20 Ways to Love Your Body

It’s our responsibility to take care of ourselves! We can’t serve others from an empty vessel!

I do not honestly believe that people intentionally mistreat their bodies….It’s simply a lack of knowledge as to what to do to take better care of themselves.

It’s not radical…It’s not about dieting. It’s about making better choices and living thoughtfully!

 

 

20 Ways to Love Your Body

Compiled By: Margo Maine, PhD

1. Think of your body as the vehicle to your dreams. Honor it. Respect it. Fuel it.

2. Create a list of all the things your body lets you do. Read it and add to it often.

3. Become aware of what your body can do each day. Remember it is the instrument of your life, not just an ornament.

4. Create a list of people you admire: people who have contributed to your life, your community, or the world. Consider whether their appearance was important to their success and accomplishments.

5.Walk with your head held high, supported by pride and confidence in yourself as a person.

6. Don’t let your weight or shape keep you from activities that you enjoy.

7. Wear comfortable clothes that you like, that express your personal style, and that feel good to your body.

8. Count your blessings, not your blemishes.

9. Think about all the things you could accomplish with the time and energy you currently spend worrying about your body and appearance. Try one!

10. Be your body’s friend and supporter, not its enemy.

11. Consider this: your skin replaces itself once a month, your stomach lining every five days, your liver every six weeks, and your skeleton every three months. Your body is extraordinary—begin to respect and appreciate it.

12. Every morning when you wake up, thank your body for resting and rejuvenating itself so you can enjoy the day.

13. Every evening when you go to bed, tell your body how much you appreciate what it has allowed you to do throughout the day.

14. Find a method of exercise that you enjoy and do it regularly. Don’t exercise to lose weight or to fight your body. Do it to make your body healthy and strong and because it makes you feel good.
Exercise for the Three F’s: Fun, Fitness, and Friendship.

15. Think back to a time in your life when you felt good about your body. Loving your body means you get to feel like that again, even in this body, at this age.

16. Keep a list of 10 positive things about yourself—without mentioning your appearance. Add to it daily!

17. Put a sign on each of your mirrors saying, “I’m beautiful inside and out.”

18. Search for the beauty in the world and in yourself.

19. Consider that, “Life is too short to waste my time hating my body this way.”

20. Eat when you are hungry. Rest when you are tired. Surround yourself with people that remind you of your inner strength and beauty

 

Food is Not the Enemy

Sometimes, certain mindful eating strategies are ineffective until you go a little deeper as to why food is being used to numb, or when feeling bored, angry, or frustrated.

There are some great ideas for slowing down at mealtime. Putting your fork down between bites, drinking water or tea, removing the trigger foods from your house or using smaller plates; are just a few. Many of these work for some people, but if there are underlying issues which haven’t been fully dealt with; they may not be very effective at all.

If you’ve tried some of these tips only to feel frustrated (which may lead to further overeating) then this post is for you.

Lifestyle Design is more than just providing meal planning, exercise programs, rest & recovery and breathing techniques. My system helps you to understand the triggers that create unhealthy patterns so that you can learn to feel satisfied and to utilize food in a healthier way. Food is not the enemy. Food and guilt simply do not belong in the same room together.

All inquires welcomed!

Why Willpower Won’t Work

Weight loss always ‘depends’…

Depends on what?

What works for one person, may not work for another. Our bodies process nutrition differently. Not everyone processes carbohydrates equally. Nor do they respond the same to how often meals are eaten. Many variables come in to play. Stress, sleep, age, mindset, activity levels, attitude toward food and even our genes are all key ingredients and must be considered.

A straightforward response is that the typical “willpower approach” only throws the body into starvation mode and, when combined with the increased calorie burn from more exercise, slows down metabolism. This causes the body to store more fat, which causes us to exercise more and that starts the weight gain cycle all over again. Our bodies are hard-wired to ‘survive’ to whatever we throw at it.

Most people will initially respond to a basic exercise program and change in diet. To see lasting results however, exercise and nutritional programs need to be consistently adjusted as your body adapts.

The fact is that there is no one perpetrator sabotaging our weight loss. It is the culmination of a lifetime of habits and even underlying health issues. In order to achieve long-term control, we must commit to lifestyle change. Creating healthier eating habits, understanding nutrition and how our body uses that fuel, and utilizing exercise as a key to better living are all necessary steps to truly transform our life.

All inquiries welcomed!