Choosing a Healthier lifestyle? - Positive approaches to to lift you up!

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Written By: Gabi Torress

Any time we try to diet, or to switch to a healthier lifestyle, we tend to obsess over it. I believe that most of the time, we end up falling off the wagon, and feeling frustrated because we mentally sabotage ourselves. It's easy to (unconsciously) do little things that will tear down our self-esteem and confidence. Let's tackle some of those:

Weighing Yourself Every Day:

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Unless you are committing to a super strict weight-loss regimen, where you should be exactly measuring what you eat, and following up the process in detail; you should NEVER weigh yourself every day. When you are switching to a healthier diet, your body weight will fluctuate for different reasons (you're on your period, how often you go to the bathroom, your reaction to certain foods, your stress levels... even the time of the day that you weigh yourself can make a huge impact on the number on the scale) This is why, I would recommend you to use the scale every other week, or once a month (if you still want to use a scale as a measurement) Ideally, I would recommend you to trust on how your clothes are fitting, and how YOU feel about yourself. Are you happier? Yes! - then it's working.

Comparing Yourself to Your Past Self:

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Does this sound familiar? "look at this picture from when I was in college! I looked so skinny/lean/toned. I was xx lbs then, and I want to get back to that  after I finish breastfeeding my baby"

The first step to setting a goal, (is) to be realistic. Not that I'm saying that we're not capable of being determined, and to lose xx amount of lbs. We need to consider that our bodies, are constantly changing, and evolving. Our needs, and perspectives also should.

Make the decision of not living in the past, and instead focus on how bright and healthy your near future will be. Be grateful for all the amazing things that your body is capable of doing, and nurture it not only with healthy foods, but with love.

Establish A Happy Number:

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When we are dieting/changing habits, it's common to idealize our happiness tied to a certain size, weight, look. Unfortunately, we can start suffering/getting anxious because "we're still not there". We need to remember that life is now, and that we should choose to enjoy our journey.

In addition to keeping ourselves motivated with those old school "tricks". Let's take some more positive approaches. Here are my suggestions:

A “Good Morning!” Leads to A Good Rest of Your Day

  • Every morning, when you look at yourself in the mirror, say something kind to yourself. Take a moment to find something beautiful, something that makes you feel unique. It doesn't have to be a body feature, it can also be a compliment to your soul.
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Great Things Have Small Beginnings

Focus on the small positive changes your body is going through. E.g: Since you started eating healthy you go to the bathroom every morning, and don't need to take laxatives anymore (ok, I know it sounds a bit gross, but trust me, that's a big gain!) OR since you started exercising, you can chase your kid around the park, instead of just telling him to play on the iPad (ok, not the finest example either, but I bet you're getting my point)

Focus on the small positive changes your body is going through. E.g: Since you started eating healthy you go to the bathroom every morning, and don't need to take laxatives anymore (ok, I know it sounds a bit gross, but trust me, that's a big gain!) OR since you started exercising, you can chase your kid around the park, instead of just telling him to play on the iPad (ok, not the finest example either, but I bet you're getting my point)

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Reward Yourself, NOW!

Go to your favorite store, and find something that compliments your beauty. Do not go for a smaller size, get something that makes you feel like the hot bomb you already are!

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Feeling empowered to be the best version of ourselves is a personal decision. Let's all start re-discovering our own wonders, and allowing ourselves to be our biggest fans!

With all my love,

G


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