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Gratitude is the Often Forgotten Key to Healthy Weight Loss

Rosie Battista is a Healthy Body “Builder”, Trainer & Food Maven, committed to helping women entrepreneurs build healthy sexy bodies without starving or spending hours in the gym. She believes that when you feel healthy and sexy in your body, you present your best stuff to the world.Read more from Rosie at CookingNakedafter40.com.

Just profound “ity”. No, it’s not a typo, and yes, I made this word up.

My daughter and I were having a conversation about women and weight loss. Quite an intense conversation which unleashed a profound comment from my girl. She said, “look how easily we go from grateful to greedy“. She was talking specifically about weight loss and our reaction to what happens on the scale. We get annoyed when it doesn’t move down fast enough for our expectations. We’re happy the first week of a diet when the weight comes off quickly. Then after that, it’s all downhill with trashy thoughts that fill our heads.

How many times have you stepped on the scale and complained in disappointment that you ONLY lost one or two pounds? How often do the little thoughts in your head shout out, “I can’t believe I only lost a pound and I was perfect!”?

What if you were to change that to, “I am so grateful for my health and appreciate that I am moving in the right direction”?

Have we become desensitized by the national “big loser” television shows that have people dropping whole pant sizes in one day? Let’s be real, it’s friggin’ television!

Good food and fitness practices are important but patience and gratitude are your missing link to losing the weight you desire. Patience is allowing your body to adjust to your new way of treating it well by feeding it well. You did not wake up fat one morning because you ate one cookie the day before. So why do you think you are going to wake up “thin” because you were “good” for a week?

Gratitude is when you thank every single ounce. If you are not grateful for everything you have, trust me on this one, you are not getting any more good stuff. Good things come to those who are thankful. When losing weight, your best course of action is focusing on this idea of “Being grateful, not greedy”. Hang that shingle on your scale.

So I ask you today, what are you grateful for? Perhaps it’s your health, your life, your resilient body that will change when you fully participate in the process of being kind to it, feeding it beautiful pure and naked food, moving it, shaking it, dancing in it, celebrating with it and loving it.

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June 26th, 2011

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janiecorona

This is true! I expect to drop the weight off easily. Even though realistically I know that's impossible, I expect it and get discouraged. I think we often confuse the amount of work that it actually takes to lose weight and therefore when we exercise everyday we expect a BIG number loss at the end of that week. It's difficult to learn patience in any situation, especially weight loss, but since this is a life change - not just a weekly thing for me - I am willing to "weight" lol Wait, of course.

posted Jun 26th, 2011 12:17 pm



   
 

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