Stepping on the scales is often done with trepidation, but what joy when the scales reveal good news — especially when that significant digit finally changes. Although it’s just like any other pound, somehow it feels like an especially big victory and the relief is staggering. Excess weight comes off naturally when we focus on getting healthy rather than just losing weight.
Most dieters have experienced a rapid weight loss followed by a weight gain of at least, and frequently more, than had been lost to begin with. This yo-yo action is not only disappointing but demoralizing. Many rapid weight loss diets depend on loss of water to provide a quick success of a few pounds. This is not sustainable.
Avoid yo-yo dieting by changing your focus from “lose weight” to “get healthy.” A lifestyle of long term health habits includes nutrition, exercise, rest, sunshine, fresh air, and attitude. When you get healthy, your weight will take care of itself!
No matter how slow you’re moving, you can still run laps around those who are on the couch. The best exercise for you is the one you can do and WILL DO! So take heart, get started and keep moving at your own speed. You can pick up the pace as you build your strength and endurance. God has given you a resilient body designed for health. It will respond to your efforts to regain health with an optimal balance of exercise, nutrition, rest, attitude, toxin removal, sunshine, clean air and water. So get started. Let’s get physical!
A supportive family and friends can be one of the best blessings and biggest encouragements to help you overcome stumbling blocks on the road to health and well-being. Encourage your loved ones by being supportive of their efforts in eating right, exercising, and other healthful activities. Participate in their new learning experience, hold them accountable if you’ve been asked to do so, and whole heartedly celebrate their successes! You’ll both be blessed.
Remember when? Rediscover the pleasure of walking. Walking provides a quiet, stress-free time together. Walking is good for fitness, weight loss, exercise, and long term health. It’s easy, safe, inexpensive, and can be exhilarating! Walking conditions your heart, improves muscle tone and strength, relieves stress, and can help with back pain, disease, and other health problems.
Walking to a nearby store works up an appetite and works off those extra pounds. Walking your pet is good for both of you. Explore your neighborhood or a nearby park.
Why do we automatically take the car when walking is often the better choice for a given task and for our health as well?
The pathway to health is not always intuitively obvious. Misinformation abounds and the signposts are not always clear. Even when we do know the “right” way, we sometimes choose to take a little “side trip” along a few different ways and the consequences of those decisions may not be clear until we are mired in wrong habits and resulting degenerative conditions. Many people then endure years of frustration trying to find relief from a puzzling array of symptoms.
Now is the time for new beginnings, a time to take stock of where we are and where we are headed. Only when you understand the health needs of your body and the implications of nutrition, environmental, and other health factors will you be in a position to take charge of your health and chart a new course for wellness.
Find a health care practitioner who will educate you, not just medicate you. Look for a health coach who is willing to spend time with you to make sure you understand what is happening in your body and why it produces symptoms that bother you. Insist on baseline measures of key health components and measurements of progress and results. You need encouragement, assurance, and information to make informed decisions about your nutrition, your lifestyle, and your environmental exposures.
Your optimal health requires a daily commitment on your part and it will be rewarded with the faithfulness of God and the healing abilities that He has created in your body’s design. As you detoxify, rebuild, eat better, and exercise, you need a coach who is supportive and uplifting, one who will come along side you with encouragement, helpful measures of progress, words to sustain the weary, and celebration of results. Now is the time to get back on track!