You see, I was chatting to one of the ladies who's just started her body transformation programme with me on Monday. I asked her what ONE area she wants to improve the most. To which she replied:
"I know this might sound a bit vain, but I just want to lose some weight and feel fit so I can look good and feel good about myself again."
Now, I just wanted to ask you whether you think it's vain to want to look good and feel good about yourself?
I mean, you should love yourself no matter what. Because if you can't? Well, you're probably going to treat yourself like $#*!, be it through binging on food and alcohol or simply talking yourself down and beating yourself up for the ONE thing you didn't do right that day (even though you managed to do 9 things right that day...)
^^^ this type of thinking will probably lead to you feeling rubbish about yourself, regardless of whether you're super fit, trim and toned or overweight.
But the main - perhaps controversial - point I wanted to make here was this:
If it's now 'vain' to want to get fitter and lose some fat...have we gone too far the other way with this?
I mean, no one can really argue that getting compliments from friends and family about how good you look, fitting into nice clothes, and having more energy to do the things in life that you want to do (a bit like one of the ladies I work with who went skiing again for the first time in years and couldn't believe how she kept up with her 'babies' <<< who are now in their 20s haha)
But it's not just about how you feel and look. It's also about health, right?
As the saying goes:
'he who has their health has 1000 wishes, he who doesn't has just 1 wish'
And when I do some education talks to patients who have just been diagnosed by their GPs with Type 2 Diabetes, they nearly always just wish that they'd been told about the potential side effects earlier, not to mention the hassle of taking medication and - in some cases - injecting 2-3 times a day.
Of course, it can be controlled. And it hasn't helped that the Daily Mail just talk about getting your legs amputated, blindness and the increased risk of heart disease...
But the good news is that if you do what you've always done, you'll get what you've always got...
and what I mean is that I tell them that the reason it looks so gloomy when you look at the stats is because not many people get the nutrition and fitness advice they need to do something differently to get the transformational results they want...
I'm not saying you can cure it...but in some cases you can put it in 'remission' through exercise and diet...
And - just like I say to them - just start today. Shift ONE step in the right direction, no matter how small.
That's all I - as a nutritionist and practitioner - aim to help you do.
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