I really needed to hear/read this right now. I've been working out on average 3 days per week for 1 hour since September and have only dropped a few pounds. I'm feeling healthier, but not losing the inches I'd like to be losing. So maybe I need a new approach.
There are no words to express to you how much I enjoy reading your articles. Although most of the writers are helpful, whenever I see an article from you it is a must read. Your writings are so practical and so easy to apply to one’s life. Your words seem to coincide with the seasons of my experiences. You have helped me over so many hurdles and I am so grateful. Thank you seems too small of a word; just know that I sincerely appreciate your writing talent and your practical advice.
I found this article to be really informative. It jives with a "truth" that I discovered about myself. Negative self talk doesn't work. That "kick in the pants" used to work...when I was 20 and still believed that being "skinny" was the cure for...well everything. Ironically, the more I began to accept myself, the more weight I gained. What I realized...am realizing...is that I left a vacuum...that I filled with comfort foods. I am NOW filling that vacuum with positive self talk and my purpose for fitness is completely different. What I got from this article is that you have find a way to incorporate positivity, play and purpose into things we do to ensure sustainability. I want to lose the weight AND keep it off. This time I think I have a shot at making that happen. This was definitely a good read.
Thank you for this article!!! I really needed it at this stage.
8/24/2009 12:02:00 PM
What great ideas! I am learning to enjoy the journey, because if I wait until I get to my goal to enjoy my life, who knows how long I'll be waiting? I also loved the part about making my body my friend, not my enemy.
This is EXACTLY why I took up belly dance. My self-esteem and self confidence SOARED as I gained proficiency in belly dance movements. That was something that was missing from the treadmill workouts I was doing. Plus, I'm dropping inches like crazy! And, I've started to teach.
Excellent article, as always. It's so true that how you approach a new lifestyle and new way of thinking has a direct effect on the outcome. I've stopped hating my body, and have begun to appreciate all the things that it can do. It's never been about fitting in to a certain size pair of jeans, but it was always about finding fault. Now I can see things that my body does for me and that change in attitude has taken the pressure off to be perfect. I have no interest in perfection anymore; now I just aim for consistency and doing my best every day. And sometimes my best is having a lazy day to myself...so I allow it.
8/24/2009 10:16:09 AM
im 39 and agree whole hearted with this article.Plus make the journey with family or friends because your ups and downs can be enjoyed or motivated more when you share.
I can always tell when I am reading one of your articles--It resonates in a very real way. Then I go back to the top to see who the author is and it's Coach Dean. Thank you for such meaningful communications.
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