Lately I’ve been exploring the concept of ‘happy weight loss’. When I saw the scales tip considerably in the wrong direction and I thought about weight loss again my thoughts went something like this: “Oh crap, I don’t want to do this. I don’t want to find the time. I hate being hungry. I don’t want to be uncomfortable.”
There’s no denying that if my attitude stayed with the “Oh no, not again” concept, that my chances of succeeding long term would be pretty dim. In contrast, I look back at the time of my big 30kg loss and it was one of the most rewarding, exciting and happiest adventures of my life so far! Amazing, isn’t it to think that such a journey could be at all enjoyable!
I have a friend who is a successful long term ‘loser’ (weight loser, I mean) and is also a full bottle on all the mechanics of weight loss. A snippet of conversation recently went like this:
Me: Do you think there's any sort of connection to lack of weight loss and emotional state?
P: Oh gosh yes - definite link.
Me: tell me about that - if you've stuck to your plan food and diet wise, how come your weight has increased?
P: well, increase in adrenalin/cortisol from stress = bloating, constipation and inflammation of joints. My body gets busy fighting these things so the liver and kidneys are not able to function as well in clearing toxins. Poor sleep also sends body chemicals out of balance. Like my body is distracted - like someone driving while talking on a mobile phone
So what’s the answer here? How can I magically hit a switch that flips me into Happyland where smiles equal weight loss?
I’ve been exploring this idea of creating an environment of positivity in which you use your strengths to deal with self-defeating behaviours which would otherwise block you from living in alignment with your values. This brings a sense of positivity and what I’m calling ‘happy’ weight loss. This is a big subject and one that I’m fascinated with, one that I will pursue because I love to learn how I tick – both mechanically and electronically, so to speak, to get optimum performance.
It’s about wellbeing. You can’t just isolate an element of your life and think, I’m going to fix that, because it’s interconnected to everything else. Physical health overlaps with mental, social, spiritual, and emotional health. You mess with one and it affects the others. I really believe that successful, long-term weight-loss must address this wholistic wellbeing approach.
What’s your thoughts on this concept of happy weight loss? Agree? Not? Click ‘comments’ and let rip!