Tuesday, March 08, 2016

Giving Yourself Grace in Weight Loss

Finding grace in being realistic and sticking to your health goals
If you've ever been on a diet or following an exercise plan, you know how awful it feels when you miss a day in the gym or fall off the wagon and enjoy one-too-many cheat meals.  You might feel like a failure.  You might feel like all the work you've put in up to that point was for nothing.  Today, I hope to offer a little encouragement to you.
Whether your goal is to lose weight, tone up, or just live a healthier lifestyle, you know how important staying on track is.  It may seem like some people are on the ball always checking in two hours at the gym every night and eating a salad every day at lunch while everyone else is having a burger.  Their dedication might be an inspiration to you or it might make you feel like you have no willpower at all.

Here are some key points to remember when it comes to your personal health journey:

FITNESS AND WEIGHT LOSS IS A MARATHON, NOT A SPRINT
Health and fitness results are made through lifestyle changes.  That means, putting in the work to change the way you do things.  We're talking long-term, here.  If these types of goals were accomplished by eating one salad or running one mile, don't you think we'd all have done that by now?  You have to think you are worth it and be willing to change your habits into better ones.  Your health and happiness should be worth the work!

YOU ARE HUMAN AND WILL STUMBLE FROM TIME TO TIME
It's so important to remember that you are human and can only manage so much.  You are going to make mistakes.  You are going to hit the snooze button a few times instead of jumping out of bed to hit the pavement.  You are going to occasionally have a second helping of pasta or say "yes" to the donut that's been calling your name from the middle of the conference table at the office.  That's ok. You can't beat yourself up for those slips.  Even Superman had his kryptonite.  You are not perfect and never will be.  The sooner you accept that and decide to try to do your very best, the easier your journey will become.

ONE BAD DAY DOESN'T RUIN YOUR TRACK RECORD
I've done it.  You've done it.  We've all done it. Whether you miss a day at the gym or polish off the entire carton of Ben & Jerry's while watching a movie, you feel like you should just give up on your health or fitness goal on the spot.  Like you've ruined your "perfect" track record so you'll just keep digging the rut you're in.  Let's get something straight.  You're going to do much more damage by quitting than you would on one bad day.  Dust yourself off, dry your tears and take an antacid then get back at it tomorrow.

SOMETIMES, YOUR BODY NEEDS A BREAK
This is something I have struggled with the most.  When I've been sick and have not been physically up to working out or am craving a little comfort food, I beat myself up because I'm unable to meet my goals for the day.  I have only recently started to recognize this is my body's way of calling a time out.

You really have to be in tune with your brain and your body and recognize when it needs time to rest and heal.  If you don't allow that, you are running the risk of serious injury or illness. Now, this shouldn't be the excuse every morning when you don't feel like getting your butt in the gym, but if you are truly feeling run down, you should take the clue and give your body what it needs.

BE GENTLE WITH YOURSELF AND GIVE YOURSELF GRACE 
Sometimes, we can be our own worst enemies.  No one can bully us like that person in the mirror. Giving yourself grace and forgiving yourself for the mistakes you've made along the way will go so far in pushing you toward accomplishing your health and fitness goals.

Remember, you aren't a superhero.  Sometimes, you have to pick and choose your battles. Sometimes, your kids just won't play quietly long enough so you can get in that yoga routine. Sometimes, your spouse is going to want the burger and fries instead of the grilled chicken you had planned for dinner.  Be gentle with yourself and try again tomorrow.

Do you struggle with being too hard on yourself for health and fitness "failures"?  What do you do to combat this and keep pushing forward?

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4 comments:

  1. "ONE BAD DAY DOESN'T RUIN YOUR TRACK RECORD" this is incredibly true about so many aspects of life!

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  2. Great point, Brittany! I wouldn't be half the person I was if I gave up after every time I stumbled. Thanks for coming by and saying hello! ;)

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  3. I definitely needed this! I want to start focusing on being healthier but it's been hard and whenever I do something, like eat chocolate, I beat myself up over it! It's definitely a process!

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  4. Adriana, I'm so glad you liked this article. Spring is a great time to make healthier changes in your life. I know you can do it - even with the chocolate treats! :) Thank you for stopping by and leaving your sweet comment.

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