Stress-Loss vs. Weight-Loss


Let me start by quoting Timbaland and Aaliyah. “It’s been a long time since I left you, without a dope beat to step to…step to.. step to.”  Yes, I haven’t blogged in years but I’m a firm believer in “if you don’t have nothing good to say….” I’ve got something good, shall I say great to say.  I hope it frees your hearts and minds in the areas of weight-loss and achieving your fitness goals.  Ok…are you ready…..”RELAX!” Yes, relax yourself.  Studies have proven that people who sustain high stressful lifestyles are more likely to have high cortisol levels which results in weight gain.  Most of my clients think that the first step is hiring me to train them.  After three weeks, they may feel and look better but they are disappointed because they are not skinny.  The first step is to make the decision that you want to be healthy, define the specific goal, create a wellness plan (hire a coach if needed), and RELAX.

First, let’s breakdown the the most important step, “decision.” This occurs when you make up your mind to do something different.  Your thoughts create a belief system that determine your words, actions, habits, and lifestyle.  The end game of weight-loss is to create a new lifestyle or a new blueprint for the way you want to look and feel.  This thought changing process will not happen over night.  I always ask my clients, “how long did it take you to gain this weight?” Most of them respond with “years!”  Therefore, you shouldn’t expect to take it off overnight.  We have years of misinformation trapped in your mind.  We have to train and educate it.”  We need “mind-time.”  Yes, its recommended that a person must spend a minimum of 300 minutes per week to achieve weight loss and/or create a deficit of 3500 calories in order to lose a pound.  But you also need to spend time each day, re-thinking, re-training, and challenging your mind to produce healthy thoughts.  In order to achieve this, you must RELAX.

How to Relax

Find a place, create a space in your home where there are no interruptions. It can be your bedroom or office where  no spouses/partners, kids, family members, and definitely co-workers are not allowed to disrupt your thoughts.  Change the atmosphere, light candles, play classical or relaxation music.  Breathe deeply, close your eyes, give all of your troubles to God(if you are a believer) and picture the  ideal day in your life.  The ideal image of yourself, where you are happy, healthy, glowing, and feeling comfortable in your skin.  I ask my clients to start with 5 minutes a day for one week.  Once you become addicted to meditation and relaxation, you will crave it for 15 minutes or more each day.

I know you have busy schedules and you really want to get off the high blood, cholesterol, or borderline diabetic drugs.  I know you want to enjoy shopping again or feeling comfortable in your favorite outfit.  I know you lack energy that you desperately need to spend time with your kids and family, but you have to incorporate “mind-time” in your stress-loss and eventual weight-loss goals.

Miss you Aaliyah…you were “one in a million!”

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