12 Apr 2012
“You really need to stop saying that to people. It isn’t easy or simple. I know what you mean, but they don’t.”
It wasn’t until my husband made the remark above I realized how frequently, when asked about my weight loss maintenance, I used the adjectives easy and simple.
Once he pointed it out to me, however, I immediately saw his point.
You see, to me, weight loss, weight loss maintaining, healthy living was all very simple…to explain.
In my experience discovering my healthy living path, losing weight and keeping it off was all very easy …in theory.
In no way did I mean the execution of these simple concepts was easy (I’d begged, cajoled & bribed myself to do cardio enough times to know that fact well).
When I said those words to people I simply meant the explanation of how I got and remained fit was a simple one.
No crazy exercise routines.
No numbers crunching, calorie counting or eating for my blood-type.
No hours spent preparing special just for me meals or eons spent toiling away in the gym.
How I lost weight and maintained the loss /stayed fit was easy.
It all came down to three simple rules.
1. Don’t over-think it. Any of ‘it’ from the food to the fitness. Listen to your body. Once we slow down and focus on what our bodies are really asking for, healthy eating becomes simple. For me, this resulted in gluten free foods. It may be different for you. Simply listen- your body knows. The same approach applies to fitness. Try new things. See how you feel. Don’t over-think “what’s the best workout” or what will get you to your goals most swiftly. Stop thinking. Try something. Simply listen to how your body responds.
2. Eat as close to nature as possible. I have no rules when it comes to food. My choice to be gluten free is merely an outgrowth of paying attention to how gluten caused my body to feel. I’ve discovered, for me, simple healthy recipes and foods in their natural state help me to feel my best. Intellectually I’m aware of the advantages of eating healthy, but the only thing I strive for is eating as close to nature as possible. It’s simple.
3. Let go and move on. For me everything became simpler and easier when I finally realized I’m never as far from my healthy path as my very.next.choice. It’s simple. Made a food selection you wish you hadn’t? Make a new and different one at your next meal. Skipped your workout yesterday (and the day before and the day before)? It’s simple. Make today the day you recommit. Let go of past (perceived) mistakes and move forward.
Have you found, when all is stripped away, your approach to healthy living is a simple one, too?
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