I can't help but notice all the wonderful programs, books, coaches and articles promoting physical fitness and weight-loss! They pop up from everywhere. Our best friends are promoting their weight loss programs. I think that is awesome!
The resources available to us to become physically fit and healthy is astounding. That is great and at the same time, I am sure some of us are saying things like...
Not another one!
How much will this one cost me?
I tried that one!
Maybe this one will work?
Is this the magic I have been looking for?
It works for them but not me!
It's another diet but diets don't work for me!
So what the heck is going on?
Well I have been on this yoyo journey for as many years as I have had a menstrual cycle! So I could even blame the lack of a sustainable healthy weight on that. But nope. I have another thought.
What if the first step to losing weight and maintaining a healthy plan, began at an emotional level?
Here's the thing.
Emotional fitness prepares us for a successful journey towards our health goals.
Without a strong sense of self awareness, how do we even know what feels right for us, with so many different resources available out there?
Without self-confidence, how can we expect to succeed?
Without an ability to set boundaries, how can we say no when the pressure is on?
Without self-love, how can we love ourselves enough to do what we need to make our dream reality?
Without patience and self acceptance, how can we stick to it for the duration?
I am a meager 5 ft 3 inches and at one time in my journey weighed 266 pounds. I was clinically depressed and feeling empty and hopeless. I was emotionally void and had no sense of self. My emotional fitness level, on a scale from 1-10 was somewhere between a 2-3.
I made it my mission to find mental and emotional wellness without taking prescribed medication. This lead me on a journey towards emotional wellness.
But for many years I still struggled with losing the weight and keeping it off. I tried so many wonderful programs. I would always find myself gaining back the weight and feeling like a failure.
But then something clicked! As I continued on my journey of self awareness and my own personal development, I recently discovered that my emotional fitness level is high enough to really succeed at reaching my ultimate goal weight. Something has clicked for me!
I have been on "my plan" for 7 weeks now. I have lost almost 20 pounds. I am committed. I am feeling hopeful. My emotional fitness muscle makes it clear for me to know what works for me!
My strong sense of self awareness allows me to be awake to what feels right for me
As I have been stretching myself out of my comfort zone, I have been developing the needed self confidence to succeed
Knowing and practicing my needed boundaries makes it possible for me to keep to my commitments
My acquired self love and respect keeps the door open for me to succeed
Accepting myself just as I am, at every moment, gives me the patience to allow for the time it will take to get to where I want to be
Do you need to develop your emotional fitness in order to reach your health goals?
I would love to be your emotional fitness coach!