by Ana María Serrano
The media and many fitness professionals promote the erroneous idea that weight loss and fitness is hard and rigid and requires a will of iron. That simply is not true. Weight loss is simple; burn more calories than you consume.
Fitness can be easy if you choose the right activities for you. You will quite willingly do what feels good. We are natural hedonists. What is very hard is forcing yourself into a one size fits all fitness and nutrition regimen expecting to get permanent, instant success.
What are your values/priorities? You will NEVER be a size 8 if deep down you know you are completely content and healthy at a size 12. When you have to choose between sleeping late or going to the gym, the size-8 goal will NOT get you up and out the door into the January chill. On the other hand, if you are at the gym doing resistance training to prevent osteoporosis, because you value being healthy and strong into your later years; you will get up and make it happen.
You do not have to strain, struggle or starve to get healthier. You will push yourself outside your comfort zone. You will strive to do more and be better than you were. You will make informed nutritional choices that allow you to feel good and be healthy inside and out. But fueled by your passion these changes will be akin to rowing downstream as opposed to climbing Mt Everest. Rowing downstream, you work to stay on course, but your movement is effortless. Effortless health and wellness sounds like a good plan to me.
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