Is there a right way to lose weight?

Frustrated-woman-with-scale

Oh if I had the answer to the question, is there a right way to lose weight?, I know I’d be in hot demand!!

The Lancet Medical journal published a report stating global obesity rates were increasing worldwide and Australia, is up there with the best of them.  Like many other western countries, the state of obese and overweight people is blowing out of control.

I would argue blown out of control!

In 2014, 63% of adults were overweight and sadly, I can only suspect that number has risen in the last two years. Do you want to know something sadder? One in four Australian children are overweight. Children… who are meant to be under the protection of their parents… How have we arrived at this place of the “unwell’?

Again sadly there are way too many factors that play a role and I would need a book not a blog post to explore them all. And as I’m yet to have any Hay House publishers knocking down my door, the idea I want to talk to with you about is this…

Is there a right was to lose weight?

If there was ONE right way, we would all know about it, it would be called THE RIGHT DIET, and quite frankly we would not be faced with the health problems that we see today.

Consumers are totally confused as there are so many mixed messages out there and what is considered healthy one day is banned the next. The superfood of last year is out and hale to kale is in! You can low fat, high fat, low carb, no carb, 5:2, high protein, low protein, red meat in, red meat out, fasting, gluten gone, sugar free, grain free, paleo, primal,vegan, fructogenearian, fodmap, dairy free or if you really want food free! And that is just to name a sliver of what is on the diet menu!

So what to do?

Firstly I want you take all your weight loss attempts of the past, thank them for being part of your journey, they have helped shape you (excuse the pun, I want you to smile!) and bring you to exactly where you are now, at this very second here with me!

Please don’t view them as another one of your failed attempts and please don’t beat yourself up either… you are worth so much more than that.

Those diets are not failure, they’re feedback.

Take the time to sit quietly and think about those times, what was working for you and what didn’t, can you see some patterns that repeated themselves?

Do you see that you may have needed support, direction, more in need of meal plans or perhaps you like to find your own way? Your past attempts will reveal a lot about your relationship with food, do see it as healthy relationship or one that frustrates you and makes you feel out of control?

Do you feel as though your weight is letting you down?

Are you questioning why can you be successful in so many other areas of your life, your work, your family, as a partner, sister, mother, aunt, daughter, but you just can’t get your weight and yes your health under control?

Guess what you’re not alone… This is not a problem you need to share on your own, as many amazing women are travelling the same bumpy road.

I believe there is a right way to go about it, and it’s not the RIGHT DIET! Or any other diet for that matter… guess what If you haven’t heard this already, diets don’t work!

First and foremost you need to get your head in right place. The right place for change, the right place so you can refocus, the right place so you have all the tools you need so you can drop the weight easily and I must admit relatively effortlessly.

Imagine that and you can start to see what exciting possibilities there are for you. How you’ll feel, how you’ll look what you’ll hear, or imagine what you’ll do?

I want you to ponder that for me and if you have the urge to start doing something about it right now then why don’t you download my guide teaching you how to eat mindfully.

It’s one of the first steps you can take and research now fully supports mindful eating as a way to freeing yourself from the baggage of weight loss. It’s free – from me to you to say thank you for being here!

Be Healthy, Happy & Amazing!

Caroline x

 

What is Your Mindset?

Mindset

What is mindset?

” In decision theory and general systems theory, a mindset is a set of assumptions, methods, or notations held by one or more people or groups of people that is so established that it creates a powerful incentive within these people or groups to continue to adopt or accept prior behaviors, choices, or tools . This phenomenon is also sometimes described as mental inertia, “groupthink”, or a “paradigm”, and it is often difficult to counteract its effects upon analysis and decision making processes.”  Source:Wikipedia

What is mindset?

Simply, it is a way of thinking.

Your mindset is your set of ideas and attitudes that shape the way you think about you and the world around you. The mindset you have governs the way you behave on a daily basis; it determines how you view things and your outlook on life. Mindset also defines your attitude – to people, situations events…everything going on around you.

You may have heard of the two different types of mindset

1) growth mindsets

2) fixed mindsets.

Or another way to think about the two types is a positive or negative mindset. Positive mindset is of course aligned with a growth mindset and negative sits comfortably, or perhaps uncomfortably, with a fixed mindset. Let’s take a look at what these two mindsets may look like.

Growth/Positive Mindset – glass half full… ( and sing!) always look on the bright side of life…

• Always opens to learn and discover new things

• Understand intelligence can be developed

• Wants to do the work to always make self-improvements

• Understand that failure provides feedback to learn how to do it differently

• Embrace challenge

• Motivated to do the work to create positive change.

And at the other end of the spectrum you’ll find someone who believes their glass is always half empty- a fixed or negative mindset?

• Can’t find the positive in their lives

• Always think from a negative point of view.

• Don’t believe they are capable of expansion and change

• Often don’t start something for fear of failure

• Box themselves into being a specific ‘type’

• Constant negative self talk…can’t…won’t…don’t…!

When you have a think about your close family and friends can you work out which type of mindset they have? Can you work out your own?

When I pondered this question I realised that I fluctuate between the two, which is a common trait. I find myself either being the “promoter’ of me of sometimes the ‘judger’ of me. Because I do the work I do – changing your mindset so you can be fit, fab and happy – I’m very aware when I find my self in a fixed/negative/judgey mcjudgey mindset and I do the work to get the hell out of there.

As you may know it’s not a great place to be and sometimes we can be so cruel to ourselves when we’re there. I often say to my gorgeous clients..would you speak to your best friend the way you speak to yourself?

Take the time this week to look at your mindset. Where do sit on the spectrum? Can you improve? The good news is your mindset is not fixed. It’s actually open and welcomes change and you have the complete power to make those changes.

As my Eat Clean Reset program is coming to a close, I have some time over the next week just for you in my schedule. If you would love some help getting clear on where your mindset is, and some valuable action points to change it for the better, book a complimentary ‘Step Forward’ session with me here 

Be Healthy, Happy & Amazing!

Caroline x