De-stressing Can Help With Your Summer Weight Loss Goals
Does this picture make you breathe a little deeper and relax? The full embodiment of summer: leisurely reading a book in a hammock, or taking a nap in the shade on a sunny day, just makes you want to say, “Ahhhhh…”Something so simple feels so luxurious, doesn’t it?
Along those lines, don’t forget to take some quiet time for yourself this summer! Remember what we talked about back in February’s newsletter? (If you’re interested in brushing up, there are copies in the waiting room.) Self care is extremely important to successful weight loss. Elevated stress levels can wreak havoc on our hormones, causing excess fat storage, especially the visceral fat around our organs. Stress reduction is the key to a happy and healthy life.
Our days get so packed full of running kids around, working, and other activities, that we often forget to just “be.” Where do you feel the most relaxed? If you don’t have a special quiet place, maybe look to create one. Save a little time in the day to make yourself a priority: read a book, go for a walk, meditate, etc. Taking care of yourself will pay off in more “weighs” than one!
Relaxing music to de-stress
We only get a few short months of this type of weather, so get outdoors and enjoy it! Have a picnic in a park and play frisbee, catch, or hula hoop as a family. Plan to hike on a new trail that you’ve wanted to check out. Ride bikes around the neighborhood as a family and take the dog, he/she can use the activity, too!
Lastly, remember that behavior modification is important to long lasting weight loss. Remember to make your rewards non-food related, for example, when you reach your first small goal; reward yourself with a new shirt or a soak at Chico Hot Springs with your friends. Also, during stressful times we tend to say things like “I deserve this (insert unhealthy food/drink here)” but, you deserve SO MUCH MORE than just that quick fix! You deserve a healthier, happier you!
Here’s a motivating quote:
“Don’t give up what you want most for what you want now.”