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7 Steps to Releasing Emotional and Physical Pounds

All over the world, women struggle with their weight.

Years pass by and as those unwanted extra pounds continue to pile on, and you ask yourself— will anything ever work for me?

You try the latest diets, detox teas, exercise routines… Some of them worked, some of them didn't— but at the end of the day, nothing lasted forever and you're still not happy with your weight.

Have you ever considered that the secret to losing weight – permanently – is within you?

Now I am NOT suggesting that you beat yourself up even more than you already have. In fact, what I'm calling for— is exactly the opposite. 

Let me explain— because I know this sounds simplistic, and perhaps a little "woo-woo."

By learning how to truly love yourself (which is no small feat, btw), you unlock your hidden potential not only to lose weight permanently but embrace the life of your dreams.

What? How? Really? 

Because when we are in a state of self-compassion, we...

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3 Tips to Follow Through on Your Resolutions

Did you take the time to put together your New Year’s Resolution? Did you buy a planner? Did you take any action to move closer to your goals?

Now before you answer, I think you should know that most of us do not. And those that did take action— the majority will quit after the first 2 weeks.

According to a recent study from the University of Scranton, only 8% of all people actually achieve their New Year’s resolutions.

What stops us from achieving our goals? It's what occurs between your ears: your brain. A part of our brain is responsible for keeping us safe and what we have always done keeps us safe.

In other words, change is a risk we are hardwired to resist. 

Further, when we set intentions, we're usually looking at what’s wrong with our life–– as if we're broken and we need resolutions to fix the problem. When you approach change in this manner, we're...

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3 Ways to Make Fear Your Friend

Fear can be scary, I’m not even going to lie.

What I can say about fear – or any other emotion for that matter – is that you can SHIFT how you PERCEIVE it in order to make it more manageable. 

Fear comes in many shapes and forms; from fear of rejection or failure to fear of not being good enough or being embarrassed.

Maybe trying out new things makes you break out into a cold sweat, maybe the Psycho theme song plays in your head every time you see the scale… Whatever triggers that uncomfortable emotion in you, I am here to tell you, you can look at it another way.

When your trigger pops up and you feel afraid, how about instead of cowering, shutting down or looking the other way, you face it head on?

Making fear your FRIEND is one of the most powerful behaviors you can incorporate into your life.

This not only goes for weight loss, but for anything else that you struggle with, be it your job, your romantic relationships or standing up for yourself...

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Hush Your Inner Chatter... and Listen

How many times do we think about making a change, but never quite get around to it?

For many of us, the changes we've been wanting to make have been staring us in the face for YEARS. But life gets in the way. Kids happen, crises occur, and our goals get sidelined over and over again.

And listen, all of these obstacles are very real— but with the right tools, you can learn to move through them with ease.

One of one of the most life-changing struggles we can ever conquer is learning how to manage our thoughts.

I know it's not easy.

With our lives spinning faster each day, it’s easy to get lost in the constant inner chatter we have with ourselves, letting our thoughts run free like a pack of wild hyenas.

Most of us get to a point in which we don’t even identify destructive dialogues or take time to consider how our thoughts affect our mood, our mindset, our relationships and our lives.

Gaining clarity in our thoughts is one of the greatest gifts we can give...

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Change Your Story, Change Your Life

 

Do you ever feel like you’re too tired, too busy, too lazy to start doing what you know you need to do to lose weight and/or live the healthy life you want?

Your work demands too much, your kids don’t give you a break, your life is too chaotic. Maybe you’re too embarrassed about your weight or lack of experience to hit the gym; you just know people are laughing at you or making snide comments behind your back.

Here comes the truth: Whatever you tell yourself that keeps you from leading the healthy life you want is a lie.

In fact, most of the time outside factors play a very small role in limiting our ability to lead a healthy life.

The stories we tell ourselves shape our perception of ourselves, our reality and set our limitations.

You become what you believe.

We are the stories we tell ourselves.

Our perception of our experience, not the experience per se, shape how we see the world and the place we choose for ourselves in it.

And it’s not just...

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Want to change your life? Start your day with gratitude.

 

One of the most helpful takeaways I’ve learned from some of my teachers like Tony Robbins, Oprah Winfrey, and Brene Brown is to use gratitude as a strategy for success.

When Thrive Global asked Tony Robbins about his morning practice, he said:

"...Gratitude is the antidote to the things that mess us up. You can’t be angry and grateful simultaneously. You can’t be fearful and grateful simultaneously. So, gratitude is the solution to both anger and fear, and instead of just acting grateful, I think of specific situations that I’m grateful for, little ones and big ones. I do it every single day, and I step into those moments and I feel the gratitude and the aliveness." 

In my own life, I've found it extremely important to cultivate a daily discipline of gratitude, which helps me respond rather than react to the ups and downs that life throws my way. 

I know it seems counterintuitive to focus on being grateful when...

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