5 THINGS THAT WILL REINVIGORATE YOUR WEIGHT LOSS EFFORTS

5 THINGS THAT WILL REINVIGORATE YOUR WEIGHT LOSS EFFORTS

STRONG. BEAUTIFUL. EMPOWERED. ACCOMPLISHED. BADASS.

If you’re a part of THIS community then, these are all likely words that resonate with you. Maybe you’d even use them to describe you.

You’re probably charging through life, ‘gettin’ her done’ (as they say), like nobody’s business, but the one thing that is still nagging you at the back of your mind is your health; more specifically your weight.

Maybe it’s the weight you’ve put on since starting a business or a demanding career. Maybe it’s ‘baby weight’. OR, maybe weight loss is something you’ve struggled with since you were a teenager.

Whatever the case may be, I feel you. I’ve been in all of those situations (minus the ‘baby weight’ because I don’t have kiddos yet) and you know what, the weight loss struggle is rough. Because it’s about so much more than JUST that. It’s about how we truly feel in our own skin which effects how we show up to our jobs, friends, families and how we show up for ourselves EVERY SINGLE DAY.

I WANT you to feel DAMN good in your skin so that you can continue to uphold all of the lovely adjectives written up at the top of this post.  I want you to be able to lose the weight + THRIVE in your body, in your business/career and in your life.

So today, I’d like to share the following tips with you:

5 AWESOME HEALTH TIPS THAT WILL REINVIGORATE YOUR WEIGHT LOSS EFFORTS + YOUR STRONG, BEAUTIFUL, EMPOWERED, ACCOMPLISHED & BADASS BODY FLOW.

1 – Eating Enough Fat

This one is ALWAYS really confusing to people. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. YOU NEED FAT to live. It creates healthy cushioning and support for your organs, helps keep hair/skin/nails healthy, clear + functional and, especially for women, helps us to keep hormonal harmony. I’m not talking about PUFA’s here (polyunsaturated fats – corn, canola, soybean, sunflower and safflower…although there are a few, not mentioned here, that can provide a lot of health benefits…ask me about them if you’re curious). Those are the kinds of fats that are overly refined + oxidized + coming from crappy crops that will only serve to inflame your body. You’ll find those in most packaged products (chips, crackers, breads, soups…they’re everywhere). I’m talking about the health-promoting fats that come from foods like:

  • AVOCADO
  • UNREFINED COCONUT OIL
  • COLD PRESSED OLIVE OIL
  • SPROUTED NUTS
  • PASTURE RAISED EGGS
  • FISH
  • 100% GRASS-FED MEATS

Fat keeps the processes in your body working properly. It keeps you satiated so you’re not ‘ALWAYS HUNGRY’. If you’re struggling with sugar cravings it can quell those as well. Really and truly fat is PHAT. So, make sure you’re having some with every meal + snack.

2 – Drinking Enough Water

There is a reason that our bodies are roughly 60-75% water. They help feed and hydrate our cells and our cells, when working properly, keep all of the process in our bodies running smoothly. In addition, drinking enough water helps to support liver clearing immensely. If your liver isn’t getting the proper support it needs to clear out all the toxins from foods and from the environment that your body has absorbed, you can bet your bottom dollar that it will get backed up with crud, which leads to hormonal imbalances, which leads to weight gain + lots of internal and external turmoil.

3 – Move + Being A Dynamic Human Being

We live in a culture that promotes being sedentary, so this is more than likely the case. If you’re working out on a regular basis for 30-1.5 hours a day, that’s awesome! But you know what, it’s not enough. WE ARE MOBILE BEINGS. You were meant to move, so get more movement into your day, especially after meals. It will help you use up the energy you’ve just consumed immediately and turn on the processes in your body that release fat, instead of storing it. Set up alarms on your phone or calendar to take movement snacks. Go outside for 5 mins and walk around, take a walk around the building or climb up and down a few sets of stairs, go to the bathroom and do some jumping jacks/lunges/squats…you get the idea. Get creative with it. It’s fun and it actually can be incorporated into #4 as well.

4 – Have an Emotional Outlet

Ok, so your eating clean and exercising on the regular on top of all of your other daily activities, but do you have a way to decompress? A lot of people will say that for them it IS exercise. And while that MAY be true in some cases, often it’s not. And most of the time, even if it is, we need something more. It doesn’t have to be a lot, but it does need to be at least a little bit of time for true reflection & introspection. Here are some ideas:

  • MEDITATE (EVEN 10 MINS A DAY WILL TAKE YOU A VERY LONG WAY)
  • JOURNAL (MY 5 MINUTE JOURNAL HAS BEEN THE GREATEST THING I’VE DONE FOR MY HEALTH IN THE NEW YEAR – HERE’S THE ONE I USE: http://amzn.to/1P60GgB)
  • BAREFOOT WALKING (PROVIDED THERE’S NO SNOW, OF COURSE ;] – WHEN YOUR BARE FEET TOUCH THE TERRA, THEY RECONNECT WITH THE EARTH’S ELECTRONS HELPING TO GROUND YOU)
  • LISTEN TO MUSIC (TURN OFF ALL YOUR GADGETS & JUST LISTEN)
  • YOGA TUNE UP®

Do them all or just pick one and experiment from there. They’re all incredibly powerful tools to have in your backpocket.

5 – Get enough Sleep

I know you work long hours, have kids to love and nourish and straight up jam-packed lives. I get it. I’m no different. Which consistently makes this one the hardest one for people to swallow. But the truth is, without the proper rest, your body can’t give your internal systems (muscles, organs, brain, connective tissue) the proper downtime it needs in order to fully recover and take on the following day. It also keeps levels of a hormone called cortisol high, which is directly linked to excess weight gain + high stress. Get your 6.5 – 9 hours of sleep (sleep cycles work in increments of 1.5 hours, so use that as the base to calculate how many sleep cycles or ‘hours’ you’ll sleep a night…it’ll be better quality rest when you implement it this way).

Which one are you going to work on this week?

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2 Comments
  • Susan Franke

    February 8, 2016 at 3:26 am

    Such good reminders of the ways we (women) need to care for ourselves. Looking to drop another 10 on the way to becoming my best self.

    • Delfina

      February 8, 2016 at 4:05 pm

      Hi, Susan! Thanks for leaving a comment. I’m so glad you found this article to be valuable + helpful. I agree, in a world where we’re overworked, overstressed, overtired and constantly on the go go go…it’s increasingly important for us to have the ability to step back and prioritize the specific self-care rituals we want to include as our daily, weekly + monthly habits. I know you can do it! Use the recipes + information on this site as resources and if you need more help and support, don’t hesitate to reach out to me. <3