Sunday, August 30, 2009
Diets and diet products promise that losing weight by using their products and plans will bring to fruition your greatest dreams, fulfill your deepest desires. When we fail at following ridiculous rules about food, eating, exercise, etc. we blame ourselves!
We also diet because our culture promotes dieting, dieting behaviors, and the pursuit of artificially thin bodies as the norm. One of my clients brought in an article from Allure Magazine recently revealing the "secrets to thinness" from fashion insiders. It was absurd. The article sounded like it was ripped from the pages of a "How to Develop an Eating Disorder" manual. She told me she had seen similar suggestions on pro-eating disorder sites.
Diets also promise quick answers to serious problems; like poor self-esteem, spiritual emptiness, and depression. It is so much easier to focus on losing weight, controling food, and executing exercise regimes than to confront other troublesome issues in our lives.
As you ditch dieting, you can really begin the life-long pursuit of true health and wellness in all areas of your life. Remember - this is a process that requires patience. No guilt allowed because, this is the really good news, there are no rules!!
Please share your thoughts!
Saturday, August 1, 2009
- Find something fun to do each day that involves non-stop movement. Walking is just fine.
- Don't set rules about how long you need to be active. Just move.
- If you use exercise machines ... cover up the "calories burned" info.
- Participate in a group activity of some sort. Maybe a dance class.
- Think of this movement as a way to nurture your body.
- Consider activity as an investment into your current and future health.
- Do not focus on activity/exercise as merely a weight management tool.
If you find getting your activity in is becoming burdensome or is in any fashion detracting from your quality of life (like isolating you from friends/family, making you late for work, etc.) you need to step back and reassess your priorities in life. You can thoughtful and deliberate about giving your body activity without being obsessive.
How have you made peace with exercise?