By 2015, I had lost and gained the “baby weight” 5 times already. I was “fit” again but miserable.
I was supposed to be able to stop worrying about my body and think about other things, but that was not the case.
I was constantly thinking about food. How much food? When could I eat food? What food do I get to eat today? What food is around that I shouldn’t eat? Round and round my thoughts went.
I was in a battle with food, my body and my thoughts. I sought the answer in food plans and calorie counting but it just made it worse in the long run.
It took me a few years to figure how to maintain a happy weight without the misery.
Here are the top 2 tips I learned in approaching “baby weight” loss…
#1 – STOP HATING ANYTHING ABOUT YOUR BODY: We think that if we fully accept our body, as it is now, then we won’t ever lose weight. This is a lie. We’ve got it backwards. Permanent and meaningful change happens when we do the internal work on our thoughts to fully love our bodies now.
Deeply and fiercely loving your body right now, before any weight is lost is the easiest way to lose weight and keep it off long term.
Actions taken from unconditional love for your body create the internal framework that will support the weight loss and make it permanent.
This may feel impossible. You may feel plagued by negative thoughts about your body, but with the right tools and skills it is easier than you think to rewrite those negative thoughts and truly love your body now, no matter what she looks like.
#2 – STOP GEARING UP FOR A BIG CHANGE: Diet mentality is founded upon making a big change and forcing it until your willpower gives out and you “give in”. Then comes the shame and guilt. The solution to this shame is to find another diet plan, and the cycle continues.
We stop this cycle by ending shame and replacing it with step #1 above and also by not “gearing up”.
Our brains will reject big changes 99% of the time. The sustainable approach is to make simple changes that give you the most traction for minimal effort. An example of this is to look at any calories that are coming from liquids.
Every sustainable change contains these elements:
- It is easy and small.
- It encourages you to continue.
- It fits comfortably in your lifestyle already.
Mindset is the foundation of everything when it comes to finding your ideal weight forever without the struggle.
I am looking forward to diving into more this week during my FREE online workshop! If you would like to learn more about how to create each of these two changes and be consistent with them click here www.kerrienygard.com/incontrol-workshop