Things I (and those I know & respect) DON’T do to maintain a healthy lifestyle:
- Count calories, macros, carb cycling, or fast for most of the day.
- Try out the latest diet that “so &so” lost 20# in 3 weeks
- Pay for expensive supplements, shakes, or meal replacements that are advertised as “necessary” for health/ weight loss.
- Follow a plan that makes certain foods off-limits
- Restrict & binge
- Exercise to pay for eating something, or overeat because I moved my body.
- Stress over going out to eat, being in places where my meals can’t be planned or controlled.
- Weigh myself or obsess over the number on the scale.
Things I (and those I know & respect) do:
- Prioritize protein, water, fruits, & vegetables
- Move my body in love, joy, & kindness
- Enjoy sweets in freedom without guilt or shame
- Acknowledge that the scale is just a measurement of mass & the number has no determination of worth or value.
- Don’t feel shame or need to exercise if I overate. Am able to move on with my day & easily get back on track.
- Am able to go out to eat or go on vacation, make the best choices possible, & know that a few meals or days of eating differently are not going to have any long-lasting impact.
- Understand that managing stress & sleep are just as important as movement & food. Weight loss is not solely dependent on calories out > calories in.
- See a healthy lifestyle as a long-term journey of making permanent changes that will have a long-lasting impact. Weight loss may be a side effect but changes are not just measured on a scale.
- View health as multi-dimensional, balancing physical with mental, emotional, & spiritual, knowing that each affects one another positively & negatively.
I have done all the things in the first group, & none of it felt like freedom. Even when I thought I was living in freedom or my motives were pure, I found myself obsessing over my body & food. So I’m going to ask you, what is your focus on? Do you think about food a lot? Do you analyze your body constantly? Do you feel shame if you eat sweets or miss a workout?
We’re not meant to spend so much time thinking about ourselves. I invite you to take a step over into the 2nd group. While it’s nice to have a plan (once I received freedom, I was able to figure out what nutrition & types of movement served me well, but not until I got free was this helpful), freedom should always be the goal. Live free, dear one. It’s the only way to get off the train of self & return focus to your Maker, where all that can be held in perspective.