A Healthier You Starts With Picturing It Done

A Healthier You Starts With Picturing It Done

Imagine yourself living an active and healthy life. Image yourself sticking to your food plan and losing pounds without feeling the sacrifice. Imagine that you’re at your ideal weight and you actually enjoy looking in the mirror. Why all this imagination? Studies are showing that visualization can be a very effective tool for achieving weight loss and better health. And you don’t have to actually “see” the images in your mind for it to be effective. Getting Started The site HealthStatus.com says to start by taking 5 to 10 minutes to get relaxed. This makes visualization easier and more effective. Plan to visualize at least once each day for at least 10 to 15 minutes. Here are two areas where you can begin. Healthy Eating – Set your goals around food and then start picturing yourself easily accomplishing things like eating and being satisfied with smaller portions; enjoying salads and veggies with your meals; buying healthy food at the store and enjoying it when you eat them. Staying Motivated – Once you’re relaxed, tap into the feeling of being excited about taking action on your health and then imagine feeling that way about weight loss. “Imagine looking forward to preparing healthy meals and snacks, and feeling great because you are fueling your body with wonderful nutrition,” says the article. Jon Gabriel, author of Visualization For Weight Loss, concurs in an article on Heal YourLife.com. He calls it “magnetizing your future” and describes it this way: “As you see yourself months and years down the road, in your perfect, ideal shape and body, imagine that this future version of you...
Learning To Let Go Is A Key To Healthy Living

Learning To Let Go Is A Key To Healthy Living

Anyone who has struggled with overcoming a painful emotional issue has probably been told the value of “letting it go” in order to move forward and live well. The value of letting go is also a key factor in achieving and maintaining a healthy lifestyle, including effective weight loss. Choosing to be healthy requires us to let go of fear, of old thoughts about ourselves, and of habits that no longer serve us well. Here are some ways to begin. Put Fear In Its Place Why would anyone be afraid of looking and feeling better? According to mentor, coach, and author Valery Satterwhite, writing on the site SelfGrowth.com, it’s often because of poor self-esteem. Satterwhite states, “When you are in a state of fear you cling to your current comfort zone. This fear prevents action. It holds you back.” She goes on to say that letting go of fear “does not come from a place of disgust or self-rejection.” Fear recedes as we being to realize that we have value just as we are in the present moment. “You are not your body,” says Satterwhite. “You are your intuition, personal passions, truth and the voice of your inspiration. Get in touch with that part of you.” Change An Old Self-View Dr. Travis Fox, a noted speaker and lecturer in the field of human development, teaches that using your mind is a vital part of letting go. In a recent article titled 5 Tips to Use Your Head and Let Go of that Extra Weight, he states: “Many people don’t realize that a great deal of their weight is from stuffing...
To Achieve Your Weight-Loss Goals, Start Boosting Your Self-Esteem

To Achieve Your Weight-Loss Goals, Start Boosting Your Self-Esteem

For some folks, losing weight and keeping it off is relatively easy. For many of us, however, the process goes off course and we either don’t lose the weight or we gain it back after a short time—but not because we’re weak or uncommitted to healthy living. More and more studies are being done to show that our self-esteem plays a critical role in achieving and maintaining weight loss goals. The Self-Esteem Link To Weight Loss Writing on the website of the Obesity Action Coalition, psychologist and weight loss coach Sean G. Connolly, PhD, states, “The importance of self-esteem in achieving life goals, including weight-loss, is immeasurable. It is a factor in all our human endeavors. Understanding how our self-esteem has been shaped and influenced in our lives can help us gain the essential awareness for change.” In his article Losing Weight by Building Self-Esteem, marriage and family therapist Dr. Paul Hokemeyer states, “In my experience, issues with weight are directly connected with issues of self-esteem. The more self-esteem a person has, the better able he or she is to make healthy food and exercise choices.” Even without delving into all the psychology, the good news is that there are actions we can take to build (or re-build) our self-esteem and believe that we deserve a healthy life as much as anyone else. Simple Ways To Begin Building Self-Esteem According to Dr. Hokemeyer, you can’t just “think yourself better.” You need to take concrete steps to engage in what he calls “esteem-able” acts. These include: Doing even one small action every day “that positively impacts the world around you.”...
The Key To Being Lucky Is Bravely Taking Chances

