January 1, 2020
Seriously, we’re in the middle of winter in Chicago and I’m asking you to get uncomfortable. Well, I love to be home, comfy cozy this time of year as much as the next person. But, what I mean is to challenge yourself to get uncomfortable with something that’s holding you back.
I’m not one to set New years resolutions. I believe every day is an opportunity to make ourselves better, whether it be physically, mentally, spiritually, financially or just making ourselves a better human for the world and those around us. How do we get past the barriers that are holding us back? We need to get uncomfortable. Here are a few tips specifically directed toward reaching our health goals.
If your goal is to lose weight. Once you hit your mid 30’s, no amount of exercise is going to outweigh how you fuel your body. Yes, exercise is important, but don’t sabotage your efforts in the gym with thinking you can eat whatever, whenever and as much as you want. It just won’t work. Losing and maintaining a healthy weight is going to be uncomfortable for a lot of people. But, it’s ok. You’ll feel like you’re hungry and want to eat those french fries or that piece of pie. Be ok with the fact that it’s gonna take that uncomfortable feeling to get you where you need to go. As long as we’re talking about nutrition, it’s not calories in, calories out. We need to fuel our bodies with the best nutrition. Choosing nutrient dense foods and avoiding simple carbohydrates and sugars will keep you satisfied longer and contribute to your nutritional needs.
If your goal is to get stronger or increase your cardiovascular strength and endurance. Get uncomfortable. It ain’t easy. Many of my clients and myself included get to that last set of a circuit and moaning starts, but we don’t stop. We push through and that’s where the changes start happening.
If your goal is to help yourself heal from emotional injury or trauma, it’s going to be uncomfortable. Allow yourself to feel what is in your body. It’s sometimes easier to block out what we are feeling then allow ourselves to feel grief, sadness, anger or shame. If it’s too difficult to do it on your own, find a reputable professional to help you.
If you haven’t given yourself the time for Self-Care, is it because you just don’t value it or do you not think you’re worth it? We tend to put everything and everyone before ourselves. This is a big one, get uncomfortable and allow yourself to take care of you.. It’s not selfish to care for your one and only body and mind. Find what works for you. It may be a walk in the woods, massage, Pilates, a hot bath, MELTing… get comfortable with giving yourself the care it needs and deserves.
What I see when people don’t want to get uncomfortable enough to reach their goals is excuses. Excuses no matter how good we think they are, will never let you reach your goals. So, dig deep, what are your goals? The only thing standing in between you and reaching them is the fear of being uncomfortable. If you can get past that…you are half way there. Happy New Year! Happy, healthy you!