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Weight 1-2-3

Weight 1-2-3

A lot of clients, friends, and family members have asked me about the link of weight to one's own mental, physical, and emotional health. It may seem like a no brainer- that what you put in OR deprive yourself, has an impact on your health. However, it's the HOW to get yourself back to healthy eating and exercising that really appears to be the struggle. Change is very difficult. Especially if you have a high stress job, it can feel natural to want to reward yourself for a good job done by swinging by the nearest fast food place. Unfortunately, this contributes to weight gain, general unhealthy eating habits, physical health problems, and mental/emotional issues. Do you really feel better after that cheeseburger and fries? It's ok in moderation. It's when things get to an extreme that I suggest people look at their daily living habits and ask themselves if they are happy where they are at in life (appearance, self-esteem, self-confidence, physical health, etc.).

It is up to YOU and you alone to make CHANGE today. Excuses are just that....excuses. Start using that gym membership. Often times, gyms offer a free trainer if you've just joined or a trainer at a discounted rate if you ask. This can help keep you on track for your workouts. The word "workout" may make you want to run and hide. It doesn't mean you have to be doing heavy cardio for an hour even. Do what you CAN. That is why it is good to consult with a trainer so that you can choose a workout plan that fits with your body and lifestyle. Swimming, running, walking, yoga, bicycling, kickboxing, rowing, basketball, volleyball, and weights are just to name a few options for getting yourself back in shape. Take a buddy with you if you have trouble getting yourself motivated. New mom? Try Stroller Strides. These groups can be found through your community postings at the library, local mall, or park district.

See a dietician! Even if you can swing just ONE APPOINTMENT with a dietician, I highly recommend it for anyone with any body shape and lifestyle. This can help you make sure you are getting what you need through your daily intake of food. Just because you are average weight does not mean you are getting all of the nutrients you need. Again, this is helpful to give you that extra bump of motivation to get your act in gear.

Talk it out. Feeling stressed? Don't know where to put this stress? Find a healthy outlet. Often times, talking out what you're going through with a significant other, close family member, or friend can be very helpful and an alternative to burying yourself into sedentary activities (like watching TV and overeating). Also, get active in CREATIVE outlets! Singing, writing, drawing, playing music, painting, jewelry making, woodworking, landscaping, and the list goes on and on in things you can do to focus your energy in positive ways. Get active in the COMMUNITY. Whether reaching out to your church or to a nursing home, try volunteering your time to help out non-profits or other service oriented businesses in your area. Don't like people? That's ok! Maybe you have an affinity towards working with animals. Local shelter and pet stores need help too.

Feeling empowered yet? Talk to your counselor or therapist to obtain more motivation if you feel you're lacking it. Reach out to clergy or a church member for help. Get involved in your childrens' school functions and field trips. Make your life worth living. William Saroyan said, "Try to learn to breathe deeply, really to taste food when you eat, and when you sleep really to sleep. Try as much as possible to be wholly alive with all your might, and when you laugh, laugh like hell. And when you get angry, get good and angry. Try to be alive. You will be dead soon enough."

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