One of the hardest things about being overweight is how you feel about yourself. I know, because I've been there.
I want to share a story with you... hopefully one that will help you see that no matter what your current age or size, you can change the direction of your health.
There was a time when I had an eating addiction and body image disorder. I was prone to binges instead of feeling my feelings, purging to let go of the guilt of the binge, and then doing it all over again.
It was a deadly, painful cycle that kept me spinning in confusion, frustration, and sadness.
I remember a defining moment I had when I was driving in my car one day and I clearly understood that I needed to make a decision, for I couldn't keep living my life this way. I needed to "end it" or decide to heal.
Thank goodness I decided to heal.
I dove deep into studying the power of food, meditation, yoga, and self-reflection. I began to sit with my emotions, instead of eating them away. I started to slow down and breathe, instead of filling my plate with more things to do. I stopped hanging out with people who were toxic.
I want the same for you, so I've mapped out some simple steps that can help you get started...
3 Foundational Steps To Starting Your Weight Loss Journey:
- KNOW YOUR WHY: Ask yourself WHY you want to get healthy. Why is it important to you? This piece is crucial so you push through the days where you want to give up. It will help you stay focused and connected to something bigger for yourself.
- KEEP IT VISIBLE: Once you discover your WHY, write it down and place it in multiple places where you can see it often: the bathroom mirror, next to your bed, at your computer. Keep your WHY at the forefront of your mind and take "mini vacations" throughout the day where you stop, close your eyes, and focus on what your WHY will FEEL like once you've attained it.
- SET YOURSELF UP TO WIN: Now that you know your WHY, it's important to set up the steps you need to attain it. Fill your pantry with healthy, EASY TO GRAB snacks and meals. Set your workout clothes out the night before for the next day. Get an accountability buddy or join a community of like-minded people who are focused on being happy and healthy.
SNACK IDEAS: raw nuts and seeds, cut up vegetables and hummus, turkey slices wrapped in lettuce leaves with avocado, green smoothies with a lot of plant protein, green apples or berries and almond butter.
The key here is to get started right away with these simple steps for anything you put off to "start tomorrow" may never happen. Otherwise you will continue to get the same results you've gotten in the past... and those aren't working for you anymore.
As soon as you finish this article, take one inspired action to your goal and commit to it for the next seven days. Keep your focus on what you can do now and take it step by step.
If I could do it, so can you... No matter your current state of health.
I'm here for you.
If you -- or someone you know -- need help, please call 1-800-273-8255 for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. If you are outside of the U.S., please visit the International Association for Suicide Prevention for a database of international resources.
If you're struggling with an eating disorder, call the National Eating Disorder Association hotline at 1-800-931-2237.