The Key To Being Lucky Is Bravely Taking Chances

“In order to achieve anything in life we have to take positive, calculated risks.” – Angela Barnard – Coach, Author, Speaker   March may be the month where we look for the luck of the Irish to give us what we want, but maybe it should be the month where we learn to make our own luck and success from a willingness to take more chances in our lives. You can feel great—and have a great life—from doing things that are challenging, new, or even a bit scary. Risky Doesn’t Have To Mean Crazy “Risk-taking, simply defined, is just making a decision where there is an uncertain outcome. Which means you’re taking a risk when you are placing your bet on that craps roll or just deciding whether or not to have that third cup of coffee in the morning,” says a recent FoxNews.com article, “The Health Benefits Of Taking Risks.” Now this doesn’t mean that you have to go sky diving, ski jumping, or running with the bulls. “But since risk is part and parcel of every single decision you make every single day, even small risks can offer big benefits to your health and well-being,” states Fox News. The point is to do something, anything, that is out of your comfort zone and/or where you can’t reasonably predict what will happen. How Risk Helps Us Grow We can hope that we get lucky by finding a four-leaf clover or the leprechaun and his pot of gold, but we’re more likely to get the things we want by swallowing our fear and taking a chance when it presents...
Want To Lose More Weight? Use Your Brain

Want To Lose More Weight? Use Your Brain

Open any magazine, watch any TV show, and you’ll see ads on the “science” of weight loss: what foods to eat, how certain foods affect your metabolism, the right time to eat—and more. While these are indeed important aspects of dropping pounds and getting healthy, studies are now proving that your mind also plays a huge role in your overall health and your ability to lose weight through the brain-gut connection. One mind-based strategy that could help you reach your weight loss goals is mindfulness, specifically mindful eating. Focus, Focus, Focus Research by the Harvard Medical School have shown “that a slower, more thoughtful way of eating could help with weight problems and maybe steer some people away from processed food and unhealthy choices.”  One study indicated that mindfulness-based therapy helped binge eaters to enjoy their food more and control their eating with less difficulty. Mindfulness is keeping a moment-by-moment focus on our thoughts, feelings, and environment while doing something. Mindful eating entails: Taking small bites and chewing slowly Noticing the flavors, colors, smells and textures of the food you’re eating Not watching TV or reading while eating Eating with your non-dominant hand Putting your fork down between bites Your Body Gets It Darya Rose, author, PhD in Neuroscience, and owner of the site Summer Tomato, partnered with NordicTrack to create a great mindful eating infographic that explains just how your body benefits from this practice. Among the proven benefits are: Increased immune functions An enhanced feeling of fullness so you feel satisfied and don’t over-eat Decreased stress levels which can enhance gut health and improve overall mind function Improved...
If You Want to Succeed in Weight Loss, Do These 3 Things…

If You Want to Succeed in Weight Loss, Do These 3 Things…

You want to succeed with your weight loss goal, right? Of course you do! So, follow these three tips to help you get there. 1. Stay accountable. Accountability is key to accomplishing any goal, so it goes without saying it’s also vitally important as you embark on a weight loss journey. In a WebMD article, Kenneth Schwarz, PhD, asserts, “In the realm of dieting, there is evidence that social support is a positive factor influencing weight loss.” Finding someone who will be your accountability partner can do wonders for your weight loss. But remember – this is about accountability – you’re not necessarily looking for someone to be your best friend (you know, like that friend who tells you there’s no reason for you to shed any weight). You’re looking for someone who will be supportive and will offer suggestions to keep you on the right track. 2. Change your perspectives. You know what they say – change your attitude, change your life! Are you setting a weight loss goal for someone else, or because you feel like you “have to”? Or are you doing it for you? When you do something for yourself instead of being directed by someone else, you’re more likely to have the motivation to get you going – and to keep going when you feel challenged or ready to give up. Think about all the reasons you want to be energetic and healthy – feel them – feel the reality of all those fabulous reasons! Envision yourself fitting into all your clothes, feeling zesty and vibrant, having the energy you need to move through...