All of my weight loss clients are intelligent.
They have full, demanding lives.
Lots of relationships.
Many, many things on their ‘to do' lists.
And, of course, there's that annoying issue of carrying some extra weight on their bodies.
Sometimes it's just 10 or 15 pounds.
Sometimes it's a lot more.
Life moves along. Urgent things get done. Some things don't.
Some things stay on the list forever.
- Like taking care of yourself (what does that even mean to you?)
- Like planning your meals so you actually have what you need in the house.
- Like making time to stop and check in with yourself before you eat. Are you hungry?
When we create the habit of taking care of the loud demands, and putting off what's not urgent, eventually even those quiet whispers get loud.
Your 10 pounds turn into 30.
You can't find your gym shoes under the piles in your closet.
Your fridge is full but everything is past its expiration date.
The last time you had a physical was 2002.
When we procrastinate taking care of our lives, there will be a price to pay.
We sacrifice living the true, beautiful life we were meant to live, in the body we were meant to have.
We're not happy. And we think the big problem is our weight.
Here's the story: When we let things pile up, everything suffers. Long lists of things to do sometimes lead us to stressful thoughts. It becomes harder and harder to focus on the present moment because of all the things we've put off. They're lurking.
So, how can you expect to eat well and listen to your body with all that psychic noise?
In order to reshape your body, the first step is to reshape your life.
This year, the focus of much of my coaching and writing will be about creating the life you want, getting what's most important to you done, and taking care of yourself.
So, right now, even though you may want to lose some extra pounds, I invite you to take a different approach. Take a look at your life and really face all that you've been avoiding. And pick one small thing that you can take care of.
Now cut that thing in half.
And in half again.
Until it is so tiny a step, that success is visible.
And, as you get things in order and create loving and sustainable habits, you will wake up and feel lighter.
I will come back to this subject many times this year. Look for worksheets and all kinds of tools to help you navigate through this process. Because when you focus your attention on cleaning up and reshaping your life, reshaping your body will be a cinch.