Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Stress: The Ongoing Cycle !

What are the 2 biggest health related issues that hold women back from having the body they want?? Stress and over-eating. Putting the needs of others before your own can sometimes feel like it’s just part of the job of being a wife, friend, and family support. You start putting everything before yourself and then YOU start to see the effects of that. Slowly, after months or years of neglecting yourself you start to see these common issues:
The jeans that used to fit are a little little tighter.
The sugar and junk food cravings seem much stronger.
The exercise you used to do you gave up on.
The bathroom mirror and scale are avoided.
The stress of yo-yo dieting starts up again.
Do you see the scary cycle that starts to happen?A t some point, many people especially women struggle with overeating and use food to help curb negative emotions. Wine, chocolate, sugar, and other sweet treats beckon and promise a momentary relief that you indulge in because you had a "bad" day. Is that really a reason to be neglecting yourself? And yes, this is considered neglect when your choosing things based on feelings and not for fuel for your body. Once the “food rush” wears off, your now left with the very same emotional problems plus a self-defeating sense of guilt.
This is what the cycle looks like:
Overeat-Feel guilty about overeating-Gain weight-Repeat the cycle.
If you ever find yourself struggling with mysterious hunger try this:
Assuming some thought, belief, and/or emotion is driving this urge, even if you don’t yet know what it is.
Look for where your emotions are in your body
Observe and Wait. Don’t rush to explain things with your immediate response, e.g. “Oh it must be my mother issues because blah blah blah” or “Oh, it must be because I had no protein and only 20 grams of carbs.”
Don’t “should” yourself or rush to judge the feelings. Let them come even though they seem stupid.
If you feel a feeling, ask yourself how the situation you’re in might relate to a perceived threat to your own identity and values. Ask yourself, politely and conversationally, “Oh, OK, that seems important to you? Why?”
Give yourself a few minutes to experience whatever emotions you’re experiencing.
Embrace those emotions and find a coping mechanism that you can deal with those feelings.
The second issue is consistency with diet. 65% of women struggle with staying consistent. Having programs like Weight Watchers,
MyFitnessPal and other calorie counters,Jenny Craig and Curves
Crossfit and other group workouts, it doesn't surprise me that women have the yo -yo diet effect. How do you stay consistent? You become accountable ! You want a program that covers a few bases:
It’s been tested with lots of people
It’s customized to your lifestyle that you can continue to follow.
It’s something you actually enjoy doing
There’s something big and positive to shoot for
You need a way to measure your progress and track it on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis.You need to follow a structured plan, but still have room to move at your own speed when needed.
You need a daily reminder to practice whichever nutrition, exercise, or lifestyle habit you’re currently working on.
You need it to be customizable to your skill levels, goals, and how much time you have available. Make yourself be accountable to someone else so you have no excuses not to follow-through.
If you have a difficult relationship with food start by becoming consistent and accountable. Ditch the surface solutions and make yourself accountable to a proven program. If you want to give yourself the opportunity to have the most success, make yourself accountable to a person, too.

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