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6 Philosophies Every Woman Trying To Lose Weight Should Read

6 Philosophies Every Woman Trying To Lose Weight Should Read

If you’ve ever tried to lose weight – for whatever reason – you’ve probably found that one bit of dietary or fitness advice does not fit all! Whether you’re trying to drop a little extra weight, or just trying to keep in shape, here are 6 top pieces of advice I always share with my clients to help their weight loss journey be more harmonious and successful.

1. Stop trying to emulate others

Find out what works for your body and what does not.

Do not make the mistake that many people make when they try to copy their idol. These idols may make random comments such as “spirulina changed my life.” The result being a massive increase in spirulina sales. Yet, spirulina may not suit everyone. I know when I tried spirulina, after 4 days I was so constipated I felt like I had swallowed a brick. Having sufficient iron levels already, adding spirulina to my daily routine did not suit my constitution at all.

The same for a 7 day juice only plan. All it gave me was a headache and rebound weight gain.

You will know when a food or diet program suits you when you gain energy and vitality as opposed deprivation and irritability.

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2. You have the tools you need at hand

Don’t have any money? Going for a run is free.

Not sporty? Take up walking, even if it means walking 10 minutes a day.

Step outside your front door and get started.

Need weights for your arms? Carry a 500ml water bottle in each hand.

Once you have made a start, no matter what level, you can raise the level of exercise from one week to the next.

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3. There will be pain

I am not going to sugar coat this point.

Of course there will be pain, or else you would have made changes to your lifestyle long ago.

I liken myself to a fat person living in a thin body. Yes, you heard me correctly. Just like a reformed alcoholic who is only a drink away from falling off the wagon, if I find myself wandering from my usual eating habits (for example start eating processed foods on a regular basis) I will fall off the wagon and be on the slippery slope to obesity once again.

When I first stopped eating the processed foods that I mistakenly thought was okay to eat, such as brown pasta and breads, I felt miserable. I would crave these foods. But instinctively I knew that I had to work through the initial pain.

Having cereal for breakfast, sandwiches for lunch and pasta for dinner was a carb overload that did not suit my body at all. Where was the fruit and vegetables in all this? When I first stopped eating the processed foods and introduced a diet comprising more fruit and vegetables, the withdrawals were so severe I had to send my husband and children away for a weekend away!

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But after a couple of days, I woke up with such clarity and energy, I knew that I had overcome the worst days and the future was going to be okay. The pain was gone and was replaced with enthusiasm and strength to move on.

4. Find out what you enjoy doing and modify what you do not

If your aim is to lose weight or to improve your exercise endurance but do not like the thought of joining a gym, then find something that you do enjoy. There may be a walking club in your area, or explore other possibilities such as line dancing, pole dancing (keep an open mind here!), or water aerobics.

Even if you have a regular exercise regime, it is always important to break your routine to give your body a change of scenery. Do you take the same walk to the bus stop every morning, or evening while out walking the dog? Try and vary your route and you will be amazed at what you discover. Maybe you may find the new street has less traffic or better access. You will see something new and pay attention to it. This is the way your body reacts to a new exercise regime. Different muscles may be activated thus reigniting your body.

5. Stay positive

There will be bad days as well as the good.

When I decided that it was time to lose weight and no longer be trapped in the obese body I was encased in, the journey was not all smooth sailing. There were times I would look at my husband with envy and anger. He is one of those rare people who actually has trouble gaining weight. He does not have to watch what he eats and has never had to worry about his weight.

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Being angry with him served me no purpose. It was only making me miserable so I decided to concentrate on my own journey. When the weight started to go down, and clothes shopping became easier (buying off the rack has its benefits) the journey was that much sweeter because I had earned it.

6. Develop a plan by visualizing your goal

There are 3 steps that you must take if you want to achieve your goal and these are vision, goal, action.

Vision is self explanatory. You want to visualize yourself as being slimmer than you are now. You can do it. You must create a vision not about what you can do but about what you want to be able to do.

