Now that we almost have the first month of 2022 under our belt, some of us may be wondering: “why do I still feel like this”
I am super passionate about helping women create the fulfilling life they deeply crave. Oftentimes, it’s in our small but consistent changes that make the most considerable, most sustainable impact.
Check out my list of 10 mistakes that could be holding you back from feeling your best.
You’re so focused on how others feel you forget about what you need or want. I get it; you want those that you care about to approve. It may make you feel like you’re on the “right” path when they do. Be honest about what you want for yourself and be confident in that rather than seeking any approval from others.
2. You’re too scared to step out of your comfort zone
This is a tough one for me personally. If you’re never willing to put yourself out there, it might mean a missed opportunity for something extraordinary. Maybe instead of focusing on “worse case scenario,” focus on best case scenario – it might help motivate you!!
3. You’re not eating good quality food
Your body is precious, your brain is precious – they deserve the best!! If you’re not treating them right, who else will? Stay hydrated, eat whole, clean, real food, for goodness sake. Your body and brain will thank you.
4. You’re comparing yourself to someone else
Your health goals are about you and you alone – not what the person beside you is doing. Often people will look at others that they believe to be much healthier than them. You expect your results to be the same as theirs. You do not see the struggles they face or have faced. You don’t see the slight improvements they may have made each day. Comparing yourself to someone else is dangerous, and it can be very discouraging. Do you and stay in your own lane.
5. You want results too soon
Real, sustainable weight loss or health takes time. Quick fixes don’t work long term, not to mention the mind f*cking it does when you slide backward. Focus on building health instead of taking away sickness; it’s more positive. Take your time – it’s a journey – you may as well enjoy it. Set small habits and take it one week, or even one day at a time. The goal is to make your healthy habits your “norm,” that they’re not something you “do,” but they are part of who you are.
6. You’re eating hidden calories
It’s very easy to unintentionally consume more calories (usually sugar) when eating processed or packaged food. It’s way easier to track your actual consumption by eating whole foods. A good rule I try to go by is less than 5 ingredients, and if I can’t understand the ingredients, it’s better off left on the shelf.
7. You’re making too many excuses
“But it’s aunt Carol’s birthday this Friday; I’ll start Monday” “But I have a busy week ahead, I’ll just buy these quick meals. I don’t have time.” There will always be holidays, weekends, weddings, promotions, and busy schedules. You will always be able to find a reason to indulge, to buy easy meals, or to skip the workout. At the end of the day – you have to set your priorities and make yourself an 80/20 rule. Try to be intentional with your goals, diet, exercise regimen etc. 80% of the time – and 20% of the time…chill outtttttt. I don’t mean binge and gorge yourself, but don’t ever think you have to be PERFECT to see results and feel your best.
This could (and might be one day) be a whole post on its own. First off, alcohol is an appetite stimulant; it makes us feel hungrier than we actually are. But not only that, due to its numbing effect, it actually anesthetizes the triggers that tell us we’re full, which is why it’s no trouble to eat an entire pizza when you’ve been drinking. Also, alcohol can be used for energy but not stored (your body wants to get rid of this toxin asap). So this means if you go over your intended calories (which is extremely easy to do if you’re adding alcohol), any calories from food consumed after the amount will be stored as fat. Even if you don’t eat while drinking, all added sugars will likely put you over.
9. Not getting quality sleep
When you don’t get enough sleep, your appetite is increased. It’s a hormonal response of your body trying to recoup the energy from your lousy sleep. It can also slow your metabolism down throughout the day. Having quality sleep will help your body and mind replenish from the wear and tear of the day and set you up for awesomeness the next.
10. Your relationships
You’re spending too much time with people with different goals than you. Motivational speaker Jim Rohn famously said that we are the average of the five people we spend the most time with. Who are your people?? We need to surround ourselves with people with similar goals (if even broadly). People who will encourage us, challenge or inspire us, and push us to be better. The right circle of influences helps raise the bar, setting new and higher expectations for ourselves.
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