Wednesday, September 8, 2010

The Good News

There are all kinds of products, fads & gimmicks that will try to convince you that by purchasing them, you will automatically have the body, waistline, or life you've always dreamed of.

If you've ever been seduced by the late-night infomercials into believing the "Ab-Master-Pro-6000" will make you look like the person on the commercial "with only 3 minutes a day!", this article may not be such good news.

You may believe that eating, or not eating certain foods, at certain times is the magic solution you've been looking for.

You may believe you have a "slow metabolism" and that losing weight is harder for you than for other people.

The truth is, YOU are responsible for what you do with your health, and this IS good news, because you are also the only person able to make the changes you've been wanting to make, but are maybe waiting around to "feel like it" or for them to "happen to you".

First of all, stop all the self-criticism & negative self-talk that you tell yourself; with that kind of thinking is it any wonder you don't take better care of yourself?

Why would you feel you deserve better food, better energy levels, better relationships, if you're always down on yourself for all of the reasons you come up with?

Now, imagine someone was talking about your best friend, or your partner, the way you think about yourself when you're being negative; you wouldn't tolerate it, you'd argue back, stand up for your loved one and point out all of their great qualities.

Do this for yourself, as the saying goes, "be your own best friend".

There is no magical solution to your weight-loss goal, you do not have a "slow metabolism"* you CAN achieve your goals, but YOU need to be actively working towards it.

I didn't expect to have gained 40kgs during pregnancy, (although with all the crap I ate, it should not have been a surprise to me), nor did I realise the amount of thought, planning, consistency & effort involved in losing that weight over the next 2 - 3 years.

I know it's not easy, but it is simple; if you are consistent in making nutritious food choices & find at least 30 minutes a day to move at a pace that puffs you out, over time you will see the results that YOU are responsible for achieving.

You CAN do it and I'm here to help.

* if you are seriously concerned about this, see your GP and possibly get a referral to an endocrinologist

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