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You Are More Important Than Your Weight

*News Flash* no one cares about how much you weigh, other than you!

And that extra layer of love around your mid-section? I can guarantee you no one obsesses over it as much as you do. The only reason someone else may notice it is because you are constantly grabbing it and complaining about it.

Would you pick a friend apart like you do to yourself?

Hopefully not.

So why are we so quick to judge ourselves?

When did the number on the scale become such a topic of discussion, mainly anger and embarrassment, in our society?

I hear it all the time, even from people who don’t have much, if any to lose, that they think they “need to be 10lbs lighter” to be the right weight for their body.

Who says?

There’s a difference between needing to drop 30lbs for health reasons and thinking you need to be X pounds because some skinny fitness model weighs that – or because that number is easier to tell people.

There is almost 5 years difference in those pictures, and my weight is almost the same in both – in fact, I may even be a little heavier on the right.

Do you still believe your scale is the indicator of your self-worth?

I don’t believe in “goal-weights” because exercise doesn’t just effect the number on the scale but it changes where and how you body stores weight. The point of the picture is to show that the scale isn’t the be all and end all.

Every body is different. Every body is beautiful. Every body is perfect in its own way.

I have been many different weights and body compositions in between these two pictures, and although I am not currently the leanest I’ve ever been, I am happy and proud of myself and how far I’ve come; not just physically but mentally. It has taken me a long time to get to where I am, so I know it’s not a change you can make over night. However you can start to love yourself at anytime.

Go to a mirror, right now.

Then, say three things that you truly love about yourself.

At first this can be hard, but the more you do it the more comfortable you will get with this.

From now on try to replace every negative thought you have about yourself with at least 3 positive thoughts.

I’m not saying that I’m perfect,; I look at myself and could point out plenty of things I would like to change, my body image is still something I need to work on everyday. But each time I feel the negative thought spiral starting I try to remind myself of how far I have come and all that I’ve been through and everyday I get a little nicer to myself.

It’s true what they say; the most beautiful people are the happiest people who are confident and comfortable in their own skin.

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The Magic Diet Pill

Have you heard of it?

The magic pill that you can take at night at wake up with a perfect body?

That’s because it doesn’t exist.

Sure, there are tonnes of “fat burners” and teas and crap that people will try to sell you as a quick fix to a weight problem. But don’t you think if there was one pill or trick that worked that everyone would already have their perfect body?

Stop looking for the easy way!

There is no easy way.

The only way to see changes in your body is to actually put in the effort.

The reason that the majority of the population doesn’t look like fitness models is because it isn’t easy.

Furthermore, unless you are being paid to be that lean, there is no need to look like that model on the cover of a magazine.

It’s actually not even healthy to look like that year round, which is why most fitness models and competitors take an “off season”, to give their body a break from being that lean and their mind a break from that lifestyle.

You don’t have to be “cover ready” to show that you exercise and are healthy. Yes, you will have to put in hard work if you want to change your body, there is no denying that – however, know that if you want to make extreme changes in your physique that you will have to make extreme changes to your lifestyle.

I want you to imagine someone who’s body you admire, even if they are some model/ athlete who you know nothing about.

Good.

Now, imagine what you think their “typical” day looks like.

I bet you are imagining them eating vegetables and exercising right?

So, what would make you think that you can look like that without similar habits and lifestyle changes?

Eating healthy and exercising doesn’t have to be punishment, and it doesn’t necessarily have to be that hard – but it does have to be consistent. The goal should be to live a healthy and active lifestyle 80% of the time; if you miss a workout or eat a bad meal 20% of the time it is not going to have that huge of an impact on your body and your health. But please, please, stop paying money for detox juices and pills just because you think it’s a simple way to lose weight.

The nice thing about making a lifestyle change is that for best results you should start small. Start with one nutrition habit, or adding in a little bit of exercise. The slower you make changes to your lifestyle the more likely they are to become a habit, the less likely you are to get discouraged and give up, and the more likely you are to see maintainable changes in your body.

Haven’t you ever heard that anything worth having doesn’t come easy?

Yes, it may be hard at first – change usually is, but I promise you it will be worth it!

** Having trouble figuring out where to start or what changes to start with? Just ask, I’d love to help you!

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Actually Achieve Your Resolutions This Year!

So, I had a long winded blog typed up on how to be successful and reach your goals this year… But it just continued to get longer and longer (surprise surprise), and I didn’t want to overload you all with information. Therefore, I decided to write a whole new and shorter blog to give you motivation and tips to reach your goals, while also providing you with extra time to start taking action now!

1. Make sure your goals are specific.

Yes, you can generalize to start- but make those goals specific – or else, how will you know when you’ve reached them?

Example: Change, “I want to lose weight”, to “ I want to lose X pounds or X inches off my waist.

2. Write them down.

This will help you know exactly what you are trying to achieve, and let you know when you’ve reached those goals. Plus if you keep it posted somewhere you can see it everyday then you will be reminded to work towards it and stay motivated.

3. Write down what you need to do to reach those goals.

Make a “to-do” list of what you need to do today, this week, this month, etc. to help you get closer and closer to your goal(s). Then keep writing new lists as often as you need to in order to stay on track.

Example:

Today:

  • make a shopping list of healthy foods to eat this week

Tomorrow:

  • go grocery shopping & cut up all fruits and vegetables

This month:

  • start walking 5 days a week for 20 minutes at a time
  • eat food slowly
  • look into gym memberships/ at home workout programs

…. as you keep achieving daily, and weekly goals you may not need to change anything, maybe you just re-write the same goals every month, or maybe you decide you want to try some things that take a little more will power and effort, but keep making lists!

4. Celebrate the little things

I’m not telling you to celebrate the fact that you made it to the gym 3 times this week with a burger, fries and chocolate milkshake. However, you should acknowledge the fact that each step you make to getting you closer to your goals is a step in the right direction and has taken some effort – and you should be proud of that!

Examples:

  • You make it to the gym 3 times a week for a whole month, so at the end of the month you decide reward yourself with a new gym outfit.
  • You eat 5 servings of vegetables everyday for a week, so you reward yourself with going to that specialty coffee shop you like and meeting a friend for a warm drink.

5. Be Realistic

This isn’t to discourage you from dreaming big, because that is not what I’m about! What I mean is that if you start small you are more likely to be successful, then when you reach your initial goal you can re-set your goals and strive for more every time you reach a new goal. However, by starting small and giving yourself plenty of time this will help ensure that you don’t get discouraged if you don’t see drastic changes immediately.

Of course there is much more that I could say about this topic, but these are just a few tips to help you get started and heading in the right direction to make 2017 your year!

Be patient, consistent and work hard, I know you can do this!

As always, if you have any specific questions please don’t be afraid to ask!