Your body today is the result of your own past thoughts and actions, or in-actions! Take responsibility for what you have created, Apologise to your body and mean it, be prepared to be astounded as it changes before your eyes, as you follow through your commitment towards feeling great, looking amazing, radiating health and vitality. Make 2010 your best Summer yet!
It seems that a trim body, feeling great, having taken control of your habits and excuses, walking down the High Street in a pair of cool jeans, a simple white T and the most glamorous of sandals when the sun comes to stay, is a popular goal.
Stop now for a moment! Take time to imagine the sun beaming, people smiling and you are, for the first time in a while, happy to be clothes shopping. Of course you have a wardrobe full of clothes you’ve been unable to wear as you insidiously outgrew them, gorgeous clothes that once taunted you from their hangers are now beckoning. Today you are adding to your collection because it is time to treat yourself.
Natural colours are being touted as this Spring/Summers look. Muted khaki, beige, sand etc brightened with coral and sky blue. Today you are intending to add a few key pieces to your wardrobe to bring it bang up to date – on your first truly joyous shopping expedition. How liberated do you feel? Relaxed in the knowledge that clothes slip off their chi-chi boutique hangers and fit your body so perfectly, looking fabulous.
You walk taller, your hips seem to have regained their feminine sway, your waist is trim – you are happy and so very proud of yourself as you look back at those first couple of weeks when you felt unfit and unhealthy, pushing your flab to move around the gym. God, … it was hard work back then. Yet within just a few short weeks you learned that your muscles had form, your Endorphins are your best friend and the feeling from saying “No” to anything that doesn’t feel good for your body far outweighed the momentary addictive fix of sugar or carb.
You have set specific dates for goals along the way, milestones to flag your achievements as your hard work and tenacity pays off. You are truly now back in control. For some it is a holiday, others a birthday and even a Husbands sabbatical. These dates are in your diary and highlighted, each one reminding you that you are on track and programmed for success.
You will soon have people around you tempting you to go back to what they know. As you evidence your new-found motivation it will un-nerve as people tempt you back into your old ways. We all feel more comfortable when we can predict what those close of us will do. When you show warrior discipline and focus it will cause people to question themselves and rather than work on their own stuff, they will kindly seduce you back to their comfort zone. Understand this for what it is, the offer of a hot doughnut or big slab of cheese “Because it won’t hurt this once and anyway you really deserve it” is for them – not you!
If you are obsessed with the scales, understand this is a strategy you have adopted to feel as though you are taking action, to beat yourself up and evidence the hopelessness of your old situation – it has nothing to do with being slim. As you are working out five days a week for a minimum of 30 minutes each time you will build muscle – the scales do lie!
As a fit and trim size 10 I actually weigh more than when flabby and tipping a 14! If you only rely on the scales to monitor your success you are setting yourself up for negative feedback (you know the scales speak to you!). You are not working smart and the prognosis is not great. A tape measure and specific moles to ensure you are always measuring the same place are your best friends here – the real measurement of your success!
Water is imperative in your program. As we disperse the toxin-laden fat, our body requires a means to expel the poisons accumulated over the years of inactivity and bring ourselves back to life – literally. Calibrate how your body felt before you embarked on exercise and notice how it literally wakes up over the coming few sessions.
Appreciate your body. If every time you think about your body you are using unpleasant words and feelings – what will you get? More of the same! Your body works fine and will amaze you as it responds to your attention – thank it and appreciate it every single day – the more you do this, the quicker your results. Why should it become your willing servant if all you do is berate and scold? You know that encouragement and appreciation works wonders – use this knowledge.
Your body today is the result of your own past thoughts and actions, or in-actions! Apologise to your body and mean it, be prepared to be astounded as it changes before you eyes as you follow through your commitment towards feeling great, looking amazing, whilst radiating health and vitality.