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How To Get Your Weight Loss Back On Track After A Tragedy

How To Get Your Weight Loss Back On Track After A Tragedy

Weight loss doesn’t always go according to plan. Sometimes, life gets in the way of those plans and you have to madly dodge some curveballs. And sometimes, making healthy choices can be the easiest thing to fall by the wayside when we’re struggling. If you’re dealing with a death in the family, or losing your job, or a relationship break-up, or any kind of serious emotional trauma, eating well and getting regular exercise can (understandably) get a major demotion on your list of top priorities. So how do you get back on track when the going gets tough, or when you simply fall off the weight loss wagon for a while, for whatever reason?

First of all, it’s important to remember that living a healthy life isn’t something you do out of vanity – OK, you might want to look great in a figure-hugging dress or feel buff at the beach, but there are many more things a healthy lifestyle can offer you. So don’t feel guilty about treating yourself with care, and don’t feel like it’s a waste of time. Healthy living is about mind as much as body – the two are inextricably linked. Striving to achieve good health is just about looking after yourself.

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So if you’re facing some challenges in the midst of your healthy living journey, here are some strategies to help you gather yourself and get back on track instead of crawling into bed with a lifetime supply of Dairy Milk …

Give yourself a deadline

Whatever you’re going through and whatever healthy living setbacks you’ve experienced as a consequence, you can only let yourself feel crappy for so long. Take some time out to feel sorry for yourself, but give yourself a deadline – after that point, it’s time to start getting things back on track and returning to your normal healthy living habits.

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Ask for help

If you’re really struggling, don’t be afraid to ask for help. Friends, family, Facebook groups and forums – reach out, tell people what you’re thinking and feeling and see what advice they’ve got to offer. Sometimes, a little outside perspective is all we need to make us realise what we’ve been missing, or doing wrong; and talking about your problems can make you see them in a new light. If you keep stewing over something or telling yourself you’ve failed and you’ll never lose the weight you want to, you might end up believing it – tell someone else these same things, and they can help you reframe your negative thoughts.

Asking for help isn’t a sign of weakness – it’s actually a sign of strength. It shows that you know what your limitations are and you want to achieve what you set out to do in the first place.

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Engineer your environment

There are some things in life that we just have to do, because we don’t have a choice. I wanted to speak at my mum’s funeral, and I wanted to do it without a script – so I didn’t prepare one. I gave myself no choice. And I did it!

What this shows is that engineering your environment to give yourself no choices can give you the results you want. Sometimes, if we have choices, it’s easy to pick the easy one that’s bad for us – like takeout versus a home-cooked healthy dinner. Achieving the healthy lifestyle you want is about creating an environment for yourself where there are no unhealthy choices – then you always have to make the best choice for your body and your mind. Eventually, you won’t need to do this because making those healthy choices will just come naturally to you.

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Here’s another example: studies show that if people don’t go down the junk food aisle at the supermarket, they don’t buy junk food. What does that tell you? Remove the bad choices, and you’re left with the good ones. And the more you make those good choices, the more engrained they’ll become – the more you’ll actually want to make them.

So whatever’s happened to throw you off the weight loss track, remember that it’s only temporary. Take some time out, and then jump right back in and get moving again towards becoming the healthiest version of yourself you can be.

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The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

Creating a vision for your life might seem like a frivolous, fantastical waste of time, but it’s not: creating a compelling vision of the life you want is actually one of the most effective strategies for achieving the life of your dreams. Perhaps the best way to look at the concept of a life vision is as a compass to help guide you to take the best actions and make the right choices that help propel you toward your best life.

your vision of where or who you want to be is the greatest asset you have

    Why You Need a Vision

    Experts and life success stories support the idea that with a vision in mind, you are more likely to succeed far beyond what you could otherwise achieve without a clear vision. Think of crafting your life vision as mapping a path to your personal and professional dreams. Life satisfaction and personal happiness are within reach. The harsh reality is that if you don’t develop your own vision, you’ll allow other people and circumstances to direct the course of your life.

