Time to Focus on the Body
Now that I’ve begun getting my mind and spirit functioning with my true self in mind, I decided it was time to again start working on trying to get my body back to its true/ideal weight. ;) Thankfully finding my true self has quietly brought me back to reaching my ideal weight because being your true self is about bringing awareness to every aspect of your life…yay, one time multitasking can still help. 🙂
As is Holiday tradition, I gained back some of the weight I took off last year. Granted, it was only about 5lbs, but when it took about 3 months to originally lose the 5lbs and keep them off, it’s enough to make you want to pull your hair out. Thankfully, I stopped myself from spiriling out of my mind and decided that it was only 5lbs, which I could take off this month…mission almost accomplished.
I had also injured my back and could only do yoga/pilates for the last month of 2012. Now that my back is healthy, I’m back to doing an hour of weight training and half an hour of ab work three times a week, with an hour of yoga five times a week (just love and need the stretch and flexibility). I know, I know, you may not have the time to give to exercise and that’s ok. I only dedicate so much time to it because I love how I feel after and it’s my daily stress relief. 🙂
Reaching your ideal weight thankfully is only 20% exercise, 80% diet. Note, I didn’t say it was all diet, but if you can’t dedicate a block of time to exercise, start by trying to see if you can dedicate 10 minutes, 3 times a day to do some form of physical activity (walking; taking the stairs – coworkers use their breaks to climb our building stairs 2-3 times a day; doing chair exercises – see below; etc.).
With that said, we need all the help we can get when it comes to diet. It all starts with awareness, awareness, awareness. Simply put if you only eat when your hungry and stop eating once you’re satisfied (not full and regretting what you just ate, but when you no longer feel hungry), you will no longer need to go on strict diets which leave you feeling unsatisfied and hungry.
Easier said than done I know, but in continuing to connect with my true self I have now started to look into Ayurveda through the Chopra Center. I am still learning more about it, but hope to share more in future posts.
How is your weight management going so far? What diet/exercise tips are working for you?