Recently, I was feeling in a bit of a rut with my health. I felt like I was making some effort to move towards my health goals but it was a pretty poor effort. I was still feeling the struggle of motivation and desire for my goals. At first I didn’t care. I was happy to be relaxing and not caring. But then I started to feel like crap.
My health is important to me, but I was run down and frustrated. I was diagnosed with IBS 4 years ago and I had been having troubles with my digestion which was causing me to feel sick a lot. It was annoying because I was being very healthy so it was disheartening when I wasn’t only not seeing results, but was also feeling sick. I went to the doctors, got some tests done but got no real answers. The feelings of frustration and wondering if my efforts would be wasted were clouding my vision to move forward. I sooked about it for a few days while I gave a poor attempt at getting back on track. While feeling sorry for myself and scrolling through Pinterest I stumbled across a quote by Marianne Williamson “You must master a new way to think before you can master a new way to be”.
Thoughts about my health came rushing through my head. All the beliefs I had built for myself like “losing weight is hard”, “losing weight means I miss out on my favourite foods”, “my digestion is shit so it makes it harder for me” ”I don’t want to obsess over numbers, I already have enough restrictions on my diet” “I want to enjoy my life, I don’t know how to enjoy it without my current pleasures”. Now if you asked me straight up if I believed these things, I would say no. But reading that quote seemed to open me up to listen to my unconscious mind. I saw how my idea of weight loss for myself was gruelling and hard. I was already exhausted and was not up for that battle.
So I started researching and brainstorming. I wanted my mojo back and I needed a plan.
With this self-discovery I put together a plan to get me back on track. I believe a lot in these steps because they are about changing your mindset, take away the restriction of dieting and are focused on healthy lifestyle adjustments.
The diet mentality is so engrained in all of us that I feel like we are almost blind to it. Simple things like labelling foods as good and bad and being nervous about carbs count as a restrictive mindset to. I mean in all honesty, we can eat and do anything we want. We can eat a whole cheesecake if we want. But we tell ourselves we are not allowed to rather than I don’t want to. There is a big difference between the two. Give yourself your freedom back.
Making healthy changes can be easy. It should never feel overwhelming because that in itself is unhealthy. Make yourself happy and nourish your mind, body and soul.
I hope these tips help you with your own project comeback. Let me know how they go for you.
If you have any other questions you want answered, send me a message and I will happily answer them.
Ellisa Haddad as a Personal Trainer and Life Coach, servicing the Cranbourne, Narre Warren, Lynbrook, Clyde, Berwick and Pakenham Areas. Ellisa focuses on obtaining balance between physical, emotional and mental health, for all her clients, and is particularly passionate about supporting women in achieving their goals.
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