50 pounds she wanted to lose, she was on medication to reduce her blood pressure and she was recently diagnosed as pre-diabetic.
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