LOVE YOUR BODY INTO WELLNESS, DON’T HATE IT INTO SUBMISSION. By Beth Donovan, Certified Professional Coach
Do you diet because you want to lose weight, only to gain it back? Do you hurry from one thing to the next thinking about food? Do you feel unsatisfied and tired most of the time? Maybe it’s because you are rushing through your day punishing and hating your body for not being perfect. Many people diet and deprive their bodies of nutrition, exercise in extreme fashions, and rush around through their day on caffeine trying to lose weight. What if we didn’t?
Our metabolisms are so much more than just a glandular thing. Metabolism responds to emotions too. Thus we have emotional eating. Ok, you think I’m nuts, but hold on. I’m an avid reader of science. Think of it this way- You’re having a depressing day. Someone that day asks you “How is your metabolism?” Most likely your response will be that your metabolism is low.
If that person were to ask you on a very happy day, your response might change to “My metabolism is great!”
We sometimes get it in our minds that foods will bring our moods up, and they can because some of them hit the pleasure center of the brain, thus making them very addictive and making you crave more of them. What if we turned the tables in these addictive foods and ate food and treated ourselves lovingly? I mean, what if we slowly move to natural foods and cook again? What if we start eating healthier instead of dieting? What if we start treating ourselves with love rather than hate? Would we feel more satisfaction in life? Would that cause happiness? Would that in turn stop emotional eating because our metabolisms are speeding up and we are happier?
Things to ponder.
Inspired by the book THE SLOW DOWN DIET
Christian Post for Believers to Lose the “I’ll Start Tomorrow and Be Perfect” by Beth Donovan, Certified Professional Coach
We often times try to be perfect. The Bible says that our perfection is like filthy rags to the Lord. The only perfection He sees is in Jesus. We are humans and we are given to sin, even gluttony or overeating. God knew that forgiveness was the key to moving on. He sent us a Savior. If we cleanse ourselves by asking forgiveness for even our food sins, He will forgive and we can move on. Yes, we will do it again. He will forgive again and again. But that does not mean we should not aspire to greater heights.
Starting tomorrow is not good enough. When Jesus forgave the woman at the well, He said "Go and sin no more." He didn't say "Keep sinning today and wait for tomorrow to be perfect." Sometimes we pray for forgiveness but we cannot forgive ourselves. If Jesus can forgive us, who are we to argue? Be sure to forgive yourself as He forgives and move forward to do better.
Please, no religious arguments. This post is meant for Believers only. If that isn’t you, then just close out and read another blog.
Why Healthy Lifestyles Beat Diets
By Certified Coach, Beth Donovan
I’ve always said that creating healthy habits and adding healthy habits in results in weight loss. Deprivation and diets result in regain and, quite frankly, insanity.
Of course, many of you know I’m a big fan of adding in healthy foods and adding in movement anywhere you can, however you can. Add in some joy to boot! Life is happening now, not 10 pounds from now! Don’t wait to be thin to act thin.
I just figured out WHY adding healthy habits works! You are building a new lifestyle. BUILDING. To build something, you add materials to it.
Diets and deprivation are all about taking away, destruction, creating negative space- a hole. Something is going to have to fill that hole in our lives and often we revert back to the habit we were trying to destroy.
Building a new lifestyle by adding healthy habits and focusing on things you can have and can do and enjoy does not leave negative space. It leaves room to explore new horizons, yes, but nothing has been taken away. Bad habits will naturally start falling away gradually as they are replaced with healthier ones that you find more enjoyable.
What are just two healthy habits you could add this week to start building your new lifestyle?
How to Keep Going Even if You Don’t Feel Like It
By Certified Coach, Beth Donovan
Weight loss doesn’t happen right away. Yes, I hate that too. I’ve lost over 200 pounds and still have more to lose to be healthier. So, how does a person keep going?
Don’t diet. Diets are temporary and so their results are temporary. They are also miserable. Choose new healthy habits to incorporate into your life that you actually can enjoy. Sure, they may be a challenge at first, but learning a new way to do anything usually is.
Speak kindly to yourself. Harsh words never help anyone achieve anything. Encourage not discourage yourself.
Dream on! Just because you have never done it before, doesn’t mean it can’t be your aspiration. Go for it! Set new goals to keep things alive!
Concentrate on your progress, not perfection. Look back only to see how far you’ve come. Pictures really help you see your progress more clearly than a mirror.
Don’t set limits. Setting time limits on weight loss or amounts and such can stunt your possibilities. Keep things open. For example, I will know I hit my goal when I achieve a level of ability and health. I would like to wear prettier clothes. It’s a very open ended goal so that I stay open to health and fitness. I rejoice with every ounce lost!
Eventually, half pounds and .08 pounds and plateaus and frustrations and good weeks and great weeks can take you from point A to point B. Never underestimate the power of any weight you lose.
Celebrate everything! A new healthy habit... A healthy meal... A weight loss... A work out... Find reasons to celebrate every step of your journey and reward yourself often.
Transforming is a Journey not a Race!
by Certified Coach Beth Donovan
I’m transforming. It’s not all on the outside like weight and make up. When you lose weight very slowly like I have, it gives you time to journey and explore who you really are. Some of it is extremely painful and some of it is incredibly beautiful. You learn so much about yourself and sometimes gain the confidence to let less negativity into your life, more spirituality in or open your heart to a cause. Whatever you do in your journey, listen to your heart and take it day by day. Listen and learn along the way. Enjoy the journey.
Here is a secret I realized. You NEVER reach your true destination. There is always something you will want to change. Yay! That means new goals and keeping your life fresh! So no hurry! Enjoy! Explore! Find out what activities and foods you like.
Don’t restrict yourself to death on a vacation and ruin it. What fun activities can you do? Remember the 3 bite rule? Three fantastic bites of indulgent foods and put your utensils down. Get the flavor, not the fat- throw it away, get it off the table, cover it with pepper and a napkin... That’s a great way to enjoy each indulgence with a safeguard.
Remember, it’s a journey, not a race! Go at your pace.