Want to Lose Weight?
If you ask most women, they would say "yes."
And there is a lot to be said for maintaining a healthy weight. For me, it was about the stress on my joints. The lack of self-confidence. The desire to stay out of pictures. The tendency to miss social connections because I was embarrassed.
Okay, so this has to be said. As we start to discuss weight loss, remember that comparison truly is the thief of joy. Remember that it is a slow and steady pace that wins the race.
So when we talk about weight loss, don't think about your best friend. Or your sister. Or your favorite barista. You aren't racing against them. You are racing against the woman you were yesterday.
But most of all, remember that if you don’t do the inner work, the physical stuff will be fleeting. You’ll likely lose some weight. You may very well hit your goal weight.
You just won’t be able to stay there.
There are some lies we’ve believed that need to be brought into the light. There’s truth that we need to accept. And there’s a love for self that has to be cultivated.
So as we begin discussing weight and healthy living in general, the inner work truly does need to go hand in hand with that.
Prayer, counseling, journaling, meditation, exercise, having a tribe of kindred spirits to do life with. These are all some of the tools that are helpful in healing and growing from the inside. And if left unacknowledged, I found I’d continue to grow on the outside.
Take a step today to identify, work on, and then release the hurts or trauma that laid the groundwork for an unhealthy relationship with food. This is not a quick process. But it is a worthwhile process.
Once you have done the inner work, then, and only then, will you have the tools in your toolbelt to maintain weight loss. You may run and diet and drink all the water. But if you are not able to conquer the reason that you gained the weight in the first place, any weight loss that you do achieve will likely be temporary.
I have conquered the inner work. And I learned the secret to continuing to conquer it every single day. Now I am also taking care of the physical work and sharing this journey with others.
We would love to have you in our Facebook Group if you would like to start the journey with your own inner work, learn more about living healthy, and share space with other women who are knocking it out of the park. If this sounds like you, come join us here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/smallstepsandselfcare.....
Looking forward to meeting you, so we can lock arms and be happier, be healthier, and every day be more of the women that we were created to be.
XO, La Sheonda
I had a moment a few months ago where my health changed.
Some of you have heard me talk about it. I went from having trouble standing up to incredible energy and mobility in my joints. And after months of slow trickling weight loss, the pounds just started falling off. Like A LOT.
I looked at what I had changed (started my antioxidant juice) and attributed everything to that. And don’t get me wrong. That juice is the stuff.
But I have come to realize that the moment-to-moment change and drastic improvement would not have been possible without the steps taken before.
I’ve come to call this “Priming the Pump.”
In the 1800s, this phrase meant using a small amount of liquid to get a larger pump going. Without doing that, the oil might never be pulled up by the pump. In order to access the oil in the ground the pump had to be “primed” first. Without that step, oil would not flow freely or may not flow at all.
How did I prime my pump? I had been removing toxins from our fridge and pantry for years. Eating healthier and drinking more water. About three years ago, I started swapping out household and personal care products. When I’d finish one that had dyes, fragrance, SLS, phthalates, carcinogens, chemical sunscreen, et al, I’d replace it with a clean alternative that had none of those unhealthy ingredients. Little by little, I swapped and switched every cleaner, detergent, soap, moisturizer, shampoo, cosmetic, and bath gel for something cleaner. Something better.
If I hadn’t cleared my system out from all the yuck, my body would not have been able to respond as completely or quickly as it did.
So before you seek the perfect diet, exercise plan, or trainer, start reading ingredients. On your food AND everything else as well.
The bathroom cabinets. The makeup drawer. The shelf in the shower.
Once I started being the gatekeeper of my home, I didn’t know it yet, but I was priming the pump.
I am here to help more women do the same. Prime the pump in order to get their health flowing. If that's you, come join our private Facebook group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/smallstepsandselfcare..
Our community of women is locking arms and moving forward happier, healthier, and becoming more every day exactly the women that we were created to be. Looking forward to meeting you!
XO, La Sheonda
Looking to lose weight?
It would probably be easier to ask who is NOT looking to lose weight. It seems to be an unending cycle for a large majority of people, especially women.
To complicate things, the expert opinions and conventional wisdom floating around are full of disagreement and conflicting information. Should we eat every couple hours or fast? Should we focus our diet around whole grains or should we limit carbs? And is it better to do as much cardio in the gym as possible, or should we lift weights when we exercise?
Regardless of which answer to each of these questions that you subscribe to, you can still move forward with your health journey. And that IS the biggest thing. For anyone.
Remember that getting healthy, losing weight, changing how you eat, creating an exercise habit, and almost anything else we do, requires two things:
--small actions repeated over time
You won't lose 25 pounds over night. But you can lose 1-2 pounds this week. You probably won't be able to complete a marathon without training. But you can walk for twenty minutes after dinner.
Small steps. All in the direction of your goal. They add up over time.
Right now I am taking small steps toward a green thumb. Planted a few flowers and vegetables, water them, learning what they need. It'll grow over time.
What are some small steps you are taking toward your goal right now? I would love to hear them in the comments. And what is your larger goal that those small steps are taking you toward?
And jump into our free Facebook group for more healthy hacks and tips in a super supportive community. I look forward to meeting you! https://www.facebook.com/groups/smallstepsandselfcare