Monday of this week was ‘Blue Monday’. If you haven’t heard of Blue Monday it is the second Monday in January, when all the festivities are a distant memory and the dark January begins to take its toll on your emotions. It’s also the time by which most people have given up their New Years Resolutions and are feeling less than optimistic about the year ahead. Personally, my Monday rocked, it was Tuesday when things started to take a turn. I am really tired this week, not sure why, and so things are just harder and more testing than normal. With that in mind I want to talk about something ‘happy’ this week and how to find your ‘happy weight’.
So what do I mean by your happy weight? I mean, in essence, the weight at which you feel happy. The weight at which you can look in the mirror and say, yes, I like the image staring back at me. I feel happy.
I’ve talked before about how our weight and our emotions are linked. Our food choices and emotions are also linked and one of the most important aspects of my work is helping clients to separate the two so that they can improve their food choices and ‘ditch the binge’.
So what is your happy weight and how do you find it? We all have a photo or an image in our heads of a time when we looked good. A slimmer figure and a healthier glow. That’s usually our motivation to lose weight. I am using the term weight but actually it may be a size or a shape rather than an actual weight.
Your happy weight has to be something that, once it’s achieved, you don’t need to work at staying there. It has to fit in with your lifestyle and make you feel confident in yourself and your appearance, feel healthy in yourself and be easy to maintain. Only you can decide what that is but it is unrealistic, if you are a busy mum, to expect to go back to your teen size and weight. That’s not to say you can’t aim for those proprtions if you think your lifestyle can bear it. You also may need to acknowledge that your shape has changes if you have had children. It is highly likely that your hips have widened, so bear that in mind.
Find your photo or write down the key points of your mental image. This may include statements such as ‘no muffin top’ or ‘double chin gone’. If you have a weight or dress size in mind then include that too. You know now that you would be happy if you achieved all that.
This year I am running monthly seminars packed full of information about how you can achieve your happy weight, permanently, without dieting and will be blogging more over the coming weeks about the techniques and tips I teach my clients. I’d love to have you there on the calls too.
Until then let me know below what your happy weight would be in the comments below.