There are tons of ways to lose weight. If you have the internet + often look for ways to lose weight, you'll be bombarded with options. Have you ever thought that there might be more to it then following a meal plan + exercise routine? That you actually could be holding onto the last 10 pounds because you're in a job that doesn't excite you or a relationship you feel stuck in?
The psychology behind weight gain is heavy. Pun intended.
In the last few years I had a client who talked about gaining weight ever since her father died. We talked about their connection + how close they were as daughter and father. He was her everything and when she lost her Dad, she turned to the foods they used to eat together.
When we started connecting the dots between her emotions and what she was eating, we conceded that the food was a coping mechanism that her Dad wouldn't be happy about.
We came up with other ways to honor her father - long walks, listening to the music they loved and writing. Within a few weeks, the weight slid off but she didn't even care, because she was happy. She no longer felt like there was this void she needed to fill with food or obsessing about her weight.
Fall is such a tough time for so many of us. We don't have to worry about putting on shorts or swimsuits and we stay in more because of the rain. We tuck ourselves into yoga studios and go from work to workout to home. We might have friendly gatherings a few times, but for the most part, we are nesting.
When I have women contact me during these months about how much they are eating, the sessions usually go a little longer. They crave human interaction and compassion. The warm drinks + comfort foods don't always fill the void, the hole of emptiness.
Others thrive in this brisk, cool Fall air. They love how the wind hits their face as they hurry from place to place, only stopping for Starbucks latte's or a bathroom break.
When you start to realize that weight gain isn't a problem, but what our bodies were designed to do to keep us insulated in the cooler months, it starts to turn a problem into a cool realization. "Okay, my body wants to hold onto more fat than normal. I guess I should say thank you for keeping me warm!"
There are reasons our bodies work the way they do - and there are reasons we feel low during the holiday months. Feel the emotion. Breathe with it. Then decide where to go from there.
Try some holiday tunes. Dance around. Take a warm bath. Make some hot soup. Sip on hot cocoa. Snuggle up with your man or a blanket. Turn on the fire. Read a good book.
Take the pressure off yourself and know that your body wants the best for you, just gotta let it do its thing sometimes.
Fearful to Fit
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