Goal: whether it is an upcoming wedding or your own birthday party, having a goal to work towards is a great tool to work towards. In my instance, my goals kept changing as I lost the weight, At first I thought it would be great to look good for an upcoming family reunion. I aimed to lose 5kg for that event that was one month away.  Once I started losing the weight, I then knew that I could achieve even more weight loss. Never in my wildest dreams did I think that I would lose the weight that I did (25kg), but breaking it down into achievable goals allowed to me achieve what I originally thought was impossible. (On a side note here, before I decide I had to lose weight when I was obese and in my late 40’s I had resigned myself to being obese for the rest of my life. If I had not changed this mindset and made the changes that I made, I know that I would not be the same person I am today, both inside and out and so glad that I made the decision to do something about my ever expanding waistline all those years ago.)

Action: vision without action will get you nowhere fast! This is where the hard work begins. The first step is the hardest, but once you have made the first step the journey becomes easier, albeit with a few bumps along the way to keep you on top of your toes. This is where you have to find a program that suits your style and way of life.

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Last Updated on January 17, 2019

8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

In life, we all need to be conscientious of what we are doing. You don’t need to live a life of stress if you don’t want to. You can achieve peace and happiness in life by carefully building mindfulness exercises into your life’s routine.

Exercising mindfulness isn’t rocket science and as importantly, you can do it. It will, however, take a few tries to get into the groove of things but once you get it, it is like riding a bike, you will never lose it.

Trust me. It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. In this article, I will share with you 8 mindfulness exercises that will help you to boost your energy, vitality and live a more peaceful and happier life.

Why Is It Hard to Live A Peaceful And Happy Life?

Our Habitat Has Become Too Technological

The world has accepted the idea that technology is often the cure for all evil. We have accepted, as a society, that everything technological will make us live a better life without fully investigating the many side effects that modernity brings.

There are a number of technological side effects that have a tremendous impact on your life that the media rarely tells you about.[1] Some of them include self-harm, economic inequality, having less sex, and even suicide. The global community is becoming less happy because of technology.

How can anybody live a peaceful and happy life when they are depressed? Technology advancements, ladies and gents, is a major reason for why we are living a poor life because it has infiltrated our lives too much.

According to my research, Americans spend an average of 8 hours a day looking at the computer screen — The average screen time spent on smartphones alone is about 20 hours per week. That’s a lot! No wonder why living a happy and peaceful life is so difficult these days.

Too Many People Don’t Want to Unplug

Americans check their phones an average of 80 times during vacation.[2] Some admit to checking their smartphones 300 times every single day. In countries like Brazil, India and China, the situation is no different.

The reality is that people are constantly plugged into technological devices and this behavior is literally making people all over the globe fight an inner war with themselves, which consequently makes them very sad. As we know, war is the enemy of peace which won’t make anybody happy.

Listen carefully:

We have a global anxiety epidemic because people don’t want to unplug from their smartphones and most people aren’t doing anything to fix it. It is a sad state of affairs but very real. This obsession with technology is turning us into perishable robots who live terrible lives.

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The era of anxiety is here to stay. There is little doubt about it. We can, however, fight back with the best remedy of all — We call it mindfulness!

Thank God there is an antidote to this whole technological madness. Without further ado, let’s go straight to the mindful exercises.

8 Mindfulness Exercises to Start Practicing

There are tons of mindfulness exercises available for you to engage with out there.[3] In the paragraphs below, I will include the best ones I’ve personally tried or have seen my close friends and family members try.

Are you ready for it? Let’s go!

1. Pray Daily

You should pray on a daily basis. Why is that you may ask — Well, because science has told us to do so.

When people pray, they feel peaceful, almost eliminating anxiety. Worries become secondary, and often gives people energy and hope to cope with the difficulties of life.

Prayer can make you more confident and focused. Prayer also helps you with self-control, helps to control pain, and can protect you against illnesses and disorders like cancer and high blood pressure. At least, this is what researchers from Harvard Medical School have said.[4]

Pray. You won’t regret it.[5]

2. Pay Attention to Your Inner Thoughts

A lot of people allow themselves to be influenced by their negative thoughts. Be different and resist believing in them. It is a bad habit that can lead to unhappiness.

By the way, if you do feel this way, chances are high that somebody other than you put these thoughts into your head.

