The key to being fit, healthy and happy is to make it more about a lifestyle and a mindset rather than about some strict dietary or workout regimen, negative body talk, or depriving yourself of things you love.
View your choices as independent of one another.
-By viewing dietary and exercise choices as independent of one another, you are engaging your mind and body more fully in the present: what you ate or how you exercised in the past doesn’t matter. What you decide to do now, in the present, is the only thing that matters. (So Step It Up in the present!)
Eliminate self-induced guilt.
-What good does making yourself feel guilty do for your body, your mind, and your spirit?
-When you find yourself saying, “I feel so guilty,” or “I really should have worked out last night, what is wrong with me?” or “Oh my gosh, I can’t believe I just ate that whole plate of brownies when children in Africa are starving,” just PINCH yourself and snap yourself out of it. Making yourself feel guilty is absolutely not helping to create a healthy lifestyle – it’s actually detrimental to your mental health.
View your body as your complete self, not as a separate part of who you are.
-Some people call this a more “holistic” approach, others call it a “spiritual” approach – whatever you want to call it, viewing yourself as a complete mind and body being is by far the most powerful mindset for becoming healthy, happy, and fit.
-Think about it: If you view your physical body as a separate part of yourself, that means you can love it, hate it, feed it junk and expect it to not affect you, quit exercising, expect it to function, and use it as a mechanism over which to exert mental control.
-But, when you view your body and your mind as one, as a connected union, and as ONE person (YOU), then your view about your physical body changes. Why would you want to feed yourself Taco Bell everyday if it doesn’t make your physical body feel good? Why would you allow other commitments and people get in the way of your workout, of treating yourself with love (moving your body!) and self-respect (making time for yourself)?
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