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    How to Create Your Life Vision

    Don’t expect a clear and well-defined vision overnight—envisioning your life and determining the course you will follow requires time, and reflection. You need to cultivate vision and perspective, and you also need to apply logic and planning for the practical application of your vision. Your best vision blossoms from your dreams, hopes, and aspirations. It will resonate with your values and ideals, and will generate energy and enthusiasm to help strengthen your commitment to explore the possibilities of your life.

    What Do You Want?

    The question sounds deceptively simple, but it’s often the most difficult to answer. Allowing yourself to explore your deepest desires can be very frightening. You may also not think you have the time to consider something as fanciful as what you want out of life, but it’s important to remind yourself that a life of fulfillment does not usually happen by chance, but by design.

    It’s helpful to ask some thought-provoking questions to help you discover the possibilities of what you want out of life. Consider every aspect of your life, personal and professional, tangible and intangible. Contemplate all the important areas, family and friends, career and success, health and quality of life, spiritual connection and personal growth, and don’t forget about fun and enjoyment.

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    Some tips to guide you:

    • Remember to ask why you want certain things
    • Think about what you want, not on what you don’t want.
    • Give yourself permission to dream.
    • Be creative. Consider ideas that you never thought possible.
    • Focus on your wishes, not what others expect of you.

    Some questions to start your exploration:

    • What really matters to you in life? Not what should matter, what does matter.
    • What would you like to have more of in your life?
    • Set aside money for a moment; what do you want in your career?
    • What are your secret passions and dreams?
    • What would bring more joy and happiness into your life?
    • What do you want your relationships to be like?
    • What qualities would you like to develop?
    • What are your values? What issues do you care about?
    • What are your talents? What’s special about you?
    • What would you most like to accomplish?
    • What would legacy would you like to leave behind?

    It may be helpful to write your thoughts down in a journal or creative vision board if you’re the creative type. Add your own questions, and ask others what they want out of life. Relax and make this exercise fun. You may want to set your answers aside for a while and come back to them later to see if any have changed or if you have anything to add.

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    What Would Your Best Life Look Like?

    Describe your ideal life in detail. Allow yourself to dream and imagine, and create a vivid picture. If you can’t visualize a picture, focus on how your best life would feel. If you find it difficult to envision your life 20 or 30 years from now, start with five years—even a few years into the future will give you a place to start. What you see may surprise you. Set aside preconceived notions. This is your chance to dream and fantasize.

    A few prompts to get you started:

    • What will you have accomplished already?
    • How will you feel about yourself?
    • What kind of people are in your life? How do you feel about them?
    • What does your ideal day look like?
    • Where are you? Where do you live? Think specifics, what city, state, or country, type of community, house or an apartment, style and atmosphere.
    • What would you be doing?
    • Are you with another person, a group of people, or are you by yourself?
    • How are you dressed?
    • What’s your state of mind? Happy or sad? Contented or frustrated?
    • What does your physical body look like? How do you feel about that?
    • Does your best life make you smile and make your heart sing? If it doesn’t, dig deeper, dream bigger.

    It’s important to focus on the result, or at least a way-point in your life. Don’t think about the process for getting there yet—that’s the next stepGive yourself permission to revisit this vision every day, even if only for a few minutes. Keep your vision alive and in the front of your mind.

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    Plan Backwards

    It may sound counter-intuitive to plan backwards rather than forwards, but when you’re planning your life from the end result, it’s often more useful to consider the last step and work your way back to the first. This is actually a valuable and practical strategy for making your vision a reality.

    • What’s the last thing that would’ve had to happen to achieve your best life?
    • What’s the most important choice you would’ve had to make?
    • What would you have needed to learn along the way?
    • What important actions would you have had to take?
    • What beliefs would you have needed to change?
    • What habits or behaviors would you have had to cultivate?
    • What type of support would you have had to enlist?
    • How long will it have taken you to realize your best life?
    • What steps or milestones would you have needed to reach along the way?

    Now it’s time to think about your first step, and the next step after that. Ponder the gap between where you are now and where you want to be in the future. It may seem impossible, but it’s quite achievable if you take it step-by-step.

    It’s important to revisit this vision from time to time. Don’t be surprised if your answers to the questions, your technicolor vision, and the resulting plans change. That can actually be a very good thing; as you change in unforeseeable ways, the best life you envision will change as well. For now, it’s important to use the process, create your vision, and take the first step towards making that vision a reality.

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