As we age we become; Proud, Stubborn, Self-righteous- among many other things. Over time we lose sight of the simple signals our body send us that prevent us from becoming gluttonous and burning out.
One of the most important things when it comes to losing weight is maintaining sanity or better yet improving it. If you are looking to lose weight and keep it off you really do need to enjoy the process and it can’t really be done by training 24 hours a day and eating nothing but salad. Need I really say it, but it’s important to enjoy life every day no matter the pursuit of our goals as you never really know which day could be your last.
At some point in our lives we were stress free and loving it, in most cases it was when we were kids.
If you ask any child about the adults around them, they’d probably say we’re a little wacky and seem to be stressed out a lot of the time.
Here are a few simple things kids can teach us…
1. Eat when you’re hungry: staving yourself to lose weight is stupid and pointless, it makes you tired, cranky and more importantly doesn’t work. Don’t spend your day grinding yourself to the bone and neglect to eat, take the time to nourish your body and not only will you get better results, but you will enjoy the process.
2. Nap when you’re tired: if you are burning out, getting cranky and reaching breaking point. Step back from your training for a few days rest, relax, reevaluate then get back into it. You need the support team around you so nap when you feel like you are getting tired and be kind to those who support you.
3. Have a packed lunch: prepare in advance, if you know anything about mothers they are always well equipped with food, plates, bibs & wipes etc. All you need to do is make sure you can prepare your food in advance if not (and even better) yet have someone do it for you. There are multiple companies who do prep and deliver services if you can’t do it. here are a few from Newcastle that you may want to check out : www.6pmealprep.com, www.workoutmeals.com.au, www.musclemealsdirect.com.au, www.bodyfitmeals.com.au.
4. Stubbornly refuse to eat even one more bite once you’re full. If you’re full after a few bites, gleefully throw the rest away (by that I mean put it back in the fridge). You shouldn’t feel pressured just to eat a meal because it is in-front of you. You had the will power as a kid to throw a tantrum and chuck your food on the floor, don’t be foolish and over consume just for the sake of it.
5. Run, jump, skip, play. Move your body because it’s so much fun and it feels good. Be amazed at all the incredible physical things your body can do. It’s easy for a toddler to get frustrated that they can’t jump or do things the bigger kids around them can do, but it’s important to know with constant application and determination you will one day be able to do what your friends can. Just keep pushing!
6. Share: if you come across a great recipe, article or exercise tell your friends and family about it. Spread the word and share with those around you to make it a healthy and happy community. These are some of the recipes we share with out Instagram community.
7. Be in awe over how amazing and wonderful your body is. Notice how it moves, hugs, plays, loves, heals, and enjoys life. We all have something we love and something we hate about out body, take time to appreciate the good in your life and you will be surprised how life changes for you.
8. Be picky and only eat foods you love. If it doesn’t taste great to you, clamp those lips shut and refuse to eat until something better is found. Dieting isn’t about eating bowl upon bowl of bland and boiled food. Take a realistic and sustainable approach to eating, choose healthy fresh ingredients and enjoy the process.
9. Do what you’re told: (unlike the above) just like a child sometimes we are told to do things we don’t necessarily want to do but they are right for us. If your doctor says sleep more, then sleep more. Listen to your health professional’s guidance and don’t be stubborn when it comes to advice.
10. Hang out with fun, friendly people and stay away from mean, critical ones. Stay away from negativity, if you have people around you who don’t support the path you are taking you need to be brave enough to walk away from that environment. If they don’t support you then time to move on.
11. Ask for help: We can’t do it all alone, I have seen my younger cousins spend 1 minute trying to open a Lolly-pop before they asked for help and I have seen them spend 50 minutes trying to open a lolly-pop before asking for help. I bet you can guess which one led to less frustration?
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12. Stay curious: never get stuck doing the same exercises, same routine day in day out. Your body will soon adapt to your workout and you will plateau or go backwards.Keep learning new things and your mind and body will always continue to improve.
If you don’t have a two-year old around right now, seek one out and watch them for a day. Their simple enjoyment of life, and their absolute respect for their own bodies is something to aspire to.Share