We have all had those times in our lives when we feel helpless and overwhelmed, eating out of control, and feeling fat and ugly.
As women we take care of everyone, except ourselves. When things get hectic, self-care will always fall to the bottom of the list. Interestingly, the first two things to be swept aside are healthy eating and exercise.
So when someone comes to me for weight loss, I tell them to think of excess weight as energy. This energy is stuck with nowhere to go. In other words, it suggests an imbalance in your life.
For women, this usually means too much energy is going out, and not enough is coming in.
When we live in this state of imbalance for a long period of time, the body will eventually rebel. Physical manifestations of this inequality may be weight gain, headaches or migraines, depression, anxiety, sexual dysfunction and even cardiovascular disease. Since the body cannot speak, it throws out signals. It is up to you to heed the signs.
This is usually the point where desperate measures are needed to get you out of the vortex of despair. Fortunately, this can be easier than you think.
First, decide you have had enough and make the decision to change.
Secondly, when we feel strong we are better equipped to pull ourselves out of the hole we are in. Since healthy eating and exercise are the first to go, they must be the first steps to reclaiming your balance. When in doubt, I tell my clients to put one foot in front of the other. Literally. Walk, walk it out, keep walking. Walk yourself out of the inertia you are in. Move the energy.
Eat in a way that honors the valuable person you are. When you give the body the nutrients it needs, you will feel a renewed sense of vitality and the body will respond in kind.
And lastly, if you need help, ask for it. As women, we don’t ask enough. Know that there are people out there that will always grab your hand and pull you safely to shore.
Look at these moments of chaos as a sign that it is time to reassess and acknowledge what is really important. My hope is that you will realize that it is You.
Leave a comment below and tell me about a time when you have felt out of control, and how you regained your footing.