Here is my secret to combat this cancer — look at things objectively. I bet that if you look at things as they are, you will realize that most if not all of your negative thoughts are only inside of your head.

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If you pay close attention, you will quickly realize that these voices aren’t worth your time. Believe me — Ignoring them and looking at things with objectivity is often the best course of action.

This article can guide you to beat negative thoughts:

How to Stop Automatic Negative Thoughts When You’re Overwhelmed

3. Smile Often

Smiling will slow down your heart. It will also relax your body because when you smile, your body releases endorphins which in itself has a number of positive benefits for you as a person.

Smile often! You may want to smile early in the morning, during the day, and late in the evening. It is amazing what happens to you when you decide to smile instead of being grumpy.

Surrender your problems to a nice smile. You will notice two things. First, most people just don’t which makes them live a miserable life. Second, if you decide to smile often, you will eventually smile unconsciously which is the ideal.

The moment that you smile unconsciously, you then know that you are truly happy.

4. Organize Your Working Desk

A messy desk will make you less productive and can agitate and overstimulate you. You don’t want that.

When you clear your desk, you engage in deep inner-thinking and your systematic decision making ends up becoming therapeutic.

Most people realize that they are most creative when their creative space is clean and organized. The former often makes people more aware of what they are doing which lends to less stress and more productivity.

Organizing your desk will also make you more energetic and focused because order often decreases chaos which is a condition that often slows down daily progress.

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5. Celebrate Your Friend’s Victories

I love this mindful exercise. One of the best ways to live a happy and peaceful life is to celebrate the victories of others. When you do that, you automatically make your friends in a better mood which makes you in a better mood, as well.

Happiness is contagious! We might as well celebrate others as much as we can. If you find out that your peer has won an award, celebrate with him! If your friend is the recipient of a local charity award, celebrate with her!

What is also awesome is that when you celebrate with others, they often celebrate with you in return. This, ladies and gentleman, will make you feel fantastic. You can’t go wrong with this one, period.

6. Listen to Your Spouse/Partner

God put someone in your life for a reason. You might as well listen to him or her.

I listen to my wife everyday. In fact, I often ask the following question to her, “Amanda, what are your thoughts about…” or “What am I missing about…” It is shocking what I hear back from her. Without her having much context and perspective, by the art of observation in my own nonverbal behavior and the behavior of others, she accurately gives me incredible insights which helps me out with living my life to the fullest.

I’m a firm believer that spouses are supposed to engage in interpersonal communication every day. I most definitely do and will continue doing it. You should do the same.

7. Give Yourself a Break from Technology

You can’t be in total equilibrium if your computerized devices control your life. You must get away from technology on a daily basis.[6]

How do you do that? This is my formula:

First, take this smartphone control test. It is only ten questions but this test will place you somewhere in the human robot cycle continuum.

If your score is between 25-30, take a break from the computer (or smartphone, pad, laptop/desktop) every twenty minutes and stop being on a computerized device after 8:00pm.

If you score between 30-35, still take a break every 20 minutes but stop being on these devices at 5:00pm.

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If you score more than 35, you need to take action immediately.

Limit computer use as much as possible throughout the day. Give yourself as many breaks from the computer as possible. Are you ready for the challenge?

8. Go Exercise

Go exercise at least three times a week. I don’t care if you need to workout early in the morning, late in the evening, on the weekends or during work days. Working out is absolutely imperative for you to live happy and peaceful life.

The stresses of the modern world are too much for you to neglect this important mindfulness exercise. When you go to the gym, you burn calories, focus on activities one step at a time, your mind relaxes, anxiety decreases, you sweat and often think about topics unrelated to your work place among many other benefits.

You must exercise at least three hours each week for optimum results. Why? Just take a look at all the benefits of regular exercising:

12 Benefits of Regular Exercise You Should Know

The Bottom Line

It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. Now that our habitat has become too technological and many people just don’t want to unplug, engaging in daily prayer, celebrate your friends’ victories, and listening to your spouse are among the best ways to be mindful about what you are doing and how you are living.

It is possible to live a happy and peaceful life. It only depends on you.

Go exercise! Take a break from technology and invest in you! Life is too short for distractions.

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