3 Mental Shifts for a Healthy Body
I used to picture healthy as a girl with a toned mid section, bright red lipstick, and perfect skin smiling while she attractively pretends to bite into a piece of celery. And my thoughts stopped there.
In reality, I always knew that health has to do with so much more. But there are still times when I cannot help but picture that slim, well exercised, and salad loving girl as the ideal of health.
It took an eating disorder, personal development courses, and a health coaching certification to understand that a truly healthy body cannot be achieved without a mental shift.
If you feel stuck in your non-healthy eating routine, like you have no time to think about exercise, or you are still beating yourself up for those last few pounds you have to lose before swimsuit season, please read on.
These 3 mental shift will change the way you go about getting healthy or losing weight. You will get to where you want to be quicker and you will be happier along the way. Guaranteed.
#1) Stop saying the “f” word.
The “f” word is fat. You are not fat. You have fat. And so do I. And so does everyone to some greater or lesser extent.
This type of language kills your ability to powerfully make healthy choices.
Wherever you focus your energy, grows. If you decide to focus your energy on how tired you are, do you notice how you feel more and more tired? If you keep telling yourself that you are fat, you will only find more and more evidence to prove that.
Who you are is not fat. If I said, who are you? Would you say fat? Probably not. You would probably tell me your name. I would say, I am Catie. I might also tell you that I am a holistic health coach, a John Mayer fan, a good friend, and a lover of anything banana flavored.
Next time you are in front of a mirror, putting on jeans, or doing crunches and you feel the need to think or say “I am fat”, say who you really are. A sister, brother, animal lover, a hard worker, a reliable co-worker, an always-there-for-you type of friend.
That’s something to be proud of. Start using empowering language and abandon limiting, negative language. Then watch how your body starts to change.
#2) You don’t have to do everything right now.
I know that is hard to hear. We usually want it all and we want it now. But when you feel like you have to do all the things like exercise 5 times per week, go to work for 10+ hrs/day, never eat bread, sleep, stretch, moisturize, etc. it feels overwhelming.
Who has time to do all of that? Lots of people actually. But they didn’t start it all at once.
So what can you do right now? Pick 1 thing. No matter how big or how small it is, do it.
And stop thinking about what you can’t do. Focus on what you can. And then tell someone about it. Tell me, a friend, or a family member.
This is not so anyone can make you feel like shit for messing up (which you will, because that’s part of the fun). These are people in your community. Things feel easier when you do it with other people.
#3) You are beautiful right now.
Exactly as you are. With or without makeup on (yes men, you too). At your current size, with your current shape.
We have this idea of what beauty is. We think...
Oh, I’ll be beautiful when I lose this weight. Or when my abs make their appearance. Or when I can wear that outfit and every guy or girl is staring wishing they could look like me.
In reality, you are chasing a feeling.
Beauty is a mindset.
A mindset that is cultivated consistently over time.
To cultivate a beauty mindset, you must focus on your favorite attribute first. Same thing that we talked about earlier. What you focus on, grows. Find that thing that you love about yourself. And tell yourself how good it looks every single day!
Be vain. Love something phsyical about yourself. And if you cant' do that just yet, start with something that isn't physcial.
Like the way you make your friends laugh or how you are always there for your friend when they need someone to talk to.
Adopt these 3 mental shifts and watch your body change. There is no way to have a healthy body unless you are also happy. A happy woman is a beautiful woman. And a beautiful woman takes on the world powerfully.